Syria

Syria Islamists: 'next stop Israel'

By Kapil Komireddi, September 27, 2012

As Bashar al-Assad fights for his survival, a new threat to Israel is crystallising across its northern borders.

What began in Syria as a limited but genuine people's uprising against a dictatorship has become contaminated with Saudi-funded foreign mujahideen who are driven, among other things, by an intense hostility toward non-Muslims - and an implacable hatred of Jews and Israel.

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Iran opens up about its military help for Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 20, 2012

An Iranian acknowledgment that its troops are active in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces has increased tension in the region as American, British and other Western navies carry out joint exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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Flotilla group accused of Syria gun run

September 20, 2012

Concern is growing within Israeli and Western intelligence services over the role of the radical Muslim organisations connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in leading the armed uprising in Syria.

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Flotilla group linked to Syria gun-running

By Orlando Radice, September 14, 2012

There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Gabi Ashkenazi asks: what Syria strike?

September 13, 2012

Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi said this week that had never heard of an Israeli strike on a Syrian nuclear reactor.

Mr Ashkenazi, who spoke in reaction to a report in the New Yorker claiming that Israel was behind the attack on September 5, 2007, was the head of the IDF at the time.

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A weakened Hizbollah spells danger for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 24, 2012

Saeed Jalili, the mild-mannered secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and special adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, undertook a whirlwind visit of Syria and Lebanon two weeks ago.

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Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

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Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

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Putin’s policy on Syria is right

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2012

Is it really in the interests of Israel, or of the West, that the Syrian civil war should result in the departure from Damascus of President (and ophthalmologist extraordinary) Bashar al-Assad?

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UK fears your cash may go to Syria jihad

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 16, 2012

Britain's decision to increase aid to elements of the Syrian opposition reflects a growing worry in UK, American and Israeli intelligence circles over Islamic radicalisation of the anti-Assad revolution.

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