09-02-14

Latest News Syria: Food supplies delivery to Homs

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Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi said that there is a number of civilians in the old city in Homs who are ready to leave it, but are being kept from leaving until food convoys are delivered, noting that almost twice the amount of food that was agreed upon has been delivered to the old city.

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/02/08/526872.htm

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23-01-14

Latest News Syria: Syrian women raise their voices

Syrian women raise their voices

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United Nations, 22 January 2014

Nearly 50 Syrian women came together from within and outside Syria at a conference, facilitated by UN Women, from 11 to 13 January 2014 in Geneva, to appeal for peace, to call for a voice in the ongoing political negotations on their country.

Particularly during the 'Geneva II' Peace Talks that opened in Switzerland yesterday, and to draw the world's attention to the continuing tragedy facing their people.

http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/syrian-women-raise-their-voices/

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- Geneva 2, al-Moallem: “We are here representing the Syrian people, the Government & the State, the Army, the President Bashar al-Assad, the blood of our martyrs, the tears of our bereaved, the heartbreak & the anguish of families of kidnapped or missing, the cries of our children, the hopes of an entire generation destroyed, the courage of mothers and fathers, of families whose homes have been destroyed…”
http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/geneva-2-al-moallem-we-are-here-representing-the-syrian-people-the-government-the-state-the-army-the-president-bashar-al-assad-the-blood-of-our-martyrs-the-tears-of-our-bereaved-the-he/

- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: “Iran exclusion from Geneva2 a mistake, pushed by those who want Assad out” ~ (+ 3 Videos)
http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/lavrov-iran-exclusion-from-geneva-2-a-mistake-pushed-by-those-who-want-assad-out-video/

- Terrorists Continue Attacks on Syrian Christian Town
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- President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse ~ Interview du président Bachar al-Assad avec l’Agence France Presse ~ El presidente Bashar al-Assad entrevista con la Agencia Francesa de Prensa ~ Eng/Fra/Esp
http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/president-bashar-al-assads-interview-with-agence-france-presse-interview-du-president-bachar-al-assad-avec-lagence-france-presse/

- Geneva-2 Conference on Syria, Video Speeches by Walid al-Muallem, Bashar al-Ja’afari, Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon, Ahmad Jarba ~ (Eng-Fra-Arab-Esp):
http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/video-speeches-at-the-geneva-2-conference-on-syria-by-walid-al-muallem-bashar-al-jaafari-sergey-lavrov-john-kerry-ban-ki-moon-ahmad-jarba-eng-fra-arab-esp/

- Report from Libya-Jamahiriya: “Southern Libya Liberated by Green Resistance”
http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/report-from-libya-jamahiriya-southern-libya-liberated-by-green-resistance-forces

Photo: Souher Atassi, representing the “Syrian women” for the so called “Syrian National Coalition”

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02-01-14

Syria: a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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Syria asks UN Security Council to Prosecute Turkey for Supporting Al Qaeda Terrorists

January 1, 2014

Damascus has officially asked the UN Security Council to prosecute Turkey and all countries that support the militants operating in Syria.

In a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that was released on Monday, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said that aiding the militants is a blatant violation of the resolutions of the international guiding bodies, including the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

“The Turkish authorities are systematically offering help in supplying arms to terrorists operating in a number of districts” in Syria, he said.

“They support the groups which every day carry out terrorist attacks against the Syrian people, government buildings, and other infrastructure facilities,” the diplomat wrote.

Ja’afari pointed out that the terrorists “do not stop attacking hospitals, schools, Muslim and Christian shrines, diplomats and even children.”

“They were trained on the border with Syria, after which the Turkish authorities helped them penetrate the neighboring country,” the letter said.

Photo: American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into the Pentagon as Ban Ki-moon arrives for an honor cordon, Thursday, April 18, 2013. 

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Syria: Evidence of Foreign Countries’ Support to Terrorists, Letter to UN Security CouncilSyria sent Thursday two identical letters to the UN Security Council and the General Secretary about that evidence on involvement of foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, in supporting and arming the terrorist groups in Syria. The Ministry…


Turkey Facilitates Relocation of Al Qaeda Terrorists from Northern Pakistan to Syria

Turkish Airline Flying Al-Qaeda from Pakistan to Syrian Borders TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria, sources revealed on Saturday, mentioning…


Turkey Has Let Foreign Supported Terrorists from 83 Countries Enter Syria to Topple Government

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad says Turkey has let terrorist from 83 countries to enter Syria to topple the government. Speaking to al-Alam on Tuesday, Muqdad criticized foreign supporters of the insurgency in Syria, saying that, instead of helping…


Terrorism in Syria: Turkey Deports More Than One Thousand European Al Qaeda Affiliated Mercenaries

Turkey has sent a report to European countries saying that it has deported 1,100 European citizens who came to Turkey to join al-Qaeda-linked groups fighting in Syria back to their own countries amid increasing allegations that Ankara is turning a…


July 17, 2012 - USA and Al Qaeda: Holly Alliance http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...


U.S. Arms Sales to Turkey During the Clinton Administration: http://www.fas.org/asmp/library/reports/turkeyrep.htm

30-12-13

Syria: delegation from the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon

President al-Assad: Extremism and takfiri Wahabi mentality distort true compassionate nature of Islam

Damascus, Dec 30, 2013 (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a delegation from the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon, head by chairman of the Gathering's administrative board, sheikh Hassan Abdullah.

The meeting tackled the latest developments in the region, particularly in Syria and Lebanon, and the threats posed by the takfiri mentality which targets the history, future and coexistence of the region's people.

President al-Assad affirmed that extremism and the takfiri Wahabi mentality distort true compassionate nature of Islam, underlining the role of religious figures, particularly the scholars of the Levant, in confronting the Wahabi mentality which is alien to our societies, exposing the plots of the people advocating this mentality, and promoting Islam in its correct and moderate form.

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For their part, members of the delegation said that what is happening in the region constitutes a struggle between the path of moderation and mediation on one side and takfiri, barbaric and exclusionist mentalities on the other side.

They voiced support for Syria in its battle against terrorism and extremism, affirming their confidence in the Syrians' ability to stand fast and emerge victorious.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/30/520078.htm

Latest News Syria: cooperation with Iran

Damascus, PM stresses importance of boosting cooperation with Iran

Dec 29, 2013 (SANA) – Prime Minister  Wael al-Halqi discussed with secretary of the Syrian-Iranian Economic Technical Committee, Rustum Qasemi, mechanisms of boosting cooperation in the domains of health, electricity, oil and transport.

The meeting touched upon the necessity of making use of the line of credit as to continue the providing essential materials to the Syrian people according to a specified timetable.

The Prime Minister stressed the deep-rooted and strategic relations between the two countries which entail the increase of integration, cooperation and coordination to boost the capacities of the axis of resistance.

He hailed the glorious victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army in eradicating and pursuing terrorists and mercenaries and restoring security and stability to Syria.

Qasemi expressed confidence that victory is will be for Syria and the axis of steadfastness against all suspicious schemes in the region, stressing that Iran is morally and strategically obliged to support Syria and provide all requirements for supporting the steadfastness of the Syrians.

Afterwards, the meetings of the Syrian-Iranian Economic Technical Committee kicked off, headed by Syrian Cabinet Secretary-General Taisir al-Zoubi and Qasemi.

Al-Zoubi stressed the need to carry out the agreements signed by the two countries and finding new means to improve bilateral cooperation, while Qasemi affirmed Iran’s commitment to expanding cooperation with Syria and providing it with various needs and supplies.

Later, the Committee met Electricity Ministry Imad Khamis and discussed means to implement contracted signed by the two sides for enhancing the electric power grid in Syria, establishing power stations, and providing the supplies and equipment needed by the electric power sector via the credit line.

In the same context, the Committee met Health Minister Saad al-Nayef, Internal Trade and Consumer Proteciton Minister Samir Qadi Amin, and Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Sleiman al-Abbas, discussing with them bilateral agreements, particularly ones to providing petroleum products, medicine, medical equipment and flour through the credit line.

In a similar meeting with Industry Minister Kamal Eddin Taameh and Transport Minister Mohammad Saeed, the Committee discussed means to revitalize Siamoc car company and other factories, in addition to cooperation in the fields of electronics, railways and aviation.

In a statement to journalists following the meetings, Qasemi said that the results of these meetings were very good as they resulted in mechanisms for overcoming obstacles hindering the implementation of various agreements, adding that the meetings also discussed the most minute details of the credit line agreement.

