|The beginning of the end but what is the end?|
In bid for unity, Syrian opposition group picks Kurd to lead
Jihadists infiltrate Syria: A report in Kuwait confirms the Syrian regime's claims about the participation of Arab mercenaries in the violence that reverberates Syria for months. Scores of Kuwaitis fighting alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA) against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad after entering from Turkey, reported yesterday the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas, citing relatives of these fighters.
"Tens of Kuwaitis entered Syria through the border with Turkey to fight alongside the FSA against the forces of the Syrian regime," wrote Al-Qabas. Relatives of these volunteers also told the daily that large groups of fighters from Saudi Arabia, Libya and Pakistan were also in Syria. Members of the FSA meet volunteers at the border, provide them with weapons and assign it to combat Syrian army units.
Syria's opposition urges mass defections: The new head of Syria's main opposition group has called for mass defections from a regime he says is "on its last legs" after a series of massacres, as the death toll in the uprising tops 14,000.
Similar calls were made by the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), which also urged a campaign of mass "civil disobedience" to ratchet up internal pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered regime. "We are entering a sensitive phase. The regime is on its last legs," Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sayda told AFP on Sunday shortly after being named the new leader of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC). "The multiplying massacres and shellings show that it is struggling."
Syrian clashes now widespread: Syrian troops have attacked a rebel-held town with helicopter gunships and shelled other areas across the country, activists say. The aerial assault on Monday targeted the strategic river crossing town of Rastan that has resisted repeated government offensives for months, they said. It is part of an escalation of violence in recent weeks that comes despite an internationally brokered ceasefire that was supposed to go into effect on April 12 but never took hold.
The regime is now using helicopters more after its ground troops suffered major losses," said Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Dozens of vehicles have been destroyed or damaged" since the end of May. Syria's Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi recently said that rebels are now using sophisticated anti-tank missiles. Videos posted by activists over the past week have shown many destroyed tanks and armoured personnel carriers.
In bid for unity, Syrian opposition group picks Kurd to lead: The pressure is on for the SNC's newly elected president, Abdelbaset Sieda, to unify the council if he wants greater international assistance. … Their disunity and differences have, until now, been the stumbling block in their progress in deposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
This fragmentation has served as a key justification for those – whether in the West or in the Arab world – who have claimed that they would otherwise provide greater support, material or otherwise, to the rebels. The election of Sida comes at a critical time, when violence appears to be intensifying at an alarming rate. Civil war is now in full swing, despite the tendency for commentators, politicians and journalists to define it otherwise.
I understand our Air Force and Navy has been told to prepare to take the mission of guarding Syria's air space with Britain and France. We knew we were going to get dragged into this rest assured and you can't really think at least Russia and Iran will not come out in the open: I remember saying from day one that it would take almost the whole military to defect before they would have a chance and now that we know how involved Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are in the slaughtering that is going on around the country that is beginning to look like the beginning of their fight.
You have to be very concerned about what is happening in Syria especially. Russia, China, and Iran are not going to allow Syria to fall to Democracy. What we saw after the voter fraud in Iran was mild compared to what the IRG will do if this movement spreads to Iran. I really wish Bashar would step down but Iran is the elephant in the room any way you look at it. The total middle east breakdown we have written about numerous times is well under way. We can only hope we keep it from erupting into WW3.
In closing: You know Putin just got himself reelected as President, he did this so he could be at the helm of Russia as he like me knows 100% that world war is our future. He plans on marshaling China who is rapidly building a more formidable military and whoever he can to take on US hegemony.Russia watched helplessly as we had our way in Libya. Putin blames what is happening in Syria on our interference and Libya for training the protesters to fight against Bashar Al-Assad. Russia and Iran will not let this be another Libya but?
Putin is going to do everything possible to keep us from helping the Syrian people and I really feel for them. I do not see this going down the way Libya did and Iran and Russia are going to make sure it does not. I am afraid the Syrian people are going to be sacrificed, sacrificed in what is merely an opening salvo in this the wars for future dominance. God help us all! This is the beginning of the fight for future supremacy and the defeat of US hegemony.