Originally posted by redneck13
Now your saying Russia and Syria were in cahoots with the US on the inside 911 job?
Originally posted by FlyInTheOintment
OP - you would have had more responses to this thread if you'd titled it ''British Special Forces set up camp in Syria, ready to fight Assad...''
Syria's former agriculture minister Riyad Hijab (left) has been named as new prime minister by Bashar al-Assad Photo: Reuters
The strategy of Damascus risks causing a genocide without rapid intervention," Mr Terzi said.
Italy was among those countries who expelled the Syrian ambassador to Rome last month in a coordinated action with other Western powers after a massacre in the town of Houla.
The Syrian leadership "is fighting for its survival with an ever more direct and brutal escalation, with terror against the civilian population and with the artificial fuelling of internal conflict," Mr Terzi said.
His strong comments came as Mr Assad has appointed Riad Hijab as new prime minister, tasking him with forming a government, as armed rebels continued to go on the offensive in and around Damascus
Former agriculture minister Mr Hijab, 46, replaces former premier Adel Safar, who had formed his government in April 2011, one month after an Arab Spring-inspired uprising erupted across Syria, shaking the regime which responded with force.
According to figures of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 13,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the uprising.
Looking for a way forward, Clinton is meeting Wednesday evening in Istanbul with like-minded European, Turkish and Arab officials hoping to advance a political transition strategy. The latest talk has focused on a plan such as the one agreed to last year by Yemen's former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose resignation allowed his vice president to form a caretaker interim government.
But Assad has balked at such proposals, and the U.S. and its allies have yet to persuade the Kremlin to drop its support for the Syrian leader.
In recent days, Clinton has sought to open the door to a compromise with Russia, calling Assad's ouster a necessary outcome of any political transition but not necessarily a "precondition."
The nuance suggests the U.S. is willing to allow Assad to hang on in power for part of a structured regime change. But the administration is also making it clear that Assad's eventual departure must be agreed on by all parties as part of the transition, and that it cannot accept Russian ideas about promoting reform or greater dialogue in Syria as a substitute for true political change.
BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, facing a raging insurrection that threatens his rule, on Wednesday named a longtime ruling party loyalist as the prime minister who will form a new “reform” government.
Assuming the post will be Riyad Farid Hijab, who has served as agriculture minister since April 2011 and once headed a regional branch of Assad’s Baath Party, state media reported.
Hijab previously served as governor of coastal Latakia province, where opposition activists have in recent days reported an intense government siege of rebel-controlled enclaves. The province is home to ancestral highland strongholds of Assad’s minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Alawites are a pillar of support for the government
Clinton Asks Russia, China to Help in Syria Crisis
Topic: Protests in Syria
Russia is disappointed in the decision by Syrian rebels to pull out of a ceasefire that was an integral part of a United Nations peace plan for the conflict-torn Middle Eastern country, a leading Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday.
“This is, of course, sad and extremely negative,” Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
He also said a U.S. State Department delegation would arrive in Moscow later this week for talks on how to resolve the crisis in Syria.
A spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army told Reuters on Monday that insurgents had pulled out of the faltering truce stipulated by UN envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan and had begun attacking soldiers to “defend our people.” The statement came after a British-based activist group said rebels had killed some 80 soldiers over the weekend.
The spokesman also said rebels were calling for the UN observer mission in the country to become a "peace enforcing mission." He also said the rebels would welcome the imposition by the international community of a no-fly zone and a buffer zone.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reiterated on Monday that Annan's plan "remains central" to halting more than 15-months of bloodshed in Syria.The UN has sent 300 observers to Syria to monitor a ceasefire that has failed to take hold since it was supposed to come into force on April 12.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday warned Syria that more than 55 countries would seek to impose "maximum financial pressure" on President Bashar al-Assad's government in an effort to stop his regime's violence against Syrian people
On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Syria that the international community may soon seek a resolution at the United Nations Security Council that could authorize the use of force.
British Forces Plan Secret Operation in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- British defense chiefs have drawn up secret plans to start covert military operations in Syria.
A senior Whitehall source said the British forces are due to create "safe havens for the rebels in Syria", admitting that "safe havens (operations) would be an invasion of Syria".
"The SAS will throw an armed screen round these areas that can be set up within hours.
"There are guys in the communications unit who are signalers that can go right up front and get involved in close-quarter fighting."
The rebel Syrian Free Army has dismissed the UN-backed truce and has continued attacks on not just military centers, but civilians despite the ceasefire required by the peace plan.
DOHA | Wed Jun 6, 2012 2:31pm EDT
DOHA (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen living abroad have created a $300 million fund to support rebels fighting forces of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said on Wednesday.