05/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Campaign of United Nations Human Rights Council !

 

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As a reminder: 'UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy for the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council'...

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'Nicaragua's Ortega, supporter of Qaddafi, also a candidate'

GENEVA, March 9 - One week after Col. Muammar Qaddafi's regime was suspended from the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council for "gross and systematic" violations, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad declared it is running for a seat, in the upcoming May 20th elections.

"It's an outrage," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group. "Qaddafi was just ousted by the UN on grounds that a government which brutalizes its own people doesn't belong on the world's highest human rights body. Well, the Assad regime runs a notorous police state that denies the Syrian people the right to free speech and freedom of assembly, jails journalists and tortures dissidents. It sponsors some of the world's most vicious terrorist groups and has assassinated numerous journalists and opponents in Lebanon. The UN and the cause of human rights will be severely damaged if Syria's Assad regime wins a seat."

UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy, and to ensure there will be competition on the Asian slate of candidates. Currently, there are only three declared candidates for the four alloted seats.

"Last year, the democracies fought a successful campaign to defeat Iran, and persuaded other countries to compete. Yet they said and did absolutely nothing on Libya -- perhaps due to lucrative oil and business deals -- and Qaddafi won by a landslide. It's vital this year that the US and the EU announce early that they are opposed to having the oppressive Ba'athist regime of Bashar Assad judging the world on human rights," said Neuer.

Neuer said that Syria clearly failed to meet the criteria of UNGA Resolution 60/251, which established the UN Human Rights Council in 2006.  General Assembly members are obliged to elect states to the Council by "tak[ing] into account the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto." The resolution also provides that consideration ought to be given to whether the candidate can meet the obligations of Council membership, which include (a) to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights" and (b) to "fully cooperate with the Council."

If there is competition within a regional slate, the candidates with the most votes in each region win, so long as they receive the affirmative votes of 97 other countries (an absolute majority of the membership of the UNGA).

The frequent use of "closed lists" in the elections, said Neuer, deprive the Member States of the UNGA of the opportunity to exercise the responsibilities described in the 2006 UNGA Resolution creating the Council and – because of the records of many of this year’s candidates – threaten to further weaken the Council, which still struggles to establish a reputation superior to its widely disparaged predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission.

Neuer expressed concern that many regions would not offer any competition, ensuring the election of Syria and also Nicaragua.

UN Watch slammed Nicaragua's candidacy."Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, who accepted the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize in 2009, recently renewed his support for the Libyan dictator despite Qaddafi's ongoing massacre of innocent civilians. By effectively supporting murder, Ortega's government is clearly disqualified from being an arbiter of human rights." 

http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=9134721

Note: UN Watch is an instrument of the American government

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

United Nations Human Rights Council: Washington's toy

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1) United Nations Human Rights Council: Lybia - March 1, 2011

'UN General Assembly Suspends Libya's Human Rights Council Membership'

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

The United States applauds the move by the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership rights in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We continue to demand an immediate halt to the violence perpetrated by the Qadhafi government against its own citizens. The General Assembly today has made it clear that governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place on the Human Rights Council.

Today’s historic action is the first time that any country serving on the Human Rights Council, or the Commission before it, has ever had its membership suspended. The international community is speaking with one voice and our message is unmistakable: these violations of universal rights are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Two years ago, the United States announced that we would seek to join the Human Rights Council with a commitment to reform the Council from within. The actions the Council has taken over the last few days, setting the stage for today’s decision, is the latest example that our engagement is paying dividends, even as we keep pressing for further reforms.

The United States will continue to work with the international community on additional steps to hold the Qadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/157526.htm

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2) United Nations Human Rights Council: Syria - June 5, 2013

'Russia: Use of UNHRC to Benefit Extremist Opposition Hinders Resolving Syrian Crisis'

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that using the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support one side of the crisis in Syria creates an obstacle for preparing the international conference to resolve the crisis due to be held in Geneva.

A statement published on the Ministry's website on Wednesday said that the use of the UNHRC to benefit one side of the crisis in Syria, specifically the extremist opposition, does not help find a way out of the Syrian crisis.

The statement pointed out that the bias of the report submitted at the UNHRC was exploited by some countries' delegation to once again assign blame for what is happening in Syria to the Syrian government, all while neglecting the many crimes and human rights violation committed by armed terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry said that the experts who submitted the aforementioned reported didn't bother to listen to the victims and witnesses to violence perpetrated by extremists, although these experts admitted that the growing numbers of extremists among gunmen in Syria are committing summary executions, torture, abduction and employ children in aggressive actions.

The statement also noted that the committee in charge of the report once again decided not to include bombings committed by armed groups in Syrian cities in the list of terrorist acts; it even refused to describe them as terrorist acts!

The Ministry said that the atrocities committed by extremists are being condoned through remaining silent over them, especially rape and violence against women.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485907.htm

Latest News Syria: United Nations Human Rights Council

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Russia: Use of UNHRC to Benefit Extremist Opposition Hinders Resolving Syrian Crisis

Jun 5, 2013

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that using the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support one side of the crisis in Syria creates an obstacle for preparing the international conference to resolve the crisis due to be held in Geneva.

