19-06-13

Latest News Syria: Israel, an obstacle to Peace

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Bashar Asad has already indicated his desire to renew peace negotiations with Israel, largely because of his strategic predicament following the U.S. military action in Iraq. But Sharon rejected Bashar’s overture.

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Photo: On the Syrian outpost at the Syria-Israel armistice line in the Golan Heights, it reads: “Peace is our target; the peace which retrieves our Occupied Syrian Golan.”

Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 – Syria: Israel A “Major Obstacle” To Peace
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-5035594-503543.html

May 23, 2009 – Associated Press – Syria’s Assad: Israel Is ‘Obstacle’ to Peace
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521417,00.html

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace – Israel News, Ynetnews
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3745949,00.html

May.23, 2009 – Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
http://www.haaretz.com/news/assad-israel-is-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-1.276558

4 June 2008 – Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and “peace talks”
http://electronicintifada.net/content/normalizing-occupation-syria-israel-and-peace-talks/7543

MARCH 2005 – CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE?
OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/wp_israelsyria.pdf

16-06-13

Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

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Shocking Images of Dead Kurdish Fighters: Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

August 12, 2010 

German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.

It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.

In March, the activists gave the photos to a German human rights delegation comprised of Turkey experts, journalists and politicians from the far-left Left Party, as SPIEGEL reported at the end of July. Now Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and a forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the initial suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Did the Turkish army in fact use chemical weapons and, by doing so, violate the Chemical Weapons Convention it had ratified?

Repeated 'Mysterious Incidents'

German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident. "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things," said Claudia Roth, the co-chair of Germany's Green Party. "It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

The politician said there had been repeated "mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation." Roth demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons "in order to nullify further allegations."

Ruprecht Polenz, a member of the German parliament with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union and the chairman of the Bundestag's Foreign Relations Committee, sees it the same way. "Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding that an international investigation would be the best approach.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons for years, points out Gisela Penteker, a Turkey expert with the international medical organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. "Local people have said that again and again," she explained. Finding proof is difficult, however, she said, because bodies were often released so late that it was hardly possible to carry out a thorough autopsy.

'PKK Propaganda'

In Turkey, human rights advocates have long demanded an investigation. The army, however, has refused to comment on the issue. Similarly, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stubbornly silent or tried to portray the accusations of war crimes as "PKK propaganda."

"The prime minister is not interested in human rights violations," says Akin Birdal, a member of the Turkish parliament whose pro-Kurdish BDP opposition party has repeatedly questioned in parliament if Erdogan's war in the southeast of the country is really being conducted legally. In Birdal's view, the only thing that matters to Erdogan is that the army eradicates the PKK problem once and for all "by any means necessary."

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations, according to the Berlin daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung, which reported on the case Thursday. Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons, the ministry reportedly said.

The newspaper also reports that it has obtained additional, shocking pictures in the meantime, supposedly autopsy photographs of six other killed Kurds. These images, too, have now been submitted to the Hamburg-based experts.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/shocking-images-of-dead-kurdish-fighters-turkey-accused-of-using-chemical-weapons-against-pkk-a-711536.html

11-06-13

Law Suits against Those Inciting Youth to Fight in Syria

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Parliament Speaker Calls for Law Suits against Those Inciting Youth to Fight in Syria

Jun 11, 2013

Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, called for bringing law suits in the Arab countries against the parties which incite young people to go and fight in Syria under the name of 'jihad'.

Speaking during a meeting with an Egyptian media delegation currently visiting Syria, al-Laham pointed out that there are terrorists of 29 nationalities who are committing acts of violence against the Syrians funded and supported by Arab, regional and international countries.

Members of the delegation, who include representatives of various Egyptian media institutions, universities and political parties and a number of activists, lawyers and students, asked to be allowed to contact the Egyptian young men who were arrested in Syria fighting against the Syrian army.

The delegation stressed that the Egyptian people realize the reality about what Syria is being subjected to, saying that Syria is targeted because of its role in resisting the Zionist-U.S. project in the region.

"Syria's victory is a victory of the Egyptian national and pan-Arab trend," the Egyptian delegation members stressed.

In this context, the People's Assembly's Speaker reiterated that Syria is strong and firm thanks to its army, people and leadership.

He renewed Syria's readiness for dialogue to find a peaceful solution to the crisis away from any foreign intervention, stressing however that the opposition abroad is divided and that each party of it receives its orders from the side that funds it.

Al-Laham also affirmed that Syria is committed to the option of Arab solidarity despite all the conspiracies and relapses which the Arab nationalist movement has gone through, stressing the importance for Egypt to restore its pan-Arab role.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/11/486984.htm

10-06-13

Latest News Syria: foreign backed moslim-terrorists are brainwashed

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Foreign terrorists in Syria are so brainwashed by american war propaganda that they don't even know that through collaboration with the U.S. and Qatar, they are reponsible for the murder of their Muslim brothers in Afghanistan...

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Qatar, a small peninsular country in the Persian Gulf, emerged as a partner of the United States in the mid-1990s and currently serves as host to major U.S. military facilities. Qatar holds the thirdlargest proven natural gas reserves in the world, and its small citizenry enjoys the world’s highest per capita income.

Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid airbase south of Doha, the Qatari capital. Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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As a reminder: 26 October 2011

'Qatar admits sending hundreds of troops to support Libya rebels'

Qatari chief-of-staff reveals extent of involvment, saying troops were responsible for training, communications and strategy...

Qatar has admitted for the first time that it sent hundreds of troops to support the Libyan rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The Gulf state had previously acknowledged only that its air force took part in Nato-led attacks.

The revelation came as Qatar hosted a conference on the post-Gaddafi era that was attended by the leader of Lybia's ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, who described the Qataris as having planned the battles that paved the way for victory.

Abdel-Jalil also said he was asking Nato to extend its mission beyond the end of the month, when it had been due to end, until the end of the year. Help was needed because regime loyalists posed a threat from neighbouring countries, he said.

Gaddafi relatives and other key figures have fled to Algeria and Niger, amid speculation about the whereabouts of the deposed leader's son Saif al-Islam.

A Libyan military official with the NTC told Reuters that Saif and the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are proposing to hand themselves in to the international criminal court. A spokesman for the ICC, however, said it had received no confirmation of the claim.

The Associated Press meanwhile reported an adviser to Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, as saying Senussi was in their country.

It also has emerged that now the fighting is over, Qatar is to lead international efforts to train the Libyan military, collect weapons and integrate often autonomous rebel units into newly established military and security institutions – seen by the UN and western governments as the key challenge facing the NTC.

Qatar played a key role in galvanising Arab support for the UN security council resolution that mandated Nato to defend Libyan civilians in March. It also delivered weapons and ammunition on a large scale – without any clear legal basis.

There were repeated rumours about and occasional sightings of Qatari special forces in Libya during the war. Until now, however, there had been no official confirmation of actions that were not explicitly authorised by the UN.

The Qatari chief-of-staff, Major-General Hamad bin Ali al-Atiya, said: "We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on the ground were hundreds in every region. Training and communications had been in Qatari hands. Qatar … supervised the rebels' plans because they are civilians and did not have enough military experience," AFP quoted him as saying. "We acted as the link between the rebels and Nato forces."

Qatar, whose gas reserves and tiny population make it one of the richest countries in the world, has long pursued an activist foreign policy, promoted by al-Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite TV channel.

But there was still surprise when it sent most of its air force to join Nato's operation and delivered large quantities of what were described as defensive weapons but which included Milan anti-tank missiles to the rebels.

Qatari special forces are reported to have provided infantry training to Libyan fighters in the western Nafusa mountains and in eastern Libya. Qatar's military even brought Libyan rebels back to Doha for exercises. And in the final assault on Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli in late August, Qatari special forces were seen on the frontline. Qatar also gave $400m to the rebels, helped them export oil from Benghazi and set up a TV station in Doha.

Libyan gratitude is clear. The maroon and white flag of Qatar is often flown at celebrations and Algeria Square in central Tripoli has been renamed Qatar Square in honour of the country's support in toppling Gaddafi. Some, however, express concern at the emirate's support for Islamist elements such as the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, one of the most influential rebel formations, led by Abdel-Hakim Belhaj.

Ali Salabi, an influential Libyan Islamist cleric, lived in exile in Qatar for years before this year's revolution. For some analysts the emir's strategy is to support democratic forces selectively in the Arab world, partly to improve the country's international standing while diverting attention from the Gulf, where anti-regime protests have been crushed in Bahrain and bought off in Saudi Arabia.

Photos: 1) The leaders of Qatar live in luxury while the ordinary people in Lybia, Syria and Afghanistan are the victims of their sinful life -  2) Qatar, Arab League, U.S. secretary of State John Kerry

06-06-13

Latest News Syria: Syrian Army troops take full control

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Syrian Army troops take full control of al-Daba’a town

June 6, 2013

Syrian Army troops have taken control of al-Daba'a town in the central province of Homs, a day after they fully purged the strategic border town of al-Qusayr from foreign-sponsored militants.

On Thursday, Syrian troops liberated the town after fierce exchange of fire with the militants. 

Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday that Syrian forces had regained full control of Qusayr following three weeks of fighting. 

