Iraqi army helped Syrian government retake border checkpoint..”SNC knows Syrian government will not be defeated on the military battlefield”
The Iraqi army has reportedly shelled Free Syrian Army positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency.
Syrian troops have recaptured the Al-Ya’robiya checkpoint on the border with Iraq on Friday night. According to witness reports on Twitter, Iraq’s armed forces moved in to help with the operation and shelled the border post, which was held by the rebels.
An Al-Arabiya correspondent also confirmed that targets inside Syria had been shelled while Iraqi snipers took positions near the crossing. Massive reinforcements have also been deployed in Baghdad near the Syrian border, the correspondent said.
Hopes for progress in Syria were raised after Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov met with the leader of the main opposition group. But peace is impossible while other governments are influencing the conflict, political analyst Marcus Papadopoulos told RT.
While addressing the Munich Security Conference Lavrov explained that despite the worsening situation in the region, peace is still within reach and the war in Syria “could be over if all sides stuck honestly and loyally to the principles of the June 30 Geneva conference.”
On the sidelines of the conference, Lavrov met for the first time with Syrian opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib. The meeting was closed to the media.
The editor of Politics First Magazine, Marcus Papadopoulos, told RT that the fact that the Syrian National Coalition agreed to hold talks with Russian foreign minister means the opposition acknowledges that the Syrian government “is not going to be defeated on the military battlefield.”
Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib Al-Hasani (Arabic: أحمد معاذ الخطيب الحسني, born 1960) is the President of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution. He is a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
Khatib originally studied applied geophysics and worked as an engineer and manager for several large oil companies, including Royal Dutch Shell’s Syrian division, for six years. He is a member of the Syrian Geological Society and the Syrian Society for Psychological Science. He was previously President and remains Honorary President of the Islamic Society of Urbanization.
Born in 1960, Khatib comes from a well-known and notable Sunni Muslim Damascene family. His father, Sheikh Mohammed Abu al-Faraj al-Khatib, was a prominent Islamic scholar and preacher at the Umayyad Mosque, as were his paternal forebears.
Khatib also established the Islamic Civilization Society, and taught Sharia (Islamic Law) at the Dutch Institute Sheikh Badr al-Din al-Husni in Damascus, and Daawa (Call to Islam) studies at the Tahzib Institute for Sharia Sciences. He traveled internationally to teach including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Turkey, the UK and US.
Al-Khatib is a supporter of Qatar-based Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric and preacher Yusuf al-Qaradaw.
Khatib has also referred to Shia Muslims as “rejectionists”and stated that the Shi’ites “establish lies and follow them”, on occasions when he spoke to an Arab public.
After being elected President of the coalition, Khatib called on world powers to fully arm the Free Syrian Army.
Moaz al-Khatib has also called on the US to reconsider its Autumn 2012 decision to list the foreign and Syrian fighters of the Al-Nusra Front, as a foreign terrorist organization. Khatib condemned the listing of Al-Nusra as a terrorist organization, Khatib instead publicly stressed that the Al-Nusra Front, though Salafi and Islamist, is a major military force and ally in the rebellion to topple the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
its significant that iraq enters the fray..and in support of assad..
khatib bears watching..i was wondering where he popped up from..and when we take a look we see why..oh..royal dutch shell..and connections to qatar and a proponent of sharia law..almost a morsi clone eh?