A statement published on the Ministry's website on Wednesday said that the use of the UNHRC to benefit one side of the crisis in Syria, specifically the extremist opposition, does not help find a way out of the Syrian crisis.

The statement pointed out that the bias of the report submitted at the UNHRC was exploited by some countries' delegation to once again assign blame for what is happening in Syria to the Syrian government, all while neglecting the many crimes and human rights violation committed by armed terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry said that the experts who submitted the aforementioned reported didn't bother to listen to the victims and witnesses to violence perpetrated by extremists, although these experts admitted that the growing numbers of extremists among gunmen in Syria are committing summary executions, torture, abduction and employ children in aggressive actions.

The statement also noted that the committee in charge of the report once again decided not to include bombings committed by armed groups in Syrian cities in the list of terrorist acts; it even refused to describe them as terrorist acts!

The Ministry said that the atrocities committed by extremists are being condoned through remaining silent over them, especially rape and violence against women.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485907.htm

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

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/05/485833.htm

04/06/2013

Latest News Syria: How Al-Qseir Fell under Syrian Army’s Control

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Al-Qseir is considered the demographic and geographic nested corridor between the middle of Syria and the Lebanese-Hermel region.

The broad region in terms of space, is a plain area with extended edges. It is also punctuated by strategic hill in the western countryside called Prophet Mando's hill, and the so-called Barrier "14" in the eastern rural area of al-Qseir that oversees the José border crossing.

The army surprisingly launched a cleansing campaign to the rural areas of the Western al-Qseir region, that were under the control of al-Nusra Front and the armed groups.

The surprising operation had specific goals. The vanguards of the Syrian army began to flood towards al-Qseir from the Homs- Damascus highway, that links the capital Damascus to the Syrian coast cities of Tartous and Banias and Jableh and Latakia.

Columns of infantry troops led by engineering units began to dismantle improvised explosive devices at the entrances of the villages and towns. Then, the troops entered, adopting new tactics, away from the classic ways accredited by regular armies.
In details, they relied on the Special Unit's swift and rapid strikes, which dealt with each goal individually and separately from the other.

The Syrian Army's control operations started particularly when the units cleansed Abl village i.e. near the International Damascus-Homs highway. In a speedy and swift operation, the army succeeded in entering the town despite the powerful fortifications built by al-Nusra Front.

This progress formed the entrance to the army's movement towards the Western and Southern country sides of al-Qseir since the village is linked to both al-Qseir and the Lebanese borders, particularly Arsal area which has become an advanced base for supplying the militants in the region with weapons and insurgents. 
From Abl, the Syrian Army moved to the strategic Prophet Mando's Hill, that oversees the countryside of al-Qseir.

The field's rules stated that the side that controls Prophet Mando's Hill is to impose its conditions and as well as the battle's rhythm. And this what happened, when the Syrian army controlled the region.
The Syrian army advanced in a well-rhythmic manner, and the movement of the troops was highly coordinated so that the units entered the villages and towns in the Western and Southern country sides of al-Qseir, respectively. 

The surprise element was the most prominent in the battle, especially as the tactics of the army wasn't classical this time.

The armed groups thought that the battle will begin with the entrance of the Syrian army's armored vehicles. Thus, the militants resorted to booby-trapping and mining the roads leading to the villages.

However, the army units- led by the engineering units- entered under heavy fire cover. They dismantled the mines, opening the way to the Special Units. This led to the total confusion among the armed groups' militants.

The outcome of the battle was: al-Qseir region, the West of the Orontes River, became under the control of the Syrian army. They Syrian army managed to cut off roads of supply lines and smuggling of militants from the Lebanese territory, both from the Bekaa and North Lebanon. 

This comes as the army continued to siege the armed groups in the region, which was the central point in the flow of arms and insurgents towards the central Syrian regions.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army continues to regain control of the east side of the Orontes River, preventing al-Qseir fighters from reaching the city of Homs and the Northern Damascus regions.

It is worth mentioning that the militants had tried to expel the people of these villages, in an attempt to turn into al-Nusra Front's camps, given that the region extends to the Lebanese Jose and al-Qaa region.

Those strategic points resembled a point of concentration for the armed groups [training the insurgents and treating the wounded before being transferred to Syria through illegal crossings, extending all along the East Lebanese Mountain to reach Tel Kalakh].

It is worth mentioning that that Syrian Army's morale is very high, due to the success of the plans and the precise and thoughtful achievement of the operation as well as the careful coordination between the army units.

In conclusion, al-Qsseir's battle is one of the most strategic operation that the Syrian Army performed in parallel to cleansing Damascus country sides as well as south and east of Aleppo.

http://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=22944&cid=269#.Ua4lqtJA2Sp

Latest News: ‘Syria, a military obstacle to Israel’

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As a reminder:

November 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

Latest News Syria: Golan Heights

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Forty years on, people displaced from the Golan remain in waiting...