Many foreign-backed militants were killed or injured throughout the mop-up operations conducted by Syrian soldiers in the town.

The militants fled to farms and a nearby village. Reports indicate that peace and security have now been restored in the region. 

Syrian troops backed by the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19. 

Qusayr had been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants. 

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes. 

MP/KA 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/06/307523/syrian-troops-recapture-another-town/

Latest News Syria: Syrian army - Golan Heights

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Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

June 6, 2013

Syrian army troops have established control over a key crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shortly after it fell into the hands of foreign-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing - situated between Syria and the Golan Heights - after heavy clashes with anti-government gunmen. 

Earlier in the day, Israeli media reported that foreign-backed militants had seized the crossing. 

Meanwhile, Austria has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights in wake of ongoing battles in the area. 

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission. 

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law. 

The Israeli regime has used various means to help the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria, including the provision of medical assistance. 

Also on Thursday, the Syrian troops recaptured the town of al-Daba’a. This came after the Army liberated the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday following three weeks of fighting with the militants. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

MP/KA/HMV

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/06/307532/syria-retakes-key-golan-heights-crossing/

04-06-13

Latest News Syria: Syrian army eliminates foreign armed terrorists

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Army Ambushes Terrorists, Eliminates Terrorists Leaders

Jun 4, 2013

Units of the armed forces ambushed an armed terrorist group fled from al-Qseir into Homs-Damascus Highway.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces killed, in an ambush, in Shamsin area a number of terrorists, injured others and seized an RPG launcher.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist group in Al Rajjoub street in Jourt al-Shayyah, and killed and injured a number of terrorist in another operation in Wadi al-Saieh and Bab Hud neighborhoods in Homs City.

In the framework of its continued operations against terrorists in Homs and its countryside, a unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist groups tried to inter al-Qseir city from Dhairij village to support the terrorists in al-Qseir.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorists, who were coming from Irsal mountains, were killed and injured on al-Dabaa-Dhairij road.

In Talbeiseh town, a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in al-Mshajar al-Janoubi neighborhood, among them terrorists Mohammad Khder Hammadeh, Mohammad Khalid Swaif, Abdul Mun'am Diyab and Mohammad Jamil Yahya.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces continued their operations against terrorists in al-Khaldiyeh and al-Qarabis neighborhoods and al-Bwida al-Sharkia village and in al-Rastan and Aqrab. The army also destroyed terrorists' hideouts and criminal tools.

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The armed forces eliminated a number of terrorists' leaders in Damascus Countryside, among the killed terrorists were the leaders of two terrorist groups.

An official source said that the army continued operations to restore security and stability to Damascus-Homs highway and killed two terrorists' leaders, Abu Hamza of "Rijal Allah Battalion" and Yaser al-Hamwi of "Ansar al-Haq Brigade", and dismantled 3 explosive devices planted by terrorist near the highway in Harasta.

An army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the area of Zamalka and killed and injured the terrorists hiding in it, terrorist Mohammad Amen Sharaf was identified among the injured.

Another army unit killed scores of terrorists to the east of Masraba town, among them were Abdullah Sanari and Otham Thalja.

Terrorists Abdul-Karem al-Khateeb and Muhaymen al-Nasser were killed in al-Mleiha and terrorists Khaled Katkout and Mohammad Barbar were eliminated in Joubar.

In Hijjera town, an army unit carried out several operations in which it destroyed a mortar and a number of heavy machineguns and eliminated scores of terrorists, among them were Mohammad al-Shalabi and Taher al-Ghosh.

Meanwhile, the army clashed with terrorist groups in the area of al-Tal and killed scores of terrorists, among them were Hassan al-Qalmouni, the leader of the so-called " Ansar al-Haq Brigade" terrorist group and Mur'e Zaidan. 

Army Continues Operations, Eliminates Terrorists in Aleppo

The army continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the areas of Minnegh, Khan al-Assal and Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo.

An official source said that a 23-mm anti-aircraft machinegun was destroyed in addition to a number of heavy machineguns in the areas of Hreitan and Kifr Hamra, adding that scores of terrorist were killed during the operations.

The army also targeted terrorists' gatherings near Minnegh Airport and the Agricultural Research Center, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and munitions.

A terrorist group was eliminated on the road of al-Mislamyeh-al-Owaijeh, among the killed terrorists was the group's leader, Abu al-Qaqa' and nine of his group's members.

Meanwhile, the army units clashed with terrorists in the areas of Khan al-Assal, Karm al-Tarrab, al-Naqqaren, al-Amiryeh and Bustan al-Qasr and killed and injured scores of terrorists.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/04/485669.htm

02-06-13

Latest News Syria: Protests against government in Turkey

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Popular Protests against Erdogan's Government Continue, Almost 1,000 Injured

June 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Sunday took out to the streets in the main cities in Turkey chanting slogans demanding the Turkish government's resignation and Erdogan's departure.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which continue for the third day in a row  in Ankara, Istanbul and other areas, described the government as being "fascist".

The protestors stressed that they will not bow to that who believes himself "the new Ottoman wali' of  the Turkish people.

The Turkish police has responded to the peaceful protest by using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, in addition to other areas.

In reaction, some protestors tried to throw stones near Erdogan's office in Istanbul, while hundreds of protestors ignited fire in Tunali area in Ankara.

Helicopter launched tear gas on the residential neighborhoods, while photos on the Youtube showed an armored police truck hit a protestor.

A protestor in Taksim Square said that "demonstrations are for democracy and they will grow on".

The protestors expressed anger for the limited converge of the demonstrations by the Turkish TV channels due to the terrifying policy of the Government as dozens of journalists were arrested at Erdogan's era.

Erdogan Calls Demonstrators "Saboteurs"

Meanwhile, Erdogan lashed out at the demonstrators who took to the streets in protest against his policies as leader of the government of the Justice and Development Party which, according to them, lay the foundations for a new dictatorship.

Speaking during a conference of the Balkan Turks Association today, Erdogan described the protesters as "saboteurs" who want to block the development of Turkey.

Erdogan used the pretext of "military coup d'état" to justify the crackdown on the peaceful protesters, a pretext he previously used to get rid of his opponents by deposing them and putting them in jail and prosecuting them.

He ignored the popular demands for launching public liberties, stopping the "Brotherhoodization" of the Turkish state's institutions and the resignation of the government, by trying to make believe that the protest was all about opposition to uprooting trees in Taksim Square.

According to media reports, two persons were killed and more than 1000 others were injured because of the use of violence and excessive force by the security forces which receive their orders from Erdogan.

Rescue people told the media that about 1000 people were admitted to hospitals in Istanbul, while hundreds others were injured in Ankara due to clashes with the police.

A large number of protesters were arrested, which was estimated by the Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler at 939 detainees in more than 90 protests.

Amnesty International Criticizes Excessive Force Use by Turkish Police against Protesters

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government which caused the death of two protesters and the injury of more than 1000 others.

"The Turkish authorities must order police to stop using excessive force against peaceful protesters in Istanbul and immediately investigate alleged abuses," said Amnesty International.

It noted that excessive force is routinely used by law enforcement officials to disperse protests in Turkey.

However, Europe and Central Asia Director at the organization, John Dalhuisen, said "The use of violence by police on this scale appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part."

The organization talked about the Turkish police officers using water cannon and tear gas for two days "to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul," stressing that this is unacceptable.

It pointed out that Amnesty activists who were observing the protest were also hit with truncheons and tear gasses.

"The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately," said Dallhuisen.

“The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly.

The organization has received several reports about preventing the injured protesters from receiving any medical care and taking them to police stations.

The Amnesty International issued an urgent call upon its activities around the world to take procedures regarding Turkey and called on Erdogan to cease the police' violence and end all aspects of abuse.

The spark of protests was triggered because of a project to uproot 600 trees from the Gazi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul in the framework of a plan set by Erdogan government's to build a shopping centre as part of a large scale regeneration of the area. The Park has always been  considered an outlet for the city's citizens.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/02/485292.htm

01-06-13

Latest News Syria: Russian humanitarian aid

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More Russian humanitarian aid to Syrians

May 30, 2013

Russia will continue to render humanitarian aid to Syria’s population and refugees who have fled from Syria to other countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

On Thursday, a plane of the Russian Foreign Ministry landed in Jordan’s capital Amman.

It brought 38 tons of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The aid includes portable electric power generators, blankets and food.

Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Christine Beerli has praised Russia for its help to the Red Cross’s workers in Syria.

She says that Russia has allocated about $ 2 mln for helping the Red Cross in Syria.

Voice of Russia, TASS

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_05_31/More-Russian-humanitarian-aid-to-Syrians-2705/

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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Army Units Kill Terrorists in Several Areas

Jun 1, 2013

PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Saturday continued operations against terrorist groups in several areas, which resulted in killing numbers of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that an army unit killed 4 terrorists who were committing acts of looting and blocking roads near al-Bayarat al-Gharbiyeh on Homs-Palmyra highway.

The terrorists' weapons and ammunition were seized, in addition to forged documents they had with them, according to the source.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces destroyed terrorist's dens and gatherings in Darkoush and near al-Janoudiyeh roundabout in Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb countryside, a military source said.

