tv Headline News RT July 15, 2013 3:00am-3:30am EDT
breaking news. sources say israel used. to launch one of its attacks syria. has been experiencing in recent years. meanwhile syria's military reportedly finds a rebel. chemical substances at the flames coming in directly from syrian state television. ads across the u.s. the police firing rubber bullets at crowds protesting the controversial acquittal of george zimmerman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager.
good morning from moscow where it's now eleven am on monday this is with me will receive straight to our breaking news for you this hour for the first time since the outbreak of the syrian conflict israel has used turkish military bases for its strikes against syria this is according to our sources and the latest on this now from our middle east correspondent paula. r.t. sources tell us that israel used turkish military bases to launch attacks inside syria now these allegations refer to one of the israeli attacks but the latest attack was carried out in early july when there was a pre-dawn strike on the syrian city of latakia that allegedly targeted russian made anti ship missiles u.s. officials speaking on condition of anonymity say that this attack on this weapons of this pope was in all likelihood and israeli airstrike it happened not far from
a russian base and there is suspicion from many quarters that israeli fighter jets were responsible a number of syrian troops were killed and wounded in those explosions no one has officially come saying was in came the sponsibility for the attack r.t. requested a reaction from the israeli government about the government declined to comment what is important is that the attack from the reports we have from our sources here in r.t. originated on the turkish side of the border our sources telling us that is late playing a live free base inside to a key and approach the taqiyya from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of the syrian airspace so that they could not become a legitimate target for the syrian air force this if true is yet a mother brazen israeli attack on a foreign country without any declaration of war as well in turkey have not been the best of friends in recent years we have the fewest till incident back in two thousand and ten in which nine people were killed that was condemned
internationally and although there were conflicting reports as to exactly what happened israel never stepped forward with an apology and to watch and when his role did apologize turkey accepted the apology there was a lot of fanfare and international coverage made over that but it was really surprising because the two countries were really at odds at the time turkey recorded some vasser to it suspended ties. with israel and what we see now is a sudden change of heart in tokyo towards israel this is a very unusual regional development because you have both regional powers who looked at odds with each other and then we have this recent information about compilation of an attack inside syria now what might be a real surprise for many of our viewers how deeply embedded israel and turkey at one stage were the two countries had very close relations in the one nine hundred ninety s. particularly military cooperation all of that deteriorated after the flotilla
incident they can now be legitimate questions asked about the sincere motivation for the apology that israel gave over that flotilla incident questions need to be asked how and why an islamic country like turkey is allowing its arch enemy israel to use turkish bases to bomb a nother muslim nation and no doubt there is going to be massive fallout for turkey because of this compilation with israel so if indeed this month's latakia strike proves to be an israeli defense force operation it could become the country's fourth attack against syria in six months or have a look back now and some of the previous air raids a military compound just outside damascus was bombed on january thirty first second similar one reportedly happening on may third as well that's when a rocket struck a warehouse that damascus international airport allegedly containing surface to surface missiles are just about two days later though massive blasts were described
as an earthquake like shaking the same military base that was targeted in january now on all occasions the attacks were justified as operations to wipe out iranian missiles bound for hezbollah but middle east expert and historian tariq ali he says israel is looking to get square with hezbollah simply by putting a choke hold on the syrian regime. it's rhodes motivation as always joe showed the arabs both inside israel an outside look this is how tough we are we can hit any town get in the middle east that we want to no one can do anything about it this is a country which is above the law considers itself above the law and it's united states musters and its european friends will do nothing to stop i have very little doubt the israelis informed the united states that we were going to attack an attack at his is like a red bull to the israelis and the israelis haven't been able to wipe it out though
they've tried many a time and they're now hoping that they can do it by completely weakening or destroying the syrian regime the syrian state could break up or be completely destroyed so they're not unaware of of what is happening in that country and in directly i would say yes they are providing help to the rebels. now turkey and israel have been a lot ahead since the twenty ten commando raid on a turkish humanitarian aid flotilla which sparked fury from ankara now at the time the turkish prime minister recep over one he accused israel of carrying out a massacre saying that wouldn't ever be able to wash the blood off its hands turkish outrage was echoed by a un human rights council report a slamming israeli troops for breaching international law and using an unacceptable level of brutality in two thousand and twelve a trial in absentia began of four former israeli commandos on charges of inciting