The situation of tens of thousands of Syrian Arabs displaced from the Golan Heights forty years ago is still far from resolved. They fled their HOMEs in disputed circumstances during the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel seized the Golan, a strategic strip of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. Since then, Israel has prevented the displaced from returning to their HOMEs. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the area, but this annexation has not been recognised internationally. The Syrian government estimates that around 305,000 people remain displaced today, a figure which includes the descendants of those displaced in 1967. Forty years on, the Golan’s internally displaced population has largely integrated in their current places of residence across Syria. But while they do not face particular humanitarian risks, many continue to express a wish to return to the Golan. The issues of the restitution of their property and compensation for lost or destroyed property are also unresolved. A more immediate concern is that many displaced Syrians continue to be prevented from maintaining ties with their relatives living in the occupied Golan. Regular contact between Syrians living in Israeli-occupied Golan and their displaced family members is not possible, with the exception of specific cases facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

http://www.golan67.net/golan/The%20Golan%20Displaced%20Sy...

Latest News Syria: Occupied Golan

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Cabinet: Golan is Basic Part of Syria

June 4, 2013

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi reiterated that Syria, as government and people, will not abandon any tiny of the Syrian national soil, including the occupied Golan, appreciating the struggle and courage of the citizens in it against the flagrant practices of the Israeli occupation.

"Nowadays, we remember a painful anniversary; the aggression of June 5th when the Israeli entity occupied parts of Arab territories, among them the Syrian Golan which is considered a basic part of Syria," Al-Halqi said during a weekly Cabinet meeting.

He called on the Ministers to offer the best services to the citizens and providing them with the basic needs of water, electricity, communications and health. The Premier referred to the procedures taken by the government to support the Syrian pound in addition to improving the citizens' livelihood.

For his part, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem briefed the Cabinet on the latest developments on the international arena and its repercussions on the internal situation.

He affirmed the Syrian people's confidence that the solution to the crisis in Syria is by implementing the political program.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/04/485794.htm

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'Syria, a military obstacle to Israel' 

As a reminder:

November 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

Latest News Syria: Syrian army eliminates foreign backed terrorists

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Army Ambushes Terrorists, Eliminates Terrorists Leaders

Jun 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Army Continues Operations, Eliminates Terrorists in Aleppo

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

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

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

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

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

English Bulletin

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

03/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Palestine

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Syria Condemns in the Strongest Terms Israeli Plans to Build new Settlements

Jun 3, 2013

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry expressed strong condemnation of the plans of the Israeli occupation forces to build new settlements.

An official source at the Ministry said that "Syria condemns in the strongest terms the plans of the Israeli occupation forces to build new 1000 settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem."

"These plans reflect the criminal approach of Israel and its protectors and the failure of the international community, particularly the UN Security Council to stop the Israeli settlements building in the occupied Arab lands," the source said, considering these plans a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and the relevant international legitimacy resolution.

The source added that "Syria calls upon all the world's countries and the UN to put an end to these policies, which are being implemented at the expense of the present and future of the Palestinian people."

The source also called upon all the Arab people to confront this new Zionist aggression that targets the rights and sanctities of the Arab people.

Earlier, the Israeli occupation forces announced plans to build 1,000 settlement units east of occupied Jerusalem in the framework of a wider project that aims at building 80,000 settlement units in different areas in the occupied Palestinian lands. 

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/03/485539.htm

Latest News Syria: Iraq

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Iraq will not Allow Using its Airspace to Attack Syria

Jun 3, 2013

Iraq stressed that it will not allow using its airspace to launch any aggression on Syria, warning that it will respond any Israeli violation of its airspace in case Israel has directed a strike against Iran.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Hussein Al-Shahristani, said Monday in an interview with Agence France Presse that Iraq will not allow using its airspace to strike Syria as also will not allow using its airspace or territories to transfer weapons into Syria from any side.

He pointed out that the Americans were also informed not to use the Iraqi airspace and territories for this propose.

Regarding the possibility of launching an Israeli aggression on Iran across the Iraqi airspace, al-Shahristani said that "We warned Israel that if it violated our airspace it will bear the repercussions."

H. Zain / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/03/485483.htm

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02/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Children vaccinations

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Health Minister: Children Vaccinations for the Year 2013 Available

June 2, 2013

Minister of Health Sa'ad al-Nayef said that the Ministry had provided all the vaccination for the children under 5 year-old for the year 2013 in addition to all requirements of reproductive health services.

The remarks came during the Minister's tour with Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Damascus, Elizabeth Hoff, in al-Shaghour Health Center on Sunday.

Minister al-Nayef said that the Ministry is working to provide all local and imported medicines, pointing out to the repeated aggressions committed by the armed terrorist groups against the medicine factories and medicine shipments.

He stressed that there is no pandemic or epidemic disease in the country, adding that the Ministry is providing free health services via the hospitals and health centers throughout the country.

For her part, Hoff hailed the health services provided for free by al-Shaghour center, stressing the need for these services to be provided in all the areas and with the same quality.

She said that the WHO supports the efforts of the Ministry and the civil organizations as to provide all needed medicines and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people in the current circumstances.

M. Nassr/ M. Eyon

http://sana.sy/eng/36/2013/06/02/485437.htm

Syrian Minister: Release the prisoners of conscience in Turkey !

