The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush has moved to the Syrian coast amidst reports that a no fly zone is about to be imposed over the country as the U.S. Embassy in Damascus orders its citizens to leave “immediately,” while France has proposed a formal NATO military intervention. (Zero Hedge)
The President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev states that the decision to go to war with Georgia in 2008 prevented the eastward enlargement of NATO. (Reuters)
League deadline for Syria nears, 13 killed
The United States announces that it will stop observing the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. The decision comes four years after Russia withdrew compliance from the treaty. (Spacewar)
European sources quoted in Kuwait’s al Rai daily suggest that Arab states are set to impose a no fly zone over the country with the aid of Turkish jet fighters and U.S. logistical support. (Albawaba)
Pakistan Blocks Nato Supplies To Afghanistan http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16118154
Nato: 'Highly likely' we caused Pakistan troop deaths http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-asia-15904197
Syria: 47 soldiers killed over weekend http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4153363,00.html
UK halts Russian military agreement http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iuGBwQHIn8bhkByzN4tMcnWM3Ehw?docId=N0076541322220365070A
Syria buries security forces as sanctions loom http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g0OX-3ay1y53n3f7NDmGcdylapxQ?docId=4059e4eea66b410999966bbd961edad5
Pakistan: US Must Vacate Suspected Drone Base http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/26/pakistan-drone-base_n_1114177.html
Arab League draws up sanctions on Syria, as fresh violence kills scores
"China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third World War" Major General Zhang Zhaozhong
The Arab League approves sanctions against Syria amid the nation's ongoing violent uprising. The Syrian government calls the League's move "an unprecedented measure". (The Telegraph)
Syria accused of crimes against humanity (Sydney Harold)
Syria says armed groups behind unrest as West urges gov't to halt violence (China News)
Washington says continues talks with Russia on conflict in Syria (Russia News)
Russia draws red line around Syria (Lebanon News)
NATO-Gulf military officers in Turkey prepare for intervention in Syria
A group of military officers from NATO and Persian Gulf nations have quietly established a mixed operational command at Iskenderun in the Turkish Hatay province on the border of North Syria, debkafile's military sources report. Hailing from the United States, France, Canada, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with Turkish officers providing liaison, they do not represent NATO but are self-designated "monitors." Their mission is to set up "humanitarian corridors" inside Syria to serve the victims of Bashar Assad's crackdown. Commanded by ground, naval, air force and engineering officers, the task force aims to move into most of northern Syria.
Laying the groundwork for the legitimacy of the combined NATO-Arab intervention in Syria, the UN Independent International Commission set up to assess the situation in Syria published a horrendous report Monday, Nov. 28 on the Assad regime's brutalities. It documented "gross violations of human rights" and "patterns of summary execution, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture including sexual violence, as well as violations of children's rights."
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem fought back by showing a press conference Monday photos of dismembered bodies of Syrian soldiers as proof of the atrocities he claimed were perpetrated by the anti-Assad opposition. He also complained that "the Arab League and others refuse to believe that there is a foreign conspiracy targeting Syria."
debkafile military sources report exclusively that the Western-Arab intervention in the Syrian crisis is in an advanced state of operational planning. It entails a buffer zone in northern Syria encompassing beleaguered towns, primarily Idlib, Rastan and Homs - but also Aleppo, Syria's largest city (2.5 million mostly Sunni and Kurdish inhabitants).
The protest movement never caught on in Aleppo, home to the moneyed classes who run the country's financial and trading sectors, and it was confined to the highway network feeding the city. Therefore, for the Assad regime, bringing Aleppo into the "humanitarian corridor" system under foreign military control will round of the damage caused by the economic sanctions approved this week by the Arab League. Losing Aleppo will fatally hammer the economy into the ground and rob the Syrian ruler of funding for sustaining his military crackdown to wipe out the unrest in the areas remaining under his control.
Aware of this threat, Foreign Minister al-Moallem accused the Arab League of declaring economic war on Syria.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says Iran will teach Israel a good lesson if the entity tries to attack the Islamic Republic.
Vahidi said on Sunday that Israel will not have a minimal chance of survival after venturing a military attack against Iran, as Iranian armed forces will pound all of Israel with thousands of missiles, Fars News Agency reported.
“The enemy must answer this question, if it attacks Iran, for how long a battle and losing how many of its warships and vessels has it prepared itself?”
