Arab press review September 29-30
[When available, hyperlinks to the original articles are provided. Obviously, keep in mind that the information is not 100% reliable but nonetheless I think it is vital to have access to these voices. Also, to say the least, we do not agree at all, with most of the op—ed pieces. But better knowledge gives us a better tool to answer.]
Oman Daily Al Watan September 29, 2004
Western diplomatic reports transmitted to the Lebanese authorities spell out a plan of attack against targets in Syria and Lebanon. This Israel—Pentagon plan includes 65 military and civilian targets in Syria along with 40 Palestinian officials and the killing of a key figure. According to info sources on the Internet this figure could be Bashar Assad, President of Syria. The US is preparing a dossier showing Assad's involvement in international terror in order to try him in an international court.
Furthermore, the Pentagon issued a report comparing the Hezbollah to the Mahdi Army of Moktada Sadr and recommending its destruction by a Euro—US attack. This very recent plan of 13 pages could be put in action if the UN Resolution 1559 is not applied by Syria.
Al Hayat September 30, 2004
In a long interview with this newspaper, Turkey's Foreign Minister, Abdullah Gul, warns against any Israeli military operations against the Iranian nuclear facilities, which would be disastrous for the region. Furthermore, Gul explains that Ankara is watching very closely the possible Israeli presence in Iraq. He finally advises against splitting Iraq in different ethnical regions, which would be very dangerous for the US, Iraq and the region.