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US 'quietly trying to weaken Syria regime'

2012-07-23 10:02

Washington - The US government has been quietly trying to block arms and oil shipments from Iran to Syria in a bid to accelerate the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad, The Wall Street Journal reported late on Sunday.

Citing unnamed US officials, the newspaper said the efforts are aimed at getting Iraq to close its airspace to flights between Iran and Syria flights that US intelligence believes are carrying arms for Syrian pro-government forces.

The report came as government forces in Syria mounted an offensive in the Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, triggering an exodus of residents, as a rebel commander appeared in a video saying the battle to "liberate" Aleppo had begun.

The official SANA news agency announced that government forces had "cleansed" the capital's Qaboon neighbourhood of "terrorists", the regime's term for rebel fighters.

And state television aired footage reportedly from Qaboon showing dead bodies and weapons, communications equipment and money it said was captured from rebels.

The United States also declared on Sunday that it would "hold accountable" any Syrian official involved in the release or use of the country's chemical weapons.

Providing intelligence

Fears have been rising in the West after reports that Assad might be prepared to use his arsenal of chemical weapons to save his embattled regime.

According to The Journal, Washington has also tried to keep ships believed to carry arms and fuel for Syria from passing through the Suez Canal.

One ship, the Amin, currently seeking permission to enter the canal is owned by a subsidiary of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, the report said.

US officials are holding talks with the Egyptian government in an effort to block the Amin's passage, arguing that it isn't properly flagged and doesn't have internationally recognised insurance, the paper noted.

It added that the United States also has been providing intelligence about Syria to the Turkish and Jordanian militaries working closely with the rebels.

This information includes imagery from military satellites and other surveillance equipment that provides details about Syrian military sites that could be helpful to the rebels, The Journal pointed out.

US officials acknowledge that despite their efforts, some shipments of arms and fuel for Syria have slipped through.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 10:56

    It's not as if the west, especially the US has been subtle about their Imperialist intentions. This has been known since 2003 already. "We hope Iraq will be the first domino and that Libya and Iran will follow. We don't like being kept out of markets because it gives our competitors an unfair advantage," John Gibson, chief executive of Halliburton's Energy Service Group, International Oil Daily 7th May of 2003 (less than 7 weeks after the invasion of Iraq) General Wesley Clark has told Amy Goodman on Democracy Now that soon after 9/11 a general in the Pentagon informed him that several countries would be attacked by the U.S. military. The list included Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. This was in 2001, and you still get fools on this site mumbling nonsense about spreading democracy and human rights. The Empire will crush any country that doesn't bow to its will. These neo-cons even released a discussion paper called the PNAC, Project for New American Century, which states their imperialistic intentions. But the donkeys on this site still choose to cover their eyes instead. Perhaps they like being dominated by foreigners, especially if the foreigners look like them. Well, not this African, we've lived under western domination for far too long, 400 years to be exact.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-23 11:48

      It's all part of the Illuminati's big plans...

      graeme.c.lok - 2012-07-23 12:21

      Unfortunately some can't see past skin colour to see the lies.

      customdesign - 2012-07-23 12:45

      yaaaaawn

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 12:51

      American foreign and military policy has been built entirely on lies - mostly about liberty and democracy. The US has become the world's #1 rogue state, using lies, greed and military violence to intimidate sovereign governments, to prop up tyrants and to steal any resources (oil) that poor people may have beneath their soil. All too often widely fabricated lies are spread to justify imperialist wars.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-23 13:06

      Yes Fidel, take a stance, don't use the Western inventions like computers and cars. Show them!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 13:09

      Silky little argument!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 13:40

      Well done Fidel, You have succeeded again: HATRED AND INSULTS !!! You school teacher must be very very proud of you !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 14:12

      Don't try to distract me with these attacks on my personality if it does not pertain directly to what I write. I've seen trolls use the same strategy over and over and it's starting to wear thin.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 15:41

      Fidel, history has taught us that if we don't go there, they come to us.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:10

      Fidel's immature "the West is evil" core belief at play again.

      piet.strydom - 2012-07-23 16:22

      Yes Fidel, you will soon move out from Western domination, to be subjected to Chinese domination. For all the faults of the West, you will appreciate them after a few decades of Chines domination. And secondly, the faults of the Americans, does not mean that the Arabs are without fault. It just means that both groups are guilty.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:59

      The person "covering his eyes" is Fidel. He doesn't know this, because he's covered his eyes. He defends his delusion vociferously. There is nothing to debate with him. Everything leads to one, immature, "binary" point of view: the West is evil.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 18:28

      Fidel, ""Don't try to distract me with these attacks on my personality if it does not pertain directly to what I write"" Are you saying, that writing this BS, you have to CONCENTRATE ??? You WERE wrong with; .........TUNESIA.......EGYPT........LIBYA.....(Bigtime).............. And you ARE wrong with........ SYRIA And you WILL be wrong with........................... IRAN !!! Throw those silly books and useless quotes away, and start thinking for yourself !!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-23 12:02

    Fidel you right and Donkeys like anthonyfromafrica which I doudt his from africa the idiot .A donkey has more brains than him

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 13:35

      Keith, YOU, want to talk about DONKEYS; Keith; """Morsi with the shortest vorsi hahahah I think anthonyfrom africa likes morsis vorsi"""

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:15

      Keith's been calling for Assad to use chemical weapons. Now that's smart, and humane.

