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The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 22, 2011, and notes the resumption of full consular services to U.S. citizens on August 27, 2012.
Libyans cast ballots on July 7 in elections deemed to be free and fair according to election observers. Libya’s General National Congress replaced the Transitional National Council in August 2012 and will lead the country until elections are held on the basis of a new constitution. Despite this progress, violent crime continues to be a problem in Tripoli, Benghazi, and other parts of the country. In particular, armed carjacking and robbery are on the rise. In addition, political violence, including car bombings in Tripoli and assassinations of military officers and alleged former regime officials in Benghazi, has increased. Inter-militia conflict can erupt at any time or any place in the country. Seven Iranian Red Crescent officials were kidnapped July 31 in Benghazi by local militia members, and as of the date of this warning, they have not been released. There have also been several reports of militias briefly apprehending and detaining foreigners due to perceived or actual violations of Libyan law. The Embassy’s ability to intervene in such cases remains limited, as these groups are neither sanctioned nor controlled by the Libyan government.
U.S. Embassy Tripoli resumed full consular services for U.S. citizens in Libya on August 27, 2012.
U.S. citizens traveling to, or remaining in, Libya should use extreme caution and limit nonessential travel within the country, make their own contingency emergency plans, enroll their presence in Libya through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin or emergency contact information.
[source : Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Libya, US State Dept, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5762.html, 29/08/2012]
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Travel Summary and the Safety and Security section (explosions in Tripoli). The overall level of the advice has not changed. We advise against all but essential travel to Zuwara, Az Zawiya, Tripoli, al Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian Border, including Benghazi; we advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya.
...In general, British nationals (including dual nationals) in Libya should keep a low profile and avoid all but essential travel in their local area and to other parts of the country, particularly at night. Law and order in the country is still being re-established and the threat from crime, including carjacking remains high. There is also limited police capacity to prevent or deal with the street crimes, including muggings. Make sure your homes and possessions are secured and valuables kept out of sight. Avoid carrying large amounts of money, valuable jewellery, watches or cameras, and keep mobile phones out of sight as victims may be targeted due to perceived wealth.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See Safety and Security - Terrorism.
[source : UK FCO, http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/libya, 29/08/2012]
The massacre town of Daraya is a place of ghosts and questions. It echoed with the roar of mortar explosions and the crackle of gunfire yesterday, its few returning citizens talking of death, assault, foreign "terrorists", and its cemetery of slaughter haunted by snipers.
[source : Robert Fisk: Inside Daraya - how a failed prisoner swap turned into a massacre, The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-inside-daraya--how-a-failed-prisoner-swap-turned-into-a-massacre-8084727.html, 2/08/2012]
One woman, who gave her name as Leena, said she was travelling through the town in a car and saw at least 10 male bodies lying on the road near her home. "We carried on driving past, we did not dare to stop, we just saw these bodies in the street," she said, adding that Syrian troops had not yet entered Daraya.
"We believe that the US is the major player against Syria and the rest are its instruments." But wasn't this all really about Iran? I asked, a dodgy question since it suggested a secondary role for Syria in its own tragedy. And when Muallem referred to the Brookings Institution, I groaned.
"You are laughing, but sometimes when you are Foreign Minister, you are obliged to read these things – and there was a study by the Brookings Institute [sic] called The Road to Tehran, and the result of this study was: if you want to contain Iran, you must start with Damascus…
"We were told by some Western envoy at the beginning of this crisis that relations between Syria and Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Syria and Hamas are the major elements behind this crisis. If we settle this issue, they [the Americans] will help end the crisis. But no one told us why it is forbidden for Syria to have relations with Iran when most if not all the Gulf countries have very important relations with Iran."
[source : Exclusive: ‘We believe that the USA is the major player against Syria and the rest are its instruments’, The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/exclusive-we-believe-that-the-usa-is-the-major-player-against-syria-and-the-rest-are-its-instruments-8082457.html, 28/08/2012]
Objectivity is a significant principle of journalistic professionalism. Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and nonpartisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.
