15/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, Ban Ki-moon

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1) Obama and his friend Ban cozy in the plane
2) April 18, 2013, US 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
3) April 19, 2013, Chuck Hagel (L) negotiating with former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli officials on sales of new weapons to Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
(Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are arming the so called Free Syrian Army and terrorist groups in Syria)

Latest News Syria: France, US armed terrorists with heavy weapons

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'France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report'
 
February 29, 2012 
 
A general in the opposition militia known as the Free Syria Army has told journalists that the rebels have received French and American military assistance, amid reports of worsening violence in the stricken nation.
 
In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]."
 
The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly.   
 
This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border.
 
In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons.
 
Political foot-dragging
 
Thus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country.
 
The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad.
 

14/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Many foreign backed terrorists killed

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The army continues confrontations, killing many terrorists, including non-Syrians 

Jun 14, 2013

Units of the armed forces on Friday inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists and foiled several attempts to attack the Central Prison and Minnegh Airport in Aleppo, killing and injuring several terrorists.

An official source told SANA that the army units repelled several attempts of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists to attack the Airport, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

The source pointed out that other army units killed 7 terrorists to the west of Minnegh Airport and destroyed a 23mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon and weapons warehouse to the south of the Airport.

Meanwhile, the guards of the Central Prison foiled "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists' attempt to sneak into the area surrounding the prison from a cemetery nearby, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Another army unit killed a number of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists in Oram al-Kubra village, including an armed terrorist group leader Ahmad al-Shami and 10 other non-Syrian terrorists, while another army unit killed and injured several terrorists on Aleppo-Idleb road.

In Aleppo city, the army units carried out operations against terrorists who were stationed in the cultural center in Masaken Hanano area and destroyed a rocket-launcher, mortar and ammunition near the old and new Hanano Police Stations and in the area surrounding Hanano Barracks.

Other army units carried out operations against terrorists who were stationed in al-Maysar school compound, destroying a 23 mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon and killing several terrorists.

In Bustan al-Basha, the army units killed 8 terrorists and destroyed two mortars, while another army unit carried out a special operation in old Aleppo, killing a number of terrorists, in addition to destroying a factory of explosive devices.

Army units destroy terrorists' dens in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in Harasta, Douma and Joubar in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that the army units killed and injured several terrorists near the court BUILDINGin Harasta city, including Ayoub Hassoun and Muhammad Hassoun.

The source added that another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Eb farms in Douma area, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Salim Eido and Nouman al-Shalet.

The source pointed out that another army unit clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in Joubar, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

Rabia Badereddin and Housam al-Aghawani were identified among the dead terrorists.

Army units eliminate terrorists, including leaders, in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in several towns in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that an army unit destroyed terrorists' dens in the farms surrounding al-Khamasia and al-Ahmadia towns in the eastern Ghouta, killing Majid Kahal, leader of an armed terrorist group called" Shabab al-Baraa Battalion", and a number of the battalion's members, including Muhammad Zuhir al-Nazaq.

The source added that other army units destroyed a mortar and killed a number of terrorists in Hijjeira town, including non-Syrian terrorists, among them a Jordanian called " al-Sheikh Bader" and terrorist Nidal al-Saidi.

In Yalda town, another army unit killed several terrorists affiliated to the so-called "Ansar al-Souna Battalion", including Tawfiq Shour.

In al-Ziyabiya town, another army unit killed scores of terrorists, including Talal al-Mandil, leader of an armed terrorist group, and a number of his group, including Basil al-Hamdo.

The source pointed out that the army units continued hunting the armed terrorist groups in Daraya city, killing a number of terrorists to the east of al-Sayyeda Sukaina shrine, including snipers.

Terrorists killed in Homs and its countryside

Units of the armed forces targeted several armed terrorist groups which were attempting to attack military checkpoints at Jisr al-Sad in al-Rastan in Homs countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army units destroyed a rocket-pad and weapons which were used by terrorists in their acts of terrorism.

Another unit also destroyed an armored vehicle and eliminated terrorists near al-Mahmoud mosque in al-Rastan city.

An Army unit clashed with terrorists in a car on a farm road in Hasya area, eliminating the terrorists and confiscating their weapons.

In a series of operations in Teldo and Burj Qai'ii, an Armed Forces unit destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts, leaving a number of terrorists dead or injured, while other units eliminated terrorists between the areas of al-Furuqlus and Sad Handoura and near Habra village in Jub al-Jarrah area.

In Homs city, the Armed Forces continued to pursue terrorist groups in the Old City, eliminating a number of terrorists who tried to sneak into Wadi al-Sayeh neighborhood from al-Hamidiye neighborhood, in addition to eliminating terrorists in Bab Houd and Jouret al-Shiyah.

Terrorists killed, heavy machineguns destroyed in Deir Ezzor

Army units continued chasing members of the armed terrorist groups in al-Sina'a, al-Matar al-Qadeem and al-Umal neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor and eliminated a number of them and destroyed their vehicles.

An official source told SANA reporter that the source added that another army unit clashed with gunmen group in Hawijet Sakr district killing four of its members and destroying a mortar in their possession.

Another unit foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from the Eastern Hweika to the Western Hweika district and eliminated ten terrorists.

In Deir Ezzor countryside, terrorists' gatherings were devastated as heavy machine guns in their possession were also destroyed in Hawijet al-Mrai'ieh and Mrat.

Army units pursue terrorists in Hama Countryside

Units of the armed forces killed and injured several terrorists affiliated to the so-called "Ababil al-Sahra'a Brigade", including non-Syria terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment in al-Khdaira, al-Souha and Hamadi Omar towns southeast of Salamia.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed several gatherings of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorist group along with the weapons and ammunition inside them, in addition to killing a number of terrorists in Adla  town in Hama countryside.

The source pointed out that other army units killed and injured a number of terrorists in al-Kastal al-Wastani and al-Shamali towns, in addition to destroying two rocket-launchers, weapons and ammunition which were used by terrorists in their acts of terrorism.

Non-Syrians terrorists eliminated in Daraa

A military source said that the army unit targeted an armed terrorist group in al- Nazehen camp in Daraa, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

In a statement to SANA reporter, the source said that terrorist Omran Abdul Rahman al-Aidi, leader of a terrorist group, Mounir Mousa Bajbouj, and Musab Fuad Suleiman al-Qtaifan, in addition to the five non-Syrian terrorists of the so-called al-Mujahedin battalion in Daraa were killed.

