Posts Tagged With: Syria

The tiny pill fueling Syria’s war and turning fighters into superhuman soldiers….



Captagon pills are displayed along with a cup containing cocaine at an office of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, Anti-Narcotics Division, in Beirut in 2010. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images/File)

As The Post’s Liz Sly recently noted, the war in Syria has become a tangled web of conflict dominated by “al-Qaeda veterans, hardened Iraqi insurgents, Arab jihadist ideologues and Western volunteers.”

On the surface, those competing actors are fueled by an overlapping mixture of ideologies and political agendas.

Just below it, experts suspect, they’re powered by something else: Captagon.

A tiny, highly addictive pill produced in Syria and widely available across the Middle East, its illegal sale funnels hundreds of millions of dollars back into the war-torn country’s black-market economy each year, likely giving militias access to new arms, fighters and the ability to keep the conflict boiling,according to the Guardian.

“Syria is a tremendous problem in that it’s a collapsed security sector, because of its porous borders, because of the presence of so many criminal elements and organized networks,” the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) regional representative, Masood Karimipour, told Voice of America. “There’s a great deal of trafficking being done of all sorts of illicit goods — guns, drugs, money, people. But what is being manufactured there and who is doing the manufacturing, that’s not something we have visibility into from a distance.”

A powerful amphetamine tablet based on the original synthetic drug known as “fenethylline,” Captagon quickly produces a euphoric intensity in users, allowing Syria’s fighters to stay up for days, killing with a numb, reckless abandon.

“You can’t sleep or even close your eyes, forget about it,” said a Lebanese user, one of three who appeared on camera without their names for a BBC Arabic documentary that aired in September. “And whatever you take to stop it, nothing can stop it.”

“I felt like I own the world high,” another user said. “Like I have power nobody has. A really nice feeling.”

“There was no fear anymore after I took Captagon,” a third man added.

According to a Reuters report published in 2014, the war has turned Syria into a “major” amphetamines producer — and consumer.

“Syrian government forces and rebel groups each say the other uses Captagon to endure protracted engagements without sleep, while clinicians say ordinary Syrians are increasingly experimenting with the pills, which sell for between $5 and $20,” Reuters reported.

Captagon has been around in the West since the 1960s, when it was given to people suffering from hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression, according to the Reuters report. By the 1980s, according to Reuters, the drug’s addictive power led most countries to ban its use.

The United State classified fenethylline (“commonly known by the trademark name Captagon”) as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act in 1981, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Still, the drug didn’t exactly disappear.

VOA notes that while Westerners have speculated that the drug is being used by Islamic State fighters, the biggest consumer has for years been Saudi Arabia. In 2010, a third of the world’s supply — about seven tons — ended up in Saudi Arabia, according to Reuters. VOA estimated that as many as 40,000 to 50,000 Saudis go through drug treatment each year.

“My theory is that Captagon still retains the veneer of medical respectability,” Justin Thomas, an assistant professor of psychology and psychotherapy at the UAE’s Zayed University and author of “Psychological Well-Being in the Gulf States,” told VOA in 2010. “It may not be viewed as a drug or narcotic because it is not associated with smoking or injecting.”

Five years later, production of Captagon has taken root in Syria — long a heavily trafficked thoroughfare for drugs journeying from Europe to the Gulf States — and it has begun to blossom.

“The breakdown of state infrastructure, weakening of borders and proliferation of armed groups during the … battle for control of Syria, has transformed the country from a stopover into a major production site,” Reuters reported.

“Production in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley – a traditional centre for the drug – fell 90% last year from 2011, with the decline largely attributed to production inside Syria,” the Guardian noted.

Cheap and easy to produce using legal materials, the drug can be purchased for less than $20 a tablet and is popular among those Syrian fighters who don’t follow strict interpretations of Islamic law, according to the Guardian.

Doctors report that the drug has dangerous side effects, including psychosis and brain damage, according to the BBC.

Ramzi Haddad, a Lebanese psychiatrist, told Reuters that the drug produces the typical effects of a stimulant.

“You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic,” he said.

According to the news service:

A drug control officer in the central city of Homs told Reuters he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning.

“We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain. Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows,” he said. “We would leave the prisoners for about 48 hours without questioning them while the effects of Captagon wore off, and then interrogation would become easier.”

