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November 15, 2012

Open Thread 2012-29

News & views ...

Posted by b on November 15, 2012 at 15:24 UTC | Permalink


A visualisation of Beethoven's 5th Symphony that nicely shows the complexity of his work.

Posted by: b | Nov 15 2012 15:26 utc | 1

Watching that makes me feel like I drank a 5th not listened to it. Wonder how I'd feel after the 9th.

Posted by: juannie | Nov 15 2012 16:56 utc | 2

bach has more geometry ;-))

Posted by: somebody | Nov 15 2012 17:43 utc | 3

- Saudi Arabia: because that sack of shit can't survive much longer, Al Akhbar had a useful backgrounder on Saudi succession once King "Jabba The Hut" Abdullah finally kicks it. Bottom line, once he dies, expect more court intrigue and competing interests than a season of Game of Thrones (and possibly revolutions, or Wahhabi terrorism).

- Sabahionline looks like a new slick news website for Africa. Covering news in English, Arabic, Soomaali and Kiswalli. Of course if you go down to the bottom of the page and click the "About Us" tab you will find that it is run by the United State Africa Command. Jason Straziuso has a piece looking at the US Africa Command's journalism gig.

- Looks like Tel Aviv has been hit by rockets despite previous Israeli denials. Indicates a greater range than the 2008 Gaza war.

Tel Aviv residents say they heard an explosion following an air-raid alert across the city, raising fears of a Gaza rocket strike on Israel's commercial capital, the Associated Press reported.

A strike on Tel Aviv would be the first time Gaza rocket squads have reached the city and that would mark a significant escalation.

By the way the air raid sirens in Tel Aviv sounded for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War. Hamas have the the Iranian-made Fajer-5 missiles to thank for that.

- Still haven't heard any word from Erdogan. He seems to have gone silent suddenly.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Nov 15 2012 18:06 utc | 4

"King Jaba the Hut" :-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)
That is do awesome. Can I use it? Credit will be given of course.

Posted by: Lysander | Nov 15 2012 18:52 utc | 5

The complexity of Ludwig's 5th is in a class of its own.
Anat, however, is a dab hand at precision + Passion.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 15 2012 19:00 utc | 6

@ Lysander

Feel free to use it, I doubt Jaba will mind... unless you live in Saudi Arabia, in which case still use it, but be careful :D

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Nov 15 2012 19:30 utc | 7

b's visualisation system, or one very similar, can be applied to any piece of music, according to something I stumbled upon on Y/T a couple of months ago - in a Vimeo if memory serves. If I can find it again I'll construct a visualisation of this (Widor's Toccata).

Should be quite spectacular...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 15 2012 20:23 utc | 8

"Air raid sirens in Tel Aviv sounded for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War."

Ah yes, what ever happened to the vaunted Iron Dome? Guffaw-guffaw. Sounds like Hamas shredded it. If Hamas can do it, imagine what the Russians and Iranians could do!

Posted by: JohnH | Nov 15 2012 22:54 utc | 9

wrt Iron Dome: all anti-missile systems must face the iron Law of Snowballs, ie, it will always be simpler, cheaper and more efficient to make more snowballs than to make machines that knock snowballs from the air.

Posted by: yes_but | Nov 15 2012 23:21 utc | 10

@yes_but - exactly! That's what Sakharov said in 1983 and it's still true.

Posted by: Pseud | Nov 16 2012 2:16 utc | 11

a tale of 4 cities

*I am ready to die to stop the construction," says Kinjyo Yuji (deceised in 2007), the representative. "I have been living with this sea for over 90 years. When the War (the battle of Okinawa) was over, there was nothing left to eat except the gifts of this sea. Thanks to this rich sea, I could feed and take care of my children. If you insist on building the base, kill me before you do so," says Shimabukuro Yoshi 92, the oldest member of the group.