  • Renard De Souza - 2012-07-23 12:04

    The US are terrorists, go back to your own country with all your soldiers and let each country take care of themselves. You cant and won't as u don't have enough jobs for all your citizens should they return home firstly and secondly war is just too profitable for you.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 12:30

      This democracy loving, humanist country likes to drop bombs on poor countries, laden with all sorts of toxic chemicals. It has done this in over thirty countries. It has been in some sort of war non stop since the end of WW11. It is evil and brutal, and it loves killing.....too much!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 12:45

      Another "happy clappy" gathering !! Your Syria platform is almost gone. Maybe try the car accident articles, blame US and European made cars !!!!

      customdesign - 2012-07-23 12:49

      The US is very much responsible for many of the Freedoms you enjoy today. And the whole war is profitable thing is a crock of ****. It costs billions and there is no guaranteed return on investment. I am thankful to the West, I would hate to live in an non-democratic country.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 12:58

      "And the whole war is profitable thing is a crock of ****. It costs billions and there is no guaranteed return on investment." The return is gaurantee indeed to the corporations involved in the war industry, better known as the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). The wars are not fought on behalf of American citizens but its corpoarte class, the lobbies that call the shots in Washington. Scandanavian countries are democractic, without piracy and the murder of natives in far away lands.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-23 15:38

      Right , you can stand and shout about how much you hate or love the US it makes sweet f'ol difference. The 20th century ushered in a new age in foreign ,economic and war policy . The defining feature of which was the concept of total war (the entire country mobilises),exemplified by WW2. Another feature being WMD's and in perticuler nuclear weaponry. The realities of these and the contagion of war to spread across borders and continents was very much in the foundations of the creation of the United Nations as well as its precursor the League of Nations (pr- nuclear). The League of nations failed to prevent another world war because it relied on 'major' nations to enforce resolutions ,sanctions and military activity when needed , no intervention in Axis aggression. After the WW2 , the LON gave way to the UN and its agencies . The securtiy council was established to address the weaknesses of the LON to respond to crisis. Nato was established in 1949 as a intergovernmental defence initative for member states. Nato and the UN work in cooperation since the 90's. All these organisation had the sole purpose of mediation and intervention , a hard leanered reality of global conflicts and the effects of total war philosophy. The obligation of which resides with the major world powers , currently in the hands of the security council of which the US is still the major power. Essentially (at a crude level of explanation)it is mandated to monitor ,evaluate and intervene if needed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:13

      All the while the unelected decimator Bashar Assad, who has control of the Syrian state and military, is using these to murder, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of Syrians who want to vote. Talk about being blind.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:13

      Fidel with his anti-West blinkers again.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 18:03

      Fidel but you love dictators that feed their people to crocodilesYou are totally immoral.

  • paco.rodriguez.9210 - 2012-07-23 12:47

    typical yankee cowards

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:14

      Typical ignorant statement from Paco.

  • tommyunitedstates2 - 2012-07-23 14:20

    One thing we should accept is that there is no point of imposing one self on a group of people. The utility of Arms on the people of Syria is certainly not justice and democracy but oppression and dictatorship. In which aspect there is not only need for intervention but also installation of peace and justice in the area. The latter can not be instilled unless the usage , utilization and exploitation of arms in the enforcement of the law and peace is minimized. Hence am of the view that the U.S government’s efforts to ration arms in the region is just the right button as a security precaution and not a stand against Assad. President Bashar al Assad should try to employ and exploit alternative means for his continued rule over Syria which alternative means ought to consider peoples’ self governance needs to alleviate and minimize violence. These ought to and should include talks with opposition groups waging war against him. And if a peace full resolution can’t be reached seek political asylum before it’s too late. The Arab nations are up with the call for his resignation but yet this is not peace in the area as of course Assad has those who favour him, and while he is where ever he may be violence may still carry on or continue in the state. The best solution being certainly Arab nations together with the UN secretariat which is already involved set grounds for peace talks.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 16:34

      But the opposition doesn't want peace, it wants power in the form of regime change, which no government would ever tolerate.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 16:56

      Fidel supporting the unelected dictator of Syria, who has killed, maimed, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands of people because they want to vote for their leaders. His immature anti-West beliefs, the ones he choses to hold, lead him to do this. He has effectively blinded himself. It leads him to overlook that just 12 of the 166 countries on Earth believe Assad is the legitimate leader of Syria.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 16:59

      This terrorist assad, has NOTHING to tolerate. He is an unelected dictator, who has been terrorizing the Syrian population now for 5o years. The future of Syria is of NO concern to this assad DOG

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