November 28, 2013

Updates On Syria [11.28]: Obama Admin Proposes To Dispose Syria's CW At Sea, Al-Qaeda Executes Western-Backed Fighters, Turkey Is Still Using Ambulances To Deliver Weapons To Al-Qaeda In Syria

"Turkish ambulances are being used for the purposes of transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, according to Russian news reports." -, "Turkey violating Geneva Conventions using ambulances for weapons transport" August 15, 2012.

1. An excerpt from, "US offering to destroy Syrian chemicals at sea" by Lolita C. Baldor and Pauline Jelinek, AP, November 27:
The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot (213-meter), U.S. government-owned ship, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The plan, still subject to final approval, would involve destroying the weapons, likely aboard the MV Cape Ray in the Mediterranean Sea, with U.S. Navy warships patrolling nearby.

This approach would avoid the vexing diplomatic, environmental and security problems posed by disposing of the materials on any nation’s soil.

The Obama administration has used international oceans in other sensitive cases where land-based options were precluded.
2. An excerpt from, "Video shows execution of Syrian rebels by Al Qaeda-linked group" Reuters, November 28:
Al-Qaeda-linked militants have executed the commander of a rival rebel faction and six of his men, an amateur video of the public execution showed, part of their campaign to marginalise other groups.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, have taken advantage of a power vacuum in rebel-held areas to assert its authority over more moderate elements of the armed opposition.

The video, posted online by the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group on Wednesday, shows armed men in black standing below an ISIL banner.

The Observatory said the video was taken in the northern Syrian town of Atarib in Idlib province. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed.
3. An excerpt from, "Ambulances Used for Smuggling Weapons from Turkey to Syria – No to Unmonitored ‘Humanitarian Aid’" Syrian Free Press Network, November 26:
In a report Yurt published on Sunday, the newspaper quotes a terrorist, using the initials “M.T.”, as saying that training courses for insurgents have been held on Turkish islands.

M.T. added, that the training began long before the first violent episodes in Jisr al-Shoughour, in the Idleb province of Syria, at the beginning of the war in 2011.

M.T.’s statement corroborates an abundance of evidence in support of accusations that the war in Syria has been planned with the support of foreign actors, long before the eruption of the so-called “Arab Spring” in early 2011.

The terrorist also corroborated reports about extensive plundering and smuggling operations, including the smuggling of stolen materials from Syria to Turkey. The Syrian government and local Syrian governors have repeatedly complained to Turkey as well as to the United Nations that foreign-backed insurgents are stealing entire factories and are transporting them to Turkey.