20-05-13

Syria: Army continues chasing and killing foreign backed terrorists

Syrian.army.May.20.2013.jpgArmy Continues Chasing and Killing Terrorists in Several Provinces, Restores Security, Stability to Most of al-Qseir 

 

May 20, 2013
 

Army units on Monday continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

In Damascus, the army units chased down armed terrorist groups in the northern and western sides in Barzeh neighborhood and the surrounding farms, leaving their members killed or injured including snipers.

An official source told SANA reporter that sniper, Omar al-Azizy, from the terrorist group calling itself "Ahfad al-Rasoul brigade, in addition to the terrorists, Hamdan al-Labbad and Ziad al-Mahayni from Jabhat al-Nusra were eliminated.

The source confirmed that units of our army tightened the ring around the terrorists groups in the neighborhood and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

In Aliyah farms in Douma, Damascus Countryside, the Army eliminated members of a terrorist groups, including Ahmad Sleik and Hamza al-Lakah, in addition to destroying terrorist gatherings along with their weapons and munitions near the mills and construction sites in Adra area.

An Army unit destroyed weapons and munitions in the town of Hejjeira and eliminated terrorists including Marzouq Sendid and Mohammad al-Muajil, while another unit clashed with terrorists west of al-Thanawiye roundabout in the town of Harasta, injuring or killing the terrorists, one of whom was identified as Anas Shella.

In al-Zabadani, an Army unit clahsed with a terrorist group in al-Aara neighborhood, resulting in the death of terrorist Dirar al-Zein, while another unit destroyed a number of vehicles used by terrorists in al-Nabek and eliminated a number of them.

An Army unit clashed with terrorists near al-Manasher roundabout in Jobar, killing a number of them including a sniper nicknamed Abu Anas.

Stability Restored to Eastern Part of Qseir, Operations Continue in Northern and Southern Areas

Army units restored stability and security to the full eastern area of Qseir city in Homs Countryside after killing big numbers of terrorists and destroying their hideouts. A military source added that army units dismantled a number of explosive devices, planted by terrorists in al-Souk area in the middle of the city.

The source added that army units are continuing hunting the remnants of terrorists in some hideouts in the northern and southern areas of the city.

The Armed Forces also seized an Israeli vehicle which terrorists had been using in the city.

Earlier yesterday, army units restored stability to the Local Stadium area, some parts of the western area, Municipality HQ, the Cultural Center, the Church, al-Baladyeh roundabout and al-Ghytta area.

Tens of terrorists hand themselves in to the authorities, while others were arrested in cooperation with some residents. 

Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Idleb

Army units continued its confrontation of armed terrorist groups in Idleb countryside, killing a big number of them and destroying their gatherings.

A military source told SANA that army units targeted terrorists gatherings in Maartamasrin, killed many terrorists and injured others.

The source added that other army units targeted terrorist groups in Sermin and Bennish, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Army units continued destroying terrorists' gatherings in kherbet al-Joz in Jisr al-Shoghour countryside, Kafar Haya, Jabal al-Arbain, Ram Hamdan, Qaminas, Saraqeb, Tafranaz and the surrounding area of the Youth Camp, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source added that the engineering units dismantled seven explosive devices on the road of al-Mastoumeh-Ariha in the area of al-Sheikh Abdullah the weights of which range between 40 to 50 kg planted to target the passersby.

Heavy Losses Inflictesd upon Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

Army units clashed with an armed terrorist group in Nazlat al-Idrisiyat in Deir Ezzor city, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others including Khalil Hadi al-Ali from the so-called "al-Abbas Battalion" terrorist group.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that another army unit destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Hamidiyeh and Hweiqa neighborhoods, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source added that another unit killed a number of terrorists in al-Morei'eyeh village and destroyed their weapons.

The source pointed out that Yaser al-Samran and Yousef hamid al-Sultan from the so-called "al-Qa'aqa'a Battalion" were identified among the dead.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/20/483143.htm

War on Syria: A 'Greater Middle East'...

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As a reminder:

Germany ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones

Germany last year ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones designed to provide real-time images above a battlefield. That has brought German jet pilots to coastal Ein Shemer air base for accelerated retraining on the unmanned propeller planes, already daubed with their flag and Iron Cross emblem. “It’s for the need of the ground troops, for our own protection, like convoy protection,” said a Luftwaffe (airforce) major, who formerly flew a Tornado fighter-bomber on Afghan reconnaissance missions and could not be named due to military secrecy.
Israel is a pioneer of combat drones, having deployed them in Lebanon in the Palestinian territories. Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), says it is also used by Canadian, French and Australian forces in Afghanistan. On December 12, 2012, Germany has expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin in a diplomatic move to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar Assad. German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently expressed Turkey’s desire for a leading role in a Greater Middle East, while also claiming that Turkey’s borders are NATO’s borders.

Latest News Syria: U.S. take steps 'to protect the Syrian people'

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David Low, So you won't be protected. Eh? (1st October, 1941)
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERss.htm
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jlow.htm

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A Germany led by Himmler and the SS to destroy Russia

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Himmler, whose name would be associated with Nazi infamy and forever remembered as a perpetrator of the Holocaust, was driven by two conflicting motives as the war wound down: He was a fanatic Nazi who worshipped Hitler, and a treacherous opportunist terrified of his future as the curtain of defeat descended on the Third Reich. Retribution for his sins, he knew, would be metted out by the victors. Himmler was considered Hitler's trusted acolyte. Yet, because he was convinced that Germany would lose the war and he would be among those held accountable for war crimes by the Allies, he began to entertain thoughts of high treason against his Fuhrer as early as mid-1942—possibly earlier when Hitler's panzers failed to reach Moscow and the United States was drawn into the war. He hoped for absolution from the Western Allies by offering to seize power from Hitler and negotiate peace in exchange for their license, if not their help, in continuing the struggle against the Soviet Union.

The person whose influence on Himmler was probably greatest was his physical therapist, Felix Kersten, a talented masseur of Baltic German origins and Finnish nationality. Kersten, working in tandem with Walter Schellenberg, head of Nazi security intelligence (Sicherheitsdienst, or SD), made contact with the OSS on behalf of Himmler with the intention of conspiring to overthrow Hitler. Based on declassified files, particularly Hewitt's report, a fascinating story unfolds.

Hewitt in Sweden

No stranger to Sweden, Hewitt had many influential contacts there, including wealthy businessman Jacob Wallenberg. He had met Wallenberg in 1932 while in Stockholm representing a trustee in the bankruptcy of the International Match Corporation, an American holding company. In the course of the company's reorganization, the Wallenbergs had assumed control of the Swedish Match Corporation and its far-flung international subsidiaries. More than a decade later, in August 1943, as war raged in Europe, Hewitt made contact again with his old acquaintance. Aware that Hewitt was well connected in the United States and was even a friend of President Roosevelt, Wallenberg, secretly tied in with the German Resistance, confided freely in him. Explaining that he was "in touch with a cross section of the high ranking German financial and manufacturing interests," Wallenberg told him that Resistance "cells were forming in Germany for the purpose of overthrowing Hitler." He asked Hewitt if he "would be willing to meet with representatives of such cells."

In commenting on Hitler, Wallenberg explained to Hewitt that "his friends" in Germany—a euphemistic reference to Resistance members he knew—were somewhat perplexed about Reichsführer Himmler's true motives. While he was supposed to be entirely loyal to Hitler, certain changes were taking place in Germany that could only raise questions in the minds of intelligence observers. Hewitt concluded that Wallenberg, though vague on this score, believed that Himmler was looking to oust Hitler and take over Germany's government himself as a prelude to reaching a peace agreement with the Western Allies. It was Wallenberg's opinion that Himmler was convinced that Germany would lose, and had begun searching for ways to ingratiate himself with the Western Allies. According to Wallenberg, Himmler envisioned using the SS and the Nazi Party security apparatus as bargaining chips in an unrealistic scenario in which Germany, governed by him in alliance with the Western Powers, would turn their guns on the Russians and defeat the mutually hated Communist bogey.

Strangely insensitive to the revulsion felt toward him by the West for atrocities he was known to have committed, but well aware of his fate if the Russians were to capture him upon Germany's ultimate capitulation, Himmler was sending out feelers to the Americans in Sweden and other neutral countries through a variety of go-betweens. His principal point men in this treacherous enterprise were Walter Schellenberg and Felix Kersten. As Hewitt himself discovered, Schellenberg, responsible for foreign intelligence, was useful because of his professional contacts and ability to hide his special tasks for Himmler within his organization. Kersten, who traveled often to Sweden, where he was establishing a permanent home, was able to make contact with the American OSS without attracting attention.