In a similar statement, al-Zoubi lauded the efforts exerted by Iran in supporting Syria in its war against terrorism, saying that the meetings produces remarkable results and a new mechanism for coordination and communication to ensure the implementation of bilateral agreements.

Al-Halqi: universal war on Syria target Arab, Islamic nations

Al-Halqi affirmed that the universal feverish war on Syria target the Arab, Islamic nations with their national, religious identities in the interest of Zionism, the US and their tools in the region.

Meeting participants in the forum of media of resistance in the face of war on Syria, al-Halqi said that the cultural dimension of the war on Syria is considered as one of the most factors that affect Man as enemies of the nation attempted to infiltrate the culture security of the Arab, Islamic nations and fight the Islamic true, moderate religion which calls for amity and tolerance.

He affirmed the importance of cooperation, integration among mass media which resist the Zionist-US projects that aim at achieving a takfiri culture attack.

Al-Halqi hailed the role of national mass media in uncovering the misleading media which fabricate lies and call for sedition, killing and sabotage.

On the economic situation in Syria, al-Halqi underlined that the country has strategic stockpile of wheat, nutritional materials, oil products and medicine that help ensure the demands of the citizens.

Members of the delegation appreciated the efforts of the Syrian government during the crisis which proved capability of resistance. 

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi attended the meeting.

F.Allafi / H. Sabbagh/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/29/519881.htm

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24-12-13

Latest News Syria: 10,000 foreign terrorists have been killed

Until today, over 10,000 foreign salafi mercenary terrorists have been killed Syria by the Syrian Arab Army

Dec 24, 2013

Until today, over 10,000 foreign salafi mercenary terrorists have been killed Syria by the Syrian Arab Army

A Salafi movement in Jordan has revealed that over 10,000 foreign militants were killed in Syria since the foreign-hatched conflict hit the country in 2011.

The so-called Jordanian Jihadi Salafi Movement said that some 9936 extremist militants from different parts of the world, especially from Tunisia, Libya and Iraq, have been killed during the nearly three years of conflict in Syria, Manama Voice news agency reported on Monday.

Some 1902 Tunisians, 1807 Libyans, 1432 Iraqis, 800 Palestinians and 202 Jordanians were among the victims. Many extremists are trying to destabilize Syria under the banner of al-Qaeda terrorist network.

According to the data, some 828 Lebanese, 821 Egyptians, 714 Saudis, 571 Yemenis, 412 Moroccans, 274 Algerians, 71 Kuwaitis, 42 Somalis, 21 Bahrainis, 19 Omanis, 9 Emiratis, 8 Qataris, 3 Sudanese, 1 Mauritians, and nearly 30 others from Caucasus and Albania have lost their lives in Syria conflict.

The report says most of the dead are affiliated to the terrorist groups of al-Nusra Front and the Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Other news reports say several extremists from Europe, America and Australia are fighting in Syria.

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

The extracts of the study by defense consultancy, IHS Jane’s, were published on September 16.

IHS Jane’s estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as al-Nusra Front, and the rest fight for different militant groups.

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21-12-13

Latest News Syria: West has started to grasp the danger of Jihadists

Lavrov: West started to grasp danger of Jihadists taking Syria's helm

Moscow, Dec 20, 2013 (SANA) - The West has started to grasp the danger of Jihadists taking over power in Syria, Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said in an interview on Friday.

"Both in private conversations and public comments some western politicians have started voicing their thoughts that given that Jihadists and terrorists who are building up their influence in Syria, occupying territories, immediately introducing Sharia law after it, massacring minorities and burning people alive only because they are adherents of a different faith, President Bashar al-Assad being the leader of Syria is not a threat as is the case if Jihadists take the country over," the Russian Foreign Minister told RIA Novosti news agency.

Almost all the participants and organizers of an international conference on Syria which is to take place in Geneva on January 22 next year, agree on the importance of Iran taking part in the forum, Russian Foreign Minister said in the interview.

"There are signs of positive impact Iran could have on the settling process of the Syrian conflict. Almost everybody talks about it in private conversations and some officials have started speaking publicly in favor of Iran taking part in the conference," he said.

According to Lavrov, "those who oppose the participation of Iran do this coming from ideological considerations rather than common interests".

M. Ismael

Read more at: http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/12/20/518677.htm

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19-11-13

Latest News Syria: Representatives of the Jordanian writers’ Association

November 18, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) Representatives of the Jordanian writers’ Association affirmed that resistance is the only way to restore the Arab rights and protect the Arab nation and wealth, adding that the enemy, whether it was external or internal, in an enemy, pointing out that all those who carried weapons, trained terrorists and financed them are enemies.

Syrian and Jordanian intellectuals, writers held a symposium on Monday at the Arab Writers’ Union HQ in Damascus in cooperation with the Popular Committee for Supporting Syria.

The Jordanian writers issued a statement in support of Syria and the right against killing and terrorism, pointing out that defending Syria is defending the Arab nation and its causes, particularly the Palestinian cause.

In a statement to SANA, member of the regional leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Khalaf al-Miftah said that the stance of some Jordanian writers and intellectuals was clear from the beginning which recognizes the reality of events in Syria and the attempts of the foreign sides, particularly the US, Zionist entity and some Gulf countries to make Jordan a tool and a threat of national security in Syria.

The participants said that this cultural event forms an integration, unity between the Syrian and Jordanian intellectuals in support of the brave stances of the Syrian Arab Army.

B. Mousa/ Mazen

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/18/513224.htm

08-11-13

Latest News war on Syria

November 7, 2013

Provinces, (SANA) – Members of armed terrorist groups continue to suffer severe losses at the hands of the army soldiers as dozens of them are getting killed and their weapons destroyed, in addition to foiling their infiltration attempts and other attempts to transfer ammunition in boats.

Several citizens injured, including  5 children, in terrorist mortar shells in Damascus and its countryside

A number of citizens were injured, including five children, in terrorist mortar shells in al-sayda Zainab, al-Qassa and Bab Touma neighborhoods in Damascus and its countryside.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that two mortar shells fell in al-Qassa neighborhood causing the injury of seven citizens and material damage to the shops and cars nearby.

The source added that terrorists attacked with mortar shells Umaya High School in Bab Touma causing material damage and injuries among students, while a mortar shell fell near March 8th Complex, causing material damage to 4 cars.

A mortar shell launched by terrorists fell on the Shrine of al-Sayda Zainab in Damascus countryside, causing the injury of 10 citizens, including 5 children, in addition to material damage to the building.In Jaramana city.

the source pointed out that three mortar shells fell the city causing the injury of four citizens and material damage to the shops and cars nearby. 

Citizen martyred in blast of bomb attached to his car in Damascus Countryside

A citizen was martyred Thursday in a blast of an explosive device terrorists had earlier attached to a car at Deir Ali intersection in al-Keswa area in Damascus Countryside.

A source at the Police Command in the province told SANA reporter that terrorists detonated the explosive device once the driver got on the car, which caused his immediate death.

The car was completely burned, the source added.

Terrorists' infiltration attempt into al-Ensha'at area foiled in Damascus Countryside

An army unit confronted an armed terrorist group's infiltration attempt from Dahrat al-Mistah in Bazeh into al-Ensha'at area in Damascus countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that most of the terrorists were killed during the operation.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the army eradicated an armed terrorist group and destroyed 6 cars equipped with heavy machineguns and loaded with weapons and ammunition in al-Dumir area in Damascus countryside.

Entire groups of armed terrorists were eliminated by the hard blows of the Syrian Arab Army units in a number of villages and towns in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with a terrorist group in al-Maliha town and killed all its members, while another unit eliminated a number of terrorists in al-Aleih farms and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

The source added that a factory for making explosive devices was destroyed with local rockets inside in Marj al-Sultan town, in addition to eliminating 11 terrorists most of them are foreigners.

In Harasta, the army units pursued armed terrorist groups and killed two members, while 5 terrorists were killed in Irbin town.

Progress achieved in pursuing terrorists in Aleppo countryside

Army units made further advancement in pursuing armed terrorist groups in Tal Arn village in al-Sfeira countryside, killing and injuring terrorists in a number of towns and villages in Aleppo.

A military source told SANA that an army unit tightened control on around 60 per cent of Tal Arn village, which is the second gathering area for terrorists in Aleppo southeastern countryside after al-Sfeira to which the army restored security and stability last week.

Cars loaded with weapons and ammunition were destroyed in Seifan village northwest of Aleppo central prison, the Industrial City in Sheikh Najjar, Heilan, Khan al-Asal and on al-Mansoura-Daret Azza road.

