British Embassy In Syria Quietly Under Construction As UK Concedes Assad To Stay

Syria’s President Assad is fast “coming in from the cold” a recent AFP headline concluded.

This not unlike the history of Libya’s Gaddafi, suddenly going from international pariah status to being courted by the Bush administration starting in 2004, culminating in Condoleezza Rice sharing a late night dinner with the late Libyan dictator during an official visit in September 2008 (though later returning to “pariah” in 2011, leading to a bloody field execution). But for Assad, who’s long long promised to “liberate every inch” of natural Syria now a greater possibility given US plans to pull all troops out of the country likely within months things could be moving faster than anyone expected.

An exclusive report by Middle East news site, Al Masdar, suggests the UK could be the next to reestablish official diplomatic relations with Assad, as the British Embassy in Damascus appears to be undergoing construction after being shuttered for most of the conflict following the suspension of all services in 2012. Could Britain be readying to reopen its embassy in Syria following similar preparations by a spate of Arab nations, most notably the UAE?

Al Masdar News was able to confirm the following by visiting the British embassy location in Damascus:

The British Embassy in Damascus is undergoing construction, despite the fact that it was closed at the start of the Syrian conflict.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent who visited the site, the British Embassy in Damascus was indeed under construction, marking the first time since its closure that any work has been done to the building.

Syrian government officials, who would be kept apprised of any impending plans or construction works, declined to comment:

Al-Masdar reached out to the Syrian government about the mysterious construction; however, the official in Damascus declined to comment on the project.

The project reportedly began earlier this week and the construction focused on the front entrance of the building.

Iranian media is also currently circulating reports of renovations underway on the UK’s embassy to Syria, via Fars News:

The Arabic-language Rai al-Youm quoted informed sources as saying that the renovation process of the UK embassy in Damascus has begun on Thursday.

The sources pointed to the presence of an interior renovation team in Damascus, and said that the embassy is preparing for reopening in the near future.

In a relevant development in late December, as Arab states had rushed to resume ties with Damascus, former Britain’s Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford said “Washington is not powerful enough to block restoration of Arab states’ diplomatic relations” with Syria.

Crucially, news of construction on the embassy building comes the same day UK’s Foreign Ministry has announced it’s officially given up on hoped-for regime change in Syria. From the start of the war UK intelligence has been at the forefront, alongside the CIA, of regime change efforts including funding, arming, and training opposition forces in Syria.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks during a press conference at Ministry of Foreign Affair in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. via the AP

According to The Telegraph, citing official statements:

Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Minister, has conceded that President Bashar al-Assad will remain in place for “a while”, reversing Britain’s long-held position to reflect the new reality on the ground in Syria.

“The British long-standing position is that we won’t have lasting peace in Syria with that (Assad-led) regime,” Mr Hunt said. “But regretfully we do think he’s going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he’s had from Russia.”

The foreign minister further said in a television interview with Sky News, “Russia may think that it’s gained a sphere of influence. What we would say to them is: Yes – and you’ve also gained a responsibility.”

Hunt called on Russia to ensure no chemical weapons are used, something the West has long accused Assad of: “If you’re going to be involved in Syria then you need to make sure that there really is peace in Syria,” Hunt said. “And that means making sure that President Assad does not use chemical weapons on his own people.”

Thus it appears Assad’s “normalization” with both Arab and increasingly even Western countries who were a short time ago enemies is moving fast.

The UAE Embassy in Damascus reopened last Thursday, Dec. 27. via Syrian Digital Media

First, a week ago the embassy of the United Arab Emirates was formally re-opened in a ceremony in Damascus – the first time a Gulf country re-established official relations with the Assad government since all GCC states first shuttered their embassies there in 2012. And more significant, following this Gulf nations are now reportedly leading efforts to readmit Syria into the Arab League after the organization expelled Damascus eight years ago when the conflict first began.

Should the British embassy in Damascus indeed announce that it will open in the coming months, this will mark the beginning of Assad’s acceptance once again by the West, and would further likely green light a Syrian and Russian attack on Idlib which is the last large al-Qaeda bastion in the country.

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https://www.infowars.com/british-embassy-in-syria-quietly-under-construction-as-uk-concedes-assad-to-stay/

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Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told.

Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.

It is unclear why Manafort would have wanted to see Assange and what was discussed. But the last apparent meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016. Months later WikiLeaks released a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers.

