(Sh. M. Network)- Sheik Ahmed Madobe, the Chairman of Ras Kamboni movement, pro-government fighters in southern Somalia, on Tuesday promised to seize soon the Al shabab-held port town of Kismayo, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) South of Mogadishu.
"My fighters [Ras Kamboni] along with Kenyan military are planning in the coming times to launch a major joint assault on Kismayo and take over its control from Al shabab," said Sheik Ahmed Madobe, adding that they will use infantry troops and fighter jets.
Somali government forces allied with Kenyan army have made military gains in the border regions, and are hoping to push Al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... out of Kismayo, a main stronghold port town for the beturbanned goons in southern Somalia.
Ras Kamboni is involved the ongoing Somali government and Kenyan military battles against Al-Shabaab beturbanned goons in Lower and Middle regions, two states in southern Somalia
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] The international community on Tuesday weighed options to help embattled Mali save its north from Islamist fighters who have smashed ancient shrines in Timbuktu and rigged another city with landmines.
As post-coup transition authorities in Bamako find themselves powerless in the face of the armed Al Qaeda-allied groups occupying the north, its neighbours seek a stronger unity government that could request African military intervention.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc says it has 3,300 troops ready to enter Mali, whose vast north has been occupied by armed rebels for three months after a March 22 coup plunged the nation into chaos.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told journalists in Gay Paree his country was "confident" the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... Security Council would soon pass a resolution authorising the force to assist Mali win back its territory.
"This will allow our African friends to take a series of decisions, with international backing of course," Fabius said.
Guinean President Alpha Conde told AFP after meeting Fabius that only a government of national unity would have the legitimacy to request African military intervention.
"One cannot resolve the problem in the north if you don't first solve the problem in Bamako," he said.
The formation of such a government will be discussed by ECOWAS leaders and senior Malian political figures at a mini-summit in Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and may be in the process of being chased out now... 's capital on Saturday.
Currently a 12-month interim government is in place in Bamako, which took over from the junta who overthrew the former regime in March.
The coup had eased the way for Tuareg separatist rebels to seize an area in the north larger than La Belle France that they consider their homeland.
However, death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate... the previously unknown Islamist Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) fighting on their flanks swiftly took the upper hand.
They openly allied with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and pushed the Tuareg rebels from all positions of power.
In Timbuktu, where they have enforced sharia law for the past three months, Ansar Dine has in recent days smashed seven tombs of ancient Mohammedan saints as well as the 'sacred door' to a 15th century mosque.
The UN cultural agency UNESCO on Tuesday called for an end to the "repugnant acts" of destruction and called for the head of the agency to create an emergency fund for the cultural treasures and send a mission to assess the damage.
The destruction has deeply upset Malians and prompted outpourings of condemnation from abroad.
"What Ançardine and MJUAO are doing in TimbuKtu is a serious provocation," said Mr Assoumane Maïga, a humanitarian worker.
According to Mr Maiga, the destruction of the Moskee of Sidi Yehia located in Badjindé, will not affect the Mohammedans in Timbuktu.
[Yemen Post] Al-Sharq Saudi newspaper reported that Iran is currently bolstering its sway and influence in the southern Yemeni province of Taiz as it began strengthening its cooperation and enhancing its relationship with the some political factions and media groups in the province which is considered the scientific hub in Yemen.
The paper said citing what it called 'familiar sources' that Tehran started, through some Yemeni and Arab mediators, carrying out development projects in Taiz, backing some political factions there, and providing military training for some of the southern province citizens supporting its policy and sect of Islam.
Familiar sources pointed out that the Islamic State is planning to spend nearly $ 10 million-- through Shiite religious clerics and private sector members with whom it has good relations-- in private educational and health projects in Taiz, the spark of the Yemeni revolution.
Iran is going to establish three private hospitals, five schools and a media institution with the aim of spreading and promoting its ideologies, said the sources, according to the paper.With regards to the military field, they revealed that Tehran has just finished training 200 people from Taiz. The 200 citizens received the training in the far northern Yemeni province of Sadda, which is controlled by pro-Iran Houthi Movement.
