29.09.2019

The Syria Files

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The international mainstream media have chosen to focus attention on the link between the two via the Syria Files. IMHO the only serious question is whether this should constitute a subsection of Information published by WikiLeaks or not. How can the answer be improved? The Syrian Foreign Ministry filed a pair of complaints with the United Nations against Israel on Thursday, hours after Israeli warplanes allegedly struck a facility in northwestern Syria where the.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry filed a pair of complaints with the United Nations against Israel on Thursday, hours after Israeli warplanes allegedly struck a facility in northwestern Syria where the regime of Bashar Assad is said to have stockpiled chemical weapons and missiles. In letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Syria accused Israel of “repeated aggressions” against Damascus and of “systematic behavior with the aim of protecting Jabhat al-Nusra the Nusra Front and ISIS Islamic State terrorists.”. The Assad regimes alleged Israel was acting on behalf of “terrorist groups which are carrying out its aggressive agenda and in response to the great achievements made by the Syrian Arab army and its allies in their war against terrorism. Syria said that any attack against its regime forces “forms a direct support to terrorism, taking into account that the Syrian Arab army is fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world.” The Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the Security Council to take “decisive measures to put an end to such flagrant attacks,” according to a report in the Syrian state news agency SANA. The Syrian army confirmed Thursday morning that a military site near Masyaf was bombed, saying the attack was carried out by Israeli jets and killed two people. The target was apparently a Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS) facility in the northern Hama region; CERS is a Syrian government agency that Western officials have long associated with the production of chemical weapons. “Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02:42 a.m.

On Thursday targeting one of the Syrian military posts near Massyaf, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site,” the Syrian army said in a statement carried by SANA. A Syrian facility reportedly attacked by Israeli aircraft early on Thursday, September 7, 2017 (screen capture: Twitter) The Syrian military said the attack was “a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed morale” of the Islamic State group “after the sweeping victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army” and affirmed Israel’s “direct support” for IS and “other terrorist organizations.” It warned it could have “dangerous repercussions.” Unconfirmed Lebanese reports said Israel also struck a convoy belonging to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. Opposition sources quoted by Israel Radio said the airstrike in Syria destroyed weapons stores including chemical-tipped missiles that were to be delivered to Hezbollah.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on any of the reports. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman leads a faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party at the Knesset on July 10, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Hours after the alleged strike, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to prevent Iran from establishing a Shiite-controlled land corridor stretching from Tehran to Damascus. Israel isn’t looking to intervene in the Syrian conflict, the defense minister said, but indicated the Air Force would continue to hit Iran-backed Hezbollah military targets there as necessary. In May, Liberman said the IDF only carries out raids in Syria for three reasons: when Israel comes under fire, to prevent arms transfers, and to avert a “ticking timebomb,” namely to thwart imminent terror attacks on Israel by groups on its borders. Syrian opposition forces have in recent months claimed the Masyaf site, and other CERS facilities, have been working on a joint projects with Iranian specialists to develop chemical weapons capability for missiles.

A senior member of the Syrian opposition, citing security officials still working for the regime at the time, that Assad’s forces were stockpiling chemical substances and missiles carrying chemical warheads at the site, which was not made available to international inspectors tasked with ensuring the destruction of the weapons. In April the Trump administration placed sanctions on hundreds of CERS employees following a chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of civilians, including children. On Wednesday, a report by a UN war crimes commission that the Syrian regime was behind the attack and that it had used sarin nerve gas. Israel has for years been widely believed to have carried out airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria — including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles — as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations on an individual basis.

Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Amir Eshel speaks at the Herzliya Conference in Herzliya, June 21, 2017. (Courtesy/Herzliya Conference) In August a former commander of Israel’s air force said that it had carried out dozens of airstrikes on weapons convoys destined for the Hezbollah over the past five years. The remarks by Maj.

Amir Eshel revealed for the first time the scale of the strikes, which are usually neither confirmed nor denied by the IAF. The most famous Israeli strike in Syria took place almost exactly 10 years ago, on September 6, 2007, when IAF aircraft bombed a suspected nuclear reactor in Deir Ezzor. Israel has largely stayed out of the fray during the six-year-long civil war in neighboring Syria, but has repeatedly said it will act to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring advanced weapons.

Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israeli communities during its latest war with Israel in 2006. Since Tuesday, tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers against Hezbollah in northern Israel, marking the IDF’s largest exercise in nearly 20 years, the army announced Monday, amid tensions over growing Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon.

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If the quarter million State Department cables that WikiLeaks heaved onto the Internet in 2010 and 2011 was a “megaleak,” the secret-spilling group may need a new word to capture the size of its latest release: 2.4 million emails from Syrian politicians, officials, and associated companies, representing one of the group’s largest document dumps yet, a collection of data the group describes as 100 times the raw size of its State Department release. The gargantuan new release, which WikiLeaks has titled the, was announced in an event at the London Press Club Thursday morning by Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks staffer and sometimes-assistant to the group’s founder Julian Assange, who remains hidden in London’s Ecuadorean embassy seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sex crimes. WikiLeaks describes the data dump as having come from 680 different domain names and 678,000 individual email addresses, with more than a million recipients. Given that broad sweep, it’s difficult to imagine what sort of insider or external hacker might even have access to so many institutions: The most likely explanation may be a leak or outside data breach at one or several of Syria’s Internet service providers. As usual, WikiLeaks has kept its source anonymous.

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In fact, the Syria Files may be so large and varied that even WikiLeaks has little idea what it has on its hands. For now, only a few dozen of the files, dated from 2006 to the present, have been publicly released and analyzed by WikiLeaks’ media partners, the Associated Press and a collection of small newspapers. WikiLeaks’ Harrison kept Thursday’s press conference short, reading the same statement posted to WikiLeaks’ website and demonstrating a search tool the group has developed for the files, then quickly disappearing. And WikiLeaks has issued an unusual caveat with its announcement, admitting that it “in such a large collection of information, it is not possible to verify every single email at once; however, WikiLeaks and its co-publishers have done so for all initial stories to be published. We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the data are what they purport to be.” If their sheer size wasn’t enough, language may be another barrier to easily sifting through the files: At least 400,000 are in Arabic and another 68,000 are in Russian.

So far only a single scoop seems to have emerged from WikiLeaks’ unusually meager collection of press partners: evidence that the Italian firm Finmeccania offered its Tetra communications system to the Syrian and Iranian governments, as described by the Italian and Spanish newspapers. But the opacity of the rest of the files hasn’t stopped WikiLeaks and Assange from making their usual bold claims about the importance of the documents in understanding a conflict between the repressive regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and opposition forces, a civil war that has killed thousands over the last year and a half. “The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another,” the group’s statement reads. It also includes a quote from Assange: “The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.” If resolving Syria’s problems involves wading into a vat of 2.4 million emails, both WikiLeaks and the media groups it’s partnered with have a daunting task ahead of them. But with so much data to work with, expect more revelations to eventually bubble to the surface.

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Correction: The original version of this story called the Syria Files WikiLeaks’ largest document leak yet. In fact its Stratfor release, which the group has said includes 5 million emails, may have been larger.