The source told SANA reporter that other dens for terrorists were destroyed in the areas of Binnesh, Taftanaz, Serjeh, al-Nairab, Jidar Bkafloun, Abo al-Duhour, Maaret al-Numan, Jarjanaz, Jabal al-Arbaeen and Sarmin in the countryside.

The source also mentioned that all members of an armed terrorist group were killed and injured in Taleg Kfarhaya in the countryside of Idleb. A terrorists' den in al-Rab area was destroyed along with the weapons and ammunition inside.

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo

Units of the armed forces killed and injured terrorists in the vicinity of the central prison and Khan El-Asal in Aleppo, destroying their weapons and ammunition, including anti-aircraft machineguns.

An official source told SANA that an army unit clashed with terrorists near Indomie factory in Khan El-Asal area, killing most of them, among them snipers, while another unit killed leaders of terrorist groups in al-Shaar area and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

The source added that two 23mm anti-aircraft machineguns and a number of Jabhat al-Nusra dens were destroyed in Handarat, the industrial city, to the east of the glass factory and southwest of al-Blaka restaurant in the vicinity of Aleppo Central Prison.

The source added that a unit of the army clashed with a terrorist group on al-Maslamieh-Aleppo road, killing 18 of its members and destroying their weapons, including a 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun.

An army unit eliminated armed terrorist groups in Hreitan, al-Kleirieh and Ebteen villages in Aleppo northern countryside, destroying a 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun, while another unit killed and injured terrorists near Toyota company on Aleppo Highway and destroyed their weapons.

Army Tightens Control over Damascus-Homs Highway in Harasta, Damascus Countryside

The Syrian Army inflicted major losses on the armed terrorist groups in Harasta area in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the neighboring farms to al-Miliha town and killed the majority of its members, whereas another army unit destroyed a terrorist concentration to the west of al-Shifonia town.

The source added that the Syrian army tightened its control over Damascus-Homs Highway near Harasta city after eliminating the terrorists who were attacking citizens.

The source pointed out that two heavy machineguns were destroyed to the east of al-Zabadani city and some 20 terrorists from so-called "Ahrar al-Sham battalion" were killed.

In Wadi Barada, clashes erupted between the Syrian army and armed terrorist groups. The army killed several terrorists and destroyed their equipment.

In Jobar town, the army units gained control over al-Afran and al-Masalekh neighborhoods after eliminating scores of terrorists, including 7 terrorists near the Great Mosque.

Units of the Syrian army also clashed with terrorists in Barzeh and al-Nabek districts and eliminated scores of them and destroyed their equipment.

Three Terrorists Killed, One Arrested in al-Rashideen Neighborhood in Aleppo

A unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group trying to attack a military checkpoint in al-Rashideen neighborhood in Aleppo and confiscated two explosive devices, a machinegun and a number of documents.

An official source told SANA reporter that the clashes resulted in killing three terrorists and arresting a fourth one who confessed to belonging to an armed terrorist group and that he was trained how to plant explosive devices.

He also confessed to setting checkpoints with his fellow gunmen to loot food and fuel materials.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in al-Quseir, al-Rastan, Confiscates Israeli-Made Rockets

Units of the Syrian Army eliminated scores of terrorists and confiscated arms and ammunition, including Israeli-Made rockets.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the Syrian Army eliminated an armed terrorist group in the Northern neighborhood in al-Quseir.

In al-Rastan, the army confronted an armed terrorist group attacking citizens and killed many of them.

The source added that arms and ammunition, including 17 machineguns, 2 RPG launchers, 3 Israeli-made  Law rockets and a large number of DShK bullets and hand grenades.


English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/01/485177.htm

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31-05-13

Latest News Syria: Interview President al-Assad (3)

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Al-Manar: He actually said that you would be given 20 days, 500 people, and no guarantees. You’ll be allowed to leave but with no guarantee whatsoever on whether legal action would be taken against you or not. Mr. President, this brings us to the negotiations, I am referring to Geneva 2. The Syrian government and leadership have announced initial agreement to take part in this conference. If this conference is held, there will be a table with the Syrian flag on one side and the flag of the opposition groups on the other. How can you convince the Syrian people after two and a half years of crisis that you will sit face to face at the same negotiating table with these groups?

President Assad: First of all, regarding the flag, it is meaningless without the people it represents. When we put a flag on a table or anywhere else, we talk about the people represented by that flag. This question can be put to those who raise flags they call Syrian but are different from the official Syrian flag. So, this flag has no value when it does not represent the people. Secondly, we will attend this conference as the official delegation and legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. But, whom do they represent? When the conference is over, we return to Syria, we return home to our people. But when the conference is over, whom do they return to – five-star hotels? Or to the foreign ministries of the states that they represent – which doesn’t include Syria of course – in order to submit their reports? Or do they return to the intelligence services of those countries? So, when we attend this conference, we should know very clearly the positions of some of those sitting at the table – and I say some because the conference format is not clear yet and as such we do not have details as to how the patriotic Syrian opposition will be considered or the other opposition parties in Syria. As for the opposition groups abroad and their flag, we know that we are attending the conference not to negotiate with them, but rather with the states that back them; it will appear as though we are negotiating with the slaves, but essentially we are negotiating with their masters. This is the truth, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves.

Al-Manar: Are you, in the Syrian leadership, convinced that these negotiations will be held next month?

President Assad: We expect them to happen, unless they are obstructed by other states. As far as we are concerned in Syria, we have announced a couple of days ago that we agree in principle to attend.

Al-Manar: When you say in principle, it seems that you are considering other options.

President Assad: In principle, we are in favour of the conference as a notion, but there are no details yet. For example, will there be conditions placed before the conference? If so, these conditions may be unacceptable and we would not attend. So the idea of the conference, of a meeting, in principle is a good one. We will have to wait and see.

Al-Manar: Let’s talk, Mr. President, about the conditions put by the Syrian leadership. What are Syria’s conditions?

President Assad: Simply put, our only condition is that anything agreed upon in any meeting inside or outside the country, including the conference, is subject to the approval of the Syrian people through a popular referendum. This is the only condition. Anything else doesn’t have any value. That is why we are comfortable with going to the conference. We have no complexes. Either side can propose anything, but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people. And as long as we are the legitimate representatives of the people, we have nothing to fear.

Al-Manar: Let’s be clear, Mr. President. There is a lot of ambiguity in Geneva 1 and Geneva 2 about the transitional period and the role of President Bashar al-Assad in that transitional period. Are you prepared to hand over all your authorities to this transitional government? And how do you understand this ambiguous term?

President Assad: This is what I made clear in the initiative I proposed in January this year. They say they want a transitional government in which the president has no role. In Syria we have a presidential system, where the President is head of the republic and the Prime Minister heads the government. They want a government with broad authorities. The Syrian constitution gives the government full authorities. The president is the commander-in-chief of the Army and Armed Forces and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council. All the other institutions report directly to the government. Changing the authorities of the president is subject to changing the constitution; the president cannot just relinquish his authorities, he doesn’t have the constitutional right. Changing the constitution requires a popular referendum. When they want to propose such issues, they might be discussed in the conference, and when we agree on something – if we agree, we return home and put it to a popular referendum and then move on. But for them to ask for the amendment of the constitution in advance, this cannot be done neither by the president nor by the government.

Al-Manar: Frankly, Mr. President, all the international positions taken against you and all your political opponents said that they don’t want a role for al-Assad in Syria’s future. This is what the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal said and this is what the Turks and the Qataris said, and also the Syrian opposition. Will President Assad be nominated for the forthcoming presidential elections in 2014?

President Assad: What I know is that Saud al-Faisal is a specialist in American affairs, I don’t know if he knows anything about Syrian affairs. If he wants to learn, that’s fine! As to the desires of others, I repeat what I have said earlier: the only desires relevant are those of the Syrian people. With regards to the nomination, some parties have said that it is preferable that the president shouldn’t be nominated for the 2014 elections. This issue will be determined closer to the time; it is still too early to discuss this. When the time comes, and I feel, through my meetings and interactions with the Syrian people, that there is a need and public desire for me to nominate myself, I will not hesitate. However, if I feel that the Syrian people do not want me to lead them, then naturally I will not put myself forward. They are wasting their time on such talk.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, you mentioned the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal. This makes me ask about Syria’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, with Qatar, with Turkey, particularly if we take into account that their recent position in the Arab ministerial committee was relatively moderate. They did not directly and publically call for the ouster of President Assad. Do you feel any change or any support on the part of these countries for a political solution to the Syrian crisis? And is Syria prepared to deal once more with the Arab League, taking into account that the Syrian government asked for an apology from the Arab League?