The source pointed that the other army units targeted terrorists' dens in al-Sheikh Miskeen, on the road of Abtta', in Sason, al-Shabreq, al-Misteriya and Glenn, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and destroyed an armored vehicle and a car loaded with ammunition.

Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist Mansour al-Beiruti of a Palestinian nationality was identified among the dead.

Army units inflict heavy losses upon terrorists in Idleb

Units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas of Idleb countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit targeted terrorists' gatherings in al-Ghassania, al-Taibat, al-Shughr and Mashimshan in Jisr al-Shughour countryside and in Nahla villagein Ariha area, inflicting heavy losses upon teerorists.

Osama Ahmad Rahal and Ra'ad Iyad Hasson were identified among the dead terrorists in Nahla village.

In the areas surrounding Idleb city, another army unit destroyed a number of terrorists' dens and gatherings in Taftanaz, Maar Tamsarin, Tall Dineit, Shalakh, Zardana and Tallet Binnesh, inflicting direct strikes upon them.

In Binnesh city, the army units destroyed terrorists' dens, causing the killing and the injury of several terrorists.

In Sermin city, other army units destroyed a den of the so-called "Ahrar al-Sham Brigade" and "Daoud Brigade" terrorist group, killing 13 terrorists.

A military source told SANA that the army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in Bait al-Kaiari and al-Buweiti in Abu Duhour area, killing and injuring several terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in the area.

Army unit eliminates terrorist in Lattakia countryside

An Army unit clashed with terrorist groups in the village of al-Houeh in Slenfeh area in Lattakia countryside, leaving a large number of terrorists dead or injured and destroying a heavy machinegun.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/14/487484.htm

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UN: Nearly 93000 killed in Syrian conflict
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In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA,Syrian soldiers loyal Bashar Asad stand on a vehicle filled with aid supplies, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria ...

See all stories on this topic »UN Says 93000 Dead in Syria Conflict
Voice of America
The U.N. human rights office says the latest toll, which accounted for deaths until the end of April, is most likely a minimum figure. The U.N. said ... This SANA photo shows the destruction after bombs exploded in al-Marjeh Square in Damascus, June 11 ...

See all stories on this topic »Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese town, two wounded
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Syrian state news agency SANA said the helicopter was chasing "terrorist groups" who were trying to escape to Lebanon. "It targeted them and some were hit, others escaped to Arsal so they were (also) chased," the ... Deeper inside Lebanon, street ...

See all stories on this topic »Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village
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Last month, Alawite fighters were blamed for killing dozens of civilians in two Sunni towns in westernSyria, part of what rebels call an attempt by Alawites to clear their coastal heartland of Sunni communities. In the videos from Hatla, some fighters ...

See all stories on this topic »Syria's Assad Used Chemical Weapons Against Rebels, US Officials Conclude
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... concluded that Syria has used chemical weapons multiple times. In a statement released on Thursday, the White House says U.S. intelligence concluded that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent Sarin, against rebel ...
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Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

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

The American federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of ‘national security threats’, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is the national official news agency in Syria:
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13/06/2013

Latest News Syria: People's Assembly - Medicine registration

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People's Assembly approves Syrian-Iranian mutual recognition agreement on medicine registration

Jun 13, 2013

People's Assembly approved the mutual recognition agreement on the medicine and medical equipment registration signed between Syria and Iran on March 13, 2012, during a session on Thursday chaired by speaker of the Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham.

Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef said the agreement is in the framework of developing bilateral relations with Iran in the health domain for providing medicine and medical equipment manufactured in either country, as to serve the common interests of Syrian and Iran and upgrade health services to citizens in both countries.

The Assembly listened to the answers of health ministry to questions submitted earlier by MPs about issues of concern to citizens.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/13/487390.htm

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary General and President of the security Council about the massacre in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor against scores of citizens, most of them women and children.

Problem is that the U.N. Secretary General and President of the security Council deal only with american interests...

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Syria calls on UN to condemn massacre of Hatla in Deir Ezzor

Jun 13, 2013

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups perpetrated on June 12, 2013 a massacre in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor against scores of citizens, most of them women and children because they refused to support their criminal acts.

"The terrorists also looted, burglarized the citizens' properties, burned their houses and attacked and sabotaged the worship places... the websites have broadcasted videotapes documenting Jabhat al-Nusra massacre, instigated by one of the sheikhs of salafis in Kuwait called Shafi al-Ajami who is involved in funding and sending thousands of jihadists into Syria," the Foreign Ministry said in two identical letters sent to the UN Secretary General and President of the security Council.

It added that Syria has repeatedly warned in its pervious letters against the dangers of terrorism and extremism, as well as documented the crimes perpetrated by the armed groups.

"Syria stresses that when a number of states refused to condemn such crimes, they would encourage the terrorist groups to go ahead in their crimes which target the innocent citizens through committing massacres, random shelling on civilian regions in addition to the suicide bombings which even didn't spare the residential buildings, public establishments, mosques, churches as well as assassinating the Islamic and Christian clerks," the Ministry said.

It affirmed that the continuation of some countries in the region and abroad, on top, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to offer public and direct support to terrorism in Syria through funding, arming and resorting the armed terrorist groups, in addition to the European latest decision, sponsored by Britain and France, to lift embargo on arming the opposition is a dangerous violation of the legal commitments imposed by the UN Security Council resolutions and the relevant international treaties of counter-terrorism, on top, UNSC resolution 1373 for 2001.  

"The EU decision to allow buying the Syrian oil, stolen by the armed terrorist groups, to sell weapons and military equipment is another violation of the EU states' commitment to curb the financing of terrorism," the letter said. It added that Syria once again warns against the dangers of involvement in supporting al-Qaeda-linked takfiri terrorism practiced by Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies of the "Islamic battalions", as well as the so-called "the Free Syrian Army".

"Syria underlines that some countries' continued calls for arming the opposition or announcing their willingness to arm them under the pretext of changing the military balance won't only support terrorists, but this uncovers the hidden intentions of those states to obstruct efforts to reach a political solution among the Syrians.