*when China was going to invest in agricultural projects in Mindanao, brainwashed peasants there protested: 'Over our dead bodies!' But when the US is building more and more military bases here – almost nobody is protesting!*

Posted by: denk | Nov 16 2012 4:23 utc | 12

@ denk #12

We neighbors. I Kagoshima, Kyushu. China was buying up a lot of land as well, until Fukushima's fumes wrecked havoc. But you know how much money the people who own the land surrounding the base get as compensation, right. Japan pays for having GIs stationed in over 134 bases, but has no rights whatsoever. Remember that chopper crash-landing into a high school [okinawa] a couple of years back? Couldn't touch it.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Nov 16 2012 6:57 utc | 13

daniel 13
* Japan pays for having GIs stationed in over 134 bases, but has no rights whatsoever. *

one who accepts the base must take the whole *package deal*
including SOFA
this is what happens when a country get SOFAed

Posted by: denk | Nov 16 2012 8:54 utc | 14

joke of the week-

Nov 16, 2012
Panetta orders ethics review
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta ordered US military commanders yesterday to carry out a review of ethics training among senior officers after a spate of scandals involving the top brass. Recent cases of misconduct had “the potential to erode public confidence in our leadership and in our system for the enforcement of our high ethical standards,” Panetta, on a tour of Asia, wrote in a memo to the military’s top-ranking officer, General Martin Dempsey.

The country that assassinates, invades, bombs, occupies, tortures, imprisons, and sells weapons to countries which do likewise, will now review the ethics of its officers who supervise such activities.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 16 2012 20:13 utc | 15

“Anna Karenina”: Another Hollywood Take on Russia

"The new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 900-plus-page epic novel “Anna Karenina” hit US theaters on Friday, becoming the latest in a long list of Hollywood representations – or misrepresentations, as some critics charge – of Russia and Russian literary classics.

Early US reviews of the film, with actress Keira Knightley cast in the title role, have been mixed, with most critics agreeing that it is visually sumptuous but sub-par in other aspects. The Russian blogosphere meanwhile has been derisive, with one blogger describing the new film as an “intellectual bordello.”

Vicious! How can they expect an industry based upon comic book adaptations and television adverts to be able to manage works which include words of 2+ syllables?

Posted by: вот так | Nov 17 2012 2:54 utc | 16

Re #1 & #8 (Music).
Looks like I was mistaken in thinking there's a packaged bar-type visualisation program into which one can drop a tune and post the animated result to YouTube.
Btw the visualisation looks a lot like a pictorial representation of the slots in a pianola roll, augmented with colour.

Here's a clip by 'musanim' the author of b's piece @ #1 - a very respectable Clare de Lune piano solo)

Here's musanim's "How to" on making Y/T clips - and an explanation of why it isn't as easy as it looks:

Here's a list of other music animations:

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 17 2012 5:15 utc | 18

Oops! The linked Clare de Lune clip isn't all that respectable. A link to the respectable one appears at the beginning of the clip.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 17 2012 5:23 utc | 19

*Here's the line I liked

[ I showed extremely poor judgment
by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable,
both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. ]

Slipping someone a length on the side is unacceptable, slaughtering children across the globe is just fine*

Posted by: denk | Nov 17 2012 5:46 utc | 20

The Middle East has blown up for good now:

The ever optimistic Austrian Representative has left Libya citing the security situation

and there is this

15 Nov jomana karadsheh jomana karadsheh ‏@JomanaCNN

#Jordan 1 of safest&most stable countries in the region- Reported shootings in south & north in past 2 days,where r weapons coming from? #Jo

15 Nov David Bachmann David Bachmann ‏@david_bachmann_

@JomanaCNN If I think long enough, one place comes up to my mind...