One secular ex-Syrian fighter who spoke to the BBC said the drug is tailor-made for the battlefield because of its ability to give soldiers superhuman energy and courage:

“So the brigade leader came and told us, ‘this pill gives you energy, try it,’ ” he said. “So we took it the first time. We felt physically fit. And if there were 10 people in front of you, you could catch them and kill them. You’re awake all the time. You don’t have any problems, you don’t even think about sleeping, you don’t think to leave the checkpoint. It gives you great courage and power. If the leader told you to go break into a military barracks, I will break in with a brave heart and without any feeling of fear at all — you’re not even tired.”

Another ex-fighter told the BBC that his 350-person brigade took the pill without knowing if it was a drug or medicine for energy.

“Some people became addicted to it and it will damage the addicts,” he said. “This is the problem.”

Categories: Government Secrets, Middle East, Muslims, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

terror attacks in U.S. covered up by Feds…


Dozens committed by Muslim immigrants in last 2 years….

Obama wants to import 85,000 foreign refugees in fiscal 2016, including 10,000 from Syria, with those numbers being ramped up further in 2017.

But the FBI has also been less than transparent about attacks that have already occurred on U.S. soil.

The 24-year-old Muhammad Abdulaziz, who gunned down five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga earlier this summer and the Nov. 4 knife attack by 18-year-old Faisal Mohammed against students at a California college were both carried out by devout Muslims who showed signs of allegiance to the Islamic State. But the public may never know the full details behind these crimes because the FBI has refused to release all its reports.

Investigators have said Abdulazeez was a “homegrown violent extremist” but have not offered details about what motivated the attack that began at a military recruiting center and ended when Abdulazeez was shot to death by police who followed him to the reserve center. The young Muslim came to the U.S. as an immigrant from Kuwait with is parents at the age of 6, attended U.S. schools, obtained an engineering degree and became a naturalized citizen before his family said he became more religious and took the lives of four U.S. Marines and a sailor.

“We’re still trying to make sure we understand Abdulazeez, his motivations and associations, in a really good way,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters during a visit to Nashville’s FBI field office last Friday.

“Sometimes the way we investigate requires us to keep information secret. That’s a good thing. We don’t want to smear people.”

Below is a sampling of more than 20 cases of terrorist plots against the U.S. by Muslim immigrants that have received little to no national media coverage over the last two years. All of the below terrorists and suspected terrorists would have passed through the federal government’s vaunted “vetting” process for refugees, asylum seekers and other types of immigrants:

