Pentagon Says Airstrikes ’Not Enough’ to Eradicate ISIL: “Go to hell Erdogan”

Turkey may send troops, allow foreign soldiers into Syria

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Turkey may send troops into Syria and Iraq and allow foreign soldiers to use its bases for cross-border incursions against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, according to a government proposal to be debated by parliament on Thursday.

The advance by ISIS fighters to within clear sight of Turkish military positions on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to take a more robust role in the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the insurgents.

The militants are also advancing on a tomb in northern Syria guarded by Turkish soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday. The tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the Ottoman Empire’s founder, was made Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921, when France ruled Syria.

The government submitted a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing military powers, in a bid to enable the army to “defeat attacks directed towards ourc ountry from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria”.

“The cabinet of ministers has decided … to ask permission from parliament … to send the Turkish Armed Forces if necessary to foreign countries for cross-border operations and interventions, and to position foreign militaries in Turkey for the same purposes,” the proposal said.

The ruling AK Party’s strong majority means the proposal is likely to be approved.

Turkey has so far declined to take a frontline role in the US-led military campaign, fearful that it could strengthen Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and bolster Kurdish militants allied to Kurds in Turkey who have fought for three decades for greater autonomy.

It also argues that air strikes alone will do little to address long-term instability on its 1,200-km (750-mile) southern frontier.

Turkey, a NATO member and Washington’s key ally in the region, has been playing a major role in fueling the armed crisis in Syria over the past three years by opening its borders and allowing free access to foreign jihadists into Syria.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused Turkey of harboring, financing, training, and arming militants since violence erupted in March 2011.

Damascus sent letters to the United Nations time and again attacking Turkey’s “destructive” role in the Syrian conflict.

In 2013, Syria’s foreign ministry said in letters addressed to the UN Security Council and to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that “Turkey supports and publicly justifies terrorist, destructive acts against Syria” and “has turned its territory into camps used to house, train, finance and infiltrate armed terrorist groups, chief among them the al-Qaeda network and the al-Nusra Front.”

Again in 2014, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari submitted a letter to Ban Ki-moon in which the Syrian government criticized “Turkey’s role in supporting terrorism in the region.”

Jaafari said the Turkish authorities allowed thousands of foreign terrorists, extremists and mercenaries from across the world to enter Syria and provided armed groups with funds, weapons and other forms of support, which is “blatant violation of international agreements on counter-terrorism.”

One non-Syrian Islamist fighter who joined the Syrian rebel ranks in 2012 told Reuters the Turkish borders “were wide open” and armed rebels “used to get in and out of Turkey very easily. No questions were asked. Arms shipments were smuggled easily into Syria.”

Turkey has repeatedly denied such accusations.

The United States has an air base at Incirlik in southwestern Turkey near the Syrian border.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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Pentagon Says Airstrikes ’Not Enough’ to Eradicate ISIL

Local Editor

Pentagon

US War Ministry (Pentagon) on Tuesday announced that the airstrikes are not enough for the US army to eradicate ISIL terrorist group.

Pentagon spokesman told the reporters that the international campaign against ISIL will not be easy and quick, calling on them to avoid overestimating the outcomes of the airstrikes.

The US has to support the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria and the Iraqi army in order to be able to carry out the mission.

It is worth noting that US president Barack Obama considered that depending on the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria to defeat the regular army is a mere fancy.

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Fierce Battles between Kurds, ISIL in Syria Border Town

المنطقة العازلة التي يطمح إليها أردوغان تهدف لضرب أكراد سوريا

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Fierce clashes took place on Tuesday overnight between Kurdish fighters and Takfiri group operating in Iraq and Syria, ISIL, for a strategic Syrian border town.

The “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” reported the event on Wednesday, saying that 10 people were killed in the clashes.

Kurdish fighters

Nine Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and one ISIL militant died in the clashes around Ain-al-Arab on the border with Turkey, the London-based monitoring group said.

The Takfiris are just two to three kilometers (a couple of miles) from the town, known as Kobane in Kurdish, said the Britain-based Observatory, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

Their offensive, launched just over two weeks ago, has sparked an exodus of tens of thousands of mainly Kurdish refugees into Turkey.

