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Russian Troops Land In Syria

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A Russian anti-terror squad has arrived in the port city of Tartus on the Iman oil tanker, according to ABC News. The Russian gov’t news agency, RIA Novosti‘s Arabic language site announced the arrival. The Russian embassy in the U.S. had no comment. Russia is one of Pres. Bashar Assad‘s strongest allies and has blocked numerous U.N. resolutions that call for Assad to step down.

source: Investors


2 Western journalists killed in Syria, opposition activists say

Two Western journalists were killed Wednesday in the Syrian city of Homs amid heavy shelling from government forces, opposition activists said.

The Sunday Times of London said one of the journalists reportedly killed was staffer Marie Colvin — the only British newspaper journalist inside the embattled Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr.

And French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe confirmed journalist Remi Ochlik was killed in a bombing. He was 28.

Colvin was on air with CNN on Tuesday night, recalling how she watched a young boy die after his house was struck by shelling.

Colvin, who had reported from many conflicts including last year’s Libyan civil war, said Syria was the worst conflict she had covered, partly because of the sheer amount of ordinance falling on Homs.

“There’s a lot of snipers on the high builds surrounding the neighborhood. I can sort of figure out where a sniper is but you can’t figure out where a shell is going to land,” she said.

The deaths Wednesday followed that of New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who was reporting in eastern Syria when he died last week, apparently from an asthma attack, the newspaper said.

While violence erupting once again across the country Wednesday, Syrians pleading for help in stopping a government-led slaughter might have fresh hope, as the United States called for more international action and hinted that arming the opposition isn’t out of the question.

In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the conflict under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime demands reaction.

“We believe that we are in a situation where we — the international community — needs to act in order to allow for the transition from Assad to a more democratic future for Syria to take place before the situation becomes too chaotic,” Carney told reporters Tuesday.

Asked about calls in recent days by Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, for the United States to consider arming the opposition, Carney said, “We don’t want to take actions that would contribute to the further militarization of Syria, because that could take the country down a dangerous path.

“But we don’t rule out additional measures that, working with our international partners, that the international community might take,” he added.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland held out hope for a political solution, but she too cited the possibility of seeking “additional measures” in the absence of change.

“From our perspective, we don’t believe that it makes sense to contribute now to the further militarization of Syria. What we don’t want to see is the spiral of violence increase. That said, if we can’t get Assad to yield to the pressure that we are all bringing to bear, we may have to consider additional measures,” Nuland said.

While foreign officials spoke, Syrian government forces pounded the embattled city of Homs for the 18th consecutive day and tormented residents in several other cities, opposition activists said.

About 9,000 people have been killed — including 106 just Tuesday — since the government crackdown began almost one year ago, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committies of Syria.

At least 55 people werek illed in Idlib, 45 in Homs, three in the Damascus suburbs, two in Deir Ezzor and one in Aleppo, the LCC said.

The Revolutionary Council of Homs said shelling blasted through homes in the city’s Baba Amr neighborhood, but “the number of those injured could not be estimated because of the nonstop bombing,” it said.

“This attack carried out by the Assad forces can be considered a real genocide, and all this is happening amid an electricity, water, and communication services outage, accompanied by the unavailability of food, baby formula and medicine. In this manner, even those who may survive the bombing, end up dying due to hunger or lack of medical care,” the group said.

But the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Tuesday that “food and services are available in Homs,” and said “provocative channels are fabricating lies” to the contrary.

CNN cannot independently verify opposition or government reports of casualties because the government has severely limited access to the country by foreign journalists.

But the vast majority of accounts from inside Syria indicate al-Assad’s forces are slaughtering civilians in an attempt to quash opposition members, who are demanding his ouster and democratic reforms.


ما هو سكاف؟!

SCAF means: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

سكاف تعني : 

المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة – وهو المجلس الأعلى المكلف بقيادة غرفة العمليات الرئيسية للقوات المسلحة في حالة الحرب وفي الظروف الطبيعية فإن رئيس الدولة هو الذي يرأس هذا المجلس بوصفه القائد الأعلى لقوات المسلحة. أما في الوقت الراهن وتحديدا منذ مساء الجمعة 11فبراير 2011 فهذا المجلس هو الذي يتولى إدارة شؤون جمهورية مصر العربية عقب تخلي محمد حسني مبارك عن الحكم إثر اندلاع ثورة 25 يناير. يتكون المجلس من ثمانية عشر من قادة القوات المسلحة المصرية يترأسهم القائد العام للقوات المسلحة ووزير الدفاع المشير محمد حسين طنطاوي. أعلن المجلس في 13 فبراير 2011 عن توليه حكم البلاد لمدة ستة أشهر ( طبعا مر أكثر من 9 شهور ومازال المجلس يحكم البلاد ) أو لحين إجراء انتخابات مجلسي الشعب والشورى ورئيس الجمهورية، كما أعلن حلّ مجلسي الشعب والشورى وتعطيل العمل بأحكام الدستور في حين شكل لجنة تعمل على تعديل بعض مواد الدستور.

