28/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Europe's 'political solution'

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The European Union decided to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month and to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents...

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European Council on Foreign Affairs

'Syria: towards a political solution'...

... 'The prospect of arming the opposition raises concerns inside and outside the country. Channelling weapons into the country would likely set the scene for an even deeper and long-lasting civil conflict with very uncertain regional consequences (particularly given the indeterminate nature of many of the country’s armed groups). Though unarmed civilians continue to bear the devastating brunt of the crackdown, expanding and supporting armed resistance would invite even wider violence. Moreover, unless foreign backers were prepared to provide artillery and air capabilities, arming the opposition is unlikely to change the balance of power. It is more likely that arming the opposition may further empower the regime by discrediting the opposition among Syrians still on the fence, while also providing justification to the regime (and its international backers) to continue using violence. Finally, air strikes remain deeply problematic because of both Syria’s strong Russian-supplied air defence systems and the complexity of a battle that is largely unfolding in urban environments.
All of these options, though opening the possibility of an eventual rebel victory, do so by enabling a wider militarisation of the conflict that is likely to be long and painful for much of the country’s population...'


http://ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR_Syria_political_solution.pdf

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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Army Kills Terrorists, Destroys their Criminal Equipment  

May 28, 2013
 
The Armed Forces continued operations against the armed terrorists groups in Homs countryside on Tuesday, eliminating scores of terrorists and destroying their gatherings and weaponry.

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

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

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

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Eliminated in Idleb

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

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

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

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

Rocket Launcher Destroyed in Hama

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

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

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

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

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

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War on Syria: Israel and the U.S.

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Talking about 'Peace', Israel and the U.S. are preparing an open war with Syria...

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

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Israel, Syria and the United States
http://truth-out.org/news/item/16341-israel-syria-and-the-united-states

25/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister

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Tehran: Russia, China Will Participate in Meeting on Syria

May 25, 2013

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for the Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdullahian said that Russia and China will participate in a meeting due in Tehran on May 29th on Syria under the title "the Political Solution and regional Stability."

"The meeting is a step in the framework of realizing the political solution, based on the halt of violence and conducting national dialogue in Syria," Abdullahian said in a statement to IRNA.

He added that his country sent invitations to several countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar which had different stances over the crisis in Syria.

"We welcome the participation of those states in light of the regional cooperation," Abdullahian said.

Iran's UN Representative: We Hope the Conference Will Result in Peaceful Solution

Meanwhile, Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, expressed his hope that Tehran meeting and the international conference due to be held on Syria will come out with results that can lead to reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

Khazaei expressed in an interview with the Monitor news website Iran's support for any move in the framework getting to solve the crisis in Syria peacefully.

The Iranian Fars news agency quoted as saying in the interview that his country welcomes the move to hold an international conference on Syria.

He stressed the need for the participation of all regional and international sides that are influential in the course of encouraging a peaceful solution and preventing interference in the Syrian internal affairs so as for the conference to be fruitful.

On Iran's participation in the conference, Khazaei said this participation is dependent on the "detailed mechanisms" of the conference, adding that "we will study the invitation if we received one."

He stressed that "The basis in the Syrian issue is to reach a peaceful solution that is led by the Syrians themselves."

The Iranian diplomat denied the allegations which say that Iranian military forces are present in Syria, stressing that "Contrary to the allegations made by some, there isn't any military force or military advisors for Iran in Syria."

"Unfortunately, there are some countries which are interfering in Syria and working to stoke the crisis in it by sending weapons to the extremist terrorist groups," Khazaei added.

On the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said it has become more evident that the armed terrorist groups in Syria did use chemical weapons, which was already mentioned in the report of Carla deL Ponte, Head of the Commission set up by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate reports on chemical weapons use in Syria.

Mazen /H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/25/483978.htm

Latest News Syria: Indian Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid

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Indian FM: Dialogue is the Way to Solve Crisis in Syria

May 25, 2013

Indian Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid stressed that dialogue is the way to solve the crisis in Syria to put an end to violence.

