Archive for January 13th, 2012

In response to ultimatum of Turkey, Assad says he’s ready for war

11 August 2011

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu has conveyed to Syrian president Bashar Assad a “tough message” from Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan.

Syria was firmly asked to stop the slaughter of civilians and name an exact date of parliamentary elections. Otherwise, Ankara threatened to go to the extreme: al-Assad will be proclaimed as an illegitimate ruler, as it happened to Col. Gaddafi.

The text of the ultimatum was agreed upon with the terrorist Obama’s regime. American foreign ministry proclaimed an unequivocal support of Ankara in this respect.

The Turkish envoy also said that if Mr. al-Assad continues with mass repressions, Turkey be involved in a NATO’s intervention plan into Syrian affairs. These will be “precision strikes”.

He did not elaborate, against whom they would directed, at which targets and under what mandate.

In response, Mr. Assad advised Turkey not to intervene in the internal affairs of his country.

“If you want war, then you will get it. And it will roll throughout the region”, the Lebanese media quoted the Syrian leader saying.

Beyond that, Mr. Assad said that Syria was at war not with the people but with terrorist groups that were trying to overthrow the legitimate government.

The Turkish media reported that a meeting on security was held in Ankara between the heads of power structures and that the prime minister Erdogan attended it. The meeting was devoted mainly to the preparation for military operations in northern Syria.

They also discussed measures of political, economic and military influence on Syria. The results of the meeting were reported immediately afterwards – to the ambassador of the terrorist Obama’s regime.

Experts point out that Turkey is worried that the activity of Syrian Kurdish militias intensified.

Earlier, Ankara had no serious problems with them. The Syrian government controlled and secured the area and did not allow the Kurds to increase military pressure on Turkey. Now the situation has changed: the government is involved in other areas, it storms Hama and other bastions of opposition. The Kurdish militias that extend their activity to the Turkish territory have been given extra freedoms as they have moved into the background in the sense of what is the most important thing for Syria now.

And this fact makes Ankara pay serious attention at what is happening in Syria.

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

Source: Kavkaz Center.
Link: http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2011/08/11/14955.shtml.

Hamas, USAID reach Gaza deal

By AGENCIES
Aug 13, 2011

GAZA CITY: Hamas and the USAID have reached a compromise to maintain the flow of aid, a senior Hamas official said Saturday.

USAID suspended its operations in the coastal strip Friday over alleged meddling by Hamas.

Under the agreement, Hamas has renounced for a “three-month period” its demand to verify the accounts of NGOs financed by the US Agency for International Development in the Palestinian territories, the Hamas official said. “We are keen on the continuation of the international institutions’ work and their services to our people,” he said.

The official, who participated in the mediated talks, said the sides were now working toward an agreement on mechanisms that ensure “transparency and internal accountability of these international organizations.” There will be “no control over their work,” he added.

But a spokesman for Hamas said foreigners must now obtain visas to enter the Gaza Strip. Ihab Ghussein’ said the government must know who is staying in Gaza in order to protect foreigners.

If implemented, the visa demand could complicate the work of international aid groups in Gaza since the US and UN consider Hamas a terrorist organization. As such, many international aid groups are prohibited from having direct contact with Hamas or providing the group with cash.

Source: Arab News.
Link: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article488057.ece.

Fatah Central Committee affirms sacking of Dahlan

By MOHAMMED MAR’I
Aug 13, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Fatah Central Committee approved the decision of sacking of its former member Mohammed Dahlan, a senior Fatah official said Saturday.

Jamal Mhaisen, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that the movement’s decision-making body “ratified the decision after Dahlan failed to appeal his sacking decision.” Dahlan was supposed to file an appeal with the Secretary General of Fatah Central Committee Abu Maher Ghnaim.

Mhaisen said that “the decision is now final. It can’t be appealed or canceled.”

He added that the committee “is working to refer his file to the Palestinian Public Prosecutor.”

The Fatah official revealed that “Dahlan and his associates at the Gaza-based Preventive Security Service met with Israeli intelligence to coordinate the 2008 war on Gaza Strip and its aftermath.” He added that Fatah received records of the meeting from Arab intelligence services. He added that Dahlan is accused of killing several Gaza residents and blackmailing merchants in the area.”

The Fatah official said that the movement will “prosecute Dahlan’s associates for the crimes they committed against the Palestinian people.”

Loyalists of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have accused Dahlan last week of poisoning the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

They issued a report contending that Dahlan sent poison disguised as medicine to Arafat while he was in a Paris hospital. They said that Dahlan ordered Arafat guards to burn the vials in which the alleged poison was stored. Dahlan rejects the accusation.