"Putting those facts in front of the UN Security council, Syria calls on it to assume its responsibilities, in light of its relevant resolutions of counter-terrorism, to condemn the massacre in Hatla village and call on the countries involved in supporting terrorism in Syria to stop such practices which pose a threat to the security and stability in Syria and the region," the Foreign Ministry concluded.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/13/487451.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists killed

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Army Operations Kill Many Terrorists, Destroy Heavy Weapons

Jun 13, 2013

In the framework of the continuous military operations in Damascus Countryside, the armed forces on Thursday destroyed a number of dens for armed terrorist groups in many areas and killed several terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that an army unit destroyed two mortars and a heavy machinegun for an armed terrorist group in al-Dhiyabiyeh town. A number of the group's members were killed, among them Mus'ab al-Dandan was identified.

Another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Oub farms in Douma, killing all of the terrorists in it. Subhi al-Airout and Mahrous Merei were identified among the dead.

In Adraa area, a unit of the armed forces continued chasing terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and destroyed a den for them along with all the weapons and ammunition inside it, according to the source.

Other army units, the source added, clashed with terrorists near al-Manasher roundabout in Joubar, leaving any of them killed and injured, including Abdul-Mune'm al-Teir.

A hideout including weapons and ammunition was destroyed in the framework of a special operation carried out by an army unit in Halboun town in al-Tall area. The operation resulted in killing a number of terrorists, including Qassem al-Ma'rouf and Abdo Kousa.

In al-Nabek area, an army unit chased a group of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who have been committing acts of sabotage and looting. Numbers of the terrorists were killed.

A den for terrorists, along with a heavy machinegun, was destroyed in al-Husseiniyeh town. All of the terrorists were killed, among them were Amer al-Shalal and Bahaa Khalifieh.

A citizen martyred, three others wounded in explosive device blast in Hasaka

A citizen was martyred and 3 others were wounded when an explosive device that was planted by terrorists went off in Tall Hajar neighborhood in Hasaka city.

An official source told SANA reporter that terrorists planted an explosive device on the road leading to Adnan al-Maliki school, causing the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of 3 others, in addition to material damage in the area.

Large Scale Operations Carried out in Aleppo

Units of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in several areas in Aleppo and its countryside, killing many terrorists and destroying mortars and heavy machineguns.

An official source told SANA reporter that 9 terrorists were killed in Kafr Khasher and Tenneb areas and mortar they used in targeting Minnegh military airport was destroyed.

The source noted that units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in Tall Raf'at area and to the north of Azaz and destroyed a large number of heavy machineguns.

An army unit destroyed a number of gatherings for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the villages of Andan, Hreitan and al-Tamoureh and the city of al-Bab, according to the source.

Large amounts of weapons, including heavy machineguns, and ammunition were destroyed in the operations.

In the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison, a unit of the armed forces clashed with terrorist groups near al-Jandoul roundabout that had planned to launch an attack against the Prison.

The army members killed and injured many of the groups' members and destroyed a mortar they had with them.

Other army units continued hunting terrorists and destroyed their heavy machineguns on the road linking the thermal station and Deir Hafer in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, an army unit foiled an attempt by an armed terrorist group to infiltrate into Tall Shgheib and killed 7 of its members and seized their weapon, while other terrorists were arrested.

SANA reporter quoted the source as saying that a gathering for terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra was destroyed in Ourm village in the western countryside of Aleppo.

The source noted that most of the terrorists were of foreign nationalities.

Units of the armed forces clashed with terrorists in several areas in Khan al-Assal and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

In the city of Aleppo, a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured in the areas of al-Sheikh Maqsoud, Bani Zaid, Bustal al-Qasr and al-Amiriyeh.

A den for an armed terrorist group was destroyed at al-Haidariyeh roundabout along with the weapons and ammunition inside.

Army Units Kill Terrorists in Homs and its Countryside

Army units continued crackdown operations against terrorists in Homs and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of them, and discovered tunnels that the terrorists used for movement and storing weapons and ammunition.

A military source told SANA that an army unit eliminated members of an armed terrorist group who were attempting to plant an explosive charge in al-Dawar area on Homs-Palmyra road, and confiscated a PKC machinegun, and automatic rifle and RPG launcher charges.

The source added that 18 tunnels were discovered during mopping up operations in al-Qseir city. Scores of explosive devices of various weights were discovered in al-Dmeineh al-Gharbieh town to which the army restored security and stability last week.

The source added that an army unit killed and injured terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Hamidieh, al-Warsheh, al-Safsafeh, al-Khalidieh, Bab Hood and al-Qusour in Homs city, while other units destroyed terrorists' dens in Taldao, Karm Shemshem, Kafrlaha, Kissin, al-Rastan, Talbiseh and al-Ghanto.

Another unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that blocked roads in Handoura area on Homs-Palmyra road, killing and injuring all its members.

Weapons, including Anti-tank Missiles, 23 mm Cannon Seized in Hama

In Hama province, anti-tank missiles, 23 mm cannon, ammunition and shields belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were seized by the army units in Masaadeh, Masoud, Abu Hanaya, Klib al-Thor, Salba and Abo Hbeilat villages.

The Syrian army's operations resulted in killing tens of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called "al-Farouq battalion" and destroying a rocket launcher and RPG launchers.

The military engineering units continued operations to secure Salba station eastern al-Salamieh as the Syrian army tightened control over it.

The military engineering units dismantled 50 explosive devices weighing from 50 to 100 kgs planted by terrorists in the station.

The Army Destroys Terrorists' Gatherings in Daraa, Jordanian Terrorist Killed

Army units destroyed gatherings for terrorists in the villages and towns of Sayssoun, Shabraq, Naf'I'eh, al-Shajareh, Abdeen, Tseel, Sahm al-Joulan and al-mastriyeh in Daraa countryside, leaving numbers of terrorists dead and injured.

Terrorist Hamdan al-Masht from Jordan was identified among the dead, in addition to terrorists Ahmad Fouran, Abdullah al-Masri and Faissal al-Amian, a military source told SANA reporter.

The source mentioned that other army units destroyed a den for an armed terrorist group located between al-Mzeirib and al-Yadoudeh towns.

Other army units killed and injured a number of terrorists who had been committing acts of looting, killing and vandalism in the town of Jassem and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

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http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/13/487285.htm

'US seeks evidence on use of chemical weapons in Syria’

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'US Begins Agent Orange Cleanup in Vietnam'

August 9, 2012

DANANG, Vietnam—Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood.

