Thursday, 6 June 2013


Comment from a friend on this bbc video piece:

That little BBC piece was just crammed with lies..! "No negotiations yet"? That's not the fault of Damascus, they have stated repeatedly that they'd be willing to sit down and talk, it's the contras that are holding things up! And that talking suit from from Washington-- Syria can't go it alone and needs help from outside forces..??!? You'd think he was talking about the terrorists! They can't even wipe their own asses without Washington, Ankara, or Riyadh! And for the 23,678th time-- it's NOT a civil war!! See, this is why I can't watch BBC/CNN/Al-Jazero/FOX etc.! I'm glad the Syrian Arab Army and Hizballah are advancing against the terrorists though.


Israeli concerns have been raised over yet another potential spillover from the Syria conflict.

A UN controlled border crossing in the Golan heights is at the centre of clashes between rebels fighting the Assad regime and Syrian forces.

The crossing near the city of Quneitra is in a demilitarised zone patrolled by UN peacekeepers.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the fighting had not yet crossed into Israeli territory but that locals had been evacuated from the town.


Israeli fears

Syria's deployment of tanks in the demilitarised zone violates ceasefire agreements in place since the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, but sources have told the BBC that Israel will not react.

Israel captured part of the plateau in 1967 and later annexed it in a move that has never been internationally recognised.

Israeli officials have voiced fears the civil war in Syria could spill over their borders. They are worried the Golan Heights could be used to launch attacks against Israel - either by Islamist extremists fighting for the rebels, or by Hezbollah militants fighting on the government side.

Hezbollah - or the Party of God - is a political and military organisation in Lebanon made up mainly of Shia Muslims.

It emerged with financial backing from Iran in the early 1980s when it fought Israeli forces in southern Lebanon and has always been a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Its involvement in Syria has heightened sectarian tensions across the region, and the US has called for it to withdraw.

Late on Wednesday several rockets landed in the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek inside Lebanon - after rebel threats to strike at Hezbollah on its home turf.

Ghost town

Qusair lies only 10km (6 miles) from the Lebanese border and is close to important supply routes for both the government and rebels.

A BBC team who were the first Western journalists to reach it after the fighting found it in ruins and deserted but for Syrian and Hezbollah troops.

One of the Hezbollah fighters told The Times newspaper it had dispatched some 1,200 special forces fighters to spearhead the assault on Qusair.

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