1. Kurdish neighborhood shelled by Syrian army
    http://en.firatnews.com/news/news/kurdish-neighborhood-shelled-by-syrian-army.htm 6/14/2013
    The mainly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo was shelled by the Syrian army late Thursday.

    According to the reports by local sources, soldiers of the Syrian army attempted to enter the neighborhood after the shelling. Syrian soldiers had to pull back from the region in the face of strong resistance by YPG (People’s Defense Units) and Cebhet Elektrad [Jabhat Al-Akrad] fighters.

    Attacks targeting the Kurdish region are reported to be continuing in some places.

  2. Scott,
    Thank you for so expertly (and professionally) filleting Fisk’s huge red herring. All his reporting/analysis on Syria has been way below par in my opinion.

    Any “world exclusive” that begins with “The (name of newspaper or news agency) has learned …” and doesn’t even quote one anonymous government official is simply a waste of time to scan through, let alone read.

    • Fisk’s theory that Russia is involved in Syria to stop the spread of Islamism to Russia is short of comic.

      Then when people like Geller/Spencer claim Islamism will take over Europe, he calls them clowns.

      A parody of journalism.

  3. Comprehensive Report Regarding the use of Chemical Weapons by the Syrian Regime
    Report prepared by Syrian Network for Human Rights, 14 May 2013
    Syrian government’s Armed Forces launched 13 attacks and targeted 5 Governorates, using varying poisonous gases in some of these attacks, and chemical weapons in others. That is what we could confirm in these current circumstances through testimonies of residents and physicians in the field hospital. Syrian network for human rights’ team prepared detailed reports about those terrify attacks that led to 57 victims, and 504 injuries.

    The targeted governorates can be summarized as follows : http://impunitywatch.com/comprehensive-report-regarding-the-use-of-chemical-weapons-by-the-syrian-regime/

    Download report as pdf: http://www.syrianhr.org/reports/syrian-network-for-human-rights-report-19-05-2013.pdf

    • I just received this through a professional network:

      القيادة المشتركة للجيش السوري الحر

      Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army

      إدارة الإعلام المركزي
      Central Information Department

      عاجل ـ استخدام الأسلحة الكيماوية في سورية
      إن القيادة المشتركة للجيش السوري الحر تصادق على صحة البيانات والمعلومات ودقتها المهنية الواردة في تقرير الرابطة السورية لحقوق الإنسان المرفق وننشرها للرأي العام العربي والدولي للإطلاع على تجاوز النظام السوري لكل الخطوط الحمراء واستهتاره بالقانون الدولي وحياة المدنيين والأمن والاستقرار الوطني والإقليمي

      The joint command of the Free Syrian Army ratify the validity of the data, information,and accuracy of professional contained in the report of the Syrian human rights league and we publish an opinion Arab and international public to view exceeded the Syrian regime for all the red lines and his disdain for international law and the lives of civilians and the security and stability of national and regional levels

      Fahad ALMASRI – Spokesman and head of the Central Information Department
      Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army
      Phone N° 0033667474703

      فهد المصري
      المتحدث الإعلامي ـ مسؤول إدارة الإعلام المركزي في القيادة المشتركة للجيش السوري الحر وقوى الحراك الثوري
      هاتف 0033667474703

  4. Hashem Salman: a moment of clarity
    Tony Badran, NOW
    While some continue to peddle the line that Hezbollah is undergoing a “transformation” from a “resistance” movement to a sectarian militia, Lebanese and Arab writers are beginning to critically reevaluate the narrative that has shaped how the group has been portrayed in the last two decades. Their corrective reading underscores that the group’s current posture in Syria and Lebanon, as well as its previous so-called “resistance” are two sides of the same coin. Both are about projecting Iranian power in the region.

    This is where Hezbollah’s murder of Hashem Salman – and the location of the crime outside the Iranian embassy – becomes a moment of clarity. It brings us back full circle to the group’s inception, clearing the fog of false narratives to reveal the group’s unchanged identity and mission.

    The projection of the Islamic Revolution’s power was and still remains Hezbollah’s mission and identity. Anyone who is not in the “line of Imam Khomeini” (khatt al-Imam) is to be marginalized and, if necessary, killed. https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/hashem-salman-a-moment-of-clarity

  5. Jordan ready to fight against any threat from Syrian conflict: king
    Reuters – Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Sunday the kingdom was ready to fight to protect itself against any threat to its security from the escalating conflict in neighboring Syria.

    “If the world does not help as it should, and if the matter becomes a danger to our country, we are able at any moment to take the measures to protect the country and the interest of our people,” he said.

  6. The Conversation: My Harrowing Escape from Qusayr, Part I
    As part of Syria Deeply’s effort to highlight civilian stories, here is a conversation between SD and Rifaie Tammas, a 24-year-old from Qusayr. The Lebanese militia Hezbollah, working with Syrian government troops, overran the key smuggling route between Lebanon and Homs province last week. Tammas describes the final anxious hours in his city, his chaotic evacuation and a tearful reunion with his mother after losing three close family members. http://beta.syriadeeply.org/2013/06/conversation-harrowing-escape-qusayr-part/#.Ub2XhJxafcY

  7. Pope urges G8 to strive for immediate Syria ceasefire
    AFP – Pope Francis called Sunday on the leaders of the world’s top industrialised nations meeting in Northern Ireland to push for an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

    On the eve of a two-day G8 summit, Francis wrote to British Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the powers to act fast to end a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

    “I earnestly hope that the summit will help to obtain an immediate and lasting ceasefire and to bring all parties in the conflict to the negotiating table,” he said.

    “Peace demands a far-sighted renunciation of certain claims, in order to build together a more equitable and just peace,” he said without elaborating.

    Pope Francis also called for the G8 leaders to ensure that any measures adopted at the summit to tackle the financial crisis have a strong ethical line. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/74142/World/Region/Pope-urges-G-to-strive-for-immediate-Syria-ceasefi.aspx

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