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Medvedev On Syria: This Situation Is Bad For Everyone

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Published on Jan 28, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's odds of holding power "are slipping away" as the nearly 2-year-old revolt against his rule grinds on, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said to CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/21/wor...
"After two years of killings and butchering and the entire world standing by and watching us, now we depend on God only. So we started raising the banner of Shahada, the black banner of war," explained a Syrian activist who has spent much of the last two years organizing anti-government protests in Idlib province. The Shahada ... is one of the most important pillars of Islam. It is also invoked for martyrdom on the battlefield."

Panetta backs Syria rebels arms plan (BBC, Feb 7, 2013):
"In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The plan was proposed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus, then director of the CIA, but reportedly rebuffed by the White House. The US has so far offered only diplomatic backing to Syria's rebels..."

Al-Assad's grip on power "slipping away," Medvedev says
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/27/wor...
"In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Medvedev distanced Moscow from its longtime Middle East client. But he repeated Russia's longtime insistence that outside powers shouldn't be picking Syria's leaders. "From the outset, the Russian Federation was not an exclusive ally of Syria or President Assad," Medvedev said. "We used to have good relations with him and his father, but he had much closer allies among the Europeans" ... It's the latest in a series of grim assessments of al-Assad's chances from Russia, which has been Syria's leading arms supplier since the days of the Cold War. President Vladimir Putin said in December that Moscow won't support al-Assad "at any cost," and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov noted a few days earlier that the Kremlin "can't exclude a victory by the opposition" ... "The chances for him surviving are slipping away as days and weeks go by," Medvedev told CNN. "But once again, it should not be up to us. It should be up to the Syrian people" ... Medvedev spoke to CNN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His comments contrasted with those of Jordan's King Abdullah II, who said Friday that al-Assad is not likely to fall for months. "Anyone who says that Bashar's regime has got weeks to live really doesn't know the reality on the ground," he said during a panel appearance with Zakaria at the World Economic Forum. "They still have capability. ... So (I expect) a strong showing for at least the first half of 2013.""

On GPS Sunday: Fareed speaks with the King of Jordan and Dmitry Medvedev
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.c...

Night Escape From Syria
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Mali: analyst, Qatar is funding Islamists (ansamed, Jan 25, 2013)
http://ansamed.ansa.it/ansamed/en/new...
"Qatar supports Mali's Islamists as it believes the movement is potentially key in the country's governance, according to Michael Stephens, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in Qatar ... 'The main motivation behind Qatar's support of Mali's Islamists is to ensure its business and the growth of its influence in the Arab and Islamic world' ... 'The official version is that Qatar is funding for humanitarian reasons, through non-profit organizations, the areas controlled by rebels but France believes that Qatar is supporting rebels tied to Al-Qaeda who are trying to seize power ... Qatar is one of the world's top 20 countries providing the highest rate of funding to illegal activities, with an average 5.6 billion dollars financing crime every year."

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