  • An immigrant from Muslim-dominated Bangladesh, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship,‎ tried to incite people to travel to Somalia and conduct violent jihad against the United States. He was arrested in Texas in 2014.
  • In July 2015, a Cuban immigrant inspired by Islamic extremists plotted to explode a backpack bomb filled with nails on a beach in Key West.
  • An immigrant from Ghana, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, pledged allegiance to ISIS and plotted a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. He attacked an FBI agent with a large kitchen knife when the agent was searching his home in June in Staten Island, New York. The search was connected to an investigation stemming from the weekend arrest of Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, CNN reported.
  • An immigrant from Sudan living in northern Virginia, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, tried to join ISIS and wage jihad on its behalf after having been recruited online. He pleaded guilty in federal court in June 2015 to providing material support to ISIS and his friend, according to court records, is now a member of the Islamic State fighting force in Syria.
  • A Muslim refugee couple from Bosnia, along with their five relatives living in Missouri, Illinois and New York, were charged in February 2015 with sending money and supplies, and smuggled arms, to ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq.
  • A Muslim immigrant from Yemen, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, along with six other men living in Minnesota as members of refugee families, were charged in April 2015 with conspiracy to travel to Syria and to provide material support to ISIS.
  • A Somali refugee with lawful permanent resident status, along with four other Somali nationals, were charged July 23, 2014, with leading an al-Shabaab terrorist fundraising conspiracy in the United States, with monthly payments directed to the Somali terrorist organization.
  • A Kazakhstani immigrant with lawful permanent resident status conspired to purchase a machine gun to shoot FBI and other law enforcement agents if they prevented him from traveling to Syria to join ISIS. He and two others from Uzbekistan, both living in Brooklyn, were charged in February 2015 with providing material support a foreign terrorist organization.
  • Two female immigrants, one from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen, one of whom applied for and received U.S. citizenship, allegedly swore allegiance to ISIS and pledged to explode a propane tank bomb on U.S. soil. They were arrested in April 2015 during an FBI undercover raid on their house in Queens, New York.
  • A Uzbek man in Brooklyn allegedly encouraged other Uzbek nationals to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS, and raised $1,600 for the terror organization. The arrests were announced in February and April 2015.
  • The Boston Bombers were invited in as asylum seekers. The younger brother applied for citizenship and was naturalized on Sept. 11, 2012. The older brother had a pending application for citizenship.
  • A Moroccan Muslim who came to the U.S. on a student visa was arrested and charged in April 2014 with plotting to blow up a university and a federal court house.
  • Six Members of Minnesota’s Somali-American refugee community have recently been charged with trying to join ISIS. The Washington Times reported that “the effort [to resettle large groups of Somali refugees in Minnesota] is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.”
  • An Uzbek refugee living in Boise, Idaho, was arrested in 2013 and charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, in the form of teaching terror recruits how to build bombs to blow up U.S. military installations. He was convicted in August 2015.
  • A teenage American citizen living in York, South Carolina, whose family emigrated from Syria, was sentenced in April 2015 for plotting to support ISIS and rob a gun store to kill members of the American military.
  • A Muslim immigrant from Syria living in Ohio, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was accused by federal prosecutors of planning to “go to a military base in Texas and kill three or four American soldiers execution style.”
  • A college student who came to America as a refugee from Somalia, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, attempted to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon. He was sentenced in October 2014 to 30 years in prison.
  • An immigrant from Afghanistan, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, and a legal permanent resident from the Philippines, were convicted Sept. 25, 2014 for trying to “join Al Qaeda and the Taliban in order to kill Americans.”
  • An Iraqi immigrant, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was arrested in May 2015 for lying to federal agents about pledging allegiance to ISIS and his travels to Syria.
  • Two Pakistani-American brothers living in New York, who later applied for and received U.S citizenship, were sentenced in June 2015 to decades-long prison sentences for plotting to detonate a bomb in New York City.
  • An immigrant from Muslim-dominated Yemen, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was arrested in September 2014 in Rochester, New York, for allegedly trying to join ISIS. He was also charged with attempting to illegally buy firearms to try to shoot American military personnel.
  • An immigrant brought here by his family from Kuwait at age 6, and who was later approved for U.S. citizenship, carried out the jihadist attack that recently killed four U.S. Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015, using an AK-47 semi-automatic weapon against unarmed military men.

 

 

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parrot laughs like a super villain…


Categories: 2nd Amendment, adult radio | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America ‘Brings Its Planes’ & Send Special Delivery to ISIS Leader Baghdadi & Beheader ‘Jihadi John’….


ISIS terrorist ‘Jihadi John,’ who was behind the beheading of Americans Steven Sotloff and James Foley, as well as Brits Alan Henning and David Haines, has reportedly been wounded in a U.S. airstrike. In addition, the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was also injured.

The strike happened last week at a high-level meeting of ISIS commanders. The Daily Mail reports:

The secret, heavily guarded meeting took place last Saturday in a makeshift underground bunker beneath a house in Al Qaim. At least 30 tribal elders from various parts of Syria and Iraq gathered to pledge allegiance to Al-Baghdadi, according to our well-placed Syrian source. He said Jihadi John, as a senior IS figure in his own right, who goes by the nomme de guerre Jalman Al-Britani, was also present.

According to our source, a nurse who treated the wounded in a hospital in Deir-ez-Zour, confirmed that one of the names on the injured list was Jalman, saying it was ‘the one who slaughtered the journalists’.

John went to Syria last year to join ISIS and was allegedly radicalized by Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary in the UK.  The FBI Director announced in September that the agency had likely identified ‘Jihadi John’ aka ‘John the Beatle.’

Got him: Jihadi John ‘wounded in airstrike’

Categories: Politics | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breitbart – One Voice Silenced, Millions Awakened Op-Ed to “O” your hissy fit on August 31 2013 in front of the cameras and the world…


1. We are not a Federal “democracy.” Those two words are incongruous and simply do not fit together. And, you know it. A “democracy” is simply a palatable word for “mob rule.” In fact, from its root source, the Greek, that is exactly what it means when broken down into its parts. We are a FEDERAL REPUBLIC. And, that means, not mob rule, but the rule of law. A little fact you have ignored for 4.5 years now.