Dahlan returned to the Palestinian territories three weeks ago in a bid to appeal his sacking from the committee. A week later, Palestinian security forces raided his home in Ramallah, arrested 23 guards and assistants, and confiscated 16 guns, a computer and two vehicles. He later left for Jordan.

In mid-June, Fatah decided to fire Dahlan after differences with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to send Dahlan’s case to the attorney general for further investigations over charges of financial corruption and murder allegations.

Tensions between Dahlan and Abbas rose late last year after Dahlan openly criticized the Palestinian president and his family’s business dealings.

According to media reports, Dahlan has warned that the ailing Abbas was incapable of leading the Palestinian Authority and Fatah amid pressure from Israel and the United States. The reports said that Dahlan urged other senior Fatah Central Committee members to undermine Abbas.

Before Dahlan’s dismissal, he was considered as the highest-flying candidate to succeed Abbas.

Dahlan is also seen as the most prominent figure in the Fatah’s Central Committee following Fatah’s Sixth Convention held in Bethlehem on August 2009.

Dahlan, however, is hounded by campaign mounted against him by Hamas and other media outlets associated with it.

Source: Arab News.
Link: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article488085.ece.

Israel army plants new mines along Syria border

By AGENCIES
Aug 13, 2011

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Army is planting new land mines along its border with Syria in an attempt to prevent protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights, a military magazine reported Friday.

The preparations come as part of Israel’s beefed-up measures ahead of rallies that Palestinians are planning to hold in September, the magazine Mahaneh reported.

Israel came under heavy international criticism when its troops opened fire on Syrians and Palestinians who broke through the fenced border into the Golan Heights during a June 5 demonstration. Around 20 protesters were killed. Israel is worried that the planned September demonstrations in the West Bank could also see a new attempt to breach the Golan frontier.

The army decided to go ahead with the move after older mines failed to detonate when the Syrians crossed in June, the magazine reported. The mountainous plateau is heavily sown with minefields, which are marked. Military officials have said they are also preparing non-lethal methods for controlling any Golan protests.

“The activities are intended to thicken landed mines and strengthen obstacles,” said Maj. Ariel Iluz, according to the magazine.

“Combined with our military forces and snipers, these are supposed to delay or even prevent a lot of people from crossing the border,” Iluz said.

The June demonstrators were protesting Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, a territory it seized in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed. The international community does not recognize its annexation.

The magazine did not say how many mines the army’s engineering corps have planted so far, only saying the operation had been continuing for several weeks. An army spokesman was not available for comment.

The magazine reported that the military was taking other measures, including reinforcing fences along the Golan border, increasing infantry troop numbers, posting more snipers and digging trenches.

In a separate development, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Saturday that the Palestinians will present their bid for membership of the United Nations on Sept. 20.

“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … at the opening of the sixty-sixth session,” on Sept. 20, Malki said.

Abbas “will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council,” he said.

Malki added that the Palestinian Authority chose September because Lebanon, which will hold the presidency of the Security Council, would be in a strong position to push the bid forward.

“Lebanon will hold the presidency of the Security Council in September and this will help us because the president of the council has special prerogatives, which is crucial,” he said.

Following the collapse of direct peace talks with Israel in September last year, the Palestinians have adopted a diplomatic strategy of looking to secure UN recognition for a state along the frontiers which existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel is adamantly opposed to such a move.

Source: Arab News.
Link: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article487858.ece.

الرمثا : وفاة طارق الخالدي متأثرا بجراحه

2011-08-14

خبرني – إسلام حوامدة
توفي صباح الأحد المواطن الأردني طارق الخالدي ( 20 عاما) داخل مستشفى الملك عبد الله المؤسس في الرمثا متأثرا بجراحه البالغة اثر اصابته في رأسه بعد إطلاق النار عليه من قبل قناص في مدينة حمص السورية قبل ايام بحسب ما ابلغ ” خبرني ” حابس الخالدي ابن عم طارق .
من جانبه قال مدير مستشفى الملك عبد الله المؤسس د. زياد الناصر لــ” خبرني ” إن طارق الخالدي الذي دخل بحالة موت دماغي “تدهور وضعه الصحي بشكل كبيرجدا وأصيب بقصور كلوي حاد قبل ان يتوقف قلبه عن الساعة الرابعة من فجر الاحد ,وحاول الاطباء ما بوسعهم لانقاذه , الا انه لفظ انفاسه الاخيرة ليتنقل الى رحمة الله” .
وكان المرحوم طارق ادخل مستشفى الملك عبد الله المؤسس الخميس الماضي ,حيث أجريت له عدة عمليات جراحية ,ولكن كانت إصابته بالغة جدا لم تمهله سوى ايام قليلة .
وتعرض الخالدي لإصابة بالغة برصاص قناص من شبيحة النظام السوري – بحسب ذويه – يوم الثامن من رمضان أثناء ذهابه لتناول طعام الإفطار مع أقربائه في منطقة دير بعلبة في محافظة حمص .
ويرتبط طارق الذي يسكن في محافظة المفرق بصلة نسب مع السوريين من ناحية الأم .

