‘Securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and the facilities that produced them would likely require the U.S. to send more than 75,000 ground troops into the Middle Eastern country …
… That estimate comes from a secret memorandum the U.S. Department of Defense prepared for President Obama in early 2012.
U.S. Central Command arrived at the figure of 75,000 ground troops as part of a written series of military options for dealing with Bashar al-Assad more than 18 months ago, long before the U.S. confirmed internally that the Syrian dictator was using the weapons against rebel factions within his borders.’
G20 'divided' on Syria as US envoy Samantha Power criticises Russia for 'holding UN hostage'
Powers: ‘Whenever a country refuses to do what we want they are holding the world to ransom and supporting terrorists.
If they want to support terrorists they should be supporting us.’
‘G20 leaders remain divided over the Syrian conflict as they enter the final day of their Russian summit. Italian PM Enrico Letta said the splits were confirmed during a working dinner in St Petersburg on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Russian presidency said a US strike on Syria would “drive another nail into the coffin of international law”.
At the UN, the US ambassador accused Russia of holding the Security Council hostage by blocking resolutions.’
G20 summit: Isolated David Cameron is forced to shrug off Vladimir Putin ‘small island snub’ over Syria
‘Vladimir Putin’s spokesman was forced to deny on Thursday that he had dismissed the UK as “a small island no one pays any attention to” as the G20 summit in St Petersburg opened in acrimony.
David Cameron responded to the alleged snub, which was reported to have been made by Dmitry Peskov in a briefing to Russian journalists, by saying that he did not accept Mr Peskov had used the words “for a moment”.
But a No 10 source urged Mr Putin’s office to clarify his position, saying: “As host of guests from the world’s leading countries, I’m sure the Russians will want to clarify these reported remarks, particularly at a G20 where it’s a very British agenda on trade and tax.”’
The Kerry Lies go on being exposed … Kerry portrait of Syria rebels at odds with intelligence reports
‘In the name of this sacred pencil I come from the Father of Darkness to bring you war, death, destruction and pestilence.’
‘Secretary of State John Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.’
Vladimir Putin calls Kerry a liar over al-Qaeda in Syria claims
(But then this is hardly a revelation given Kerry’s blatant attempt to mislead public and political opinion with lie after lie after lie.)
Kerry is desperate to hide the fact that ‘Al-Qaeda’-connected terrorists are behind the ‘rebels’ in the war against Assad.
‘Speaking to his human rights council, Mr Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Mr Kerry was asked about al-Qaeda. Mr Putin said he had denied that it was operating in Syria, even though he was aware of the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group.
Mr Putin said: “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad.”‘
Putin Puts Obama in Hot Seat: ‘What Will You Do If Rebels Are Ones Using Chemical Weapons?’
‘Now, the straightforward Russian has asked another equally important and straightforward question — the sort of question so full of common sense that most Western politicians never expect to hear a fellow politician asking (and, as usual, one the Western media have failed to report on, though Arabic media is abuzz with it).
In a videotaped interview published today concerning U.S. attempts to go to war in Syria, not only did Putin criticize Secretary of State John Kerry’s dissembling concerning the nature of the Syrian opposition, but he also said:
There is another question: if it turns out that the armed rebels are the ones who used weapons of mass destruction, what will the United States do with the armed rebels? And what will it do with those sponsoring the rebels? Will they stop supplying them with arms? Will they start fighting against them?’
Russia 'has compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical weapons attack'
‘Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations.
A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website late Wednesday said the report included detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal in northern Syria. The attack killed 26 people.
A U.N. spokesman, Farhan Haq, confirmed that Russia delivered the report in July.’
Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons
‘The individual in the clip, Nadeem Baloosh, is a member of an insurgent group called Riyadh Al Abdeen, which is active in the Latakia area of Syria.
Baloosh speaks of “chemicals which produce lethal and deadly gases that I possess,” before going on to state, “We decided to harm them through their women and kids.”
Baloosh ponders if it is acceptable to harm women and children before quoting the Koran, “Fight them as they fight you. ” He goes on to quote Osama Bin Laden (whom other rebel groups have openly praised). “We’ll kill their women and children like Sheikh Osama Bin Laden said – “until they cease killing our women and kids,” he states.’
Chemical weapons sent from Turkey to Syria: Former Turkish provincial official
Pieces move in the bigger game …
Russia Says It’s Sending Warships To Mediterranean For Evacuations From Syria
‘Following several reports of Russia sending warships to the Mediterranean Sea over the past week, The Kremlin’s chief of staff has officially told reporters that the intention is to prepare to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria.
AP reports that Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted senior official Sergei Ivanov as saying that Russia is upping a naval presence in the region to “primarily” be prepared to rescue Russians should a US military bombardment take place.’
Report: China Sends Warships to Coast of Syria
‘China has reportedly sent warships to the coast of Syria to “observe” the actions of US and Russian ships as tensions build in preparation for a potential military strike on Syria which could come as soon as next week.’
The Syrian War: What You're Not Being Told
Senators who backed Syria resolution got 83 per cent more defense lobby money than those who voted against it, campaign finance numbers show
Pieces of silver: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and ranking Republican Bob Corker, two ‘yes’ votes, received a combined $130,850 from defense contractors
Wednesday’s 10-7 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting an authorization of military attacks on Syria may have been affected by varying levels of financial support the senators got from political action committees representing the defense industry, and from the companies’ employees.
On average, a ‘yes’-voting senator received 83 per cent more money from defense contractors than one who voted ‘no.’
Syrian Woman Rips Into McCain At Town Hall For His Support For Bombing Syria
Shameless: John Kerry says he’s prepared to pimp the US military out to his Gulf Arab allies
‘Don’t be sad, John … I know the world thinks you’re a liar, but then you are, we all are, and we thank you for doing this for us.
Think of what we are building, John, a world ruled by the Rothschilds on behalf of the Great One to whom we have all sold our souls.
I asked Peres what we can do to help you and he said he would sleep on it.’