Middle East: So much about WHO is sectarian and WHO incites hatred…

Saudi Wahhabi Sheikh Calls on Iraq’s Jihadists to Kill Shiites

“Saad al-Durihim, a Saudi Wahhabi sheikh, posted a tweet on Twitter in which he said that jihadist fighters in Iraq should adopt a “heavy-handed” approach and kill any Shiites they can get their hands on, including children and women.”

Syria: How rebels “care” for civilians and a word about internal refugees

“The rebels regularly fire mortars into districts of Damascus they do not control. This is difficult to stop because the rebels jump out of a car, take a mortar and a shell from the boot, fire it and are gone in a few minutes.”

“The outside world focuses on the Syrian refugees that have fled the country, but millions have also fled to the uncertain safety of Damascus where they are crammed into houses.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/syria-one-death-among-93000-8669700.html

Syria – Are there any “moderate” rebels the US, UK and France want to arm at any price?

Who’s who in Syria’s battlefield
http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/2013/05/blogs/graphic-detail/20130518_gdc631.png

““Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force…””
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/world/middleeast/islamist-rebels-gains-in-syria-create-dilemma-for-us.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp

“they noted…that the only important non-Islamist group was in the Kurdish areas…”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/28/how-obama-and-al-qaeda-became-syrian-bedfellows/

“The moderates are losing ground.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUSBRE95I0BC20130619

[Nusra Front] “the biggest and best armed of the rebel groups”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-syrian-dilemma-inch-by-inch-the-west-gets-involved-in-an-internecine-civil-war-8611745.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/freedom-fighters-cannibals-the-truth-about-syrias-rebels-8662618.html

“there are many outsiders who impose their agenda by bringing jihadist fighters in, so it’s difficult for the Free Army to control them.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2012/08/201281711234988655.html

The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/the-free-syrian-army-doesnt-exist/

Bahrain: yet another country to supply the Syrian Rebels with Salafis

“19-year-old Abdurrahman al-Hamd left Bahrain for Syria, driven by a desire to fight in the jihad and to heed the many calls issued by Islamic centers for people to fight against the Syrian regime. On May 28, Abdurrahman returned home in a coffin.”

“Just a few days passed before further news emerged about the deaths of four more young men, which pushed the death toll to five Bahrainis killed in the span of just one week.”

“Moderate” Syrian Rebels and their (almost complete) disappearance

“Omar’s group, Ghurabaa al-Sham, wasn’t defeated by the government. It was dismantled by a rival band of revolutionaries – hardline Islamists.”

“During a 10-day journey through rebel-held territory in Syria, Reuters journalists found that radical Islamist units are sidelining more moderate groups that do not share the Islamists’ goal…”

“The moderates are losing ground. In many parts of rebel-held Aleppo, the red, black and green revolutionary flag which represents more moderate elements has been replaced with the black Islamic flag.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUSBRE95I0BC20130619

Does the US have “100% evidence” that the Syrian Army used Sarin?

“American intelligence officials have still not been able to determine a chain of custody for the blood samples supplied by Syrian rebels that reportedly tested positive for sarin.  That is, they have not been able to establish who exactly handled the principal piece of evidence establishing “proof” of chemical weapons use by the regime.  A rather remarkable admission given that it took two full weeks for the blood samples to reach Western intelligence agencies from rebel hands.”

“Indeed, as McClatchy reported, independent chemical weapons experts maintain that “they’ve yet to see the telltale signs of a sarin gas attack, despite months of scrutiny.””

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/17/the-chemical-weapons-pretext-for-war-on-syria-2/

Assad sounds very “democratic” and not “delusional” as Hague called him

my current term ends in 2014. When the country is in a crisis, the president is expected to shoulder the burden of responsibility and resolve the situation, not abandon his duties and leave. I often use the analogy of a captain navigating a ship hit by a storm; just imagine the captain jumping ship and escaping in the lifeboat! If I decide to leave now, I would be committing treason. If on the other hand, the public decided I should step down, that would be another issue. And this can only be determined through elections or a referendum.

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/17/487994.htm