[source : wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivity_%28journalism%29
The schemes are overseen by the US State Department's Office of Syrian Opposition Support (OSOS) and Foreign Office officials. America has set aside $25 million for political opponents of President Bashar al-Assad while Britain is granting £5 million to the cause of overthrowing the regime.
Mina al-Homsi (a pseudonym) is one of the first graduates of the training.
She now spends her days plotting how to spread seditious messages throughout her homeland through her own network, named Basma.
One of its main activities is to repackage video shot by amateurs into a format that can be used by broadcasters.
The attempted disconnect has already begun. Syrian troops are fighting at the request of their people to defend their country. The shabiha have nothing to do with them. And I have to say – and no, yet again, I am not comparing Bashar with Hitler or the Syrian conflict with the Second World War – that the German Wehrmacht tried to play the same narrative game in 1944 and 1945 and, then, in a much bigger way, in post-war Europe. The disciplined lads of the Wehrmacht never indulged in war crimes or genocide against the Jews in Russia, Ukraine or the Baltic states or Poland or Yugoslavia. No, it was those damned SS criminals or the Einsatzgruppen or the Ukrainian militia or the Lithuanian paramilitary police or the proto-Nazi Ustashe who besmirched the good name of Germany. Bulls***, of course, though German historians who set out to prove the criminality of the Wehrmacht still face abuse.
NEARLY 200 elite SAS and SBS troops are in or around Syria hunting for Assad’s weapons of mass destruction, we can reveal.
The crack teams are deep in the war-torn country preparing to capture the deadly chemical arsenal when the president decides to use it or move it.
[source : SAS HUNT BIO ARMS, The Daily Star, http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/268989/SAS-hunt-bio-arms/, 26/08/2012]
In an interview with Channel 5, Cameron said “we need to make sure Assad goes” as he admitted that British officials “are working very closely” with armed insurgents in Syria as they are “getting to know them better”.
Cameron’s remarks about UK officials’ efforts to know Syria’s armed rebels better come as a report published by the Daily Mail on 20 July, 2012 suggested that UK officials already know the insurgents well because the leaders of these armed insurgents were trained by Britain’s former Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers.
[source : UK bent on toppling Syrian government, PressTV, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/11/255638/uk-bent-on-toppling-syrian-government/, 11/08/2012]
Before each big UN SC meet on Syria there are reports of a massacre. Sometimes it's been true, sometimes it has not. but it is a pattern. - Tim Marshall @Skytwitius, Twitter.com
France to chair UN meeting on Syria. Aug 30th. - Tim Marshall @Skytwitius, Twitter.com
David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle has been plunged into chaos because Ken Clarke is refusing to move and has warned the Prime Minister that firing him would ‘retoxify’ the Tory Party.[source : Cameron's reshuffle in chaos as Clarke refuses to move and tells PM sacking him would 'retoxify' Tory party, The Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190757/Camerons-reshuffle-chaos-Clarke-refuses-tells-PM-sacking-retoxify-Tory-party.html, 20/08/2012]
Syrian rebel commander Abu Ammar has threatened to form an alliance with Al-Qaeda if the west fails to provide heavy arms in the effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad.[source : Syrian Rebel Leader Threatens To Form Alliance With Al-Qaeda If West Doesn’t Provide Arms, InfoWars, http://www.infowars.com/syrian-rebel-leader-threatens-to-form-alliance-with-al-qaeda-if-west-doesnt-provide-arms/, 16/08/2012]
“We don’t want al Qaeda here, but if nobody else helps us, we will make an alliance with them,” Ammar, a rebel leader in the city of Aleppo told AFP, adding that Al-Qaeda fighters would “brainwash” Syrian rebels and create their own base of operations.
Another source described as an “anti-regime activist” also threatened to unite with the terrorist group if arms were not forthcoming. “The main aim is to stop this bloodshed in Aleppo. If neither the West nor the Arabs will help us, we will ask for the help of al Qaeda to stop the bloodshed,” he said.
Such threats seem fairly redundant given the fact that Al-Qaeda terrorists and Syrian rebels are already working hand in hand – with western backing.
