Thats what they said about Homs and Aleppo during the summer, but in reality the majority of the people there support Assad and not the armed groups.
The armed groups located in Aleppo gathered to denounce the creation of the National Coalition and to claim the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate.
In the video below, the spokesman lists the names of the main armed groups participating in the meeting: Gabhat al Nousra (Al-Nusra Front), Ahrar Al Sham Kataeb (Free Land of Ham Phalangists) Liwaa al tawhiid (Unification Phalangists), Ahrar souria (Free Men of Syria) Halab al shahba al islami phalanx, Haraket al fagr al islamiia (Dawn of the Islamic Movement), Dra al ummah (Nation’s Armor) Anadan phalanx, Al Islam phalanx, Liwa’a gaish mouhammad (Muhammaf Battalion) Liwa’a al nasr (Victorious Phalangists), Al baz phalanx, Al sultan Muhammad phalanx, Liwa’a dra al islam (Armor of Islam Phalangists), etc..
BBC REPORTING: Damascus internet back
Internet services around Damascus have resumed after a two-day blackout.
CNN REPORTING: Internet and phone services restore for most of Syria
Internet and cell phone coverage were restored Saturday to most Syrian provinces.
Arizona Sen. John McCain has endorsed setting up Patriot missile batteries to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria, which the Republican believes will be critical to quell the violence that has raged in the war-torn country for more than 20 months.
A recent event held by the Neo-Conservative Foreign Policy Initiative, featured a “conversation” with Senator John McCain and self-proclaimed “philosopher” Bernard-Henri Lévy. Both men played a pivotal role in arranging and promoting the arming, funding, and diplomatic recognition of terrorists in Libya who have now overrun much of the country, committed wide scale atrocities, and have left a US Ambassador dead and a US consulate burnt to the ground. Despite this, they now openly seek to repeat their “success” in Syria.
A photograph taken in 1941, when Syria was still under the rule of French colonisers, has recently been circulating on social networking sites. In the worn black and white photograph, French General Georges Catroux is walking next to an elderly man with cunning eyes, Nur-Eddin al-Khatib. More than 70 years has passed and the grandson of this Nur-Eddin – Mouaz al-Khatib, a former preacher at the Umayyad mosque in Damascus and now a deserter and traitor – has been elected head of the “Qatar Coalition” which was created on 11 November at a meeting in Doha.
photo caption: French General Georges Catroux is walking next to Nur-Eddin al-Khatib, the grandfather of Mouaz al-Khatib, the incumbent president of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution. Photo taken in 1941.
France has shown its gratitude to the third-generation collaborator al-Khatib, whose grandfather collaborated with the colonisers, for his faithful service. Namely the former colonial power has been the first to recognise the “Qatar Coalition” as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people. It is no surprise that the flag of the “opposition” – green, white and black with three stars – is the same as the flag from the time when Syria was under French mandate.
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that the Syrian people want to build a Syrian-made democracy based on a Syrian experience that meets the Syrians’ needs and is led by them, but not a bloody, sectarian and salafi democracy that is imposed from abroad through armed violence.
Al-Jaafari was speaking during a session of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee discussing a draft resolution on Syria in the framework of item 69 of the agenda titled ‘The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights’.
The Syrian Ambassador stressed that the draft resolution doesn’t lie in the framework of goodwill and has nothing to do with transparency of the care for human rights in Syria as it holds the Syrian government responsible for all what happened in Syria without addressing any condemnation to the armed terrorist groups and the countries manipulating them.
Meanwhile some point out that the French-requested resolution on the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo casts an ever stranger light on that country's and others approach to Syria.
If it is wrong for other countries in a region to fund or equip rebels in another -- as Rwanda and Uganda are alleged to have helped the M23 -- what of the assistance to Syrian rebels?