2. When you say this is the worst and most egregious use of chemical weapons in this century, you seem to be forgetting something. A century runs from today back 100 years. Within that time, we have had the Holocaust (6 million); Saddam Hussein’s gassing of 50,000+ Kurds, about which no one did a thing; the use of chemicals, supposedly, by Assad, AFTER you first laid down your “red line.” About which you did nothing! And, we have had our own use of Agent Orange and napalm in Vietnam. And, lest we forget, how about the over 54,000,000 abortions in this country alone since 1973? Not to mention the hundreds of thousands in the First World War killed and maimed by gas. All that occurred within the past 100 years. And, that equals one century. Or, are you not aware of that? And, I know you were talking about THIS century, but, I’m not, frankly. You seem to want to forget history. I don’t.

3. You and, I’m sure, many others on the left, will say we are being hypocritical because many of us gave our support to President Bush’s and Congress’ decision to go into Iraq. Let me remind you, and them, of one little item: We had been attacked and had lost around 3,000 Americans and other nationalities on our own soil. Saddam Hussein himself had spent years bragging he had WMDs. He had USED WMDs on his own people (remember the 50,000+ Kurds I mentioned above?). Our economy, yes, our NATIONAL SECURITY, had been hit! So, please…do not insult me or my countrymen by trying to compare your petulant decision to appear “strong” and have a personal hissy fit with a decision by President Bush, Congress, the American people and a coalition of our allies (we actually had some allies then!) to fight against a madman who truly was guilty of genocide against his own people. Yes. President Bush (both of them) had large coalitions and both of them also had Congressional approval. You don’t. And, what will you do if you don’t get it? Have another hissy fit and act anyway?! Fine. Do it. That IS an impeachable offense. So, you go right ahead and do it. And, we’ll see you in the impeachment hearings.

4. Why it is that you…and, we…have drawn this artificial diplomatic and international “rules” law about WMDs being worse than the present conventional weapons? Which happen to be horrible enough in themselves?! You, the UN, the entire world, have sat back and let 100,000+ Syrians die and, basically, have not done a thing. And, now, all of a sudden, you decide to act…all on your own? Without proper evidence? Let’s just get off your high horse, sir. Death and murder are death and murder. Period.

5. And, why are you all of a sudden choosing sides in what is truly an internal civil war? Which side is morally right here? From what I can see, both are about equally evil. Yes. Evil. Neither side cares how many of their own people they slaughter, frankly. And, all of a sudden, you decide to take sides with one evil against the other evil? That just plain does not make one iota’s worth of sense to me. Especially, when you have never drawn a “red line” about the massacres of Christians in a single Muslim country…specifically, Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood?! And, yes, Assad is brutal, but…he has protected Christians in Syria for decades. That is more than the Al-Queda-filled rebels will do if they take over. It is more that YOU have done in 4.5 years in office!

6. And, finally, you’re putting off your own “red line response” again until Congress comes back on September 9? That makes no sense, either. If the matter is serious enough to put OUR (not YOUR) military in harm’s way, then it is serious enough for Congress to come back into session NOW! But, wait…yes, wait. Now I get it. Of course! Congress comes back on Sept. 9. Let’s say 2 days for debate. Hmmm…now, we have September 11. The anniversary of Benghazi. The anniversary of the first 9/11. The date of the planned Million Muslim March on DC. The date of the planned AMERICAN Biker’s March on DC. O.K. Now, I get it. A perfect way to distract us from those little items. Sorry, but, it simply won’t wash! You seem to think we are truly stupid, sir. Well, guess what?! You, sir, ARE WRONG!

So…I am one of those demanding that Congress come back NOW! Congress needs to get itself back into session immediately! And, VOTE NO on this insane directive from someone who certainly do NOT have the good of America or the good of ANYONE in his mind.

You know, one thing about this would-be dictator…he sure is forcing Americans to stand up for what we believe is right! And, if we are serious about being Patriots, we’ll take this fight straight to him! If not, we have no right to ever again complain about the death of America. We will have caused it!

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Do you want to go to war and arm these people? Watch this video….


WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO….

 

Categories: Politics, Strange News, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Negotiation: China and Russia Walk Out of UN Security Council Meeting: “This Isn’t An Exercise” –


As Jerome Corsi warned earlier today, “this is one of the most serious moments that we’ve ever faced in world history.”

Events are happening quickly and as it stands, the United States, Britain and other western allies are preparing a missile strike on Syria.

Russia has been the most critical opponent of the possibility of mid east military action, but now China has also stepped in.

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

BBC via Zero Hedge

And moments ago the Interfax new agency announced that China and Russia have left the negotiating table in response to a proposal for Britain’s David Cameron on pending intervention in Syria.