Kurdish leaders have appealed to the US-led coalition to provide air support to the town’s defenders.

But the Observatory reported no coalition air or missile strikes in the area overnight.

Ain al-Arab is a strategic town in which if seized if gives ISIL unbroken control of a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.

Source: AFP

01-10-2014 – 11:46 Last updated 01-10-2014 – 11:46

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UK set to vote on recognition of Palestinian state .

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The debate comes as growing dissent with government policy towards Israel and Palestine surfaced over the summer, leading to the resignation of senior Conservative minister, Baroness Warsi

When the British parliament returns on October 13th a vote will be held to recognise the state of Palestine. The debate has been called for by the chair of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East and MP for Easington, Grahame Morris and been supported by Crispin Blunt MP, Sir Bob Russell MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP. The debate will hear from MPs calling on the British government to recognise Palestine as a state alongside the state of Israel. MPs will then vote on whether to support the motion or not.

The debate comes as growing dissent with government policy towards Israel and Palestine surfaced over the summer, leading to the resignation of senior Conservative minister, Baroness Warsi. Writing in the New Statesman, leading Conservative MPs, including Baroness Morris, called on the government to support the motion. The Labour party have previously indicated that they would support the recognition of a Palestinian state. When the issue of recognition of Palestine at the United Nations was discussed in the House of Commons, Ed Miliband urged David Cameron to support the bid for recognition.

The debate is not opposed, but some MPs have added the amendment that such recognition should only come “on the conclusion of successful peace negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority”. Give that some are uncomfortable with supporting recognition of a Palestinian state, it is not yet clear which way the vote will go. Solidarity organisations in the UK have been campaigning for such recognition and a number of MPs have been lobbied, with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign launching a lobby initiative with great success and thousands of constituents getting involved. If parliament does vote to recognise a Palestinian state it will be one of the first European countries to do so, following Spain who passed a resolution to recognise Palestine in 2011.

Shell-Shocked Syrian Town Freed After Savage Massacre, 291 Days of ‘Islamic Justice’

Franklin Lamb

Al manar

Syrian Defense Minister tours Adra

With the Syrian Army at Adra al-Omalia, northeast of Damascus

In the early hours of Thursday, 9/25/2014, after five days of fierce firefights with advancing Syrian troops, approximately 1,000 Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa al-Islam (Army of Islam) jihadists quickly assembled their hostages from the basements of more than forty buildings in the industrial town of Adra al-Omalia.

car bombThe town—you could almost think of it more as a neighborhood—is located about 12 miles northeast of Damascus.

Those who had been taken hostage, initially approximately 500 people in all, were in the main government employees, along with Shia, Christian, Kurdish, Ismaili, and Druze residents.

As the Syrian Arab Army closed in last week, the overwhelmed jihadists marched their captives into trenches and underground tunnels, disappearing with them. No one—besides their abductors—knows exactly how many of the original 500 people are still alive, but military sources believe at least some of the kidnapped families were moved in the direction of the town of Douma, which has been the opposition’s strategic base since the start of the Syrian crisis in March, 2011. Douma is also where some of the most important rebel fortifications are situated and fighting continues there.

At any rate, last week’s battle for Adra al-Omalia was a significant turning point. The town is now liberated but the story of what took place here over the past 291 days is presently emerging, and it is a horrifying one.

With a pre-massacre population of over 100,000, Adra housed 600 manufacturing plants and grain silos. It was a key area. In May of 2013, Ziad Badour, Director of Adra Industrial City, told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), that creative responses to U.S. unilateral economic attacks against Syria had given rise to more than 48,000 job opportunities in the region. He said Adra had received workers from different parts of the country, and had also managed to absorb internal refugees—from Douma, Yabroud and Nabek, as well as from the farms of Ghouta. With inexpensive yet high-quality housing, the quiet town, with its well-maintained streets and sidewalks, became a very attractive destination for workers and middle class residents from Damascus.