murder through cruelty and torture the however on march twenty second of this year all legal action came to an unexpected and abrupt hold after benjamin netanyahu and out of the one spoke on the phone with the israeli prime minister expressing his regret for the loss of turkish life. now we're told he's of course been a key player in the syrian conflict over the past two years and once strong allies ankara and damascus fell out when the syrian unrest began as a turkey sided with the opposition and called on president assad to step down and encourage maintains what's being described as an open door policy towards its arab leader now around four hundred thousand refugees have fled across the border into turkey most of them settling down in what's become known as a buffer zone meanwhile anger has been facilitating the transfer of weapons and equipment to the syrian rebels with arms allegedly coming in from u.s. allies all across the region now rebel fighters and mercenaries have also been
granted safe passage both ways across the border and so he's given key syrian political and military figures a platform for plotting their strategy against the syrian government of the cross border tension has seen several exchanges of mortar and artillery fire one of the sharpest escalations came when syria shot down a turkish reconnaissance plane that was about a year ago now i do stay with us if you can hear on our t.v. . more updates on this breaking news story throughout the day. by meanwhile according to a syrian state television it's announcing now that the army has discovered a rebel operated chemical laboratory packed with toxic substances the military claims they were destined to be packed into mortars then used to attack government forces in damascus and comes a week after the army found over two hundred eighty barrels of hazardous chemicals at a rebel hired out and has different city for the syrian u.n. ambassador claimed it was
a potentially enough to destroy the whole city if not the whole country allegations of chemical weapons being used by both sides have been a crucial issue in the international dispute on how to handle the conflict in syria and defense consultant said it's now vitally important to find out exactly where the rebels are getting the chemicals from. the leaflets that student military has. fuel. that they shouldn't be. and we should know what your route that we have picked up. or sort of already right you look at news. like. well you know like iraq at all. it going after one man and destroying the nation like the bilby of meat you know to react and build your own will not react.
right it did it when it was iraq so i'm sure we want. that. thanks for joining us here. still ahead for you in this program edward snowden remains holed up in. we take a closer look at the scope of his revelations in just a couple of minutes. plus we shift gears and gaze to egypt which is forming a new government amid a freeze on islamist. protests demanding the reinstatement of the ousted president more on that early spring. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems. you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you. are welcome to the big picture.
to you thanks for joining us today several u.s. cities have been gripped by protests against the current. devotional acquittal of george zimmerman he was cleared of murder charges off the shooting dead of an unarmed black teenager demonstrations turn violent in los angeles where police fired rubber bullets at the crowds and on the east coast in new york several protesters were arrested as thousands blocked streets in the city's sends the latest now from on to use more important. in los angeles now the rally has gotten some would say quite violent violent because some of the protesters participating in the in the justice for trayvon are rally were shot at by rubber bill bullets those bullets were fired by the self the stores in los angeles the arrogant receiving reports that some protesters have been transferred to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries we don't know how extreme the injuries are streets
are clearly still full with lots of protesters that are have been walking hour by hour all through the streets of manhattan it started out in union square and the procession of people just grew larger and louder i caught up with the crowd that was probably in its thousands on twenty third street and at that point the crowd was so large that cars could not pass through the streets according to what we know there have been at least five arrests that number is and you know we're being more cautious but that number according to reports that number is quite quite higher now what has brought all these people onto the streets of new york city in los angeles and boston elsewhere is clearly there for a stray should an aggravation that millions of americans have with the verdict that came down for george zimmerman george zimmerman as you mentioned was found not guilty and acquitted on the charges of second degree murder george zimmerman a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen year old trayvon martin it
was in self-defense now that was the claim and that's what the jury of how millions of americans believe that this is not just a matter of stand your stay in your. door or self-defense is a matter of a man that was a community watch person that was armed with a gun we spoke with some of those participating in the and the rallies here's what they had to say this verdict makes a very clear and gives a green light to anyone that wants to shoot and kill a youth of color and you can get off the rock and go on and live your life and it's ok i do have a daughter and it's terrifying that i now have to go and have this conversation with her about being profiled and keeping her sane and helping her understand what she has to do to keep herself safe against other people and the police department. now overnight protests from saturday to sunday did get quite heated particularly in oakland california where we saw video of the windows of police cars in the windows