Furthermore, Iran intends to provide some Yemeni people with scholarships to Lebanon. Those who will be offered the scholarships are going to be trained by the pro-Iranian Hizb Allah Party on how to make explosives and will receive some military training and techniques, according to the unidentified sources.
[Yemen Post] In response to the recent remarks made by the US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein, the Iranian embassy in Sana'a on Tuesday said that al-Qaeda in Yemen was made by Washington, lashing out at the US diplomat and describing his comments as instigating.Last week, Feierstein accused in a presser Iran of trying to thwart the GCC-initiated, west backed power transfer deal and of attempting to undermine Yemen's security and stability. He further accused it of backing beturbanned goon groups in the country such as the Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™", Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" ... Movement in the north and the Southern Movement in the south with the aim of stirring chaos.In a statement released Tuesday, the Iranian embassy said that the US is trying to consolidate its national security in Yemen, adding that the continuous American drones have killed hundreds of innocent civilians so far.The statement added that Washington's ambassador's moves in Yemen--the last of which was his visit to the southern trouble-torn province of Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... -- go against the diplomatic protocols and that there are several local sides in Yemen that showed rejection to his constant interference in the internal affairs.Last month, in the wake of dislodging the Orcs and similar vermin from Abyan's towns, Feierstein paid a visit to Abyan. His visit has prompted condemnation by the pro-Iranian Houthis who said that his visit is a proof that the US is paving the way for occupying Yemen.
[Bangla Daily Star] Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar had ordered the CID to submit the charge sheets in the 10-truck arms haul cases without implicating NSI officials, ex-DIG of CID Farrukh Ahmad told a Chittagong court yesterday.
"According to the order of Lutfozzaman Babar and with consent from former home secretary Omar Faruq, the charge sheets were submitted without disclosing the involvement of NSI officials in the smuggling of arms and ammunition," Farrukh said in his deposition as a prosecution witness in two cases in this connection.
Farrukh also implicated several former National Security Intelligence (NSI) officials including its former director general Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim, deputy director Major (retd) Liakat Hossain and field officer Akbar Hossain and former director of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) Brig Gen (retd) Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury in the offence.
Law enforcers seized 10 truckloads of arms and explosive at the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited in the wee hours of April 2 in 2004.
The following day, a five-member enquiry committee was formed led by Omar Faruq, said the former deputy inspector general (DIG) of Criminal investigation Department (CID) adding, he was made one of the members of the committee.
The committee members arrived in Chittagong on April 5 to start the investigation and left for Dhaka on April 8.
A few days later, CID (Chittagong) ASP Kabir, who was the investigation officer (IO) of the cases, had informed Farrukh that he found the involvement of NSI field officer Akbar Hossain and a smuggler Hafizur Rahman in hiring the 10 trucks for transporting the arms and ammunition.
Farrukh had ordered Kabir to interrogate the two, but Kabir failed to grill them as Hafizur remained absconding and the Chittagong office of NSI did not cooperate with the IO for producing its field officer before the CID.
The ex-DIG of CID told Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal-1 that when he informed state minister Babar about NSI's non-cooperation with the CID, the latter said, "There are many things where national interests are involved. So we have to work meticulously."
"Giving reference to a previous arms haul, Babar told me that a trawler loaded with arms was seized in Cox's Bazar in 1996, but no case was filed then," said Farrukh.
BERLIN: A German regional intelligence chief was dismissed Tuesday over a botched probe into serial killings blamed on neo-Nazis, a day after the national domestic intelligence chief resigned. Interior minister in central Thuringia state Joerg Geibert announced that Thomas Sippel was being sent into early retirement, saying he "no longer has the confidence of the (state) parliament."
"We are agreed that this step is right and necessary," Geibert said adding the decision was the outcome of talks with Sippel.
