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The Islamists’ hijacking of Arab hope

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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

By Jamal Kanj

Long before the self-righteous Islamists turned genuine street grievances into violent movements, Egypt was the crown of the Arab Spring and Syria was the second best hope to reap the flowers of the spring.

Today, however, hope and optimism have been hijacked by pretentious religious demagogues and tunnel-visioned ideologues with a pedantic monopoly on God.

The Muslim Brotherhood disaster in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood – who rode on the 25 January uprising that removed one of the longest serving Arab dictators – lost a unique opportunity to become an important pillar in shaping Egypt’s political life for many generations.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s ex-President Muhammad Mursi – and the Brotherhood’s leadership – soon forgot that he won by 25 per cent in the first round of the elections, just 1 per cent more than the contender, Ahmad Shafiq, who served as prime minister under the ex-dictator.

In the second and final round he was elected by three percentage points more than the votes cast against the perceived old regime’s nominee – not a vote of confidence in the Brotherhood candidate.

Rather than being a president accountable to all Egyptians, Mursi became answerable to the Brotherhood’s consultative leadership, which eventually led to the tidal wave of 30 June that paved the way for his removal by the military.

Mursi failed to appreciate that the close vote was not necessarily in support of the old regime either, but reflected the depth of the public’s mistrust in the Brotherhood’s leadership.

Instead of winning over distrustful voters, Mursi wrought the office of the president into a hive run by supercilious party ideologues. His biggest political blunder was ignoring the power of the street and the political tsunami that toppled Egypt’s dinosaur two years earlier.

Rather than being a president accountable to all Egyptians, Mursi became answerable to the Brotherhood’s consultative leadership, which eventually led to the tidal wave of 30 June that paved the way for his removal by the military.

Despite the above, the military’s role in disrupting the fledgling Egyptian democracy raises serious concerns, especially since this is the same institution that sat on the sidelines during the 30 years of corruption and dictatorship under Mubarak

Instead of allowing those who took to the streets to play a role, we see many of Mubarak-era pundits repackaged and returned to public life armed with atavistic decrees limiting freedom of expression, which was tolerated even during the Brotherhood’s reign. For instance, Bassem Yousif’s satirical news programme – a copycat of John Stewart’s “Daily Show” – which survived Mursi, was cancelled by the military.

Undeniably, the Muslim Brotherhood’s self-righteousness represents a major obstacle to progress in the Arab world, but it would be equally sanctimonious to discount a movement that received close to 25 per cent of votes in Egypt’s presidential votes. Crushing political beliefs leads to absolute dictatorship.

Islamist demagoguery in Syria, Tunisia and Palestine

It was this tunnel vision which was responsible for turning the Libyan revolution into an anarchic forest of guns threatening the nation’s stability and the future of the Arab Maghreb.

It was the demagoguery that changed the tide of change in Syria, forcing the Syrian people to choose between a ruthless dictator or bearded Al-Qaeda-inspired doctrinaires.

Demagoguery has undermined democracy in Tunisia and fragmented Palestinian unity, leaving people with no option but to choose between dictators and corrupt collaborators or politically inept parties with a compulsive obsession over managing individual private life.

Centuries ago Europe sunk in the Dark Age under the tenet of the dogmatic rites of the church, whereas Muslims advanced in medicine, science and astronomy by embracing reason and free intellectual discourse.

In swapping places with old Europe, the Arab world is descending in darkness because professed religionists are consumed with peripheral practices when they should heed the Prophet Mohammad’s command, which said: “The virtue of knowledge is more beloved with Allah than the virtue of worship.”

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The US killed my brother with a drone. I want to know why

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Americans must demand an end to drone strikes on innocent civilians
Mohammed Al Qaeli Yemen drone strike
The author’s brother, Ali Al Qawli
 

I am writing today as a grieving brother, haunted by questions about Ali al Qawli’s death and the complicity of the United States and the Yemeni governments in bringing it about.