of buildings being smashed by some of those that were participating in the rally meantime the u.s. justice department has announced that it will be investigating and looking into whether or not a civil rights prosecution should be raised against george zimmerman. we'll be bringing you the latest updates on the zimmerman verdict protests in america you can always or head over to our website dot com to get more on the story including a dramatic images of from from the scenes that is all of the demonstrations. or this could have you with us here on out c let's get back to our breaking news story here now that we have from sources in the region that israel has been using turkish military bases to attack syria if indeed this is confirmed it could possibly be the fourth is ready strike against syria in six months let's discuss these developments now with
a journalist and writer who's extensively covered the syrian conflict i thank you so much for coming on here on our t. today we are seeing such a sharp change of rhetoric from turkey after accusations that a photo attack back in twenty ten was a massacre how did it all change so quickly because only four months ago i'm sure it was still pressing its court case over the incident against israel. yes we have first we have first to see that turkey place a very very important role in the syrian conflict we know that the turkish syrian border are several camps where international terrorists and where they are skilled and trained for their activities on syrian soil so syria is playing an important role and of course turkey is also an ally of. the critics of prime minister of iran in the in the past years especially in turkey is still a very important ally and maybe maybe the most important ally in the region so do
you think that would explain what's more important for turkey than getting rid of assad or keeping on good terms with the rest of the regional players. well i think that turkey is not on their own behalf not just on turkish behalf turkey is we have to remember a very very important nato member and turkey knows that it is acting also for the nato turkey is now right now providing the military bases for the nato patriot rocket system which are directed against syria so turkey knows how to connect its own let me tell it to amman dream of being the leading power in the region and with its role playing in the nato and the nato is. very aggressive and this can vary a little syria especially the united states but also the united kingdom and france what we're already seeing on all the twitter sphere today that some people saying
it's not that hard to believe that indeed he would help israel as you were saying because of the nato element involved here indeed but what do you think of such cooperation between some of the syrian government's toughest rivals in the region mean now for the assad regime. well i don't think that this is a huge change for all the general situation because. what's supporting in the past the so-called rebels in this what the media claim it is a civil war but it's in reality since a long time approx evil or we have right now militants from more than twenty five nations fighting in syria against the syrian government and of course east river was supporting the rebels they were they were they found arms and weaponry from. the revenue side and turkey also is supporting in a strong way the rebels on syrian soil we know that turkey was even stealing from
a little industrial component transporting them to turkey so these both countries play already since a long time an important role in that conflict in that proxy war on syrian soil so it's not at all surprising at all and it's very interesting how you call this a proxy war with up to upwards of twenty nations being involved because ultimately what started off as an internal conflict in syria is as you say drawing in multiple external players we know that for example iran has sent in the revolutionary guards lebanon's hezbollah is in the field the west supplies to the rebels al qaida that we thought was fighting alongside the opposition is now fighting among the opposition where is this all going. this is hard to say it's hard to say when it will end the only thing what is sure is that this war will end at that moment when the west and when they're ready countries will stop the lethal support of the rebels when they push the rebels to negotiate or the syrian rebel cities
because foreign militants don't have any reason to negotiate with the syrian regime they don't they want something else they want to disintegrate syria they want to establish and say we're reaching maybe a type of islam is. when we look at western politicians what they say about syria they dream already about the disintegration of syria and several sectarian entities so what this means at the end this conflict will end at the point where at least the syrian opposition the aren't opposition comes together with the government to negotiate but this will not take place until the moment when the foreign support stops for those militants but when you talk about when the foreign support stops for example we understand it was just the last week or so that al-qaeda militants were negotiating with the rebel commanders transit routes for incoming weapons imports then we understand that an al qaeda leader killed
a rebel commander and then al qaeda came out and said all rebel commanders must be killed now do you think the west is still going to seriously consider the rebels if indeed al qaida has infiltrated their ranks. we should really see the realities in western media there are the good which are the so-called moderate rebels and the so-called bad rebels which are the. rebels but this doesn't hit the reality at all the reality is that in certain. they cooperate very tense that there is a fluent circulation of mannitol fighters and for example of what i heard yesterday from a reliable security source in damascus is that around between one hundred and two hundred rockets we have delivered to the so-called moderate rebels which is the way they sold them to the rebels because they have