Three months would go by before Wallenberg and Hewitt would meet again. In the meantime, Himmler had been named the interior minister by Hitler, making him still more powerful. When Jacob Wallenberg finally re-appeared—having been in Germany or elsewhere in Europe—he reported that the Resistance situation had changed in Germany because of increased focus by the Gestapo on the military—particularly Abwehr dissidents and certain prominent civilians with whom they were allied in the Widerstand. According to Hewitt's report, it was Wallenberg's opinion that the only alternatives to Hitler were Himmler, backed primarily by the Waffen SS and the Gestapo, or the Wehrmacht secret opposition cells if they could survive Gestapo harassment and rally the main body of the army before Hitler became aware of what was going on and destroyed them. What Hewitt and presumably Jacob Wallenberg did not know at this time was that Hitler's deputy, Martin Bormann, and Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller had found a way to establish secret contact with the Soviets, on whom they were placing their bets for determining the fate of Europe after the War. Nonetheless, it had already become abundantly clear to Hewitt that the secret "organized" opposition to Hitler was a complicated matter.

The Pitch

Hewitt met Kersten in October 1943, on the urging of a Swedish friend who held a key position in Wallenberg's business organization. Although the friend was not acquainted with Kersten personally, he had been told that the therapist was one of the most powerful men in Germany—an exaggeration, perhaps, but Kersten had by then acquired a remarkable influence over the Reichsführer SS. Himmler had become dependent on Kersten because of the masseur's unique ability to alleviate his chronic, sometimes unbearable, stomach pains. A distinguished British World War II intelligence officer and eminent historian has observed that Kersten was able to "manipulate the conscience as well as the stomach of that... inhuman, but naïve, mystical tyrant of the 'New Order.'

Feigning a "bad back" to provide him cover for frequent meetings with the masseur, and realizing that Kersten, too, was interested in the meetings for political reasons, Hewitt got right down to business—but always mythically insisting that he was not speaking for the US government. Dubious about any liaison with emissaries from the Devil's domain, OSS officers had brushed off earlier efforts by the Nazis to make contact. Among other reasons, the Americans were concerned lest Stalin resent and protest any apparent machination that left him out of the picture. Roosevelt, in particular, did not want to aggravate Stalin's paranoia by creating an appearance of weakening the solidarity of the Grand Alliance. Seeing a political action opportunity to sow discord among the Nazi leaders, however, Hewitt was not reticent about responding positively to Kersten. He sensed that the therapist was a victim of circumstances beyond his control; he was not a Nazi, nor was he irrevocably bound to Himmler, witness his having begun the process of moving to Sweden. He believed Kersten was eager to establish his own relationships with the West rather than be compromised by his link to the Reichsführer when the Third Reich crumbled in defeat.

Hewitt reported that the climax of Kersten's several conversations with him was a startling overture urging Western Allies to collaborate in ousting Hitler and join forces with a Germany led by Himmler and the SS to destroy Russia. To quote Hewitt's report: "The doctor [Kersten] urged me to come to Germany to discuss Himmler's position with him, and to see whether a settlement might be possible. He indicated clearly that, on certain conditions, Himmler was prepared to overthrow Hitler and that he was the only man who had power to do so in Germany."

Source: 'Reichsführer Himmler Pitches Washington': https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intel...

Photo: Superheroes and villains take their place alongside some of the most famous names in history in a selection of wartime pictures. The quirky pictures were created by Indonesian artist and illustrator Agan Harahap - Captain America is pictured with Heinrich Himmler as he inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia in 1940-41

19-05-13

Latest News Syria: Israel’s military intelligence

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Nov. 2, 2010

'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.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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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':

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

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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':

Photo: Netanyahu looks into Syria from the Golan Heights in January 2013

17-05-13

Latest News Syria: Army Units Destroy Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings

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Army Units Destroy Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Several Provinces 

May 17, 2013

Units of the Armed Forces carried out a series of special operations in Idleb countryside, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their equipment.

An official source told SANA reporter that the Army units targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Shougr, Douer al-Akrad, al-Doysat and al-Kania in Jseir al-Shogour countryside and in al-Arbaayen mountain and al-Sinaa'a in Areha countryside, inflicting direct strikes upon terrorists.

The source added that other Army units repelled an armed terrorist group which was attempting to attack military checkpoints in Ein Sheib, Central Prison, Taftanaz Airport and Bakfaloun in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source pointed out that other Army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in Om Jren, Abo Duhour, al-Mjaas in the area surrounding Abo Duhour Airport, killing and injuring several terrorists.

Another Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists in Khafrouma and Maarbaleid in Maart al-Nouman countryside.

Army Units Kill Terrorists' Leaders in the Farms Surrounding Barzeh Neighborhood in Damascus

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in the farms surrounding Barzeh neighborhood, killing several terrorists and destroying their equipment.

An official source told SANA that the operation resulted in the  killing of Wisam Moma and terrorist called al-Hout, who were terrorists' leaders.

An official source said that a clash erupted between two terrorist groups upon stolen items in the town of Housh in Damascus Countryside.

The source said that the two groups are linked to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, adding that the terrorists used machineguns and hands grenades in the clash.

The source said that terrorists Mohammad al-Ouad and Ali Affouf were identified among the dead.

The source said that the army carried out several operations against terrorists in the town of Tal Kurdi in Douma, adding that scores of terrorists, among them was Samer Majeed, were killed.

The source said that another army unit pursued an armed terrorist group in Harasta and killed and injured most of its members.

The engineering units dismantled 7 explosive devices weighing 15-25 kg planted by terrorists behind al-Iman Mosque in Harasta.

Three explosive devices weighing 30-50 kg planted by terrorists on the road to the town of al-Rayhan in Eastern al-Ghouta were also dismantled.

Meanwhile, the army eliminated the members of a terrorist group in the area of al-Mulaiha, terrorist Mahmoud Jousani was identified among the dead.

Two Citizens Martyred, Others Wounded Due to Booby-trapped Tanker on Hama- Aleppo Road

A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

After the Friday prayers in Tallkalkh mosques, the worshipers went out in a mass rally to support the Syrian Arab Army in its operations against the armed terrorist groups, which are targeting public establishments and tampering with Syria's security and stability.

The participants condemned the acts of terrorism committed by the armed terrorist groups against Syria's public institutions and citizens, affirming their readiness to offer their souls for defending Syria and restoring security and stability to it.

Head of the City Council Akram Klysha pointed out that a number of terrorists handed over their weapons in Tallkalakh and were released, epically after the Legislative Decree No. 23 for the year 2013 which granted general amnesty to the crimes committed before 16 April, 2013. 

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

English Bulletin

A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

After the Friday prayers in Tallkalkh mosques, the worshipers went out in a mass rally to support the Syrian Arab Army in its operations against the armed terrorist groups, which are targeting public establishments and tampering with Syria's security and stability.

The participants condemned the acts of terrorism committed by the armed terrorist groups against Syria's public institutions and citizens, affirming their readiness to offer their souls for defending Syria and restoring security and stability to it.

Head of the City Council Akram Klysha pointed out that a number of terrorists handed over their weapons in Tallkalakh and were released, epically after the Legislative Decree No. 23 for the year 2013 which granted general amnesty to the crimes committed before 16 April, 2013. 

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

English Bulletin

A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

After the Friday prayers in Tallkalkh mosques, the worshipers went out in a mass rally to support the Syrian Arab Army in its operations against the armed terrorist groups, which are targeting public establishments and tampering with Syria's security and stability.

The participants condemned the acts of terrorism committed by the armed terrorist groups against Syria's public institutions and citizens, affirming their readiness to offer their souls for defending Syria and restoring security and stability to it.

Head of the City Council Akram Klysha pointed out that a number of terrorists handed over their weapons in Tallkalakh and were released, epically after the Legislative Decree No. 23 for the year 2013 which granted general amnesty to the crimes committed before 16 April, 2013. 

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/17/482682.htm

16-05-13

War against colonialism = War with Israel

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Gamal Abdel Nasser 

Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt was born in 1918 and died in 1970. Nasser was a pivotal figure in the recent history of the Middle East and played a highly prominent role in the 1956 Suez Crisis. Nasser has been described as the first leader of an Arab nation who challenged what was perceived as the western dominance of the Middle East. Nasser remains a highly revered figure in both Egypt and the Arab world.

At the age of fifteen, he took part in anti-British demonstrations. Those who protested also targeted some in the royal family who it was believed tacitly supported the power Britain still maintained over Egypt by its joint-ownership of the Suez Canal

In 1935, Nasser was wounded in the head by the British during an anti-British demonstration. In 1938, Nasser graduated from the Royal Military Academy and joined the Egyptian Army. Within the army, Nasser continued with his anti-British activities.

In 1942, an incident occurred which is said to have been the key turning point in Nasser's activities. In February 1942, the British persuaded/forced the king of Egypt, King Farouq, to accept a government that was to be headed by Nahas Pasha. At this time, Britain's power in North Africa was reaching a peak with the defeat of the Afrika Korps and this power was especially felt in Egypt. Nasser was appalled by what he considered to be the interference in the internal affairs of one country by a colonial European power. For the next seven years, he used his influence to persuade officers in the Egyptian Army that a) such interference was unacceptable and b) that all vestiges of British rule/influence had to be removed from Egypt.

