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'Syria has right to target US spy drones'
Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:17PM
Interview with Hisham Jaber, Director of Center for Middle East Studies
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The first initiative the Syrians can do and they have the right to do it, is to sue United States of America in case those information are sure about the aircraft spying Syria and the armed forces of Syria. They can sue them before the international court.

Second, Syria has the right to use military capability to disturb this mission and even to attack those aircrafts."

A new report has revealed that the US military has dispatched a number of unmanned military and intelligence drones for operations in Syrian skies.


US drones are monitoring “the Syrian military attacks against opposition forces and civilians,” NBC News reported citing unnamed US defense officials.

According to the report, Washington hopes to use the overhead evidence and communications to make a case for widespread international response against Syria.

The White House, the State Department and the Pentagon have lately discussed possible humanitarian missions in Syria.

The report added that such missions would almost be impossible without US military intervention.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Hisham Jaber, Director of Center for Middle East Studies, to share his opinion on this issue.

The following is a transcript of the interview:

Press TV: Mr. Jaber, tell me about this, when actually now openly it seems that more and more we are hearing reports about basically interference into Syria sovereignty.

What technically should be the reaction now of the Syrian government when parts of the international community though are claiming not to be interfering but obvious they were talking about drones and intelligence gathering? What should the Syrian reaction be at this point and time?

Jaber: The first initiative the Syrians can do and they have the right to do it, is to sue United States of America in case those information are sure about the aircraft spying Syria and the armed forces of Syria. They can sue them before the international court.

Second, Syria has the right to use military capability to disturb this mission and even to attack those aircrafts.
By the way, talking about those aircrafts without pilot, spying Syria we do not know yet the kind of those aircrafts but I assume that this is MQ-9 which was controlling over Iraq the activities of the resistance against the American armed forces.

MQ-9 is the nine generation of MQ and it is very sophisticated. It can bring very clear video film to the operation center whether in the sea or on the land and this aircraft can be leaded by remote from hundred of kilometers and not only can bring live video films but it can also coordinate the map and they can determine the coordinate of every target on the Syrian land on the map.

But by the way I have to remind here to remember that Hezbollah Iraq made a great success and interfering with this aircraft and with very low cost and at the same time the picture was going to America, American operation center then to Hezbollah of Iraq.

In this case I think the Syrian may use this technology but until now I do not know what is the purpose of those aircrafts to spy Syria?

Press TV: Well let’s exactly look at that point Mr. Jaber, let’s reverse the roles a little bit, if what we are looking at in Syria, let’s say something like this was happening in the United States and countries were sending drones or other things to spy on that country. What type of reaction would you expect from Washington?

Jaber: I think it is normal, I am not surprised that Washington sent drones and those aircrafts to over Iran and to spy Iran. I am not surprised that they are spying Syria but I am surprised they did not deny this for example and they want to show the international society that they are doing something to help the opposition in Syria since the NATO said we are not going to interfere in Syria in any circumstances, since the Security Council refused any resolution may condemn Syria or allowed any country to interfere militarily in Syria.

Or what they are doing now, I think it is psychological warfare and they want to show like they said, some journalists, the international society that the Syrian army is killing the civilian population in Syria.

My opinion is not very important only in one single point is an invasion to sovereignty of independent country called Syria.

AHK/JR
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