President Assad: Concerning the Arab states, we see brief changes in their rhetoric but not in their actions. The countries that support the terrorists have not changed; they are still supporting terrorism to the same extent. Turkey also has not made any positive steps. As for Qatar, their role is also the same, the role of the funder – the bank funding the terrorists and supporting them through Turkey. So, overall, no change. As for the Arab League, in Syria we have never pinned our hopes on the Arab League. Even in the past decades, we were barely able to dismantle the mines set for us in the different meetings, whether in the summits or in meetings of the foreign ministers. So in light of this and its recent actions, can we really expect it to play a role? We are open to everybody, we never close our doors. But we should also be realistic and face the truth that they are unable to offer anything, particularly since a significant number of the Arab states are not independent. They receive their orders from the outside. Some of them are sympathetic to us in their hearts, but they cannot act on their feelings because they are not in possession of their decisions. So, no, we do not pin any hopes on the Arab League.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, this leads us to ask: if the Arab environment is as such, and taking into account the developments on the ground and the steadfastness, the Geneva conference and the negotiations, the basic question is: what if the political negotiations fail? What are the consequences of the failure of political negotiations?

President Assad: This is quite possible, because there are states that are obstructing the meeting in principle, and they are going only to avoid embarrassment. They are opposed to any dialogue whether inside or outside Syria. Even the Russians, in several statements, have dampened expectations from this conference. But we should also be accurate in defining this dialogue, particularly in relation to what is happening on the ground. Most of the factions engaged in talking about what is happening in Syria have no influence on the ground; they don’t even have direct relationships with the terrorists. In some instances these terrorists are directly linked with the states that are backing them, in other cases, they are mere gangs paid to carry out terrorist activities. So, the failure of the conference will not significantly change the reality inside Syria, because these states will not stop supporting the terrorists – conference or no conference, and the gangs will not stop their subversive activities. So it has no impact on them.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, the events in Syria are spilling over to neighboring countries. We see what’s happening in Iraq, the explosions in Al-Rihaniye in Turkey and also in Lebanon. In Ersal, Tripoli, Hezbollah taking part in the fighting in Al-Qseir. How does Syria approach the situation in Lebanon, and do you think the Lebanese policy of dissociation is still applied or accepted?

President Assad: Let me pose some questions based on the reality in Syria and in Lebanon about the policy of dissociation in order not to be accused of making a value judgment on whether this policy is right or wrong. Let’s start with some simple questions: Has Lebanon been able to prevent Lebanese interference in Syria? Has it been able to prevent the smuggling of terrorists or weapons into Syria or providing a safe haven for them in Lebanon? It hasn’t; in fact, everyone knows that Lebanon has contributed negatively to the Syrian crisis. Most recently, has Lebanon been able to protect itself against the consequences of the Syrian crisis, most markedly in Tripoli and the missiles that have been falling over different areas of Beirut or its surroundings? It hasn’t. So what kind of dissociation are we talking about? For Lebanon to dissociate itself from the crisis is one thing, and for the government to dissociate itself is another. When the government dissociates itself from a certain issue that affects the interests of the Lebanese people, it is in fact dissociating itself from the Lebanese citizens. I’m not criticizing the Lebanese government – I’m talking about general principles. I don’t want it to be said that I’m criticizing this government. If the Syrian government were to dissociate itself from issues that are of concern to the Syrian people, it would also fail. So in response to your question with regards to Lebanon’s policy of dissociation, we don’t believe this is realistically possible. When my neighbor’s house is on fire, I cannot say that it’s none of my business because sooner or later the fire will spread to my house.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, what would you say to the supporters of the axis of resistance? We are celebrating the anniversary of the victory of the resistance and the liberation of south Lebanon, in an atmosphere of promises of victory, which Mr. Hasan Nasrallah has talked about. You are saying with great confidence that you will emerge triumphant from this crisis. What would you say to all this audience? Are we about to reach the end of this dark tunnel?

President Assad: I believe that the greatest victory achieved by the Arab resistance movements in the past years and decades is primarily an intellectual victory. This resistance wouldn’t have been able to succeed militarily if they hadn’t been able to succeed and stand fast against a campaign aimed at distorting concepts and principles in this region. Before the civil war in Lebanon, some people used to say that Lebanon’s strength lies in its weakness; this is similar to saying that a man’s intelligence lies in his stupidity, or that honor is maintained through corruption. This is an illogical contradiction. The victories of the resistance at different junctures proved that this concept is not true, and it showed that Lebanon’s weakness lies in its weakness and Lebanon’s strength lies in its strength. Lebanon’s strength is in its resistance and these resistance fighters you referred to. Today, more than ever before, we are in need of these ideas, of this mindset, of this steadfastness and of these actions carried out by the resistance fighters. The events in the Arab world during the past years have distorted concepts to the extent that some Arabs have forgotten that the real enemy is still Israel and have instead created internal, sectarian, regional or national enemies. Today we pin our hopes on these resistance fighters to remind the Arab people, through their achievements, that our enemy is still the same. As for my confidence in victory, if we weren’t so confident we wouldn’t have been able to stand fast or to continue this battle after two years of a global attack. This is not a tripartite attack like the one in 1956; it is in fact a global war waged against Syria and the resistance. We have absolute confidence in our victory, and I assure them that Syria will always remain, even more so than before, supportive of the resistance and resistance fighters everywhere in the Arab world.

Al-Manar: In conclusion, it has been my great honor to conduct this interview with Your Excellency, President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic. Thank you very much. President Assad: You are welcome. I would like to congratulate Al-Manar channel, the channel of resistance, on the anniversary of the liberation and to congratulate the Lebanese people and every resistance fighter in Lebanon.

Al-Manar: Thank you.

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Interview Given by President al-Assad to Lebanese Al-Manar TV

May 30, 2013

Al-Manar: But, Mr. President, the nature of the battle that you and Hezbollah are waging in Al-Qseir seems, to your critics, to take the shape of a safe corridor connecting the coastal region with Damascus. Consequently, if Syria were to be divided, or if geographical changes were to be enforced, this would pave the way for an Alawite state. So, what is the nature of this battle, and how is it connected with the conflict with Israel.

President Assad: First, the Syrian and Lebanese coastal areas are not connected through Al-Qseir. Geographically this is not possible. Second, nobody would fight a battle in order to move towards separation. If you opt for separation, you move towards that objective without waging battles all over the country in order to be pushed into a particular corner. The nature of the battle does not indicate that we are heading for division, but rather the opposite, we are ensuring we remain a united country. Our forefathers rejected the idea of division when the French proposed this during their occupation of Syria because at the time they were very aware of its consequences. Is it possible or even fathomable that generations later, we their children, are less aware or mindful? Once again, the battle in Al-Qseir and all the bemoaning is related to Israel. The timing of the battle in Al-Qseir was synchronized with the Israeli airstrike. Their objective is to stifle the resistance. This is the same old campaign taking on a different form. Now what’s important is not al-Qseir as a town, but the borders; they want to stifle the resistance from land and from the sea. Here the question begs itself - some have said that the resistance should face the enemy and consequently remain in the south. This was said on May 7, 2008, when some of Israel’s agents in Lebanon tried to tamper with the communications system of the resistance; they claimed that the resistance turned its weapons inwards. They said the same thing about the Syrian Army; that the Syrian Army should fight on the borders with Israel. We have said very clearly that our Army will fight the enemy wherever it is. When the enemy is in the north, we move north; the same applies if the enemy comes from the east or the west. This is also the case for Hezbollah. So the question is why is Hezbollah deployed on the borders inside Lebanon or inside Syria? The answer is that our battle is a battle against the Israeli enemy and its proxies inside Syria or inside Lebanon.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, if I might ask about Israel’s involvement in the Syrian crisis through the recent airstrike against Damascus. Israel immediately attached certain messages to this airstrike by saying it doesn’t want escalation or doesn’t intend to interfere in the Syrian crisis. The question is: what does Israel want and what type of interference?

President Assad: This is exactly my point. Everything that is happening at the moment is aimed, first and foremost, at stifling the resistance. Israel’s support of the terrorists was for two purposes. The first is to stifle the resistance; the second is to strike the Syrian air defense systems. It is not interested in anything else.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, since Israel’s objectives are clear, the Syrian state was criticized for its muted response. Everyone was expecting a Syrian response, and the Syrian government stated that it reserves the right to respond at the appropriate time and place. Why didn’t the response come immediately? And is it enough for a senior source to say that missiles have been directed at the Israeli enemy and that any attack will be retaliated immediately without resorting to Army command?

President Assad: We have informed all the Arab and foreign parties - mostly foreign - that contacted us, that we will respond the next time. Of course, there has been more than one response. There have been several Israeli attempted violations to which there was immediate retaliation. But these short-term responses have no real value; they are only of a political nature. If we want to respond to Israel, the response will be of strategic significance.

Al-Manar: How? By opening the Golan front, for instance?

President Assad: This depends on public opinion, whether there is a consensus in support of the resistance or not. That’s the question. Al-Manar: How is the situation in Syria now?

President Assad: In fact, there is clear popular pressure to open the Golan front to resistance. This enthusiasm is also on the Arab level; we have received many Arab delegations wanting to know how young people might be enrolled to come and fight Israel. Of course, resistance is not easy. It is not merely a question of opening the front geographically. It is a political, ideological, and social issue, with the net result being military action.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, if we take into account the incident on the Golan Heights and Syria’s retaliation on the Israeli military vehicle that crossed the combat line, does this mean that the rules of engagement have changed? And if the rules of the game have changed, what is the new equation, so to speak?