“Why is the Zionist regime making threats (against Iran)? How many missiles have they prepared themselves for? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000? 100,000? 150,000 or more?" the Iranian defense minister asked.
He advised the US and its allies to realize Iran's incredible might and know that in the event of a war the Islamic Republic will teach the Americans what war really is and what soldiers are supposed to be like.
Vahidi said Iranian armed forces will not hesitate to defend the country's sovereignty, adding that if the Zionist regime decides to carry out its threats against Iran, Basij forces will take out revenge [on the entity] for years of [the entity] bullying oppressed nations.”
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.
Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap International Atomic Energy Agency inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency.
Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israel's new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.
Iran intelligence arrested 12 CIA agents: MP ( Nov 25 )
Wikileaks: Mossad Sells U.S. on Iran Regime Change Plan ( Dec 21 2010 )
Nov 29 2011
US official says Iran should not issue threats ( AP )
Hardline Iranian students have broken into the British Embassy in Tehran - @AP http://twitter.com/AP
More: Iranian protesters inside UK embassy compound seen throwing stones,
according to TV pictures - @Reuters http://twitter.com/Reuters
Iranian students to rally to demand British ambassador's expulsion (CNN International) - 3 hours ago
The Iranian parliament voted Sunday to expel the ambassador and reduce diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom.
ISTANBUL—Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would announce sanctions against Syria after they have been discussed with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is recovering from an operation.
"It will not be very long," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in response to a question. "After consulting with the prime minister, those [sanctions] will be announced."
Mr. Davutoglu also said that creating a military buffer zone inside Syria along the border with Turkey was "not on the agenda." Earlier in the day, he had told Turkey's private Kanal 24 television station that such a buffer zone would be an option should tens of thousands of refugees begin to pour over the border.
Russia calls for end to 'ultimatums' against Syria ( BBC )
"Right now, the most important thing is to stop acting by means of ultimatums and try to move toward political dialogue," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
Lavrov also found fault with Monday's UN report accusing Assad's regime of crimes against humanity and the torture of children, saying both sides in Syria were to blame for the violence.
"Armed people are treating civilians very severely," Lavrov said. "But recently, more and more often, this concerns not so much the actions of the authorities, but of the armed groups that provoke disorder."
Turkey ready for "any scenario" in Syria-minister ( Reuters )
"If the oppression continues, Turkey is ready for any scenario. We hope that a military intervention will never be necessary. The Syrian regime has to find a way of making peace with its own people," Davutoglu said in an interview with television broadcaster Kanal 24.
"If tens, hundreds of thousands of people start advancing towards the Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey borders, not only Turkey but the international community may be required to take some steps such as a buffer zone. We don't want that to happen but we must consider and work on that scenario."
US Vice President Joe Biden visits Greece, Turkey at key moment in region ( Reuters )
China, Burma To Strengthen Military Cooperation ( VOA )
China should now take 'pushy' India seriously: Chinese daily
China Critical of UN Resolution on Syria ( VOA )
China urges Syria to implement Arab League plan ( AFP )
Iraq says Syria to let in Arab League monitors ( Reuters )
Syria Says Sanctions Are ‘Economic War’ as UN Reports Abuses ( BusinessWeek )
Multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing Israeli military trucks in recent days transport and station large missiles at the periphery of Jerusalem and in locations inside the West Bank.
The descriptions of the projectiles are consistent with the Jewish state’s mid-to-long range Jericho ballistic missiles.
The missile movement, if confirmed, would be considered unusual.
One of the eyewitnesses was a member of the Palestinian Authority security services. He claimed to me that a large missile was stationed five days ago near Neve Yaacov, a Jewish neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem. That neighborhood is adjacent to several Palestinian-inhabited towns.
Four other eyewitnesses, Israeli and Palestinian, reported seeing similar sights during the past week – large missiles being transported by the Israeli military at the periphery of Jerusalem and in the West Bank.
Reached for comment, the spokesperson’s unit of the Israel Defense Forces could not confirm the information, referring me instead to Israel’s national police.
Mickey Rosenfeld, the national police spokesperson here, told me today he has no information on any such movements.
Apparently, I’m not the only reporter to receive such reports.
Rosenfeld said another foreign correspondent contacted him earlier today for comment on the same matter.