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Information Minister: Erdogan Should Respect His People's Will and Leave for Doha

Jun 2, 2013

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called for releasing the prisoners of conscience in Turkey, stressing that there is no justification for the arrest of this huge number of peaceful demonstrators.

Answering questions of the reporters on Sunday, the Minister said the use of excessive force in the face of the Turkish people is wrong, pointing out that the Turkish demonstrators are not terrorists.

Al-Zoubi said there is still an opportunity for Erdogan to halt the violence in Turkey, stressing that Erdogan should respect the will of his people and leave for Doha that might host him.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued in Ankara and Istanbul for the third day in a row.

The Turkish police have used water cannon and tear gas to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul.

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

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

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government, saying "The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately."

Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Director John Dalhuisen said "The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly."

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/02/485328.htm

Latest News Syria: Army works to help citizens get rid of terrorists

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Al-Moallem: The Army Works to Help Citizens Get Rid of Terrorists in al-Qseir

Jun 2, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem affirmed Syria's keenness on the security and stability of its citizens.

Al-Moallem's remark came during a phone call made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today afternoon during which the conversation touched upon the situation in the city of al-Qseir.

The Minister stressed that what the Syrian Arab Army is doing in al-Qseir is to help the citizens get rid of the armed terrorist groups and restore security and stability to the city and its countryside.

Al-Moallem expressed his wonder at "the rising voices on the situation in al-Qseir, whereas we didn't hear this worry when the terrorists seized the city and its countryside and committed the ugliest crimes against the citizens for over 18 months."

The Minister stressed that the Syrian authorities will allow the Red Cross, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to enter al-Qseir area immediately after the military operations end there.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/02/485357.htm

01/06/2013

Latest News Syria: France and the UK

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'Syria: No wonder France and the UK were getting desperate'

1.6.2013

France and the UK (F-UK), the poodle side of the alliance with the US (FUKUS), this week bullied their European Union partners into accepting a status quo in which the European Union disintegrates as a Union (merci) and each one goes it alone in terms of supplying the Syrian terrorists.

We saw this already in Iraq from the part of the UK, going it alone with the US and its wider alliance of hastily-stitched-together sycophants and lackeys which all turned a blind eye when the Weapons of Mass Destruction were not found (because they didn't exist, as Saddam Hussein had said); we saw the US and UK mastermind a series of illegal raids, illegal retentions and from the part of the UK, torture of prisoners. From the USA, the concentration camp at Abu Ghraib, where prisoners were raped, sodomised, tortured, deprived of food and sleep, you name it, and the same is going on at Guantanamo Bay concentration camp in Cuba, where the USA masterminds among the most shocking human rights abuses in history.

In Iraq, France had an attack of good-naturedness, in other words, for once, it followed international law and said that the war was illegal. It didn't take much pressure from the USA to make France buckle spectacularly and today become one of the three prongs of the FUKUS Axis, doing Washington's dirty work for it alongside le amiable poodle, les Anglaises.

Libya saw France rehabilitated as the leadership joined Cameron, that William Hague character, and Obama, in no doubt punching the air with fists clenched celebrating the murder of the Gaddafi grandchildren as legitimate targets; in Syria, the French are the first and foremost prong of the FUKUS Axis.

It comes as no surprise therefore that as the Syrian Armed Forces push relentlessly against the terrorist scourge unleashed by the west and supported by their bedboys Qatar and Saudi Arabia (shall we investigate what certain members of the said royal families have allegedly gotten up to in Morocco? Whoops! What would Mohammed say to THAT??) that France and the UK once again want to push through an arrogant and militarist agenda to support their rebels (terrorists), derided by the rest of Syrian society because they are getting their asses whipped.

The Syrian Armed Forces are standing up to the crack troops unleashed by NATO and al-Qaeda inside Syria; the Syrian Armed Forces are protecting Syria's civilians against these demonic monsters and the lies being traded by the west are yet again shown up for what they are. The Free Syrian Army is a chimera, a front which is in fact an umbrella organization for al-Qaeda cells hiding behind it.

Yet again, the west has got it wrong, has sided with terrorists and will pay the consequences. He who plays with fire...

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/01-06-2013/124722-syria_france_fukus-0/

Latest News Syria: Syrian Community in Bulgaria

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Syrian Community in Bulgaria Protest outside Turkish Embassy in Sodality with Syria

21 May 2013 

The Bulgarian Committee in Solidarity with Syria, the Syrian community and the Syrian National Students’ Union in Bulgaria staged on Tuesday a mass protest outside the Turkish Embassy in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

Participants in the protest expressed their solidarity with Syria’s army, leadership and people in face of the conspiracy and their condemnation of the crimes committed by the Turkish Government in Syria.

They stressed full support of the Bulgarian political parties and forces to the leadership, army and people of Syria, highlighting the right of Syria to defend its territories against the Erdogan-backed terrorists who come from the Turkish-Syrian borders.

