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US & UK Syria invasion and assassination plot
Documents: White House and No 10 conspired over oil-fuelled invasion plan
The Guardian - Ben Fenton - September 27, 2003, http://albizri.com/index_e.htm
Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures....Newly discovered documents show in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus...
Driving the call for action was CIA Middle East chief Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of former president Theodore Roosevelt....By 1957, despite America's opposition to the Suez move, President Eisenhower felt he could no longer ignore the danger of Syria becoming a centre for Moscow to spread communism throughout the Middle East. He and Mr Macmillan feared Syria would destabilise pro-western neighbours by exporting terrorism and encouraging internal dissent. More importantly, Syria also had control of one of the main oil arteries of the Middle East, the pipeline which connected pro-western Iraq's oilfields to Turkey.
The "preferred plan" adds: "Once a political decision is reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS [MI6] will attempt, to mount minor sabotage and coup de main incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals. The two services should consult, as appropriate, to avoid any overlapping or interference with each other's activities... Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus; the operation should not be overdone; and to the extent possible care should be taken to avoid causing key leaders of the Syrian regime to take additional personal protection measures."
The report said that once the necessary degree of fear had been created, frontier incidents and border clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be "made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments," the report says. "CIA and SIS should use their capabilities in both the psychological and action fields to augment tension." That meant operations in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, taking the form of "sabotage, national conspiracies and various strong-arm activities" to be blamed on Damascus.
The plan called for funding of a "Free Syria Committee", and the arming of "political factions with paramilitary or other actionist capabilities" within Syria. The CIA and MI6 would instigate internal uprisings... The planners envisaged replacing the Ba'ath/Communist regime with one firmly anti-Soviet, but conceded this would not be popular and "would probably need to rely first upon repressive measures and arbitrary exercise of power". The plan was never used chiefly because Syria's Arab neighbours could not be persuaded to take action and an attack from Turkey alone was unacceptable....
DAMASCUS, THE U.S. ROAD TO IRA
Syria is the linchpin
Syria, a very powerful state, is Iran's only non-US-client Arab ally. Iran's unshakeable refusal to submit to US control, disables US regional & global domination agenda. USrael plans to destroy Syria, thinking then it will be able to get an isolated Iran in its clutches. Regardless of disagreement with Syrian and/or Iranian politics, they, and all who resist US imperialist domination and fight for sovereign integrity and independence should be supported...no matter how US brands all opposition to its 'full spectrum dominance'
"A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SYRIA IS THE BEST WAY TO UNDERMINE IRAN"
3/31/10 By Ribal Al Assad, Director of the Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria (ODFS)
Syria qualifies as an afterthought when discussing the threat of Iran. But to dismiss this country as a minor player in the region is dangerously to underestimate the significance of its links with Iran. At the end of February the leaders of the Syrian and Iranian regimes met in Damascus...Iran is a major influencer in the Middle East. Its tentacles stretch deep into Syria, the West Bank, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Iran’s aim is to manipulate and use proxy groups to exert greater influence and control in the region....The Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria (ODFS) aims to campaign for several fundamental developments; human rights guaranteed by law, a free media, economic liberalisation, and zero tolerance of extremism...Engaging with Syria is fruitless for as long as the Syrian regime sees Iran as his benefactor and friend....
ODFS researches and analyses current events and policy in Syria and the Middle East, and provides information to governments, civil servants, media, think tanks, academics, students, the public and all other interested parties in Britain and around the world. What we do. Coming Soon http://www.odf-syria.org/about/what-we-do Founder & Director Ribal al Assad, lives in London, studied politics at Boston University, holds a degree in Business from the InterAmerican University in New York. He is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
While Iran would like normalized relations with Washington and the West, it is much more interested in maintaining its independence, not unlike China...
as one Iranian official told me at the conference, when Iran re-establishes US ties, it won't behave like Saudi Arabia or Turkey now, under the Justice and Development Party. The combination of geography, demography and resources means Iran will remain independent, the center of intense geopolitical struggle... Geopolitical Journey: Iran at a Crossroads | STRATFOR Private Intel
Syrian Organizations in the United States form a Syrian Coordination Committee (SCC)
United Business News, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/syrian-organizations-in-the-unit...