As the London Guardian reported, far from there being a distinction between the FSA rebels and Al-Qaeda terrorists, the Al-Qaeda fighters, along with hordes of foreign fighters including many veterans of NATO’s previous act of regime change in Libya, are now commanding the rebels.
“We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations,” said former FSA rebel turned Al-Qaeda commander Abu Khuder, adding that Al-Qaeda fighters meet “every day” with Syrian rebels.
In addition, rebel fighters are routinely photographed wearing the Al-Qaeda motif. There are also innumerable You Tube videos that show opposition forces flying the Al-Qaeda flag.
While pro-rebel media outlets continue to portray Al-Qaeda’s presence in Syria as minimal, a report by the RAND Corporation concedes that “Al Qaeda has conducted roughly two dozen attacks, primarily against Syrian security service targets. Virtually all have been suicide attacks and car bombings, and they have resulted in more than 200 deaths and 1,000 injuries.”
The White House has not only failed to condemn these Al-Qaeda attacks – it has all but welcomed them – which is unsurprising given the fact that at a Pentagon briefing back in March it was concluded that special forces from the US, UK, France, Jordan, and Turkey would be used to “commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces [Assad's support base], elicit collapse from within.”
Following a bombing back in May that targeted Syria’s Military Intelligence Center, Ambassador Susan Rice subtly threatened that such attacks would continue until Assad stepped down.
Similarly, following a suicide bombing in Damascus last month, the White House responded by lauding the attack as a sign that the “window is closing” on Bashar Assad’s regime.
A recent article by Senior Council on Foreign Relations fellow Ed Husain virtually celebrated Al-Qaeda’s role in helping western-backed rebels overthrow Assad. Husain praised the fact that Al-Qaeda terrorists provided expertise, battle experience, and would “help improve morale” amongst Syrian rebels. “In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now,” he concluded.
Bioethics especially cloning, stem cell research and genetics[source : About Us, http://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/about_us, 16/08/2012]
Just War Theory and terrorism
[source : Syrian Christian Nun: Western Media Coverage a "Fake", LPAC, http://larouchepac.com/node/23645, 16/08/2012]
The Mother Superior at the Syrian monastery of St. John the Mutilated in Qaram, says there are very few Syrians among the Syrian "rebels," and she charges that Western news media coverage of ongoing violence in Syria has been "partial and untrue." The news coverage is a "fake," which "hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy," Mother Agnes Mariam said on video interview posted by the Irish Times.
She said that in Aleppo, foreigners came in, and went into civilian areas, and then they claimed that the Syrian army is bombing civilian areas. "We don't want to be invaded, as in Aleppo, by mercenaries, some of whom think they are fighting Israel. They bring terror, destruction, fear, and nobody protects the civilians," she said. She described one situation where rebels cut a man's finger off, and then beheaded him. She said that abuse of young girls, beheadings, and abductions by the rebels, are common.
Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria's population, and the Assad regime does not favor them, she said. "It is a secular regime based on equality for all, even though in the constitution it says the Koran is the source of legislation." But, she said, "Christians are less put aside than in other Islamic countries, for example Saudi Arabia." She added, "The social fabric of Syria is very diverse, so Christians live in peace."
The majority of Muslims in Syria are moderate and open to other cultural and interfaith elements, she said, but "Wahhabism is not open." There are "very few Syrians among the rebels," she said, adding, "Mercenaries should go home."