My brother Ali died on Jan. 23, 2013. He was an elementary school teacher at the Khaled Ben Waleed School in the Juhana province of Sanaa, Yemen — an area with a limited number of schools and teachers. The day after my brother died, the teachers’ log had a glaring blank space next to his name. The students waited patiently. Ten minutes passed, then 30 minutes and finally an hour. The principal walked into the classroom and said, “Mr. Ali will not be coming in today.”

Ali had stood in front of his classroom every day, rain or shine and amid heavy clashes that erupted near Yemen’s capital because of demonstrations calling for political and social change beginning in 2011. His students relied on him. Since he started teaching in 2000, my 34-year-old brother hadn’t missed a single day of work. But after 13 years of uninterrupted teaching service, a U.S. drone strike took his life.

It was 8 p.m. when I heard the news. I was sitting with friends drinking tea and chatting when I received a phone call from a relative in the village of Sanhan who said a Toyota Hilux SUV similar to the one my cousin Salim drove had been hit by a U.S. drone. The sounds of drones had been filling our skies for a week. Now they had taken the lives of Ali and Salim, who was 20 years old and working part time as a driver to support his family while he went to college. Ali was in the car with Salim when he gave two alleged members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, a ride. Ali and Salim had nothing to do with these groups — but by the logic of counterterrorism, they all had to go.

At the scene, I stood motionless, frozen by shock. Slowly, as if in a nightmare, I picked up parts of my brother, his body charred and scattered across the ground. Ali’s love of life couldn’t save him. My love for him couldn’t save him. He was burned, broken, dead. I burst into tears at the sight, and then I fainted. It all felt like a bad dream. It still does.

Ali was an optimist. His sense of humor was a powerful antidote to the ongoing clashes, power outages and poverty in Yemen. Ali loved reading and reciting verse by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani. With his beautiful personality, he taught and enriched the lives of hundreds of children and young people in his village. Everyone was devastated by his death. Imagine the pain and sorrow I felt and still feel when my brother was ripped from my life. It is the same pain that is felt by our mother, our father, Ali’s wife, their three children and all those who knew and loved him.

An educator opposed to terror

Ali believed in reform. He was one of the first in our village to join the Yemeni revolution in 2011. Participants organized protests that called for equality, an end to political corruption and the resignation of President Ali Saleh. Ali pitched a tent in Sanaa’s Change Square and encouraged family members, colleagues and friends to join the movement. I remember our father begging him to return to the village, fearful that he would get hurt, but Ali insisted on carrying on. He believed in the revolution and refused to leave. When asked why he spent day after day protesting against the government, he often said, “the Yemeni people want to enjoy freedom and democracy.” So when Saleh stepped down in early 2012 and President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi took over, Ali was excited. He supported Hadi because he believed that it was the best way to get Yemen out of its suffering.

Ali did not know that the same president he voted for a year before would end up charring his body and tearing it into pieces in Sanhan, 20 kilometers southeast of the capital. He did not know that the same president who called for change and justice would also graciously welcome U.S. drones,praising the targeted killings as the U.S. dropped bombs on innocent people in his country. He did not know that this president would hold his body hostage in the hospital, refusing to hand over his remains to his family until members from our village ended their protests, stopped their blockades and silenced their demands for an investigation of the drone strike.

The U.S. and Yemeni governments killed a young man who strongly opposed terrorism and tried to bring change through education — the very same things they purport to want themselves. I want to know why.

Our father, our mother, my brother’s widow and their three young children are living a daily nightmare. My brother was a schoolteacher when he was “accidentally” killed, and the only thing the Yemeni ministry ever acknowledged was that “Salim and Ali Al Qawli did not have any knowledge of or contact with the individuals who asked for a ride, but they happened to die alongside (them.)”

I have been waiting for almost a year now for an apology and for meaningful answers as to why my brother had to die, but no one in the U.S. or Yemeni government has ever contacted me or claimed responsibility for their actions.

