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January 18, 2007

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yaman

For those who do not read Arabic, the following e-mail was sent out by the Syrian Human Rights Committee yesterday:

Urgent Call: Armed Militias burn 15 flats of Syrians living in Haifa Street

Eye-witnesses have reported to SHRC through direct telephone calls from Baghdad this evening that armed men in Iraqi police uniform have attacked and burned flats in which exiled Syrians live in Haifa Street. Up till now, 15 flats have been burnt.

The armed men burnt two flats from block no. 45, belonging to the lawyer Mohammed Bakoor, President of the Syrian Committee for Democratic Action, and his son. Seven flats in block no. 47 were also burnt, one of them identified as the home of the lawyer Abdullah Qawjah, President of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights in Syria, whilst six flats in block no. 49 were also burnt. The number of victims of this attack is still unclear, but the material and physical damage is great.

On the other hand, the fates of Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Jarkas, Othman Basabasah and Mohammed Badwai, who were detained by the Iraqi Interior Ministry on 9/1/2007, are still unknown.

SHRC once again calls upon the UN High Commission for Refugees to immediately act on this case and provide a safe haven for exiled Syrians living in Iraq. SHRC also calls upon all humanitarian and philanthropist groups to support the Syrian exiles that have been repressed twice, and has no input in what is occurring in Iraq.

Syrian Human Rights Committee

16/1/2007

Anonymous

Syria has also violated international laws by extraditing Ahwazi Arabs back to Iran, to face jail and possibly the death penalty, when it had previously recognised them as refugees.

See: http://www.unhcr.org/news/NEWS/458bb964d.html

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Anonymous

The price of Syrian refugees for more Iraqi security sounds offly familiar.

There's a news report going around about how Iran approached the US in 2003 about ending its support for Hizbullah in Lebanon and Palestine, and not interferring in the (at the time) new Iraq, but that as soon as it got to VP Cheney, the offer was refused:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20070119/cm_thenation/15158820

What was left out, other than the fact that Lawrence Wilkerson, the main broker of the message for the US went on a month later to be a key advisor in the rival 2004 Kerry presidential campaign, was the actual price Iran wanted for such a truce of hostilities: The "PMOI"

The PMOI is the biggest and most powerful dissident group, operating mainly out of Europe, responsible for leaking the intel of Iran's then covert nuclear program back in 2002 and most recently how exactly Iran has been funding, training, and arming Iraqi Shiite (and a few Iraqi Sunni) militias:

http://www.ncr-iran.org/content/view/2778/1/

And with the PMOI finally out of the way, Iran would've been fully unchecked in continuing its meddlesome and deadly policies.

There's a good chance, this is the same goal of eliminating the Syrian refugees; to give Syria greater power to carry out it's objectives unchecked.

Other than that less than happy note, Great blog! I came across it while researching the ADC for an ongoing debate about March 14th vs. Hizbullah (I'm pro March 14th) on Bob's Blog in Lebanon:

http://ibosblog.blogspot.com/

Feel free to stop by whenever.

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