Syria's grinding 17-month war has typically been portrayed as a sectarian conflict. In this version, Bashar al-Assad's embattled Shia Alawite sect – about 10% of the population – is pitted against the country's Sunni majority. To an extent, this is true. But the reality is more complex.[source : How a freedom-fighting pharmacist showed me the complex truth about Syria's sectarian conflict, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/13/freedom-fighting-pharmacist-syria-sectarian-conflict, 14/08/2012]
...According to Baree, Syria's revolution has little to do with external forces, or Islamist radicalism. It is, he tells me, the product of Syria's own domestic dynamic and a logical reaction to the brutal behaviour of Assad.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived on Monday in Saudi Arabia ahead of an extraordinary summit in Mecca expected to focus on the Syria conflict, on which Tehran and Riyadh have taken opposing sides.[source : Ahmadinejad heads to Saudi summit, urges Muslim countries to show greater unity, Al Arabiya, http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/13/231986.html, 13/08/2012]
...“This meeting is a chance for our country’s viewpoint to be explained transparently and for efforts to be made towards the convergence and protection of the interests of Muslim nations,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
[source : Tehran reaches out to Egypt’s Morsi, Voltaire Network, http://www.voltairenet.org/Tehran-reaches-out-to-Egypt-s, 06/08/2012]
Far from shying away in the face of the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa, Iran has continued to reach out, in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, in the name of Islam. Knowing that relations between the Brothers and Saudi Arabia have not always been on an even keel, Tehran has multiplied its initiatives to prevent the new North African governments from joining the Saudi Fitna game of fueling conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Egypt is the centerpiece of this diplomacy which, according to Ambassador Bhadrakumar, bears the promise of momentous change in the region.
...This is a development that holds the potential to shake up Middle Eastern politics — Iranian vice-president visiting Cairo. The two countries pulled down the shutters following the Iranian revolution in 1979 and a dark period continued right till the end of the Hosni Mubarak era. The revolution on Tahrir Square one year ago heralded a thaw, the first sign of which was the permission granted to an Iranian warship to cross the Suez Canal to visit Syria.
...Meanwhile, the military junta permitted a second Iranian warship to cross the Suez Canal, disregarding the stern rebuke by the United States and Israel (and the annoyance of Saudi Arabia). On its part, evidently with the acquiescence of Cairo, Tehran began inviting a series of Egyptian goodwill delegations from the civil society in a sustained effort to reach out to the various sections — especially the Islamist forces — of Egyptian society.
To be sure, a critical mass of opinion began accruing in Egypt, including within the Muslim Brotherhood, regarding the restoration of normal ties with Iran.
Enter Saudi Arabia!
Taking advantage of the economic crisis in Egypt, Riyadh offered economic assistance, but with strings attached. The bottom line for the Saudis is that Egypt shouldn’t dilute Riyadh’s regional campaign to “isolate” Iran. The main worry for the Saudis is that if Egypt, the biggest and most powerful Sunni Arab country, mends fences with Iran, the entire geopolitical thesis built around a contrived Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian schism which the US-Israeli-Saudi axis has been expounding as the centre-piece of the Arab Spring, would flounder.
In an interview with Channel 5, Cameron said “we need to make sure Assad goes” as he admitted that British officials “are working very closely” with armed insurgents in Syria as they are “getting to know them better”.[source : UK bent on toppling Syrian government, PressTV, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/11/255638/uk-bent-on-toppling-syrian-government/, 11/08/2012]
Cameron’s remarks about UK officials’ efforts to know Syria’s armed rebels better come as a report published by the Daily Mail on 20 July, 2012 suggested that UK officials already know the insurgents well because the leaders of these armed insurgents were trained by Britain’s former Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers.
[source : Obama Demanded Congressional Recess as Free Hand for War, LPAC, http://larouchepac.com/node/23596, 10/08/2012]
Senior Democratic Party and intelligence community sources have all confirmed that the Tuesday unanimous consent in the Congress, reversing last week's House vote to remain in session through the August period, was engineered by the White House and was motivated, in part, to give Obama a free hand to unleash the Guns of August. According to the sources, Obama is now preparing direct U.S. military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime, given the recent on-the-ground setback for the armed Syrian opposition, which was routed in Damascus and is in process of being defeated in Aleppo. He did not want Congress in session while the option is put in place for such a U.S. move, the sources confirmed.
Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK's commitment of an extra £5m in non-lethal equipment to the Free Syrian Army is "the right thing to do".[source : Syria conflict: UK to give extra £5m to rebels, BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19205204, 10/08/2012]
[source : Britain Boosting Aid To Syrian Opposition, Sky News, http://news.sky.com/story/970897/britain-boosting-aid-to-syrian-opposition, 10/08/2012]
This is not about human rights nor has it even been Libya was for oil Syria is to weaken iran. If Willie hague really cared about democracy and human rights he would scrap are unelected leaders and Cut off all trade and apply sanctions to the saudi and bahrain regimes aswell as the israeli regime.
This is imperialism and re-colonialisation. - Daniel Meah
Can you imagine Hague's response if Iran said they were giving £5m to the EDL for example for communications equipment so they could better plan and coordinate their opposition to our government policies?
Mind you... it's not that much of a fair comparison... because however distasteful I find the EDL - they haven't tied up unarmed people and slaughtered them.... unlike the people that our government intends to reward with £5m. - Chidder
Nothing to do with us, lets keep our noses out.
Also charity should begin at home. As for that irritating Hague every time hear is voice it set my teeth on edge............... - Mark The First
Right. Then this unelected government should be absolutely fine in the event that another nation wishes to publicly fund and train terrorists to topple the UK "leadership". I'm sure cameron would love to see artillery and armed militia taking control of downing street.
This is what the torys are saying is okay to do? What a fine example to the rest of the world. Not only giving them ideas, but endorsing it at the same time. It seems terrorism is okay to these muppets as long as you call them "something" else other than "terrorists". Don't forget that what this unelected government is doing in syria by aiding and funding armed militia is by definition terrorism as it is all for political gain and nothing else.
Disgusting on so many levels.
Who the **** voted for these clowns. Do your country a favour at the next election. Don't vote at all. - Ricky Thomson
The same story they said on Libya (The want to free people of Libya, people has been living in peace since) and killed the only influential Africa president. You are supporting rebel and calling on Rwanda to help to disarm rebels from Congo. What is the different between Congo, Rwanda, Burundi etc rebel and Syria rebels?
American secretary of state (Hillary Clinton) is in Africa now, before December one rebel group will rise up against government and have they support. - upsonn
What has it got to do with us who Governs Syria? - neilly
@ running bear I couldn't agree more the British public should up rise against this weak government! - ben0197
All this giving the British tax payers money away to country's that dont diserve it and are nothing to do with us is geting past a joke, and is just another slap in the face for every over taxed, down-troden and disregarded British person. - stupot1
cameron and clegg borrowing more money from the banks at high interest to give abroad . Only the bnp will put british people first in how british money is spent - running bear
disgusting spending our tax payers coin on a civil war in a country that has got nothing to do with us,is there oil there by any chance? and why are they supporting the rebels who are breaking all laws in that country,if they do not wish to abide by the countrys laws more to another,simples! - tbell
I have written to the UN to ask them if they think its ok for our government to ignore the sick and old in favor of supporting terrorists then there is the question of the undemocratic practices used by the parties of this country to control and deny us fair representation - peoples man
OMG here we go again,a failed leader of the Cpnservative Party has decided he knows what is best for the Middle eatern country of Syria,this is and never will be our concern ,he has no right to spend taxpayers which we are borrowing because we are in debt to help destabilise another country - pascoe
Israel has noted an unusually high number of phone calls between Lebanon and the city of Burgas in Bulgaria, in the three days before the terror attack last month in which seven people died, including five Israeli tourists, the New York Times reported on Thursday.[source : Report: Israel finds unusually high number of Lebanon, Burgas phone calls made before attack, Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-israel-finds-unusually-high-number-of-lebanon-burgas-phone-calls-made-before-attack-1.457023, 09/09/2012]
The Israeli and Bulgarian intelligence services still do not have clear evidence of Hezbollah's involvement in the attack.
Russian military denies its general killed in Syria[source : RT, http://www.rt.com/news/line/2012-08-08/#id35524, 08/08/2012]
The Russian Defense Ministry has said reports that a Russian general was allegedly killed in Syria are a “brazen lie.” Such claims are rather an apparent provocation targeting Russian servicemen than reporting the news, the ministry's Press and Information Department told Interfax. General Vladimir Kuzheyev, who is mentioned in the reports, “was dismissed from military service in 2010,” the ministry said. “He resides in Moscow and is in good health,” it added.
