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Assad’s staying power on show

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“All global and regional indicators underline how Assad is there to stay. Change will come only under his leadership or his guidance. The sooner the United States realizes this the better for all concerned parties.”

Nicola Nasser

Asia Times

11th April, 2014

Long gone are the days when the so-called “Friends of Syria” could plausibly claim that two thirds of Syria was controlled by rebel forces, that Damascus was under siege and that the days of President Bashar al-Assad were numbered. 

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Kerry clashes with Pentagon over Syria

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

John Kerry, U.S. Military Clash on Approach to Syria’s Rebels

Wall Street Journal

7th April, 2014

WASHINGTON—Frustrated by the stalemate in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerryhas been pushing for the U.S. military to be more aggressive in supporting the country’s rebel forces. Opposition has come from the institution that would spearhead any such effort: the Pentagon.

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Nasrallah: phase of bringing down Syria regime over

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

Middle East Online

7th April, 2014

BEIRUT – Syria’s regime is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said in remarks published Monday.

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Washington admits “foreign fighters” “wreak havoc” in Syria

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

“In terms of the terrorist activity inside Iraq, we believe it’s a direct result mostly of the situation in Syria and the destabilizing impact that Syria has had on Iraq in terms of foreign fighters being able to flow into Iraq and really wreak havoc there as well. We’re working with the Iraqi Government to increase their capacity to fight these threats on their own,” she concluded.

Washington: Situation in Syria has destabilizing impact on Iraq

Iraq News

25th March, 2014

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The US Department of State denounced killing the professor and Journalist, Mohammed Shammari, in Baghdad by a guard within the Presidential Protection Forces.

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Erdogan: Turkey, Iran resolved to continue cooperation on Syria

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2014

FNA

1st February, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his recent visit to Tehran both sides underlined the need for the expansion of mutual cooperation to find a diplomatic solution to the bloodshed in Syria.

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Obama, Erdogan discuss “growing terrorist presence” in Syria

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2014

KUNA

20th February, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (KUNA) — President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including the growing terrorism in Syria.
The two leaders discussed “the importance of close cooperation between our the two countries to address the growing terrorist presence in Syria and on the shared interest in continuing efforts to advance a political solution to the Syria conflict,” said the White House in a statement late on Wednesday.

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Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2014

Debka

19th February, 2014

The live wire of the Saudi royal house’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran has been dropped. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Adviser and Intelligence Director, has not been seen for more than a month. He was reported by DEBKAfile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from the tight policy-making circle in Riyadh.

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Saudi Arabia replaces Bandar

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2014

“Prince Miteb and Mohammed bin Nayef, they are in charge,” the adviser said. The world will see a “new strategy for Syria—quieter, more open, not too extreme. There will be more politics to it, and probably much less military.”

Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels

Wall Street Journal

19th February, 2014

Saudi Arabia has sidelined its veteran intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, as leader of the kingdom’s efforts to arm and fund Syrian rebels, replacing him with another prince well-regarded by U.S. officials for his successes fighting al-Qaeda, Saudi royal advisers said this week.

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Aleppo, Yabrud, and the end of the war on Syria

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2014

Michael Collins

War is a Crime

18th February, 2014

The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr.   The hotly contested battles rage in the major city of Aleppo and the much smaller mountain city of Yabrud. Major gains in either locale would be significant.  Victories in both would raise questions about the various rebel factions and their ability to continue contesting for control of the country.

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Lavrov warns on peace process

Posted by seumasach on February 17, 2014

Lavrov: Syrian Opposition Sponsors Working on New Structure

FNA

17th February, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia possesses information that a foreign sponsor of the Syrian opposition is trying to create a new Syrian opposition structure with the purpose of obstructing the peace talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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Syrian opposition seeks representation at Geneva

Posted by seumasach on February 5, 2014

Licensed Opposition Parties Stress Need for All National Opposition Forces to Be Represented in Geneva Conference

FNA

5th February, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Licensed national opposition parties held a press conference on Tuesday at Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus, in which they said that the absence of internal opposition from Geneva 2 conference was a weak point and deficiency that should be remedied.

The parties said that certain sides’ adoption of the Doha coalition as the sole representative of the opposition at the conference was the primary cause of the lack of results during the first stage of the conference, SANA reported.

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