October 16, 2013

Updates On Syria: Turkey Builds A Wall, Assad Battles The Scorpion, OPCW Is Moving Quickly

"Terrorism is like a scorpion." - The immortal words of Bashar the Lion of Damascus. 

An excerpt from, "The Wall of Fear – Turkey Builds New Wall Along Border with Rojava" (Source: The Rojava Report, October 11, 2013):
When border fences and minefields were not enough to separate the Northern Kurds and the Kurds in Rojava, Turkey started to build a wall along the border, says a report in today’s Özgür Gündem. Resembling the Berlin Wall and the Wall Israel built along the border with the West Bank, the wall exposes Turkey’s policies of preventing Kurds from attaining their freedom in Rojava.

After the YPG took control of the Ceylanpınar Border Gate between Ceylanpınar and Serêkaniyê, a wall was constructed to close the border. It is telling that the border has been closed down as the Kurdish High Council has been meeting with officials from the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara. In the last two days, ANHA news agency has been taking footage of the wall’s construction, and as can be seen in their photographs the wall is three meters  tall and strengthened by sandbags.
An excerpt from, "Assad says Turkey will pay for backing Syrian rebels" by Ece Toksabay (Source: Reuters, October 4, 2013):
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Turkey it will pay a heavy price for backing rebels fighting to oust him, accusing it of harboring "terrorists" along its border who, he said, would soon turn on their hosts.

In an interview with Turkey's Halk TV due to be broadcast later on Friday, Assad called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan "bigoted" and said Ankara was allowing terrorists to cross into Syria to attack the army and Syrian civilians.

"It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card because it is like a scorpion which won't hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity," Assad said, according to a transcript from Halk TV, which is close to Turkey's opposition.
An excerpt from, "Syria chemical inspectors destroy "critical" weapons equipment" (Source: CBS News, October 16, 2013):
International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program and destroyed "critical equipment" at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country's stockpile said Wednesday.

The team also supervised the destruction of unloaded chemical weapons munitions, said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

A joint OPCW-U.N. mission is to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, precursor chemicals and production facilities by mid-2014. Syria is believed to have some 1,000 metric tons of blistering and nerve gas agents and the inspectors have to visit more than 20 sites, the OPCW has said.