They underscored that what is happening in Syria has become clear for the whole world, condemning the western-backed terrorism in Syria.

the participants considered what is being promoted for in the media on Syria as “completely untrue as events proved that the armed terrorist groups are one form of al-Qaeda supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey under the supervision of the U.S. administration with the aim of looting the wealth of Syria.”

The Syrian students in Bulgaria expressed condemnation of the Turkish policy which is based on supporting and facilitating the entry of terrorists across the borders and providing them with chemical weapons just as what happened in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo.

They stressed their support to the Syrian Army and leadership, pledging allegiance to the homeland and the Syrian Army, in addition to their support to the political program to resolve the crisis in Syria.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2013/05/21/syrian-community-in-bulgaria-protest-outside-turkish-embassy-in-sodality-with-syria/

Latest News Syria: Terrorist group killed citizens

Terrorists Commit Massacre against 4 Member Family in al-Qseir

Jun 1, 2013

HOMS/ DAMASCUS, (SANA)-  An armed terrorist group on Saturday committed a massacre against a family of four members, including a woman, in the countryside of al-Qseir in Homs.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorist group's members killed the family members inside their house in the area between al-Dab'a village and the industrial area in the city of al-Qseir before they looted the house.

The source pointed out that the martyrs are a woman called Yusra Abdul-Rahman al-Qaissi and three young men.

Terrorists Fire 3 Mortar Shells on al-Dwailaa Area, Damascus, 4 Citizens Injured

Earlier, terrorists fired 3 mortar shells on the residential neighborhoods in al-Dwailaa area in Damascus, causing the injury of 4 citizens and big material damage.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorists targeted a crowded area, causing the injury of 4 citizens and big material damage in the residential building and the cars parking at the site.

H. Zain/Ghossoun/H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/01/485158.htm

31/05/2013

Syria government: Care, aid and free basic services to citizens

 

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Al-Halqi: Government Offers Aid and Free Basic Services to Citizens in Need

May 29, 2013
 

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that the government is offering care, aid and free basic services to citizens in need under the current crisis.

Chairing a qualitative meeting of the Higher Committee for Relief, al-Halqi highlighted the financial and moral support that the government is offering citizens, expressing regret over the exploitation of the humanitarian conditions of the displaced Syrians by neighboring countries through international aid that goes to their coffers.

Al-Halqi called upon the Syrian families in the camps to ''cast away humility and hunger and return to the homeland,'' reiterating that the government's doors are open to all citizens.

''Syria's potential and resources are many and varied, and it has big reserve of basic materials, oil derivatives and medicine,'' al-Halqi said, adding that the government is working to rehabilitate what has been destroyed and to keep its basic services running across Syria.

He indicated that the government has decided to build 10 thousand residential units to host the affected families, which are to be redistributed to the families of state employees after the crisis ends.

Al-Halqi called upon the Committee to coordinate with international NGOs and activate the role of popular organizations, unions and the civil society to upgrade the committee's work and ensure its success.

Al-Halqi reiterated that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis thanks to the faith of the Syrian people in implementing the political program, away from foreign meddling.

The committee's members expressed appreciation for the government's support, adding that the government is working under immense pressure and extraordinary circumstances, and continues to meet the needs of the displaced families and secure decent livelihood for citizens.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/29/484823.htm

Latest News Syria: Internal Security Forces' Day

 

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May 29, 2013

Under the auspices of President Bashar al-Assad, the Internal Security Forces' Day was marked as a commemoration of the parliament's guards and internal security members who were martyred by the French occupation in 1945.

Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar said in a speech during a ceremony organized on the occasion that ''It is a great honor to represent President Bashar al-Assad here, and to convey to you his pride in the efforts of the internal security forces to preserve the homeland's security and stability.''

The minister recalled in his speech the heroism day on May 29, 1945 and the valor of the internal security members who refused to bow to the colonizer and take down the Syrian flag, falling martyrs by the gunfire of the French forces.

He added that this horrible crime was a desperate attempt by the French colonizer to emerge from the bottleneck as it was driven into a corner by the national resistance over more than 25 years, in an attempt to bring Syria to its knees.

Al-Shaar said that the global war waged on Syria that is led by major powers is ''yet another chapter of the colonialist conspiracy,'' reiterating that no one can undermine Syria's cultural, national, regional and international role.

Al-Shaar added that backing the terrorists with weapons and funds to commit heinous crimes and target every facet of the Syrians' lives will only sharpen the resolve of the Syrian people, who had had a taste of colonialism throughout history and ''refused to bow or cede one single right or grain of land.''

The interior minister lauded the sacrifices of the Syrian people, army and security forces against the armed terrorists on whom the noose is tightening under the strikes of the Syrian army, adding that the frenzied media campaign is a desperate attempt to lift their flagging morale.

Al-Shaar added that the Syrian-Syrian dialogue is the only way out of the crisis, which Syria is trying to achieve through the political program for solving the crisis for building the Syria that is a homeland of all ''except those who took up arms and had the blood of Syrians on their hands.''

Al-Shaar said that commemorating the May 29 anniversary celebrates martyrdom as a sublime value and ''the pride in the heritage that was passed down to us by the parliament's martyrs.''