Starting on September 21, 2014 government forces advanced upon the town in a three-directional pincer operation from the north, west, and south, and theoretically should have been able to cut off al-Nusra’s western escape route to Douma. But the Army admits now that the extent of Adra’s underground tunnels was previously unknown to them. Some of these trenches and tunnels appeared to be at least one-half mile in length and approximately 14 feet deep by 10 feet wide. One trench the army showed to visitors is connected at the end with a tunnel approximately ¾ mile long. It was probably predictable that rebels would attempt an escape to Douma, still under Islamist control, but no one expected it to happen as quickly as it did. As we toured the area, some soldiers involved in the fight, as well as the Army’s public information officer, “Talal,” a friendly and conscientious Syrian patriot, expressed surprise to this observer over the unpredicted and fast exist by al-Nusra.

The tunnels constructed by the group and its disparate gathering of Islamists from outside Syria are not quite up to the standards of Hezbollah’s south Lebanon and Bekaa tunnels, a half-dozen of which this observer has visited. Nor, apparently, are they up to the standards of the Hamas tunnels which so vexed and aggrieved the Zionist aggressors this past summer. Nonetheless, they are equipped with phone wires, water, bathrooms and electricity as well as areas for cooking, dormitories and IED and bomb-making shops. And in the trenches, which are quite large, one finds transport vehicles such as trucks and minibuses, as well as artillery launchers and 50mm guns mounted on pick-ups. From inside one of the tunnels, the Army confiscated a large cache of weapons, ammunition, mobile devices, and chemicals to make chlorine gas. A Syrian lady friend observed a woman’s bag in the back of one the trucks, perhaps belonging to one of the hostages who were forced to leave in hurry or perhaps it belonged to a woman linked to one of the foreign fighters who tend to acquire a jihadi or slave wife (s) and family. In any case, scattered diapers suggest some babies were born to the Islamists during their occupation of Adra as well.

Not all the tunnels were complete; in fact some were still under construction, and inside one of them more than 50 five-gallon buckets were found. The buckets were all filled with chipped rock—as if the jihadists’ tunnel-digging work had been abruptly interrupted. One Islamist sympathizer explained to this observer that al-Nusra and Da’ish (IS) are the best at building “Iranian model” tunnels because, unlike Hezbollah and Hamas Islamists, who Tehran trains, Syrian Islamists have to adapt their construction techniques. This means building tunnels and trenches very quickly and through solid rock—a much more difficult process than simply hollowing out packed sand, the predominant medium at certain tunnel locations in Gaza and some part of Lebanon.

The occupation of Adra al-Omalia lasted nearly ten months, commencing in December 11, 2013, when fighters from al-Nusra and the Islamic Front, another jihadi group, captured the main employee residential complex, using an old sewer to outflank government forces. Many apartments in the area were quickly burned or gutted with grenades or other explosive devices, the reasoning being that jihadists believed the residents loyal to the government.

What quickly took place was a massacre, and many eyewitness accounts of the events are now surfacing. Mazhar Ibraheem is a doctor originally from the Tartus countryside who has lived in Adra for the past several years and who recalls what happened as the militants infiltrated into the city last December:

“Since the earlier hours of that day, I had heard the crackle of gunfire in front of my house that is in front of a bakery. Then I realized that it was fire being exchanged between the militants and the bakery guards. I escaped with my wife and my daughter, Kristin, to a nearby shelter, where dozens of residents were hiding. Then the armed men found the shelter; they started torturing, killing and investigating, and demanding to know who supports the regime and who works with the government. The militants cut off the hands of the government workers in order to prevent the resumption of their work and to behead some of them and to torture their bodies in front of the children’s eyes.”

The doctor also described the horrific scenes that he, with his family, saw of decomposed, tortured and beheaded bodies, which were thrown all over the streets. His wife said that,

“The armed men were non-Syrians. We lived terrible days, before we could escape with only the clothes that we wore.”

She added:

“We woke up at dawn with the sound of bullets… we saw men carrying black flags of Jaish al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusra. Some of them were singing ‘Alawites we have come to cut off your heads’ song, and this was the song they first sang at the start of the war in Idlib.”

