January 20, 2013
A senior aide to Iran’s supreme leader warned against the overthrow of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, saying his fate was a “red line”, in one of the Islamic state’s strongest messages of support for the Damascus government.
Iran has steadfastly backed Assad’s rule since an uprising against his rule began almost two years ago and regards him as an important part of the axis of opposition against arch-foe Israel.
“If the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken,” Ali Akbar Velayati, who is seen as a potential contender in Iran’s June presidential election, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
“We believe that there should be reforms emanating from the will of the Syrian people, but without resorting to violence and obtaining assistance from the (United States of) America,” he told Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen satellite television.
DEBKAfile January 20, 2013, 5:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
At least eight warships drawn from Russia’s Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets have launched one of its largest naval exercises in years. The, Moscow announcement Sunday did not mention Syria, but Andrei Frolov, from the Moscow military think tank CAST said last week that the nine-day drill was a reminder to the West of Russia’s links with Syria and its opposition to Western military intervention in the revolt against Assad.
DEBKAfile January 20, 2013, 5:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
A leading Iranian presidential contender Ali Akbar Velayati said Sunday: “If the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken.” Velayati who is close to Supreme leader Ali Khamenei spoke in a Lebanese broadcast interview.
PUBLISHED: 15:15 EST, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 EST, 20 January 2013
A teenager who was crushed under a bombed building for 11 hours in Syria was pulled from the rubble alive with miraculously minor injuries.
Baraa, whose name means ‘Innocence’ in Arabic, was dug out by her neighbours with scrapes, bruises, a bloody nose and a broken arm.
Her and her mother lived in Daraya, a town south of Damascus which has seen bitter fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebel fighters owing to the government ministries and military airport based there.
Assad’s army has spent weeks trying to stamp out the Syrian Kurds Opposition fighters who are working in the town undercover.
Baraa and her mother had decided to hide away when they heard Assad’s army was advancing, and they and 29 other people – including her three younger siblings – sought protection in a basement in a building in town.
(Phil Restino) Well, it looks like Obama is going to attack Syria with at most token opposition by the national antiwar organizations, as was the case when he “phoned in” the order to bomb the crap out of Libya back on March 19, 2011. After a year’s worth of bloodshed in Libya and simultaneous drum-beating for invading Syria in the same manner, H.Con.Res. 107 was introduced on March 7, 2012 by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) threatening impeachment of the President if he were to take the U.S. to war without a proper authorization by Congress.
Even with the imminent threat of a U.S./NATO military invasion of Syria … which could come any day now before the new Congress is sworn in next month after the holidays … there is little, if no mention of the Republican Congressman’s HCR 107 from the “left-only-need-apply” national antiwar organizations, let alone any public endorsements or calls for Congress to support and enact the resolution.
The most we’ll probably get from the national “left-only-need-apply” antiwar organizations, to include our own Veterans For Peace, is some kind of meaningless C-Y-A statement of “opposition” while the Democrat War Criminal President Obama launches another unabated, blatant war of aggression killing and maiming thousands of innocent brown people, again with the “left cover” he’s been so freely provided over the past 4 years.
To see a 23-minute interview of Rep. Walter Jones done on May 16, 2012 discussing H.Con.Res. 107, please click on the following link:
Obama Impeachment Bill Goes Viral!
Anyway, for those who want to take it upon themselves to contact members of Congress so as to urge them to co-sponsor and push for passage and enactment of HCR 107, you can reach the Capital Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to ask to be connected to a particular member of Congress.
Below is the link to a recent article from Tony Cartalucci regarding our own U.S. Government supporting the very same Al Queda organization that’s been killing and maiming our own U.S. Troops for the past 11 years just so that it can get the “regime change” in Syria that was laid out in the blueprint for the so-called “War on Terror” published in September of 2000 by the dual-citizen, neocon members of the Project for a New American Century (aka PNAC).
US-Backed Syrian Opposition Demands Support for Al Qaeda
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War Crimes are War Crimes: Prosecute Bush, Impeach Obama!