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    Al Qaeda leader backs Syrian revolt against Assad

    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in a video recording posted on the Internet on Sunday, urged Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments in their uprising to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
    In the eight-minute video, entitled "Onwards, Lions of Syria" and posted on an Islamist website, the Egyptian-born Zawahri also urged Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to come to the aid of Syrian rebels confronting Assad's forces.

    "Wounded Syria still bleeds day after day, while the butcher, son of the butcher Bashar bin Hafiz (Hafez al-Assad), is not deterred to stop," Zawahri, wearing his white turban and seated against a green curtain, said.

    "But the resistance of our people in Syria despite all the pain, sacrifice and bloodshed escalates and grows," he added.

    Zawahri took command of al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid in Pakistan last May.

    A Muslim should help "his brothers in Syria with all that he can, with his life, money, opinion, as well as information," Zawahri says.

    Syrian forces bombarded districts of the city of Homs on Saturday in a campaign to crush the revolt against Assad, whose ally Russia said it would not support an Arab League peace plan circulating at the United Nations.

    Activists said seven people were killed in the latest attacks in a week-long government siege of Homs, which has been at the heart of the uprising which broke out 11 months ago.

    "Our people in Syria, don't rely on the West or the United States or Arab governments and Turkey," Zawahri said in what is believed to be his second such message to Syrian protesters.

    "You know better what they are planning against you. Our people in Syria, don't depend on the Arab League and its corrupt governments supporting it."

    Arab foreign ministers will discuss a proposal next week to send a joint U.N.-Arab mission to Syria, after a uniquely Arab team failed to end Assad's crackdown on protests.

    "If we want freedom, we must be liberated from this regime. If we want justice, we must retaliate against this regime," Zawahri said.

    "Continue your revolt and anger, don't accept anything else apart from independent, respectful governments."

    In July, Zawahri urged Syrian protesters to direct their movement also against Washington and Israel, denouncing the United States as insincere in showing solidarity with them.

    Earlier this month, another video with Zawahri appeared on Islamist forums, announcing Somali militant group al Shabaab was joining its ranks in an apparent bid to boost morale and sharpen a threat to Western targets.
    http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-leade...070506698.html


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    You're going to have World War III if something sparks Syria. Just pray to the Sky God that Assad is allowed to slaughter his people. It's a small price to pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarPhin View Post
    You're going to have World War III if something sparks Syria. Just pray to the Sky God that Assad is allowed to slaughter his people. It's a small price to pay.
    Why? No WW3 over the multiple disputes and disagreements...Israel-Arab conflict...no. Persian gulf...no. Georgia...no. Chechnyha...no. Balkans...no. Afganistan...no. Now Syria...this one nobody should "give a **** about"...is whats going to spark WW3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eshlemon View Post
    Why? No WW3 over the multiple disputes and disagreements...Israel-Arab conflict...no. Persian gulf...no. Georgia...no. Chechnyha...no. Balkans...no. Afganistan...no. Now Syria...this one nobody should "give a **** about"...is whats going to spark WW3?
    Russia has said it will defend Syria and Iran militarily. China has made the same type of remarks about Iran. All these wars, interventions and prick-waving have set up a crescendo of epic proportions. That could very well lead to WW3 if we don't change course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    Russia has said it will defend Syria and Iran militarily. China has made the same type of remarks about Iran. All these wars, interventions and prick-waving have set up a crescendo of epic proportions. That could very well lead to WW3 if we don't change course.
    I don't think so. Russia voted against the UN-Arab League plan doesn't mean they are willing to go to war to keep Assad in power...


    Moscow accused the resolution's supporters of lacking the "political will" to reach an international agreement on resolving the Syrian crisis. Thirteen of the Security Council's 15 members voted in favor of the draft. Moscow also said its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spy agency chief Mikhail Fradkov will travel to Syria on Tuesday to call on President Assad to "rapidly" implement democratic reforms to stabilize the situation.
    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/...138740914.html

    Syria crisis: Russia 'wants Arab League role'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a solution to the crisis in Syria based on initiatives put forward by the Arab League.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16920922

    Russia doesn't want to lose their only naval base in the Mediterranean at Tartus. They want to be to be at the head of international involvments to make sure whoever's in charge lets them keep it which doesn't sit well with the AL. Which is fine from me, let them reap that **** storm.

    Anti-Assad activists stormed Russia's embassy in Libya's capital, Tripoli, climbing on the roof and tearing down the flag.
    Which answers Cedarphins question to the thread "Why the **** anbody would care about that place?"
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    Syria's a bit of a different beast than Libya was, though. They actually have some "powerful" allies in the region (Iran, Russia, Hezbollah).

    Syria gets attacked, Hezbollah goes on the fritz in Lebanon, they shoot **** across the border into Israel. Israel responds in kind by taking on Iran. Russia runs a proxy force in Syria/Iran. We counter with our own proxy force.

    Lebanon gets ripped apart by civil war again, as it's the Alawites and Shi'ites taking on everyone else, which is par for the course. The Egyptians likely get involved, either through pumping **** through the tunnels, or attacking Israel itself. More **** hits the fan.

    It's a ****ing tinderbox over there right now, has been for awhile now. One spark is all it needs to go up into a dumpster fire. There are a ton of underlying conflicts just waiting to be let out of the box. Tenuous times indeed over there.
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    I think the best thing we could do is just stay completely out of it and let it be "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Arab World"
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