The source added that an army unit thwarted an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate to the safe areas from al-Atareb-Khan al-Asal axis, killing many terrorists, among them leader of "Noureddin al-Zinki Battalion".

The source pointed out that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group on the outskirts of al-Sayyed Ali area, killing most of its members.

In Idleb countryside, a number of cars loaded with weapons and ammunition were destroyed in Saraqb city, and large numbers of terrorists' concentrations were destroyed.

Citizen martyred in terrorist attack in village in Homs

Meanwhile, a citizen was martyred and his wife was injured in a terrorist attack by rocket shells on Ein al-Dananir village in al-Mishrfeh area, east of Homs.

Army eliminates terrorists in Homs countryside

A unit of the armed forces on Wednesday eliminated scores of terrorists, seized 4 boats and destroyed others loaded with ammunition in al-Rastan lake in Homs countryside.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the terrorists were using the boats to smuggle ammunition to the armed terrorist groups in al-Rastan and al-Hula areas.

The source added that a machinegun shooter was killed in the framework of hunting armed terrorist groups in Bab Hud neighborhood in Homs city.

Army units tighten control over al-Hamira-Mahin road in Homs

A military source told SANA that units of the army eradicated armed terrorist groups on the way between al-Hamira town in Damascus countryside and Mahin town in Homs countryside and tightened control over the road.

The source added that tightening control over the road is a hard blow to the armed terrorist groups in the area as it constitutes a main road for the terrorists' supplies.

The source pointed out that entire armed terrorist groups were eliminated in al-Dar al-Kabira, Taldaw and Burj al-Rifai.

In Homs city, army units killed and injured several terrorists in Bab-Hud and al-Qusour neighborhoods.   

Army units eliminate terrorists in Hasaka countryside

A unit of the army eliminated four terrorists and injured others in an operation carried out in Tishreen oil field in Hasaka countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that a unit of the army inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in al-Tweineh area in Hasaka countryside and Abu Qasaib and al-bajarieh areas in al-Qamishli countryside.  

Military source: terrorist groups eliminated in Idleb countryside

A military source said that units of the army eliminated members of terrorist groups and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in Maarat al-Nouman and Nahleh and Bizabour villages in Ariha district in Idleb countryside.

The source added in a statement to SANA that terrorists Khaled Zaidan and Abdul-Karim al-Shahad were identified among the dead terrorists.

English Bulletin

http://213.178.225.235/eng/337/2013/11/07/511146.htm

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22-10-13

Latest News Syria: Belgian weapons

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Profit and Proliferation, Part 2: Will Belgian Arms End Up in Syria?

April 6, 2012

In a post yesterday, At War looked at how legal arms sales by Belgium’s main weapons manufacturer, FN Herstal, became a troubling factor in the Libyan conflict over the past year. Now there are concerns about where those weapons may turn up next.

Does Belgium share any responsibility in trying to secure Libya’s arms? That depends on whom you ask, and what you mean by “arms.”

Photo: FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012.

Belgium promised 225,000 euros (about $300,000) to an international program led by the United States that is intended to secure the loose stock of heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles in Libya. These weapons were provided to Libya not by Belgium but by former Eastern bloc states. In 2013, a future phase of this program could focus on securing small arms, which Belgium did supply to Libya. While Belgium doesn’t exclude participating in it, the Walloon government, which is FN Herstal’s sole shareholder, has categorically refused to get involved. Its president, Rudy Demotte, argued that the problem was exclusively Libya’s and that his government did not want to enter a “neocolonial logic.”

But Belgium could be confronted with another problem in terms of small arms. Many Libyans say that Qatar, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates provided Libyan rebels with weapons during the recent war. Some of these countries are FN Herstal customers, raising the question of whether Belgian small arms, exported to countries that agreed not to re-export them, were nonetheless re-exported.

On Feb. 26, 2011, the United Nations voted the Resolution 1970, imposing an arms embargo in Libya. Nevertheless, in the spring and summer of 2011, Qatar started shipping military material to the rebels in Benghazi. Some of the weapons shipped by Qatar could well have been FN FAL assault rifles produced in Belgium, according to anti-Qaddafi fighters who received them.

Several fighters said in interviews that their FN FALs were supplied by Qatar. Also, a Libyan operator who worked at the Benina airport in Benghazi in April 2011 said he remembered crates from Qatar full of Belgian FALs. Those particular FALs match the weapons sold by Belgium to the Qatar armed forces. It was impossible to trace serial numbers, however, as this procedure requires a special Interpol request. The Walloon authorities as well as FN Herstal declined to comment.

Belgium’s federal authorities insisted they did not receive any re-export request from Qatar, but also said they have no intention to investigate further.

“The Belgian interpretation of the arms embargo is strict: no weapons were to be supplied,” said Michel Malherbe, a spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Affairs. In this interpretation, if the anti-Qaddafi fighers’ accounts are accurate, then Qatar potentially breached the terms of the U.N. resolution, and Belgium’s refusal to investigate is at odds with the position of one of its neighbors.

Switzerland, upon seeing military material it sold to Qatar in 2009 reappear in Libya in 2011, suspended its arms-export licenses to Qatar from July to December 2011.

The European Common Position on Arms Sales, adopted in 2008, stipulates that the selling country has to assess “the existence of a risk that the equipment will be diverted within the buyer country or re-exported under undesirable conditions.” Qatar, according to the Libyan fighters’ accounts, presents such a risk, as it re-exported military goods to third parties without authorization.

As the fighting continues in Syria, this issue could become more pressing. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari prime minister, declared on Feb. 27 that he was favorable to supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels in their fight against Bashar al-Assad. “We have to do what it takes to help them,” he said during an official visit to Norway, “including giving them weapons so that they could defend themselves.”

The same position was adopted by Saudi Arabia. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, declared that humanitarian help was “not enough” and that arming Syrian rebels was “an excellent idea.” (On the other hand, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced concerns that arming the Syrian opposition could also end up helping Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups get weapons more easily.)

Saudi Arabia is the second-most-important Belgian small-arms customer, behind the United States. This puts Belgian authorities into a difficult position: “The European code and the new Belgian law we tried to install are clear: we cannot export weapons to a country that doesn’t respect non re-export clauses,” said Sophie Paczkowski, spokesperson for the Walloon Region.

On March 9, the Walloon government invited Belgian federal authorities to ask the European Union partners about the Syrian situation. This request was made ahead of the meeting of an European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports on April 26. The Walloon region first decided to suspend issuing new arms export licenses for Qatar and Saudi Arabia. On March 20, however, the region reversed its decision. Until the working group’s gathering, Wallonia will adapt its license policy to the decisions of other European Union countries.

Odds are that little will change after the meeting: no formal decisions will be made at this level. “For questions of this nature, it works more like a consultative body,” said Roy Isbister, from the violence watch group Saferworld. “Countries have an opportunity to ask their E.U. partners what they think about a particular issue, but they don’t have to, and anyway any decision is still then taken at the national level. The problem is that the European Common Position allows for multiple interpretations. It is the selling country that has to assess by itself, following its own interpretation of the criteria, including the risk of arms diversion, when it comes to selling military goods.”

The question remaining is: What will the European countries decide on their own national levels? If the arms licenses to Qatar and Saudi Arabia are not suspended, the sector’s regulations will prove to be no more than empty shells. If they are suspended, FN Herstal loses one of its bigger customers, and the whole Belgian weapons industry is endangered. Regarding Belgian and European arms interests, the Arab uprisings look more and more like a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. The Walloon region will not be able to indefinitely shift its responsibilities onto its European neighbors, and will ultimately face a critically tough decision.

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Photos: A Belgian FN FAL assault rifle said to have been supplied by Qatar during the war. Benghazi, February 2012 - FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012 - Former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, who was pleading for military interventions in Libya and Syria, pleading for the delivery of weapons to the so called Syrian 'opposition'.  Verhofstadt has good contacts with the European weapons ans arms lobby.

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/profit-and-proliferation-part-2-will-belgian-arms-end-up-in-syria/?_r=0

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11-09-13

Syrian News: censored

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06-09-13

Latest News Syria: drinking on the 'success' of the next war

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, drinks after a toast with President Barack Obama and other world leaders during the 65th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Thursday.

