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Latest News Syria: no-fly zone near Jordan border

juni 15, 2013

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An Israeli news source:

‘US studying Syria no-fly zone near Jordan border’

June 15, 2013

Wall Street Journal reports buffer zone near southern border with Jordan would be used to train rebels, protect refugees.

As a part of its proposal to provide military aid to the Syrian rebels, the United States is studying setting up a limited no-fly zone in Syria close to the southern border with Jordan in order to protect Syrian refugees and rebel forces training in the area, two senior Western diplomats in Turkey said on Friday.

Their comments, confirmed by a third regional diplomat, came after Washington said it would step up military assistance to rebels battling President Bashar Assad in response to what it said was proof of chemical weapons use by Assad’s forces.

‘After Syria chemical arms use, US to arm rebels’

“Washington is considering a no-fly zone to help Assad’s opponents,” one diplomat
said. He said it would be limited “time-wise and area-wise, possibly near the Jordanian border,” without giving details.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the no-fly zone would stretch up to 25 miles into Syria, and would be enforced with aircraft flown from Jordan or from Navy ships in the Mediterranean or Red Sea.

US officials told the Journal the White House is considering proposals to arm and train the rebels in Jordan, but that Washington could decide to train rebels in Jordan without enforcing the no-fly zone.

The limited no-fly zone would cost an estimated $50 million a day, and would take a month to get up and running. However, the window of opportunity to set it up is limited.

If Russia decides to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Assad regime, it would become too dangerous for US pilots to enforce the buffer zone, the officials told the Journal.

Imposing a no-fly zone would therefore require the United States to destroy Syria’s air defenses, entering the two-year-old civil war with the sort of action that NATO used to help topple Muammar Gaddafi in Libya two years ago.

Despite that, the officials said the no-fly zone would not necessitate the destruction of Syrian anti-aircraft batteries.

The area near the Jordanian border contains some of the most densely-populated parts of Syria, including the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Washington has moved Patriot surface-to-air missiles, war planes and more than 4,000 troops into Jordan in the past week, officially as part of an annual exercise, but making clear that the forces deployed could stay on when the war games are over.

A White House National Security Council spokeswoman declined to comment on the topic.

France: UN backing for Syria no-fly zone ‘unlikely’ France said on Friday that it was unlikely for now that a no-fly zone would be established over Syria because of opposition from some members of the UN Security Council.

“The problem with this type of measure is that it can only be put in place with approval from the international community,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told journalists.

“A decision from the United Nations Security Council is needed, and not just any decision,” he said. A Chapter 7 resolution authorizing military action was needed, and that was unlikely to be passed, he added.

Assad’s government can count on Moscow to block any such resolution if it were to be brought to a vote.

Lalliot said France had yet to make a decision on arming rebels, but that all these issues would be discussed among heads of state at next week’s G8 summit.

Apart from arming the rebels, France could also extend further help to them in the form of sharing more intelligence, providing training and planning operations, Lalliot added.

He declined to say whether that meant French military advisers would be on the ground
in Syria, although diplomatic sources have indicated some are already operating in Turkey and Jordan.

The White House said Washington would now provide “direct military support” to the opposition. It did not publicly specify whether this would include “lethal aid,” which would mark a reversal of Obama’s previous resistance to arming the rebels. But a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the package would include weapons.

Syrian rebels already receive light arms from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They have asked for heavier weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. European countries, in particular France, have argued that the solution is to provide more weapons for mainstream rebels to marginalize extremists.

“We want anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons,” George Sabra, acting leader of the National Coalition political opposition bloc, told Al Arabiya television. “We expect to see positive results and genuine military support.”

Syrian rebel commanders were due to meet Western and Turkish officials in Turkey on Friday to discuss military assistance to the rebels. Until now Washington has been deeply reluctant to send weapons, citing a risk that they would end up in the hands of radical Sunni Muslim brigades.

One of the diplomats said that setting up a no-fly zone could also help Western efforts to monitor the recipients of any arms supplies.

Free Syria Army General Salim Idris told Al Arabiya that the Syrian opposition hopes to translate the change in American position into reality, and be given tangible access to weapons and ammunition.