Nasser fought in the 1948 war against the newly formed Israel. During this war, Nasser held his first 'proper' meeting with those officers who were willing to support his ideas for Egypt. The defeat of the Arab nations in the 1948 war, gave an added impetus to their anger especially as the Egyptian Army had to fight with faulty weapons which was linked to a supply scandal that implicated some members of the Royal Family. Nasser was clear in his own mind - the Royal family had to go and Egypt needed a new form of government. 

The defeat in 1948 strongly affected Nasser. On top of the humiliation of losing the war, Nasser was angered by the apparent corruption within certain sections of the Royal Family which it was thought hindered any chance of victory. Nasser decided to basically plot against the king for the sake of Egypt’s future.

On July 23rd 1952, Nasser helped to organise a revolt against the Royal Family and King Farouk was overthrown after a few days of bloodless rebellion. The actual figure head for the rebellion was General Neguib.

In November 1954, Neguib resigned and retired from public life. As deputy to Neguib, Nasser was the obvious choice to succeed him. This he did on November 17th 1954.

Nasser had a very clear vision for modernising Egypt. He was also keen to see Egypt free of any overtones of colonialism – a belief that was to bring him into direct conflict with Britain and France in 1956. To support his beliefs, Nasser did what he could to restore national pride to all Arab nations – not just Egypt.

The most obvious source of a foreign power being dominant in Egypt was the British/French control of the Suez Canal. Completed in 1869, the canal was designed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. However the vast bulk of the physical labour required to build this engineering marvel was done by Egyptian nationals. Britain had a 40% holding in the company that ran the canal. However, despite the fact that the canal was on Egyptian ‘soil’, the benefits it brought the people of Egypt were minimal. In 1956, Nasser nationalised the canal – provoking an attack on Egypt by the French and British. This attack was condemned at an international level and the British and French had to withdraw their forces when it became clear that America did not support what they had done. In fact, the American president, Eisenhower, was openly critical of Britain and France.

Nasser’s stand against two major European powers brought him huge popularity not just in Egypt but also in all Arab nations. After this success, Nasser set about the ‘Egyptianisation’ of his country.

Nasser also made gains in other areas of domestic policy. Under Neguib, civilian titles as associated with the Royal Family, were banned. Privileges associated with the ‘old way’ were also banned. Laws were brought in that limited the amount of land someone could own and they also widened the opportunities for land ownership. In 1961, Nasser nationalised a number of corporations so that the wealth that they generated could be used to improve the lifestyle of the Egyptian people. One year later, a decision was announced that Egypt would be run on Arab socialist lines. During Nasser's time in office, the Aswan High Dam was completed. This was a project that generated world-wide attention. However, iron and steel mills, aluminum plants, car and food factories were also built. In total, over 2000 new factories were built in Egypt in Nasser's time.

However, Nasser suffered a major blow when Egypt and other Arab nations were beaten by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. By this year, Egypt was seen as the leading Arab nation and the Arab people looked to Egypt for leadership. For Nasser, the comprehensive defeat by Israel was a serious blow and he offered his resignation. This was rejected by the people who took to the streets in June 1967 to demonstrate their support for Nasser. After the war, Nasser went to great efforts to modernise the Egyptian military and this remained one of his primary aims until his death in September 1970. His death was followed by an outpouring of national grief in Egypt. Nasser was succeeded by Anwar Sadat.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/gamal_abdel_nasser.htm

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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

Chemical weapons for Syrian 'opposition' may have come from Turkey

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Turkish media reports that recently (2011) in fact the Turkish army used Napalm or most of all phosphor related substances in their fight against the PKK guerilla. In other words so called thermal weapons which are not banned by any international treaty (unless you target civilians) – even if they are really inhuman. 

To clear up the confusion about thermal bombs and banned chemical weapons read our Document about “The Turkish army and their  use of Chemical weapons”.

Christopher Milroy, a professor of forensic pathology in the UK, went to the Kurdish region of Turkey in the early nineties to investigate use of chemical weapons. Here is an excerpt from an article he published, A secret and dirty war, in the British Medical Journal from July 1994: 

The Turkish authorities refused permission to examine the area where the alleged use of napalm took place. The area had been sealed off and the bodies of the victims had been buried in a mass grave, which had subsequently been concreted over. Nevertheless, a few relatives had been able to identify the victims from clothing or distinct features and removed the bodies for proper Islamic burial. All the bodies were described as severely burnt, without bullet wounds. We believed that the examination of the bodies would probably be obstructed, but hoped to interview relatives to obtain descriptions of the injuries. In Ankara we met human rights workers and then travelled to Kurdistan. We had already been told that arrest warrants had been issued against doctors, lawyers, and other human rights workers who had intended to accompany us.

After a couple paragraphs describing how he and his team were harassed by police and security forces, Milroy continues with his accounts of interviews with family members.

The next day we drove to Adiyaman, where we interviewed another relative of one of the victims. His description was again of bodies so charred that there were no recognisable features to permit a visual identification. No bullet wounds were present. While we were talking to him we were told that a man who was going to try and collect samples from the bodies in a local village had been arrested by the Turkish authorities, along with his entire family. The last information I received was that they were still in prison.

Because of the harassment we were unable to conduct the examinations, though the descriptions given were consistent with the use of napalm. A case has been presented before the European Commission of Human Rights.

Based on Milroy’s description and what little information was published in the Spiegel Online’s article, one can assume that either napalm or white phosphorous were used. Both agents cause severe burning, often to the bone.

In 1999 a ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, a German public-service television station) television report alleged chemical weapons use against the PKK, citing an unnamed member of a Turkish military special unit. ZDF said that in May of that year, a Turkish source told them he had taken part in operations against the PKK in which an unidentified chemical weapon had been used against insurgents hiding in caves.

‘Everyone in there was gassed—it was absolutely certain that nobody survived,’ said the Turkish military source as quoted by ZDF. Amnesty International, which was called in by ZDF to evaluate the military source, described him as ‘all-around credible.’

German Defence Ministry spokesperson at the time, Dieter Puhl, called the report ‘totally false and misleading.’ It is important to note that during that time period, the German government was supplying Turkey with chemical weapons test laboratories. The Defence Ministry said the labs would serve only to ‘protect soldiers and the civilian population.’

In October 1999, Turkish Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson, Sermet Atacanli, referring to the ZDF programme, said that ‘Turkey assumed the obligation not to develop, produce, store, or use chemical weapons, and meticulously abides by the relevant agreement.’

In August of 2000, Turkish military forces entered what was then called the ‘Northern NFZ’. The northern no-fly zone extended up from the 36th parallel and formed what was supposed to be a protected zone for the Kurdish population there. In the course of the air raids on 15 and 17 August chemical weapons and napalm were allegedly used. Ankara’s official line was that the raids were directed exclusively at PKK targets. Regardless of the official line, many civilians, including women and children, were killed.

Turkish helicopter bombardment

This was an area designated for the ‘protection of the Kurdish civilian population in the north of Iraq.’ Yet the US Embassy in Ankara did not condemn the attack. A spokesperson said: ‘There is information in the reports concerning the use of chemical weapons. But I will not appraise the incident or give detailed information.’ The information he did give was: ‘The US in general defends the rights of the Turkish government against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.’ How can you defend the use of chemical weapons?

In 2006 14 members of the PKK were killed in a large-scale offensive by the Turkish army after Newroz. Chemical weapons use was suspected in the operation. Subsequently, protests erupted following the funeral for the 14 PKK members. Days of violence ensued in Diyarbakir and nearby cities and towns.

In August 2007 the DTP reported that chemical weapons were used against a group of 11 PKK fighters in ?irnex.

In December 2007 the Turkish Armed Forces bombarded an area in the Qandil mountains. Shortly thereafter almost 200 goats died after grazing in the area where the bombardment took place. A detailed lab analysis of the goat milk detected poison.

A March 2008 report in the Kurdish Globe again mentions chemical weapons use in the Qandil mountain area. Several PKK fighters were seriously wounded by ‘weapons mixed with chemicals; blood flowed from their ears, eyes, and noses.’ These symptoms are not indicative of the napalm or WP that was most likely used in other attacks, but were nonetheless a direct result of illegal toxins used by the Turkish military.

Preliminary examinations by the Kurdistan Ministry of the Environment showed that Turkey used banned weapons. A delegation from Iraq’s council of representatives also declared that Turkish troops had used chemical weapons.

The Kurdistan Ministry of Health organised a medical team to investigate the affected locations and victims’ health. Some affected families were taken to Hewlêr for further medical testing.

One important question is whether or not there is an official sanction by the Turkish government to use chemical and/or biological weapons in its counter-terrorism efforts.

On 23 July 1989, the Turkish newspaper ?kibine Do?ru published an article on chemical weapons use. The article spoke of a secret security directive by the Turkish Armed Forces permitting the use of such agents as part of the government effort to combat Kurdish fighters.

According to the directive, which was issued on 25 February 1986 and signed by Necdet Öztorun, who was at the time commander of the Turkish Army, various methods were deemed permissible to destroy tunnels, including: filling the tunnels with poison gas, and rendering them unusable by introducing a specially bred poisonous insects.