Manafort, 69, denies involvement in the hack and says the claim is “100% false”. His lawyers declined to answer the Guardian’s questions about the visits.

In a series of tweets WikiLeaks said Assange and Manafort had not met. Assange described the story as a hoax.

Manafort was jailed this year and was thought to have become a star cooperator in the Mueller inquiry. But on Monday Mueller said Manafort had repeatedly lied to the FBI, despite agreeing to cooperate two months ago in a plea deal. According to a court document, Manafort had committed “crimes and lies” on a “variety of subject matters”.

His defence team says he believes what he has told Mueller to be truthful and has not violated his deal.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/27/manafort-held-secret-talks-with-assange-in-ecuadorian-embassy

Ecuador orders withdrawal of extra Assange security from embassy in London

“The President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, has ordered that any additional security at the Ecuadorian embassy in London be withdrawn immediately,” the government said in a statement. “

From now on, it will maintain normal security similar to that of other Ecuadorian embassies,” the statement said.

Ecuador suspended Assange’s communication systems in March after his pointed political comments on Twitter.

Moreno has described Assange’s situation as “a stone in his shoe.”

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-assange/ecuador-orders-withdrawal-of-extra-assange-security-from-embassy-in-london-idUSKCN1IJ08X

US embassy in Turkey to be closed over ‘security threat’

The US embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara will be closed to the public on Monday over a “security threat”, the mission announced on its website.

The embassy was the target in 2013 of a suicide bombing claimed by a far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard.

Relations between NATO allies Washington and Ankara are strained over a number of issues, notably the US arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia, the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-embassy-turkey-closed-over-security-threat-214502210.html

Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending embassy opening

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will discuss the possibility of US President Donald Trump attending the May opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem when he meets Trump on Monday.

Netanyahu made the comment late Saturday before boarding a flight to the United States.

“I’ll definitely discuss with him that possibility,” Netanyahu said in response to a journalist’s question on whether he planned to invite Trump for the occasion.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/netanyahu-talk-trump-attending-embassy-opening-090810839.html

US embassy in Montenegro ‘UNDER ATTACK’- BLASTED with grenades

The attack in the capital city of Podgorica happened just before midnight last night. The embassy was closed at the time of the incident.

The government of Montenegro confirmed an unknown assailant threw the grenade into the embassy compound and then blew himself up with another explosive device.

There are no reported deaths except of the attacker.

The New York Times reported that a witness saw the man throw the object over the wall at around midnight.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/922304/us-embassy-montenegro-attack-grenade-explosion-dead

Assange’s stay in London embassy untenable, says Ecuador

Ecuador’s foreign minister has said Julian Assange’s five-and-a-half-year stay in her country’s London embassy is “untenable” and should be ended through international mediation.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Knightsbridge since the summer of 2012, when he faced the prospect of extradition to Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women. He denies the accusations.

Swedish prosecutors last year unexpectedly dropped their investigation into the allegations, which included a claim of rape. But Assange still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside the embassy and WikiLeaks has voiced fears that the US will seek his extradition and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest.

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https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/09/julian-assange-stay-in-london-embassy-untenable-says-ecuador

RT: Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi

CAIRO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday.

A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

“The person who carried out the stabbing of a guard outside the American embassy in Nairobi last Thursday was a soldier of Islamic State responding to calls to target coalition countries,” Amaq said.

Kenya’s police spokesman said at the time the motive was unclear and an investigation was launched. The spokesman could not immediately be reached on Saturday.

Islamic State previously claimed an attack in Kenya in September by three women who were shot dead after they tricked their way into a police station in Mombasa and tried to torch the building, according to police. The police in Kenya have also previously said they had detained sympathisers with the group.

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http://news.trust.org/item/20161029200851-rt14b

 

Wikileaks: SAUDIS TOLD HILLARY NOT TO SEND AID TO BENGHAZI EMBASSY

​-Wikileaks just released this email which proves that the Saudi’s were the ones that ordered Hilary to leave the men behind to die in Benghazi.

—Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last few years, not only did Hillary ‘lose’ $1,5000,000,000 that was sent to Libya, she also got 4 servicemen killed after she abandoned them like a box of stillborn puppies.  Among these were a US Ambassador, the first ambassador to die in over 3 decades, not to mention the thousands of Libyans who died in the subsequent power vacuum.

-EH 

FOR THE FULL REPORT FOLLOW THE LINK 

http://viralliberty.com/just-learned-ordered-hillary-leave-soldiers-benghazi-kidding/