Syria Newslinks 15-16 December 2011

16 December 2011 —

16 December 2011
IRAQ MISSION [FINALLY?] ACCOMPLISHED : A dictatorship without a dictator
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
A democratic Iraq in a neighborhood riddled with dictatorships will not work, because Arab and Iranian regimes will always try to bring it down, as they did with Lebanon for more than 40 years. With Saudi Arabia and Syria, though, distracted by their own internal problems, it will fall on Tehran to continue its meddling ways in Baghdad. – Sami Moubayed (Dec 16, ’11)

Russia puts new draft resolution on Syria to UNSC Today at 07:33
Russia, surprisingly to Western powers, has put forward a UNSC resolution on Syria, calling on the Syrian parties to end violence and start talks. Meanwhile, Syria’s vice-president is visiting Moscow to discuss peaceful…

Syria’s vice-president at talks in Moscow
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 05:31

Sibel Edmonds: US and NATO troops train on the Syrian border
Dandelion Salad Today at 03:08
with Sibel Edmonds Featured Writer Dandelion Salad December 15, 2011 RTAmerica on Dec 15, 2011 There have been reports of hundreds of American and NATO troops training militants on the Syrian border to overthrow Al-assad’s regime. According to a former FBI official this has been going on since May 2011. Why are we not hearing […]

Russia in surprise UN Syria move
BBC News Today at 01:48
Russia circulates a UN Security Council resolution aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria, in a move that surprised Western nations.

Syrian Army Defectors Reportedly Kill 27 Soldiers
New York Times
By NADA BAKRI BEIRUT, Lebanon — The armed insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has become more organized in recent weeks, with defectors launching attacks that have become bolder and in some cases more sophisticated, …

Hopes Rise for UN Action on Syria
Voice of America
December 15, 2011 Hopes Rise for UN Action on Syria David Gollust | The State Department Russia Thursday proposed a new draft resolution condemning the violence in Syria, giving rise to hopes the UN Security Council will end its relative silence on the …

Report: Syrian Soldiers Ordered to ‘Shoot and Kill’ Protesters
ABC News
By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT (@marquardta) and RYM MOMTAZ A Syrian soldier shouts slogans in front of a picture of President Bashar al-Assad during a pro-regime rally in Damascus in this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images) A report …

Syria, Bahrain and Middle East unrest – live updates
The Guardian
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, said the resolution was aimed at reviving an Arab League plan which has stalled over Syria’s refusal to allow in monitors. Speaking to al-Jazeera he said excessive force had been used by the Syrian …

Arab FMs meeting over Syria postponed
16 (Xinhua) — The Arab League (AL) foreign ministers’ meeting on Syria scheduled for Saturday was postponed indefinitely, said AL Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli on late Thursday. But the Arab ministerial committee, which is in charge of …

Syria’s Alleged Human Rights Violations Push World Leaders to Tighten Sanctions
PBS News Hour
The US, European Union, Arab League and Turkey have tightened sanctions on Syria for the violent crackdown that has the country’s death toll rising rapidly. Margaret Warner reports.

Syria security forces hunt deserters near Jordan border
The deserters, who have joined the opposition against Bashar Assad’s regime, have reportedly killed more than 45 Syrian government soldiers in the past three days. By DPA Tags: Syria Arab Spring Bashar Assad Syrian forces backed by tanks stormed Friday …

US Restricts UAE Firm for Web Filter Sale to Syria
Wall Street Journal
By PAUL SONNE and STEVE STECKLOW The Department of Commerce is placing restrictions on a person and a company in the United Arab Emirates for supplying Syria with Internet-filtering devices made by California-based Blue Coat Systems Inc. On Thursday, …

Will Hamas Now Abandon Syria and Assad?
International Business Times
By Palash R. Ghosh: Subscribe to Palash’s RSS feed The ongoing rebellion (and brutal government crackdown) in Syria has presented an embarrassment for Hamas, the Palestinian militant organization which was embraced by President Bashar al-Assad and …

JURIST – Paper Chase: HRW says Syria officials ordered civilian …
By Brandon Gatto
JURIST – Paper Chase: HRW says Syria officials ordered civilian attacks, calls for ICC investigation.

Today In Syria: “Dead Man Walking” – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan …
By Andrew Sullivan
Since it took the unprecedented step of imposing sanctions against Syria last month, the league is the key to diplomacy aimed at bringing Mr Assad down. Western governments, which have steadily tightened sanctions against Mr Assad, are …

Syria Heading to Civil War? « Commentary Magazine
By Max Boot
In the Financial Times, former UN Undersecretary General Michael Williams offers a sobering analysis of the situation in Syria. He compares that country to Yugoslavia and warns that it could be the scene of an equally devastating civil war: …

Syria Rebel Faction Kills 27 Soldiers in South — News from Antiwar …
By Jason Ditz
A group of Syrian army deserters attacked military forces in southern Syria today, killing at least 27 members of the nation’s security forces and prompting more concern that the nation was rapidly approaching a state of civil war. Details of the …

Syrian opposition: Bloodbath could be imminent in Homs – CNN
The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs to stop demonstrations, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by…

15 December 2011
‘Syria in danger of repeating Libyan scenario’ Yesterday at 20:56
London-based political analyst Chris Bambery told RT that there have recently been increased calls for foreign intervention in Syria, mostly by the Syrian National Council.

VIDEO: NATO Troops on Syrian Border Yesterday at 17:52
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Syria, Iran enhance economic cooperation amid sanctions
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 14:47

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