يتكون المجلس من ثمانية عشر فردًا من قادة القوات المسلحة المصرية، وهم:

  • القائد العام للقوات المسلحة وزير الدفاع ورئيس المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة المشير محمد حسين طنطاوي.

  • رئيس أركان حرب القوات المسلحة الفريق سامي حافظ عنان.

  • قائد القوات البحرية الفريق مهاب محمد حسين مميش.

  • قائد القوات الجوية الفريق رضا محمود حافظ.

  • قائد قوات الدفاع الجوي الفريق عبد العزيز سيف الدين.

  • قائد المنطقة المركزية العسكرية اللواء حسن الرويني.

  • قائد الجيش الثاني الميداني اللواء أركان حرب محمد حجازي.

  • قائد الجيش الثالث الميداني اللواء أركان حرب صدقي صبحي.

  • قائد المنطقة الشمالية اللواء أركان حرب حسن محمد أحمد.

  • قائد المنطقة الجنوبية اللواء أركان حرب محسن الشاذلي.

  • قائد المنطقة الغربية اللواء أركان حرب محمود إبراهيم حجازي.

  • قائد قوات حرس الحدود اللواء أركان حرب محمد عبد النبي.

  • مساعد وزير الدفاع للشئون الدستورية والقانونية اللواء ممدوح شاهين.

  • مساعد وزير الدفاع رئيس هيئة التنظيم والإدارة اللواء محسن الفنجري.

  • مدير إدارة الشئون المعنوية اللواء أركان حرب إسماعيل عتمان.

  • مساعد وزير الدفاع لشؤون التسليح اللواء محمد العصار.

  • مساعد وزير الدفاع اللواء مختار الملا.

ويواجهة المجلس معارضة شديد داخل مصر نتيجة لإنعدام الشفافية وإتخاذه قرارات فردية لقيامه بدور رئيس الجمهورية ودور مجلسي الشعب والشورى معاً وهي صلاحيات لم يحصل عليها الرئيس المخلوع مبارك في أفضل حالاته

U.S. officially ends Iraq mission with flag lowering

U.S. military gear moving out of Iraq

The United States officially ended its eight-and-a-half year military campaign in Iraq Thursday, as the flag of the command was lowered in Baghdad.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Baghdad earlier Thursday morning for the ceremony.

Panetta is scheduled to speak at the event, along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and U.S. Ambassador Jim Jeffrey.

President Jalal Talabani will also be present, among other top Iraqi officials, but it is not clear if Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will attend, an American official said.

Panetta will speak about how “Iraq really was pulled back from the brink and that we’ve been able to maintain those gains even as we’ve extracted ourselves from the equation over the last three years,” the senior defense official told reporters.

Panetta plans to thank the U.S. troops who have served there, as well as Iraqi security forces “for their tremendous sacrifices over the last 8-plus years of the war,” said the official, who briefed journalists traveling with Panetta.

The flag of the command was lowered, rolled, and placed in a case during the ceremony. That marked the official end of the mission that began with the United States-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, aimed at toppling Saddam Hussein.

His regime fell in a matter of weeks, and he was captured in December 2003 after months in hiding, then executed after a trial by Iraq’s new authorities.

All U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by the end of this month after Washington and Baghdad failed to agree on terms under which they could remain.

There were about 5,500 American troops in Iraq as of Tuesday, the most recent day American officials in Iraq gave CNN figures.

Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn’t know as an example of what makes America great.

“As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree — welcome home. Welcome home,” Obama told cheering troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Obama used his Ft. Bragg speech to mark the fulfillment of a campaign pledge he made in 2008 to end the war.

Noting the nearly 4,500 Americans killed and more than 30,000 injured, Obama spoke of the heavy sacrifice and hard work in the Iraq mission.

“Because of you — because you sacrificed so much for a people that you had never met, Iraqis have a chance to forge their own destiny,” Obama said. “That’s part of what makes us special as Americans. Unlike the empires of old, we did so not for territory or for resources. We do it because it’s right.

“There can be no fuller expression of America’s support for self-determination than our leaving Iraq to its people. That says something about who we are.”

