Jerusalem – Syria is preparing for war with Israel this summer, the Syrian government newspaper Al-Thawra claims. An editorial in the paper claims that Israel is planning war against Syria, and it would be disgraceful were Syria not to prepare for it. Assurances from Israel saying that the military maneuvers on the Golan Heights are not meant to prepare for an attack on Syria, are not having the desired effect. “Israel is conducting military maneuvers on the Golan Heights and then saying that Syria is planning a war,” the newspaper wrote. “We believe that the war will be in the summer (after the release of the full Winograd Committee report) to improve Israel’s military image, which was damaged by the war in Lebanon.
“Israel always raises a cry when Syria carries out an arms deal. Even when we buy hunting rifles. At the same time, Israel has nuclear weapons and the most advanced and lethal military equipment in the world. When the U.S. pushes Israel to do the dirty work (of war), it would be extremely foolhardy not to expect Syria to prepare for an Israeli attack in the summer. After all, Israel, which suffered a humiliating military defeat last July, is now trying by means of a new war, to wash away its shame,” wrote the newspaper, which reflects the official Syrian line.
Saudi Citizens Lead
Al-Qaida Insurrection In Lebanon
The Middle East Newsline has broken the story that Saudi citizens have played a major role in the al-Qaida insurrection in Lebanon. Lebanese sources said scores of Saudis were participating in the Fatah Al Islam insurgency in and around the Naher el-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. The sources said the Saudis served as commanders and financiers of the insurrection, which began some 45 days ago. “The Saudis have been making decisions regarding the war,” a Lebanese security source said. So far, at least 23 Saudi citizens were killed in the Fatah Al Islam insurrection. PLO Secretary-General Sultan Abul Al Einan said the Saudis were buried in a mass grave in Naher Al Bared.
Abu Al Einan, who also heads the Fatah movement in Lebanon, told the London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily that Fatah Al Islam contained 43 Saudi fighters. He said one of the Saudis surrendered to Fatah in Naher el-Bared and was transferred to the Lebanese Army. Fatah Al Islam has recruited operatives from such countries as Algeria, Chechnya, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Many of the Saudis arrived in Lebanon on tourist visas and trained at the UNRWA Ein Hilwe refugee camp outside Sidon.
Some of the Saudi fighters in Lebanon have led IED cells for Fatah Al Islam. The Saudis were said to have been trained in Afghanistan and Iraq and included those on the Saudi Interior Ministry list of leading al-Qaida fugitives.
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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