[source : Tim Marshall @Skytwitius, https://twitter.com/Skytwitius, 08/08/2012]
Syria: A Russian General with the same name as the one the FSA say they have killed holds press conf in Moscow to say 'I'm not dead'.
The Bank of England has cut its growth forecast to close to zero from the 0.8% predicted in May, as the double-dip recession intensifies.[source : Bank cuts growth forecast close to zero, BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19174649, 08/08/2012]
The quarterly inflation report indicated no growth for 2012 compared with 2% predicted a year ago.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the killing of a Russian general in Syria who was working as a consultant to the Syrian defense minister and head of general staff of military affairs, it said in an announcement aired by Al Arabiya.[source : FSA claims responsibility for Russian general’s death in Syria, Al Arabiya, http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/08/231005.html, 08/08/2012]
Terrorists in Syria hanged a small Shiite child after killing all his family members in Damascus, human rights activists in Iraq unveiled on Monday.[source : Terrorists Hang Shiite Child after Killing Family Members, Fars News Agancy, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9104253045, 06/08/2012]
According to a report by Iraq's Qanon news website, Iraqi human rights activists said that armed rebel groups attacked the house of a Shiite Iraqi family in the Seyede Zainab neighborhood in the capital city of Damascus, killed all members of the family and hanged the last one, a little child.
"This is all going like Libya but this will be bigger and bloodier."[source : SYRIA WILL BE BLOODIEST YET, The Daily Star, 1/1/2012]
"The last time Iran was a threat, the Saudis were able to mobilize the worst kinds of Islamic radicals. Once you get them out of the box, you can’t put them back."[source : The Redirection, The New Yorker, http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh?currentPage=all, 05/03/2007]
A man with a 9/11 tattoo who was seen videotaping the aftermath of the Sikh temple massacre was wanted by the FBI as a 'person of interest' though he was quickly interviewed and cleared.[source : Neo-Nazi shooter who gunned down six at Sikh temple was former soldier who was leader of racist white-power band, The Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184038/Wisconsin-Sikh-temple-shooting-Oak-Creek-gunman-Wade-Michael-Page-pictured.html, 07/08/2012]
At a news conference on Monday, Teresa Carlson, a special agent for the F.B.I., which is leading the investigation, said, “We don’t have any reason to believe that there was anyone else” involved in the crime. Law enforcement officials said earlier on Monday they wanted to speak with a “person of interest” who was at the temple on Sunday, but by late afternoon they had ruled out any connection between him and the shooting.[source : Wisconsin Killer Fed and Was Fueled by Hate-Driven Music, NYT, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/us/army-veteran-identified-as-suspect-in-wisconsin-shooting.html?_r=1&ref=global-home, 07/08/2012]
The 'person of interest' that the Federal Bureau of Investigations was interested in talking with in connection with the temple shooting investigation has been identified, contacted, and ruled out as having anything to do with the incident, FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said at 2:45 p.m.[source : FBI: 'Person of interest' not involved in temple shooting, Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/fbi-person-of-interest-not-involved-in-temple-shooting-jr6d020-165172466.html, 06/08/2012]
The man was observed taking video of family members gathered in a parking lot near the temple on Sunday, within an hour of the shooting. He was dressed in black, had a 9-11-01 tattoo, and did not interact with anyone at the scene.
“There may be other plans, other approaches that may work quite effectively,” he said, adding that at this stage the focus should still be on a political transition which means “President (Bashar) al-Assad will have to leave sooner or later.”[source : Annan quits as Syria peace envoy; says Assad will have to leave sooner or later, Al Arabiya, http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/02/230034.html, 02/08/2012]
The rebels were filmed murdering captives and the live blog was suppressed from the front page. Today Syrian troops are accused of massacre and the live blog is front page again. Double standards? - Mike944[source : Syria crisis: two new 'massacres' near Damascus - live updates, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/aug/02/syria-crisis-damascus-massacres-live, 02/08/2012]
They only started defending our area when it came under attack. We had nothing to do with what happened at the airport [scene of the reported killing of rebels] This was in the war between the government – now they are blaming us all. I am sure they have killed Ahmed and Jassem [his brother and cousin]. What will happen to their families? The children? What will happen to the rest of us? Some people were saying we are Alawites, we are not, we are Sunnis.