The move follows a surprise announcement Monday that Germany's national domestic intelligence director Heinz Fromm, 63, would take early retirement over blunders in the investigation. Fromm had been under fire since November when it emerged that a far-right trio calling itself the National Socialist Underground (NSU) was likely behind a murder spree with 10 victims, most of them of Turkish origin.
But he finally threw in the towel after an interior ministry official testified to a parliamentary committee last week that files with information about neo-Nazis were destroyed by agency employees.
The Thuringia state branch of the domestic intelligence service was part of an operation which saw intelligence agents try to recruit Thuringia-based right-wing extremists as informants.
[Dawn] The voice had long haunted Indian police investigating Mumbai's deadly 2008 terrorist attack.
They had repeatedly listened to a tape of cell phone intercepts containing chilling words from one of the men guiding 10 hard boyz through the gun-blazing rampage that killed 166 people in India's financial capital.
"Pass this message to the media--'this is just the trailer; the real film is yet to come,"' the voice said.
Anti-terror police engaged in one of India's largest investigations had no idea who the man was, only that he had a Mumbai accent and used Hindi words unusual for Urdu speakers like the attackers on the ground.
Police believe they finally have the man behind the disembodied voice after ferreting out the suspect from Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... where he was hiding, according to officials close to the investigation. They say he had given himself away to the police by opening a Facebook account under his real name--Syed Zabiuddin Ansari.
Ansari--an Indian citizen whose aliases include Abu Humza, Abu Jindal and Abu Jundal--was placed in long-term storage Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! at New Delhi airport on June 21 after Saudi Arabia agreed to hand him to Indian officials and put him on a flight home.
Indian Sherlocks told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that Ansari was considered a key player in the plans for attacks on India. They say he was so central to the Mumbai attack plans he was among those giving orders by the minute to the attackers or directing them on their cell phones from a control room in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , Pakistain during the Nov 26-28 bloodbath.
The Sherlocks spoke on condition of anonymity because they were disclosing sensitive information.
Ansari's interrogation is expected to bolster the Indian government's accusations -- and accepted as a fact by most ordinary Indians -- that Pakistain was behind the attack, the most brazen terrorist operation on India's soil.
His arrest is a rare piece of good news for a government reeling from economic and political troubles.
"Clearly there was state support for the 26/11 massacre," Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Friday.
Indian Sherlocks say Ansari has already told them that Pak intelligence officials were in the control room during the 60-hour siege -- corroborating testimony by American terrorist suspect David Coleman Headley, who said during his Chicago trial last year that Pak intelligence officials were involved.
Ansari has also told Sherlocks he fled India in 2006 across the border to Bangladesh, escaping from a police raid in the western Indian town of Aurangabad on an illegal cache of weapons and explosives intended for future attacks within India, the officials said.
The assault was like no other India had experienced. Bombs and grenades went off at the famed Taj Mahal and Trident hotels. Then, 10 trained beturbanned goons fanned out through the hotels and through the main train station and a Jewish cultural centre and bumped off people in their paths.
The attack went on for three days, as Indian police scrambled to keep up with the beturbanned goons who were receiving detailed instructions by cell phone.
Eventually all but one of the gunnies were killed.
The survivor, Ajmal Kasab, told a special Indian court he and the others were tutored by a man named Abu Jindal on how to speak with a Hindi accent to avoid detection in India and confuse police about their origins.
Police are now looking for a second man who is heard on the tape from the control room. That man, who police believe is Muzammil Butt, based on testimony from other suspects, is heard cutting the attackers off as they exclaimed about the size of the television screens and the luxury fittings in the five-star hotels.
At one point, he is heard saying: "How hard is it to throw a grenade? Just pull the pin and throw it."
Investigators had been looking for Ansari for years after he was implicated by other suspects in the Mumbai attacks, but they never knew his exact role in the attack, said officials close to the investigation.
India learned Ansari was living in Saudi Arabia on a Pak passport, officials said.
Both India and Pakistain then began lobbying for his release into their custody, but India clinched the arrest by providing DNA samples from Ansari's Indian family members, who live in the western state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, the officials said.
