Google map with video of today's protests:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...51%2C10.821533
Syrian rebels tried to kill Assad's top aides, Israeli officials confirm
Information shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and several other senior officials were indeed poisoned, just as the Free Syrian Army claims.
By Barak Ravid
Israel has reliable information showing that despite Syria's official denials, an attempt was made to assassinate several top regime officials four days ago, senior Israeli officials said on Thursday.
The information shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and several other senior officials were indeed poisoned, just as the Free Syrian Army claims. But prompt medical treatment saved their lives.
Israel views this as an important milestone in the ongoing revolution: It shows the opposition has penetrated Assad's inner circle, casting doubt on the regime's stability.
"The Syrian revolt is no longer in faraway cities; it's reached the leaders of the regime," one senior Israeli official said. "An assassination on a similar scale in the future could accelerate the regime's collapse. The opposition has the tools to reach the heads of Assad's regime, and in this case, it's been proven."
The Israeli officials, who are well-briefed on intelligence from Syria, said the poisoning was carried out by the Free Syrian Army's Al-Sahaba battalion. The targets, aside from Shawkat, were Defense Minister Daoud Rajha; Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar; Hassan Turkmani, an aide to the vice president; national security chief Hisham Bakhtiar; and Mohammed Said Bakhtian, national secretary of the Baath Party.
On May 20, the Free Syrian Army announced that an assassination attempt had been carried out the previous evening by Bakhtian's bodyguard, who was recruited into the Syrian opposition. The bodyguard, it said, poisoned the food served to senior regime officials during a meeting of the "crisis management cell," charged with managing the ongoing fighting in Syria. As a result, the announcement added, the officials were rushed to the hospital during the meeting.
Why not just a no fly zone?
Wouldn't that be more practical then imposing sanctions
For Libya and Iraq, no fly zone was decided by the UNSC resolutions. For Syria, such resolution is impossible because Russia would veto it.
The sanctions taken against Syria are not an act of war, but sovereign decisions of the countries that adopted them: the US, EU, Turkey and other nations.
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_05_25/75899909/Russia is concerned that the United Kingdom and some other western countries continue making public statements encouraging the Syrian opposition’s armed wing’s violence, rather than their participation in political dialogue. This came in a statement by the Russian Ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18207180There are reports of fresh demonstrations across Syria following Friday prayers. Observers say at least six civilians have been killed.
This comes despite a UN brokered ceasefire and follows shelling on Thursday by regime forces of the rebel stronghold of Rastan.
The town as been attacked now for days by Syrian tanks and troops.
Our correspondent Paul Wood and cameraman Fred Scott have been back inside Syria and managed to reach the town.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Ne...sh.aspx/240827A Russian ship with arms intended for forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is expected to dock at the Syrian port of Tartus on Saturday, according to a Thursday afternoon report by Al-Arabiya.
"Good guys" party is heating up.
Jordanian Military Intelligence now believes that there are 1500 AQ type "good guys" currently operating inside Syria. http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/0...ran-and-syria/
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