State of War in Syria
Last year, Obama declared war on Syria.
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, Assad said "a state of war" exists.
"(A)LL our policies, directives and all sectors will be directed in order to gain victory in this war."
He called on government officials to boost relations with Russia, Latin American and African states.
"Apparently, the problem was with the West only, while the majority of the world want to build relations with us and with others, but throughout decades, we were seeking to boost our economic ties with those who colonized us directly or indirectly."
"Syria seeks to build good relations with all world countries but we have to know where are our real interests."
On June 27, Hurriyet daily headlined "Downed jet was flying with another plane: CHP deputy," saying:
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Orhan Duzgun "demanded that the government reveal the nationality of the accompanying jet...."
Hatay area Syrians "saw (it) with their naked eyes. There were two planes flying. The fate of the second one remains unknown. The government....denies" what people on the ground saw.
Duzgun believes it belonged to another NATO member. Its country of origin isn't known. It could be America. US military aircraft operate from Incirlik Air Base. It's near the Aegean Sea close to Syria's border. It's operated jointly by Washington and Ankara. Both planes likely flew from the same location.
On Thursday, insurgents attacked the privately owned Al-Ikhbariaya TV station. It's located 20 km south of Damascus. Despite no evidence suggesting it, The New York Times claimed "elite Syrian Republican Guard" defectors were responsible.
AP gave a different account. It said "gunmen" raided the station. Seven employees were killed. Others were kidnapped. Al-Ikhbariya's compound sustained heavy damage. Nonetheless, broadcasts resumed shortly after the attack.
One employee said: