News: 10-Sep-13

  1. Ayatollah Sistani and The Battle of Najaf
    A memoir published in 2012 by a representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani sheds new light on the Battle of Najaf that unfolded in August 2004 in southern Iraq.
  2. Report: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria
    (USA TODAY) – Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agency reports.
  3. White House Chief of Staff: There is no Evidence Syrian Government Carried Out Chemical Attacks
    US White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough made the unbelievable admission this week that Western interests have concluded Syria carried out an alleged chemical attack in eastern Damascus based on “common sense” rather than “irrefutable evidence.”
  4. Yemen Sunni-Shiite clashes ‘leave 42 dead in 10 days’
    AFP – At least 42 people have been killed in 10 days of clashes in Yemen between Sunni Islamists and Shiite rebels, tribal sources and an official said on Monday.
  5. Syria ‘welcomes’ Russia’s proposal to put chemical weapons under int’l control
    Moscow: Syria has “welcomed” Russia’s proposal for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to put chemical weapons under international control, CNN reported on Monday.
  6. End of Syrian conflict must be political not military: John Kerry
    London: Asserting that any US military strikes in Syria would be “unbelievably small”, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political and not military.
  7. American Shiite Muslim groups speak out against Syrian military strike
    WASHINGTON, September 9, 2013 — This week a broad coalition of the top US based Shiite Muslim organizations issued a “Joint Statement on Syria” voicing opposition to a military intervention in Syria. The statement reads in part “We believe in a non-violent solution to the crisis at hand, and support the efforts of international leaders to resolve this issue through diplomacy and dialogue, rather than through violence or other military action.
  8. Analysis – Obama growing isolated on Syria as support wanes
    (Reuters) – White House efforts to convince the U.S. Congress to back military action against Syria are not only failing, they seem to be stiffening the opposition.

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