In another section of the directive, it makes mention of the permitted use of gas bombs and NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) weapons, such as fire making substances, and tear and emetic gas.

The Turkish government did not explicitly deny the existence of the directive, however, questions remain as to its authenticity.

Regardless of whether or not the directive is authentic, there is overwhelming evidence (though some will insist that it is only circumstantial) that the Turkish government and its armed forces routinely use chemical weapons against the PKK and Kurdish civilians. They have been doing it for decades and will continue to do so with impunity.  The above examples are only a partial account of what has been happening. So why is no one mounting a full-scale investigation of these atrocities? Perhaps the Spiegel Online story will spark some response. It is doubtful however that it will come from the Europeans or the Americans.

Does no one care that a member of NATO, a country that is seeking admission to the EU, is flagrantly violating international law within its borders and beyond? With chemical weapons! Has the ‘global war on terror’ become no more than a licence to kill for governments in Washington’s exclusive terror club? Apparently, and sadly, so.

Sources:

Kurdish radio invites reporters to see victims of Turkey’s chemical attack. IRNA News Agency, 21 May 1999. BBC Summary of World Broadcasts.

Chemical weapons test lab for Turkey from German military. Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 27 October 1999.

Turkish spokesman denies manufacture, use of chemical weapons. Anatolia news agency, 28 October 1999. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Leicht, Justus. Turkish army kills Kurdish civilians in north Iraq. World Socialist Web Site, 30 August 2000.

Milroy, CM. A secret and dirty war. BMJ 1994;309:135 (9 July).

Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in operations against ‘terrorists’. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring. 30 March 2006.

Leicht, Justus. Turkey: Twelve dead and hundreds injured in Kurdish protests. Bella Ciao, 07 April 2006

Turkish Kurdish party accuses Turkey of using chemical weapons. Aso, 29 November 2006. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Pro-Kurdish party says army used chemical weapons in fighting Kurds. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 30 August 2007.

Suspected chemical weapons used in Turkish incursions. The Kurdish Globe, 01 March 2008.

Suspicion of Chemical Weapons in Turkish Bombardment. Rastî Blog, 02 April 2008.

Steinvorth, Daniel and Yassin Musharbash. Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK. Spiegel Online, 12 August 2010.

Exerpts : Kurdish commentary 2011

http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php?option=com_content&...

Photo: a victim of chemical weapons (napalm or white phosphorous)

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Vietnam: victims of agent orange in wheelchairs

Redline: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds

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13 August 2010

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died „due to the use of chemical substances.“

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany´s Green Party, told Der Spiegel: „The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.“

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

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

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: „We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Israel National News / by Elad Benari

http://efendisizler.blogsport.de/?p=721

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Obama meets Erdogan: Peaceful...

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The White House website released a photo of Obama with his right hand on a baseball bat as he talked on the phone with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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Opposition slams Turkish government over Patriot missiles…

Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party over the deployment of Patriot missiles along the country’s border with Syria.

During a Sunday parliamentary session at which the country’s budget plan for 2013 was to be discussed, a heated debate on foreign policy broke out between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Osman Koruturk, English-language newspaperToday’s Zaman reported.

“Turkey had never lost so much dignity in the eyes of its neighbors [as it has today],” Koruturk said.

He noted that Ankara maintained good relations with Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus in the past, and even mediated negotiations between Damascus and Tel Aviv over the Golan Heights.

“Today, we are at daggers drawn with all these,” Koruturk added.

The CHP deputy leader also criticized Turkey’s relations with NATO, stressing that Turkey is far from playing an active role in the Western military contingent.

“It looks as though major NATO members are directing Turkey through the alliance,” Koruturk said.

He highlighted that Syria is being used as an excuse for the deployment of Patriot missiles, and said the real aim for such a deployment is to protect the radar in the Kurecik district of Malatya province, which reportedly protects Israel.

NATO has approved of Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in its territory.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed orders to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/17/278505/turkey-opposition-slams-patriot-missiles/

Syria: Turkeys' opposition - Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de

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May 15, 2013

Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu will deliver a speech at the European Parliament Socialists Group, and hold a joint press conference with Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, in Brussels.

16:00 Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th Floor salon protocolaire A. (if it is not boycotted by car bombings of the Turkish and Israeli intelligence Services).

19:30 Meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu: Salle Royale, Rue royale 324, 1210 Brussels

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CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, 14-16 Mayıs tarihlerinde Belçika ve Almanya'ya ziyaret gerçekleştirecek. 

CHP Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Faruk Loğoğlu tarafından basına yapılan açıklamada, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun, 14 Mayıs'ta Brüksel'e giderek, Avrupa Parlamentosu Başkanı Martin Schulz ile bir araya geleceğini ifade etti. Loğoğlu, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun bazı parlamenterlerle de özel görüşmeler yaptıktan sonra 22 Mayıs'ta  Almanya'ya geçeceğini söyledi. Kılıçdaroğlu, Alman Sosyal Demokrat Partisinin (SPD) 150. kuruluş yıl dönümü etkinliklerine de katılacak.

CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu aynı zamanda Belçika’da CHP, Belçika Birliği üyeleri ile de bir araya gelecek. CHP Belçika Birliği Başkanı Zehra Eryörük’ün Genel Başkan Kılıçdaroğlu’nun ziyareti hakkında yaptığı duyuruda.’’Genel Başkanımız Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu'nun Brüksel ziyareti onuruna Brüksel'de 19 Mayıs Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı'nı kutlayarak unutturulmak istenen Cumhuriyet değerlerine sahip çıkıyoruz.

Belçika'daki tüm vatandaşlarımızı bekliyoruz. Geniş yelpazedeki değerli sanatçılarımızdan şiirler, türküler şarkılar ve halkoyunları ile bayramımızı şölen gibi kutlayacağız’’ diyerek CHP üyeleri, sempatizanları ve gönüllerine geniş katılım çağrısında bulundu.

Tarih: 15 Mayıs 2013 Çarşamba
Saat: 19:30’den itibaren
Yer: La Salle Royale
Adres: Rue Royale 324, 1000 Brüksel

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http://www.gundem.be/tr/belcika/kilicdaroglu-belcika-ya-g...

http://en.haberler.com/cihan-news-agency-diary-gmt-100012...

http://chpbrussels.org/

http://kadersevinc.blogactiv.eu/

http://brussels.chp.org.tr/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_wee...

A non-government information center on Turkey 
Un centre d'information non-gouvernemental sur la Turquie:
http://www.info-turk.be/415.htm

CHP GENEL BASKANI KEMAL KILIÇDAROGLU REYHANLI'DA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgXVZ3Cpn-g

Kiliçdaroglu 'AP Sosyalist Grubu’nda konustu: Türkiye’nin modern demokratik bir 'Anayasa'ya ihtiyaci var:
http://www.abhaber.com/manset-haber/manset-haber/kilicdar...

https://www.facebook.com/K.Kilicdaroglu

https://twitter.com/kilicdarogluk

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Reyhanli'da:
http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/politika/177824--chp-genel-baskan...

http://www.amerikaninsesi.com/content/brukselden-washingt...

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.haberler.com/chp-genel-baskani-kilicdaroglu-br...

http://www.stargundem.com/ajanslar/kemal-kilicdaroglu-ap-...

http://www.gercekgundem.com/?p=545213

Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.ulkedehaber.com/haber/kilicdaroglu-brukselde-1...

14-05-13

Turkey: Car bombings in Reyhanlı censored

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14 May 2013

Franz Kafka in his immortal novel “The Trial” portrays a gloomy bureaucratic world in which Mr. K. does not know what he is accused of and he himself has to find out what his crime is. He has to produce meaning out of an utterly meaningless world. This is a Kafkaesque world.

A small court that normally deals with petty crimes in one of the remote corners of Turkey has put all of us in just such a weird world. The Peace Court in the Reyhanlı district of Hatay, in which two car bombs exploded, killing dozens and leaving hundreds wounded earlier this week, issued a “reporting ban,” applicable nationwide, about this act of terror.

The Reyhanlı Criminal Court of Peace ruling says: “It has been decided to ban all forms of audio, visual and print reporting and their broadcast of the investigation into the May 11, 2013, explosion in the town of Reyhanlı that killed and wounded many people … and anything related to the context of the incident … [and] anything to do with anything about those killed and wounded in the incident.”

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) sent the decision to all media organs in Turkey. The naked truth, concealed by this strange legal language, is a media clampdown using the imposition of a comprehensive censorship mechanism via court decision.

The court based its incredibly comprehensive censorship decision on legal justifications used by the public prosecutor’s office when it asked for a ban on reporting, saying, “Reporting in print and visual media any information and visuals related to the investigation will impair the confidentiality of the investigation and endanger its proper progress.”

This means that all news and visuals about one of the biggest terror attacks Turkey has witnessed are banned because that may impair the “confidentiality” of the investigation. If one looks at the decision carefully in the context of the political-legal framework in which it was taken, some interesting details emerge.

