Syria: The path of the pipelineSubmitted by Molusk on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 19:20
Most reasonable explanation I've seen so far, on why the perennial Syrian opposition suddenly gained western and regional backing in the past couple years.
Google translated from the French, original source: Al-Akhbar [Lebanon]
Translated from Arabic by Mouna Alno-Nakhal for Mondialisation.ca
Syria: The path of the pipeline decides Qatari combat zones!
In all likelihood, the case of the gas is the "background" most of the war against Syria and especially the war that hit the region of Homs. The daily Al-Akhbar has received information from reliable sources that can be summarized that there is a Qatari plan, approved by the U.S. administration, whose goal is the establishment of a new gas pipeline to transport Qatari gas to Europe, Turkey and Israel are parties.
Increasingly, it is likely that the gas is the real bottom line of the war against Syria. This is from leakage from a Western oil giant that the daily Al-Akhbar obtained reliable information, giving details of a Qatari project, supported by the United States, and for the construction of a new pipeline that would transport gas from Qatar to Europe via the Syrian region of Homs. The city and its region are the "node" or "geographical heart" of the project, which, in turn, would provide strategic advantages to Turkey and Israel in the equation of global gas trade.
This new pipeline would take a "land" which starts of Qatar, through Saudi territory and Jordanian territory avoiding Iraqi territory to arrive in Syria and specifically to Homs. From Homs pipeline would branch off into three directions: Latakia on the Syrian coast, Tripoli in northern Lebanon, Turkey.
The main goal of this project is to route the Israeli and Qatari gas to the European continent for distribution throughout Europe, with a threefold objective. The first: break the Russian gas monopoly in Europe. The second: to liberate Turkey from its dependence on Iranian gas. The third: give Israel a chance to export its gas to Europe by land and cost.
Overall, the above objectives can not be achieved if the route of the pipeline dream did not pass through the region of Homs to be "the main crossroads in the project," because the Qatari gas has no alternative to reach Europe, except that of using large aircraft by sea, which would be longer, a higher cost, not safe for certain areas of the course.
According to information from the same Western oil company, Qatar also plans to buy miles to develop its maritime cargo transport fleet of gas with the ambition to become involved in a much larger U.S. project to revise the equation the global gas trade. At stake, two significant changes. The first is a function of gas discoveries in the Mediterranean by Israel Sea. The second is based on the potential use of the events in Syria, after creating a political situation that would be the main hub of Homs export of Qatari and Israeli gas to Europe.