Russia unveils new radar system to counter European U.S. missile shield

MOSCOW – In its bid to counter Western plans for a U.S. missile shield in Europe, Russia on Tuesday launched a state-of-the art antimissile radar with a detection range of 6,000 kilometers, close to the borders of NATO alliance members Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic coast. Sticking to his last week’s threat to take steps to counter U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe posing mortal danger for Moscow’s nuclear deterrence, President Dmitry Medvedev said, “This is the first signal of Russia’s readiness for an adequate response to the threats posed by European AMD to our strategic nuclear forces.” He was addressing the top military commanders after inaugurating the anti-missile radar in Russia’s Baltic Exclave of Kaliningrad. The Voronezh-DM radar station has been working in test mode for the whole of 2011. There were no technical failures over this period, Interfax news agency reported, quoting a source in the defense ministry. With the effective detection range of 6,000 kilometers, the Voronezh-DM is capable of working in tandem with Moscow’s missile defense system. “If our signal is not heard, as I said on November 23, we will continue deploying other means of defense,” Medvedev said in his televised remarks.

المركز المصرى للحق فى الدواء : الداخلية ضربت المتظاهرين بأنواع من الغازات المحرمة دوليا.. منها (V X) المصنف كأخطر 5 غازات فى العالم.. و(CS) المسبب للفشل الرئوى وسرطان القولون

أعلن المركز المصرى للحق فى الدواء “ابن سينا”، أنه سيتقدم ببلاغ للنائب العام، لمطالبته بالتحقيق فى كيفية استيراد غازات محرمه دولياً من قبل وزارة الداخلية، وتقديم اللجنة التى أشرفت على استيراد هذا الغاز الذى تم استخدامه ضد المتظاهرين فى ميدان التحرير منذ يوم السبت الماضى، للمحاكمة.

كما أعلن المركز أنه حصل على عدد من أسطوانات الغاز الفارغة من شارع محمد محمود، لعرضها على عدد من المتخصصين، للتأكد من جميع البيانات المحفورة على هذه القنابل والمكونات وتاريخ الإنتاج، كذلك الاطلاع على الحالات المصابة خلال يومى الأحد والاثنين الماضيين، حيث ثبت استخدام وزارة الداخلية لقنابل مسيلة للدموع بها مكونات كيميائية من غازات سامة ومحرمة دولياً، يسبب استخدامها أمراضاً سرطانية على رأسها سرطان القولون، كذلك زيادة احتمالية حالات (شلل أو إجهاض) بعد استنشاق الغازات المحروقة بساعات تصل إلى 72ساعة.

وأوضح المركز أن أهم القنابل المستخدمة هى (CR gas‏)، والتى يدخل فى تركيبتها الكيمائية (مادة البنزوكسازيبين، dibenzoxazepine)، وهى مادة مسيلة للدموع ومسببة للشلل المؤقت وتتسرب ببطء شديد لزيادة معاناة الذين يتعرضون لها، وطورت بواسطة وزارة الدفاع البريطانية لتستخدم فى تفريق المظاهرات فى أواخر خمسينيات القرن العشرين وبداية الستينيات من ذلك القرن، بحيث تحولت من غازات تقليدية، إلى مادة صلبة فى درجة حرارة متوسطة، تبلغ قواتها نحو 10 أضعاف غاز ( سى إس) المهيج والذى استعملته أيضا وزارة الداخلية فى يومى الأحد ليلا، والذى يتسبب فى تهيج شديد للجلد، وخاصة حول المناطق الرطبة من الجسم، وتشنج فى الجفون.

كما يتسبب فى حدوث عمى مؤقت، وسعال وصعوبة فى التنفس وهلع ودرجات عالية من الرعب وانفلات فى الأعصاب، ويمكن أن ينتج عنه شلل فورى، كذلك ويشتبه فى أن يتحول إلى مادة سامة فى حالة ابتلاعه أو دخوله فى مناطق الحلق والتعرض له على حد سواء، بدرجة أعلى من غاز (سى إس) وقد يتسبب فى الوفاة فى حالة التعرض لابتلاع لكميات كبيرة منه، وهو ما يمكن أن يحدث خاصةً فى الأماكن سيئة التهوية أو الأماكن المزدحمة، حيث يمكن أن يستنشق الشخص جرعة مميتة منه خلال دقائق معدودة بأسفكسيا فشل الرئة التى تنتج عن ابتلاع كميات كبيرة من الغازات، فى الوقت الذى يستمر تأثيره لفترات طويلة تصل إلى 27 ساعة متتالية.