In a press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Khurshid said "We are sure that peace will prevail eventually, and that any difficulties in the way of peace should be solved through dialogue."

He added "We discussed the issues of the region, particularly in Syria, and we will keep close contact as to ensure ending violence and moving to a peaceful future."

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/25/484091.htm

Latest News Syria: Victory Day of National Resistance

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

May 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mazen

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

Syria: Google, Nato, Pentagon, Syrian Arab News Agency SANA

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1) Google invests in data centre near Mons, Belgium
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/1.1600...

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2) NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Mons, Belgium
http://www.acus.org/content/natos-supreme-headquarters-al...

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

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Israel working on a plot to assassinate President al-Assad ?

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The Israeli regime’s security bodies are working on a plot to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the help of terrorist groups and armed rebels in the country after Damascus showed strength and months of resistance against the terrorist attacks orchestrated by US, Israel and their Arab partners, the Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

The Israeli Vala news website reported that the Israeli security and spy agencies were shocked at Assad’s resistance against two years of terrorist and sabotage operations against the country and are mulling other ways to topple him.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-mulling-plot-to-assassinate-syrian-president-bashar-al-assad/5335662

24/05/2013

Latest News Syria: World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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

May 24, 2013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Ismael

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

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Pentagon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Political solution ?  

'$10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates'

April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports.

A weeklong visit to the region by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will culminate a year of secret negotiations on a deal that Congressional officials said will be second only to the $29.5 billion sale of F-15 aircraft to Saudi Arabia announced in 2010. 

While one goal was to ensure that Israel continues to field the most capable armed forces in the region. It was equally important to improve the capabilities of two important Arab military partners.  

The objective, one senior administration official said, was “not just to boost Israel’s capabilities, but also to boost the capabilities of our Persian Gulf partners and also provide a greater network of coordinated assets around the region to handle a range of contingencies.”

Under the agreement, each country would be allowed to purchase advanced armaments from American contractors. In the case of Israel, there is also substantial American financial assistance, topping $3 billion in military aid this fiscal year.

Israel would buy new missiles designed to take out an adversary’s air-defense radars, as well as advanced radars for its own warplanes, new refueling tanker planes and — in the first sale to any foreign military — the V-22 Osprey troop transport aircraft.

The United Arab Emirates would buy 26 F-16 warplanes, a package that could reach $5 billion alone, along with precision missiles that could be launched from those jets at distant ground targets. Saudi Arabia would buy the same class of advanced missile.

The expectation is that the arms sale, which was outlined to Congress on Thursday, will encounter little opposition from lawmakers, especially from members representing the many districts where defense contractors are concerned about the impact of cutbacks in the Pentagon’s own weapons budget.

Under the terms of the deal, Israel would be allowed to buy the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey, an aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly with the speeds and range of an airplane. Israel could use the Osprey for patrolling its borders, coastline and out to sea, and for moving troops to troubled areas.

A new generation of KC-135 refueling tanker planes would let Israel’s warplanes stay in the air longer, an ability essential for any long-range mission — like a strike on Iran. 

Israel also would receive antiradiation missiles. Launched from a warplane, they can home in on an adversary’s air-defense radar signals and destroy those sites. New, advanced radars for Israel’s military jets also would be in the package. 

Administration officials declined to identify the new missile to be sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, except to say that it is an advanced class of precision “standoff munitions” — those designed to be launched from warplanes safely distant from ground targets. The missile would fit the 84 F-15s that Saudi Arabia is currently buying under the previous arms deal, and it would be carried by the 26 F-16s the United Arab Emirates would buy under the new one.

Officials said Israel was assured that use of the advanced missiles would be monitored by United States Air Force personnel who train alongside both the Saudi and emirates militaries, and that any deployment would occur only after consultation with the Americans.

During his coming trip to Israel, Mr. Hagel will move to finalize the arms deal with Mr. Barak’s successor, Moshe Yaalon. Mr. Hagel will finalize the deal with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in visits to the two countries later next week.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/world/middleeast/us-selling-arms-to-israel-saudi-arabia-and-emirates.html?_r=0

Latest News Syria: 'Political solution' with American weapons...