15 Nov Abdurraof Elmiladi Abdurraof Elmiladi ‏@AElmiladi

@david_bachmann_ @jomanacnn syria or Iraq

Posted by: somebody | Nov 17 2012 8:15 utc | 21

That Patriot thing - Germany, the Netherlands and the US own Patriots, German soldiers to be stationed at the Turkey/Syria border

Posted by: somebody | Nov 17 2012 9:14 utc | 22

Somebody moved Libya to the Middle East.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 17 2012 15:04 utc | 23

a friendly reminder....who's running the un as a private fief ?
*Although South Korean Ban Ki-moon is the Secretary General
of the UN, his most important deputies represent the interests of
NATO and its allies. The Undersecretary General for Political
Affairs is B. Lynn Pascoe, a former U.S. ambassador to
Indonesia and Malaysia and is thought by many UN staffers to
have links to the CIA. The Undersecretary General for Safety
and Security is Gregory Starr, a former Director of the U.S.
State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service who is also
thought to have close links to the CIA.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and
Policy Coordination is Robert Orr, the former Director of Global
and Multilateral Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council on
which the CIA is represented. The Executive Director of the UN
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is Anthony Lake, a former U.S.
National Security Adviser.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is
Herve Ladsous of France who has served as French
ambassador to Indonesia and China and who is a pro-NATO

Perhaps no where is the Soros and CIA influence felt more than
in the UN Development Program (UNDP), which is headed by
Helen Clark, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand. However,
Soros’s operatives are heavily present in every UN agency
except for Peacekeeping Operations but it, too, is an ultimate
target for the multi-billionaire Hungarian Jew who once
cooperated with the Nazi occupation forces in wartime Hungary*

Posted by: denk | Nov 17 2012 16:43 utc | 24

remember the *tibet that no anglos wanna talk about *?

*All of us must have come across her name-Irom Sharmila, in newspapers, magazines and electronic media.*

apparently not indian pm, manmohan singh
*ms aung san, u'r awesome, i've never met a lady of such indomitable courage in my life * [sic]

nor unhcr, the world's highest office for *hr* issues
btw, thats ms navi pillay's outfit
she of the libya , syrian gangbang fame, or is it noteriety ?

what has the unhcr
done for Irom Sharmilain in her twelve yrs ordeal ?
nein, nada, zilch, zero
yes, TWELVE YRS of fasting to protest the state terrorism in indian NE, especially manipur.
a veritable guinea's world record forchrissake
while the god damn nobel piss prize went to obomber n his eu sychophants !!

i aint no *hr* activist [sic], but i heard about the iron lady's epic campaign for justice from day one.
it must have taken some herculean effort from unhcr to be oblivious of her struggle.

the same way it has studiously ignore the fifty years struggle of the chagosians, okinawans n.......... the iraq genocide, just to name a few.

Posted by: denk | Nov 18 2012 5:56 utc | 25

This past Friday was the 42nd annual anniversay of the launch of the "Corrective Movement" in Syria that brought Hafez Assad to power (16 Nov 1970). Within the Syrian Army nationwide on Friday the occasion was marked by speeches and ceremonies specifically endorsing Hafez Assad and Bashar Assad.

Posted by: Parviziyi | Nov 18 2012 10:05 utc | 26

My thanks to #6 for the youtube link to the piano player Anat Navarro, who I hadn't heard of before. She's absolutely top notch on the piano. But I'm not very fond of her singing voice. One's taste in singing voices is very personal. It's as personal as taste in music genre, and more personal than taste in piano players.

Arabic pop diva Asalah Nasri (أصالة نصرى) singing an Arabic pop hit with the Holland Symphonia orchestra live in Amsterdam earlier this year, with interesting orchestration:

The same singer and same song with very different orchestration in Egypt in 2008:

PS: A tune from JS Bach's "St Matthew's Passsion" sung in Arabic by Fadia El-Hage (فاديا الحاج):

Posted by: Parviziyi | Nov 18 2012 10:17 utc | 27

Glad you liked Anat's playing, Parviziyi. Imo she plays with superb definition.
I don't have an opinion about her singing voice but I think the fact that she sees herself as a wannabe composer gives her interpretations of other people's music a certain authority.
I have several versions of Malaguena and hers is my favourite - by a country mile.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 18 2012 14:15 utc | 28

A joint statement made by various militant groups based in Aleppo; these groups include Liwa al Tawhid (FSA), Jabhat al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham.. in their statement, they say they do not recognise the Doha Coalition and call for an Islamic state in Syria!!