المصدر: خبرني.
الرابط: http://www.khaberni.com/more.php?newsid=60049.

Iraqi PM al-Maliki expresses support for Assad

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and YASIR GHAZI

Iraqi Leader Backs Syria, With a Nudge From Iran

August 12, 2011

BAGHDAD — As leaders in the Arab world and other countries condemn President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on demonstrators in Syria, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq has struck a far friendlier tone, urging the protesters not to “sabotage” the state and hosting an official Syrian delegation.

Mr. Maliki’s support for Mr. Assad has illustrated how much Iraq’s position in the Middle East has shifted toward an axis led by Iran. And it has also aggravated the fault line between Iraq’s Shiite majority, whose leaders have accepted Mr. Assad’s account that Al Qaeda is behind the uprising, and the Sunni minority, whose leaders have condemned the Syrian crackdown.

“The unrest in Syria has exacerbated the old sectarian divides in Iraq because the Shiite leaders have grown close to Assad and the Sunnis identify with the people,” said Joost Hiltermann, the International Crisis Group’s deputy program director for the Middle East.

He added: “Maliki is very reliant on Iran for his power and Iran is backing Syria all the way. The Iranians and the Syrians were all critical to bringing him to power a year ago and keeping him in power so he finds himself in a difficult position.”

Iraq and Syria have not had close relations for years, long before the American invasion. During the sectarian violence here that broke out after the invasion, Iraqi leaders blamed Syria for allowing suicide bombers and other militants to enter the country.

But Syria and Iran have had close ties, a factor in the recalibration of relations between Syria and Iraq. Last year, Iran pressured Mr. Assad into supporting Mr. Maliki for prime minister, which eventually helped him gain a second term. Since then, Mr. Maliki and Mr. Assad have strengthened relations, signing trade deals and increasing Syrian investment in Iraq.

But the speaker of Parliament, Osama al-Najafi, a Sunni, said this week that the Assad government was suppressing the freedoms of the Syrian people and that it was unacceptable for it to use violence to halt protests.

“For the sake of the Syrian people we demand the government, out of its responsibility to safeguard the lives of its people and their property, take the bold and courageous steps to stop the bleeding,” Mr. Najafi said.

For months, Mr. Assad has faced a protest movement that has spread through much of the country. His response has been to use the police and the military against the protesters, killing about 2,000 people so far, activists say. Thousands more have been arrested. At first, Arab leaders were largely silent, concerned that the collapse of the government would add another layer of chaos to a region reeling from uprisings. But recently some have begun to speak out, condemning the killings.

Syria’s allies in Turkey have also called for an end to the bloodshed, as have leaders in Western capitals.

But Mr. Maliki last month hosted a delegation of Syrian government officials and businessmen to discuss closer economic ties, including the construction of a gas pipeline that would run from Iran through Iraq to Syria. A month earlier, Syria’s foreign minister visited Baghdad.

In a television interview this week, Mr. Maliki said that the protesters should use the democratic process, not riots, to voice their displeasure, though Syria does not allow competitive, free elections.

He put most of the blame on the protesters and said little about the government’s ending the bloodshed. This contrasted with a position his alliance took against the Sunni monarchy in Bahrain when it stifled a pro-democracy movement among the Shiite majority there.

To protest the crackdown in Bahrain, members of Mr. Maliki’s alliance walked out of a session of Parliament, sent a ship with supplies to the protesters and called on the government to step down.

Before the Syrian uprising, Shiite and Sunni leaders in Iraq were beginning to work together again after months of paralysis that had undermined the functioning of the government. That cooperation has not yet been derailed, but the conflict over Syria threatens to strain relations.

Shaker Darraji, a member of Mr. Maliki’s State of Law bloc, said the Syrian protesters were members of Al Qaeda and that the Israelis and the Arab Persian Gulf states were behind the demonstrations. If the Assad government is overthrown, he said, it will be replaced by members of Al Qaeda, who will use Syria as a base to launch attacks in Iraq and the region.

The agenda of Israel and the Arab gulf states “is to use the sectarian differences between the Shiite ruling family in Syria and the Sunni majority” to their own advantage, Mr. Darraji said.

But Jaber al-Jabri, a member of the Sunni-dominated Iraqiya bloc, objected to that assessment.

“What is happening in Syria is not because of a terrorist group, as some say, that is not accurate,” he said. “There are whole towns rising up to demonstrate against the regime. We call on the Syrian government to listen to the people’s demands and to stop violence against their people.”

Source: Uruknet.
Link: http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=80436&s2=13.