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03-07-13

Syria News: Fatwas which allow Muslim bloodshed

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Fatwas which allow Muslim bloodshed have nothing to do with any Sharia origin, Levant Conference says

July 3, 2013

Chairman of the Levant ( Bilad al-Sham ) Union, Scholar Mohammad Tawfik al-Bouti said that the takfiri fatwas which allow shedding the Muslim blood and instigate sedition among them have nothing to do with any sharia origin, but they came in response to personal malice which don’t accord with the spirit and principles of Islam.

"In spite of the differences among us, the first enemy remains the side which usurped al-Aqsa mosque," al-Bouti said at the opening ceremony of the activities of the Levant Union conference held in Beirut under the motto "tolerance of Islam and the sedition of Takfir".

He called on the sons of Islamic nation, particularly the scholars, to assume responsibility of this dangerous stage of the nation history and find a way that brings together all peoples through dialogue.

For his part, Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said that the war today is against the Syrian army which was the reason behind the resistance victory over Israel.

"Those who have begun to destroy the army since two years till now saw that Syria's army was the reason behind the resistance victory in Gaza and South Lebanon," the Mufti said, adding that the war is against the army, not the Syrian government.

He called on the Muslim scholars in the world to hold an immediate meeting in Damascus, not in Geneva to make reconciliation.

For his part, Head of the Executive Office of Levant Scholars' Union, Sheikh Hassan Abdullah stressed that sedition is a war against Islam but not an inter-Islamic war, and those who think that whichever power in the world could make division a fait accompli are totally mistaken.

He called on the Nation's scholars to confront the Takfir sedition, which has become a major operation room directed by the West and some Arab regimes.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, Sheikh Naim Qassem wondered about who appointed those Takfiri people to judge others and decide whether they would go to 'hell' or 'paradise', and about who mandated them to be guardians of the Nation where they wreck havoc in it.

Iran scholars' representative, Mohammad Ali al-Taskhiri stressed that Takfir is a great sin and it is also very grave, as those who adopt it should realize that they risk this Nation and shoulder the responsibility of murders, conflicts, bombings and destruction.

For his part, the representative of Australia Muslim scholars, Sheikh Taj-Eddin al-Hilali stressed that it is worthier that those who call others " heretics" would head towards Palestine to liberate it instead of devastating Iraq and Syria in service of the U.S. project.

Representative of Palestine Scholars, Sheikh Abdullah Katamto said that Takfirism today is political rather than religious, not being based on ideology.

Maher Hammoud, the Imam of Al-Quds Mosque in Sidon, Lebanon, said that the Takfiri people are getting help from the USA and Israel and being supplied with weapons and gaining their full support, adding "We Should be aware of semi-stances which feed Takfirism and give it a political and legal cover."

Tatarstan Mufti, Sheikh kamel Samie-allah stressed that Takfirism is an illness that hits the 'Islamic body' and weakens it, expressing hope that this Conference would be a means for correcting many ideological mistakes.

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26-06-13

War imposed on Syria is targeting it history, culture and civilization

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June 26, 2013

Grand Mufti of Syria Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun stressed that the feverish war imposed on Syria is targeting it history, culture and civilization.

Hassoun, during a symposium of the Ministry of Tourism at Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus said that the conspirators against Syria have devoted all their capabilities of money, weapons and media to spread chaos in Syria and Arab World in service of western countries and Israel.

The Mufti pointed out that the support for terrorists in Syria under the pretexts of democracy and freedom is aiming to redraw a new map to the region as sykes-Picot agreement after the first world war.

Hassoun affirmed that the successive civilizations on Syria succeeded in spreading its culture around the world away from any aspect of sectarianism.

B. Mousa / Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/33/2013/06/26/489566.htm

24-06-13

Latest News Syria: government

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PM: Government bent on providing basic materials for citizens

Jun 24, 2013

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi affirmed that the government will continue to back basic materials and provide the necessary living conditions for citizens in all areas.

During his meeting on Monday with members of Parliament (MPs) representing Tartous governorate, al-Halqi said that the national economy is robust, balanced and adaptable to the current conditions under the crisis as evidenced by the government raising the salaries of state workers.

Premier al-Halqi reaffirmed that the Syrian people are the inheritors of diverse civilizations and are capable of holding firm under the crisis.

The government is keen to improve the economic and living conditions for citizens as to achieve economic and social development that realize the aspirations of citizens, the Premier underlined.

He stressed that the government will take a firm line on the manipulators of the SYP value, adding that it will continue to clamp down on manipulation and SYP exchange rate speculation.

Al-Halqi was briefed by the MPs on the reality of service and development sectors in Tartous.

The government is bent on compensating for the affected citizens in all areas, adding that the government is exerting immense efforts to iron out difficulties for ensure decent living conditions for citizens, Premier al-Halqi said.

Al-Halqi underlined the importance of cooperation between local and legislative authorities in every province to upgrade all sectors and penalize the corrupt.

The MPs hailed the government's efforts to confront challenges and difficulties facing the development and service sectors in all governorates, affirming interest in achieving security and stability for all citizens and rejection of extremism and violence.

They also hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian army for foiling the conspiracy against Syria.

Prime Minister: no ban on dealings with Foreign Currencies

In a relevant context, the economic committee at the cabinet held a meeting with the economic activities to discuss mechanisms of reaching active decisions in the interests of the citizens in light of the universal war launched against Syria.

During the meeting, al-Halqi denied any measure which bans dealing with the foreign currencies, saying that this rumor "comes as part of the universal media and economic war against Syria to decrease the value of the Syrian pound against foreign currencies."

"The government puts the interest of the citizens on its priorities as it allocates the majority of its resources to the agriculture sector to ensure the food security to all people,'' Prime Minister added.  

The economic activities, for their part, called for drawing economic integrative policies between the public institutions and several activities to be able to face the economic challenges.

They also called for punishing those who trade with the price of the Syrian pound and take active polices against the manipulators and traders with the citizens' livelihood.

Fares al-Shihabi, chairman of the chambers of Industry pointed out to the importance of the state's positive intervention through prosecuting the traders with the Syrian pound price and putting an end to the rise of prices.

He added that the economic activities called on the government to fund the imports with different currencies prices.  

M. Ismael/ Mazen

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05-06-13

Latest News Syria: Syrian army restores stability

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The Armed Forces Restore Security and Stability to al-Qseir City 

Jun 5, 2013

The armed forces on Wednesday restored security and stability to the whole city of al-Qseir in Homs countryside.

An official source told SANA that the army carried out qualitative and prompt operations to restore security and safety to the city after the killing of a big number of terrorists and the surrender of others.

The army destroyed the terrorists' hideouts with all the weapons and ammunition inside them, and the tunnels and barricades where the terrorists were fortified.

The source added that the armed forces dismantled dozens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in the citizens' houses and on the public roads to hinder the progress of the army.

"However, the determination of the army to save the city from the armed terrorist groups led to those groups' full defeat and collapse," the source said.

The source went on saying "Our armed forces are now continuing the process of looking for explosive devices and criminal tools which the terrorists left behind in al-Qseir city."

SANA reporter said that after the army regained full control of the city, units of the armed forces continue inspection operations in the city's neighborhoods.

The army units are collecting the weapons and ammunition left behind by the terrorists before they were killed at the hands of the Syrian soldiers, the reporter said, noting that big amounts of rockets, machineguns and ammunition were seized in the city.

The armed forces will continue to unlock roads, remove barricades and dismantle explosive devices planted on main roads and in the citizens' houses, scores of which were already dismantled, according to the source.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that a unit of the armed forces killed a big number of terrorists who fled from al-Qseir city near Shamsin village on Homs-Damascus highway, and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

Fifteen Citizens Wounded by Terrorists' Mortar Shells on al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside

 A number of citizens were wounded as mortar shells fired by terrorists hit al-Wafideen Camp in Douma area in Damascus Countryside, causing huge material damage to the citizens' properties.

An official source at the Police Command  told SANA reporter that 3 shells fell on citizens' houses in al-Wafideen Camp, causing the injury of 15 citizens, some of them were treated inside the camp, while the critical conditions were admitted to Damascus hospitals.   

Army Units Continue Operations against Terrorists in Damascus and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists, including "Adra Sniper" and leaders of the armed terrorist groups in villages and towns in Damascus Countryside, in addition to discovering tunnels used by terrorists to move and store weapons.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed a den for "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists in Adra al-Balad and killed all terrorists inside it, including Muhammad Amer al-Abid, nicknamed "Adra Sniper".

The source pointed out that other army units killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in al-Eb farms in Douma area, including leader of an armed terrorist group called Abo al-Bara'a, Bahaa Noureddin and Bilal al-Rahma.

