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Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From Libya

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Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From Libya

Postby Eaglehawk » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:34 pm

There is a geo political alliance forming in the Middle East that is non cold war based alliance
Very interesting development

Lebanese intelligence officers are questioning crew members of a ship that set sail from Libya and was found to be carrying a cache of weapons that supposedly were intended to supply opposition forces in Syria.

Eleven crew members of the cargo vessel Luftfallah II have been detained by Lebanese authorities after the Lebanese navy confiscated three shipping containers of weapons and ammunition, including heavy machine guns, artillery shells, rocket launchers and other explosives, found Saturday. The ship was registered in Sierra Leone, though it initially departed from Libya.

The Luftfallah II was en route to the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon when it was intercepted Thursday by the Lebanese navy and towed Saturday to Selaata, a small port village roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the capital Beirut.

According to Al Jazeera, a Lebanese security official said the arms shipment was bound for the Free Syrian Army, a coalition group of rebel fighters seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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The Syrian government has repeatedly claimed that weapons are being smuggled through Lebanon to Syrian rebel forces.

The Lebanese coalition government has been largely supportive of Assad. Hezbollah, a political party in Lebanon but deemed a terrorist group by the U.S., has publicly stated its firm support.

The U.S. and E.U. have imposed some sanctions on the Syrian government, though efforts to do so through the U.N. Security Council have met with resistance from Russia and China.

A Year of Death and Violence

Syria has been embroiled in violence for nearly a year following the government's crackdown on an initially peaceful popular movement that began with public demonstrations in January 2011, in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Protesters, unhappy over social inequity aggravated by high unemployment among young adults and suppression of human rights, demanded Assad's resignation and an end to the Ba'ath Party's nearly five decades of political dominance.

The Syrian military began violently suppressing protesters in May after claiming 11 soldiers had been attacked and killed by "armed terrorist groups" in the city of Homs.

Armed rebel groups have since risen in numbers to fight the Syrian military, pulling the country into a protracted and bloody conflict, which the U.N. estimates has resulted in over 9,000 deaths since hostilities began.

U.N. peacekeepers have recently been deployed to Syria to uphold a tenuous cease-fire between the military and opposition forces, though reports of new casualties continue to stream in.

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Re: Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From L

Postby Eaglehawk » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:41 pm

who needs to attack when the stuoid arabs are doing israels job, by dismantling islamic republics hegemonic power infrastructure
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Israel ex-spy chief slams Netanyahu over Iran
Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, has received a scathing attack from a former head of Israel's internal security service over his handling of Iran's alleged nuclear programme.

Yuval Diskin, the former director of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence service, said in a voice clip played on Israel Radio on Saturday that the country's leaders were "messianic" and unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear programme.

"I have no faith in the prime minister, nor in the defence minister," said Diskin. "I really don't have faith in a leadership that makes decisions out of messianic feelings."

"They're [Netanyahu and Barak] creating a false impression about the Iranian issue"

- Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service

Diskin also told listeners that while he did not think Netanyahu's decision was an "illegitimate decision", he was "really" afraid that "these are not the people whom I'd like to see at the wheel during an operation like that".

Other retired officials have also criticised Netanyahu and his defence minister, Ehud Barak's, rhetoric of intentions to open an unprecedented front with Iran and, potentially, with its allies on Israel's borders.

Meir Dagan, a former Mossad foreign intelligence director, last year also ridiculed the Israeli war option.

However, Diskin's has been the most harsh criticism of Netanyahu's threat of a pre-emptive strike on Iran if diplomacy fails.

"They're creating a false impression about the Iranian issue," said Diskin. "They're appealing to the stupid public, if you'll pardon me for the phrasing, and telling them that if Israel acts, there won't be an [Iranian] nuclear bomb."

Ron Kampeas, editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in the US, told Al Jazeera that when Dagan made the claims last year, there was an attempt by the Israelis to make him seem "like an outlier".

"Now Diskin has come out and done it in more of a blunt way than Dagan had," he said. "There was already a little dent, this is going to make it a deeper dent."

'Summer of tensions'

Government officials rebuked Diskin and questioned his motives, implying that he had his eye on a political career or was settling scores after Netanyahu denied him a promotion.

Commenting on Diskin's remarks, Amos Harel of the Haaretz newspaper said the temperature was rising in anticipation of nuclear talks in Iraq next month.

"Nothing has been determined in the Iranian story, and the spring is about to boil over into another summer of tension," said Harel.

Diskin spoke days after Israel's top military commander, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz, told the newspaper that he viewed Iran as "very rational" and unlikely to build a bomb, comments that apparently undermined the case for a strike.

Netanyahu's rhetoric about a nuclear-armed Iran have stirred concern in Israel and abroad of a possible strike against its uranium enrichment programme.

Iran says the project is entirely peaceful and has promised wide-ranging reprisals for any attack.

World powers, sharing Israeli suspicions that Iran has a covert bomb-making plan, are trying to curb it through sanctions and negotiations.

Talks to do so are to resume in Baghdad on May 23, but US President Barak Obama rated on Thursday their chance of succeeding as low.

Some experts believe that Netanyahu's stance is a "bluff" to keep up pressure on the Irani

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Re: Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From L

Postby James Dahl » Tue May 01, 2012 8:05 pm

Libya recognizes the Syrian opposition as the only legitimate government for Syria and does not recognize Assad.

There's no arms embargo in place so actually Libya has the right to ship arms there, I bet Russia and China didn't think of that when they vetoed an arms embargo there.

Syria is just going to get worse, there are three different opposition groups who all hate each other and Assad in equal measure.

1) Al-Qaeda Sunnis (did the bombing yesterday, probably backed by KSA/Qatar)
2) "Arab Spring" Sunnis/Christians (western supported, Libya supports them too)
3) Tribal Sunnis who just want to either rule their region or take over and be the next Assad (They're probably getting a share of the weapons by pretending to be affiliated with groups 1 and 2)

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Re: Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From L

Postby gurey25 » Tue May 01, 2012 11:04 pm

3) Tribal Sunnis who just want to either rule their region or take over and be the next Assad (They're probably getting a share of the weapons by pretending to be affiliated with groups 1 and 2)
This is the group to watch !
they dont come on most people radar but they are the most organized and potent potential opposition of Assad.

I say potential because they are still sitting on the sidelines.
What makes the tribes so important is that they are part of huge tribal confederacies that are cross border and have cousins living in jordan,Saudia, Kuwait and Iraq as citizens .
They have the best links to weapons as they control the smuggling networks into iraq, and they are already working with Saudi,Jordanian intelligence.

The problem is that their shiekhs are playing a long game politically, they have told their tribesmen not to demontrate and remain peacefull,
and they have affirmed their support for Assad.
At the same time they are arming themselves to the teeth, and telling the rest of the world,

give us a no fly zone and we will join the war.

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Re: Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From L

Postby James Dahl » Wed May 02, 2012 11:55 am

Yeah Syria is a complicated problem, in comparison Libya was quite a simple problem.

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Re: Lebanon Intercepts Arms Shipment To Syrian Rebels From L

Postby original dervish » Wed May 02, 2012 12:57 pm

Libya was a simple problem, because it was easy for the west to bomb it back to the neolithic age.
Now the oil is flowing again, its job done as far as Cameron and Sarkozy are concerned.

That Libya lies in ruins, her people scattered and ethnically cleansed, is of little consequence to London, Paris and New York.


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