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May 23, 2013

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

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

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

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=94659&...

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'New US Senate bill on Syria'

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May 20, 2013

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

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

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

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

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178559.html

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

May 22, 2013

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

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

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

23/05/2013

Latest News Syria

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22:19 Écrit par Jacques dans Latest News, Syria | Lien permanent | Commentaires (0) |  Facebook |

Latest News Syria: Wide Army Operations

Syrian.army.May.23.13.jpgWide Army Operations in Central and Northern Areas, Terrorists Infiltrating into al-Qseir Repelled

May 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shell Explodes over Old Damascus, No Casualties Caused

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

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

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

Military Crackdown on Terrorists Continues in al-Qseir

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrorists Infiltratign to Help Others in al-Qseir Repelled

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

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

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

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

Army Eliminates, Arrests Terrorists in Idleb countryside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

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

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

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

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Latest News Syria: Tunisian Popular Delegation

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Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday met a delegation representing Tunisian popular parties, welcoming the delegation and appreciating its solidarity with Syria in the face of the war targeting it.

Al-Moallem said that Syria's people and government are growing ever more steadfast in the face of the current crisis, asserting that Syria will emerge from this crisis stronger.

He pointed out that the crisis in Syria is the results of conspiracies by regional and international sides which seek to destroy Syria and keep the Syrian and Arab people busy to move them away from the central Arab issue which is Palestine, adding the conspirators also seek to destroy the social and cultural fabric of Syrians and undermine their coexistence.

Al-Moallem asserted that there is no choice other than victory and that Syria's victory will be a victory for the Arab nation's just causes, affirming the determination of Syria's leadership and people to stand firmly in the face of all pressure.

He also lauded the role of Arab national parties in confronting threats to the Arab nation, saying that Tunisia is a beacon of Arabism and underlining the strong historical relations between the people of Syria and Tunisia.

For their part, the delegation members voiced their support for Syria's people and leadership in the face of the conspiracy which employs false pretenses, intelligence agencies and deceitful media to implement its goals.

They also apologized for the Tunisian youths who are fighting alongside the armed terrorist groups, saying that these individuals represent only themselves and that the bulk of the Tunisian people are against Takfiri terrorist mentality.

In statements to journalists, delegation member Mohammad al-Azhar Ali from the People's Movement Party said that the meeting was very remarkable and that it tackled issues related to Syrian-Tunisian relations.

He said that the delegation raised the issue of misguided Tunisians who joined Takfiri groups to fight against the Syrian Army, in addition to discussing diplomatic relations, adding that the Syrian Foreign Ministry responded well to these issues, particularly the matter of Tunisians in Syria, and promised to follow up on it.

Al-Azhar said the delegation will pressure the Tunisian government which made mistakes in dealing with Syria and closed its embassy, saying that resolving this issue will lead to resolving all other issues between the two countries.

In turn, delegation member Abdelkarim al-Ghabiri from the Free Unionists Movement said that the delegation relays the greetings o the Tunisian people to the Syrian people and leadership, affirming that they will work hard to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries on the level of ambassadors.

Information Minister: Aggression on Syria Targets Syrian State's Identity and Political System

In a similar meeting with the Tunisian delegation, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the aggression on Syria targets the Syrian state's identity and its political system.

Al-Zoubi affirmed that since the beginning, the Syrian government responded to legitimate demands through legislations and laws, specifically the political parties and media laws, but it became apparent that reform wasn't the real goal of those stirring the events in Syria.

He pointed out to the role played by some sheikhs in escalating the situation in Syria and moving it towards terrorism, murder and methodical destruction of the state's infrastructure.

Al-Zoubi underlined the achievements made in recent years in political, economic and social reform in Syria, touching on several points in Syria's contemporary history.

He voiced appreciation for the stances of the majority of Tunisians and their support for the Syrian people, saying that this support shows the depth of the relations between the two countries' people.