The prohibition on publishing documents and other information related to the prosecutor’s investigation is being used as a cover to prevent the public from learning certain facts and truths that those in power would wish to keep secret. For example, the last similar “confidentiality” decision was given about the investigation into the Uludere massacre, in which 35 Kurdish villagers were killed by the Turkish Air Forces (THK), which they thought were terrorists. This effectively prevented anyone, including the relatives of the victims, from finding out anything about the investigation.

However, the ban on reporting about the Reyhanlı bombing goes far beyond any “investigation confidentiality” we have ever witnessed in Turkey and signals an extraordinary censorship effort. In this case, the court is banning not only reporting on the prosecutor’s investigation but on anything to do with the incident.

It doesn’t seem likely that a prosecutor in a small town would demand such a comprehensive censorship decision from the legal system. It is not hard to imagine that some sort of diplomacy transpired behind closed doors and that the prosecutor was instructed by the Justice Ministry to file for such a demand.

In fact, it is obvious that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is extremely sensitive not only about this explosion but anything to do with the crisis in Syria and Turkey’s role in it, hence the effort to wrap a shroud of secrecy around it.

Obviously, the government, worried about having to answer questions on Turkey’s Syria policy in the aftermath of the terror attack, has opted to totally obstruct any such debate through a court decision obtained by manipulating the laws to the extreme. And this is really disturbing.

http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-315440-how-and-why-w...

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13-05-13

Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings ?

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Israel: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + bombing of Syria...

May 5, 2013

'Do the US, Iran Agree on Red Line For Syrian Chemical Weapons?'

The US' turnaround and the Israeli attack, which has been in the works since Obama’s visit to Israel last month, according to Ben Caspit, follow a US intelligence assessment made public on April 25, based on evidence from Great Britain, France and Israel, and made by US intelligence agencies with “varying degrees of confidence” of “small scale” chemical weapons use, based upon “physiological samples” where “the chain of custody is not clear.”
There were also four key events which took place on April 30: the meeting of the Arab League delegation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about a revived Arab Peace Initiative, a fiery speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli attack on Gaza and Iran’s statement that chemical weapons use is a red line in Syria.
As the United States and United Nations proceed with their investigations into the allegations of chemical weapons use, Washington, its Arab allies and Israel are now looking to increase military pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so that Assad will agree to a political solution that includes his stepping aside. Syria is no longer just a battle of “the opposition” against the “Assad regime.” Those days are long gone. Syria is now a full scale Middle East War, with sectarian overtones and direct Israeli engagement, with the United States and Israel taking the side of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (read Sunni) to topple Assad, and break or set back the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (read Shiite) axis.
(Iran has consistently opposed the use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as chemical weapons by any country, and has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this respect.)  http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/us-israel-syria-war-escalate-hezbollah.html

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Turkey: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + blaming Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people

May 9, 2013

'Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria: NBC'

Washington — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would support a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone in Syria and warned that Damascus crossed President Barack Obama's “red line'' on chemical weapons use long ago, according to an NBC News interview released Thursday.
A no-fly zone to prohibit Syrian military aircraft from hitting rebel targets has been mentioned by American lawmakers as one option the United States could use to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Right from the beginning ... we would say 'Yes,'' Erdogan said when asked if Turkey, a NATO member that shares its longest border with Syria, would support such action, according to an NBC.com report.
http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-syria-crossed-us-chemical-weapons-red-203220841.html

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May 12, 2013

'Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs'

Turkey — Turkey on Sunday blamed groups connected to Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people in a Turkish border town a day earlier.
Turkish officials said Sunday that security services had arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens, including the alleged mastermind, after two car bombs ripped through Reyhanli, a small town close to Syria. Syria denied any involvement in the bombings.Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said an investigation showed that the huge blasts—which damaged almost 500 shops, 300 homes and 60 vehicles—were carried out by a "terrorist organization in close contact with Syria's intelligence agency."
Following the blast residents had attacked Syrian refugees and cars with Syrian number plates after the attacks, witnesses said.
One woman, who earlier Sunday buried a brother-in-law killed in the blast, blamed Turkey's prime minister for bringing Syrians to Reyhanli and demanded they leave the town.
"I don't want this government, I don't want Syrians here. Why weren't they taken somewhere further? We are tired of seeing Syrian fighters, it was the rebels who caused this," said the woman.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323716304578478631250320680.html

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May 22nd, 2012

'Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them'

Michael Weiss, the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said that the weekend before last he was in Hatay province, in southern Turkey, interviewing Syrian 'rebels' and 'activists', who all complained of the lack of foreign assistance 'in toppling the Assad regime'
Jackson: 'A lot's changed in a week. Rebel sources in Hatay told me last night that not only is Turkey supplying light arms to select battalion commanders, it is also training Syrians in Istanbul. Men from the unit I was embedded with were vetted and called up by Turkish intelligence in the last few days and large consignments of AK-47s are being delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. No one knows where the guns came from originally, but no one much cares.
This news, which has provided a much-needed morale boost to Syria's embattled opposition, does appear to corroborate a recent report by the Washington Post that the United States has been facilitating the transfer of Gulf-purchased weapons to the so called rebels:
'The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.'
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaelweiss/100159613/syrian-rebels-say-turkey-is-arming-and-training-them/

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Israel's goal in Syria: Prolong war, maximize destruction:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/05/301972/israel-using-syria-war-to-spread-sectarian-chaos-in-me/

US tax buys bombs Israel drops on Syria:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/06/302104/us-money-buys-bombs-israel-drops-on-syria/

12-05-13

Festival supporting Palestine and Syria

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Festival of Supporting Syria and Jerusalem Kicks off in Baghdad 

May 12, 2013

Activities of the "Supporting Syria and Jerusalem" Festival kicked off on Saturday, organized by the Iraqi National Committee for Supporting Resistance and Iraqi Arab Popular Committee for Supporting Syria and the Resistance.

The Festival, which last until May 25, started with a symposium during which Security General of Iraqi National Founding Conference, Sheikh Jawad al-Khalisi delivered a speech in which he stressed the strong connection between the occupation of Palestine and the global conspiracy targeting Syria with its resistance approach.

 Al-Khalisi noted that before Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt have already been targeted, stressing that this targeting aims to eliminate the most prominent sources of power for the liberation of Palestine "which are represented by the Arab armies that have the ability to achieve liberation."

 Al-Khalisi added during the symposium, which was held at the university of al-Alm city in the presence of national and pan-Arab forces, that the crimes committed by the terrorist groups in Syria provide a great service to the Zionist entity to continue its occupation of the Palestinian territories, affirming that the way to free all Islamic sanctities comes through the unity of all Arab resistance movents.

Head of the Iraqi Popular Committee for Supporting Syria and Resistance, Abdul-rida al-Hamid said had the money which was spent on initiatives and conferences under the slogans of 'liberation' been put at the disposal of the Resistance, Palestine would have been liberated a long time ago.

"The only real compass for liberating Palestine is the compass of the resisting Syria," added al-Hami, pointing out that the only way to achieve this liberation is through the unity of the rifle of the Syrian Arab Army with that of the resistance in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.

B. Mousa  / H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/12/481829.htm

Iran Ready to Take Part in Syria Conference

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Salehi: Iran Ready to Take Part in Syria Conference

May 12, 2013

Iran's Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is ready to take part in the international conference on Syria proposed by Russia and the US, considering that it might jump-start dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.

In an interview with the German weekly magazine 'Der Spiegel', Salehi said ''We have not received an invitation yet, but sure we will attend, and we might launch negotiations between the government and opposition in Syria.''

Salehi expressed his country's firm opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction in any country, adding ''Tehran firmly opposes the use of any kind of weapons of mass destruction.''

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/12/481824.htm

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Syria, working on national unity

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Interior Minister: Forming new Parties consolidates National Unity

May 12, 2013

Interior Minister, Head of the Parties' Affairs Committee Mohammad al-Shaar, affirmed that forming the political parties aim to consolidate the real national unity; raise the cultural level to provide society with social, economic and political cadres.

"Meeting the newly-established parties aim at removing obstacles which face the work of these parties, continue and correcting their task, based on legal bases," Minister al-Shaar said during a meeting with the Democratic Arab Solidarity Party.

Members of the Party's political bureau appreciated the work of the parties' committee and its efforts to support the national parties.

The Democratic Arab Solidarity Party was established according to the parties' law No.100 for 2011.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/12/481852.htm

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April 13, 2013

Aleppo - Massive pro-government gathering to protest the Arab League Decisions against Syria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqQCfuO8bV8

http://youtu.be/MqQCfuO8bV8

Syria: Army Continues Crackdown on foreign backed Terrorists

The Army Continues Crackdown on Terrorist Groups

May 12, 2013

PROVINCES, (SANA) - Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Harasta, al-Shefounia, Joubar, Barzeha and al-Qaboun in Damascus and its countrytside, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying a warehouse full of explosive devices.

An official source told SANA that an Army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group near Samsam School, killing and injuring several terrorists, while another Army unit destroyed a warehouse for weapons and ammunition along with terrorists inside it in al-Shefounia in Douma. Among the dead terrorists was Adnan al-Arbo, leader of an armed terrorist group.

