Ile lugha ya kuchochea machafuko ilianza kama hivi.
Syrian forces kill 13 in Libya-inspired protests.
President Bashar al-Assad's forces shot dead on Friday at least 13 anti-Assad protesters whose numbers were swelled by the killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, activists and residents said.
Most of the killings were in the central city of Homs and in Hama to the north, scene of some of the largest military operations in a crackdown on the seven month uprising, where a nascent insurgent movement has also emerged, they said.
Hours of intense shooting and clashes across Syria killed at least four people on Dec. 2 and wounded dozens more — including an 11-year-old girl who was struck by stray bullets that whizzed across the border into Lebanon, activists and security officials said.
Pro-Syrian regime protesters gather during a protest against sanctions, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday Dec. 2, 2011. The Syrian violence has led to several rounds of sanctions, a key tool used by the international community to exert pressure on the regime. The measures include travel bans and asset freezes. The EU's latest sanctions, which were announced Thursday, target 12 people and 11 companies. They add to a long list of regime figures ...
Lebanese anti-Syrian regime protesters shout slogans against Syrian president Bashar Assad as they hold a poster showing Assad in an altered photo composite hanged by a rope with Arabic words reading "very soon," during a protest to show their soldarity to the Syrian protesters, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday Dec. 2, 2011. Hours of intense shooting and clashes across Syria killed at least four people Friday and wounded dozens...
A pro-Syrian regime protester flashes V-victory sign during a protest against the Arab League sanctions, in Damascus, Syria, on Monday Nov. 28, 2011. Syria's economy minister called newly approved Arab League sanctions "a dangerous precedent" that will harm ordinary people more than the regime, as tens of thousands of government supporters marched in the capital and other cities to protest against the decision. The Arab League approved on Sunday ...
In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media, Georgina Mtanious al-Jammal, the mother of Sari Saoud a 9-year-old boy who was shot dead in Homs three days ago while he was buying cookies from a shop, holds her son's portarit as she mourns at her house, in the village of Kfarbo in Hama province, Syria, on Thursday Dec. 1, 2011. Georgina blamed "armed terrorists" for killing her son. Syria's opposition called a general strike...
Demonstrators demanding reformer in Syria, protest outside the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo. The Arab League has sent a clear signal that Syria's neighbors do not tolerate the deadly crackdown on dissent by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, US officials said Monday. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
A giant portrait of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is carried in a sea of thousands of Syrian demonstrators in the capital Damascus on November 28. The United States pointedly noted Tuesday that it had some differences with Russia despite its "reset" of relations with the Kremlin, after Moscow flexed its muscles on behalf of isolated Syria. (AFP Photo/Louai Beshara)
Lebanese and Syrians living in Lebanon chant slogans as they carry banners and a picture depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad with a rope around his neck (L) during a protest in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters, in the port city of Tripoli, northern Lebanon, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media, relatives of Sari Saoud a 9-year-old boy who was shot dead in Homs three days ago while he was buying cookies from a shop, shout pro-Syrian regime and unity slogans, in the village of Kfarbo in Hama province, Syria, on Thursday Dec. 1, 2011. Georgina the mother of Sari blamed "armed terrorists" for killing her son. Syria's opposition called a general strike Thursday over ...
Burial shrouds, symbolizing bodies of the protesters who were killed during protests in Syria, are seen at an anti-Syrian government protest before the Arab Foreign Ministers emergency meeting, next to the Arab League Headquarters in Cairo November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Target Syria - the strategic prize that outstrips Libya. The stage is set. The stakes couldn't be higher. Libya 2.0 equals Syria? It's more like Libya 2.0 remix. With the same R2P (''responsibility to protect'') rationale - starring civilians bombed into ''democracy''. But with no UN Security Council resolution (Russia and China will veto it). Instead, Turkey shines, fanning the flames of civil war.
US Secretary of State Hillary ''we came, we saw, he died'' Clinton set the scene on Indonesian TV a few weeks ago, when she prophesied there would be ''a civil war'' in Syria, with a well financed and ''well-armed opposition'' crammed with army deserters.
Now it's up to NATOGCC to make it happen. NATOGCC is of course the now fully accomplished symbiosis between selected....