The family lives in a two-story house near a former US military base in Danang where the defoliant Agent Orange was stored during the Vietnam War, which ended nearly four decades ago. Duoc, 58, sells steel for a living and has diabetes, while his wife battles breast cancer and their daughter has remained childless after suffering repeated miscarriages.

For years, Duoc thought the ailments were unrelated, but after seeing the blood tests he now suspects his family unwittingly ingested dioxin from Agent Orange-contaminated fish, vegetables and well water.

Dioxin, a persistent chemical linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities, has seeped into Vietnam’s soils and watersheds, creating a lasting war legacy that remains a thorny issue between the former foes. Washington has been slow to respond, but on Thursday the US for the first time will begin cleaning up dioxin from Agent Orange that was stored at the former military base, now part of Danang’s airport.

“It’s better late than never that the US government is cleaning up the environment for our children,” Duoc said in Danang, surrounded by family members sitting on plastic stools. “They have to do as much as possible and as quickly as possible.”

The US $43 million project begins as Vietnam and the US forge closer ties to boost trade and counter China’s rising influence in the disputed South China Sea.

Although the countries’ economic and military ties are blossoming, progress on addressing the dioxin legacy has been slow. Washington still disputes a claim by Hanoi that from three million to four million Vietnamese were affected by toxic chemicals sprayed by US planes during the war to eliminate jungle cover for guerrilla fighters, arguing that the actual number is far lower and other environmental factors are to blame for the health issues.

That position irks the Vietnamese, who say the United States maintains a double standard in acknowledging the consequences of Agent Orange. The US has given billions of dollars in disability payments to American servicemen who developed illnesses associated with dioxin after exposure to the defoliant during the Vietnam War.

In 2004, a group of Vietnamese citizens filed suit in a US court against companies that produced the chemical, but the case was dismissed and the Supreme Court declined to take it up.

Until a few years ago, Washington took a defensive position whenever Agent Orange was raised because no one had determined how much dioxin remained in Vietnam’s soil and watersheds, and the US worried about potential liabilities, said Susan Hammond, director of the War Legacies Project, a US nonprofit organization that mainly focuses on the Agent Orange legacy from the Vietnam War.

“There was a lot of the blame game going on, and it led nowhere,” Hammond said by telephone from Vermont. “But now at least progress is being made.”

Over the past five years, Congress has appropriated about US $49 million for environmental remediation and about $11 million to help people living with disabilities in Vietnam regardless of cause. Experts have identified three former US air bases—in Danang in central Vietnam and the southern locations of Bien Hoa and Phu Cat—as hotspots where Agent Orange was mixed, stored and loaded onto planes.

The US military dumped some 20 million gallons (75 million liters) of Agent Orange and other herbicides on about a quarter of former South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971.

The defoliant decimated about five million acres (two million hectares) of forest—roughly the size of Massachusetts—and another 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of crops.

The war ended on April 30, 1975, when northern communist forces seized control of Saigon, the US-backed former capital of South Vietnam. The country was then reunified under a one-party communist government. Following years of poverty and isolation, Vietnam shook hands with the US in 1995 and normalized diplomatic relations.

Since then, the relationship has flourished and the two countries have become important trading partners. Military ties have also strengthened, with Vietnam looking to the US amid rising tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves and is crossed by vital shipping lanes.

Although Washington remains a vocal critic of Vietnam’s human rights record, it also views the country as a key ally in its push to re-engage militarily in the Asia-Pacific region. The US says maintaining peace and freedom of navigation in the sea is in its national interest.

The Agent Orange issue has continued to blight the US-Vietnam relationship because dioxin can linger in soils and at the bottom of lakes and rivers for generations, entering the food supply through the fat of fish and other animals.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense and the US now plan to excavate 73,000 cubic meters (2.5 million cubic feet) of soil from the airport and heat it to a high temperature in storage tanks until the dioxin is removed. The project is expected to be completed in four years.

Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Washington-based Aspen Institute, said Thursday’s start “marks the coming together of our two countries to achieve a practical solution to dioxin contamination.”

His organization coordinates the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin, which connects prominent American and Vietnamese scientists, health experts and former officials.

The group in May said that $450 million is needed to clean up dioxin hot spots, provide services to people with disabilities, and repair damaged landscapes across Vietnam over the next five years.

The US is rolling out a $9 million project to address disabilities in Vietnam through 2015, but it continues to dispute Vietnam’s claim that dioxin has caused health problems there. It remains unclear whether the US will clean up all of Vietnam’s dioxin, and how much it will allocate in the long term for people who claim to be Agent Orange victims.

A national action plan that Vietnam’s government released in June lays out goals for dealing with Agent Orange, but does not give a price tag.

Every penny counts for Nguyen Thi Hien, who directs three rehabilitation and vocational training centers for 150 children and young adults with disabilities in Danang on a budget of roughly 100 million dong ($5,000) per month.

The children, busy drawing and making plastic flowers that are sold to raise funds, suffer from a range of physical and mental ailments that Hien says are linked to dioxin.

Vo Duoc, the steel salesman, will travel to the capital, Hanoi, next month to receive treatment for his diabetes. But he says he’s more concerned about what will happen to his six grandchildren, who haven’t yet been tested for dioxin.

“They had nothing to do with the war,” Duoc said. “But I live in fear that they’ll test positive like me.”

Photo: Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, at Tu Du Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, is pictured with a group of handicapped children, most of them victims of Agent Orange

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12 juni 2013

FP Passport: Assad is loving the protests in Turkey
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As Turkish security forces used tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to clear Istanbul's Taksim Square of protesters last night, Syria's state media reacted with a tone approaching glee. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) argued that ...
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(AP Photo/SANA, File). FILE - This Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a damaged church in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria. By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press ...
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Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

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

The American federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of ‘national security threats’, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is the national official news agency in Syria:
http://sana.sy/index_eng.html (if the link isn't blocked by the western war seeking authorities)

12/06/2013

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Al-Jaafari: Turkish criminality, West conspiracy could not affect Syria's steadfastness

Jun 12, 2013

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that neither the criminality of Turkey, the conspiracy of France and Britain nor the Arab Gulf conspiracies could affect Syria which has been steadfast all this time under the economic sanctions and blockade.

Addressing a symposium  held Tuesday at the Syrian-American Forum in Pennsylvania, al-Jaafari explained that the success of Syria's steadfastness is due to the Syrian people and the geopolitical location of Syria in the world.