U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11
15 Sep 2010 ..RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF)..."exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divisions..." http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB151/index1.html
Among MIA from past & present 'news'
Syria General License No. 16 Issued
Today, OFAC has issued Syria General License No. 16, which authorizes U.S. persons to provide to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces certain services, including transfers of funds, otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13582 of August 17, 2011
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Executive Order 13582 of August 17,2011
Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Syria
GENERAL LICENSE NO. 16
Authorizing Certain Services to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
'Your days are numbered' U.S. official tells al-Assad
"Your days are numbered," US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said...two senior administration officials told CNN while U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Damascus, the Pentagon and U.S.CENTCOM have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities to prepare options in the event President Obama calls for them....
" an insurrection funded by foreign governments"
US Will Continue to Arm Anti-government Rebels in Syria
2/8/12 Pepe Escobar, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30474.htm
Barak: US 'surgical operation' plan against Iran
In a televised interview Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Newsweek and The Daily Beast noted the U.S. administration’s reluctance to involve itself in another Muslim world war and asked if there were any way Israel could go to war with Iran that did not drag in the U.S...
“I don’t see it as a binary kind of situation: either they [the Iranians] turn nuclear or we have a fully fledged war the size of the Iraqi war or even the war in Afghanistan. What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them. We of course prefer diplomacy will do. We of course prefer some morning we wake up and see the Arab Spring translated into Farsi jumped over the Gulf to the streets of Tehran, but you cannot build a plan on it. And we should be able to do it" Barak said. That is, stage a surgical series of strikes.
Israel Deploys Missiles as Netanyahu Sees Syria Collapse
Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio “We must look around us, at what is happening in Iran and its proxies and at what is happening in other areas, with the deadly weapons in Syria, which is increasingly coming apart,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet, according to an e-mailed statement.
1/28/13 NYT Israel Girds for Attacks as Syria Falls Apart
At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed in northern Israel amid reports that Syria's chemical weapons could possibly fall into Hezbollah's hands.
Obama congratulates Netanyahu on elections win
Reuters photographer phone report silenced by US 'news' agencies
Syria State TV Airs Footage of 'Chemical Attack Victims' At least 25 killed in Syria
3/19/13 By RT http://rt.com/news/syria-rebels-chemical-aleppo-479/ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34344.htm
Syrian rebels used a rocket chemical warhead in Aleppo, killing 25 people and injuring 86, Syria's Information Minister said. The Syrian government's SANA news agency reported that terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and confirmed at least 25 people, most civilians, were killed. A Reuters photographer working in Aleppo reported witnesses of the attack " said people were suffocating in the streets and the air smelt strongly of chlorine,” the photographer said, stressing most of the victims he saw visiting the University of Aleppo hospital and the al-Rajaa hospital were women and children."People were dying in the streets and in their houses," he said by phone.
Iran Defies International Community
Iran rejected the P5+1 call to halt nuclear work in exchange for relaxing some of the sanctions. Iran instead sent a counter proposal to the P5+1 to recognize the country’s right to enrich its uranium. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a new production facility for uranium and two mines for extraction. ...
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/09/us-iran-nuclear-idUSBRE93804L2... Marking its annual National Nuclear Technology Day Iran said operations had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant...it would continue to need higher-grade enriched uranium to fuel additional research reactors it plans to build....that Western opposition would not slow its nuclear work
Powerful Quake Strikes Near Iranian Nuclear Plant
4/9/13 Reuters http://www.voanews.com/content/powerful-earthquake-strikes-near-iranian-... (map)
A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station Tuesday, killing 30 so far, injuring 800 and devastating small villages, state media reported.
state-sponsored strategic communications 'news'
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Syria-Lebanon Threat Sparks Surprise IDF Reserve Call-Up Drill
Obama gets ready to strike Assad. Hezbollah drags Lebanon into the war... the most likely victim? That's why IDF called up 2,000 reservists for surprise drill in the north.
4/30/13 by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu http://www.jewishpress.com/news/syria-lebanon-threat-sparks-surprise-arm...