The army units, having restored security and stability to the area extending from Troubicana pool to the Police Hospital, continued  operations against terrorists in the area near Harasta and killed several terrorists who were located in the nearby houses and targeted the passing cars.

In al-Ryhan town, the army units discovered a 30 meters long tunnel full with explosive materials which was used by terrorists to transport and store weapons, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists gathering and a heavy machinegun in the farms surrounding al-Mansoura town in the eastern Ghouta.In Babila town, another army unit carried out a special operation against terrorists and destroyed their warehouses, in addition to killing several terrorists, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den a long with the weapons and ammunition inside it, also killing all "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists inside the den in Yabroud.The source added that another army unit pursued  an armed terrorist group in the mountains  surrounding Ofara town in Barada Valley, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Ghyath Ghariba, Muhammad Zouhir al-Jamal and Muhammad Haroun, in addition to seizing their weapons.

Meanwhile, other army units clashed with an armed terrorist group in Bazeh, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo Province

Armed Forces units continued operations against armed terrorist groups in various areas in Aleppo province.

The Armed Forces destroyed terrorist hideouts and gatherings and a 23mm anti0aircraft gun west of Blaka restaurant and north of al-Khoulandi gas station, in addition to eliminating terrorists including a sniper in the area around Aleppo Central Prison.

In Handarat area, an Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists who were holed up in al-Bianuni farm, destroying their weapons and munitions.

Army units clashed with terrorists near al-Duwayrin bridge and Khan al-Asal, leaving most of them dead or injured, while another unit eliminated a terrorist group which had been committing acts of robbery and theft near al-Klairiye mosque on the Aleppo-Idleb highway.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorist groups in the areas of al-Layramoun, Sheikh Maqsoud, Bani Zeid, Bustan al-Qaser, al-Ameriye, and enar the Great Umayyad Mosque, leaving a number of terrorists dead or injured and destroying their equipment.

Army Eliminates Terrorists, Dismantles Explosive Devices in Idleb

Units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their gatherings with all the weapons and ammunition inside them in several areas in Idleb countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as assaying that units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Haj Hammoud Farm area in Jisr al-Shughour countryside, Deir Sharqi, Ma'ar Shurin, Altahh, Abu Habeh in Maarat al- Nua'man countryside, al-Nirab, Maarat al-Ikhwan and Sirmin, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and dismantled 3 explosive devices, each weighs 50 kg, on Kafer Shlaya-Orom al-Jouzz road.

H. Zain/H. Said / H. Sabbagh

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03-06-13

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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Army Eliminates Terrorists in Several Areas

Jun 3, 2013

Army units on Monday ambushed an armed terrorist group which was heading from Hisiyaa to al-Qseir city across Wadi al-Sail site near Homs-Damascus highway.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces destroyed a pickup car with all the weapons and ammunitions inside it, killing 4 terrorists inside the car.

A unit of the armed forces killed all members of an armed terrorist group near al-Huseinieh village while they fled from al-Qseir city in Homs countryside.

Another unit killed a number of terrorists and injured others near the school and mosque of Um al-Sakher , north of al-Dmaineh al-Sharqieh.

The source said that a number of terrorists were killed in several operations against their hideouts in Kherbt Gimrah, southwest of Hissiyaa, Aqrab, in al-Hola countryside, near Bait Sowaiss in Talbeiseh and near Mustafa Bash Mosque in Bab Hud in Homs.

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Damascus Countryside

Army units eliminated most members of an armed terrorist group calling itself "Katibet Shabab al-Huda" west of the town of al-Shifouniye in Douma area, Damascus Countryside.

Khaled Khebiye, Adel Oyoun and Yousef Taha were identified among the dead terrorists,

In the town of Hejjeira, an Army unit killed and injured a number of foreign terrorists, destroying their weapons and equipment. Among the dead terrorists were a Libyan called Sarata Abu Habib and Rami Khalifa.

Another unit clashed with terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra west of the town of Halboun, eliminating most of its members including Abu Mohammad al-Shami and Abu Firas al-Jazrawi.

In the city of Harasta, an Army unit foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 27 explosive devices ranging in weight from 25 and 30 kg which were planted southeast of the water establishment and rigged for remote detonation.

Also in Harasta, the Army eliminated members of a terrorist group including their leader Anas al-Arbiniye and Omar Qadado.

An Army unit clashed with a terrorist group southeast of the town of al-Mleiha, leaving several terrorists injured or dead including Mahmoud Abu Habra and Hussam al-Aqra'a.

In the farms surrounding the towns of al-Mansoura and al-Bahariya and al-Qarya al-Shamiya in the eastern Ghouta area, the Army destroyed two mortar launchers and heavy machineguns and eliminated terrorists, including Ahmad Arbash, Mohammad al-Rashed, and Mahmoud al-Rez.

In Jobar, Army units clashed with terrorist groups, eliminating a number of their members and destroying their weapons and equipment.

Army Eliminates Jabhet al-Nusra Terrorists in Lattakia Countryside

The army destroyed terrorists' gatherings and hideouts in the areas of al-Furunluq, al-Durra and al-Kabeer in Lattakia northern countryside and killed scores of Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists and destroyed their weaponry.

An official source told SANA that terrorists Abu Obaith, of the Libyan nationality and leader of terrorist group affiliated to Jahbet al-Nusra, Abbas Noor Eddin and Hussein al-Ghasheem were identified among the dead.

The army also destroyed a number of rockets and heavy machineguns and eliminated scores of terrorists in the towns of Bait Shurooq and al-Suda, adding that terrorist Bashar Wadfa, leader of the so-called "Nour Eddin al-Zinki battalion" terrorist group was injured during the operation.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in Daraa Countryside

A military source said that units of the armed forces confronted armed terrorist groups' attack on a number of military checkpoints in Bosra al-Sham in Daraa countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

In a statement to SANA, the source added that most of the members of the armed groups were killed and injured and their weapons and criminal tools were destroyed.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces killed and injured several terrorists in the area surrounding the Central Prison, Minnegh Airport, Khafer Hamra and Bustan al-Kaser.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army units destroyed terrorists' weapons and ammunition, including heavy machineguns which were used by terrorists to target the Central Prison in Aleppo and the industrial city in al-Sheikh Najar .

The source added that an army unit clashed with terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism on Aleppo-Idleb road, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source pointed out that other army units carried out operations against terrorists in the area surrounding Minnegh Airport, killing and injuring scores of them in al-Zyara and al-Alqamia villages, in addition to destroying their equipment.

In Khan al-Assal, the army units repelled terrorists who were attempting to sneak to secure area, killing and injuring several terrorists, while another army unit destroyed terrorists' gatherings, a mortar and a number of machineguns in Babes, Khafer Hamra and al-Tamoura villages.

In the same context, other army units clashed with the armed terrorist groups in Bab al-Haded roundabout in al-Maadi area and in the area surrounding the great Omayyad Mosque, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

Other army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in Bustan al-Kaser, in addition to foiling terrorists attempt to sneak to Dahrit Abdrabo area, killing and injuring a number of them.

Roadside Bomb Blast Causes Material Damage in Hasaka

Terrorists blew up a roadside bomb they planted on the municipal stadium road in the middle of al-Hasaka city, with no casualties reported.

A source in the province told SANA that the terrorist blast caused material damage in the area.

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31-05-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al-Manar: Thank you.

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29-05-13

Latest News Syria: Journalist Yara Abbas Laid to Rest (1)

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Martyr Journalist Yara Abbas Laid to Rest

Yara Abbas, a prominent female Syrian, 26, who worked for the privately-owned Damascus-based Al-Ikhbariyah TV (Syrian News Channel), was killed by sniper fire.

May 29, 2013

Final tribute was paid to martyr journalist Yara Abbas, the reporter of al-Ikhbariya TV channel, who was assassinated Monday by the gunfire of the armed terrorist groups while covering the Armed Forces' operations near al-Daba'a airport in al-Qseir in Homs countryside.

Abbas was escorted from al-Zaeem Hospital in Homs to her final resting place in Nisaf village in Masyaf area in Hama amid wide official, civil and popular participation.

Abbas was received with flowers and rice by the residents of the villages in Masyaf area who chanted slogans stressing support for Syria, the Syrian Army and the martyrs.

The speeches delivered at the funeral ceremony stressed that martyr Abbas and all martyrs of Syria will remain "in the mind and hearts" of all the Syrians.

