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Syrian rebels divided in fight against Assad

This news item caught my attention as I was skimming the offerings on Al Jezeera English this morning:

For the first time, Al Jazeera has gained access to a frontline view of the stand-off outside al-Raqqa city in northern Syria.

Opposition snipers from the Ahrar al-Sham Brigade, a group that has a reputation for some of the fiercest combat fighters in Syria’s war, are in the forefront of the fight against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Al-Sham wants an Islamic state in Syria and shares ideology with groups like Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq. That puts Al-Sham ideologically apart from the Free Syria Army, creating a division that is holding back the revolution.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from al-Raqqa.


http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/05/20135288586886631.html

Click on the link and view the video offered. It provides much more detail concerning the above mentioned divisions in the Syrian opposition forces. From what the individuals interviewed had to say, it is an open question whether our current efforts to arm some of those fighting Assad may actually do more harm than good. This situation is highly complicated. We would be well advised to proceed with caution.
Posted by another_liberal | Tue May 28, 2013, 12:48 PM (4 replies)

Article title Syrian rebels divided in fight against Assad

Source: Al Jazeera

For the first time, Al Jazeera has gained access to a frontline view of the stand-off outside al-Raqqa city in northern Syria.

Opposition snipers from the Ahrar al-Sham Brigade, a group that has a reputation for some of the fiercest combat fighters in Syria’s war, are in the forefront of the fight against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Al-Sham wants an Islamic state in Syria and shares ideology with groups like Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq. That puts Al-Sham ideologically apart from the Free Syria Army, creating a division that is holding back the revolution.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from al-Raqqa.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/05/20135288586886631.html



Click on the link and view the video offered. It provides much more detail concerning the above mentioned divisions in the Syrian opposition forces. From what the individuals interviewed had to say, it is an open question whether our current efforts to arm some of those fighting Assad may actually do more harm than good. This situation is highly complicated. We would be well advised to proceed with caution.
Posted by another_liberal | Tue May 28, 2013, 08:32 AM (3 replies)

IMF chief's trial over payout resumes

Source: Al Jazeera

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has been questioned by French prosecutors in order to decide if she should be charged over a state payout to a well-connected entrepreneur during her time as finance minister. Lagarde has played down the investigation, which continued for a second day on Friday, but the stakes are high for both her and the IMF, which has expressed confidence in Lagarde. "The executive board has been briefed on that matter, including recently, and continues to express its confidence in the managing director's ability to effectively carry out her duties," Gerry Rice, IMF spokesman, said in Washington on Thursday.

Lagarde, 57, was seen leaving a Paris court late on Thursday after being quizzed by prosecutors for around 12 hours. "See you tomorrow," she said as she left the building. The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), which investigates cases of ministerial misconduct, is seeking an explanation of her 2007 handling of a row that resulted in $515m being paid to Bernard Tapie, the entrepreneur. Criminal charges against Lagarde would mark the second straight scandal for an IMF chief, after her predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn, also from France, resigned in disgrace in 2011 over an alleged assault on a New York hotel maid.

Lagarde, the first woman to run an organisation considered the pillar of the international financial system, was named the world's seventh most powerful woman by Forbes magazine on Wednesday.

Tapie, a former politician, went to prison for match-fixing during his time as president of French football club Olympique de Marseille. Prosecutors working for the CJR suspect he received favourable treatment in return for supporting Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential election. They have suggested Lagarde - who at the time was finance minister - was partly responsible for "numerous anomalies and irregularities" which could lead to charges for complicity in fraud and misappropriation of public funds.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/05/20135248213122202.html



The last IMF head couldn't keep his hands off of women, the current one can't keep her hands out of the cookie jar. These are the people who decide if the World's poor will get relief or suffer under ever worsening austerity? What a screwed-up system!
Posted by another_liberal | Fri May 24, 2013, 07:37 AM (2 replies)
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