President Assad: Real change in the rules of engagement happens when there is a popular condition pushing for resistance. Any other change is short-term, unless we are heading towards war. Any response of any kind might only appear to be a change to the rules of engagement, but I don’t think it really is. The real change is when the people move towards resistance; this is the really dramatic change.

Al-Manar: Don’t you think that this is a little late? After 40 years of quiet and a state of truce on the Golan Heights, now there is talk of a movement on that front, about new equations and about new rules of the game?

President Assad: They always talk about Syria opening the front or closing the front. A state does not create resistance. Resistance can only be called so, when it is popular and spontaneous, it cannot be created. The state can either support or oppose the resistance, - or create obstacles, as is the case with some Arab countries. I believe that a state that opposes the will of its people for resistance is reckless. The issue is not that Syria has decided, after 40 years, to move in this direction. The public’s state of mind is that our National Army is carrying out its duties to protect and liberate our land. Had there not been an army, as was the situation in Lebanon when the army and the state were divided during the civil war, there would have been resistance a long time ago. Today, in the current circumstances, there are a number of factors pushing in that direction. First, there are repeated Israeli aggressions that constitute a major factor in creating this desire and required incentive. Second, the army’s engagement in battles in more than one place throughout Syria has created a sentiment on the part of many civilians that it is their duty to move in this direction in order to support the Armed Forces on the Golan.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not hesitate to attack Syria if it detected that weapons are being conveyed to Hezbollah in Lebanon. If Israel carried out its threats, I want a direct answer from you: what would Syria do?

President Assad: As I have said, we have informed the relevant states that we will respond in kind. Of course, it is difficult to specify the military means that would be used, that is for our military command to decide. We plan for different scenarios, depending on the circumstances and the timing of the strike that would determine which method or weapons.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, after the airstrike that targeted Damascus, there was talk about the S300 missiles and that this missile system will tip the balance. Based on this argument, Netanyahu visited Moscow. My direct question is this: are these missiles on their way to Damascus? Is Syria now in possession of these missiles?

President Assad: It is not our policy to talk publically about military issues in terms of what we possess or what we receive. As far as Russia is concerned, the contracts have nothing to do with the crisis. We have negotiated with them on different kinds of weapons for years, and Russia is committed to honoring these contracts. What I want to say is that neither Netanyahu’s visit nor the crisis and the conditions surrounding it have influenced arms imports. All of our agreements with Russia will be implemented, some have been implemented during the past period and, together with the Russians, we will continue to implement these contracts in the future.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, we have talked about the steadfastness of the Syrian leadership and the Syrian state. We have discussed the progress being achieved on the battlefield, and strengthening the alliance between Syria and the resistance. These are all within the same front. From another perspective, there is diplomatic activity stirring waters that have been stagnant for two and a half years. Before we talk about this and about the Geneva conference and the red lines that Syria has drawn, there was a simple proposition or a simple solution suggested by the former head of the coalition, Muaz al-Khatib. He said that the president, together with 500 other dignitaries would be allowed to leave the country within 20 days, and the crisis would be over. Why don’t you meet this request and put an end to the crisis?

President Assad: I have always talked about the basic principle: that the Syrian people alone have the right to decide whether the president should remain or leave. So, anybody speaking on this subject should state which part of the Syrian people they represent and who granted them the authority to speak on their behalf. As for this initiative, I haven’t actually read it, but I was very happy that they allowed me 20 days and 500 people! I don’t know who proposed the initiative; I don’t care much about names.

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Interview with President al-Assad to Lebanese al-Manar TV to Be Broadcast Thursday 

May 30, 2013

The Lebanese al-Manar TV channel is going to broadcast an interview with President Bashar al-Assad on the developments in Syria and the region at 9 pm next Thursday.

The Media Office at the Syrian Arab Presidency mentioned on its Facebok page that the interview will be simultaneously broadcast by the Syrian satellite channels.

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24-05-13

Latest News Syria: 'Political solution' with American weapons

Syria.Friends_of_Saudi.Arabia.jpg“Friends of Syria”: Assad Has no Role in Future of Syria

May 23, 2013

Participants in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference considered on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had no role in the future of Syria and pledged to “boost support to the opposition until a transitional government is in place.”

In a joint statement issued at the end of more than five hours of talks in Jordan, the 11 nations agreed that “Assad, his regime, and his close associates with blood on their hands cannot play any role in the future of Syria”.

The statement added that “the ministers also said that until Geneva conference in June results in the formation of a transitional government, they will intensify support to the opposition, and will take all the necessary measures.”

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'New US Senate bill on Syria'

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May 20, 2013

Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.

President Barack Obama called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to rile against Hezbollah’s intervention, at odds with Lebanon’s policy of neutrality.

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'Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution'

May 22, 2013

(Reuters) - Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry said recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, "then he is miscalculating".

Kerry was speaking in Amman before a meeting of the Friends of 'Syriagroup of nations' - mainly Western and Arab opponents of Assad.

19-05-13

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'IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties'

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria...

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

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May 14, 2013

'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer' 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin despite have only just returned from a trip to China, took with him his National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and the head of military intelligence in the IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin went too, to help with translations.

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Israel threatens world peace

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Nov 15, 2012 - 'Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid escalation':

Dec 28, 2012 - 'Foreign powers undermine UN role in resolving Syria unrest: Iran MP':

May 7, 2013 - 'Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria':

May 14, 2013 - 'In talks with Netanyahu, Putin urges restraint on SyriaAfter emergency meeting at Black Sea resort, no word from either head of state about Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Assad':

May 15, 2013 - Israel ‘will bring down Assad’ if he retaliates for future airstrikes:

May 15, 2013 - 'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer':

May 15, 2013 - 'Commentary: Unbalanced UN resolution may complicate situation in Syria':

May 16, 2013 - 'At least 35 killed, 134 wounded in attacks across Iraq':

May 16, 2013 - 'China reaffirms political solution to Syrian issue':

May 17, 2013 - 'CIA chief in Israel to discuss situation in Syria':

May 17, 2013 - 'Russia backs Iran for Syria talks':

May 18, 2013 - 'Israel may attack Syria over Russia arms deal with Damascus':

May 18, 2013 - 'Turkey, Egypt agree to Iran proposed petrochemical OPEC'

May 18, 2013 - 'UN Resident Coordinator in Syria: US Sanctions Negatively Affect Syrians':

May 19, 2013 - 'Syrian troops reach central al-Qussair city':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad: Syria's future is up to Syrian people':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad welcomes Russia-U.S. understanding, doubts West's intentions':

May 19, 2013 - 'Israeli regime sells $400mn of drones annually: Report'

May 19, 2013 - 'President al-Assad: Basis for Any Political Solution for Crisis in Syria is What the Syrian People Want':

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Israel provokes a new war with the Arabian countries

Obama.netanyahu.jpgIn a clear warning to Syria 'to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region', a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated.

Nearly two weeks ago, Israeli warplanes carried out two strikes in Syria.

There was a more limited strike on May 3 at Damascus International Airport.

The Syrian government publicly condemned Israel for the assaults, saying it “opened the door to all possibilities.” The Syrian deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, declared, “We will respond immediately and harshly to any additional attack by Israel.”

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Israeli officials are lying

December 5, 2012

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.

No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.

The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries.

The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement, according to current and former administration officials. But they said the United States has growing concerns that, just as in Libya, the Qataris are equipping some of the wrong militants.

The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A. officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided little oversight of the arms shipments. Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.

The Qatari assistance to fighters viewed as hostile by the United States demonstrates the Obama administration’s continuing struggles in dealing with the Arab Spring uprisings, as it tries to support popular protest movements while avoiding American military entanglements. Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means they may play out in ways that conflict with American interests.

“To do this right, you have to have on-the-ground intelligence and you have to have experience,” said Vali Nasr, a former State Department adviser who is now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, part of Johns Hopkins University. “If you rely on a country that doesn’t have those things, you are really flying blind. When you have an intermediary, you are going to lose control.”

He said that Qatar would not have gone through with the arms shipments if the United States had resisted them, but other current and former administration officials said Washington had little leverage at times over Qatari officials. “They march to their own drummer,” said a former senior State Department official. The White House and State Department declined to comment.

During the frantic early months of the Libyan rebellion, various players motivated by politics or profit — including an American arms dealer who proposed weapons transfers in an e-mail exchange with a United States emissary later killed in Benghazi — sought to aid those trying to oust Colonel Qaddafi.

But after the White House decided to encourage Qatar — and on a smaller scale, the United Arab Emirates — to ship arms to the Libyans, President Obama complained in April 2011 to the emir of Qatar that his country was not coordinating its actions in Libya with the United States, the American officials said. “The president made the point to the emir that we needed transparency about what Qatar was doing in Libya,” said a former senior administration official who had been briefed on the matter.

About that same time, Mahmoud Jibril, then the prime minister of the Libyan transitional government, expressed frustration to administration officials that the United States was allowing Qatar to arm extremist groups opposed to the new leadership, according to several American officials. They, like nearly a dozen current and former White House, diplomatic, intelligence, military and foreign officials, would speak only on the condition of anonymity for this article.