I’d heard that the United States of America was sending support to Yemen, but for a long time I did not know what that meant. Now I can see it firsthand. I have received U.S. gifts and U.S. aid, wrapped in a body bag. These explosive fragments kill Yemenis, destroy their spirits, burn their bodies and only further empower the militants. The U.S. and Yemeni governments killed a young man who strongly opposed terrorism and tried to bring change through education — the very same things they purport to want themselves. I want to know why.

Ali al Qawli the schoolteacher has left us, but his tremendous legacy of love, passion and hope remains. I hope that the American people will demand an end to the illegal extrajudicial executions happening in their name. I hope they will stand against the violent actions of their Nobel Peace Prize–winning president and join us in demanding that the U.S. government stop its blind killing of hundreds of innocent people. Most important, I hope they will represent the best ideals of their country’s founding and help end this injustice committed in their name.

I may live thousands of miles from the United States, but I hope that when Americans hear about drones, they will share my brother’s story and the stories of countless other civilians who have died in the name of counterterrorism. We must ensure that both courts and governments stop the killing and do not make a farce of the principles they purport to uphold.

Mohammed Al Qawli is an educational consultant at the Ministry of Education in Sanaa, Yemen and the former director of the Ministry of Education in Khawlan province. His brother, Ali Al Qawli, was killed in a drone strike in January 2013.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera America’s editorial policy.

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Putin: Russia not aspiring to be superpower, or teach others how to live

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Russia does not seek the role of a regional or global hegemony, but will defend its core values and interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. All attempts to impose on other nations have failed, he added.

The Russian leader gave an assurance that Russia wants to respect the sovereignty and stability of other countries, as he was addressing the Federal Assembly, the collective of the two houses of the Russian parliament.

“We will seek leadership by defending international law, advocating respect for national sovereignty, independence and the uniqueness of peoples,” Putin said.

“We have always been proud of our country, but we do not aspire to the title of superpower, which is understood to be pretense for global or regional hegemony. We do not impinge on anyone’s interests, do not impose our patronage, do not attempt to lecture anyone on how they should live,” he added.

Putin did not directly mention the United States in his speech, but the reference to Washington’s military actions in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya was hard to overlook.

Those and less direct interventions, like the support of the rebel forces in Syria, have led to regress for the respective nations, Putin stated.

On the other hand Russia’s approach, which rejects the use of force and promotes political dialogue and compromise, have been fruitful in both Syria and Iran, the Russian president said.

The audience listen to Russia's President Vladimir Putin as he gives his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 12, 2013. (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)The audience listen to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as he gives his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 12, 2013. (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin).

“In Syria the world community had to make a joint and fateful decision. It was either the continuation of the degradation of the world order, the rule of the right of might, the right of the fist, the multiplication of chaos. Or to collectively take responsible decisions,” Putin explained, praising the world, Russia included, for taking the second path.

It was Russia’s involvement that to a large degree helped to prevent military intervention in Syria and paved the way for the deal involving the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

If this hadn’t happened, the Syrian conflict might have escalated and impacted countries far away from the Middle East, Putin said.

“We acted in a firm, thoughtful and measured manner. At no time did we endanger either our own interests and security or global stability. I believe that this is the way a mature and responsible nation should act,”he stated.

The Syrian precedent was reinforced by the recent breakthrough in the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.

“We need to continue a patient search for a broader solution, which would ensure the inalienable right of Iran to develop its peaceful nuclear energy industry and the security of all countries in the region, including Israel,” Putin said.

Iran and the P5+1 group have signed an interim agreement, which lifts some of sanctions issued against Iran over its controversial nuclear program in exchange for a temporary slowdown of Tehran’s nuclear development.

The deal is hoped to lead to a permanent accord, which would settle the decades-long conflict.

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Anti Semite? Moi?

