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Entries from September 2007

Israel confirms invasion of Syria – and confirms ground forces were used

September 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The astonishing revelations come from CNN’s Christine Amanpour. First, Israel has confirmed the operation did take place, and left a “big hole in the desert”. And second, Israeli ground forces were used inside Syria – possibly to direct the air strike. (Thanks Norman)

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Turkey confirms Israel’s invasion of Syria did happen, and complains

September 9th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria said it happened, Israel denied it. Then an Israeli minister hinted it might have happened. Now Turkey has confirmed it. Turkey has “requested information” from Israel about Israeli fuel tanks dropped inside Turkey, near the Turkey-Syria border. We know that the air invasion happened at Tell Al-Abyad, right on the Turkish border. We also […]

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Syrians could face jail for visiting Syria

September 9th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A group of 330 Syrians living under occupation are to be charged by police for traveling to Syria. They live in the Syrian Golan Heights, which is occupied by Israel. The group was allowed to cross the border into Syria. But now Israel says they didn’t have the proper permits – even though Israel allowed […]

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"As if they were Israeli"

September 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A Lebanese view on Palestinians: Abou Mohammed, a resident of Akkar: “We cannot ever trust them again. The Palestinians say that they do not support Fatah al-Islam, but we know there were only 100 members of the group. The army has found more than 300 bodies and captured 200 more fighters. This tells us they […]

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Israel (almost) admits the air invasion did take place

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Via Aussie Dave: “Israel’s Science, Sport and Culture Minister, Ghaleb Majadele, has pretty much admitted we [Israel] flew into Syrian airspace, saying we regularly do so, and that he doesn’t believe this latest incident will spark a war.”

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What happened?

September 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Conflict Blotter: “It seems that the Syrians decision to dub it an “ammo drop” rather than an air strike is an indication that the Syrians are intent on deescalating and downplaying whatever actually happened last night. The Israelis, by refusing to confirm or comment on the incident, are playing along, and thus also helping to […]

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Israel responds – unofficially

September 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

So here’s what we know: Israeli planes flew from the Mediterranean, and managed to get halfway across the country before being fired on at Tell Al-Abyad, north of Raqaa, near the Turkish border. Syrian air defences fired, the Israeli jets dumped ammunition (note the Syrian announcement said ‘dropped’ ammunition, rather than ‘bombed’) and made their […]

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SNAP SNAP SNAP: Syrian air defences fire on invading Israeli planes

September 6th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Israeli planes have invaded Syria from the northwest Mediterranean coast, and Syria has fired air defence missiles forcing the jets to leave. No casualties. Israel dropped bombs. The most interesting point is that this story has come from SYRIA and not from Israel. Israel seems to be very very slow off the mark on this […]

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Lebanon has been victorious over…hold on, hold on, I made a mistake…

September 4th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

It took one day. ONE DAY for Fouad Siniora to be humiliated. Like Bush standing on the warship four years before him, he declared victory, mission accomplished. And like Bush, he was proven wrong very very quickly. The victory, Siniora said, is “an hour of pride, victory and joy”. He was right about it being […]

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Orientalism never died

September 3rd, 2007 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

When westerners come to Syria and ‘discover’ things about the country that have existed for years. When we are told how we are ‘changing’ and becoming like them. When they talk nostalgically about a past which they have never seen, but which they want to keep us in for their voyeuristic purposes. Save your White […]

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