This is “secular FSA” for you!! Such joint statement reveals the level of co-ordination between the “FSA” and the foreign terrorist groups who are fighting alongside them- one example is Jabhat al Nusra who took responsibility for the suicide bombings that killed hundreds of Syrian (including many civilians)!!!

yes their idea of freedom is a salafist islamic dictatorship
where they can brutalise the disabled to their hearts content:

a new low for the FSA terrorists: torturing the disabled , wonder the syrians despise them

Posted by: brian | Nov 19 2012 7:02 utc | 29

@ 29. Maybe it's time for the FSA to hook up with the Zio-Nazis, and the British, French and Yankee fascists. They could all chip in and buy Shrillary some brand new, knee-high, jack-boots for her swearing-in as the 5th Reich's inaugural Fuhrer. She could look quite fetching in high-heeled boots, fishnets and a gym top ... much better than in the tasteless bargain-basement left-overs she usually wears in public.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 19 2012 7:32 utc | 30

on those SA-7, US contractors and the scandal the CIA is hiding with a sex

Hussam Muntasser ‏@Proudlibyandoc

@navyjoc1655 Hi, do you think FSA has capability to maintain and fire SAM-7, I know Libyan SAM-7 Batteries are out of date and

9h Michael Gallagher Michael Gallagher ‏@navyjoc1655

@Proudlibyandoc I worked with Libyan Opposition and a Libyan Ex-pat MD on targeting for 6 months.They were fast learners and very brave.

9h Hussam Muntasser Hussam Muntasser ‏@Proudlibyandoc

@navyjoc1655 interesting, Thanks a lot for your help.

So where are those SA7 now that disappeared from Libya?

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 10:02 utc | 31

L'Iran se rapproche de l'opposition syrienne

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 11:41 utc | 32

@ somebody
Don't be fooled by the title. The article itself says something totally different. Le Figaro is a specialist of such approximations.

Posted by: Rhysa | Nov 19 2012 13:59 utc | 33

Rhysa, from Le Figaro

Selon Haytham Manna, «les Iraniens ne sont pas absolutistes par rapport au régime syrien. Ils ne disent pas: c'est lui (Bachar, NDLR) ou rien. Ils ne s'opposent pas à un changement (à la tête de la Syrie), si ce changement intervient à la suite d'élections auxquelles Bachar el-Assad aurait le droit, au même titre que les autres composantes de la société syrienne, de se présenter». Alors que le pays s'enfonce dans la guerre civile, après vingt mois d'une répression sanglante, le vice-ministre iranien des Affaires étrangères a surtout mis en garde contre «la destruction de l'armée syrienne», cible aujourd'hui des rebelles, qui réclament des armes pour mieux affronter la troupe encore loyale à Assad. «Cette destruction va à l'encontre des intérêts du peuple syrien», a insisté M. Abdollahian. «C'est contre-productif pour vous-même les Syriens, car il vous faudra, demain, disposer d'une armée. L'Iran estime qu'il faut distinguer l'État du régime. Or, si on détruit l'État syrien, ce ne sont pas les Frères musulmans, qui arriveront au pouvoir à Damas, a lancé le vice-ministre iranien des Affaires étrangères à Haytham Manna, ce sera l'anarchie. Il vaut mieux garder l'État, quant au régime,ce sont les élections qui trancheront.»


Ce n'est pas la première fois que la République islamique tend des perches aux opposants syriens. De précédentes discussions ont eu lieu au printemps avec la Coordination, et l'an dernier avec des Frères musulmans syriens. Dimanche, Téhéran compte organiser «un dialogue national» entre les deux protagonistes du conflit en Syrie. «Des représentants du gouvernement syrien vont s'entretenir avec des représentants de partis politiques, de minorités et de l'opposition», a précisé mardi Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

Having said all this they end the article with quoting the "Doha official opposition" line.