Intelligence agents are now interrogating Ansari in a secret location on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Ansari told Indian Sherlocks he had gone to Saudi Arabia to raise funds and recruit more Indians as beturbanned goons. Investigators say beturbanned goon groups routinely try to recruit Indians from among the two million Indians living in Saudi Arabia or the millions who visit the country to perform the Haj.
He might have remained in the shadows had he not opened a Facebook account in his real name to find new recruits, the officials said. The Times of India reported last week that Ansari also used the account to contact accomplices, who may have been under global scrutiny by intelligence agencies.
Indian Sherlocks followed his electronic trail to Riyadh, and this week used voice recognition tests to match Ansari's voice with the man on the tape. While the Hindi he spoke is similar enough to Urdu that speakers understand each other, there are many words that differ.
The man recorded giving instructions to the attackers used a few Hindi words an Urdu speaker would not use, such as "prashasan" for "administration," officials said. The Urdu word would be "intizamiya."
Investigators have sent the voice samples to a lab for further analysis, newspaper reports said.
Saudi Arabia's decision to hand Ansari over to India, rather than Pakistain, appeared to surprise Indian officials.
Foreign Ministry front man Syed Akbaruddin described the arrest as something "rather new" in Saudi-Indian relations.
"Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is expanding in a variety of ways."
Analysts said Riyadh's decision marked a significant shift.
"It is a signal to Pakistain that it will get isolated if it thinks state sponsorship of terrorism can be a viable policy option," said Ajit Doval, former chief of India's Intelligence Bureau.
[Saudi Gazette] Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, was poisoned by polonium, according to the findings of laboratory research carried out in Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... and cited in an Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... report Tuesday. So he died of AIDS and polonium. But mostly of AIDS...
The analysis focused on biological samples taken from the late Paleostinian leader's belongings given to his wife Suha by the military hospital in Gay Paree where he died, according to Francois Bochud, head of the Institute of Radiation Physics at the University of Lausanne.
Arafat, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Nov. 11, 2004, following several weeks of treatment.
"The conclusion was that we did find some significant polonium that was present in these samples," Bochud told Al-Jazeera.
To confirm the theory that he was poisoned by polonium it would be necessary to exhume and analyse Arafat's remains, Bochud said.
A spokesman for the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, where those items were analyzed, stressed that the "clinical symptoms described in Arafat's medical reports were not consistent with polonium-210 and that conclusions could not be drawn as to whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned or not", and that "the only way to confirm the findings would be to exhume Arafat's body to test it for polonium-210."
Posted by: Frank G ||
Arafat was poisoned?
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Games within games within games
Polonium has been used at least three times on expat Russians by the KGB.
This is a real head scratcher for me. If the KGB did off Arafat, what were they hoping to accomplish in his stead?
I can't find my conspiracy theorist cap and decoder ring so I need some help from everyone.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
I've always thought that the Mossad got to Arafat. Probably through some third-party intermediary who was in Arafat's trusted inner circle. But polonium poisoning - if this is even true - is a kinda dumb way of doing things. It was stupid for Putin to use the same method on Litvinenko. Putin wanted to make the point that he hated traitors, but polonium is traceable and rare. It's not exactly a low-signature way of killing someone.
The question is ... with Arafat gone, was Isreal really better off dealing with Hamas instead? I doubt it. Arafat may have been a pain in the a**, but he was a predictable pain in the a**. Hamas is a bigger problem.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the IRGC has detailed contingency plans to hit 35 US bases in the region in the early minutes of a possible conflict.
"We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack," Hajizadeh said on Wednesday, referring to Iran's contingency plans for any potential confrontation with the US.
He said that the US has 35 bases around Iran, and stated, "All these bases are within the reach of our missiles. Meantime, the occupied (Palestinian) lands (Israel) are good targets for us as well."
The commander explained that the current IRGC missile wargames is a practice of targeting a single hypothetical enemy airbase which is a replica of the US bases in the region.
So they have a Potemkin village of each of our bases, eh?