He also warned that if the US backtracks on its decision to arm the rebels, Iran and Hezbollah would cement their control over the region.

US Senator John McCain, a hawk on Syria, said America needed to neutralize Assad’s air power: “They (rebels) have enough light weapons. They’ve got enough AK-47s. AK-47s don’t do very well against tanks,” McCain told CNN. “They need anti-tank weapons and they need anti-air weapons.”

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed what he said was a “clear US statement”. “The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels.

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The Washington Times – May 10, 2013
‘Put down the arms. The Middle East peace process demands talk, diplomacy and politics, not military involvement, said U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/10/defense-secretary-chuck-hagel-stresses-political-n/

Photo: On April 19, 2013, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) has negotiated with Israeli officials on sales of new weapons to Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/19/299074/new-us-arms-sales-targeting-iran/

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U.S., Turkey: no-fly zone Syria

augustus 12, 2012

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ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – The United States and Turkey indicated they were studying a range of possible measures over Syria, including a no-fly zone, as battles between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces shook Aleppo and the heart of Damascus.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after meeting her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Saturday that Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist their armed gangs fighting to topple Assad.

“Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that,” she said.

Asked about options such as imposing a ‘no-fly zone’ over the territory  of the with weapons and western technoly  supported gangs, Clinton said these were ‘possibilities’…

Photo:  Erdogan, friend of the U.S. and Israel.

Libya: NATO hits oil port of Ras Lanouf

mei 16, 2011

Are the Libyan oil terminals also a part of the ‘no fly zone’ of the United Nations ? The United Nations were just telling us nonsense. They can better stop the blocking of all the UN resolutions critical of Israel if they want gain a little credibility…
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Libya: NATO hits oil port of Ras Lanouf

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – NATO aircraft have blasted an oil terminal in a key eastern city in a nightfall strike, Libyan TV reported, after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Libya’s deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim sharply condemned that call, describing it as a “provocation.”
The Libya TV report said NATO bombs on Sunday hit methanol tanks at the oil port of Ras Lanouf, causing leaks. NATO officials had no immediate comment…

http://english.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=339967&amp

Photo: V1.  Hitler authorised full-scale development work on the “pilotless airplane” in June 1942.  Pakistan, Afghanistan and Libya are now bombed by drones designed in Israel…

Libya: the ‘no-fly zone’ of the United Nations…

mei 13, 2011

Photo: NATO-bombings of Serbia made in the name of ‘human rights’ and ‘humanitarian concerns’…

‘No-fly’ zone Libya: Hillary Clinton lied

mei 12, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about the so called ‘no-fly’ zone:

1.3.2011- Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Tuesday said he believed a no-fly zone should be imposed on Libya to stop a “danger of genocide”. Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Ayalon said international moves to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to stop Moamer Kadhafi using air strikes against his own people, had not been discussed by the Israeli government. “If you ask me personally, I think it should be imposed. There is a danger of genocide. Morally we have to stop it”, Ayalon said, adding “Its best to have the UN’s okay.” (AFP) HTTP://WWW.FRANCE24.COM/EN/20110301-ISRAELI-MINISTER-FAVOURS-LIBYA-NO-FLY-ZONE

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2.3.2011 (1 day later) – Hillary Clinton: ‘Spare us the crocodile tears over Libya’ US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that a no-fly zone could be imposed on Libya, in order to prevent Gaddafi from bombing his own people. She has also hinted strongly that direct military intervention is on the cards and said that it is time for Gaddafi to go. This has been echoed in Britain by David Cameron who has said that Britain will never abandon the Libyan people in their struggle against Gaddafi. These actions and statements are being made in the name of human rights and humanitarian concerns but beware of such crocodile tears. http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/resources/commentary-and-analysis/2099-message-to-america-and-europe-spare-us-the-crocodile-tears-over-libya

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9.3.2011 – Libya no-fly zone a UN decision, says Hillary Clinton – ‘Any decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya should be made by the UN and not by Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12683952

Libya: the ‘no-fly zone’ of the United Nations…

mei 12, 2011

… ‘A massive gulf is now opening between what the revolutionary forces expect from NATO and what NATO is willing to give them. And this means that with no end in sight to the war, NATO must decide whether to arm the revolutionaries, target Gaddafi directly or send Western ground troops into Libya’ …

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/179321.html

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What did the Security Council vote on?
March 18, 2011|By Paul Armstrong, CNN

Acting under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, which provides for the use of force if needed, the Council adopted Resolution 1973 by 10 votes to zero, with five abstentions, authorizing member states “to take all necessary measures” to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack …while excluding an occupation force.”

