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UN Security Council Adopts Syria Resolution Unanimously

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution outlining the details of taking under international control and ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal.

“Today’s historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council after the vote.

The Syrian sides must engage constructively in the upcoming Geneva 2 conference, which would be a significant step towards the “creation of a democratic state that guarantees the human rights of all in Syria,” Moon said in his address to the Council.

“The regional actors have a responsibility to challenge those who will actively undermine the process and those who do not fully respect Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he added.

The target date for a new peace conference in Geneva was set for mid-November. The Secretary-General said that the Syrian opposition must be represented at the Geneva peace talks in a single delegation,.

If inspectors decide that Syria has failed to fulfill its obligations, the resolution calls for consequences, based on another resolution to be passed in the event of non-compliance.

Fierce Clashes between Rebels and Hizbullah at Lebanese Border

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Fierce clashes have broken out between Hizbullah’s terrorist army and Syrian rebels, increasing the threat that the civil war will spread as far south as Israel’s border with Lebanon, where the fragile government fell last week.

Syrian opposition sources told the London-based Arabic language Al Asharq Awsat that Hizbullah suffered heavy casualties and that dozens of wounded fighters were taken to a Beirut hospital.

Hizbullah reportedly has ringed the hospital and is asking for blood donations.

Meanwhile, the rebels attacked again in Damascus, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more in a business district that houses government bank and finance ministry offices.

US: Syrian Chem Weapons ‘Locked and Loaded’ on Rockets

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

According to several American television networks, U.S. officials have revealed that the Syrian military is just waiting for the “go” order from the embattled President Bashar Al-Assad.  When Assad’s order comes, aerial warheads which some say have already been locked and loaded with deadly sarin gas will be dropped on the Syrian opposition from dozens of fighter bombers.

Sarin, a colorless and odorless gas, is one of the most lethal chemical weapons.  It is capable of killing thousands of people across a wide swath of land. The gas paralyzes the central nervous system; victims suffocate because their lungs are paralyzed.  Just one drop of sarin can kill a person within minutes.

Speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, December 5, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said,”Ultimately, what we should be thinking about is a political transition in Syria and one that should start as soon as possible.”  She added, “we believe their fall is inevitable. It is just a question of how many people have to die before that occurs.”

Nearly 40,000 have died in the civil war in the 18 month-long Syrian civil war, and 400,000 have fled as refugees.

Heavy Fighting in Halab, Syria and Rumors of a Massacre

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Heavy fighting is being reported in Halab, Syria.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed rumors of a massacre in Hama, Syria.

The death count for the past day is now up to at least 99, while the Syrian opposition has placed the number as high as 310 people.

Excerpts from an interview with Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon gave an interview with Israel Army Radio on Sunday in which he discussed Syria’s increasingly deadly political upheaval.

Regarding a timeline for Assad’s ouster, he said that it was “hard to estimate, but we’re saying again and again what’s clear to anyone following the situation in Syria. Assad is losing his legitimacy and it’s a matter of both time and of lives lost.”

Yaalon refuted claims that Israel was supporting the Assad regime amidst the political tumult in Syria, saying: “That’s factually untrue because Israel never took a stand saying it was interested in the survival of Assad’s regime.” And when asked whether Israel was in contact with the Syrian opposition, he said: “Whether there’s contact or not, you don’t expect me to discuss these things in the media.”

Responding to concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood may fill the political vacuum upon Assad’s departure, Yaalon said that “there’s a difference between Syria and Egypt. The Brotherhood’s power in Syria is much less significant.” “I don’t see a Muslim Brotherhood regime,” he added. “I see a relatively moderate Sunni regime based on an intellectual middle class, not the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“There could be different developments in such a situation, some of which could be positive as far as Israel is concerned,” Yaalon said, speculating on the aftermath of  Assad’s removal, “like a fissure in the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut-Hamas axis of evil.”

 

 

Arab League States Propose Exile for Assad

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Arab states have floated a proposal to US and European diplomats whereby Bashar al-Assad would agree to resign and he and his family would be sent into exile, according to a report by Reuters.

There is heavy skepticism that Assad would agree to such an arrangement, but the proposal reveals the extent to which Arab states and the West agree that the only and inevitable solution for the 10-month turmoil in Syria is Assad’s ouster.

While the exile option may be premature – considering the ongoing UN Security Council debate on a draft resolution – three countries have already expressed willingness to give Assad sanctuary in order to end the crisis. Although a European diplomat insisted that there was “no way we’d have him in our countries,” sources said the United Arab Emirates is among those states that would.

Should Assad even agree to exile, the issue of immunity would pose another problem, as Syrian opposition and human rights organizations would likely oppose any deal that grants him immunity for the brutal violence perpetrated in the name of his regime.

“We understand that some countries have offered to host him should he choose to leave Syria,” an Obama administration official was quoted as saying, but “there are significant questions of accountability for the horrible abuses that have been committed against the Syrian people.”

The current Arab-Western draft resolution urges Assad to transfer power to his deputy to allow for a peaceful transition to unity government. Russia insists that it would veto any resolution on Syria that does not explicitly rule out foreign military intervention.

The violence in Syria has resulted in the deaths of almost 5,000 people in the past 10 months, and dissidents reported this week that the regime’s forces have intensified operations on Syrian opposition positions.

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