» 08/11/2012, 00.00
Hillary Clinton in Turkey in search of " the day after Assad "
The U.S. Secretary of State discusses support to Syrian rebels and transition plan with leaders in Ankara, as international isolation of Damascus increases. Concerns regarding reports of Al-Qaeda presence on the ground. Gunfight at border with Jordan.
Beirut (AsiaNews) - Support for Syrian
rebels, the growing international isolation of Damascus, preparation of a
transition plan following the fall of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. These,
according to U.S. sources, are the objectives that led the Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, to travel to Turkey, where she arrived this morning
(pictured), to meet with leading representatives of Ankara and also the leader
of those who oppose the Syrian government.
Clinton's visit is to prepare for, in essence, what the Americans call
"the day after Assad", ie the steps to bring the current regime down,
and ensure a free, pluralistic and democratic future for Syria.
The U.S. reluctance to provide military aid to the insurgents, however, is
explained by information, also revealed by a U.S. source, quoted by AP,
of the presence of at least 200 al-Qaeda militants, on Syrian soil with the
objective to establish bases along the terrorist organization's Iraq model.
In the meantime the battle continues on the ground: Aleppo is always at the
center of fierce fighting. According to state news agency SANA, the army has
repelled a rebel attack against the airport, while the insurgents say they are
preparing a counteroffensive to retake the districts they were pushed back
from. The Syrian National Council also reports clashes on the outskirts of
And while Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are facing the tragedy of tens of
thousands of people seeking refuge from civil war, Amman also reports news of
an exchange of gunfire between Jordanian and Syrian forces. The Damascus army
reportedly opened fire near the border post of Tel Shihab-Turra, the Jordanians
fired in response. (PD)
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Damascus, attack on a pro-government television station, three dead
The assault happened in Drousha 20 km south of the capital. So far there are no claims of responsibility. Bashar al-Assad announces that Syria is at war. Government cabinet reshuffled. The priority is to fight and defeat the terrorists.
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Syrian rebels trained in refugee camps on Turkish border
Ankara claims that the Apaydin camp in the province of Hatay is home to former Syrian military and their families displaced by the Assad regime. But parliament has never discussed the creation of the camp. Authorities prohibit any access to preserve the security of refugees who considered "special". In reality, the camp is a military base where the rebels of the 'Free Syrian Army are trained and from which they depart daily to fight against Assad.
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Syrian airline flight grounded by Ankara departs. Cargo seized
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Ankara warns UN the jet shot down a "security threat" from Syria
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Beijing's tricks and violence to stop Chinese youth from reaching WYD
Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
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