West doesn’t mind if Assad stays as extremists massacre Syria

The Syrian president is the lesser of two evils – that seems to be the message from Western powers to the rebels, at the latest so-called ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting. The apparent U-turn was prompted by the rise of al-Qaeda and other extremist groups there, which may gain the upper hand if Bashar Assad’s government falls. In the latest incident, dozens of innocent people were reportedly killed and tortured, when radicals raided the town of Adra outside Damascus.

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Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

The Syrian opposition’s refusal to attend the peace conference in Geneva is a result of the desire of its foreign sponsors to thwart the peace process, claims the head of State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee.

The Syrian Opposition lacks independence. It totally depends  on external support. All its steps are backed with interests and  calculations of its foreign sponsors,” Aleksey Pushkov  tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that several countries were hoping to thwart the  Geneva-2 summit, naming this as the main reason behind the  refusal of the Syrian National Council to participate in this  meeting.

There will be more such attempts,” Pushkov wrote.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US  Secretary of State John Kerry, the Geneva-2 summit, co-sponsored  by Russia and the USA, is currently preliminarily scheduled for  mid-November. The final date will be determined soon in  consultations with the UN Security Council and the League of Arab  States.

On Sunday the head of one Syrian National Council (SNC) George  Sabra told reporters that his group would not attend the Geneva-2  talks, adding that any talks were possible only after the removal  of President Bashar Assad and his government. Moreover, the SNC  leader promised to sever the alliances with any other opposition  groups if they decide to take part in Geneva-2 pace conference.

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources.

The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad, who is accused of war crimes by the west, including foreign secretary William Hague, was not himself involved in last month’s attack or in other instances when government forces have allegedly used chemical weapons.

Assad sought to exonerate himself from the August attack in which hundreds died. “There has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people,” he said in an interview with CBS

Kidnapped Teacher: Rebels Said Assad Not Behind Chemical Weapons Attack

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
September 9, 2013

A Belgian teacher who was kidnapped by rebels in Syria said he overheard the militants acknowledging that President Bashar Al-Assad was not responsible for last month’s chemical weapons attack.

Kidnapped Teacher: Rebels Said Assad Not Behind Chemical Weapons Attack