On Tuesday, the IRGC Aerospace Force started massive missile wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 7 (The Great Prophet 7), by firing tens of short, mid and long-range missiles from bases across the country at a single target in Central Iran.
They say they fired the missiles, and I'll bet they have photos to prove it...
The IRGC units fired tens of Shahab 1, 2 and 3, Fateh, Qiyam, Persian Gulf and Zelzal missiles at a hypothetical enemy air base - which IRGC officials had earlier said is a replica of the air bases of the trans-regional powers (the US) - in Iran's Lut Desert simultaneously.
The Islamic Republic's top military officials have repeatedly warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, the country would target all American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway.
In similar remarks last month, Hajizadeh had said that the numerous military bases of the trans-regional powers in Iran's neighborhood have provided an "opportunity" for the IRGC.
He said Iran believes that the US military bases in the region "are no threat; rather we view them as an opportunity".
Obviously war is never a good thing, least of all when it has the potential of postponing of an election, or enhancing a candidate's credentials. Dire, long term measures could also result should a foreign adversary attack our homeland.
Investigators claim Hezbollah using Leb's banks in large scale money-laundering scheme; US activists call on firms to dump Lebanese debt, securities.
In a move that could destabilize Beirut's financial position, a US pressure group urged international financial firms on Tuesday to ditch Lebanese debt and securities, saying that Hezbollah is using Leb's banks in a large scale money-laundering scheme that is also helping Iran evade banking sanctions.
New York-based United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) made public the results of a three-month, confidential investigation into the influence of Iran and Hezbollah on Leb's banking system and its sovereign bond market. The group says Leb's financial system -- including Banque du Liban, the country's central bank -- is being used to funnel massive amounts of illicit cash from Hezbollah and its state sponsor, Iran.
Leb's banks then use the laundered money to buy Lebanese sovereign debt, which has the effect of making the country appear far more financially stable than it actually is, UANI claims.
In a recent letter to Banque du Liban's governor, Riad T. Salame, UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace said Leb had become a "sovereign money-laundering jurisdiction that receives massive inflows of illicit deposits from Hezbollah terror and criminal activities." Wallace accused Leb of using the massive amounts of illicit funding to create a false picture to global markets of economic stability, particularly regarding Lebanese sovereign bonds and credit default swaps.
"In fact, the real picture of Leb and its sovereign backed securities reveals a fraud and market manipulation that is used by Hezbollah, Banque du Liban and the Lebanese banking system to continue money laundering on a massive scale," he added.
The massive funds came from Hezbollah's criminal activities and some also came from Syria, according to UANI.
Wallace said that the large majority of the illegal funds were laundered into the Lebanese banking system by front companies, Hezbollah supporters and Hezbollah Bayt al-Mal '("House of Money"), a Hezbollah-controlled organization that carries out financial services for the terror group.
Iran also transacts funds through the Lebanese banking system to evade the effects of international sanctions, including the banking embargo, Wallace added. He told Salame that Teheran was directing increasing support to Hezbollah to evade sanctions pressure by ensuring its proxy's stability.
Iran's support for Hezbollah is widely known. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah publicly announced in a February speech that the Islamic Theocratic Republic supports the terror group.
In May, a US court ordered Iran to pay $44.6 million in damages to victims of Hezbollah's 1983 US Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, after ruling that the Lebanese terror group carried out the attack with massive technological and material support from Iran.
FBI experts testified that at the time of the attack, the PETN explosives used in the bomb were only manufactured in bulk form in Iran.
Earlier this year, Salame told Wallace that the Lebanese Central Bank does not have any relationship with Iran's Central Bank, Bank Markazi, and that there is only one Iranian bank, Bank Saderat Iran, in Leb. According to the US Treasury Department, which in 2007 designated Bank Saderat as a terror supporter, Iran uses the bank to transfer millions of dollars to several terror groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Paleostinian Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... Meanwhile, ...back at the cheese factory, all the pieces finally fell together in Fluffy's mind... UANI say they have also written to Lebanese bondholders and international bond credit agencies, calling on the latter to issue a "no rating" for Leb. Lebanese sovereign debt is currently rated by Standard and Poor's as B (highly speculative). Four financial firms -- Austrian Erste-Sparinvest, Finnish bank Aktia, US-based Eaton Vance and Ameriprise Financial -- have already divested from Lebanese debt securities, according to UANI.
