DOHA (Reuters) – Could the head of Syria’s fractious opposition achieve the seemingly impossible – build a unified movement capable of toppling President Bashar al-Assad, without becoming beholden to foreign powers or a particular sect or ideology?
An assertive performance at an Arab summit in Qatar this week showed that independent-minded Moaz Alkhatib is prepared to take risks in pursuit of this goal, banking on populist rhetoric and his personal popularity inside Syria.
DOHA (Reuters) – The refusal of international powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday
Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties for the time being.
DOHA, March 27 (Reuters) – The refusal of international
powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas
of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad
to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib
said on Wednesday
Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he
would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main
anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties
for the time being.
(Reuters) – A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.
These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the businessman, Li Fangwei, has earned at least $10 million from illegal sales to Iran since his indictment by the New York County District Attorney in 2009.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Days before his overthrow, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a senior visitor from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of several Gulf monarchies long supportive of the most Arab populous country and its veteran strongman.
What transpired between Mubarak and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan is not known, beyond the fact that a letter from UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan was delivered.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest spy service, losing cyber specialists to better-paying private employers, unveiled an online security competition open to all Britons on Wednesday to identify future espionage recruits and raise awareness of cyber attacks.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said those aged 16 or over and not already working in cyber security could apply to test their ability to guard a computer network but only 150 contestants at most would be eventually allowed to compete.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Syrian army’s brisk recapture of parts of Damascus is unlikely to be repeated in Aleppo, where open rebel supply lines, hard-to-assail narrow streets and an apparent lack of elite manpower will limit its commanders’ options.
The struggle in parts of Aleppo held by insurgents is likely to be more protracted than last month’s battles in the capital, inflicting further bloodshed and damage on Syria’s largest city and driving more of the population out, analysts say.
LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – Syria appears to be quietly
shifting some chemical weapons from storage sites, say Western
and Israeli officials, but it is not clear whether the operation
is merely a security precaution amid the chaos of war, or
Some analysts see the move as serving a dual purpose – to
keep the weapons from capture by an expanding insurgency, and to
deprive Syria’s Western foes of any excuse for intervention on
the grounds of securing dangerous material gone astray.
LONDON (Reuters) – Host to the most important U.S. and French military bases in Africa, the tiny Red Sea state of Djibouti agrees it faces a risk of retaliation from the Islamist militants its Western guests hunt on forays into nearby countries.
But it argues the menace is limited.
Instead, the strategically placed country points to what it suggests is a more significant, long-term security consideration: the poverty, unemployment and regional political instability it sees as potential pathways to extremist thinking.
LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden would not have approved.
Spinoff groups from al Qaeda have become increasingly engrossed in insurgencies in Africa and the Middle East, inflicting death and mayhem on local communities. But this emphasis on the pursuit of the enemy nearby has cast doubt on their commitment, in practice, to bin Laden’s war on the “far enemy” – the West and the United States in particular.
More than a year after U.S. forces killed bin Laden, some groups such as the Yemeni-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) undoubtedly remain a menace to the West.