UN-SECURITY/COUNCIL-RUSSIA-CHINA DUBAI. Aug 28 (Interfax)

Russian and Chinese representatives have left the UN Security Council session that discussed the draft resolution on Syria proposed by Great Britain.

We could be days away from the start of a conflict the likes of which the world has never seen before.

The United States and Britain are pushing forward with plans to execute a “brief and limited” strike on Syrian targets, but all signs suggest it will turn into much more than that. In January of 2012 the United States positioned 100,000 soldiers off the coast of Iran, and just last weekend it was reported that hundreds of US soldiers and intelligence assets had moved into Syria ahead of the attack.

In response, Syria has warned it will immediately target Israel with Russian supplied advanced weaponry. Syria’s closest ally in the region, Iran, has echoed the threat and warned that it, too, will turn its military capabilities on Israel.

This is a game changer. Any response by Israel against Arab nations would turn the entire middle east against the U.S. led coalition.

According to a report from the LA Times, that’s exactly what Israel intends to do.

“We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond with great force,” Netanyahu said after huddling for a second consecutive day with key Cabinet members to discuss the possible ramifications of a U.S. strike against Syria.

Armies are mobilizing, and that includes Russian troops, who are reportedly now being deployed in Syria to help Assad defend against “rebel forces,” which adds additional strength to the 160,000 Russian troops mobilized in the region earlier this summer. Furthermore, the Russian Navy deployed nearly its entire Pacific fleet to the Mediterranean in May.

Moreover, after a meeting with Saudi Arabia in which the Saudi head of intelligence directly threatened Vladimir Putin with terrorist attacks during the coming winter Olympic games in Russia if they didn’t let the U.S. move forward with their plans in Syria, President Putin has reportedly responded with the threat of a massive counter-strike against the Saudi Arabian monarchy.

This isn’t an exercise.

The writing is on the wall.

The militaries of the most powerful nations on Earth are preparing to engage.

If President Obama initiates a missile strike on Syria, however limited in scope, it could set the whole world ablaze

Categories: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

OBAMA IN GUNS-TO-JIHADISTS COVER-UP?…..


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised questions during a radio interview today about whether the Obama administration was smuggling guns to jihadist rebels in a possible “international Fast and Furious” that the White House has tried to cover up.

Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul said the guns scheme could help explain the reason for the coordinated attacks against the U.S. special mission and CIA annex in Benghazi last September.
Stated Paul: “There is also some concern about whether or not Libyan arms are being ferried through Turkey into Syrian rebels and whether or not that had something to do with the cover-up that came out of the administration when the administration was saying that, ‘Oh, this attack in Benghazi had something to do with a film.’

“Maybe that was to cover up that there was some kind of gun smuggling going on over there, some kind of international fast and furious was going on in Libya and that this was a cover-up,” Paul continued. “These are some of the questions that we are going to have for Hillary Clinton when she comes before our committee.

“I am very concerned about the president giving arms to Syrian rebels,” Paul told Klein.

The politician, who will serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S.-backed rebels in Syria include jihadists tied to al-Qaida.

“There’s about a million Christians in Syria, one of the largest populations of Christians are in Syria. They are not necessarily siding with the rebels because many of the rebels are extremist radical Islamists such as Al-Nusra elements of al-Qaida. And there is concern that the Christians will not be tolerated, will be wiped out if the rebels win,” Paul said.

Many rebel fighters are openly members of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida.

Categories: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NightWatch……… For the night of 11 December 2012