What we know about this issue is that the Mediterranean basin is the wealthiest in gas and that Syria would be the wealthiest state, according to the Washington Institute which also speculates that struggle between Turkey and Cyprus would heat due to Ankara’s inability to bear its losses of the Nabucco gas despite the contract Moscow signed with Ankara on December 2011 to transport part of the South Stream gas via Turkey.
Embracing the secret of the Syrian gas will let all know how big the game over gas is. Who controls Syria could control the Middle East, grip on the Gateway to Asia, possess the Key to Russia’s House, as Catherine 2nd put it, and could set foot on the Silk Road, according to China. Most importantly, they who could penetrate Syria for gas have the ability to dominate the world especially that the coming century is the Century of Gas. And with the contract Damascus signed to transport Iranian gas to the Mediterranean through Iraq, the geopolitical space would open and the gas space would close on the scene of Nabucco that used to be Europe and Turkey’s lifeline. Syria, undoubtedly, would be the key to the coming epoch.
NATO has inaugurated a new base in the western province of İzmir as part of a new effort to update the alliance’s command structure. The new Allied Land Command will serve as a base for carrying out land operations when ordered by the alliance following the inspection, evaluation, preparation and standardization of NATO land forces.
Dec 1, 2012 3:37 PM
I really don't understand how Turkey could be any leader of the Muslim world when it is basically an occupied country. Once this one is established there will be 25 littering Turkey from end to end. Turkey's naval fleet has only 8 ships & none are Turkish made. All are 15 years old or more used presents courtesy of the US. I learned this from a Turkish tour at a military museum I visited over there. The Global Research website published an article on February 14, 2011 naming all 24 of the NATO bases in Turkey. When Turkey was leaning more towards the East, had their "zero problems" with neighbors, & a visa free zone with Iraq, Syria, & Iran, the US probably came in & got Turkey in line. Now Turkey has "0 friends." Turkey's actions are despicable, but they are hardly evil geniuses. They're slaves to the West. Whoever gave them the idea that they will be a regional or world leader spoke a fairytale.
Multiple blasts rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday, leaving a number of people killed or injured amid incessant military showdown across the conflict- torn country.
At least three people were killed and many others wounded when a booby-trapped car went off in the Damascus' district of Ush al- Warwar on Saturday evening, the state-run SANA news agency said.
Another explosive-laden vehicle exploded Saturday in the Damascus' district of Tadamun, killing six armed men who had been rigging it with explosives.
In the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, a car bomb went off near a popular marketplace but caused injuries with no fatal casualties, reports said.
Also in Yarmouk, two shell bombs struck two areas in the camp, killing one person and injuring two others.
The Syrian National Coalition for
Opposition and Revolutionary Forces,
created earlier this month in Qatar to
bring together disparate opposition
groups under one umbrella, has
agreed upon the parameters of a
selective transitional government.
The group, meeting for the first time
in Cairo since their inception, said in a
news conference on Saturday that the
transitional government would be
tasked with dealing with the
international community on behalf of
the Syrian people.
He said some of the coalition's members will covertly enter Syria in the coming weeks to meet with leaders in areas under rebel control to discuss candidates for prime minister.
He said some of the coalition's members will covertly enter Syria in the coming weeks to meet with leaders in areas under rebel control
The UN Security Council has not yet officially recognized Syria as a country confronting international terrorism. Last month, Syria delivered a previous version of the list containing 108 names.
The new list contains the names of citizens from 19 countries accused of joining Syria’s rebels: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Chad, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen and Chechnya. Since Chechnya is not a country, but a republic of the Russian Federation, the list likely contains names of Russian citizens.
Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey
A protest on Thursday was staged outside the French Embassy in Damascus including hundreds of people who were carrying signboards calling on France not to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs and condemning the French role in igniting the international public opinion against Syria.
Meanwhile, another protest was staged outside the US Embassy in Damascus condemning the US policies.
A protester told SANA reporter that they are holding the protest to tell the US not to interfere in the internal affairs of Syria.