He pointed out that the internal security forces stand side by side with the armed forces in combating terrorism for restoring security and stability, safeguarding liberties and enforcing law and order.

Assistant interior minister emphasized the sublime meanings of the occasion which embodies the homeland's freedom ''that is the most precious of all.''

Families of the May 29 martyrs, along with the families of martyrs who fell in the line of duty and a number of injured security members were honored in the ceremony.

Minister al-Shaar and senior police officers visited the Martyrs' Hall at the People's Assembly and met with Speaker of the Assembly, Mohammad al-Laham. The two sides elaborated on the heroism and sacrifices of the parliament's guards and internal security members who were martyred on May 29, 1945.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/29/484799.htm

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Latest News Syria: Interview Given by President al-Assad (2)

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

May 30, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Interview: http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/30/485037.htm

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/president-bashar-al-assad-full-interview/5337030

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Latest News Syria: Algeria

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May 30, 2013

Algeria says the deadly turmoil in Syria can be settled through a political solution which seeks to protect unity in the Arab country.

Addressing the International Conference on Syria in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the violence in Syria can be immediately settled through a political solution which would encompass the entire Syrian nation and prevent foreign interference in the country. 

Since the outbreak of turmoil in Syria, Algiers has called for a political solution to prevent the bloodshed in the Arab country, Medelci told the meeting. 

On Wednesday, Iran hosted the Friends of Syria Conference in Tehran under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability.” The event was attended by representatives from 40 countries, seeking to find a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.

The Algerian diplomat further thanked Iran for its honest efforts to deal with the Syria issue, expressing hope that the Tehran conference would be a successful prelude to the upcoming Geneva 2 conference.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/30/306285/protecting-unity-in-syria-settles-crisis/

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Syria: 'Opposition' boycotts Geneva conference

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May 30, 2013

Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group says it will not take part in the upcoming US-Russian-sponsored conference aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

The so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), in comments delivered by its president George Sabra, claimed on Thursday that the talks, due to be held in Geneva next month, have no meaning in light of the ongoing bloodshed that the coalition blames on the Syrian government. 

Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow on May 7 to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012. 

On May 26, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that his country agrees “in principle” to attend the conference. 

He noted that any deal reached at the conference will have to be put to a referendum in Syria. 

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. 

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

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

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/30/306293/syria-oppo...

Latest News Syria: Army Restores Security

The Army Restores Security to al-Brak and Arjoun Villages in al-Qseir 

May 30, 2013

HOMS, (SANA) - The army units on Thursday restored security and stability to al-Brak village in the northern countryside of al-Qseir city in Homs province.

An official source told SANA reporter that units of the armed forces also restored security and stability to Arjoun village in al-Qseir countryside.

The source said the army units destroyed all the terrorists' gatherings and dens to the last one in the two villages and killed all the terrorists.

Scores of explosive devices planted by the terrorists were dismantled during the operations aimed to regain control over the two villages.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/30/484929.htm

Latest News Syria: Russia

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Lavrov: Opposition Coalition Doesn't Want Dialogue, Seeks Foreign Intervention 

May 30, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that 'Doha Coalition' does not want dialogue and launching a political process to resolve the crisis in Syria but it seeks foreign intervention in Syria.

Lavrov said in a press conference in Moscow that the Doha Coalition's call for President Bashar al-Assad's departure as a precondition to take part in the international conference on Syria scheduled to be held in Geneva are " impracticable and aim to hinder the conference and pave the way for military intervention in Syria."

"No one has the right to throw threats and ultimatums around," Lavrov told the press conference following talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez.

"This coalition doesn't have any positive program and it is busy with sharing positions, especially the position of the presidency," he said, adding that "the only thing they are united about is the demand for President Bashar al-Assad's immediate stepping down."

"But everyone including our Western partners understands that this condition is unrealistic," Lavrov said.

He went on saying that the opposition coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything to hinder the start of a political process by any means, including "being dishonest with the public opinion in the West to bring military intervention in Syria."

The Russian Official described the opposition coalition's approach as "unacceptable", adding that "regardless of what they said or did, we believe that the opposition coalition is not the one and only representative of the Syrian people as they try to depict."

He stressed that there are "other serious forces inside Syria" that are ready to participate in an international conference on Syria without preconditions, adding that those forces have presented a constructive base in the framework of contributing to the talks for implementing the agreements reached in the Geneva communiqué issued last June 30th.

He also indicated other "main opposition groups who have taken positions that are not in line with the hostile stances nor with the national stances," referring particularly to the opposition National Coordination Body.

"The leaders of those opposition groups did not leave to any foreign country…and probably they are entitled no less than others to represent those who seek reform in Syria today and those who are ready to participate in this national dialogue," said Lavrov.

Gatilov: Russia to Take Part with High-Level Delegation in Meeting on International Syria Conference

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Russia will take part with a high-level delegation in Geneva meeting due next week to discuss preparations for the international conference on Syria.

RT website said that Gatilov had not ruled out that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi might take part in the meeting.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia, US and UN Representatives to Meet on June 5 to Discuss Preparations for Int'l Syria Conference

A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said that representatives of Russia, US and UN will meet on June 5 in Geneva to discuss the preparations for the international conference on Syria 'Geneva 2'.