The resolution follows an arms embargo that the Council imposed last month when it unanimously approved sanctions against Libya, freezing the assets of its leaders and referring the ongoing violence against civilian demonstrators to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

What does the resolution mean?

An U.N.-backed international force will enforce a no-fly zone over Libya which will effectively ground Libya’s military aircraft. All flights — except those for humanitarian purposes — will be banned from Libyan airspace.

This force will also have the power to launch air strikes against Libyan ground forces — from tanks, artillery and missiles to their communications and command and control infrastructure — if they are considered to be a threat against the civilian population.

According to Barak Seener, Research Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, the wording in the resolution permitting member states to use “all necessary means” also makes pre-emptive strikes from the air at the regime’s forces legitimate.

“It’s intended to force Gadhafi back and tilt the balance in the rebel’s favor,” he told CNN.

“I think it will embolden protesters across the Arab world as it is a precedent to oppressive regimes. The resolution is saying human rights violations will not go unabated and there will be a response.”

Who backed the Security Council vote?

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-18/world/libya.military.action.explainer_1_benghazi-security-council-vote-moammar-gadhafi?_s=PM:WORLD

‘No-fly zone’ Libya

april 7, 2011

They didn’t know that there is some difference between a ‘no-fly zone’ and a ‘bombing zone’

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The BBC’s Wyre Davies: “There is a lot of anger and confusion at the hospital”

Rebels in eastern Libya say their forces have been mistakenly hit in a Nato air raid.

Doctors in Ajdabiya told the BBC at least 13 rebel fighters had been killed by the strike on a rebel tank position.

The BBC’s Wyre Davies reports chaotic scenes on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, with rebel forces in retreat reporting being hit by Nato air strikes.

It is the third such incident in recent days involving international forces deployed to protect Libyan civilians.

One rebel commander told the BBC he saw at least four missiles land among rebel fighters.

Many people have been killed and many more have been injured, he said.

Civilians are reported to be fleeing Ajdabiya in their thousands, according to the latest wire reports, after rumours spread that Gaddafi forces were preparing to attack the city.

Rebel angerThe rebels had been taking a group of tanks, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers near the front line between the towns of Ajdabiya and Brega in more than 30 transporters.

Whether or not a Nato pilot mistook all of that heavy armour for Gaddafi weaponry remains unclear.

Following the apparent Nato attack, ambulances were seen heading in the opposite direction, towards the hospital in Ajdabiya.

There is considerable anger among rebel troops after what appears to have been a terrible mistake.

They are asking why rebel units were hit, when they could be seen clearly advancing in a westerly direction towards the front line.

“It is unbelievable,” said one Benghazi resident. “Nato, with all the equipment they have – is this the second mistake? Is it really a mistake or something arranged secretly.”

Another said: “The allies and the UN Security Council must allow us to be armed. We don’t want anything, just to be armed to defend ourselves against this dictator and fascist.”

Rebel forces in the area began retreating on Wednesday after heavy bombardment from government forces.

They had been calling for more Nato air strikes in recent days.

Nato is said to be looking into the incident.

‘Friendly-fire incidents’The alliance took over a week ago air operations from a US, French and British coalition to enforce a UN mandate to protect civilians in Libya.

Last Friday, at least 13 people were reportedly killed when a coalition plane fired on a rebel convoy between Brega and Ajdabiya.

Three medical students were among the dead.

The attack came after rebels reportedly fired an anti-aircraft gun.

In a separate incident, seven civilians died and 25 were hurt in a coalition air strike on a pro-Gaddafi convoy near Brega.

‘Libyan rebels near Ajdabiya killed in Nato air strike’ (7 April 2011)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12997181