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ANTI-SEMITE IS ZIO-NAZI BIG LIE

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Not too many people have the honor of being able to say they were mentioned by name on a US House Subcommittee dealing with ‘anti-Semitism’, but apparently yours truly has.

 

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I$raHell boycott bites deeper as Dutch company cuts ties

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It seems that hardly a day passes by without someone – a country, a firm, an individual – ends their relationship with Israel, which is increasingly becoming a serious reputational risk.

The latest to see the light is the Dutch water supplier Vitens, which has ended a partnership with the Israeli water company Mekorot, Vitens announced on 11 December, the Israeli news website Ynet reports.

In a statement, the Dutch company said it was “extremely hard” to work with Mekorot on future projects “because they cannot be taken out of the political context”.

The Dutch decision comes days after the Netherland’s trade minister, Lilianne Ploumen, abruptly cancelled a visit to the Mekorot offices in Israel.

The planned visit was part of a larger tour of Israel by the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, which was marred by a dispute over a Dutch-made security scanner on the Gaza border.

Mekorot, which provides water to Israelis and to the illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank, has been accused by the Dutch media of denying water access to Palestinians,Ynet notes

According to the World Bank, a third of Palestinian territories are cut off from the Israeli water system and Israelis draw out a far bigger share of the water supply than agreed in the 1995 Oslo accords .

Vitens said the decision to end the relationship with Mekorot was made after conferring with the Dutch Foreign Ministry and other “concerned parties”.

Israel’s relationship with the civilized world appears to be deteriorating to the point of no return, as more and more countries, particularly in Europe, summon the courage to say “enough” to Israeli crimes.

Readers with long memories will remember the comparable stage in the 1970s and 1980s when, one by one, Western states and companies began to abandon apartheid South Africa, eventually leading to the collapse of the supremacist regime there.

The path ahead with respect to the boycott Israel campaign may be long, but the pattern that is beginning to form is clear for all to see.

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US, UK ‘carving out’ rebel-controlled security zone in southern Syria

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A rebel fighter points his weapon as he stands amidst rubble and debris during clashes with Syrian government forces in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Aboud)A rebel fighter points his weapon as he stands amidst rubble and debris during clashes with Syrian government forces in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Aboud).

The United States announced this week that it’s suspending non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, but military and intelligence sources now claim that the Pentagon is constructing a new pro-American security sector south of Damascus.

Israel’s Debkafile reported on Wednesday that the US Department of Defense is far from fully abandoning its involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war. Now with non-lethal aid from the US being diminished, American and British troops will begin assisting rebel fighters being trained and hosted in neighboring Jordan, the outlet’s sources said.

According to Debka, the decision made earlier this week to rescind support geared at the opposition is part of a multi-prong maneuver that will not eliminate aid altogether, but rather transfer resources to Syrian rebels that have already been trained in Jordan. Under the supervision of two US war rooms already established in the town of Irbid, those fighters will be tasked to take control of a newly created security-zone south of Damascus near the Jordanian border.

The pro-US security zone, the sources told Debka, would cover around one-tenth of all of Syria and provide opposition fighters with a new, American-assisted hub to further their fight against embattled President Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Additionally, the strategic location has been reportedly mapped out as to distance the Al-Qaeda aligned Al-Nusra Front — who are also joined in the fight to oust Pres. Assad — from the American-aligned opposition.

Earlier this week, American officials announced that they’d be suspending some aid to Syria following news that a group of Islamist extremists took control of warehouses full of supplies that had until then been maintained by the anti-Assad opposition groups being supported by the US.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the extremists — the recently created Islamic Front — are not affiliated with Al-Qaeda and “may leave the United States with little choice but to work with it.” According to the military and intelligence sources cited by Debka, however, the Pentagon has decided to instead rely on the aid of rebels who have been trained throughout the two-and-a-half-year-long war to the south in Jordan.

Those two war rooms, Debka reported, are being led by US Special Operations Command, Adm. William Harry “Bill” McRaven and will be assisted by US special forces in the region.