RT website quoted the source as saying that it is likely that the UN Under-Secretary-General, Jeffrey Feltman will be president of the UN delegation.

The US Department of State spokeswoman, Jen Psaki announced earlier that the US and Russia will hold talks on Syria next week in Geneva, indicating that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Elizabeth Jones will be representing the USA.

A Russian diplomatic source said that Russia's deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov will represent Russia in the Russian-US talks.

The Russian source mentioned that ''the agreement on holding talks came during the latest contacts between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry.''

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich stressed that the U.S. statements on the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone on Syria raise doubts about the U.S. intentions for political solution to the crisis, expressing Moscow's hope that the U.S. respects its agreement with Russia on Geneva 2 Conference.

Lukashevich added that Russia intends to cooperate with the U.S. in the Syrian track for a political solution based on Geneva Communiqué.

Russian Defense Minister: Russia Might Reconsider Commitments on Sending Arms Shipments to Syria

Russia's Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu said that Russia is disappointed over the EU decision to lift the arms embargo on sending weapons to the Syrian opposition, indicating that Russia might reconsider its commitments on the restrictions imposed on sending arms shipments to this war-torn country.

Novosti News Agency quoted Shoigu as saying during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart in Finland's capital, Helsinki that ''If one party decides to lift the restrictions, the other party might deem himself free of earlier commitments.'' 

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/30/484884.htm

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Latest News Syria: Friends of Syria Conference

Friends of Syria Conference: National Dialogue Only Solution to Crisis in Syria

May 30, 2013

TEHRAN, (SANA) – The final statement of the Friends of Syria Conference which was convened in Tehran on Wednesday stressed that the Syrian comprehensive national dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria, asserting rejection of any foreign interference and support to the international efforts for solution, particularly the Geneva Conference.

The statement rejected any aggression on the Syrian territories and the killing of citizens, stressing the necessity of halting violence, lifting the economic embargo on Syria and the return of the displaced Syrians.

The statement added that participants from Arab, Islamic, African, Latin America and European countries and international personalities representing the genuine friends of the Syrian people at the international conference convened in  Tehran stressed the necessity of preserving the regional stability and agreed to consolidate the national dialogue being the only way for settling the crisis in Syria.

The statement called on all conflicting parties in Syria to avoid violence and halt clashes immediately as well as paving the ground for a democratic process.

The participants rejected any foreign interference in Syria, strongly condemning any foreign aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and the massacres committed against the Syrian unarmed citizens by the armed terrorist groups.

They considered the flow of arms and money to Syria as contradicting the international law and the political solution and it aggravates the crisis and jeopardizes the regional stability.

The statement stressed the necessity of halting violence and bloodshed immediately, expressing concerns over escalating the crisis and fueling conflicts in the region.

The participants expressed support to the ongoing international efforts and accord concerning Geneva Conference, hailing the preliminary agreement of Syria to participate in the conference. They also expressed support to the efforts exerted by the UN and the mission of UN Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.

The statement emphasized the necessity of sending humanitarian aid to cut down on the suffering and pain of the Syrian people through the Red Crescent in the Syrian Arab Republic, asserting the necessity of lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Syria immediately and facilitating the return of the displaced Syrians to their homes.

After reading the statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi answered the questions of journalists as he condemned the EU decision on lifting the arms embargo on the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

He pointed out that some EU countries opposed the decision, but the authoritarian and colonialist powers managed to impose their views on the rest of the EU countries.

He strongly condemned the stealthy entry of U.S.Senator John McCain into the Syrian territories and his meeting with a number of armed terrorist groups' leaders.

Earlier, the Friends of Syria conference kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran, with delegations from 40 countries participating in the conference under the headline of "political solution and regional stability."

In his opening speech, Minister Salehi said that this conference constitutes an important step for resolving the crisis in Syria, stressing that since the beginning of the crisis, Iran focused on the need to stop bloodshed and take peaceful steps to restore calm in Syria in order to implement reforms and realize the Syrians' demands.

Salehi pointed out that Iran supported Moscow's efforts to hold an international conference, and that it proposed a six-point plan for resolving the crisis in Syria based on stopping violence, continuing national dialogue, and laying the groundwork for free elections to form a new parliament and form a new constitution, all of which would allow the Syrians to dictate their true will democratically away from foreign interference.

He asserted that Iran rejects funding and arming irresponsible armed groups in Syria by some sides, the need for not allowing foreign interference in Syria and that the sides claiming to want democracy for the Syrian people must let them decide their destiny on their own.

Salehi warned that what is happening in Syria will destabilize the region and the world and lead to destructive repercussions, affirming that violence and delaying the political solution isn't in any country's interest and would lead to a situation that's even more difficult to manage than the current crisis.

He pointed out that Iran communicated effectively with all Syrian opposition groups which respect sovereignty and oppose foreign interference, in addition to supporting regional and international steps that emphasize a political solution, such as Kofi Annan's initiative and the efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Iranian Foreign Minister noted that his country spared no effort in providing support and humanitarian relief to the Syrian people, participating in international efforts, helping displaced Syrians in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, and sending shipments of essential goods to the Syrian people, in addition to supporting the electricity grid in Syria.