Another eyewitness described the grisly events of later that day:

“The rebels began to attack the government centers, and attacked the police station—where all the policemen were killed after only a brief clash because of the large numbers of the attackers. They (the attackers) then headed to the checkpoint located on the edge of the city before moving to the clinic, where they slaughtered one from the medical staff and put his head in the popular market. They then dragged his body in front of townspeople who gathered to see what was happening. Bakery workers who resisted their machinery being taken away were roasted in their own oven. Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic Front fighters went from house to house with a list of names and none of those taken away then has been seen since.”

When the Syrian army would try to enter Adra the Jihadists would throw women and children from the 20,000 people it captured off the top floors in front of the army.

This observer’s friend, the award winning journalist Patrick Cockburn, published an account of the sheer terror experienced by one Adra family—the Mhala family. The story appeared in the UK Independent on February 9, 2014 and also in Counterpunch.  Mr. Nusair Mahla, a government employee, described to Cockburn the last minutes of the life of his sister, Maysoun Mhala, who was an engineer who used to help families who were displaced by the fighting. It was on December 11, 2013 that the family decided to blow themselves up in their home, including their children Karim and Bishr, as al-Nusra Islamists broke through the door of their dwelling. Earlier that day, Nusair was able to telephone his sister Maysoun, who already at that time could see the militants in the street. “They look so terrifying, and I am afraid,” she told him.

“I was looking out the window and I saw the terrorists kill one of the NDF [pro-government National Defense Force militia] with a big knife.”

Maysoun went on to explain to Nusair that she and her husband, Nizar, planned to try and wedge the door of their apartment shut, but that if this failed and the jihadis broke in, then the whole family had taken a momentous resolution: rather than face torture and inevitable death at the hands of al-Nusra, they would die as a family by detonating grenades. As the Islamists kicked in the door, the family detonated the explosives, killing the father and two sons and blowing the leg off Maysoun. The rebels then dragged Maysoun’s body behind a car around the neighborhood.

On 9/25/14, the day this observer spent in Adra, Nusair, the brother of Maysouon Mhala explained that the four bodies of his family members were found in the apartment the day before and had been “buried decently”.  Stories from Adra residents who survived suggest that the same people who helped the Hasan family, also helped al Nusra to get inside their building. In times of danger some citizens seek to survive via dual and desperately shifting loyalties.

Cockburn isn’t the only one who has reported on the Mhala family’s tragic destruction. Their story was also alluded to by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, in a speech at the opening of the Geneva II Conference on January 22, 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland:

Under the name of a ‘revolution,’ we see a father that is killing himself and his family so he would save them from strangers entering his house. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, and most of you here are fathers of children. Imagine the feeling of a father when he has to kill his own family with his own hand to protect them from monsters that take the form of people and pretend that they are fighting for freedom. This is what happened in Adra. Adra—I think nobody of you have heard of it. Strangers came in. They killed and burnt people. You have not heard anything about it, but probably you have heard about other places where the same thing happened as happened in Adra, and they have accused the state and the Syrian Army. However, when no one could believe this lie any more, they stopped saying anything about it. This is what is being done by states who are the first attackers on Syria after they put aside others who were trying to take the leadership of the country through influence and money, this by using the horrible Wahhabi thought that is being spread in Syria. From this rostrum I tell you, you know, as I know, that it will not stop in Syria.

A video of Muallem’s full speech is available here.

The section on what took place in Adra begins at about 7:24. At about 22:19, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attempts to cut the Syrian foreign minister off, saying he has exceeded his time limit. Muallem’s speech was later denounced by the State Department’s Jen Psaki as “inflammatory.”

Let Ban Ki-moon and Psaki come to Adra.

Visitors arriving in Adra now see widespread damage to buildings from the warring parties. Army units will take the next few weeks to comb the city and remove explosive devices and car bombs, often found planted in parks and squares and at entrances to buildings.