The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical jihadi factions have imposed Shariah law in the northern part of the country, the former Defense Department official said. Others have gone to Syria, according to several American and foreign officials and arms traders.

Although NATO provided air support that proved critical for the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration wanted to avoid getting immersed in a ground war, which officials feared could lead the United States into another quagmire in the Middle East.

As a result, the White House largely relied on Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, two small Persian Gulf states and frequent allies of the United States. Qatar, a tiny nation whose natural gas reserves have made it enormously wealthy, for years has tried to expand its influence in the Arab world. Since 2011, with dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa coming under siege, Qatar has given arms and money to various opposition and militant groups, chiefly Sunni Islamists, in hopes of cementing alliances with the new governments. Officials from Qatar and the emirates would not comment.

After discussions among members of the National Security Council, the Obama administration backed the arms shipments from both countries, according to two former administration officials briefed on the talks.

American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.

“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”

For its part, Qatar supplied weapons made outside the United States, including French- and Russian-designed arms, according to people familiar with the shipments.

But the American support for the arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be completely hidden. NATO air and sea forces around Libya had to be alerted not to interdict the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and the emirates, American officials said.

Concerns in Washington soon rose about the groups Qatar was supporting, officials said. A debate over what to do about the weapons shipments dominated at least one meeting of the so-called Deputies Committee, the interagency panel consisting of the second-highest ranking officials in major agencies involved in national security. “There was a lot of concern that the Qatar weapons were going to Islamist groups,” one official recalled.

The Qataris provided weapons, money and training to various rebel groups in Libya. One militia that received aid was controlled by Adel Hakim Belhaj, then leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who was held by the C.I.A. in 2004 and is now considered a moderate politician in Libya. It is unclear which other militants received the aid.

“Nobody knew exactly who they were,” said the former defense official. The Qataris, the official added, are “supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.”

No evidence has surfaced that any weapons went to Ansar al-Shariah, an extremist group blamed for the Benghazi attack.

The case of Marc Turi, the American arms merchant who had sought to provide weapons to Libya, demonstrates other challenges the United States faced in dealing with Libya. A dealer who lives in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Turi sells small arms to buyers in the Middle East and Africa, relying primarily on suppliers of Russian-designed weapons in Eastern Europe.

In March 2011, just as the Libyan civil war was intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided. (American citizens are required to obtain United States approval for any international arms sales.)

He also e-mailed J. Christopher Stevens, then the special representative to the Libyan rebel alliance. The diplomat said he would “share” Mr. Turi’s proposal with colleagues in Washington, according to e-mails provided by Mr. Turi. Mr. Stevens, who became the United States ambassador to Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.

Mr. Turi’s application for a license was rejected in late March 2011. Undeterred, he applied again, this time stating only that he planned to ship arms worth more than $200 million to Qatar. In May 2011, his application was approved. Mr. Turi, in an interview, said that his intent was to get weapons to Qatar and that what “the U.S. government and Qatar allowed from there was between them.”

Two months later, though, his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials say he remains under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The Justice Department would not comment.

Mr. Turi said he believed that United States officials had shut down his proposed arms pipeline because he was getting in the way of the Obama administration’s dealings with Qatar. The Qataris, he complained, imposed no controls on who got the weapons. “They just handed them out like candy,” he said.

David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim reporting from Cairo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/weapons-sent-to-libyan-rebels-with-us-approval-fell-into-islamist-hands.html?pagewanted=all

 

Latest News Syria: China

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China: Political Solution Only Way for Solving Crisis in Syria 

May 16, 2013
 

China on Thursday renewed assertion that the political solution is the only realistic way for solving the crisis in Syria.

The Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, as saying " China attaches great importance to the development of the situation in Syria, and plays a constructive role in solving the crisis politically, as it believes that the future of Syria should be decided by the Syrian people."

He added " The pressing problem lies in urging all the concerned parties to cease violence as soon as possible and start a political transition based on Geneva Statement."

He pointed out that whatever procedure is adopted by the international community, including the UN General Assembly, should lead to realizing the aforementioned goals, taking into account the principles of the UN Charter and the basic rules that govern international relations.

Hong clarified that China expressed its concern over a part of the contents of the draft resolution presented yesterday to the UN General Assembly, and thus asked the sponsor states to take into consideration the opinions of all relevant parties, and not to push for voting by force in order not to hinder the political solution.

The Chinese official expressed his country's readiness to exert joint effort with the international community including the Arab countries to continue in finding a political solution for the crisis in Syria in a just, peaceful and suitable way.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/16/482506.htm

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15-05-13

Jeruzalem Post: 'Turkey used chemical weapons'

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'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT,

LAST UPDATED: 8/12/2010 

Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved Photo: Associated Press BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.

MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.

The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.

Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.

Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=184612

21-02-13

Obama's secret order: 53 Syrian citizens killed

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http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/337/2013/02/21/468516.htm

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Israel enters the war on Syria

terrorist.bombing.Damascus1Car bomb explosion rocks Syrian capital

20.12.2004 - Hezbollah: Not Just Israel's Problem http://www.ideasinactiontv.com/tcs_daily/2004/12/hezbolla...

13.6.2006 - Sherman: Israeli Reaction a Justified Response to Repeated Hezbollah Provocations
http://bradsherman.house.gov/2006/07/pr-060713.html.shtml

26.7.2006 - Hezbollah, Israel, and the lessons of 1982
http://www.angus-reid.com/analysis/39668/hezbollah_israel...

26.9.2006 - US Says Hezbollah Still Strong After War With Israel
http://www.wwenglish.com/en/voa/stan/2006/09/200609291436...

21.4.2011 - Secretary Clinton Meets With Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal
http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/clinton_nethe...
Secretary Clinton Meets With Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDNWuBAkv2M
http://youtu.be/gDNWuBAkv2M

8.10.2012 - Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal, a Dutchman’s Vendetta Against Hezbollah
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/dutchman%E2%80%99s-v...

14.10.2012 - Report in 'Sunday Times' says UAV struck down over Negev beamed images of IDF preparation for joint US exercise.
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=287724

18.12.2012 - Bulgaria asks for permanent US troops presence
http://rt.com/news/bulgaria-nato-us-troops-257/

29.1.2013 - NATO crisis management center opens in Bulgaria
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xinhua/2013-01-29/content_81...

30.1.2013 - Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/world/middleeast/syria-...

16.2.2013 - Hezbollah warns Israel not to count on weaker Syria
http://en.arabstoday.net/20130216255329/hezbollah-warns-i...

18.2.13 - Thomas E. Donilon, U.S. National Security Adviser: 'EU must include Hezbollah in terrorist list. Europe can no longer ignore the threat that this group poses to the Continent and to the world.'
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-nationa...

18.2.2013 - Israel and Syria: Behind the Bombs
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Israel-and-Syria-Behind-...

18.2.2013 - Israel enters the 'civil war' in Syria
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-ente...

19.2.2013 - Bulgaria Presses Europeans to Toughen Stance on Hezbollah
http://www.newsmaxworld.com/Europe/bulgaria-hezbollah-eu-...

19.2.2013 - Hezbollah, Syria and the Golan Heights, Jerusalem Post
http://www.sierraleonenews.net/index.php/sid/212682426/sc...

21.2.2013 - Dichter Slams EU Delay in Blacklisting Hezbollah
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=83209&...

21.2.2013 - Peres urges EU to put Hezbollah on terror list
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/israel-lebanon-iran.mic/

21.2.2013 - Latest News Syria: US backed terrorists threaten Hezbollah
http://diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be/

21.2.2013 - Israel Presses EU to Place Hezbollah on Terror List
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israel-presses-eu-pl...

21.2.2013 - 2 hours ago - William Hague discusses Hezbollah with Lebanese president
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2013/feb/21/will...

(The first 4O pages of the search results for 'United States Israel Hezbollah' on Google always repeat that Hezbollah should be seen as a 'terrorist organization'. It is on this way that the news about the war on Syria is manipulated by the western media)

Photo: US-backed terrorist-attack in Syria (21.2.2013)

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American 'Peace Process'

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Israel and so called Free Syrian Army: together against Hezbollah

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Israel Presses EU to Place Hezbollah on Terror List

Israel’s Home Front Minister Avi Dichter had arrived in France on Tuesday, 19 February 2013, in an attempt to convince the EU to categorize Hezbollah as a 'terrorist organization'.

“Hezbollah is Israel’s eternal foe, and is the ally of Syria and Iran, and there is no question that they are behind the attacks that have occurred over the past few decades,” Dichter said in media statements.

“The European debate over whether Hezbollah is a terrorist organization or not,” he added sarcastically, “is like debating whether Paris is located in France on not.”

“What upsets me most,” he continued, “is the distinction being made between [Hezbollah’s] military and political wings. This is a farce in and of itself.”

Dichter insisted that Europe is a key source of funding for Hezbollah, and if the party’s covert channels of collecting money on the continent are blocked, it will inevitably face a financial crisis.

He dismissed the notion that placing Hezbollah on the terrorism list could further destabilize Lebanon, noting that the country “is already beset by many problems,” so such a step will not add that much to its troubles.

Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal, a Dutchman’s Vendetta Against Hezbollah
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/dutchman%E2%80%99s-v...

Secretary Clinton Meets With Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDNWuBAkv2M
http://youtu.be/gDNWuBAkv2M

Latest News Syria: Obama's secret order...

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Photo: February 21th, 2013 - Fifty-Three Civilians Martyred, 235 Others Injured in Damascus

http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/337/2013/02/21/468516.htm

11-02-13

Syria: The USA called them 'peaceful human rights activists'...

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A Reminder That Terrorists Have Been Beheading for 2 Years Now in Syria

The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised. Syrian Jihadists beheading a policeman

http://youtu.be/W4g2b5ziAs4

Don't let the media mislead you anymore. Terrorists have been sent into Syria by the USA and were called peaceful human rights activists at the very beginning of the Obama/Clinton plan to overthrow Bashar Al Assad.

All carefully planned, how their name has changed by the media, who still call them rebels in Syria, but terrorists in other countries. The media don't even call them the FSA anymore, because it is obvious from all their films that they are Al Qaeda.

Just in case any of you missed was happening at the time, this film was uploaded in May 2011. One of many films of beheadings I was sent at the time. The US and the Western media will have you believe that Al Qaeda has only recently joined a revolution, but this is not true, as this has been carefully planned from the start by the USA, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Al Jazeera as one of their propaganda tools.

Turkey was the sucker that had to do what the USA told them too. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was helped into his position in Turkey by the USA and now he has to do what he is told as payback. Just another puppet of the USA.

http://humanrightsactivists.wordpress.com/

24-11-12

Speaker of Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, in Syria

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Nov. 24, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Friday received Speaker of Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, and the accompanying delegation.

The meeting tackled the situation in the region, especially the failure of the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the victory of the Palestinian Resistance, and the keenness of Syria and Iran on adhering to resistance and supporting it.

Larijani hailed the wise stances of the Syrian leadership in dealing with the crisis, stressing Iran's support to Syria.

President al-Assad highly appreciated Iran's keenness on helping the Syrian people and supporting political dialogue, stressing that Syria will continue work on making national dialogue a success and simultaneously fighting terrorism which aims at destabilizing the security of Syria and the whole region.

President al-Assad and Larijani stressed Syria and Iran's keenness on enhancing bilateral relations in all fields and continuing cooperation and coordination over regional issues of mutual concern.

The meeting was attended by Speaker of the People's Assembly, Dr. Jihad al-Lahham, and the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus.

Answering a question by the press on the visit, President al-Assad said that "It is not an emergency visit; there is continuous communication between us and the Iranian officials. But when the visit is on the level of Speaker of the Parliament, we reassess all the visits made by other officials, especially in these circumstances, the last of which was the Israeli aggression on Gaza which took up a great deal of the dialogue today."

For his part, Dr. Larijani said "Of course we made valuable and very important discussions, particularly regarding the events in Palestine and the great victory achieved by the Palestinian people and the Syrian leadership and people. President al-Assad and his father, the late president Hafez al-Assad, had a very important role in the Palestinian Resistance."

"At a time when some countries in the region were afraid of sending one bullet to the Palestinians, the Syrian government and people were putting all resources at the disposal of the Palestinian people. This is what made some of the region's countries send armed groups to Syria," Larijani said.

"We highly value the role of the Syrian government and people who have always supported the Resistance," he concluded.

Speaker of the People's Assembly, Dr. Jihad al-Lahham also met Dr. Larijani. The two sides discussed the cooperation relations in the parliamentary field and ways to promote them to achieve the interests of the two friendly peoples.

Earlier on September 19th, President al-Assad met Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. The meeting tackled enhancing bilateral cooperation in all fields as to enable the people of Syria and Iran to overcome the unjust unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the two countries and the latest development regarding the crisis in Syria.‬

Larijani Reiterates Iran's Rejection of Foreign Interference in Syria's Internal Affairs and Support for Political Dialogue

Later on Friday evening, at a press conference following his meeting with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri in Beirut, Larijani affirmed Iran's utter rejection of any kind of military intervention in Syria, saying that the worst kind of injustice against Syrians is arming some and driving them to fight in Syria.

He said that the difference in viewpoints between Iran and others is that others want to impose democracy by force of arms, while Iran rejects this as such an approach proved to lead only to further bloodshed and destruction.

Larijani affirmed that Iran supports political dialogue and democratic reforms in Syria, stressing that those who send weapons to feed infighting in Syria seek to undermine the resistance against Israel.

On the issue of Turkey's deployment of Patriot missiles on its borders with Syria, Larijani said that such a step wouldn't solve the crisis in Syria, saying that Iran and Turkey differ in viewpoints regarding the methods employed by Turkey to handle the crisis.

He stressed that no external side can make preconditions for resolving the crisis in Syria, saying that efforts to realize democracy in Syria must be reached through ballots.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

http://208.43.232.81/eng/21/2012/11/24/453878.htm

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.

Try the following links to get the website (Arabic and Turkish)

sana.sy main IP address: http://208.43.232.81/
sana.sy Turkish website: http://208.43.232.81/index_tur.html

23-11-12

Russian warships

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Russian Black Sea Warships Deployed To Eastern Mediterranean

Itar-Tass
November 23, 2012

Warships of Russian Black Sea Fleet are ordered to stay in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea

MOSCOW: Fulfilling orders, a convoy of warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet arrived in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip in case of an escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli armed conflict, a source in the High Command of the Russian Navy told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“The guards missile-carrying cruiser Moskva and the big landing ship Saratov have arrived in the designated area already on November 20, the border patrol ship Smetlivy and the big landing ship Novocherkassk joined the foresaid warships 1-2 days later, after the refuelling from the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov. The full convoy of the warships of the Black Sea Fleet arrived in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea in order to evacuate Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the Russian naval source said.

“It is not ruled out that our warships will be assigned for another combat mission in case of deterioration of the regional situation,” the source in the High Command of the Russian Navy told Itar-Tass. However, the source did not specify what mission in concrete can be set for Russian warships.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/russian-black-sea-warships-deployed-to-eastern-mediterranean/

Photo: On Nov. 18, 2012, the Russian TV office was destroyed in an Israeli attack on Gaza.
Earlier attacks heavily damaged two buildings that housed Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD and Kuwait TV, as well as the Hamas TV station Al Aqsa. Some of the injured were from Ma'an news agency, and a cameraman for al-Quds TV had to have his leg amputated. RT's office in Gaza was affected too. The attack came after the office of Iran's English-language Press TV channel in Gaza was hit twice in the Israeli aerial assaults.
The buildings were heavily damaged.
The International Federation of Journalists has demanded the UN hold an investigation of the deliberate attacks of the Israeli military by media buildings in Gaza and take action against Israel.
The Middle East Foreign Press Association demanded an explanation as to why media buildings are targeted.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) explained that they are targeting Hamas militants, 'and the journalists who are not journalists who spread propaganda for Hamas'.

On May 7, 1999, NATO fired 3 missiles from different angles to attack the Embassy of China in Yugoslavia, which killed 3 Chinese journalists and injured more than 20. The building of the embassy was seriously damaged. U.S. officials and NATO said the attack on the Chinese Embassy was "a mistake" based on "faulty information".

The bombings of TV channels and embassies prove what 'Defence Organization' NATO and its allies mean with 'democracy'.

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.

 

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31-10-12

Latest News Syria: Turkish missiles are designed by Israel

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Popeye missiles

The Popeye is an air to ground missile developed by Israel.

It is is designed for precision attack against large targets from stand off ranges. The standard Popeye and smaller Popeye-Lite are powered by a single stage solid rocket, a jet engine propels the Popeye Turbo variants.

An inertial guidance system pilots the missile towards the target; for terminal homing the pilot can control the missile directly via an INS and data link, aiming via either a television or imaging infrared seeker depending on the missile model. It is not necessary for the launching aircraft to direct the missile - control can be passed to another platform whilst the firing aircraft escapes the area.

The alleged Israeli submarine launched cruise missile variant is reported to be jet powered and nuclear armed with a greatly increased range.

Israel has exported Popeye and its variants to various friendly countries.

The United States Air Force first bought a batch of 154 missiles in 1989 followed by a second batch of 54 missiles in 1996.

In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey.
The Turkish Air Force's F-4 2020 Terminator aircraft and the TuAF F-16 CCIP are armed with a Turkish License production version of the Popeye.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

10-10-12

Turkey bombs Syria with German weapons

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Ruling Party MP: 'Turkish Army Could Reach Damascus In Three Hours'

October 10, 2012

Baku: In the event of a war with Syria, the Turkish army will need only three hours to reach the country's capital Damascus, Turkish TV channel Beyaz TV quotes MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party Samil Tayar as saying on Wednesday.

MP emphasized that Ankara is 'fully ready for military actions'.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/ruling-party-m...

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After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey

October 4, 2012

NATO members have both sold and donated a wide range of weapons to Turkey, including more than 500 combat aircraft, 500 combat helicopters, 5,000 tanks, and thousands of artillery pieces, mortars, machine guns and assault rifles. The United States has been Turkey's main supplier, providing about 80% of Turkey's arsenal. Over the past decade (up to 1995), the US Congress has appropriated $5.3 billion in military aid (grants and loans to purchase weapons) for Turkey, making Turkey the third largest recipient of US military aid (after Israel and Egypt).