Remarkable Gruniad!! Rebels film themselves shooting men in cold blood and also admit they did it and it is nothing but a footnote story buried in a hyperlink.
A story with the 'unverified tag' of rebel activists claiming that Assad's men massacred people in Damascus is front page with bells and whistles attached.
You would think the pretence of unbiased reporting may even be held up just for show. - notwired
I have to say the Guardians coverage of this conflict is absolutely appallingly one sided, if I didn't know better I would think that the articles were being written directly by the FCO. Show at least a semblance of balance please. And no I am not an Assad supporter at all, just hate biased reporting. - Dinosaw
It would seem that to the Guardian the FSA only do revenge killings while baby-eating Assad's forces kill people for the sheer hell of it. - stickie
And the Guardian is not alone. Did you see the way the BBC tried to qualify the footage, it "appeared" to show a massacre, the rebel leader "seemed" to admit it. Between BBC CH4 and the Guardian I'm not sure who would win the Joseph Goebels prize for propaganda on this one - Dinosaw
Let me get this straight: if the Syrian government kills rebels, it's called a "slaughter" or a "massacre" and is universally condemned. On the other hand, if the rebels kill Assad supporters, they're called "revenge killings" and in Western media reports they are glossed over by alleging that these 'shabiha' are baby-killing monsters, implying that the rebels are somehow justified in carrying out summary executions.
It's amazing how Western media are bending over backwards to present the news in favour of the rebels, even though it's becoming increasingly and abundantly clear that the rebels are pure scum. - medicinem4n
A raid by Syrian security forces near the capital Damascus killed 43 people, some of whom were tortured and executed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.[source : Morning raid kills 43 in Damascus; some tortured, executed: NGO, Al Arabiya, http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/02/229914.html, 02/08/2012]
“Regime forces entered the Jdaidet Artuz district (southwest of Damascus) on Wednesday and arrested around 100 young people who were taken to a school and tortured,” the watchdog said in a statement.
“On Thursday morning after the operation the bodies of 43 people were recovered. Some of them had been summarily executed.”
...Meanwhile, the U.N. General Assembly will on Friday vote on an Arab-drafted resolution calling on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to stand down, as the deadly fighting continues unabated in his country.
The resolution is largely symbolic, but diplomats say it is a sign of the anger and frustration felt by many nations at the failure to agree international action against Assad over the escalating conflict.
The United States has again criticized Russia and China for vetoing three U.N. Security Council resolutions which had raised possible sanctions against Syria.
It was unclear when the president signed the authorization for Syria, but the sources said it was within the past several months.[source : Obama authorized covert support for Syrian rebels, sources say, CNN, http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/us/syria-rebels-us-aid/index.html?hpt=hp_t2, 02/08/2012]
God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
Allah U Akbar
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
Allah U Akbar
Graphic new footage has emerged that it is claimed shows rebel soldiers in Syria lining up and shooting dead pro-government milita members.[source : Syrian Rebels 'Kill Pro-Regime Militia', Sky News, http://news.sky.com/story/967391/syrian-rebels-kill-pro-regime-militia, 01/08/2012]
The two-minute video seems to show members of the Shabiha, a militia group aligned to President Bashar al Assad's regime, being killed. They appear to be unarmed.
Sky correspondent Alex Rossi, reporting from the Syria-Turkey border, said the Shabiha are "feared and reviled in equal measure".
"They are blamed for things like the Houla massacre on May 25 in which 108 people were killed, 49 of them children.
"It would be understandable why, in the heat of war, they may be killed in this way. Certainly the Geneva convention doesn't hold much sway in this conflict.