وأوضح بيان المركز أنه تم إيقاف استخدام الغاز فى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية فى عام 1965، بسبب الشك فى أنه أحد أسباب سرطان القولون، وتم حظره نهائياً مع تصنيفه كسلاح (قتالى) فتاك وشديد الخطورة، فى حين استخدمته القوات الصينية خلال الحرب الأهلية بكميات واسعة أدت لموت الآلاف، حتى أصبح محظوراً بموجب اتفاقية حظر الأسلحة الكيماوية لعام 1997 (وقعت معظم الدول على هذه المعاهدة سنة 1993، وفى الفترة بين 1994 و1997 كانت جميع دول العالم قد وقعت عليها باستثناء خمس دول).

أما الغاز الآخر الذى استخدمته وزارة الداخلية (سى إس) فهو أحد مكونات مادة (كلوروبنز المالونونيتريل) شديدة الخطورة، رغم أن يوضع بصورة مخففة ولا يعد غازاً قاتلاً، تم اكتشافه أوائل ثلاثينيات القرن الماضى بالولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وظل لسنوات عديدة يتم استخدامه على الحيوانات، حيث أثبتت التجارب أنه يصيب بالإجهاض البطء علاوة على تأثيرات أخرى أهمها سرعة الاختناق وصعوبة التنفس وزيادة كميات الدموع.

وتم استخدام هذا النوع من الغاز من قبل القوات الإسرائيلية لتفريق مظاهرات الفلسطينيين، إلا أن الشرطة المصرية استخدمت هذا الغاز المسيل للدموع بكثافة فى عدة مواجهات بينها وبين محتجين، خاصة أثناء ثوره 25 يناير وواجهت الشرطة وقتها اتهامات بأنها استخدمت غاز منتهى الصلاحية فى 1986، وهو ما ظهر من خلال لجنة تقصى الحقائق وتقارير الطب الشرعى.

فى الوقت نفسه، وجدت عبوات لغاز (V X)، شديد الخطورة بسبب امتصاصه عن طريق الجلد، ليستمر تأثيره لـ 60 يوماً، وتصنفه الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية على أنه من أهم أخطر 5 غازات عالمياً، كما توجد قيود عديدة للتعامل به ولكن تلجأ بعض الحكومات الغربية لبيعه عن طريق وسطاء حتى تتهرب من المساءلة الجنائية، وما يتضح هنا هو أن الحكومة استوردت هذا النوع من الغاز منتهكة المواثيق الدولية والإعلان الدستورى، وقرار وزاره الداخلية المصرية 139 لسنة 1955 الخاص بالأحكام العامة بالمظاهرات وإجراء فض التجمهر وحق التظاهر، بالإضافة إلى انتهاكها الحقوق الأساسية للتظاهر المقدم من خلال الأمم المتحدة فى هافانا 1990 وضرب المتظاهرين بمواد كيمائيه محرمة.

Egyptian Center of the right medicine: Police beat demonstrators types of gas internationally banned ..Like (VX) ranked 5 most dangerous gases in the world .. And (CS) causes respiratory failure and colon cancer

Translated Via Google translate

Announced the Egyptian Center of the right medicine, “Ibn Sina“, that he would submit a complaint to the Attorney General, asking him to investigate how to import gas internationally prohibited by the Ministry of the Interior, and the committee which oversaw the import of this gas that was used against the demonstrators in Tahrir Square since last Saturday , for the trial.

He also announced the center that received a number of gas cylinders empty street Mohamed Mahmoud, to be presented to a number of specialists, to make sure all the data engraved on the bombs, components and date of production, as well as access to the infected cases through on Sunday and Monday, which proved the use of the Ministry of the Interior of tear gas by the chemical components of toxic gases and internationally prohibited, causing the use of cancerous diseases, especially cancer of the colon, as well as increase the likelihood of cases (paralysis or abortion) after inhalation of gas burned a few hours up to 72 hours.

The Center said that the most important weapons used are (CR gas), which enters in the composition of the chemical (Article Abannzoxaziban, dibenzoxazepine), a substance tear gas and causing paralysis of the temporary seep very slowly to increase the suffering of those exposed, and developed by the Ministry of Defence for use in dispersing demonstrations in the late fifties of the twentieth century and the beginning of the sixties of that century, so that was transformed from gas-traditional, to the solid material in the temperature of the medium, of its about 10 times the gas (CS) irritant, which she uses, also the Ministry of Interior on Sunday night, which cause irritation great for the skin, especially on moist areas of the body, and spasm of the eyelids.