He said that helping resolve Syria's economic problems in the face of unjust sanctions is an issue that should receive serious attention from all countries and international organizations, as the sanctions never served the interests of the Syrian people; rather they exacerbated their suffering.

Salehi pointed out to Iran's work in providing aid to the Syrian people as per the request put forth by Switzerland, with Iran holding a meeting with representatives of Syria and Switzerland on two stages which produced positive results in terms of providing relief to Syrians with the help of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

He reiterated Iran's denouncement of the recent Israeli attacks on sites and Syria and its rejection for any foreign and military intervention, affirming support for discussing this issue in Geneva and the steps taken by the UN Secretary-General to resolve the crisis peacefully.

The Iranian Foreign Minister warned against interfering in Syria's internal affairs through international establishments since this undermines' Syrians right to self-determination and consequently would make the crisis more complicated.

Salehi said that halting violence in Syria is done by preventing the flow of funds and weapons to terrorists in Syria through group action, controlling the borders, and preventing the sending of extremists into Syria, calling on neighboring countries to exert efforts in this regard.

He also suggested forming a communication group  as soon as possible to move the proposed international conference forward and communicate with the Syrian government and opposition.

Salehi concluded by saying that the crisis in Syria has become complicated due to the recent Israeli attacks, which requires constructive and effective efforts by friendly countries which believe that Syria is an important and influential country in the Middle East and that the continuation of the crisis in it poses a serious threat to stability in the entire region.

F.Allafi / H. Sabbagh

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Latest News Syria: Interview with President al-Assad

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

May 30, 2013

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

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

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Latest News Syria: Journalist Yara Abbas Laid to Rest (2)

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Our condolences to Yara's family and friends

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.

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Latest News Syria: Israeli Weapons and Military Aid to Al Qaeda

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Interview with Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, May 29, 2013

‘If they (the Western Leaders) were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.”

Press TV has talked with Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, to get his opinions on the role of the Israeli regime in the ongoing foreign-backed unrest in Syria.
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Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, today we have Israel threatening Moscow possibly with force. How does Israel play into this equation and how much physical involvement can we expect from Israel?

Chossudovsky: Well, first I should say that Israel is supporting the insurgency. In other words, it is supporting al-Qaeda in Syria.This is not known to public opinion. Through the Golan Heights, it is supporting terrorist units of al-Nusrah, which are fighting the Syrian government.It has logistics, weapons supplies, Israeli vehicles going into Syrian territory; it also has a hospital facility for the rebels located in the Golan Heights.

So, in effect, right from the outset Israel has been involved in supporting the various factions, the so-called Islamist factions, which are, as we know, mercenaries trained in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

So, in effect, we have to ask ourselves who are the main military actors in the Syrian war theater. The al-Nusrah rebels, which allegedly represent the opposition, are supported by the Western military alliance and Israel.

These are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance and they are waging a war against the Syrian people.

Now when the European Union decides to lift the arms embargo, what they really have in mind is to channel military aid to this mercenary force, which is supported by foreign powers.

That is a very different position to that of Russia or Iran for that matter, which provide military assistance to a sovereign country to a government through bilateral agreements.

In effect what we are also dealing with is Western and Israeli military aid channeled to a terrorist entity, which is illegal under the international law but it is also in violation of the US’ anti-terror legislation.

Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, recently US senator John Kerry went to Syria via Turkey. How do you interpret this visit?

Chossudovsky: Well, John Kerry who is secretary of the state, is actually in blatant violation of the US’ guidelines on anti-terrorism.

There is an anti-terrorist list, there is a list of terrorist organizations, which is made up by the State Department and John Kerry is negotiating, interfacing, with representatives of that terrorist organization and the same thing is true for John McCain when he crosses into Syria or the same thing is true with the former ambassador to Syria Robert Steven Ford, who is also supporting these terrorists.

So we have to distinguish between military aid through official channels, from government to government, which is what the Russians are providing to Syria on the one hand, and the type of assistance which Israel, Britain, France, the United States, are channeling to an illegal organization (according to their own criteria).

So in other words these Western officials should be arrested on anti-terrorist charges because they are in violation of international law.

Press TV: Despite the fact that the European Union has lifted the arms embargo on Syria, how optimistic are you that the Geneva II talks would bear fruit and resolve the Syrian crisis politically?

Chossudovsky: Well, I think that the Western leaders are, in effect, attempting to build peace and democracy by threatening war. Essentially that is what they are doing, heightening the threats, channeling weapons to the terrorists,

Incidentally those terrorist have been decimated by the Syrian Armed forced, so in effect the Western military alliance is in a dead end.

So, they are now considering all the options

But essentially if they were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/29/306026/west-insincere-in-its-syria-policy/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-channels-weapons-and-military-aid-to-al-qaeda-in-syria/5336767

http://electronicintifada.net/content/despite-opposition-finland-proceeds-israel-arms-deal/10196