North Korea: Update. North Korea launched its long range rocket on 12 December. The North Koreans claimed the launch was a success.
The Yonhap news agency, citing a South Korean government source, said the rocket took off from the Sohae/Tongchang-ri launch center on the west coast at 0951 local time (0051 GMT) and was immediately detected by South Korean navy ships deployed in the Yellow Sea. Multiple other news sources reported the rocket launched at 0949 local time.
Japanese sources reported a rocket stage fell into waters off the Philippines at 1005, 12 December, giving a flight time of 14-16 minutes.
The US military confirmed the trajectory of what it called a missile and said, “Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.”
Comment: The information about technical troubles appears to have been disinformation. A 16 minute flight time would support the North’s claim that the launch was a success. If confirmed, this would be the first North Korean success in launching a satellite into orbit, and the first successful test of the components of an intercontinental ballistic missile. That makes this a great marketing tool for the North.
Naturally and reflexively the Allies condemned the launch. The only comments that matter, however, are those from China. None have been reported during this Watch. The Chinese made clear last week their opposition to any North Korean action that promotes instability in Northeast Asia. On the other hand, the Chinese will be the first to observe that this launch has caused no significant instability, aside from diplomatic bombast..
This is North Korea’s second rocket launch this year in apparent defiance of Chinese official public opposition. It is time to question whether all factions in the Chinese government are opposed to North Korean provocations. Alternatively, it is time to explore which factions in the Chinese government are encouraging North Korean provocative behavior.
Syria: The United States designated the Syrian Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist organization. The US believes al-Nusra has links to al Qaida, according to the US State Department.
Comment: Today, al- Nusra fighters captured what is being called a strategically vital army base near Aleppo. In fact, government forces abandoned it and took anything of value with them. They have been abandoning peripheral bases, which have become difficult to supply, and steadily falling back towards Damascus to defend the center of power.
Relative to al-Nusra, no other Syrian opposition fighting group is doing what it is doing, taking abandoned bases. That might not seem to be a significant achievement, but then that is what the most intrepid of the Syrian opposition fighters is capable of achieving.
The notion that US denunciation has any significance on this fighting is risible. The Asad government’s fall back to Damascus means that the end game has begun. Violent internal instability in all states is centripetal.
The US, the West and the Saudis have lost influence over, much less control of, the Syrian main opposition fighters, despite the new so-called unified chain of command. Jabhat al-Nusra was not invited to the meetings last week in southern Turkey, but it appears to be spearheading success at Aleppo. The jidaists are in the vanguard and the Western powers are playing catch-up… poorly.
Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The United States’ decision to designate the Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist organization was “very wrong and too hasty,” Deputy Leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Farouk Tayfour said on 11 December. The chaos in Syria makes it too early to categorize people, and the decision will cost the United States popularity in Syria, Tayfour said.
Comment: The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has little use for US, western or Saudi opinions. As pro-Brotherhood fighting groups continue to lead the struggle, they have made it clear that US influence will be negligible in the end game..
NightWatch Special Comment: (This is a NightWatch editorial opinion.) The US is helping to destabilize the government of Syria, just as it did the government of Egypt.
US interests generally favor stable governments, whether elected or not. The Chinese take the same approach to North Korea. They judge that instability in Northeast Asia is contrary to China’s national interests. It is bad for business, investment and development projects. Thus, even the Chinese would consider the current US policy as confusing because it promotes instability with no clear end state in mind.
In the Syrian case, the US is acting as a proxy for Saudi Arabia, which is determined to block the spread of Iranian influence in Arab countries.
The US has no high-minded moral interest in this fight, as if it were helping the downtrodden struggle against an authoritarian government. Were that the motivating factor, the US might have denounced Egyptian president Mursi’s assumption of dictatorial powers on 22 November. Asad has no comparable powers. The US has said nothing about Mursi’s personal coup d’etat.
The big winner from instability in Syria and Egypt will be Iran because its policy of hostility towards Israel is a magnet for all Arabs.
The Saudis lost the struggle to influence or control the direction of the Arab Spring states when Hamas survived eight days of Israeli air attacks, owing exclusively to Iranian, Egyptian and Sudanese help. Saudi Arabia, with all its $billions, was irrelevant.
The US and Saudis appear to be on the wrong side of history, because Iran already appears to have made contingency preparations for supporting an anti-Israel, fundamentalist, Sunni regime in Damascus, just as it did with the Mursi government in Egypt.
US policy in the Middle East appears to be promoting an increased threat to Israel by uniting the new Islamist regimes against Israel under Iranian leadership. This is the one issue on which they can agree and this is a warning.
Egypt: Dueling protests occurred in Cairo, separated by concrete barriers. Anti-Mursi protesters breached a barricade outside the presidential palace in Cairo, but did no damage. Pro-Mursi supporters fired birdshot into the camp of the anti-Mursi protestors in Tahrir Square.
Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi invited all sectors of the Egyptian population, including journalists, politicians, athletes and artists, to meet on 12 December in the Olympic Village to discuss a way to end Egypt’s current political crisis. He said the national unity talks will not cover politics or the referendum but will bring Egyptians together.
Comment: Today, the leaders of Egypt were Army officers, once again. There is no revolution if a civilian elected government has to rely on the Army. Mursi and the Brotherhood have grasped defeat from the jaws of victory, but they do not yet seem to appreciate the implications of what they have done in bringing back the Army.
Ironically, Mursi refused to accept that the courts had authority over him, but personally accepted Army authority over him when he asked for Army protection.
Mali: Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra announced his resignation and the resignation of his government early 11 December, just hours after soldiers acting on the orders of ex-coup leader Amadou Sanogo arrested Diarra at his home. In a brief speech given at and aired by national broadcaster ORTM, Diarra said that he resigned with his government. He gave no reason for resigning.
Comment: A new prime minister has been appointed but this act by Sanogo and his thugs indicates he has not accepted that his coup failed; his actions strategically damaged, if not destroyed the integrity of Mali and that he should be in prison for treason, instead of ordering the arrest of anyone for any reason.
This action has undermined the international effort to recapture northern Mali from the Islamists, jihdists and terrorists. Until Sanogo is in irons and behind bars, nothing useful can be done in Mali.
Morocco: Comment. This week news sources have reported new political restiveness and frustration that the King’s commitment to political reform is weak.
The NightWatch hypothesis for warning purposes is that the Arab monarchies are the next targets of Arab Spring activism in 2013. The first round of anti-monarchy demonstrations took place in Jordan. The second round occurred in Morrocco.
The secular leaders have been overthrown. The monarchs are next, including the House of Saud, before 2013 is over.