However there is also this:

Former US Envoy Calls For US-Iran Talks on Syria

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 14:24 utc | 34

there is also the Financial Times

The speaker of Iran’s parliament has revealed that the Islamic regime has held talks with Syrian opposition groups, accusing unnamed countries of blocking its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.

In a rare interview, Ali Larijani told the Financial Times on Tuesday that Iranian diplomats had met members of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as ultraconservative Salafis and liberals and encouraged them to accept “democratic reforms through peaceful behaviour, not violence”.

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Mr Larijani did not identify names of opposition members nor the exact dates of the meetings, which he said took place in Iran and were continuing, but conceded that little progress had been made.

Tehran had previously only acknowledged “contact” with the Syrian opposition but had given no details.

there is also Al Monitor
Former US Envoy Calls For US-Iran Talks on Syria

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 15:06 utc | 35

there is also the Financial Times from September

Iran holds talks with Syrian opposition

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 15:18 utc | 36

To detail a little more Le Fig' article, they put in "the opposition" everyone from the legal political opposition inside Syria to the most extreme such as Al-Nusra front. The french MSM rhetoric for a year and a half is to present all forms of opposition as a single block led by SNC, which would also control the FSA.

Here, they present Haytam Manaa, who rejected the SNC from its creation, as a part of "the opposition". Indeed he is (I'd say, the "legal" one), but for the brainwashed French reader, both the title and the article mean that Iran is now negociating with SNC and FSA.

Posted by: Rhysa | Nov 19 2012 17:44 utc | 37

from the Financial Times article

In a rare interview, Ali Larijani told the Financial Times on Tuesday that Iranian diplomats had met members of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as ultraconservative Salafis and liberals and encouraged them to accept “democratic reforms through peaceful behaviour, not violence”.

Mr Larijani did not identify names of opposition members nor the exact dates of the meetings, which he said took place in Iran and were continuing, but conceded that little progress had been made.

Tehran had previously only acknowledged “contact” with the Syrian opposition but had given no details.

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 18:07 utc | 38

The jihadists in Syria killing more civilians. From the looks of the cloth the 11 killed "field executed" man are civilians

Posted by: b | Nov 19 2012 19:01 utc | 39

this here is worth a read

The Petraeus affair has served to focus on the salacious details of the extra-marital affair of General Petraeus overlooking the more fundamental question of the forms of military destruction that have been unleashed on Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. Within the US military establishment there had been a raging debate on whether generals should be accountable to civilian leadership. The resignation of General Petraeus, the removal of Carter Ham of Africa Command and the redeployment of Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette have now brought back the question of civilian control over the military. Despite the new book by Tom Ricks that had been crafted to save the reputation of Petraeus and the biography which was supposed to place Petraeus on the same platform as historic US generals, the new forms of unchecked warfare brought down the top officers of the COIN strategy of Petraeus and the Crusaders.

Within a democratic society, the military is supposed to provide advice to military leaders and military officers are not supposed to deploy troops to engage with militias without the authorization of the civilian leadership. The NATO intervention in Libya and the subsequent CIA base in Benghazi had been an expensive experiment in new forms of warfare that brought about destruction and the deaths of thousands. After the information on CIA detention centers during the war in Iraq there had been an outcry about CIA private prisons. There are citizens in Libya who can come forward to get out the truth about the charges of Paula Broadwell that the CIA was holding prisoners in its ‘facility’ in Libya.

US foreign policy makers had resisted the call by sections of the United Nations Security Council for a review of the NATO military operations in Libya. Through the United Nations Human Rights Council there has been a major effort by peace activists from the global south to bring private military contractors under international oversight. The Human Rights Council has established an ‘open-ended intergovernmental working group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies.’

The United States and Britain took the lead in opposing oversight of private military contractors. Commanders of CENTCOM and AFRICOM have operated over the past five years as if they were running parallel government. The war on terror had inspired the intellectual climate on counter-terror and the rationale for the bureaucratic structure of the unified command which enabled the military to also be a source of ‘independent’ policy creation.