"They spared no effort to make us suffer, and they failed and now they are looking for solutions for their miscalculations because they knew that they were mistaken," Al-Jaafari added.

F.Allafi 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/12/486999.htm

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Latest News Syria: Foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their weapons in several areas

Jun 12, 2013

Provinces, (SANA) - Units of the armed forces on Wednesday carried out a series of operations in which they killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their equipment in Homs countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that a unit of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' gathering near the cultural center in Talbiseh , killing all the terrorists inside it and destroying their weapons.

Another unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons on Talbiseh-al-Za'faranieh road.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon an armed terrorist group near al-Dweir village in northern Homs.

Army eliminates 4 terrorist leaders in Damascus Countryside

An Army unit clashed with a terrorist group near al-Thanawiya roundabout and the water establishment in the city of Harasta in Damascus countryside, killing two of the terrorists; Yosuef al-Najjar and Mohammad Juma'a, and confiscating weapons and ammo.

In Douma area, the Army eliminated three leaders of terrorist groups; Khaled al-Najjar, Khaled Ahmad al-Khamis and Ahmad al-Gharib, in addition to destroying a terrorist hideout along with the terrorists, weapons and munitions inside it.

Another unit destroyed a mortar launcher and heavy machineguns west of al-Shifouniye, eliminating Khalil Tabajo, the leader of a terrorist group, along with several of his group members.

In the town of Hejjeira, an Army unit eliminated a terrorist gathering. Radwan al-Zarzour was identified among the dead terrorists.

Official source refutes media allegations of terrorists seizing control of parts on Mennegh military airport in Aleppo

An official source refuted media allegations that armed terrorist groups seized control of parts of Mennegh military airport in Aleppo, asserting that these reports are false and baseless and constitute an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorists who suffered severe losses in recent days at the hands of the Syrian Army.

The source said that an Army unit repelled terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who attempted to sneak into the airport, leaving many of the terrorists dead or injured.

Another unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in the village of al-Alqamiya and the agricultural research center near the airport, in addition to eliminating terrorists who were preparing to attack the airport and destroying 3 weapons and munitions cache and a mortar launcher in the village of Ein Daqneh three kilometers east of the airport.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/12/487079.htm

11/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Palestinian solidarity

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Jibril: Syria is Invincible, Resistance Axis will be Victorious against Aggression 

Jun 11, 2013

Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, General Command, Ahmad Jibril, stressed that Syria's steadfastness will foil the conspiracy hatched against it and the resistance axis will be victorious against the US-Zionist aggression on Syria.

In an interview with the Syrian T.V. on Monday, Jibril said that "Syria is invincible" because it offered lots of support to the Arab nation as it supported the Palestinian factions, maintained Lebanon's unity and defended the Palestinian camps in the face of the Israeli aggression.

He stressed that the majority of the Palestinian people support Syria, asserting that the conspiracy against it aims at destroying the Syrian state as a prelude to liquidate the Palestinian cause, specially the right to return.

He criticized the Arab League (AL) stance towards what is going on in Syria due to the hegemony of some conspiratorial countries on the AL which seek to pass a pre-mediated Israeli-Palestinian agreement to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun 

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/11/486902.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Terrorists Receive Severe Blows in Homs, Lattakia and Damascus Countryside

Jun 11, 2013

Our armed forces on Tuesday continued hunting members of the terrorist groups  in Homs and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA correspondent quoted a source in the province as saying that a unit of our armed forces eliminated all members of an armed terrorist group and destroyed their weapons and criminal tools in al-Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs.

The source added that another unit destroyed a terrorists' gathering, leaving its members killed and wounded in Muslabiet Bait al-Ashtar neighborhood in al-Rastan. Terrorists Ibrahim al-Salhi, Alaa Ayoub and Abdullah Alwen, were identified among the dead.

Gatherings along with all terrorists and weapons inside them were destroyed in Deir Fol village in al-Rastan countryside, Aqrab, Tal Dahab in al-Houla countryside.

A unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed an anti-aircraft machinegun near water tanks in the city of al-Rastan al-Fuqani in the countryside of Homs.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that Ammar Mousa, leader of an armed terrorist group, in addition to terrorists Khalid Obeid and Mohammad Farzat, were identified among the dead.

A bulldozer was used by the terrorists in digging a trench east of Tallbiseh was destroyed as a number of terrorists in al-Dar al-Kabira north of Homs were killed. Mahmoud Helal was identified among the dead.

Another army unit killed and wounded members of a terrorist group including leader of a terrorist group nicknamed Abu Omar in al-Hosn town in Talkalkh countryside.

Army units arrested a number of terrorists and seized a car equipped with a heavy machinegun and B7 rockets while pursuing an armed terrorist group on Homs-Damascus highway.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the armed forces targeted terrorist gatherings in al-Karabis and Bab Hud neighborhoods in Homs city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their criminal tools.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists and arrested others in Wadi al-Sayeh.

The source told the reporter that another army unit destroyed a gathering for terrorists in al-Elyaniyeh area in the countryside of Palmyra, killing all of the terrorists.

Meanwhile, the engineering units dismantled 5 explosive devices, 35 kg each, planted by terrorists on Homs-al-Sabe' Biar road, according to the source.

Army Destroys Weapons Warehouses, Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The army destroyed two weapons and ammunition warehouses and killed scores of terrorists in several areas in Damascus Countryside.

An official source said that a number of terrorists were killed in Jayrood farms, adding that terrorists Jamal Hannoun, leader of "al-Tawheed Movement" terrorist group, and Abu al-Saber were identified among the dead.

The army also destroyed a warehouse for weapons and ammunition and a hideout for Jabhet al-Nusra-affiliated terrorists in Jayrood city.

An army unit eliminated scores of terrorists, among them was a sniper shooter, in Erbin town in Damascus Countryside.

Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Obeid and Mahi Eddin Obeid.

Another unit destroyed a weapons' warehouse and a mortar in Adra city, killing many terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization in the area.

In Harasta, the army clashed with terrorists near al-Baladyeh roundabout and the water company, killing dozens of terrorists, among them was Hani al-Najjar, the leader of the terrorist group "Ahbab Allah Battalion".

The army continued pursuing the terrorists who were stationing along Damascus-Homs highway and shooting on the passers using their sniper rifles.