Categories: Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syrian army using incendiary weapons……


Syrian forces have dropped incendiary bombs on populated areas, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, calling on the authorities to stop using a weapon that causes “especially cruel human suffering”.
Most of the weapons found appeared to be two kinds of Soviet models, one of which releases 48 incendiary submunitions over an area the size of a football field, it said.
Incendiary weapons contain flammable materials such as napalm, thermite or white phosphorous, which can set fire to buildings or cause severe burns and respiratory damage.
“These weapons cause especially cruel civilian suffering and extensive property destruction when used in populated areas,” said Steve Goose, director of the arms division of the New York-based rights group.
“Syria should stop using incendiary weapons in acknowledgment of the devastating harm these weapons cause.”
The group said it based its findings on interviews with witnesses and by analyzing videos uploaded by activists. It concluded that at least four areas had been hit by such bombs – two towns near the capital Damascus, one in the northern province of Idlib and a town in central Homs province. HRW is still investigating use of the weapons in other areas.
The injury caused by incendiary bombs is compounded in hard hit areas in Syria, where infrastructure has been destroyed by clashes in its 20-month-old revolt and hospitals in rebel-held areas have been badly by army shelling.
“The burns are difficult to treat, especially in conflict areas lacking adequate medical facilities, and the treatment itself can be excruciating,” the HRW report said. “Permanent scarring and disfigurement can lead to social ostracism.”
The bombs used by Syrian government forces mostly contained thermite, HRW said, citing independent arms analyst Nic Jenzen-Jones.
“Thermite is used only for its incendiary effect and not for marking, obscuring, illumination or other purposes,” HRW said.
Activist accounts described bombs dropped from Russian MiG fighter jets, exploding in mid-air before releasing fireballs over a wider area.
Syria has not signed the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons which includes restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons in areas with large civilian populations.

Categories: Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

mayanexplore.com

Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Cajun Food, Louisiana History, and a Little Lagniappe

Preservation of traditional River Road cuisine, Louisiana history & architecture, and the communities between Baton Rouge & NOLA

Jali Wanders

Wondering and Wandering

Southpaw Tracks

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” ~Samuel Adams

Pacific Paratrooper

This WordPress.com site is Pacific War era information

what's the formula?

Nurturing awesomeness: from the parents of celebrities, heroes, trailblazers and leaders

Tarheel Red

A Voice of Conservatism Living in Carolina Blue

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

dreamshadow59

A great WordPress.com site

Mike's Look at Life

Photography, memoirs, random thoughts.

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Birthplace of James Madison and Southern Plantation

Letters for Michael

Lessons on being gay, of love, life and lots of it

Sunny Sleevez

Sun Protection & Green Info

Backcountry Tranquility

A journal about my travels and related experiences :)

LEANNE COLE

Art and Practice

Lukas Chodorowicz

Travel, culture and lifestyle experienced on my adventures around the world. All photos taken by me. Instagram: @colorspark

BunnyandPorkBelly

life is always sweeter and yummier through a lens. bunnyandporkbelly [at] gmail [dot] com

%d bloggers like this: