During the assault on the rebel stronghold in the Homs district of Bab Amr, the Syrian army took more than 1,500 prisoners, mostly foreigners. Of these, a dozen French nationals requested the status of prisoner of war, refusing to give their identity, rank and unit of assignment. One of them is a Colonel working for the DGSE transmission service.
In arming the Wahhabi Legion and feeding it with satellite intelligence, France conducted a secret war against the Syrian army, which caused more than 3,000 deaths among the military, and more than 1,500 among civilians in ten months of fighting. ….
France has sought Russia’s assistance to negotiate with Syria the release of its prisoners of war.
This may tell you why Strauss Kahn (former president of IMF) was in trouble. His party leads over Sarcozy in coming president election. Sarcozy supports US' war in Mid-east. That's why Kahn is tarnished. A tactic to help Sarcozy to stay in his president seat.
Strauss-Kahn questioned in prostitution ring inquiry ..
Strauss-Kahn back in the news another a sex scandal. This one appears to have less wiggle room than the last.
40 Turkish intelligence agents captured in Syria
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Western officials fear that Iranian military presence along with Russian aid could turn Syria into a center of international friction much worse than the struggle inside Syria. They fear that the control over actions in Syria will be taken over by a Russian-Iranian "partnership" which would exclude the European Union and Turkey and that U.S. involvement could be too late and inefficient.
Turkey fears this development after a diplomatic crisis erupted with Syria when more than 40 Turkish intelligence officers were captured by the Syrian army. Over the past week, Turkey has been conducting intensive negotiations with Syria in order to secure their freedom, and Syria insists that their release will be conditioned on the extradition of Syrian officers and soldiers that defected and are currently in Turkey.
U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition: report
WASHINGTON | Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:54am EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department has secretly funded Syrian opposition groups, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
The cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million since 2006 to a group of Syrian exiles to operate a London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, and finance activities inside Syria, the Post said.
30 March 2012 Last updated at 00:47 ET
UK doubles aid to Syria opposition groups
By James Robbins Diplomatic correspondent
The UK is to double its non-military aid to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
He said the extra £500,000 will help groups both inside and outside Syria.
SYRIA: US-NATO Supported "Opposition" Commits Extensive War Crimes
by Devon DB
Global Research, March 20, 2012
Finally, it should be noted that there are many similarities between the Syrian rebels and the Libyan rebels. The Libyan rebels launched a media propaganda war against Gaddafi, must like how Al Jazeera has lied about the ongoing events in Syria. In addition to this, much like the Syrian rebels, the Libyan rebels also committed war crimes.
While there are those who may be pushing for intervention into Syria, they may want to rethink it the situation in light of this new information. The situation may end up much worse as the Libyan rebels were linked to Al Qaeda and the NTC is now going to enact Sharia law. We should not want the same fate for the people of Syria.
• BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday a preliminary investigation showed that anti-government armed groups committed a massacre last week in Houla, in which 108 people were killed, with the aim of encouraging foreign military intervention against the Syrian government.
• Brigadier General Qassem Jamal Suleiman, head of the investigation committee formed by the government, said the victims were families "who refused to oppose the government and were at odds with the armed groups".
• He said many of the victims were relatives of a member of the Syrian parliament.
(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
British forces in Syria, Assad presidential compound said under attack
DEBKAfile June 26, 2012,
Unconfirmed first reports from British, French and Turkish sources say British special operations forces crossed from Turkey into northern Syria Tuesday, May 26, and advanced up to 10 kilometers inside the country. The same sources report heavy fighting around the Presidential Guards compound on the outskirts of Damascus.
debkafile’s military sources note that this compound exists to defend Bashar Assad’s presidential palace on Mount Qaisoun overlooking Damascus.
The U.S. military has completed plans to conduct operations against Syria which all involve large numbers of U.S. troops and extended operation.
Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells CNN that the U.S. military has completed planning to conduct a variety of military operations against Syria in the event orders are issued.
The plans outline a variety of operations which Pentagon officials tell CNN all involve a large number of U.S. troops and involve a long-term deployment into the region.
The Pentagon’s war plans seem to focus on three areas of importance – direct military actions Syria, securing alleged weapons of mass destruction depots, and providing military support to neighboring nations to keep the war contained within Syria.
Officials warn the civil war inside Syria will lead to a situation on the ground with a level of violence committed by insurgent forces far greater than what the US faced in Iraq.