GCC pulls out of Syria mission



What is the purpose of the Arab League mission if not to buy more time for more people to die? There was massive support on AJA for Arab states sending troops in, and Al Jazeera removed the poll. What is going on?

Originally posted on Internet Abdullah:

By Ghazanfar Ali Khan

Council says Arab League peace plan hampered by the regime in Damascus

RIYADH: The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on Tuesday that it had decided to withdraw its monitors deployed in Syria within the framework of an Arab League peace plan.

The decision follows the announcement made by Saudi Arabia about its plan for withdrawal, and a call made by the Arab League to Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down over his bloody crackdown on a 10-month-old revolt in which thousands of Syrians have been killed and hundreds of thousands injured so far.

“After hectic consultations among the member states, the GCC took the decision to pull out their observers and urged the UN Security Council to exert pressure on Damascus to implement the plan of the Arab League for lasting peace and security in the country,” said GCC spokesman Ahmed Al-Kabi in Riyadh…

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[Updated] U.S. Special Forces raid in Somalia: no need for stealth choppers so did they parachute from a C-17?



The latest Navy SEALS daring and deathly raid has sparked off lots of questions about the operation

Originally posted on The Aviationist:

Update Jan. 25 15:33GMT

In the night between Jan. 24 and 25 a US joint Special Forces team (including the Navy SEALs) team freed two Western workers kidnapped in Somalia on Oct. 25, 2011. They were an American woman, Jessica Buchanan, and a Danish man, Paul Tisted, working for the Danish Demining Group, abducted by armed people near Galkayo, a central Somali town located some 200 miles to the northeast of Mogadishu.

The BBC says U.S. officials have confirmed that the American Special Forces performed the overnight operation which resulted in a shoot-out with 9 Somali pirates killed and five captured. The team was parachuted from a plane (although NBC News, citing American officials, reported that two teams landed in Somalia by helicopter) and remained on the ground for about an hour, from 02.00 to 03.00LT (24.00GMT).

After the rescue team had rescued the hostages, the special forces left the…

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Murder in Tehran – Listening Post – Al Jazeera English


[Al Jazeera English] Murder in Tehran could be the title of the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but this is not a movie.

On January 11, the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist to be assassinated in two years was blown up by a magnetic bomb attached to his car door. And while the media did not reveal Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan’s assassin, they did reveal their own agendas and double standards.

Iranian media instantly pointed the finger at Israel. As ever, the Israelis neither confirmed nor denied. Over in the US and the UK, mainstream media outlets used his death as yet another beat in the drum roll for war against the Islamic Republic.

In this week’s News Divide, we look at what the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist says about the news media and their own agendas.

Murder in Tehran – Listening Post – Al Jazeera English.