Syria’s I.M. Zoubi assails foreign support for the Opposition

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Senior Syrian official lashed out on Sunday at foreign governments that have recognized the opposition, while armed skirmishes around the country included a fresh salvo across the border with Israel.

The information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, accused France, Turkey and Qatar of supporting “terrorism” in Syria by extending diplomatic recognition to the new National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, including the acceptance of an official envoy in Paris, according to a summary of his remarks carried by SANA, the official news agency.

The new coalition does not represent anybody, Mr. Zoubi said, calling it a creation of the foreign states and thus ineligible to participate in any national dialogue.

In Tehran, Iran held a meeting on Sunday of some 200 members of the officially sanctioned opposition, but no members of the new coalition were invited. It was unclear who those attending actually represented.

Iran has backed the government of Syria, its most important Arab ally, throughout the confict, reportedly providing arms and training for government forces.

On the sidelines of the conference, Ali Haidar, Iran’s minister of national reconciliation, told Agence France-Presse that France was acting as if it wanted to re-establish its colonial occupation of Syria.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad has said from the start of the crisis in March 2011 that it would engage with its opposition, but it has sought to handpick the participants in any negotiations. As the death toll has grown to 40,000, much of the opposition in exile and in Syria has come to reject negotiations with Mr. Assad.

Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, also addressed the gathering, warning that outside interference could incite violence throughout the region. Arming the opposition would only aggravate the crisis, SANA quoted him as saying.

France broached the idea last week of lifting the arms embargo on Syria, saying it was studying the idea of helping the rebels. In general, Western nations have avoided providing weapons.

There were reports on Sunday of a minor exchange of fire across the border with Israel in the Golan Heights, the third such incident reported this month, and of an artillery shell landing in Jordan.

Small-arms fire from Syria hit a military vehicle on the Israeli side on Saturday without causing any casualties, and Israel responded with artillery, according to news agency reports that quoted the Israeli Army.

There may have been Syrian Army casualties, said Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the chief Israeli Army spokesman, but he said that could not be confirmed. There was no immediate comment from Syria, which demands the return of the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967, but has long kept the border quiet.

The Local Coordinating Committees, a network of opposition activists who monitor the conflict in Syria, reported that stray shelling in the southern province of Dara’a had landed in Jordan.

Both Syria’s official media and the opposition also reported fierce skirmishes in Damascus, Aleppo, Deir al-Zour and other cities.

The Free Syrian Army captured more than 10 tanks after taking a regimental headquarters in Aleppo Province that it had besieged for weeks, according to the Local Coordinating Committees.

Fighting also continued around Bukamal, SANA reported, with government troops inflicting “painful blows” by killing and wounding “dozens” of opposition fighters in the town, which is near Deir al-Zour.

NY Times

  • Patience2

    Tough sxxt, Mr. Zoubi.

  • Patience2

    Tough sxxt, Mr. Zoubi.

  • Btru2u

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  • Btru2u

    I.M. Zoubi your cry is like a goats cry.

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  • JS_Bach

    This excrement should really just STFU—for his own shame ya3neh. France sponsoring terrorism? Really? : – ) Dude France pretty much destroyed their relationship with the US for years precisely because they were against violence of any sort in Iraq, and now you accuse them of terrorism?! : – ) You guys would make super stand-up comedians you know? Might wanna think about that as an alternate career path since you’re gonna be looking for jobs soon. It’s not a great economy you see, you gotta diversify your options.

    But seriously now, let me get this straight. So according to the regime, in their own logic, there basically exists a mystery, ghostly, shady force permeating all over Syria. And that force is both fighting government troops AND massacring countless anti-regime civilians at the same time. That is what the regime keeps saying, not me. Now that’s one hell of a force won’t you think?

    It then logically follows that such a force is either:
    a) the rebels themselves, or,
    b) some 3rd party which is neither the government nor the rebels.

    In the former case, (a), the rebels would be fighting government forces AND slaughtering their children’s throats simultaneously, so as it appears as if the innocent, innocuous government barbie doves did it. Im-possible. In the entire history of the frickin’ Earth that hasn’t happened, and it’s not about to happen in Syria, buddy. Absolutely not sustainable and better suited in some fantasy fiction—which, heck, even as a fantasy fiction would go down the shitters as the record worst sold story of all time.

    The latter case, (b), is even more embarrassing. So there is a 3rd force that is neither the government nor the rebels which is slaughtering both at the same time?! Really? LOL!! : – ) Sounds like Paranormal Activity 5 or something. Lak WTF are these creatures smoking because I can be an overnight zillionnaire if I could get my hands on some of it.

    Besides, what the hell is it with Arabs and that always-ready-to-go index?! : – )

  • JS_Bach

    This excrement should really just STFU—for his own shame ya3neh. France sponsoring terrorism? Really? : – ) Dude France pretty much destroyed their relationship with the US for years precisely because they were against violence of any sort in Iraq, and now you accuse them of terrorism?! : – ) You guys would make super stand-up comedians you know? Might wanna think of that as an alternate career path since you’re gonna be looking for jobs soon. It’s not a great economy you see, you gotta diversify your options.

    But seriously now, let me get this straight. So according to the regime, in their own logic, there basically exists a mystery, ghostly, shady force permeating all over Syria. And that force is both fighting government troops AND massacring countless anti-regime civilians at the same time. That is what the regime keeps saying, not me. Now that’s one hell of a force won’t you think?

    It then logically follows that such a force is either a) the rebels themselves or b) some 3rd party which is neither the government nor the rebels. In the former case, (a), the rebels would be fighting government forces AND slaughtering their children’s throats simultaneously, so as it appears as if the innocent, innocuous government barbie doves did it. Im-possible. In the entire history of the frickin’ Earth that hasn’t happened, and it’s not about to happen in Syria, buddy. Absolutely not sustainable and better suited in some fantasy fiction—which, heck, even as a fantasy fiction would go down the shitters as the record worst sold story of all time.

    The latter case, (b), is even more embarrassing. So there is a 3rd force that is neither the government nor the rebels which is slaughtering both at the same time?! Really? LOL!! : – ) Lak WTF are these Orks smoking because I can be an overnight zillionnaire if I could get my hands on some of this crack.

    Besides, what the hell is it with Arabs and that always ready to go index?! : – )