The source added that other Army units destroyed scores of explosive devices and large amounts of weapons and ammunition inside the cork factory in Jobar, causing a fire with dense smoke in the area.

The source pointed out that other Army units clashed with several armed terrorist groups near Teachers Tower in Jobar, killing and injuring a number of terrorists. Mahmoud Darwish and Hisham al-Allo were identified among the dead terrorists.

Meanwhile, other Army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it at Hermala tunnel to the west of Zamalka.

In the same context, another Army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in Barzzeha neighborhood, killing Zead al-Sagher, leader of an armed terrorist group called "Qamar Bin Hashem Brigade" and members of its group.

In al-Qaboun, an Army unit killed and injured several terrorists. Among the dead terrorists was one of the armed terrorist groups' leader.

Army Units Seize Weapons Warehouse in al-Faiha Neighborhood in Hama

A unit of the Armed Forces seized a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition for "Jabhat al-Nusra" in al-Faihaa neighborhood in Hama.

An official source told SANA that among the confiscated weapons were missiles, automatic rifles, RPG launchers, PkC machineguns, a Nato sniper, communication sets and large amounts of ammunition.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces carried out operations and clashed with the armed terrorist groups in several areas of Aleppo and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

An official source told SANA that the Army units destroyed a mortar and a number of terrorists' dens along with the weapons and ammunition inside them in al-Layramoun and Handarat in Aleppo countryside.

The source added that another Army unit clashed with terrorists near Minnegh Airport, killing and injuring several terrorists, while another Army unit destroyed 23 calibar an anti-air craft gun in al-Maslamiyeh.

The source pointed out that other Army units clashed with terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism against citizens in al-Sheikh Maqsoud area in Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Meanwhile, other Army units repelled the armed terrorist groups who were attempting to infiltrate to Suleiman al-Halabi and Karm al-Jabal areas, inflicting direct strikes upon  them. 

Several Citizens Injured by rockets in hilfaya, Hama countryside

A number of citizens were injured today when two rockets, launched by terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra, fell on the residential houses in Hilfaya, Hama countryside.

A military source told SANA that one rocket hit a house, while the other one fell near al-Mustakbal institute in the town.

Army Units Kill Terrorists in Idleb Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist  group, affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra" whose members were perpetrating acts of terrorism in Sarmin city in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA that the clashes resulted in destroying a mortar and large amounts of ammunition, in addition to killing a number of terrorists, including Kutaiba Mahmoud al-Hamid.

The source added that terrorists detonated an explosive device planted near al-Byrein factory on Sarmin- Idleb road, causing material damage in the site without casualties.

B. Mousa / H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/12/481785.htm

09-05-13

Israeli aggression: Palestine

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The Israeli regime has approved the construction of 296 new illegal settler units in the so-called Beit El settlement in the occupied West Bank, despite international condemnation.

An Israeli official said on Thursday that Tel Aviv had given the green light for the settler units, but this was only the first stage of a process before actual construction could begin.

The official said the new units were part of a compensatory measure for those settlers who were evicted from the illegal Ulpana outpost – which has not been authorized by the Tel Aviv regime – following a court ruling.

Outposts are newer and smaller Israeli settlements and Israel considers those outposts that were built without authorization from the Tel Aviv regime to be illegal.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Thursday announcement to build new settler units comes days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler units.

The United Nations also called on the Tel Aviv regime on Wednesday to halt its settlement building.

The Israeli regime maintains a defiant stand on the issue of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion. Tel Aviv has come under repeated and widespread international condemnation over the issue.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/09/302594/israel-ap...

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was ‘deeply grateful to the United States’ after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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Syria: Washington’s ‘peaceful solution’

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May 8, 2013

'Washington announces more aid to Syrian terrorists'

ROME — The Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but the money is 'for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels'.

Secretary of State John Kerry will make the announcement today in Rome, where his diplomacy includes a meeting with Jordan’s foreign minister.

The new funds will help support 1.4 million Syrian refugees, including many in U.S. ally Jordan, and hundreds of thousands of other civilians. Total U.S. humanitarian assistance in the two-year war will climb to $510 million.

The U.S. officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter ahead of Kerry’s announcement and demanded anonymity.

The Obama administration has also said it is considering providing weapons to 'vetted units in the armed opposition, among other military options'.

Underscoring the administration’s goal of a 'peaceful transition of power to end the war', Kerry met for more than five hours Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Afterward, Kerry and Lavrov declared that the U.S. and Russia would convene an international conference on Syria in the coming weeks 'with the goal of corralling Assad’s government and opposition representatives into peace talks'.

The White House says that 'Syria’s future cannot include President Bashar Assad'.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. views Syria’s future as being a post-Assad future. But he says it’s up to the Syrian opposition to decide 'which elements of Assad’s regime could be included in a transitional government'.

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John Kerry's announcement on May 8, 2013 is an old one.
On April 20, 2013, Kerry promised a 'doubling of U.S. Non-lethal Assistance to the Syrian Opposition and New Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian Crisis'.
By arming and funding terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government, US and other Western countries are trying to force government change...

April 20, 2013

'Secretary Kerry Announces Doubling of U.S. Non-lethal Assistance to the Syrian Opposition and New Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian Crisis'

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2013

Following his meetings with Syrian Coalition President al-Khatib, members of the Coalition’s leadership, and international partners supporting the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the United States’ intention to double non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, as well as provide additional humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.

The new non-lethal assistance underscores the United States’ firm support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria and for the opposition’s advancement of an inclusive, tolerant vision for a post-Assad Syria. The United States will work with the Syrian Coalition and other opposition representatives to determine how the new $123 million in non-lethal assistance can best support their efforts to meet the needs of the Syrian people and lead the way to a political transition that will bring an end to this conflict, and build the inclusive, democratic Syria that its people deserve. This new pledge brings our total non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition and civil society groups to $250 million.

The United States will also use a portion of this non-lethal assistance to implement President Obama’s directive to provide an expanded range of support to the Supreme Military Council (SMC). We intend to expand this new support beyond military food rations and medical kits to include other types of non-lethal supplies, which would be determined in collaboration with SMC leadership.

Secretary Kerry urged international partners gathered in Istanbul, as well as all Friends of the Syrian People, to make similar pledges of assistance to the Coalition and the Supreme Military Council with the goal of reaching $1 billion in total international support for the opposition.

In recognition of the devastating humanitarian situation as a result of the crisis in Syria, Secretary Kerry also announced nearly $25 million in additional food assistance for the Syrian people. This aid will provide 25,500 metric tons of wheat – providing four months’ supply of flour to over one million people – as well as food rations for those inside Syria and refugees in Jordan affected by the violence. The United Nations World Food Program will begin distributing the wheat to those in need in all 14 Syrian governorates as quickly as possible. The United States is the largest donor of food assistance both within Syria and for refugees in the affected neighboring countries and is providing a total of over $409 million in humanitarian assistance for the Syrian crisis.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/04/207810.htm
(U.S. Department of State - 'Diplomacy in action')

Photo: Israel bombs Syria.  President Obama said that Israel has 'the right to defend itselves'.

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08-05-13

Israeli aggression on Syrian sites condemned

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May 8, 2013

The Coordination Office of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites.
In a statement, the Office said that “the Non-Aligned Movement Coordination Office condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli aggression against Syria.”

The Office, which includes 120 countries who are UN members, described the Israeli act as a dangerous violation of the international law and the principles of the UN Charter as it violated the sovereignty of Syria.

It called on the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities through clear condemnation of this aggression and adopting the needed measures to prevent its repetition.

The Office also called for holding Israel responsible for this aggression and its repercussions to avoid the deterioration of the situation in the region, which would lead to a large-scale regional war that threatens the regional and international peace and security.

South Africa Condemns the dangerous act

Meanwhile, South Africa condemned the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria, affirming that this aggression is a dangerous violation of the international law and Syria sovereignty.

In a statement on Wednesday, the government of South Africa said “We condemn these attacks which violate the international law and Syria sovereignty and territorial integrity,” considering this aggression as a dangerous escalation of the crisis in Syria.

The statement called on countries of the region to stop any military act or foreign intervention in Syria, saying that any military action in Syria will have destructive repercussions on the whole region.

Ecuador Expresses Rejection of Israeli Aggression

Ecuador said it is deeply concerned over the Israeli aggression on Syria, expressing utter rejection of it.

Ecuadorian Ministry of External Affairs, Trade and Integration said in a statement on Wednesday that its stance is based on the principle that dialogue is the sole way to realize stability and peace, affirming that hostile actions cannot establish peace.

The ministry said that Ecuador rejects Israel’s unilateral actions and violations of human rights.

Russian Communist Party Condemns Israeli Aggression on Syria

Russian Communist Party condemned the Israeli aggression on Syria’s sites, considering the attack as “a flagrant aggression against a sovereign state.”

In a statement, the Head of the party, Gennady Zyuganov said that these aggressions became possible because Israel has violated the international law for decades without any punishment, adding that these acts increase the tension in the Middle East and obstruct achieving peace in the region.