The speakers hailed the courage and professionality of martyr Abbas which she showed by insisting on conveying the truth from the battleground alongside the Syrian Army members.

They affirmed that the "hateful terrorism" which hit Syria will be defeated thanks to the Syrian people's will and the strength of the Syrian Army.

Afterwards, funeral prayers were performed for the repose of the martyr's soul and the music of the "Farewell" and the "Martyr" was played.

The funeral ceremony was attended by the governors of Homs and Tartous provinces, secretaries of Tartous and Hama branches of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Commander of the Central Region and Christian and Islamic and cultural, social and civil figures in Homs and Hama.

Information Minister Receives Condolences Cables from Russia and Yemen

Meanwhile, the Information Ministry continued receiving cables of condolences over the martyrdom of journalist Abbas.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi received a condolences cable from Russia's Ambassador in Damascus Azmatullah Kulmohammadov in which the ambassador strongly condemned what he described "a heinous crime".

The cable considered this crime and all the terrorist acts targeting the Syrian citizens as "lying outside the framework of human morals that are unjustifiable," expressing the Russian Embassy's condolences to the family of martyr Abbas.

Minister al-Zoubi also received a condolences cable from the Charge d'Affaires at the Yemeni Embassy in Damascus, Mohammad Faraj al-Shuhoubi, who expressed his condolences over "the continued attack against the journalists and patriotic Syrians."

Al-Shuhoubi expressed the Embassy's condolences to the family of martyr Abbas.

English Bulletin

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28-05-13

Syrian News: Oxfam not happy with European decision

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Oxfam reaction to EU failure to extend arms embargo on Syria beyond August

28th May 2013

EU Foreign Ministers failed last night to extend the EU arms embargo on Syria as it stands. They

decided, however, not to lift it before August 1st and set a number of conditions.

In reaction, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control, Anna Macdonald, said:

“Oxfam is disappointed that the EU will not extend its arms embargo on Syria as it stands. Ministers sent out mixed signals. What was needed was an unequivocal stance that the EU will do everything it can to stop the bloodshed and prevent a deadly arms race in Syria, which would have devastating humanitarian consequences.”

“We welcome the EU’s willingness to prioritise the pursuit of a political solution and its strong commitment for human rights and international humanitarian law. However, European governments should be using their influence to secure a halt to international arms transfers from all governments to any warring party in Syria.”

“This decision does not give the green light to any member states who want to supply arms to groups in Syria. As clearly laid out in the EU Common Position on Arms Transfers, any transfers must be subject to full risk assessment procedures against the risks of arms being used for violations of human rights and humanitarian law.”

Oxfam has been advocating to bring the arms trade under control for more than a decade and played a crucial role in the campaign to secure a robust Arms Trade Treaty. Under the new treaty – which was passed by majority vote at the UN in April this year and opens for signature next week on June 3 – arms transfers must not be authorised where there is a major risk the weapons will be used to commit violations of human rights or international humanitarian law. Both European countries and all other 156 states that voted in favour of this landmark treaty need to live up to its principles.

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2013/05/reaction-to-lifting-eu-arms-embargo-on-syria

European Union doesn't want a political solution for Syria

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Moscow Strongly Criticizes EU Decision to Lift Embargo on Weapon Export to Gunmen

May 28, 2013

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the EU decision to extend sanctions on Syria and lift the embargo on the weapons sent to the Syrian opposition could push the conflict in Syria to more of armed confrontations.

"At this complicated and important stage related to the implementation of the Russian-US initiative, it is very important to abstain from any measures or statements which would be misunderstood by the Syrian sides," Alexander Lukashevich, Spokesman of the Russian foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

He added "we can't understand the logic of the EU decision to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month, while excluding the weapons sent to the Syrian opposition."

Gatilov: EU Decision Won't Find Positive Basis for Conference

In a relevant context, The Ministry called on all foreign active sides, including the EU to enjoy the spirit of responsibility and prevent from taking steps that might complicate launching dialogue between the government and opposition in Syria.

"The EU decision to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents won't really create a positive basis for the efforts exerted to organize an international conference on Syria," Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister said in a press statement.

Russian President Advisor: the Decision Wouldn't Contribute to Preparing for the Conference

Meanwhile, Media Advisor to the Russian President Dmitry Peskov affirmed that the EU decision won't contribute to preparing for the international conference on Syria due to be held in Geneva next month.

"Such steps and other similar ones like the latest visit of the US Senator John McCain the border regions wouldn't contribute in any case to preparing for the international conference for which a lot of sides seek to fulfill," Peskov said in a statement from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

He added that such behavior couldn't be understood. 

Ryabkov: Main Obstacles Facing Int'l  Conference is the Syrian Opposition's Disunity

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed his country's disappointment over the decision of the European Union to lift the embargo imposed on sending weapons to Syria, stressing that this decision will negatively affect the international conference on Syria.

At a press conference today, Ryabkov added that this decision opposes the policies of the EU itself and does not help in reaching a political settlement, highlighting that this decision violates the international arms trade treaty.

He said that no one can blame Russia for sending weapons to Syria, adding that these weapons are bound to the legal authorities in the country.

"Russia considers the EU decision to lift the embargo on sending weapons to the armed opposition as wrong," said Ryabkov, stressing that it is not acceptable to seek an end of violence in Syria on the one hand and follow the path of escalating the issue of weapons flow to the country on the other hand.

The Russian official pointed out that the basic issue that hinders the international conference on Syria is the disunity of the "Syrian opposition" and its inability to dispatch high-level representatives to the conference.

He added that "The Syrian government is resolved to send a delegation with full powers to hold negotiations at this potential conference…The Opposition should also name its representatives that are entitled to participate."

He considered that Russia and the US have not yet been able to bring close their positions on holding "Geneva 2" conference, saying that "Moscow does not accept holding this conference at the time when some potential participants are trying to impose external solutions on the Syrian people."

"We can't say that a thorough understanding has been formed on the part of the Americans on the fact that there is no alternative to working with the opposition forces in Syria to have the Syrian opposition groups send a high-level delegation that can make decisions at this conference," said Ryabkov, stressing the importance of inviting Iran to the conference.

Ryabkov said that sending Russian S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria constitutes "a stability factor" that prevents having foreign forces interfering in the "conflict".

Such steps, Ryabkov added, contributes to "deterring some "hotheads" in studying the scenario of internationalizing the conflict with the participation of the foreign powers which don't oppose this idea," stressing that Russia does not intend to reconsider its position in this regard.

He reminded that the sending S-300 anti-aircraft systems is being carried out according to a contract that was signed between Syria and Russia five years ago.

English Bulletin

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Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists

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Army Kills Terrorists, Destroys their Criminal Equipment  

May 28, 2013
 

The Armed Forces continued operations against the armed terrorists groups in Homs countryside on Tuesday, eliminating scores of terrorists and destroying their gatherings and weaponry.

A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit eliminated all members of an armed terrorist group on al-Naseryeh-al-Qaryatain road in Homs countryside, adding that terrorists Fahd Ali al-Miz'el and Mufleh Basem al-Hayyan were identified among the dead.

Another army unit killed members of a terrorist group that was trying to infiltrate into al-Qseir city from the town of al-Huseinyeh and destroyed their weaponry and munitions.

The army also destroyed terrorists' gatherings in the areas of al-Rastan, Talbiseh, Bait Hajjo, al-Buwaida al-Sharqyeh, al-Dab'a, Argoon and Kiseen and killed and injured scores of terrorists.

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The armed forces eliminated numbers of terrorists' leaders and destroyed factories to make explosive devices and terrorists' hideouts in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that Ammar al-Asfari, a terrorist leader affiliated to the so-called " Shabab al-Huda battalion" terrorist group, was killed along with number of his group's members in al-Ob farms in eastern al-Ghota.

The source added that ten factories to manufacture explosive devices and mortar shells were destroyed in the Industrial Zone in Douma.

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the western entrance of Haratsa city and killed the group's leader, Mohammad Mahfoud and scores of his group's members, among them were Abdullah Qasem and Abdul-Ghani al-Rayyes.

In Bait Sahm town, an army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout and killed and injured scores of terrorists in it, among them was Husam Badee' al-Obaid.

Meanwhile, the army continued pursuing terrorists in the areas of Talat al-Mistah and Barzeh, destroying terrorists' hideout and the weapons hidden in it.

In Jubar, the army carried out several operations in the areas of al-Manasher Roundabout and the teachers' building, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among the injured terrorists was Abu Bassam Dalila.

Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Eliminated in Idleb

Units of the armed forces eliminated terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in a number of villages and towns in Idleb and Hama countryside and destroyed a rocket launcher and heavy machineguns.

An official source told SANA reporter in Idleb that terrorists were killed and injured in the villages of Ein al-Kasab, al-Sindianeh, Ariha, Bzabour, Jabal al-Arba'in, and north of Abu al-Dohour Airport.

The source added that units of the armed forces continued their operations against the terrorists' hideouts in Maartamsarin, Binnesh, Saraqib, Taftanaz, al-Nirab, Sirmin and near the Youth Camp, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

The source said that a number of terrorists were killed and a car equipped with a heavy machinegun was destroyed with all the weapons and ammunition inside it in Deir Sinbul and Maaret al-Numan.

Rocket Launcher Destroyed in Hama

In Hama countryside, a military source said that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a rocket launcher and a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' vehicles in the village of Kafr Nabboudeh, while another unit arrested 6 terrorists in al-Skilbieh area.

A terrorist was killed in the explosion of an explosive device while he was planting it on Jourin-Ishtabrak road in Jisr al-Shughour countryside, Idleb.

An official source told SANA reporter that the explosion caused the killing of the terrorist and material damage in the place.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 3 explosive devices planted in the area surrounding Ishtabrak village to be detonated by remote.

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/28/484519.htm

25-05-13

Latest News Syria: Victory Day of National Resistance

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May 25th… Victory Day of National Resistance, Liberating the South From Israeli Occupation

May 25, 2013

"Withdrawal which won't touch dignity", with this brief, Israeli General Shaul Mofaz tried to justify the reason behind the Israeli army humble defeat in South Lebanon on May 25th, 2000 which became the victory Day of the National Resistance and liberating south Lebanon after 22 years of the Israeli occupation.

The withdrawal of the Israeli occupation from South Lebanon on this day without negotiations or conditions was a defeat for Israel which Yediot Ahronot newspaper described as "shameful" calling this day as "the day of shame".

The Israeli occupation forces invaded south Lebanon in 1978 and expanded its occupation to the Lebanese lands till reaching Beirut in 1982.

The Lebanese men rushed to bear weapon and defend their homeland to establish what is known later the Lebanese National resistance to confront what had been called as "the legend army" which can't be defeated. 

The resistance military operations have forced the Israeli army to retreat under the density of their processes to from an occupation line before liberating the South in 2000.

The resistance launched hundreds of special operations in the first half of 2000 targeting the sites of the occupation, forcing Israel to withdraw from Lebanon.

The day before liberation, the resistance stormed the occupation and its militias, led by Antoine Lahd, posts with bombing explosives.

The hardest strikes which the Israeli occupation received in the first month of 2000 were the assassination of Akl Hashem, one of the Israeli agents, and after two hours, the resistance targeted two Israeli military convoys, claiming the lives of three Israelis and wounding many others.

At 6:42 a.m. the Mercedes of Israeli General Benny Gantz crossed gate 93 of Fatima on the Lebanese-Israeli borders to be followed by vehicles and troop carriers into the occupied Palestinian lands abandoning an occupation barbed wire for which they paid souls and money but in vain.

On the same day and at 6:43 Israel closed its borders with Lebanon after pulling out the last soldier to end a 22 year occupation that cost it 1200 soldier.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/25/483984.htm

24-05-13

Latest News Syria: World Health Organization (WHO)

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Health Minister Calls on International Organizations to Help in Rehabilitating Health Institutions in Syria

May 24, 2013
 

Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef discussed on Friday with Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan the efforts to meet the health needs of citizens amid the current situation in Syria.

Al-Nayef reviewed the damage caused to the health sector and its cadres due to the incessant attacks of the armed terrorist groups.

The minister invited Dr. Chan to visit Syria and get a close look at the health conditions and the services provided by hospitals and health centers to citizens despite the pressure, indicating that ''the health sector is under a methodical disinformation campaign waged by the countries hostile to Syria.''

The minister indicated that the ministry is focusing its care at the current stage on enhancing partnership with the civil sector and meeting health needs in society, pointing out that ''around 62 NGOs are backing the public sector'' in its humanitarian and relief work to deliver health services to those in need.

He urged the international organizations for ''more cooperation and financial and technical support to the health sector in Syria and help in rehabilitating the affected health institutions.''

For her part, Dr. Chan said the organization will continue to support the Syrian government to meet the health needs in all areas, expressing solidarity with the Syrian people.

Chan added that she saw first-hand the development of the health sector in Syria during an earlier visit, adding that the organization is fully committed to delivering all kinds of medical help to Syria via border crossings and in cooperation with the governmental bodies concerned.

The meeting comes on the sidelines of the WHO 66th session that started Monday and lasts until May 28, with the participation of 194 countries.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/24/483928.htm

Syria: Ban Ki-moon visits Pentagon

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Photo: American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into the Pentagon as Ban Ki-moon arrives for an honor cordon, Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ban Ki-moon has very close ties with the American government.  

He earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He further received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Washington. He has been posted twice to the South Korean embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992. He was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006 and in February 2006, he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General.

While he is continuously talking in a hypocrite way about the 'Syrian Civil War' and he continuously criticizes the Syrian government, he remains silent about the American en Saudi-Arabian arms deliveries to the so called 'Free Syrian Army' and Syrian terrorist groups. Yesterday a top commander of a foreign-backed group fighting against the Syrian government said he has received a 35-ton arms shipment from Saudi Arabia...

On March 23, 2011, the U.N. Security Council adopted a wide-ranging resolution recommending 'humanitarian' and military action inside Libya. Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa were assigned key roles in “coordinating” the implementation of the mandate. Just like now, Ban Ki-moon was calling for “an immediate end to violence by all parties'.  Just like now, he was talking about 'chemical weapons' and he called for a 'no-fly zone' which was just a pretext to bomb Lybia and to destroy the regime of Colonel Gadaffi. While the Lybian infrastructure was completely destroyed, he said the UN-mandated military operation was 'proving effective in protecting civilians'. 

Recently Ban Ki-moon is echoing the Russian en Syrian proposes for a 'political dialogue' but at the same time he imposes unreasonable requirements that makes such a dialogue impossible. The current United States Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry, who expects a failure of political dialogue, said 'recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary'. So it is clear that the American government still hopes on a military intervention. 

It is certainly not good for the credibility of the UN that its Secretary-General, as a friend to U.S. national interests in the United Nations, only advances U.S. and western-backed approaches in the Middle East, North Africa, and North Korea.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2011/03/libya-un-chiefs-ambivalent-role-in-the-no-fly-zone/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12858751

http://reformdesa.blogspot.be/2011/03/ban-ki-moons-no-fly-zone.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/world/middleeast/cia-said-to-aid-in-steering-arms-to-syrian-rebels.html?pagewanted=all

 

Latest News Syria: German foreign intelligence agency

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'BND anticipates Syria’s victory end 2013'

The German foreign intelligence agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) has drastically revised its assessment of the situation in Syria, reveals Spiegel Online [1]

While, on the strength of reports by high-ranking military deserters, they had heretofore predicted the rapid enfeeblement of Bashar al-Assad, today they announced his victory before the end of the year.

The BND believes that the Syrian Arab Army has succeeded in securing its supply lines and in cutting those of the "insurgents" (largely foreign jihadists, backed by NATO and the GCC). The retrieval of al-Qusayir presages that of the entire district of Homs and the collapse of the partition plans, with the possible exception of a Kurdish area.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178621.html

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May 21, 2013

'Syria: al-Qusayr liberated'

The Syrian army, backed by members of Hezbollah, liberated the city of al-Qusayr. 80,000 Christians had fled their homes for more than six months, under the threat of mainly foreign jihadists, supported by NATO and the GCC.

The liberation of al-Qusayr puts an end to the intense fighting in the district of Homs. The city of Homs itself should be purged of terrorists in the coming days.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178561.html

23-05-13

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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May 23, 2013

Units of the armed forces carried out qualitative operations against the armed terrorist groups in several towns in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA that an army unit killed two leaders of terrorist groups, Mohammad al-Marja and another nicknamed 'Al-Neser', in Zamalka and Erbin, as another unit destroyed a weapons' cache in al-Eb farms in Douma with the terrorists inside, among them Mohammad Touma and another terrorist called 'Abu-Mohammad al-Shami'.

The source added that a terrorist group was eliminated near the water tank near al-Kamar bakery in Harasta city. Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Kassem and Sami Hassoun.

