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Rumors of Assad's Assassination Greatly Exaggerated

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We have a right-wing blogger in Washington referring us to a French news service specializing in Israeli diplomatic news, JSS, which announces the attack on Assad and then gives a source that implies it's the "Arab media" - eltira.org. But it turns out the organization is registered in Israel. The unambiguous "Arab news" source, Al Arab, has similar problems regarding Arab authenticity. While the page is written in Arabic, the administrative contact is in Israel with the Alarab.net web site associated with a top Israel internet company.

Here's how the story is reported in the Israeli media after all that massaging by Israeli focused or owned publications, we get the official story in the Israeli media (or maybe that's fringe media).

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Assad. Is assassinated by a bodyguard? [Photo: AP]

"Arab media reported the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On - reportedly not yet been validated and have not yet received echo Western media, Assad [was] fired [on by]one of his bodyguards.

"This is an Iranian officer named Mehdi Jacoby, who was attached to Assad on - by allies of the Syrian president in Tehran.

"Various reports published that Assad al-Shami was rushed to the hospital and in serious condition. Also reported the big fuss that has developed around the hospital and that all roads leading to the hospital were blocked - by the Syrian army. Also reported large military forces are in the hospital." News1 (Translated from Hebrew)

What does he Arab media say?

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Syran Arab News Agency? Al Akahbar - English? Al Jazeera-English? Egypt Independent?

A whole lot of nothing about an assassination. If you hear anything, let us know.


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