As this observer was meandering along some streets within the just-liberated area, he stumbled, almost literally, upon the remains of a dozen fighters along the side of a destroyed truck. He reported the shocking discovery to some soldiers, standing on their tanks nearby, who then called an officer over. The bodies appeared to have been in the same spot for many months, maybe soldiers lined up and machine gunned. Their skin was baked dry, leathery, like what one sees in photos of mummies. Someone had covered them a long time ago with blankets or sheets that were now caked with thick dust and oil soaked.  All wore military uniforms and a few had rings on their fingers and their hair appeared baked and brittle–maybe by months in the hot sun, one soldier speculated.

The site was more than a little numbing, but due to the priority of Army engineers in searching for booby traps—and due to the fact that the bodies themselves could be booby-trapped—the corpses could not be removed immediately. Later on that same day, however, as it began getting dark and I and my friend were preparing to return to Damascus, I made a point to check the area again, this time relieved to see two ambulances parked nearby—and that the bodies had finally been removed.

In taking Adra al-Omalia and expelling the armed militants from it, the Syrian Army has made a significant gain. The government now controls International Highway 5, which connects to Jordan in the south, runs north up through Damascus to Aleppo and Turkey.

It remains to be seen how soon the terrorized residents can return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

Source: Al-Manar Website

01-10-2014 – 09:52 Last updated 01-10-2014 – 9:52

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Anti-ISIS coalition’s ‘war on revenues’ hitting all Syrians

Syrian Kurdish people arrive at the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both side in the southeastern town of Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province on September 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Bulent Kilic)
Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The international coalition’s airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Nusra Front in Syria entered their second week today, with dozens of air raids and missile attacks targeting regions in al-Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, al-Hasaka, Aleppo and Idlib.
While US officials, whose country is leading the anti-ISIS coalition, confirmed that “the strikes were successful,” ISIS has remained quiet and has yet to issue any “official” statement.
However, al-Nusra Front admitted to bearing heavy losses after its garrisons came under attack, and its leader Abu Mohammed al-Joulani warned that this “will impact the entire region and not just Nusra.”
A general overview of the locations targeted by the coalition forces suggests that the airstrikes on al-Nusra in Aleppo and Idlib’s countrysides, during the first few days of the operation, have an obvious short term impact, while constant coalition strikes on regions under ISIS’ control have a strategic dimension and their repercussions may go beyond ISIS.
In the first few days, strikes on ISIS were limited to some of the organization’s bases and training camps, but were later expanded to include oil wells, refineries, gas fields and grain silos.
Although some reports suggested that these attacks sought to “dry up ISIS’ sources of revenue,” other sources warned that such actions actually target “Syria’s infrastructure and economy.”

 

A Syrian source belonging to the so-called moderate opposition told Al-Akhbar,
“The recent strikes are going in the right direction to topple both the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the regime.”
The source explained that “in order to topple both parties, some sacrifices ought to be made, and bombing oil wells and gas fields is just the beginning.” He also called for “targeting oil and gas pipelines, and power stations that provide regions under the regime’s control with electricity.”
“These measures will be taken sooner than expected, even if the rebels have to take these measures by themselves,” he said, adding “a war on resources may form an acceptable alternative to a no-fly zone.”
However, civilians were the first to pay the price for these attacks which caused oil prices to skyrocket. Besides, any additional targeting of Syrian oil fields threatens to bring more grief to the region, especially as winter nears.
ISIS’ power base has not crumbled yet in the regions under its control. Instead, the group is keeping a tight grip on the area.
For example, ISIS recently raided a number of regions in Deir Ezzor’s eastern countryside to capture members of al-Shouaitat clan who had fled to the area, while the group continues to advance toward the Kurdish regions in Aleppo’s countryside.
Speaking to Al-Akhbar, an ISIS source on the battlefield said ISIS “is close to liberating the area and defeating the infidel Kurdish forces.”
“All the news reported by the crusaders’ media outlets and their allies concerning the number of ISIS martyrs, are lies,” the source said, “they have been lying ever since the crusaders’ invasion of Iraq, as [ISIS’ official spokesperson] Sheikh al-Adnani has already revealed.”
The source who was not authorized to share information about the real number of casualties in ISIS’ ranks, said
“our cell just finished drafting a report today [referring to yesterday, September 29] about the situation in the region in Raqqa’s eastern countryside, and it showed that the crusaders’ assaults did not have any major impact.”
For his part, a jihadi source affiliated to al-Nusra Front said
“the raids do not distinguish between civilians and jihadis, it is obvious to everyone that the coalition of infidels is targeting all Muslims.”
“Their attacks on jihadis are mere attempts to help their minions in traitorous brigades to control the liberated regions after eliminating the jihadis,” the source added.
Speaking to Al-Akhbar, the source revealed that “about 150 people were martyred in regions under Nusra’s control,” but he refused to give more details about this figure, saying “we do not distinguish between a jihadi and a civilian, everyone here is a jihadi and we consider them martyrs for God.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Results of Obama’s Ukraine Policy