Their primary mission, as laid down by the White House in Washington in a directive to the Pentagon, is to run the rebel units charged with taking control of the security zone,” Debka claims.

That security zone, the sources said, will also add an extra layer of protection to Syria’s borderland with Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.

As RT reported earlier this year in June, the Pentagon has previously agreed to leave a fleet of F-16 fighter planes and its Patriot anti-missile in Jordan after completing a round of multi-nation military drills.

In August, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told reporters that US military activity in Jordan could easily extend for “several years.”

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I$raHell war on the Bedouin: 1948 settled nothing

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By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life.

In what was billed as a “day of rage” last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands inside Israel, in the Negev (Naqab).

The clashes were the worst between Israeli police and the country’s large Palestinian minority since the outbreak of the second Intifada 13 years ago, with police using batons, stun grenades, water cannon and arrests to deter future protests.

Things are only likely to get more heated. The so-called Prawer Plan, being hurried through parliament, will authorize the destruction of more than 30 Bedouin villages, forcibly relocating the inhabitants to deprived, overcrowded townships. Built decades ago, these urban reservations languish at the bottom of every social and economic index.

Bedouin leaders, who were ignored in the plan’s drafting, say they will oppose it to the bitter end. The villages, though treated as illegal by the state, are the last places where the Bedouin cling to their land and a traditional pastoral life.

But the Israeli government is equally insistent that the Bedouin must be “concentrated” – a revealing term employed by Benny Begin, a former minister who helped to formulate the plan. In the place of the villages, a handful of Jewish towns will be erected.

Unfinished ethnic cleansing

The stakes are high, not least because Israel views this battle as a continuation of the 1948 war that established a Jewish state on the ruins of Palestine.

Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, argued last week that the fight over the Negev proves “nothing has changed since the days of the tower and stockade” – a reference to heavily fortified outposts the Zionists aggressively built in the 1930s to evict Palestinians from the land they had farmed for centuries.

These outposts later became land-hungry farming communities, such as the kibbutz, that gave the Jewish state its territorial backbone.

Mr Lieberman’s view reflects that of the government: “We are fighting for the lands of the Jewish people, against those who intentionally try to rob and seize them.”

The labelling of the Bedouin as “squatters” and “trespassers” reveals much about the intractability of the wider conflict – and why the Americans have no hope of ending it as long as they seek solutions that address only the injustices caused by the occupation that began in 1967.

Doron Almog, who is in charge of implementing the Prawer Plan, observed last week that the Bedouin were not resisting it to save their communities but “to create territorial contiguity between Hebron and the Gaza Strip”. In other words, in Almog’s paranoid thinking, the Bedouin’s struggle for rights is really a cover for their ambition to serve as a bridgehead between the West Bank and Gaza.

In truth, both Israel and the Palestinians understand that the war of 1948 never really finished.

Suhad Bishara, a lawyer specializing in Israeli land issues for the Adalah legal centre, has called the Prawer Plan a “second nakba”, in reference to the catastrophic events of 1948 that stripped the Palestinians of their homeland.

Judaization

Israel, meanwhile, continues to conceive of its 1.5 million Palestinian citizens – however peaceable – as just as alien and threatening to its interests as the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

The roots of the Prawer Plan can be traced to one of Zionism’s earliest principles: “Judaization”. There are cities across Israel, including Upper Nazareth, Karmiel and Migdal Haemek, founded as Judaization communities next to large Palestinian populations with the official goal of “making the land Jewish”.

Judaization’s faulty premise, in the pre-state years, was the fantasy that Palestine was “a land without a people for a people without a land”. Its sinister flip side was the cheery injunction to Zionism’s pioneers to “make the desert bloom”, chiefly by driving out Palestinians.

Nowadays, the term “Judaization”, with its unpleasant overtones, has been discarded in favour of “development”. There is even a minister for “developing the Negev and the Galilee” – Israel’s two areas with large concentrations of Palestinians. But officials are interested only in Jewish development.