There was no oversight when the military budget placed unlimited resources under the control of military commanders. Why would the US AFRICOM dig wells in East Africa or hand out school books? These activities were all part of the public relations exercise to plant the idea that the US Africa Command was doing humanitarian work in Africa. The confirmation hearings for General Rodriquez will provide another opportunity to expose the CIA/Africom failure in Libya. It is well publicized by African scholars that the US Africa command has been deployed as an auxiliary force to protect US oil companies. In this protection game, there had been some sections of the top military apparatus who ventured to state explicitly that the role of Africom was supposed to check Chinese influence in Africa. General Petraeus had aggressively pushed the military deeper into the C.I.A.’s turf, using Special Operations troops and private security contractors to conduct secret intelligence missions and for fighting. As commander of the United States Central Command Petraeus had refined the trick of fighting with one group and then turning against them later. This double-cross game was taking hold in Libya in order to set back peace and reconstruction in Libya for decades so that Libya would morph into another Somalia.

With the millions of dollars available for suborning journalists and academics and with the complicit media, the narrative about the success of AFRICOM had been widely sold within the United States. It is this attempt to control the narrative that had led to the widespread view in the United States that the NATO operation in Libya was a success. The death of Ambassador Stevens shattered this myth. The firing of Carter Ham uncovered the ways in which the CIA and sections of the military were making decisions running policy independent of the civilian leadership.

Posted by: somebody | Nov 19 2012 21:00 utc | 40

Seems the Islamists aren't happy with the legitimate representatives...

Posted by: dh | Nov 20 2012 1:10 utc | 41

The wars in Afghanistan and Cechnya have come full circle

Russia trains Syrian special forces

Posted by: somebody | Nov 20 2012 7:56 utc | 42

Here is a sweet little bit of satire for some relaxation, Radi-Aid, Africa for Norway. An attractive and talented group of African musicians come together to help Norway.

Posted by: xcroc | Nov 21 2012 0:27 utc | 43

*President Obama apparently agrees with what I have been
saying: China is a growing threat * [sic]
hmm, kinda like a gangster come to ur house n point a gun at u ,
then demands to know why r u threatening him ?

+The Korean people know that the naval base at Gangjeong is
not for the South Korean Navy but for the US Navy. Look at the
Pyongtaek base. Pyongtaek is the nearest US military
installation to Beijing and Shanghai. It is only one or two hours
away by civilian airplane. Firing a missile would take no time
at all.

imagine chinese missiles in bermuda or puerto rico which can hit
washington under 1 min ?
but then u cant reason with guys like watson, they'r security
u know, these experts know their stuff huh ?

*and the US needs to have as many friends in Asia as possible.*

fukus dont need no friends babe, it prefers poodles

are these *democracies*, are they even sovereign ?
+when I and several other Americans called the Korean
Embassy in Washington to register our concerns, we all
received similar versions of the same prepared response, “Don’t
call us; call the U.S. State or Defense Departments; they are the
ones who are pressuring us to build this base.+

Yasuhiko Yoshida, professor of international relations at Osaka University
+Japan is a puppet, a satellite country. Japan is too obedient to
the US; too loyal politically, economically and in security affairs+


+We really like using you guys", said the American. "It's like this:

the Brits have the gurkhas; we've got the Austraaaaaaalians.+

*This is the reason behind the administration's policy reversal
and its decision to engage with Naypyidaw. Unfortunately,
though, it also means that unlike with Libya (and one suspects in
coming months Syria), the US will not take strong steps to help
the people of Myanmar escape their tyranny.*

classical fake outrage
babbling about tyranny while overlooking the ultimate in tyrannism

+Instead, Obama has decided that this goal, freedom for the
people, can be sacrificed. America can renew its alliance with
Myanmar's dictatorship, in its new civilian disguise, against
China. This is yet another deceptive, and pathetic, abandonment
of American principles. +

u cant *abandone* something u dont have in the first place
elementray, watson, eh ?