http://rinf.com/alt-news/featured/results-obamas-policy-Ukraine/

U.S. President Barack Obama replaced the Ukrainian Government in late February 2014, and he has achieved a lot there, most especially by means of the civil war that resulted when he tried to exterminate the people who had voted for the previous Ukrainian leader — the man whom Obama overthrew. Obama installed in that coup an anti-Russian Ukrainian Government, and so he now needed to get rid of Ukraine’s pro-Russian voters, who were the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, especially in Ukraine’s Donbass region. If the voters there weren’t killed &/or expelled, then the Ukrainian leaders whom Obama imposed would be voted out of office in any nationwide Ukrainian election; so, this ethnic-cleansing campaign was necessary to Obama in order to make his new anti-Russian Ukraine last, not break up into a pro-U.S. northwest and a pro-Russia southeast. Obama lost that war.

Here is what Obama achieved in the process, as shown by a video documentary posted to youtube on September 23rd, which interviews survivors in the region that Obama’s regime was bombing, these being the main people who were affected by Obama’s policy. The documentary is at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCvWIDU0JNc#t=766,

 

Ashrawi: Israel Committed to Theft rather than Peacemaking

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RAMALLAH, September 30, 2014 (WAFA) – “These [settlement construction] actions send a clear message to the world, in general, and to the Palestinian people in particular that Israel is committed more to land theft than to peacemaking.  Israel’s unbridled settlement enterprise further constitutes a dangerous political insanity,” Tuesday said PLO Executive Committee member, Hanan Ashrawi.

Ashrawi strongly denounced, in a statement on Tuesday, Israeli plans to expand its illegal settlement enterprise by approving the construction of 2,561 units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos.

She condemned the Israeli settler appropriation of 23 Palestinian homes and the forcible eviction of Palestinian residents by Israeli soldiers in Silwan early this morning:

“Such actions which are part of the Israeli Jerusalem Master Plan of 2020 to Judaize Jerusalem expose the true nature of the Israeli government and its continued attempts to create facts on the ground at the expense of the Palestinian people and their lands, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem.”

“Israel deliberately gives its violent settlers free rein to steal Palestinian homes and to terrorize their residents.  Such acts and policies are inhuman, condemnable in the strongest terms, and part of a broader policy of ethnic cleansing, particularly in Jerusalem, Area C and the Negev.”

“Lack of effective intervention and accountability has encouraged Israel to pursue its flagrant violations of international law and war crimes and to persist in defying the international community and in thwarting all attempts at achieving a just peace,” concluded Ashrawi.

US targets Syria infrastructure rather than terrorists

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/30/380612/no-military-value-in-us-syria-targets/

The United States’ airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and actually aim at the country’s infrastructure, says a US Marine Corps veteran.

Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan) made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began last week.

“What I can see happening is that the targets they’re selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over,” Sabrosky said.

Washington intends to inflict “such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks.”

Sabrosky, a US Army War College graduate, also noted that it is important for the international community to understand that war has become “a normal part of the political, public, and social environment” in the US as the country is “now entering its 14th year of continuous warfare.”

“That is extremely dangerous for a lot of other countries,” he stated.

The US started conducting airstrikes on the ISIL terrorists only after US interests were threatened by the militants.

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. ISIL sent its fighters into Iraq in June, quickly seizing vast expanse of land straddling the border between the two countries.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east.

The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed.

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