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Obama trying to marginalize the intransigent anti-Syrians

Posted by seumasach on February 16, 2015

Thierry Meyssan


16th February, 2015

After long hesitating, the Obama administration has adopted its new defense doctrine. For the Levant, it is no longer a question of “reshaping the broader Middle East”, nor of overthrowing President Bashar Assad, but only of “reducing” the Islamic Emirate. The White House hopes to put its military machine in order and running. To do this, President Obama is trying to get the support of Congress.

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Syria’s Assad backs Russia peace bid

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2014

Moscow in touch with US


10th December, 2014

Damascus (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to relaunch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting.

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Washington takes heat off President Bashar al-Assad

Posted by seumasach on December 2, 2014


2nd December, 2014

The State Department has cut its funding to the Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) that it set up in the Hague in 2013 with a view to prosecuting Syrian President Bashar Assad for crimes against humanity.

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The hawks’ solution to everything

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2014


Throw More Weapons at the Problem

American Conservative

10th November, 2014

The Republican foreign policy agenda in the new year promises to be lousy:

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ISIL militants to face defeat in Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 5, 2014


4th November, 2014

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says Takfiri ISIL militants, who are currently wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq, have no future and will definitely be defeated.

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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


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


17th September, 2014

( – 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

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.


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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