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al qaeda in syria - dni james clapper
DrMarty | May 6, 2012 at 05:34 amby
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James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, said in a Senate hearing on May 3 that the recent attacks in Damascus and Aleppo, "had all the earmarks of an al Qaeda-like attack," in that they were targeted at security and intelligence buildings in its choice of targets. "We believe that al Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria," said Clapper.
This is not the first time Clapper has said that al Qaeda is engaged in the terror attacks across Syria.
This al Qaeda terror wave has escalated over the past days, with three powerful terrorist bombs detonated in Syria this morning -- one in Aleppo which killed at least five civilians at a car wash, openly claimed by the Free Syrian Army, and two in Damascus which destroyed nine cars.
The car wash was reported by the terrorists to be "used" by pro-Assad militia. Earlier in the week, there were bombing targetting security facilities in Idlib, and assassination of military personnel.
Obama and Blair appear unabashed about their open collaboration with al Qaeda -- supposedly the cause of the War on Terror which is used to justify the mass murders and colonial regime change operations across the globe, as well as the push for thermonuclear war.
Kofi Annan, Lavrov Talk To Defuse War Drive against Syria
Kofi Annan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone today to counter the Obama/British war drive in Syria. Yesterday, Annan's spokesman Ahmed Fawzi told a news conference in Geneva, contrary to the drumbeat from Obama's war team and Tony Blair, that: "The Annan plan is on track and a crisis that has been going on for over a year is not going to be resolved in a day or a week.
I agree... that there are no big signs of compliance on the ground. There are small signs of compliance. Some heavy weapons have been withdrawn, some heavy weapons remain. Some violence has receded, some violence remains. I'm not saying that is satisfactory."
Fawzi said there were also signs "behind the scenes" because the former UN secretary general's mediation efforts were being "conducted below the radar."
In the conversation with Lavrov today, according to Fawzi, "Annan informed Lavrov of his efforts designed to achieve a peaceful settlement in Syria. Annan thanked the Russian side for its assistance."
Ria Novosti reports that Lavrov told Annan that "arms smuggling to Syria is inadmissible as it destabilizes the situation in the country and the region in general." ----
IRANIAN-AMERICAN CALLS IT RIGHT: THE ONLY PURPOSE OF SANCTIONS IS TO START A WAR
In an interview published on Russia Today today, Jamal Abdi from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) warned that a continuation of the current ramping up of pressure by the United States, in particular, against Iran, will preclude any negotiated settlement of the so-called nuclear issue. He also criticized the Iranian side for its aggressive posture.
If the U.S. does not compromise on its sanctions against Iran, Tehran will be left with the impression that they will never be able to meet the U.S. demands, Abdi said. "It does seem like sanctions are really only aimed at making the regime capitulate," he continued.
This is a disastrous policy, he claims, saying that there has never been a precedent for a sanctions regime actually topping a government. In reality, the only step between sanctions and regime change is war, Abdi concludes.
Abdi's organization, NIAC, is headed by noted Middle East expert Trita Parsi, and was responsible for putting together the major advertisement against a war against Iran, featuring the statements of leading military and military-intelligence figures, which appeared in the Washington Post on the eve of the AIPAC conference.
Parsi himself has just written a book on the Obama Administration's failed diplomacy with Iran where he shows how the push on "crippling" sanctions by the U.S. administration helped destroy previous negotiations.
One of the other major deal-breakers, Parsi says, would be an insistence on the Iranians giving up all enrichment. That is the current policy of the Israeli government, as expressed by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon at the recent Jerusalem Post conference; the Obama administration has shifted positions on this issue.
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