Turkey has recently invited bids for the supply of four early warning aircraft (AWACS) (mid-1998). The contract is worth around $1 billion. The aircraft would enable Turkey not only to command and control its own airspace but also that of the surrounding region. Likely suppliers are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grunman, and Israel Aircraft Industries.

After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey. Germany is currently trying to sell Turkey 1,000 Leopard II main battlefield tanks.

http://www.heureka.clara.net/sunrise/tr-arms2.htm

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Photo 1: While Merkel hailed the progress of reforms undertaken by Athens, 30,000 protesters brandishing banners reading "You are not welcome, Imperialisten Raus" (Imperialists out) or "No to the Fourth Reich", vented their anger against the budgetary discipline preached by the German leader. The BBC which is participating in the ongoing war propaganda of NATO, said in a special
broadcast
with the photo on the background that the 'democratic countries are worried about the growing neo-nazism'. It is in this way that Western citizens are misled all the time.

Photo 2: On October 4 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. But the smiling faces and the latest news from the Turkish government tell us everything about the 'democratic' war plans they made.

28-09-12

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly (Live cut version)

http://youtu.be/RKaBayz0r2I

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Photo: US. President Barack Obama and Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

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Photo: US-President Obama and his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a State Lunch in Washington. Ban Ki-Moon has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992.

25-09-12

Western armed terrorists: Belgian weapons and jihadists in Syria

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August 3, 2012

The Belgian State Security "has not confirmed" the rumor that Belgian jihadists are fighting in Syria. Thursday, the newspapers 'Het Belang van Limburg' and 'Gazet van Antwerpen' argued the opposite: "The State Security confirmed the presence of" Belgium".

It is uncommon, that the Belgian State Security issued a statement Thursday to correct statements that were attributed to him: "The State Security (...) confirms that Syria is a destination for international Islamist fighters. But the State Security has not been confirmed (...) that there are Belgians among them. "    In short, if the Security denies to have confirmed does not mean - this is important - it can deny the information.

Originally Flemish newspapers relied on a report by Reuters, dated July 31, citing statements from "several rebel commanders in the north-west Syria," according to which "Muslims in Great Britain, Belgium and the United States had joined the Free Syrian Army (SLA)". On July 13th, Reuters pointed out a flood "of thousands of assault rifles Belgian FN FAL was in the hands of the rebels".

In its annual reports, the Belgian State Security explains how and why she follows people attracted by fighting abroad: there was attention for Iraq, then, from 2010, to the movement towards Pakistan-Afghanistan border area; Finally, most recently, to new locations: "If the Afghan-Pakistan area, more than Iraq, was still popular in 2010 with the majority of volunteers for jihad", the Belgian State Security wrote in his latest report, "some of them began to plot their way to Yemen, Somalia and the Caucasus". And Syria now? "Obviously. Where they are beaten, those who return and who actually participated in the fighting have gained knowledge on how to handle weapons, strategy and tactics of war," noted the Belgian State Security yesterday. "This is the central reason for the Belgian concern".

Alain Lallemand, Le Soir

http://archives.lesoir.be/djihadistes-belges-la-s%FBrete-...

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Some weeks ago the Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium... 

19-09-12

American war against muslim states: Syria

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Gatherings of Terrorists Targeted, Weapons Warehouses and DShK-equipped Cars Destroyed in Various Areas

September 19th, 2012 - ALEPPO, (SANA) - A unit of the Armed Forces on Wednesday carried out qualitative operations against terrorists in Masaken al-Fardous area in Aleppo city inflecting heavy losses upon them and destroying ammunition warehouses.

SANA reporter said the armed forces also destroyed a warehouse of ammunition near the Cultural Center and Omar Bin al-Khattab Mosque in the aforementioned area.

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces carried out a qualitative operation against the mercenary terrorists near the Vocational Training Institute in Maysaloun neighborhood in Aleppo.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces killed a large number of terrorists, wounded many others and seized their weapons.

The source pointed out that the seized weapons included Israeli-made grenades, BKC machineguns, RPG launchers, sniper shotguns, automatic rifles and sophisticated communication devices.

Terrorists Jamil Abdul-Ra'ouf Hassan, Abdul-Rahman Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, Walid Mohammad al-Qassim, Mohammad Ali Hamido, Abdul-Hadi Khalaf Jaji and Mohammad Ahmad Nasif were identified among the dead.

Army units and security authorities arrested a number of members of terrorist groups in Saif al-Dawla neighborhood in the city and other areas and seized their weapons.

In Aleppo countryside, units of the armed forces and security authorities arrested a number of terrorists in al-Sfeira area and seized amounts of weapons including Russian rifles and machineguns, RPGs and pump-action rifles and various grenades, in addition to stolen medical equipment.

A unit of the armed forces targeted 3 trucks and 2 pick-up cars equipped with DShK machineguns in  Sharqi Mayer in Aleppo countryside, killing all the terrorists inside them and  destroying their arms.

On Tuesday, a unit of the armed forces targeted gatherings for terrorists in the area of the grocery market in al-Sakhour neighborhood and the schools of Majdal Shams and Barada in Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, killing a large number of them and injuring others.

Another unit of the armed forces eliminated all members of an armed terrorist group led by terrorist Abdul-Rahman Raslan, nicknamed as al-Natef, at al-Marjeh roundabout in Aleppo.

The eliminated terrorists were destroying citizens' houses with a bulldozer and filming the scene to send the footage to some satellite channels to broadcast them and accuse the Syrian army of committing this act.

Another army unit carried out a qualitative operation near Qastal Harami Mosque in Aleppo which resulted in the killing of a large number of terrorists and destroying a number of cars loaded with ammunition.

Two IEDs Explode in Qudsyeh, Several Civilians Wounded

Two improvised explosive charges exploded on Wednesday near the Female High School for Arts in Qudsyeh causing the injury of several citizens.

An official source told SANA that the distance between the two sites where the IEDs was about 200 meters, adding that there were no injuries among the students.

The army set free seven persons who were kidnapped by armed terrorist groups in the area between al-Sbeineh and As-sali in Damascus Countryside.

Areas in al-Hajar al-Aswad Cleared from Terrorists, 4 Workers Released in Damascus Countryside

In Damascus, Countryside, units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood.

A military source told SANA reporter that the area around Audeh gas station, the telephone center and Younes Hospital were completely cleared of the terrorists.

The source said that the terrorists used several kinds of weapons during the clashes with the armed forces such as sniper rifles, DShK machineguns and explosive devices. It added that a number of terrorists fled away to al-Boweida and al-Sbeineh areas.

The source stressed that the armed forces will continue operations to restore security to all the areas of Damascus Countryside.

A unit of the armed forces released 4 workers at al-Hajar al-Aswad electricity station who have been trapped by the terrorists since 5 days.

The Armed Forces seized a terrorists' field hospital in al-Thawra Street near al-Rahman Mosque in al-Hajr al-Aswad area.

Authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group that was terrorizing the citizens in al-Zabadani in Damascus Countryside.

An official source at the province told SANA that one of the most dangerous terrorist in the area, Mahmoud Ahmad Burhan, was killed in the clash.

Ammunition and Oil Derivatives Warehouses for Terrorists Destroyed in Homs

In Homs, an army unit eliminated tens of terrorists and destroyed an ammunition warehouse in Bab Hood neighborhood in the city.

Another unit of the armed forces, in cooperation with the citizens, targeted a terrorists' warehouse for storing stolen oil derivatives in Souq al-Hashish in Homs.

SANA reporter quoted an official source in the province as saying that the armed forces destroyed the warehouse and killed all the terrorists inside it.

Authorities Arrest Terrorists in Daraa

Authorities stormed a hideout used by terrorists in Gabagib area in Daraa countryside, arresting scores of terrorists and seizing their weapons.

A source at the province told SANA that several terrorists turned themselves in to the authorities, while others tried to resist before being apprehended.

Truck Loaded with Ammunition and Weapons in Hama 

Authorities in Hama seized a Hyundai truck loaded with amounts of weapons near the crossroad of Um al-Amd village in the eastern countryside of the province.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the seized weapons included 4 shoulder-launched missile, 19 missiles, 10 detonators, 70 pistols, 4 RPG launchers, night vision goggles, 80 mortar rounds, 21 grenades, 19 cannonballs, 20 valves, 24 rollers of detonation cords, grenade launcher and 9000 bullets.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/19/442368.htm

(SANA's website is regularly blocked by foreign military services and Google gives for the search of 'latest news Syria, almost exclusively the news of the western war propaganda machine)

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

The war against Syria is connected with the Operation Gladio.
Gladio was part of a post-World War II program set up by the CIA, MI6 and NATO supposedly to thwart future Soviet/communist invasions or influence in Italy and Western Europe. In fact, it became a state-sponsored right-wing terrorist network, involved in false flag operations and the subversion of democracy. Hundreds of innocent Europeans were killed during this operation.