a lot of money they get from the gulf states for example so you see it's really really hard to distinguish between moderates and extremists and just let me finish this with one sentence the rebel that we all witnessed eating the heart of killed syrian soldier was not an extremist we spoke speaking here about the so-called moderate rebel eve also if it's a man not a man. joining us live a journalist who's i've written extensively about the ongoing syrian conflict many thanks indeed for your time today thank you. well it would snowden's fate could finally see some clarity as we continue here on live from moscow the whistleblower reportedly reapplying for refuge here in the russian capital meanwhile glenn greenwald the guardian journalist who was set to hold all of snowden's future revelations claims the next leak could be the american government's worst nightmare . takes a closer look at just what's been revealed to date. well not only are civilians from all over the world being monitored but so are governments that are closely
allied to the united states according to newspaper reports thirty eight separate missions and embassies have been surveilled the countries believed to have been spied on are in green that starts in the asia pacific region south korean authorities to reinforce anti bugging measures after their missions were allegedly spied upon japan also fell foul to u.s. surveillance now moving it to the middle east iran's nuclear facilities of course a long time cause of contention were apparently targeted by a computer virus created by the u.s. and israel in two thousand and nine it's claimed the n.s.a. got their hands on top secret communications between russian president dmitri medvedev and his delegation journey g twenty in london if we move to europe french president francois hollande said negotiations over a huge pending trade deal between the u.s. and the shouldn't go ahead into washington halted any surveillance activity on a new allies moving to latin america where oil and military purchases were
monitored in venezuela there were also telephone and e-mail intercepts in colombia a close military ally of washington while brazil has expressed its deep concern about revelations that its citizens were spied on in an industrial scale now these are just some examples of the thirty eight countries missions and embassies the u.s. thought to have spied on a many of these nations remember a friendly to washington one such country is germany which was particularly stung by snowden's revelations europe strongest economy is it seems being closely watched by the united states with around five hundred million data intercepts each month these include mehta data on emails telephone calls s.m.s. text instant messages meanwhile in china of course the country that allowed snowden to slip through the net when he fled hong kong leaks revealed that every chinese computer that is hacked thirty three percent of these attacks originate from in america. can i pay addressed and it's not just civilians being monitored hospitals
and universities are also being targeted when you look at the scale and scope of america's global surveillance program and the fact that allied governments have also been bugged in recent years it makes it increasingly difficult for washington to get continue using national security as a justification for simply appears to be a mass espionage. i have so much more news for you online this hour a doughty dot com including. yours is the largest military drill since soviet times talking about one hundred sixty thousand servicemen a thousand times and one hundred thirty planes all taking part in the war games before story right now a click away. taking to the skies have a look here a canadian engineer has created the world's first human powered helicopter going head to r.t. dot com to watch the video of its revolutionary machine fueled only by the pilot pedaling. to egypt where the new government is slowly taking shape
amid continuing protests by supporters of the deposed president mohammed morsy with mass demonstrations on the horizon the u.s. under secretary of state bill burns is expected to talk to the country's new leaders or later on monday now the clampdown on islamists or the prosecution freeze assets of fourteen of the brotherhood's leaders and to washington the government picked two of the most western leading diplomats for top post in the interim government a key opposition figure and the former chief of the i.a.e.a. mohamed el baradei he's become vice president of foreign affairs former pastor to the u.s. army became the nation's foreign minister a middle east journalist he says if indeed the islamists are not included egypt will only face further chaos. the big question is well what power will they really have the civilians i mean it's really the. military are running.
the country. to. the. muslim brotherhood in a little game and that's the big question morsi being much more. than he was to the opposition are trying to get. more sleep. but a very stupid game and in effect shot himself down and. in he shot his own party down at the same time and he's he's as much response was anyone through creating the mess that egypt is in right now if that the muslim brotherhood now is frozen out out the future political system in egypt there's nothing but trouble ahead. or to factor in and say you know we need a very special part of the russian military it's just ahead for you here on out.
or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers to make themselves feel better or who cares if stores are empty and this piece of paper a one hundred thousand tons of potatoes that is good enough for me well now we're in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans a sense of the government is out there to buy likes oh what a fantastic use of tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it worked and really helped spread the message of the us state department effectively wellness victor general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that
only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but few hardcore fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for a rainy and which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by providing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting our tax dollars but that's just my opinion. music is our job the army our destiny.