An army unit carried out a special operation against a terrorists' hideout in al-Zabadani city, the operation resulted in the killing of 15 terrorists, among them were Mustafa Hamdan and Khaled al-Tinawi.

Terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization were killed in Deir Atiyeh and their weaponry and ammunition were destroyed.

The army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed a heavy machinegun in Qara city and eliminated scores of them to the east of Yabroud city.

Meanwhile, the army found a 40-meter tunnel that reaches from Barzeh farms to Tishreen Military Hospital and killed 5 terrorists who were in it, among the killed were Ahmad Muhaysen and Mohammad Qaddoura. 

Stolen Archeological Pieces Seized in Terrorists' Den in Palmyra

The source also mentioned that the authorities stormed a den for armed terrorist groups in a farm in the countryside of Palmyra and seized stolen archeological pieces from the Roman and Byzantine ages.

Removing Barricades Continue in al-Qseir Villages for Return of Residents

The source pointed out that the units of our armed forces continue to remove mounds, barricades and the remnants of the devastation caused by the terrorists in the villages of al-Masoudiyeh, al-Salhiyeh and al-Dabaa in al-Qseir countryside in preparation for the return of the people who were displaced due to the armed terrorist groups acts.

Army Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists in Lattakia

In Lattakia, a unit of the armed forces destroyed a gathering for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Rabe'a town in Lattakia countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the army destroyed various kinds of weapons, including heavy machineguns, killing and injuring a number of terrorists among then the leader of an armed terrorist group nicknamed Abu Khalili.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/11/486899.htm

10/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Egyptian delegation

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Mikdad: Syria Welcomes Any Effort to Make Egyptian Public Opinion Aware of Events in Syria

Jun 10, 2013

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad on Monday met the Egyptian media delegation currently visiting Syria and discussed with its members current developments in Syria and the region and the western challenges which seek to fragment the Arab region and liquidate the Palestinian cause in service of Israel.

Dr. Mikdad emphasized the historical relations between the people in Syria and Egypt and the role of media establishments in bolstering them, particularly since this serve the interests of the two countries' people.

He said that Syria welcomes any effort by civil and media establishments to make the Egyptian public opinion aware of the events in Syria and end the misdirection practiced by some sides in order to mislead some Egyptians to join armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Dr. Mikdad said that Syria is prepared to find a solution for the issue of Egyptians involved in the events in Syria.

For their part, the Egyptian journalists voiced their keenness on Syria and its sovereignty and independence, expressing solidarity with the Syrian people in the face of the terrorism targeting them which is manipulated by western countries and their pawns in several Arab countries. They also decried the suspect role played by the Arab League in this matter.

The delegation members said they are determined to reveal the goals of the attack which Syria is weathering on behalf of the Arab nation, adding that this attack is orchestrated by the west and Israel with the aim of weakening the Arab nation and undermining its sovereignty and independence.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/10/486742.htm

Latest News Syria: Wheat Reserve

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PM: Syria's Strategic Wheat Reserve Sufficient for Two Years

Jun 10, 2013

The activities of the extraordinary conference of the Syrian Doctors' Syndicate kicked off on Monday at the at Sheraton Hotel in Damascus on with the participation of Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

During the conference, al-Halqi said that the political leadership and the government give considerable attention to the health sector as health measures have improved and  the numbers of hospitals, physicians and medical equipments have increased in the past few years.

He described the national economy as "balanced and completely meets the citizens' requirements," asserting that the government continues to offer health and educational services for free.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the economic sector is being targeted with the aim of undermining its competitive and structural capabilities on all levels, asserting that Syria's wheat production for 2013 will exceed 2.5 million tons and that Syria's strategic wheat reserves are sufficient for two years.

H. Zain / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/36/2013/06/10/486731.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists are brainwashed

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

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

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

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As a reminder: 26 October 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest News Syria: Syrian army - foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Army Units Eliminate Terrorists, Discover Field Hospital and Tunnel with Weapons in Homs 

Jun 10, 2013

As part of their ongoing operations against terrorists and their gatherings, the army units killed a number of terrorists and discovered a field hospital and a tunnel containing large quantities of ammunition and weapons in Wadi al-Sayeh and al-Bwaida al-Sharqia on Homs-Damascus road.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit eliminated a number of terrorists and tightened its control over residential buildings were used by the terrorists as places for gatherings in the main street in Wadi Al-Sayeh district toward the center of Homs city.

Various amounts of ammunition in one of the tunnels in al-Bwaida al-Sharqia were found during the process of removal of the armed terrorist groups' remnants.

A field hospital containing stolen medical equipment, drugs and weapons in the park of the dreams city on Damascus-Homs road was also discovered.

The source noted that another army unit killed most members of an armed terrorist group that had been perpetrating acts of looting, killing and blocking roads on one of the agricultural roads near Gander village,destroyed two heavy guns in their possession and arrested others.

A den for terrorists was destroyed with all weapons inside it including a heavy machine gun and a mortar launcher .

A number of the group members were killed. Qasim Mustafa Farzat and Ali Abdo Mansour were identified among the dead.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in Several Areas in Damascus Countryside

As part of a series of operations in Damascus countryside, Army units eliminated terrorist Khalil Zeno who was the leader of a terrorist group calling itself "Sariyet Qamar bin Hashem" along with most of the group's members including Abdelkarim al-Hajj in the town of Harasta.

An Army unit eliminated terrorists near the railroad connecting Mayda'a and al-Dumair in the eastern Ghouta area, confiscating weapons and munitions including RPG launchers and US-made medical equipment.

In al-Shifouniye farms in Douma, the Army destroyed a weapons and munitions cache and eliminated terrorists from a group calling itself "Shuhada'a Douma Battalions."

Another Army unit pursued a terrorist group in the town of al-Rhaibeh, injuring and killuing a number of terrorists including Qussai Ismael and Mansour al-Sheikh.

In the town of Hejjeira, an Army unit destroyed a mortar launcher and other weapons including heavy machineguns, in addition to eliminating terrorists including Munir al-Ghosh, Mohammad Tayfour al-Halbouni, and an Iraqi nicknamed Abu al-Muntaser.

The locals of Jeroud town confronted terrorist groups which were terrorizing them and committing acts of robbery and theft, forcing them to flee the town while Army units oyrsye the terrorists in nearby farms.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Damascus and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in the area surrounding Tayba Mosque in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the clash resulted in the killing and injury of several terrorists, including Abdulkarem al-Aldouni, in addition to destroying terrorists' weapons and equipment.