Last week, in the wake of the clashes, the Israeli Haaretz daily published leaked documents showing that the World Zionist Organisation – an unofficial arm of the government – has been quietly reviving the Judaization programme in the Galilee.

In an effort to bring another 100,000 Jews to the region, several new towns are to be built, for Jews only, dispersed as widely as possible in contravention of Israel’s own national master plan, which requires denser building inside existing communities to protect scarce land resources.

Racially-motivated neglect

All this generosity towards Israel’s Jewish population is at the expense of the country’s Palestinian citizens. They have not been allowed a single new community since Israel’s founding more than six decades ago. And the new Jewish towns, as Arab mayors complained last week, are being built intentionally to box them in.

For officials, the renewed Judaization drive is about asserting “Israeli sovereignty” and “strengthening our hold” over the Galilee, as if the current inhabitants – Israeli citizens who are Palestinian – were a group of hostile foreigners. Haaretz more honestly characterised the policy as “racism”.

Judaization casts the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in zero-sum terms, and thereby makes it unresolvable. In considering its Palestinian citizens, Israel speaks not of integration, or even assimilation, but of their enduring status as a “fifth column” and the Jewish state’s “Achilles heel”.

That is because, were principles of justice and equality ever to be enforced, Palestinians in Israel could serve as a gateway by which millions of exiled Palestinians might find their way back home.

With the policy of Judaization revoked, the Palestinian minority could end the conflict without violence simply by pulling down the scaffolding of racist laws that have blocked any return for the Palestinians since their expulsion 65 years ago.

This is why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demands as part of the current peace negotiations that the Palestinians sanctify the Judaization principle by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. It is also why the talks are doomed to failure.

 

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Romania bars citizens from working in I$raHell Illegal settlements

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A diplomatic spat has erupted between Zio-Nazi regime and Romania after Bucharest reportedly refused to allow Romanian construction workers to be employed in illegal West Bank Zionist settlements.

The row comes in the wake of tensions between Zio-Nazi regime  and the European Union over new guidelines that bar EU funding for any Zionist entity operating in the internationally recognized occupied Palestinian territories.

Differences center on Bucharest’s request that Zionist guarantee no Romanian construction workers would be employed on Zionist illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory that are considered illegal under international law.

There was no immediate comment from the Romanian embassy in Tel Aviv.

It was Zionis second diplomatic row with an EU country this week following a dispute with the Netherlands over a new security scanner to be installed on the Gaza border that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was to have inaugurated last Sunday.

The Dutch government had hoped the scanner would serve to facilitate an increase in the export of goods from Gaza to the West Bank, but Zio-Nazi officials accused the Dutch of trying to impose “political conditions.”

Also on Sunday, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans refused to accept Zio-Nazi military escort around Palestinian-ruled areas of the West Bank city of Hebron.

The European Union guidelines, which go into effect in January, ban funding for and financial dealing with projects linked to Jewish illegal settlements in the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.

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IRGC experts training Syrian army: Commander

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Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Ja’fari (file photo).
An Iranian commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has military experts in Syria who share experience and provide consultations to the armed forces of the Arab country.

Addressing a group of students in Tehran on Tuesday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Ja’fari said “we will do whatever we can and [whatever] is necessary to protect Syria because Syria is the frontline of the Islamic Revolution,” Press TV reported.

Major General Jafari said the IRGC has dispatched military experts to Syria at the request of the “legitimate” Syrian government to offer consultations and provide training to military units in the crisis-hit country.

“We have already announced that we have specialist forces to transfer experience and training in Syria, who work as advisors, and this is public knowledge,” noted the Iranian commander.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. More than 120,000 people have lost their lives and millions of others displaced due to the foreign-backed violence.

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in the Arab country against the government and people.

Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the terrorist groups operating against Syria.

– See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1543549#sthash.fbp4K3Pz.dpuf

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