The IDF has launched a surprise call-up of an entire division of 2,000 reserve soldiers for a week-long exercise in the north in the first such maneuver in many years as instability grows on the entire northern border, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Golan Heights.“This is a special drill, the first of its kind, which simulates a broad-based call-up” to test the system’s capability and preparedness, a senior IDF source said. The exercise coincides with reports that President Barack Obama already has given the go-ahead to the U.S. Armed forces to prepare for a military strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces once there is binding proof that he has used chemical weapons against rebels. The president said at a press conference Tuesday, “We know chemical weapons are being used in Syria,” but he added their still is no confirmed evidence of which side is using them...The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper quoted Lebanese sources that Hezbollah is preparing for an “Israeli attack,” which could be code for an American strike on Syria.
Hagel to Israel: Military option will be considered after Iranian elections
5/3/13 By Barak Ravid, http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/hagel-to-israel-military-...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly told Israeli counterparts the Obama administration would examine military options against Iran more closely following the Islamic Republic's upcoming elections and possible ramifications on its nuclear program. According to a report Friday in the Wall Street Journal, Hagel and other senior U.S. officials, reached an understanding with Israel during the defense secretary's recent visit to Israel...the two countries would conduct a joint situation assessment following the elections, and if diplomatic channels are ruled out, efforts will be shifted to more detailed discussion of military options... U.S. has redesigned its largest conventional bomb, the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOB) "bunker buster" bomb able to penetrate Iran's Fordow plant underground nuclear enrichment facilities...has adjusted fuses to maximize burrowing power, upgraded guidance systems to improve precision and high-tech equipment for evading Iranian air defenses. The Pentagon invested more than $400 million in the upgraded Boeing Company's MOB...
US officials: Israel carried out a series of attacks on military targets in Damascus early Sunday
Reuters reported a Western intelligence source said the operation hit Iranian-supplied missiles en route to the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.
strategic communications treads on 'question of Syrian WMD', transforming it into supposedly unrelated 'question of credibility'
US Treads Carefully on Syria Chemical Weapons Question
Greg Thielmann, a former State Department intelligence analyst now with the Arms Control Association, agreed with the administration’s cautious approach..the memory of Iraq's so-called weapons of mass destruction is very much on policy-maker minds today. “...we knew a great deal more about Iraq’s chemical weapons infrastructure and even some of the individuals involved as a result of the first Gulf War. We had UN inspectors in the country. We oversaw the destruction of chemical weapons. We had access to a lot of records.
We have none of that in the case of the Syrian regime...and that should definitely give one pause. We got it wrong even then” Thielmann said.
Bolton: A question of credibility
But other experts say President Obama is backtracking on earlier statements when he warned President Assad the use of chemical weapons would be “a game changer” and cross “a red line” that would trigger a U.S. response...for John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the UN, the president’s words were unambiguous. “The clear implication of something being a ‘game changer’ with ‘enormous consequences’ — the president’s own words — was an implication the US, together with allies perhaps, would use military force". Bolton said by not acting, the president damages his credibility and that of the United States. “Because the implication is that having set a ‘red line’ and then not acting on it, other ‘red lines’ the president has set are equally tenuous. For example, that all options are on the table to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons — I think the almost inescapable conclusion both in Iran and Israel is that all options are not on the table. And I think that really is a ‘game changer’ in the Middle East.” Bolton said in addition to Iran and Israel, North Korea is watching closely to see what action President Obama will take — if anything.
US announces proxy's bombing: 'belief', suspicion, assertion constitute 'credibility' in faith-based global state terror war
Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targeted Missiles From Iran, U.S. Officials Say
WASHINGTON — The airstrike Israeli warplanes carried out in Syria was directed at a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Iran that Israel believed was intended for Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese organization, US officials said Saturday... the second time in four months Israel carried out an attack in foreign territory intended to disrupt the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah...the raid was a vivid example of how regional adversaries are looking after their own interests as Syria becomes more chaotic.
Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its third year. But as fighting in Syria escalates, they also have a powerful stake in expediting the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in case Mr. Assad loses his grip on power.Israel, for its part, has repeatedly cautioned it will not allow Hezbollah to receive “game changing” weapons that could threaten the Israeli heartland after a post-Assad government took power. As Washington considers how to handle evidence of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a development it described as a “red line,” Israel is clearly showing that it will stand behind the red lines it sets..."...which are different from Obama’s,’ ” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The missiles that were the target of the raid had been sent to Syria by Iran and were being stored in a warehouse at Damascus International Airport when they were struck, according to an US official. Two prominent Israeli defense analysts said military officials told them the targeted shipment included Scud Ds, which Syrians developed from Russian weapons, have a range up to 422 miles — long enough to reach Eilat, in southernmost Israel, from Lebanon. But an American official said they were Fateh-110s a mobile, accurate, solid-fueled missile that represents a considerable improvement over the liquid-fueled Scud missile. US officials said it has the range to strike Tel Aviv and much of Israel from southern Lebanon.