The source added that other army units continued operations against terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood and the farms surrounding it, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, including terrorists nicknamed Abo Moutaz and Abo Nyzar Khamssein.

Terrorists Killed in Deir Ezzor, Others Turn Themselves to Authorities

Units of the armed forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in al-Syna'a and al-Hweiqa neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor, inflicting heavy looses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the clashes resulted in the killing and the injury of several terrorists.

Muhammad Khleif al-Mhaysen and Ibrahim al-Flou were identified among the dead terrorists.

The source added that an army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Hamidiyeh neighborhood along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, while another army unit killed and injured several terrorists in al-Mreia'ya village in Deir Ezzor countryside, destroying their equipment.

The source pointed out that hundreds of gunmen turned themselves and their weapons in the authorities.

Army Units Repel Terrorists Who Attempted to Attack Mennegh Airport and Aleppo Central Prison

Army units repelled armed terrorist groups who attempted to attack Aleppo Central Prison, eliminating a number of terrorists and injuring others, while other units destroyed terrorist gatherings near al-Khoulandi gas station and killed 6 terrorists in a farm northwest of Hilan near the Prison.

The forces protecting Mennegh Airport repelled terrorists who attempted to sneak into the Airport from the west and east, destroying a mortar cannon and heavy machineguns which they had been using to target the Airport from nearby areas.

A number of terrorists were also eliminated as they were committing acts of robberies on the road between Andan and Babiss, and their weapons which included heavy machineguns were destroyed.

In the farms surrounding Khan al-Asal, Army units eliminated a large number of terrorists.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorist groups in Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood and destroyed a mortar launcher they had been using to target civilians' properties and homes, while other units clashed with terrorists in the areas of Bustan al-Qase and al-Ameriya and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

Army Units Restore Security to Villages in Hama Province

Army units restored security and stability to the villages of Masa'ada, Abu Hanaya, Masoud, Salba, and Kleib al-Thor in the eastern countryside of Hama.

The source told SANA that the army units eliminated the last gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called ''Al-Farouk battalions'' and destroyed their dens, weapons and ammunitions, including two rocket launchers, heavy machineguns and RPG rounds.

The source added that an army unit tightened grip on Salba oil station having eliminated the terrorists who stationed there.

Earlier, army units restored security to the towns of al-Hamra, Al-Lala, al-Rabi'a, al-Rahba, Taibet al-Isem, al-Shaafa, al-Tleisieh, al-Cahira, Ras El-Ein, al-Zaghbah, Kasr al-Makhram, Kasr Abu Samra, Um Khazim and al-Fan al-Wistani in Hama countryside.

Terrorists Fire Mortars, Abduct Family in Hama Countryside

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra fired mortar shells at the health center and citizens' homes in al-Sa'an in al-Salamiya countryside in Hama province.

One of the shells fell on the health center, while another hit a residential building, injuring a citizen and causing significant material damage.

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra also snuck into the western neighborhood of al-Sa'an and abducted a family consisting of a mother, a father and two children.

An Army unit prevented terrorists from detonating two explosive devices each weighing 75 kilograms which were planted on the road between al-Sqailabiye and Karnaz and rigged for remote detonation.

Army Units Seize Weapons and Ammunition in Banyas

Competent Authorities seized amounts of weapons and ammunition inside terrorists' den in Batraia district in Ras al-Nab'a neighborhood in Banias city.

An official source told SANA reporter that the seized weapons included a number of machineguns, pump- action shotguns, a box of explosive material C4, hatchets and clothes with "Jabhat al-Nusra" motto inscribed on them.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/10/486700.htm

Latest News Syria: New Governors and Heads of Boards

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08/06/2013

Peacekeepers at Golan Heights: Syria welcomes Russia's offer

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Syria welcomes Russia's offer to replace Austrian peacekeepers at Golan Heights

2013-6-8 

DAMASCUS, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Ministry hailed Friday the Russian offer to replace Austrian peacekeepers in the Golan Heights after Austria decided to pull out its troops due to the rising tension on the Syrian borders with the Israeli-occupied territory.

While lamenting Austria's decision to withdraw its 377 UN peacekeepers from the occupied Golan Heights due to the tension between rebels and government troops in the area, the ministry hailed Moscow's offer to replace the Austrian UN troops, pledging full cooperation in that regard.

On Thursday, the Syrian rebels briefly overran a border crossing near the Golan Heights, but the Syrian troops later clashed with them and recaptured the border point in al-Quneitra city.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said the battles for controlling the border point at the Golan Heights pushed them to withdraw their troops. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he regretted such a decision by Austria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his country was ready to replace the Austrian peacekeepers with Russian ones " if the regional powers show interest and if the UN secretary general asks us to do so."

"Given the complicated situation in the Golan Heights, we could replace the leaving Austrian contingent in this region on the border between Israeli troops and the Syrian army," he said.

A total of 1,000 UN peacekeepers have been observing a four- decade-old ceasefire between Syria and Israel at the Golan Heights captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. But they have found themselves caught in the middle of violence between the Syrian troops and the rebels.

Over the past two months, a total of 25 Filipino peacekeepers had been kidnapped in two incidents by the rebels near the occupied Golan Heights.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-06/08/c_124830389.htm

Josephine Guerrero, spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping department, said that ‘while the offer was appreciated, the disengagement agreement and accompanying protocol do not allow the participation of troops from a permanent member of the UN Security Council’…

Latest News Syria: Russian peacekeepers to Golan Heights

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Russia may send 300 peacekeepers to Golan Heights

Russia may dispatch around 300 peacekeepers to the Golan Heights to the zone of separation between Syria and Israel to replace the Austrian peacekeepers being withdrawn from there.

This was announced by Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, emerging from closed UN SC consultations on the peacekeeping mission of the UNDOF.

“A number of countries–UN Security Council members took note of our initiative, reiterating what we have already noted: that a concerted agreement of all interested sides is required”, - stressed Churkin.

According to him, UN legal advisers shall be looking into whether adoption of a special Security Council resolution is required for implementing Russia’s offer.

The fact is, the protocol of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria bars permanent members of the Security Council from the U.N. observer mission there.

Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_08/Russian-journalists-come-under-rebel-attack-in-Golan-Heights-0106/

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Latest News Syria: US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing

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'The freedoms we all cherish'

Jun 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: Google chief Larry Page and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg condemned online spying and called for governments to be more revealing about snooping on the internet.

“We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety — including sometimes by using surveillance,” Google chief and co-founder Larry Page said in a blog post.

“But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.”

Page put his personal stamp on the California-based internet giant’s denial that it allowed US intelligence agencies to mine data from its servers.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg did likewise in a statement posted online later in the day.

“Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers,” he said.

“We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk… And if we did, we would fight it aggressively.”

Google, Facebook and other technology firms have vehemently denied that they knowingly took part in a secret program called PRISM that gave the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI backdoors into servers.

“We have not joined any program that would give the US government or any other government direct access to our servers,” Page said.

“Indeed, the US government does not have direct access or a ‘backdoor’ to the information stored in our data centers… We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”

The program was reportedly set up in 2007 and has grown to become the most prolific contributor to President Barack Obama’s Daily Brief, the US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing.

Some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley were involved in the program, including Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube, reports said.

Internet titans contacted by AFP denied providing intelligence agencies with backdoors to networks and held firm that they only cooperated with legal “frontdoor” requests for information.

“This episode confirms what we have long believed — there needs to be a more transparent approach,” Page said.

Google routinely publishes transparency reports listing numbers of requests for user data by governments and how they were handled.

“We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe,” Zuckerberg said, speaking on behalf of the leading social network.

“It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”

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Latest News Syria: Syrian army retakes full control

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PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Friday targeted gatherings and dens for armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in a number of villages in Lattakia province

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Latest News Syria: Syrian Army troops take full control

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

June 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest News Syria: Israel reengaging with UN Human Rights Council

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Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights CouncilJerusalem is prepared to thaw ties frozen in 2012 — but only if ‘fair play and international standards’ are applied, deputy FM says.

Israel is working toward reengaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin has confirmed, adding, however, that such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future.

Jerusalem unilaterally cut all ties with the Geneva-based body last year over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

“Since then many countries have asked us to change our policy,” Elkin said Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 4th Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem. “And I ask myself: Is Israel expected to agree to being discriminated against, or should a change in our policy come about only through the ending of discrimination? The answer is clear and after much deliberation I have recently agreed to diplomatic engagement with the council and major actors in the international community to see if we can arrive at understandings and guarantees that will enable our return to the council, while ensuring that fair play and international standards are applied towards Israel.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin during an interview in Jerusalem Sunday (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

In his speech, delivered in English, Elkin slammed the UNHRC for unduly singling out Israel for harsh criticism. Forty-six of 103 country-related resolutions and six of the 19 special sessions held since the council’s establishment “were against Israel,” he said. The Jewish state is not a member of any regional grouping and is the only country that has an agenda item “specifically to condemn its so-called violations of human rights,” Elkin noted.

“Can such a miserable record be defined as anything other than anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Israelism?” he asked rhetorically.

After the UNHRC’s March 2012 decision to establish a fact-finding mission into Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel would cut all ties to the council and cease cooperating with its officials. “From now on, we will no longer work together in any way, shape or form with any officials from the council, including the High Commissioner,” Navi Pillay, Liberman said at the time. “If anyone from the council calls us, we just won’t answer the phone.”

Earlier this year, Israel became the first of 193 UN member states to boycott a routine evaluation of its human rights situation scheduled to be conducted by council. The international community reacted angrily, saying Jerusalem risked undermining the council’s entire periodic review process, considered one of its most potent mechanisms.

At the same time, Israel took steps aimed at restoring its relationship with the council when Jerusalem’s permanent representative to the body, Ambassador Eviatar Manor, phoned the council’s president, Remigiusz Henczel, in the first senior-level official dealing between the two parties since March 2012.

Last month, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter visited Israel, urged leaders to work on finding ways to restore ties with the UNHRC and offered his help in brokering a deal. Jerusalem seemed willing to restore ties, but Foreign Ministry officials indicated that full cooperation still appeared far away.

“We are now going to work on finding diplomatic solutions to this inherently unfair situation, solutions that will enable us to return to the council, to work with council not on the basis of ‘anyone who wants to bash Israel can do so free of charge,’ but serious work on equal footing,” said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

It is currently unclear what exactly such a mechanism, in which Israel will no longer be automatically at the receiving end of endless criticism, could look like.

“We’re going to start working with a number of countries in the council… and the commissioners,” Palmor said. “We will need to see whether it is possible for Israel to get equal treatment.”

A diplomatic official told The Times of Israel that Jerusalem is well aware of the UN realities — in which Arab and Muslim states have an automatic majority when it comes to resolutions hostile to Israel — “but we will see whether there is any possibility to get the council to work fairly with Israel, in which case when there is criticism we will accept it,” the official said. “But we will not be the council’s punching bag.”

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Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreement

June 6, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called a US State Department report that Russia, the US and UN agreed that Syrian authorities should pass their power to a transitional government as a “strong distortion of information”.

The top Russian diplomat commented on the statement made earlier this week by the Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

In particular, the State Department representative stated that Russia, the United States and the United Nations agree that the goal of the new conference in Geneva must be the forming of a new transitional government in Syria. This really matches with what was written down last year. But, if the reports that I have received are true, the State Department went on to add that this should be a transitional government to which the current authorities in Damascus would hand over all their powers. If this was really said by the State Department, this is a very strong distortion of what the talks were about,” Lavrov told reporters at the press conference connected with the Baltic States’ conference of foreign ministers.

The Russian Foreign Minister said the agreement reached at his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry was that the “forming of a government on the basis of consent between the authorities and the opposition is one thing and forming it through handing over the power from the government to the opposition – is something completely different. "Therefore, I expect that the US negotiators will observe what we have agreed upon with John Kerry,” he noted. 

http://rt.com/politics/syria-power-agreement-handover-312/

Latest News Syria: Syrian army - Golan Heights

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Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

June 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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France says tests confirm sarin gas used in Syria
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A Syrian victim, who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village according toSANA, received treatment by doctors at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria on March 19. (AP Photo/SANA, File). PARIS » Samples taken from Syria and tested in France …
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Syrian government forces have pushed rebels battling to topple President Bashar Assad out of a key district on the edge of Damascus, the country’s state news agency reported Tuesday. If confirmed, the regime’s latest gain would bolster the defenses of …
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