Zyuganov pointed out that these acts did not occur as a coincidence, but they occurred by instructions from the US which is trying to dominate the world, noting that these raids expose the cooperation between Israeli army and the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/08/481097.htm

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Syria: Damascus Youths Organize Blood Drive

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Damascus Youths Organize Blood Drive for Wounded Army Personnel


The Damascus Youth volunteer group organized on Wednesday a blood drive to support the Syrian Army in appreciation of its sacrifices for defending Syria from terrorism.

The group's deputy supervisor Mirzat Abboud said that this campaign is organized simultaneously in Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Lattakia and Aleppo with the aim of supporting the Syrian Army and helping wounded military personnel and civilians and anyone else who needs blood transfusions, stressing that donating blood is a social value that should be promoted among youths.

Participants in the campaign said that donating blood helps save lives and is one of the small things youths can offer which pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by the Syrian Army who are putting their lives on the line for the country's sake.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/08/481150.htm

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Israeli aggression: al-Aqsa Mosque

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May 8, 2013
 
Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians outside the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), arresting dozens of Palestinian youths, Press TV reports.


Israeli troops beat and dispersed Palestinians who were gathering in the holy mosque on Wednesday after Israeli settlers entered the al-Aqsa mosque and started acting in a provocative way.

Several Palestinian journalists were reportedly wounded by Israeli forces.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/08/302490/israeli-forces-arrest-palestinian-youths/


Syria: Israeli aggression

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May 8, 2013

President al-Assad: Israeli Aggression Unveils Involvement of Israeli Occupation, Countries supporting it in Event in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday said that the latest Israeli aggression on Syria unveils the volume of involvement of the Israeli occupation, regional and western countries which support it in the current events in Syria.

“The Syrian people and their brave army which gain important achievements in combating terrorism and the Takfiri groups are able to confront the Israeli risks which constitute one face of this terrorism which targets Syria daily,” President al-Assad who received Iranian foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the latest developments in the region and the dangers threatening it after the Israeli aggression on Syria.

The Iranian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s strong condemnation of the Israeli flagrant aggression on Syrian territories, affirming Iran’s standing by Syria in the face of the Israeli attempts to destabilize the region and weaken the resistance axis.

He added that time has come for deterring the Israeli occupation from carrying out such aggressions against peoples of the region.

The talks also tackled cooperation between Syria and Iran and the commitment of both countries to boost them in all domains.

The delegation accompanying Salehi, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minster Fayssal Mikdad attended the meeting.

In statements to journalists after the meeting, Salehi said his meeting with President al-Assad was good, and that they discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and the crisis in Syria, adding “we discovered that things are going well in Syria, and that the valiant Syrian Army reclaimed many areas… Syria will recover in the near future.”

Salehi affirmed that bilateral relations between Syria and Iran are continuing in all fields, voicing readiness to increase aid to Syrians and provide the basic necessities of the Syrian people.

“We are fully confident that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis because the Syrian people have right on their side as does the Syrian government because it emerged from the will of the people and there’s considerable harmony between them,” he said, adding that without the steadfastness of the Syrian people for two years and their support for the Army and the government, no government could have withstood such a vicious attack.

Salehi asserted optimism over the future of Syria which he said is moving in the right direction towards victory, stressing that Iran will not accept any external interference and that the Syrian people are the only ones who may decide upon their own future.

He said that the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria revealed to the world the truth of the false allegations of the mercenaries fighting the Syrian Army and how this aggression was timed with their murdering of innocents.

“Now matters are clear… how Israel shows solidarity with mercenaries and how mercenaries put their hands in the hands of Zionists… we said since the beginning of the crisis that Syria is a main ring in the chain of resistance, which is the cause of these pressures,” Salehi said, noting that despite how clear matters have become, some sides refuse to acknowledge them.

In turn, Minister al-Moallem said that Salehi conducted a productive meeting with President al-Assad, with the two sides’ viewpoints being in agreement due to the ongoing coordination and consultation between the two leaderships in the current circumstances.

In response to a question on concerns over a war on Syria, al-Moallem pointed out that Syria has been facing an internal war for two years which is also a regional and international war targeting the Syria people, adding “we’re used to this… we’re not concerned but we’re prepared to defend ourselves and our people and we will not abide by aggression.”

On the possibility of activating the mutual shield agreement with Iran, al-Moallem said that everyone must know that before the crisis in Syria and during it, Iran’s leadership and people stood alongside Syria to a degree that surpassed the mutual defense agreement, adding that the two countries are cooperating in all economic and political fields and have identical positions.

Mazen / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/08/481063.htm

PS. After the Israeli attacks, Syria was cut off  from the internet for several days. Washington was blocking regularly the website of the Syrian Press Agency SANA.  It was also responsible for the bombing of the Serbian and Libyan TV-buildings.  Even the Chinese embassy in Serbia was bombed ‘by mistake’…

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War on Syria: Israeli bombings, an expression of frustration

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Are Washington and Tel Aviv responsible for Syria’s Internet blackout ?

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As a reminder:

August 8, 2012

Some days ago, their was a new bomb attack against the building of the Syrian TV.
It was not the first time that the Syrian television was victim of a bomb attack.  And it is clear that Washington which blocks regularly the website of the Syrian Press Agency SANA, wants to destroy Syria on this way.
Washington bombed also the TV-buildings of Serbia and Libya.  It is using now suicide bombers for the terrorist actions which are well informed via sophisticated american satellite technology...

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Syrian Journalists Stage Sit-in in Condemnation of Terrorist Attack against al-Ikhbariya TV

June 27, 2012, DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian journalists staged a sit-in in front of the General Organization of Radio & Television building, with the participation of Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi in condemnation of the terrorist attack against al-Ikhbariya TV Channel.

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi, in a statement to the journalists, said that the massacre committed against the journalists and a free Syrian TV channel is a literal implementation of the Arab League Council's decision on stopping the broadcast of Syrian TV channels by force.

He added that the package of sanctions issued by the European Union on Tuesday has been implemented today at the expense of civilians and journalists.

He added that the EU, the UN Security Council, the UN observer team in Syria, the UN Secretary General, the President of the Human Rights Council, the AL Secretary General, Council and foreign ministers are partners in this crime and they should shoulder their responsibilities.

The Minister said that the Ministry of Information and the Syrian state and journalists will not keep silent about what happened, expressing hope that the site of the crime would be available for all those who want to go there and met the locals to closely inspect the reality of what happened and who committed the massacre.

Minister Omran offered condolences to all journalists, adding that the incident requires calmness and review and there is team for this purpose.

Director of al-Ikhbariya TV Channel, Imad Sarah, said that targeting al-Ikhbariya means targeting the national media, the word of right and the other opinion.

A number of journalists, cultural and political figures who participated in the sit-in condemned this terrorist act, expressing confidence that the national media will continue to shoulder its responsibilities now and in the future.

Chairman of Journalist Union Elias Murad said that the AL decisions and the EU sanctions could not silence the Syrian voice.

Director of the Syrian TV , Ma'an Saleh said that targeting media aimed at targeting Syria in all its capabilities, adding that this terrorist act is a message of their failure in political violence so that they turned to terrorism and destruction.

Political analyst Afif Della said that his participation in the sit-in came to express rejection of all attempts to silence the voice of truth.

The participants prayed for the souls of the martyrs of the terrorist attack to rest in peace.

They stressed that terrorism will make them more determined in the face of terrorist acts and the media campaign launched against Syria.

Al- Ikhbariya Journalists: We'll Continue Conveying Reality of Events

Number of al- Ikhbariya channel journalists stressed that the massacre committed against the channel will not dissuade them from conveying the reality of the events, adding that they are more resolved to defend Syria's dignity.

Editor-in-Chief of the channel, Abdo al-Assadi, said that this massacre targeted not only al- Ikhbaryia channel, but also all the Syrian media.

Al-Assadi added that the workers who were martyred in the attack were armed only with their words and views.

For his part, Chief Editor Adham al-Taweel, said that this terrorist attack targeted the Syrian media as it managed to confront the misleading and provocative media campaign against the country.

Yara Saleh, al-Ikhbariya correspondent, said that this terrorist attack will motivate all journalists and workers at the channel to unmask these terrorists and their actions.

Sit-in in Tartous to Denounce Massacre Committed against al-Ikhbariya Journalists and Workers

Journalists in Tartous also gathered in front of the headquarters of al-Thawra Newspaper to denounce the massacre committed against al-Ikhbariya TV Channel and all other terrorist acts targeting the Syrian people.

The participants stressed that this criminal acts will push journalists to exert more efforts to expose facts and divulge the lies of the misleading channels.

The participants stressed that this criminal acts will push journalists to exert more efforts to expose facts and divulge the lies of the misleading channels. The participants raised national flags and banners that stress national unity in the face of all instigative campaigns which aimed at spreading chaos. Journalists in Lattakia pointed out that the attack against al-Ikhbariya TV proved the success of national media in confronting the lies and fabrications of instigative media.

