Monday, November 12, 2012

Israel bombs syria for a second day... syria bombs rebel targets at Ras al-Ain....latest West approved Syria rebel bloc seeks recognition from the West....... wash , rinse , repeat.......

Israel Continues Shelling Of Syrian Targets For Second Consecutive Day

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When we reported yesterday that following "recurring" "provocations" by the Syrian military, which is so very confused who it wants to declare war on first - Nato member Syria, or best US friend Israel, it is pressing on both fronts, even as it continues to be torn by CIA funded, and Al Qaeda stoked civil war, which saw Israel launch a missile into Syrian territory for the first time since 1973,we said, "It goes without saying that this is merely the first proverbial shot across the  bow, or in this case the DMZ. Much more to follow, until finally the UN rules, and the fair and objective media backs it, that the time to invade liberate Syria has come." Sure enough, less than 24 hours later...
    And the smoking gun, er, rocket: "Grad rocket that struck Netivot factory moments ago" - the text "not fired by the CIA, Al Qaeda, Israel intelligence, or Syrian rebels and purely the doing of evil, evil Assad" is plainly visible.
    And again - the escalation will continue until flip flops operating out of Syria, with or without local mistresses, blow up enough holes in Israel territory that the retaliation against this latest evil provocateur is inevitable, and Israel decides to launch a defensive offensive war, which hopefullysadly will also drag Iran into it as well.
    In other news, we are still waiting to hear how China and Russia are taking to this latest military development.

    Syria bombs rebel town on Turkish border
    Fighter jet and helicopters support Bashar al-Assad's forces as they try to regain control of rebel-held Ras al-Ain.
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 12:52
    Fighter jet and helicopters have attacked rebel-held Ras al-Ain in bid to retake town near Turkey [Al Jazeera]
    A Syrian fighter jet has bombed a rebel-held area near the Turkish border, killing at least six people and wounding a dozen others, while a rocket propelled grenade also landed inside Turkey, officials and witnesses have said.
    The jet bombed the town of Ras al-Ain, metres from the Turkish frontier, on Monday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad tried to wrest control of the area back from rebels.
    The bombing sent up huge plumes of black smoke and scores of Syrians ran from the area, scrambling to cross the border fence into Turkey.
    Helicopters also strafed targets near the town, which fell to rebels on Thursday during an advance into Syria's mixed Arab and Kurdish northeast. There was no word on casualties.
    The jet struck within metres of the border fence that divides Ras al-Ain from the Turkish settlement of Ceylanpinar, sending up plumes of black smoke.
    A Reuters reporter in Ceylanpinar said the plane flew right along the border and appeared at one point to have entered Turkish airspace.
    It was not clear what the bomb struck, but scores of civilians fled the area, scrambling over the fence into Turkey.
    A growing refugee crisis
    The escalating violence in northern Syria has caused a refugee crisis in Turkey; more than 120,000 refugees have already crossed over. To Ankara's alarm, some 9,000 Syrians arrived in one 24-hour period last week.
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an emergency appeal Monday for $34m to help the refugee population in Turkey.
    The extra cash was expected to last for six months, Simon Eccleshall, the IFRC's head of disaster and crisis management, told reporters in Geneva.
    He acknowledged though that it was "not unimaginable that [the emergency aid] figure will need to increase," adding: "We will be regularly revising contingency plans (and perhaps) the emergency appeal."
    Turkey currently counts 14 camps, all but one of which are tent camps, and three others are under construction to accommodate the steady influx, according to the IFRC.
    The extra aid would go to providing winter assistance to the around 100,000 camp-dwellers, as well as emergency food and non-food assistance to up to 20,000 people at the Turkish-Syrian border, Eccleshall said.
    He pointed out that the Turkish Red Crescent would assist only people on the Turkish side, but that since the border was "quite open" many Syrians crossed over to pick up aid before heading back to their towns or villages in Syria.
    Contingency stocks for an extra 50,000 people were also included in the appeal, he said.
    The emergency appeal would especially focus on providing cooking stoves, heaters, blankets and other winter items for Syrian refugees in the country as the cold sets in, as well as food and blankets to the people at the border, IFRC said.


    New Syria bloc seeks diplomatic recognition
    Opposition leader of newly forged National Coalition heads to Cairo along with Qatari PM for meetings with Arab League.
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 12:16
    The leader of Syria's newly united opposition has headed to Arab League headquarters in Cairo to push for diplomatic recognition, buoyed by the hard-won unity deal among the disparate factions.
    Mouaz al-Khatib, 52, a cleric who left Syria three months ago, was to be accompanied on Monday by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani, whose government hosted the marathon four-day talks that culminated in Sunday's agreement.
    The deal to form a new broad-based opposition structure to take the 20-month uprising forward drew a warm welcome from Western governments that had expressed mounting frustration with the leadership divisions that have plagued the revolt against president Bashar al-Assad's regime.
    The new National Coalition wants to build on that support to win the sort of diplomatic recognition that the Libyan opposition won in its successful uprising against veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year.
    The Arab League suspended Assad's government as part of a raft of sanctions it imposed last year and Syria's seat in the 22-member bloc is currently vacant.
    'Full recognition'
    Qatar, which along with neighbouring Saudi Arabia has been a leading champion of the Syrian opposition, has already said it is ready to recognise a provisional government that the National Coalition plans to form.
    The Qatari premier said he would press fellow Arab ministers at Monday's talks in Cairo to do the same. "We will seek a full recognition of this new body," Sheikh Hamad said.
    Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs, Khaled al-Attiya, told Al Jazeera that recognition would remove any obstacles to the opposition's securing arms for rebel fighters on the ground.
    "When they get the legitimacy from the international arena they can go and contract whatever they want themselves, because they would be recognized as full legitimate government whether in exile or whether inside Syria," he said.
    The new opposition leader said that the National Coalition already had promises of weapons. "In fact there are some friends, I can't name them, they will help us," Khatib said.
    Under Sunday's deal, the opposition agreed to establish a new supreme military council to take overall command of the various rebel groups on the ground and address US concerns that weapons have been getting into the hands of militant groups that are in danger of hijacking the uprising.
    US support
    The United States swiftly declared its backing for the new structure.
    "We look forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad's bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
    Britain hailed the agreement as an "important milestone in forming a broad and representative opposition that reflects the full diversity of the Syrian people".
    Syria's former colonial ruler France said it would extend "full support to this coalition, in order for it to become a credible alternative" to Assad's regime.
    The National Coalition also appointed two deputy leaders: prominent dissident Riad Seif, who was the architect of the new opposition structure; and secular female opposition figure Suhair al-Atassi, who hails from the central city of Homs, one of the bastions of the uprising.
    A third post was left vacant for a representative of Syria's Kurdish minority.
    As the opposition unveiled its new leadership, there was no let-up in the fighting on the ground. A total of 104 people were killed on Sunday, bringing to more than 37,000 number killed since March last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.