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UN Monitors Suspend Syria Operations Due To Escalating Violence

Syria -- The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, talks to local state-run television stations during a visit to the coastal city of Latakia in early May.
Syria -- The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, talks to local state-run television stations during a visit to the coastal city of Latakia in early May.

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The chief of UN observers in Syria says the mission is suspending its activities and patrols because of escalating violence in the country.

Major General Robert Mood said in a statement on June 16 that the bloodshed was posing significant risks to the observers and impeding their ability to carry out their mandate.

He said the observers would not be conducting patrols and would stay in their locations in the country "until further notice."

The suspension comes as both the regime and the opposition have ignored a cease-fire plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan and that was supposed to go into effect on April 12.

Meanwhile, Syrian activists said government forces shelled neighborhoods on the outskirts of Damascus.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said activists in the suburb of Douma confirmed shelling of that neighborhood and the Arbeen and Tall suburbs.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported military action against "terrorists" in Douma.

Syrian authorities regularly refer to the armed opposition as "terrorists."

In the besieged central city of Homs, the Observatory said more than 1,000 families, including women and children, trapped in some districts without access to adequate food or medical care.

The Vatican news agency also reported on June 16 there were some 800 Muslims and Christians trapped in districts around Homs who sent out an appeal that simply said, "Let us leave in the name of God."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP
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by: Jack from: US
June 17, 2012 12:29
US is in its usual business of supporting Muslim terrorism. 12-15 years ago US and its NATO minions were bombing and killing Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo, to install terrorists from Kosovo Liberation Army as "democratic government". Now US is arming and training Wahhabi Sunni terrorists in Syria to kill Syrian people who oppose US and Saudi agenda. US is the major sponsor of terrorism
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by: Abdulmajid
June 17, 2012 14:51
Ah yes, the poor Serbs... always being done wrong by tehse dastradly Mooslims and tehir stupid imperialist allies. Never mind they committed genocide and Assad too is committing genocide. You have excelled here often with inhuman callous anti-Musimj comments and a total disregard for the victims of the Serb anti-Bosniaki genocidal crusade or of Kaddafi's and Assad's inhuman regimes' victims. Instead you piously cry crocodile's tears over the poor angelical Serbs and the tyrants in Muslim lands. Maybe you cried over the deaths of Saddam Hussein and his totally depraved sons as well. May your immense hate for Muslims fall back on your own head.
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by: William from: Aragon
June 18, 2012 00:01
I am not convinced that Jack is anti-Moslem. His position is that the US government is promoting and indirectly financing Salafi-inspired terrorism, therefore his position is anti-US government and not anti-Muslim. However, Jack has yet to offer evidence to support his contention - it is one thing to say something, it is quite another to prove it.
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by: Jack from: US
June 18, 2012 14:55
US government directly supported Kosovo Liberation Army, a terrorist Wahhabi Sunni group by US government own designation. If that is not the evidence, then what would count as an evidence for you, William?
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by: William from: Aragon
June 19, 2012 00:11
Jack, it is a fact that the US government supported the KLA, and the mujahadeen in Afghanistan. However, it did not support Sunni Iraq when it replaced the Hussein government with a Shite majority (and therefore put Iraq into the back pocket of Iran - silly move that it now regrets) and it does not support the current Sunni insurgency in Afghanistan.

So, although there is evidence of the US government supporting some Sunni terrorists, it is not shown that they support all Sunni terrorists. I understand that your over-arching position is that the US government does this to sow fear among the US population in order to gain more control.

My position is that they have ALREADY done this through the provisions of the Patriot Act but the US public has not woken up to it just yet.
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by: Jack from: US
June 19, 2012 14:57
you are making progress, William. A bit more facts for you to chew on will get you further along the path of enlightment.
1. US government considers Saudi Arabia its major strategic ally, at the same time as Saudis finance Wahhabi Sunni terror groups everywhere, from Nigeria to Mali, to Kosovo to Afghanistan to Thailand to Phillipines. You think US government is not aware and it is not colluding with that?
2. US government knowlingly brought in Saudi nationals and trained them in flight schools so they can flight planes into WTC.
3. US government provides weapons, telecommunication equipment, and training to Wahhabi Sunni terrorists in Syria who killed hundreds of Christians, Shia Muslims, Alawites and anyone else who is not supportive of their "freedom fight".
4. US government and its NATO minions provide asylum to Chechen Sunni terrorists who are wanted on murder charges in Russia. For example, Zakaev is wanted for killing a Christian priest in Chechnya. Zakaev receives full protection from CIA and British MI5.
5. US government, its NATO minions, and its proxy Israel, are villifying Iran, imposing all kind of sanctions, and making an enemy out of that country, to please "strategic ally" Saudi Arabia which considers Iran its main enemy, while at the same time ignoring nuclear-armed Pakistan which is a Sunni tyranny, harboring all sorts of Sunni terrorist groups. But that is not a problem for US government, because US government wants terrorism, US government is the major sponsor of terrorism.
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by: William from: Aragon
June 20, 2012 01:54
Thanks Jack for your further elaboration. You have managed to compile quite a listing to support your position since our last correspondence together on this topic, and it is a credit to you. I cannot say that I completely agree with you but I can say that your position is now less assailable to the outside reader.

You may be aware of the latest report from the Washington Post regarding cyber-terrorism - the US and Israel had developed the Flame virus together:


Abdulmajid: Our apologies for using your original post for my conversation with Jack. As you can appreciate, the issue is much bigger than the one you originally raised.
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by: Jack from: US
June 20, 2012 18:12
Thomas Jefferson said this country has to have a revolution every 30 years. Otherwise the corrupt and oppressive government will usurp all power. Thomas Jefferson did not believe much in "checks and balances" hype. And he was right. US government is able to pull off any crime it wants, including murdering its own citizens (like e.g. burning alive Christian women and children at Waco, TX), sponsoring terrorism worldwide, and robbing American population of their money. US government killed more of its citizens than Soviet Union did since WWII. US government routinely calls for overthrow of foreign governments it does not like. While at the same time, US government outlawed calls for overthrow of US government. There are more taboo topics today in US media, than there were in Soviet Union during Brezhnev's times.

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