Turkey: We Want Missiles on Syria's Border
And Western officials engage in flurry of diplomatic moves
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2012 7:40 AM CST
King Abdullah II of Jordan ,left, shake hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012.    (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

(Newser) – With President Obama's victory in the bag, the world is moving to resolve Syria's increasingly bitter civil war, the AP reports. Among the flurry of moves:

  • Turkey is having an ongoing discussion with its allies—the US included—about creating a safe zone inside Syria with Patriot missiles. In fact, Turkey plans to ask NATO for the right to place the missiles on Syria's border, Reuters reports.

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, touring a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, said officials will work directly with rebels to help "shape the opposition"—politically, not militarily—for a future transition of power.
  • Turkey, the US, Britain, and France are already set to sit down with Syria's opposition groups tomorrow in Doha, Qatar—no word yet, however, on whether that meeting will include rebel fighters.
  • Cameron said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's safe exit "could be arranged" with immunity as part of a transition of power, Reuters reports. Cameron "would favor him facing the full force of international law," but "if he wants to leave he could leave, that could be arranged."
  • Meanwhile, fighting escalated in Damascus today, with the Free Syrian Army taking responsibility for mortar attacks that rocked government strongholds, reports the New York Times. Rebels also reported regime airstrikes and shelling in the suburbs and clashes with government forces.
  • In a sign of increasing boldness, rebels shot mortars directly at Assad's palace in Damascus, but missed, Reuters reports.

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Nov 7, 2012 5:26 PM CST
Now they want Missiles? Go buy them from the N. Koreans. Leave us out of it. Let them kill themselves. It's not worth the lives of our Military.
Nov 7, 2012 2:53 PM CST
Armed Forces Continue Targeting Terrorists, Destroying Their Cars and Centers An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a bakery in Idleb on Wednesday causing the death of a citizen and serious injury to a child. SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the explosion took place in a residential area and caused heavy material damage. The source also said that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group late Tuesday in Mohammbal and Freikeh areas in Jisr al-Shughour, killing scores of the terrorists, among them was terrorist Hussein Sattouf. Another armed terrorist group detonated an IED on Idelb - al-Mastouma road, said the source, adding that authorities clashed with the terrorists and killed a number of them and arrested others. Two law-enforcement personnel were martyred in the explosion. Terrorists Killed in Deir Ezzor A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Mayadeen area in Deir Ezzor countryside. An official source told SANA that scores of terrorists were killed and others were injured in the operation. Terrorists Abdul-Majeed al-Aqeela and Jouma Hamdan al-Saleh of the so-called "al-Qaqa' Battalion" were identified among the dead. Terrorists Mortar Citizens' Houses in Aleppo Terrorists mortared on Wednesday citizens' houses in Baghdad Sation area in Aleppo city. A source in the province told SANA reporter in Aleppo that a mortar round hit a civilian house, but no causalities were reported. Meanwhile, the source added that units of the Armed Forces clashed with terrorists near Barakeh bakery and Seriban swimming pool in Bustan al-Basha area in Aleppo and eliminated a number of them. The Armed Forces Destroyed Cars, Mortars and Centers for Terrorists in Aleppo Units of the Armed Forces on Tuesday continued cleaning areas in Aleppo and its countryside from the armed terrorist groups. The Armed Forced carried out a series of qualitative operations in al-Bab area in Aleppo countryside in which they destroyed an ammunition warehouse for terrorists and a factory for manufacturing hand-made missiles. The armed forces also destroyed a number of cars which the terrorists were using to attack the citizens and sabotage the public and private properties and killed a number of terrorists. An official source in the province told SANA reporter that a unit of the Armed Forces destroyed two mortars near Efrin garage in Aleppo countryside, while another unit of the armed forces destroyed two terrorists' headquarters in Urum al-Kubra area. The source pointed out that an army unit targeted a terrorists' hideout near al-Kallas factory in al-Leiramoun in Aleppo city, killing a number of terrorists. Another army unit also destroyed a vehicle equipped with a DShK-machinegun in al-Halk area, while another one killed a number of terrorists in Bustan al-Basha in Aleppo city. The source added that a unit of the Armed Forces arrested the members of an armed terrorist group who impersonated army personnel and committed acts of looting in al-Shahbaa area stealing large amounts of money from the citizens' houses.
Nov 7, 2012 2:52 PM CST
Foreign Ministry: Terrorist Acts Supported by Some UNSC Members Uncover Truth of What is Happening in Syria and Those Responsible for Terrorism In identical letters directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council, Chairman of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday said that since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, a number of permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council have been giving misleading images of the forces that helped put Syria on the path of violence, killing and destruction with the goal of promoting their own policies and destroy Syria as a country and as a people. In the letters which focused on the recent terrorist bombings in Syria and the support of some western and regional countries to terrorists, the Ministry said that within the past few days, blind terrorism, Al Qaeda and other criminal militants struck in many areas in Syria, martyring and wounding hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children. The Ministry said that the terrorist acts committed by armed terrorist groups which are supported by some permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, in addition to their open collusion, blatant funding and public arming of terrorists including providing them with Stinger missiles uncover the truth of what is happening in Syria and the sides responsible for terrorism. "Countries like France, Turkey and specifically Qatar, in addition to Libya which has become an incubator hatching terrorists, issued stances that adopt the acts of terrorist organization and express commitment to facilitate their movement, which contradicts relevant Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism," the letters said, adding that this is accompanied by mobilizing a misleading media machine to rally the global public opinion against Syria. The Ministry pointed out that one in a series of terrorist bombings which took place in Syria recently was the terrorist bombing which took place in al-Mazzeh 86 area in Damascus on November 5th, 2012, which claimed the lives of tens and injured tens, in addition to blowing up a civilian bus in al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which martyred five citizens including women and children and an attack on the same camp with Mortar rounds which also claimed lives. The letters noted that some media outlets uncovered one of the many war crimes committed by the so-called opposition in the town of Selkin, as a video was published showing terrorists murdering a number of unarmed Syrian Arab Army soldiers and civilians, torturing them then shooting them without mercy. The Ministry said that other Syrian cities witnessed dozens of incidents which were reported to the Security Council officially, but it didn't receive an objective response from the Council, adding that terrorist gangs are now besieging citizens and starving them, driving them to the edge of disaster and depriving them from the humanitarian aid which the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been attempting to deliver to the towns of Harem and Selkin for over two months, adding that this didn't cause any reaction from those who call themselves custodians of human rights and defenders of international law and humanitarian law. The letters said that according to international law, countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Turkey, Britain, France and the United States who provide terrorist groups with funds and weapons are accessories in the crimes committed in Syria, and that countries that claim falsely to combat terrorism continue to protect these crimes and cancel the Security Council's role in taking the simplest procedures to condemn them, noting that this was done by the United States, Germany and Britain recently. The Ministry reiterated Syria's demands that the Security Council play its role in condemning international terrorism and forcing certain countries to cease their arming, funding and harboring of terrorist groups, warning against the repercussions of continuing along this path as it violates Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism, international humanitarian laws, human rights laws, and threatens security and peace in the region and the world. The letters concluded by saying that instead of supporting and protecting terrorism, these countries should encourage Syrian opposition sides to engage in national dialogue to resolve the crisis through negotiations among Syrians and led by Syria.