Also cause a temporarily blinded, and a cough and difficulty in breathing, panic and high degrees of horror and loss of nerve and can result in paralysis immediate, as well as suspected that turns into a toxic substance in the case of ingestion or into the regions of the throat and exposure on both the degree higher than the gas (CS) and may cause death in case of exposure to the ingestion of large quantities of it, which can occur, especially in places poorly ventilated or crowded places, where can a person inhales a lethal dose of it within a few minutes Bosvksya lung failure that result from ingestion of large quantities of gases, while the effect lasts for long periods of up to 27 consecutive hours.

The statement of the center was shut down the use of gas in the United States of America in 1965, because of the suspicion that one of the causes of colon cancer, was blocked completely with its classification as a weapon (-combat), a deadly and very dangerous, while used by Chinese troops during the civil war in quantities large led to the death of thousands, until it became prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Act 1997 (and most countries signed this treaty in 1993, and in the period between 1994 and 1997, all countries of the world had signed it with the exception of five countries).

The gas, the other used by the Ministry of the Interior (CS) is a component material (Klorubens Almalononytre) very dangerous, although placed in diluted and is not a gas killer, was discovered early thirties of the last century in the United States has been for many years been used on animals, where Experience has shown that it affects abortion slow other effects in addition to the speed of the most important of choking and difficulty breathing and increase the amount of tears.

Been using this type of gas by the Israeli forces to disperse the demonstrations Palestinians, Egyptian police used the tear gas density in several confrontations with the protesters, especially during the revolution of January 25 and faced the police and then charges that it used the gas expired in 1986, which demonstrated by the fact-finding committee and forensic reports.

At the same time, I found the explosive gas (VX), a very dangerous due to absorption through the skin, to continue its effect for 60 days, and classifies the United States of America as one of the most dangerous 5 gases globally, and there are many restrictions to handle it, but used by some Western governments to sell through intermediaries even escape criminal accountability, what is clear here is that the government has imported this type of gas in violation of international conventions and the constitutional declaration, and the decision of the Egyptian Interior Ministry 139 of 1955, the private provisions of public demonstrations and a resolution of assembly and the right to demonstrate, in addition to violating the fundamental rights of protest submitted through the United Nations in Havana 1990 and hit the demonstrators with materials chemically prohibited.

Egypt: Military apologises for protest deaths

Ramy Yaacoub, Free Egyptian Party: “We are deeply concerned about the security situation

Egypt‘s ruling military has apologised for the deaths of protesters in clashes with police, as unrest in Cairo and other cities enters its sixth day.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it regretted “the deaths of martyrs from among Egypt’s loyal sons”.

The unrest, which began on Friday, come days before the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. At least 35 people have been killed.

Protesters have rejected a pledge to speed up transition to civilian rule.

They have vowed to continue their protest until the country’s military rulers stand down.

The military council issued its apology in a statement, in which it vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the death of protesters.

Senior generals also appeared on state TV on Wednesday to offer condolences to the Egyptian people.

They urged Egyptians not to compare them to the former regime of Mr Mubarak, insisting they were not seeking to cling to power.

The council is due to announce shortly how it plans to go ahead with parliamentary elections, which are due to begin on Monday.

Defiant protesters

On Wednesday street battles continued late into the night, and were heaviest around the fortified interior ministry off Tahrir Square in Cairo.

The clashes were followed by a lull. But the protesters vowed to continue occupying the square until their demands are met.

“He goes, we won’t,” one banner read in a reference to the head of the military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

In Alexandria protests have been smaller than in Cairo, but one protester said clashes were continuing early on Thursday outside the security headquarters.

The clashes are the longest outbreak of violence since the 18-day uprising that toppled Mr Mubarak in February.

The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen in Cairo says the violence threatens to overshadow next week’s parliamentary elections.

He says public opinion on the protests is divided. Some Egyptians want elections to go ahead unhindered while others believe the military must be swept from power first.

The main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, is not supporting the protests and expects to do well in the elections.

Rising casualties

On Wednesday the UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the “clearly excessive use of force” by Egypt’s security forces during the clashes.

She called for an independent inquiry into deaths.

Groups of stone-throwing demonstrators have battled riot police in the streets between Tahrir Square and the interior ministry since the weekend.

Protesters have spoken of gunshots and injuries or deaths from live bullets but Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy said security forces were only firing tear gas.

The protests have continued despite an attempt by Field Marshal Tantawi to defuse the situation by promising presidential elections by the end of June, six months sooner than planned.

He also accepted the resignation of military-appointed civilian cabinet. But in his address on Tuesday, Field Marshal Tantawi offered no apologies for the violence.