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Israeli war declaration: Syria cut off from internet

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May 8, 2013

International internet companies say Syria has been disconnected from "internet communication with the rest of world".

Syria's Internet blackout entered into its second consecutive day, which the state news agency blamed on a fault in optical fibre cables.

Landline phone services between Syrian provinces have also been down since Tuesday, SANA said on Wednesday.

"Internet services and phonecalls between provinces were cut off Tuesday evening because of a fault in optical fibre cables," SANA said.

"Efforts are ongoing to fix the faults and to bring Internet and telephone services back up as soon as possible," the agency said quoting a communications official.

Tuesday's shutdown effectively "disconnects Syria from Internet communication with the rest of the world," according to companies that monitor online traffic around the world.

Google's Transparency Report pages showed traffic to Google services pages from the country, suddenly stopping shortly before 1900 GMT.

Google traffic reports continued to show no activity there several hours after the drop-off.

"We've seen this twice before," said Christine Chen, Google's senior manager for free expression. "This happened in Syria last November and in Egypt during the Arab Spring."

It is virtually impossible to definitely determine the cause of such disruptions unless a party claims responsibility, experts said.

Jim Cowie, chief technology officer at Renesys, a US company that tracks global Internet traffic, said the outage looked similar to the one seen last November.

"We don't see any effects in neighbouring countries, and we don't see anything to suggest that the outage was caused by damage to one or another of the several cables that connect Syria with the outside world," he said.

The disconnection from internet communication comes just after the Israeli bombings on Syria and the growing political pressure for a military intervention coming from Tel Aviv and Washington.

On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google...
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As a reminder:

‘NileSat, Arabsat Suspend Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels’

5-9-2012

SYRIA – News Home Page

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – NileSat Company suspended broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in a unilateral procedure unjustifiably violating terms of the contract signed with the Company and the Media Code of Ethics, Ministry of Information said on Wednesday.

This procedure contradicts principles of media work in an unacceptable and blatant way within the framework of the campaign targeting Syria, the statement added.
The Ministry stressed its condemnation of this violation and considered it as direct evidence on its administrators’ bias to the side of the plot launched against the Syrian state and people, adding that this behavior serves the Zionist scheme.

The Ministry called upon the NileSat Satellite Company to refrain from its behavior and adhere to the legal regulations in this regard.
In a similar statement, the Ministry of Information announced that the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) cut broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in line with NileSat Company which has already carried out its role in the Zionist project that aimed at silencing the voice of the homeland and contributing to the deception, fabrication and the falsification of facts.

The Ministry condemned this behavior which violates the simplest rules of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) law and Syria’s rights which should be preserved according to these rules.
The Ministry considered this procedure as flagrant violation of media code of ethics and principles of journalistic work, calling upon the Arabsat administration to refrain from its decision and commit to the law and morals of media.

The Ministry called upon Syrian citizens to watch the Syrian channels on the terrestrial channels and the Eutelsat and Hotbird on the following frequencies:

The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Eutelsat 11680 horizontal.
The Syrian al-Ikhbariya TV Channel Eutelsat 11390 vertical.
Addounia TV Channel Eutelsat 10922 vertical.
The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Hotbird 12015 horizontal.

On a relevant note, the Information Ministry said that the live feed of the Syrian Satellite Channel and Al-Ikhbariya TV can be viewed online at the General Organization of Radio and TV website
at http://live.rtv.gov.sy/ while Addounia TV can be viewed online on its website at http://addounia.tv/index.php?page=live

Union of Syrian Journalists Denounces Suspending Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels as Media Piracy

Union of Syrian Journalists denounced the NileSat administration’s decision to suspend the broadcast of Syrian satellite channels as media piracy against national media and the freedom of the word.
The Union said in a statement on Wednesday that this step came in implementation of the decision of the Council of the Arab Foreign Ministers which called upon the NileSat and Arabsat administrations to stop broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels which is unexpected since these organizations signed contracts and had legal obligations regarding the Syrian channels.

The statement added that the union addressed all Arab journalist unions and the International Federation of Journalists to condemn this move and to call upon the administration of NileSat to refrain from their decision in accordance with the minimum level of moral principles and international conventions, particularly the UN Charter on the freedom of opinion and expression.
The union concluded that the Syrian national media with all its institutions and cadres which confronted the conspiracy is able to find ways that help it continue conveying the truth to the Syrian people and the Arab and international public opinion.

National Media Council: NileSat, Arabsat Decision to Suspend Syrian Channels Illegal

The National Media Council stressed that the NileSat and Arabsat decision to suspend the broadcast of the Syrian satellite channels is illegal and condemned as it came under the war against Syria.
The Council considered these procedures as completion of criminal acts that targeted the Syrian media institutions and the journalists, stressing that such terrorist acts aimed at silencing the voice of the Syrian media which presented to the local and international public opinion the reality of what is taking place on the ground exposing the campaign of lies and fabrications led by Arab and western media.
The Council added that it reserved its right to take necessary legal procedures to prosecute the two companies and all media outlets that violate rules of the journalist work.

It added that all attempts targeting the Syrian media will fail as it belongs to the Syrian people and convey the reality, stressing that the national media will preserve its professionalism to expose the fabrications of other media.

R. Raslan/ R. Milhem / Mazen

07-05-13

Latest News Syria: Heavy losses foreign armed terrorists

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7.5.2013

Terrorists Receive Severe Blows in Several Areas

PROVINCES, (SANA) – The Armed Forces on Tuesday continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in several areas, inflicting heavy losses upon them Read more
 

Woman Injured in Mortar Shell Launched by Terrorists in al-Qassa Neighborhood in Damascus:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – A woman was injured on Tuesday by a mortar shell launched by terrorists in al-Qassa neighborhood in Damascus city Read more 

The Army Restores Security to Areas in al-Qseir and Aleppo:

HOMS/ALEPPO, (SANA) – The Armed Forces on Tuesday restored security and stability to the town of al-Salloumiyeh and the surrounding farms in the northern countryside of al-Qseir in Homs Read more

Iran, Jordan Stress Need to Find Political Solution to Crisis in Syria through Dialogue

AMMAN, (SANA)- Iran and Jordan stressed the need to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria that maintains Syria's territorial integrity and the unity of its people through comprehensive dialogue involving all components of the Syrian people Read more

PM Instructs All Ministries to Remain in High Readiness to Provide Basic Needs to Citizens:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – In a session chaired by Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, the Cabinet stressed on Tuesday that the Martyrs' Day is a minaret for the coming generations in Syria Read more

Mass Rally in Yemen in Solidarity with Syria:

SANAA, (SANA)- A mass rally took place in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday to express solidarity with Syria and condemnation of the Israeli aggression against Syria sites Read more

Interior Ministry Cadres Donate Blood for Injured Military and Security Colleagues:

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The Interior Ministry on Tuesday carried out a blood donation campaign in which officers and members from the Internal Security Forces and civilian workers at the Ministry took part Read more

Condemnations of Israeli Aggression on Syrian Sites Continue

CAPITALS, (SANA)- Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, expressed Venezuela's strong condemnation of the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites last Sunday Read more

Media Delegation from Latin America Visits Wounded Soldiers: 

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- A media delegation from Latin America on Tuesday went to Martyr Yusuf al-Azmah Hospital in Damascus to visit the soldiers who were injured by the terrorist groups' acts and the Israeli aggression against Syria sites on Sunday Read more

Golan People Stress Faithfulness to Syria's Martyrs' Souls:

QUNEITRA, (SANA)- People of the occupied Syrian Golan reiterated their commitment to their national identity, deep adherence to their homeland Syria and faithfulness to the martyrs' souls Read more

Asian Parliamentary Assembly Council Condemns Israeli Aggression on Syria:

TEHRAN, (SANA)- The Executive Council of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly denounced the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites and called upon the UN Security Council to condemn these attacks that constitute a flagrant violation of the international law Read more

The Armed Forces Commemorate Martyrs' Day:

Damascus, (SANA) – The Armed Forces commemorated the Martyrs' Day who sacrificed their souls for the dignity of the homeland Read more

Al-Moallem to Lavrov: Syria Has Right to Respond to Israeli Aggression:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moalled discussed in a phone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday the volatile situation in the region following the Israeli aggression Read more

Tehran… Israeli Aggression on Syrian territories is "Playing with Fire"

TEHRAN, (SANA)-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned the Israeli aggression on the Syrian territories, describing it as "playing with fire." Read more

Martyrs' Day Commemorated…Martyrs Protected Syria's Unity and Sovereignty: 

PROVINCES, (SANA) – In appreciation of the martyrs' sacrifices for the sake of the dignity of the homeland, families of the martyrs across Syria were honored as Syria's top officials visited the Martyrs' monuments Read more

Media Source: Erdogan's Statements Scornful of Religious, Human and Ethical Values:

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_A media source said that Erdogan's statements which coincide with the Martyrs' Day make light of the religious, human and ethical values, adding that they prove his government's involvement alongside Israel Read more

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