1] in case u missed it
this is how they robbed the land for the Pyongtaek base">">

2] banned by atimes since 2000

Posted by: denk | Nov 21 2012 4:20 utc | 44

Al-Intiqad: Future MP, Rebel Groups Prepare for Attacking Syrian Border Posts

Nov 20, 2012

Well informed sources in the Northern Lebanese region, Akkar, revealed that Syrian armed groups intensified their presence in the region.

In details, a significant increase had been noticed in the numbers of armed groups all along the Akkari villages and towns, especially in the border towns and villages of Wadi Khaled passing by central al-Dreb to reach the coastal villages.
Meanwhile, the sources confirmed that these armed groups are preparing for a military action against Syrian army border positions. They are likely to target one of the three border crossings: Boqaia, Abboudia, or al-Arida.
Another option for the militants is to attack the strategic Syrian military posts that overlooks the Lebanese territories.

"The zero hour to attack the Syrian army positions will be determined by a Future Party MP, who embraces three senior officers of the "Free Syrian Army" militia," the sources said.
They further unveiled that the three men will supervise the operations of these armed groups and their deployment in border villages after arriving via private vehicles belonging to the Future MP.

"Numerous meetings are periodically being held between this MP and these defector officers in the former's house after being summoned by him from their residences in al-Dreb region," al-Intiqad learned.
In parallel it further quoted sources as warning that "this MP aims to use these fighters in any internal conflict."

"He intends to remove the Syrian Social Nationalist Party headquarters from Halba in case of the erupt of any internal disturbances in the North or between "March 14" and "March 8" supporters," they clarified.
"This MP has more than two hundred elements in the "FSA" and various armed gangs," the source said, and pointed out that " he is in full coordination with one of the extremist Salafist Sheikhs in the capital of the North, Tripoli."

The sources also mentioned that "this MP coordinates with Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir in Sidon, who struggled to recruit fighters from Akkar ahead of combining them to his military wing, to be announced soon.

Source: al-Intiqad, Translated and Edited by

Posted by: brian | Nov 21 2012 10:12 utc | 45

Hussam ‏@Hussamov11
Please God let this be true. I'd love to see #Iraq & #Syria united
13h Hussam ‏@Hussamov11
@Sierrasverdes1 that was 4 hours ago, I'm all ok now, thanks :)
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13h Hussam ‏@Hussamov11
OMG THIS IS HUGE!!!!! reports say #Syria & #Iraq are preparing to unite!!! :') I'm gonna die happy. Please be true
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13h Hussam ‏@Hussamov11
#AlQaeda & Islamist Jihadists have killed (directly&indirectly) more #Muslims #Arabs than they killed "invaders" (#NATO)

story here:

Posted by: brian | Nov 22 2012 23:30 utc | 46

running out of jihadis? where do u go to top up?

Posted by: brian | Nov 29 2012 7:53 utc | 48

Maram Biltaji was sniped by an FSA Alqaeda sniper in Aleppo today, her crime was: being an FB page admin not spreading their propaganda

Posted by: brian | Nov 29 2012 8:56 utc | 49

on the promotion of democracy by Qatar

Posted by: somebody | Nov 29 2012 9:53 utc | 50

respected main stream media figure caught out in psychological warfar on twitter

Nicholas Kristof ‏@NickKristof

I hear, unconfirmed, that #Syria has cancelled all flights to and from Damascus airport, indefinitely, as rebels approach.
1h Tore Tore ‏@potifar66

@NickKristof Damascus Airport open according to this fact check: So maybe what you hear is wrong?

1h Nicholas Kristof Nicholas Kristof ‏@NickKristof

@potifar66 Hm. let's see whether there are further flights this evening or tomorrow. I just heard this as a new measure.

55m Tore Tore ‏@potifar66

@NickKristof What we hear isnt always what we see. LOL

Posted by: somebody | Nov 29 2012 15:04 utc | 51

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