UANI has also called for the US Treasury to designate Leb as a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern under the Patriot Act, as it has previously done with Iran.
UANI's accusations come days after US officials targeted a Hezbollah-linked drugmoney- laundering network in Colombia.
Last Wednesday, the US Treasury named four people and three companies it said are involved in laundering drug trafficking monies for Hezbollah-linked drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. The Treasury also designated a Colombia- based individual, Ali Mohamad Saleh, as directing Hezbollah's fundraising activities from business owners and residents in the Americas.
"The Joumaa network is a sophisticated multi-national money-laundering ring, which launders the proceeds of drug trafficking for the benefit of criminals and the terrorist group Hezbollah," said under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David S. Cohen.
A senior Iranian official accused the West of "taking revenge" on the Syrian government because of its support for the Palestinians.
Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, made the comments during a meeting with the speaker of Syria's parliament, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, who is in Tehran for a three-day visit that includes talks with top Iranian officials.
In his meeting with Laham on Tuesday evening, Jalili said Syria "does not welcome foreign intervention and will not tolerate terrorist measures," and Laham said the Western media has exaggerated the situation in Syria.
[An Nahar] Hizbullah and Iran will fight alongside the Syrian regime if it is attacked by foreign forces, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine -- General Command Ahmed Jibril said on Tuesday. Which is not to be confused with the plain vanilla PFLP. PFLP-GC is headed by a former Syrian captain, is headquartered in Damascus, and controlled therefrom. Not that it actually does much but issue communiques and sometimes blow up somebody's car in Leb...
In the event of "a foreign attack, we discussed with our brothers (in the Syrian regime), with Hizbullah chief His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb... and our brothers in Iran, we will be part of this battle," he revealed.
In an interview with Beirut-based Mayadeen television, Jibril said that if a "Turkish-European alliance or NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... escalate... we will take to the streets and fight on behalf of all those with honor and our Syrian brothers."
Jibril also cited Nasrallah as saying Hizbullah would fight on behalf of the Syrian regime, and described the Iran-Syria-Hizbullah alliance as "one axis" that the PFLP-GC is part of.
He added that he met recently with Nasrallah, Iran's diminutive PresidentMahmoud Short Round Ahmadinejad and Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath... , without specifying when.
He also noted that the Hizbullah chief "said he would join this battle, in the event of a foreign attack" on Syria.
The Iranian regime, he said, told him it would not allow a strike on Syria. "We have warned the Turks several times not to play with fire," Jibril said.
Echoing the Syrian regime's discourse, the PFLP-GC chief said the 16-month uprising against Assad was not a genuine local movement, but rather "a change in the foundations of this region in order to create a new Middle East," referring to a term coined in 2006 by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Jibril described the defense of the Syrian regime as "a decisive battle." Victory would be necessary, he said, in order to "defeat the American and Zionist projects."
The PFLP-GC is a radical Paleostinian faction that is based in Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... .
[An Nahar] Russia on Tuesday accused the West of seeking to "distort" the agreement reached last weekend in Geneva on a plan for a political transition to end the escalating conflict in Syria.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the accord based on proposals by envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... as an "important step" but said that Western capitals had already read more into the final statement than what was written on paper.
"Unfortunately... some Western participants have started in their public statements to distort the agreements that were reached" in Geneva, he told news hounds at a news conference with his Vietnamese counterpart.
"These (Geneva) agreements are not there to be interpreted. They mean exactly what is said in the communique and we need to follow the agreements that were made," Lavrov added.
"Our (Russian) position is honest and we are not trying to make it seem more than what is written in the text."