The has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.
But the revelation of U.S. military personnel so close to the 19-month-old Syrian conflict suggests an escalation in the U.S. military involvement in the conflict, even as Washington pushes back on any suggestion of a direct intervention in Syria.
The United States sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
It also follows several days of shelling between Turkey and Syria, an indication that the civil war could spill across Syria’s borders and become a regional conflict.
“As we’ve said before, we have been planning for various contingencies, both unilaterally and with our regional partners,” Little said in a written statement. “There are various scenarios in which the Assad regime’s reprehensible actions could affect our partners in the region. For this reason and many others, we are always working on our contingency planning, for which we consult with our friends.”
War tensions over Syria continued to spiral early Thursday, Oct. 11, when Turkey’s armed forces were placed on a state of readiness and its chief of staff pledged stronger response to any hostile act by Syria
Turkish cross-border artillery exchanges with Syria since last week have been carving out, day by day, a 10-kilometer buffer strip on Syrian land, so too Ankara has begun the process of creating a no-fly zone in Syrian air space.
It is because of this initiative, that American military officials have begun citing Bashar Assad’s standing threat to resort to chemical warfare in the face of outside military intervention in the Syrian conflict. They suggest that the Syrian ruler may judge the peril to his regime on a par with the 2011 Western-Arab intervention in Libya which caused Muammar Qaddafi’s downfall. Assad and Iran, perhaps, too, are unlikely to sit still and let this happen.
An of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, was shot dead by masked gunmen Thursday morning, American security sources said. sources quoted by news agencies, the attack was conducted in a manner similar to others by Al Qaeda in Yemen.
The employee, Qassem Aqlan, a Yemeni citizen, was on his way to work when gunmen riding motorcycles sidled up to his and opened fire. Aqlan headed an embassy security team. The attack occurred in the center of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, security sources said.
Among other things, sources quoted by Israel Radio said, Aqlan was leading an investigation into an attack on the Embassy last month.The identity of the attackers in Thursday's attack was not immediately clear, but security sources said that Al Qaeda topped the list of suspects. The U.S., along with the Yemen Army, has been battling Al Qaeda forces throughout the country, in an effort to suppress the terror group's increasing control of the countryside and interior of Yemen.
Syrian Transportation Minister Mahmoud Said on Thursday slammed Turkey’s “air piracy” after Ankara scrambled fighter jets to ground a civilian aircraft bound for Damascus it suspected of carrying weapons.
Turkish state-run TV on Thursday confirmed the plane, which originated in Moscow, was carrying military communications equipment.
Authorities grounded the plane Wednesday night after suspecting it of shuttling “heavy weapons” to President Bashar Assad.
Turkish authorities reportedly confiscated the material before allowing the plane to continue its journey to Damascus.
The video below is actually a string of connected videos and shows the hearings that took place yesterday and the details which are emerging are stunning. It is a worthwhile video clip to watch (keep watching after the first video and the remainder of the hearings will also be seen). This gives us an up close and personal view of the lies and distortions that we are being fed on a daily basis:
Trey Gowdy, an outspoken Republican congressman from South Carolina, blasted Obama administration officials during Wednesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Libya U.S. Consulate terrorist attack, raising his voice to levels rarely heard on the House floor.
Gowdy went after both U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for providing “demonstrably false” statements about the attack, not just to Congress, but to the American people as well. He slammed the Obama administration for initially saying the attack was in response to a video and not an act of terrorism, delivering a blistering and impassioned critique of the White House’s handling of the incident.
The future that awaits all of us:
And it is a very very bleak future. A future that looks a lot like Cuba:
When President Obama says, “We don’t need more roads in the suburbs,” he is pushing and forcing us into the United Nations Agenda 21. On my recent trip to Europe, I experienced the many effects of Agenda 21 compliance.
Lighting was so poor everywhere, I could hardly see to put make-up on in the morning. Anemic, low wattage CFL bulbs cast a dim glow that made me feel sick.
Smart meters had turned off the AC in the lobby of the four star hotel where I stayed. The wide-open doors did not help reduce the stifling hot atmosphere. Rooms were allowed AC with the door key. Fancy bathroom mirrors in the lobby had tiny television sets imbedded in the middle. I would have preferred air conditioning.
Decrepit multi-storied apartments had banks of brand new and shiny smart meters in the lobby. Cell phone towers were placed on rooftops of high-rise tenements approved by regional authorities.
Electricity use was drastically cut. The high price per kilowatt hour discouraged the use of appliances that we take for granted, placing them out of the reach of many consumers who lived on fixed incomes.
Crops were scarce because many fertile fields were used for hundreds of windmills instead of producing grains and food.
Nobody was running air conditioners even though it was 92 degrees Fahrenheit and very humid for early October. Europeans have been falsely conditioned by doctors and environmentalists that it is bad for one’s health to use air conditioning and to drink anything chilled or with ice. Asking for ice cubes in Europe is perceived as nothing short of madness. European waiters roll their eyes and return with two ice cubes floating in a large glass of lukewarm beverage.