A Pentagon official said in 2010 Hezbollah was believed to already have a small supply of Fateh-110s. Additional missiles could increase Iran’s ability to threaten Israel through its Lebanese proxy if Israel mounted airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear installations. Syrians with knowledge of security and military matters confirmed the strike overnight Thursday, saying Iran had sent arms and rockets to the airport intending to resend them to Hezbollah....Some US officials are unsure whether the new shipment was intended for use by Hezbollah or by the Assad government, which is believed to be running low on missiles in its bloody civil war. But one US official said the warehouse struck in the Israeli attack was believed to be under the control of operatives from Hezbollah and Iran’s paramilitary Quds force....
An Israeli Embassy spokesman in Washington declined on Friday night to comment on the airstrike, only saying in a statement, “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
In late January, Israel carried out similar airstrikes in Syria against a convoy carrying SA-17 antiaircraft weapons. The transfer of those weapons to Hezbollah would have jeopardized the Israeli Air Force’s ability to operate in Lebanese airspace. Israeli officials have also refused to publicly confirm the January attack...
Israel’s official silence reveals the broader dilemma it faces in how to handle Syria’s upheaval. After 40 years of quiet on its northeastern border, Israel is now deeply worried about violence spilling over into its territory and about a post-Assad Syria being a vast, ungoverned area controlled by Islamist or jihadist groups, with no central authority to control militant activity. But leaders in Jerusalem believe they have few options beyond targeted attacks on convoys or warehouses to affect the situation in Syria, seeing any direct action by Israel as likely to backfire by bolstering or uniting anti-Israel forces.
Jonathan Spyer, an expert on Syria and Hezbollah at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, called Thursday’s strike “extremely significant,” and predicted more such attempts to transfer weapons — and Israeli efforts to stop them — in the coming weeks and months.“...
The Israeli attack came days after Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, issued some of his strongest statements yet of support for Mr. Assad, edging closer to confirming what the Obama administration has already reported: Hezbollah is backing him militarily, not merely tolerating border crossings by some of its members to defend Lebanese citizens in Syria, as Hezbollah has long maintained. Mr. Nasrallah said Hezbollah — using the word “we” — would not allow Syria to fall to an armed assault he said was backed by America and Israel, and added that the party was defending civilians of all sects in Qusayr, a city in Homs Province near the Lebanese border, where rebels say Hezbollah has led recent battles against them.
Michael R. Gordon reported from Washington, Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem. Reporting was also contributed by Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger from Washington; Anne Barnard from Beirut, Lebanon; and a NYT employee from Damascus, Syria.
Analysis: Israel may be ready for more active military role in Syria
By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Syrian Report: Israel Bombs Damascus outskirts second time
The Sunday attack came hours after U.S., Israeli and Lebanese officials said Israeli warplanes on Friday had struck a shipment of missiles destined for Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement at Damascus International Airport. The attacks coincided with mounting pressure on the Obama administration to formulate a response to the growing risk of weapons proliferation in the Syrian war, notably the possibility that chemical weapons are being used in the conflict and could fall into the hands of extremists.
Israeli airstrikes on Syria prompt threats, anger
5/5/13 AP http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2020924965_apmlisraelsyria.html
Israel rushed to beef up its Iron Dome missile defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours
The attacks pose a dilemma for the embattled Assad regime.If it fails to respond, it looks weak and opens the door to more airstrikes. But any military retaliation against Israel risks dragging the Jewish state into a broader conflict....as Washington considers how to respond to indications the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons. President Obama has described the use of such weapons as a "red line," and the administration is weighing its options. The White House declined for a second day to comment directly on Israel's air strikes in Syria... "The Israelis are justifiably concerned about the threat posed by Hezbollah obtaining advanced weapons systems, including long-range missiles," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.... he said the U.S. is in "close coordination" with Israel but would not elaborate.
Israeli Air Strikes Prompt Debate on Possible US Action in Syria
...Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the administration is re-thinking a full range of options, including possibly arming Syrian rebels