Terrorists' dens were destroyed in Adra al-Balad. The terrorists Mohammad al-Abed and Anwar Esber were killed.

The source added that an army unit destroyed weapons and ammunitions near Haramleh tunnel, killing four terrorists and confiscating a DShK machinegun in the farms surrounding al-Jarba and al-Baharieh in the eastern Ghouta.

In Ein Tarma valley, a unit of the army clashed with terrorists, killing many and destroying their weapons. The terrorists Samih Fattouh and another nicknamed Abu Anas al-Midani were identified among the dead.

An army unit killed most of a terrorist group's members in al-Saki farms in al-Nabek city. Iyad Issa was identified among the dead.

Shell Explodes over Old Damascus, No Casualties Caused

A shell fired by terrorists on Thursday exploded over the old city of Damascus without causing casualties or material damage.

An official source told SANA reporter that the shell , which was launched from al-Sbeineh town in Damascus Countryside, exploded in the air causing a loud bang and a fire glow over the old city of Damascus.

The source added that no material damage or casualties were caused due to the explosion.

Military Crackdown on Terrorists Continues in al-Qseir

Army units on Thursday continued operations against terrorists' gatherings in al-Qseir city and other areas in Homs province, killing many of the terrorists and injuring others.

A military source said that army units killed 20 terrorists and destroyed seven cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in the area of Dahr al-Qadib and to the south of the Local Stadium in al-Qseir city.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed in the northern neighborhood and the area to the west of the market in al-Qseir.

Meanwhile, army units destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the areas of al-Daba'a, al-Rastan, al-Ghantow, Tal Bisa, Beit Hajjo, Tal al-Ghar, Kissin, al-Ameriyeh and Aqrab in the province, killing all the terrorists inside and destroying their weapons, according to the source.

During hunting operations in al-Waer orchards, army units found a workshop for manufacturing explosives, a missile launcher and three field hospitals containing big amounts of stolen medicines that were used by terrorists.

In the same context, other army units targeted terrorists' gatherings to the north of Qazhal Bridge on Homs-Masyaf Road and in the neighborhoods of Bab Hood, Khalidiyeh, al-Warsheh, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Qarabis and Jouret al-Shayyah in the city of Homs.

Terrorists Infiltratign to Help Others in al-Qseir Repelled

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces foiled a terrorists infiltration attempt from Lebanon across al-Braij Mountain near al-Qseir city, killing a number of them.

An official source told SANA reporter that terrorists' vehicles and cars were destroyed with all the weapons and ammunitions inside them.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists who tried to infiltrate across Hasaya area into al-Qseir city to assist the terrorists in the city who received strong blows at the hands of our brave army.

The source said that among the dead were Khaled al-Shakiae, Mohammad Ahmad Shofan and Jumaa Naser, the leaders of the armed terrorist groups.

Army Eliminates, Arrests Terrorists in Idleb countryside

In the meantime, a unit of the armed forces pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Majjas village and the northern villages surrounding Abu al-Duhour airport in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army killed a number of terrorists, arrested others and seized big amounts of weapons.

An army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists of an armed terrorist group, killing many and injuring others in Bashlamoun town.

The bodies of Fawwaz Eid al-Hassan, Mohammaf Eid al-Hassan, Ahmad Eid Arnous and Abu Hassan Wali were identified among the dead.

Terrorists Killed in Damascus Countryside, 400 m Long Tunnel found in Joubar

Units of the armed forces killed and injured numbers of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside and found a tunnel and a field hospital including large amounts of stolen medicines and medical equipment.

An official source told SANA reporter that Sami al-Munjed, leader of an armed terrorist group affiliated to 'Haroun al-Rashid Brigade' was identified among the dead.

The source noted that a 400 m long tunnel stretching from Katibet al-Musiqa at al-Manasher roundabout to Harmalleh junction was found in Joubar. A field hospital containing amounts of they had stolen from public and private hospitals and health centers in the neighborhood.

The source mentioned that the army units continued hunting terrorist groups in Barzeh area and the farms surrounding it, killing 13 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra. Terrorists Omar Mdalal and Tarek Najjar were identified among the dead.

A unit of the armed forces foiled an attempt to detonate 4 explosive devices, weighting 30-50 kg, which the terrorists had planted to the southwest of Tishreen Hospital.

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the vicinity of the Central Prison and Hreitan-Castillo axis and al-Layramoun area in Aleppo and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA that terrorists' dens and ammunitions were destroyed near al-Khawlandi station, southwest of the glass factory, in the vicinity of Handarat Mosque and near the university training camp. 17 terrorists were also killed on al-Maslamieh-Aleppo road. The source added that terrorists were killed and others injured near the petrol station in Abtin village. Weapons and ammunitions were destroyed to the west of the research center in al-Mansoura in Aleppo countryside.

In al-Layramoun, army units clashed with terrorists in Dahret Abed Rabbo, killing many, while other army units killed terrorists near Bei'fin and al-Haidarieh roundabouts and destroyed their vehicles.

English Bulletin

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21-05-13

Latest News Syria: Right to Self-Defense

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Foreign Ministry: Syria Reiterates its Right to Respond  to any Breach of Sovereignty

May 21, 2013

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday reiterated Syria's right to respond immediately to any breach of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, calling upon the UN Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations.

The Ministry addressed two identical letters to the President of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General on the Syrian armed forces' destroying of an Israeli vehicle which entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line.

The letters also referred to the incident of firing two rockets by the Israeli enemy from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of the Syrian sites in al-Zubaydiah village without causing casualties.

"Subsequent to our previous letters addressed to you on the Israeli violations against the Syrian sovereignty and its breach of the Disengagement Agreement, the latest of which was our letter on May 8, 2013, an Israeli vehicle breached the cease-fire line at 1:10 am on May 21, 2013 and headed toward Bir Ajam village that is located in the liberated area of the Golan," the letters read.

They added that the Syrian armed forces targeted the Israeli vehicle, noting that armed terrorist groups are present in Bir Ajam village, toward which the vehicle was heading.

The letters also mentioned that Israel fired two rockets from Tal al-Faras site in the occupied Syrian Golan toward Syria's territories.

"Those two incidents constitute a new violation of the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement and an aggression against the Syrian sovereignty," said the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.

"The Syrian Arab Republic dealt with this violation in the framework of practicing the right to self-defense that is secured by the UN Charter," the Ministry added, noting that the Syrian government has already drawn the attention of the Security Council's President and the UN Secretary General to these Israeli violations and Israel's intervention in the Syrian internal affairs.

The Ministry went on saying that Israel's intervention has been evident through providing logistic support to the armed terrorist groups, including those operating in the Disengagement zone, and launching attacks on the Syrian territories, stressing that these Israeli practices constitute a violation of the UN Charter.

"While Syria places these facts before the Security Council, it once again reaffirms its right to immediately respond to any violation of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, and that lies within the framework of practicing its right to self-defense," the Ministry said.

It added that Syria "expects the Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations that breach the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement."

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/21/483424.htm

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Israel’s Right to Self-Defense – Syria’s Right to Self-Defense

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14. He came for a last-ditch attempt to head off the supply of advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader turned the conversation around to focus implicitly on Israel’s air strikes against Damascus on May 3 and May 5. After their conversation he issued a warning: "In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation."
This was clearly a hands-off caution to Israel not to repeat its attacks on Damascus. And, furthermore, after “shaking the situation” in Syria by its air attacks, Israel was in no position to demand that Russia avoid selling Syria advanced weapons.

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Israel's war with Syria

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General Command : Army Units Destroyed Israeli Vehicle Crossed Cease-Fire Line

May 21, 2013

DAMASCUS, SANA – General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that our armed forces destroyed an Israeli vehicle entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line towards the village of Bir Ajam.

“The village is located in the liberated area of Syrian territories where there are armed terrorist groups, ” the General Command said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“Following that, the Israeli enemy fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of our sites in al-Zubaydiah village; no casualties reported, ” the statement said.

It added that the aggression aims at raising the terrorist groups’ collapsed moral due to the painful blows they received at the hands of our armed forces in more than one place, especially in al-Qsier area.

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that the blatant aggression confirms again the involvement of the Zionist entity in the ongoing events in Syria and the direct coordination with the armed terrorist gangs.

The statement stressed that any breach or an attempt to violate the state sovereignty will be responded.

It stressed that whoever thinks that he is able to test our strength, alert and readiness to maintain our dignity and sovereignty is mistaken.

Ghossoun /

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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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