COLOGNE / REYHANLI Washington and Ankara discuss the ‘next step’ in post-Assad Syria, says top US official, as Turkish FM says Turkey will not side with oppressors
Syrian soldiers are holding a military exercise Dec 3 in this photo taken from Syria’s official SANA news agency.
The United States and Turkey are reviewing how to help Syria if pro-democracy protests drive President Bashar al-Assad from power, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Dec. 4, but the two allies have not discussed concrete “next steps.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Dec. 4 that Turkey could not be on the side of oppressors, referring to the Syrian regime’s crackdown on civilians.
“There was a sense in our discussions that it would be able to be handled without any conflagration going beyond Syria and that it could be localized to Syria,” Biden said, referring to his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 3.
Biden said the collapse of the al-Assad regime would not necessarily spark a wider regional sectarian conflict, which some see pitting the Sunni-dominated west of neighboring Iraq against Shi’ites in Syria and Iran.
Biden said the issue of a buffer zone had not come up in his two hour meeting with Erdoğan.
“[To] the extent we talked about any ‘what-next’ steps, there were generic discussions about having to go in and provide some help and possibly economic assistance and stability, not militarily, but helping the Syrians,” Biden said. “We’re in this to see al-Assad come down and then determine what would be the most helpful thing for the international community to do to establish stability in that country,” Biden told reporters travelling with him to Athens from Istanbul.
Washington and Ankara have both called for al-Assad to go, but both worry it could deepen instability in a region already rocked by the Arab Spring and as U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of the month. Turkey has joined the Arab League in slapping tough sanctions on Syria, once a close friend, in response to al-Assad’s bloody crackdown on protests and has talked openly about the need to be ready for any scenario, including setting up a buffer zone to contain any mass influx of refugees.
Meanwhile, Davutoğlu said Dec. 4 during his visit to Cologne, Germany that Turkey had a policy of zero problems with its neighbors, but the country could not be on the side of oppressors regarding the current situation with Syria. Turkey had earlier extended great support to Syria, he said.
Davutoğlu later said the Syrian administration started to fight against its people, and Turkish officials held talks with the Syrian administration to tell them that Syria must end bloodshed against its own people. But they did not listen, he said.
“We asked them not to shoot people with real bullets in the holy month. We called on them not to break down mosques,” he said. “Some say that Turkey supports Sunnis [in Syria]. This is not true. We did this without discriminating [between sects].”
Meanwhile, Turkish truck drivers who claimed they were not allowed to enter Syria for five days held a protest carrying Turkish and Syrian flags. They said the Syrian administration did not allow them to enter Syria, claiming they were updating computer systems.
Davutoğlu said he learned Turkish trucks were stopped by the Syrian officials and he was working to solve this problem. “Around 700 trucks are waiting at the Babel Hawa Border Gate. The delays at the border have caused material losses,” said Hamit Sanverdi, a member of the Executive Board of the International Transporters Association.
Compiled from AA, Reuters and DHA stories by the Daily News staff.
Syria’s sanctions on Turkey
* Ending the partnership agreement on establishing a free trade zone between Syria and Turkey including all its provisions, decisions and instructions issued according to that agreement or those which are related to it, Syrian Arab news agency (SANA) reported Dec. 4.
* Implementing the provisions of foreign trade on Turkish goods and taking customs duties imposed on these goods according to the tariff in force.
* Imposing a tariff estimated at 30 percent of the value of all Turkish goods imported to Syria that would be allocated for supporting the construction of the developing villages.
* Charging 80 Syrian pounds for each liter of fuel from Turkish cars that leave Syria heading for Turkey. The fee represents the difference in the average of fuel price between Syria and Turkey, and this will be done according to the allocated amounts (refrigerated vehicles - 600 liters; trucks - 550 liters; buses - 400 liters; minibuses - 200 liters; cars - 50 liters).
* Implementing a transit fee on loaded or empty Turkish trucks according to the equation: weight of the car (standing or empty) in tons × distance in km × 2 percent, and this will be taken in euros.
Hawa waturuki sasa wamekuwa vibaraka kamili wa nchi za magharibi kwa waislamu wenzao.Inasikitisha sana.
WaTuruki mbona siku nyingi nivibaraka wa Wa Kimarekani, Waturuki wanataka kuingia Ulaya katika Fikira zao wakimsikiliza Marekani ataweza kuwasaidia waweze kujiunga na EU jumuia ya Ulaya Magharibi wako teyari kuwauza waaarabu ili Wamuunge mkono Marekani na wenzake Wazungu wa Ulaya Magharibi WaTuruki ni Wanafiki Wakubwa.
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Syrian FM Muallem (L) chats with Qatari PM al-Thani in this photo.
Syria has responded positively to an Arab League request to send observers to the country as part of a peace plan to end the nation’s eight-month crisis, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The decision came as the Syrian military has held war games that included test-firing of missiles and air force and ground troop operations “similar to a real battle,” state-run media reported yesterday.
State TV said the exercise was meant to test “the capabilities and the readiness of missile systems to respond to any possible aggression.” State media did not say where the maneuvers where conducted. But Israel’s daily Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli army officials as saying the test was conducted Dec. 3 in Syria’s northeast and included the firing of a Scud B missile, with a range of 300 kilometers, toward the Iraqi border. Meanwhile, Syria has responded “positively” to a proposed Arab League plan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdesi said yesterday. He said, however, that decisions taken by the Arab League in Syria’s absence, including economic sanctions against Damascus and the suspension of its membership, should also be annulled when the protocol was signed.
Makdesi said Syria also wanted statements by the Arab League secretary general and Qatar’s prime minister opposing foreign intervention in Syria to be formally included in the agreement. “The protocol is intended to be signed soon,” Makdesi said.
Furthermore, Syrian security forces yesterday shot dead five civilians in Homs province, a day after at least 30 people died in violence in the flashpoint central region, a human rights group said. A regime truck was also set ablaze during yesterday’s attack, the Observatory said, adding hundreds of Syrian forces deployed in the town where raids and arrests were underway. Also, 400 refugees in southern province of Hatay protested the deportation of 2 Syrians who have been crossed into Turkey illegaly and closed the Cilvegözü-Reyhanlı road to traffic, Doğan News Agency reported.
Snipers wa US-NATO wanaua halafu western media wanasema raia wanauawa na askari wa serikali.
Hiyo vidio ni saafi sana.Yaani wamekamatwa na vifaa kamili na hata kujitetea kwa kiarabu pia hawawezi.Hawana huruma wala ubinadamu kabisa.Wamemuua Saddam na Ghadafi na maelfu ya raia zao kama wameuwa wanyama.Sasa wanammaliza Bashar Al Assad.Jana amefanya mahojiano na kukanusha mengi,haitomsaidia.Hata vita ya Iraq na Afghanistan mamilioni ya watu duniani waliandamana lakini hawakujali mpaka walipomaliza kazi yao.Wanyama au zaidi kuliko wanyama.Allaah atuletee hukumu kuhusu hawa viumbe wake waovu ili tusalimike na shari zao kwani uwezo wetu kupambana nao umekuwa hafifu sana.
The Obama administration is predicting the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a senior official likening his authoritarian regime to a "dead man walking" over its brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators and increasing international isolation.
"Our view is that this regime is the equivalent of dead man walking," said Hof, the State Department's pointman on Syria, which he said was turning into "Pyongyang in the Levant," a reference to the North Korean capital. He said it was difficult to determine how much time Assad has left in power but stressed "I do not see this regime surviving."
"These changes of regime were done by the people, not by the intervention of any foreign forces, including the United Nations," Ban said.
In addition to Gaddafi, the long-serving presidents of Tunisia and Egypt were forced out, paving the way for elections that Western nations hope will install democratic governments. Yemen's president was also forced to cede power to his deputy.
Ban said he was pleased that the concept of taking action to protect civilians -- often referred to as the "responsibility to protect" or R2P -- appeared to be gaining momentum.
But he reiterated that some kind of concerted international action was needed on Syria, where the United Nations says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year.
"This cannot go on," he said. "In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act."
Last month, Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Syrian clampdown and threatened President Bashar al-Assad's government with possible sanctions.
Huu mgogoro unanichanganya kidogo, Arab league, nakumbuka kuwa waliisimamisha uanacha Syria. Ninavyojua ukimsimamisha mwanachama ushiriki wake kwenye chama pia nawe unakoma kujihusisha naye. Sasa hizi habari za Arab League kulazimisha waangalizi Assad: Syria "positively dealt with all suggestions" CCTV News - CNTV English (yawezekana majasusi wa Wests na US) kuingia nchini Syria zinapata wapi mashiko? Wakuu naomba mniweke sawa hapo.
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