H. Sabbagh

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22/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Syrian army Restores Security

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May 22, 2013
 
Army units restored stability and security to al-Akkari farm and Tal al-Sur and continue hunting the fleeing terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside in Homs.

Tunnels used by terrorists to move around and store weapons and munitions were uncovered in the western district of al-Qseir city, and tens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in homes and road were dismantled.

An Army unit restored security and stability to Akkari farm and Tal al-Sur after eliminating the last terrorist gathering there, dismantling tens of explosive devices planted by the terrorists, while other units continued hunting the fleeing terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside.

Terrorist hideouts were destroyed in the villages and towns of Aqrab, Kisin, al-Ghanto, Talbiseh, al-Mashjar al-Janoubi, Beit Hajjo, al-Buwaida al-Sharqiya and al-Rastan in Homs countryside.

Among the terrorists killed in the aforementioned areas was Mohammad Abdelkader Shamsin, the leader of a terrorist group calling itself "Katibet Rijal Allah," and Khaled Mansour from a group called "Kata'ib al-Hamza."

An Army unit eliminated all members of a terrorist group which was blockading roads and committing acts of murder and robberies on the road between al-Dab'aa and Arjoun, destroying two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

In Homs city, Army units killed a number of terrorists and injured others in the areas of al-Qarabis, al-Khalidiye, Jouret al-Shiyah, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Warsheh, and Basatin al-Waer. Among the terrorists who were killed was Anas Suwaibi, the leader of a terrorist group, and all the members of his group.

Terrorists' Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled in Talkalakh

In another context, an army unit on Tuesday foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from the Lebanese territories through the sites of Halat, Ozeir and Oyoun al-Sha'ara in Talkalakh countryside.

An official source told SANA that most of the terrorists were killed or injured, as their vehicles and weapons were destroyed.

The source added that an army unit killed terrorist Ahmad Bdaw Ayoub and six members of his group near the junction of Ghajar village in al-Rastan and seized their weapons.

Army Units Clash with Terrorists, Kill Many in Damascus and Its Countryside

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Manasher roundabout in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, leaving most of its members killed and injured.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that the clashes resulted in destroying the terrorist group's gatherings and seizing the weapons and ammunition the terrorists had with them.

The source added that other army units continued hunting terrorists in the farms surrounding Tishreen Hospital and Dahr al-Mastah in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and killed a number of them.

Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in Harasta area, including two terrorist group leaders; Osama Omar al-Jabaji and Iyad Rahim.

In al-Ebb farms in Douma area, an Army unit carried out a special operation in which it destroyed a terrorist gathering along with the weapons and munitions in it, eliminating a number of terrorists including Abdellatif al-Debs.

An Army unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in Erbin area, including Ahmad al-Buqai'I and Omar al-Haj, while other units continued pursuing terrorists in the farms around the towns of al-Jarba, al-Bahariya and Qisa, eliminating a number of them including Ahmad Hijazi, the leader of a terrorist group.

In al-Mlaiha, an Army unit pursued a terrorist group east of Tameco pharmaceutical factory, eliminating some of its members including Haitham al-Harastani and Mahmoud al-Tounsi.

In the town of Hejjeira, a weapons and munitions cache was destroyed and a number of terrorists were eliminated, one of which was identified as Mohammad Deeb al-Bassal.

Units of the armed forces eliminated numbers of terrorists in al-Nabek, Haramleh and Jobar in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA that clashes between a unit of the armed forces and a terrorist group in the area surrounding al-Nabek city left several terrorists dead, among them 'Subhi al-Zirai' and 'Khaled al-Tayyip.'

The source added that a number of terrorists, among them a sniper, were killed near Haramleh tunnel to the east of Zamalka in an operation that also destroyed terrorists' weapons and armor.

The source added that ongoing operations in Jobar destroyed a weapons' cache and ammunition for terrorists and killed many, among them Youssef Makka.

Army Destroys Two Car Bombs in Harasta, Damascus Countryside

An army unit on Wednesday destroyed two car bombs on Harasta-Damascus road, killing all the terrorists inside.

An official source told SANA reporter that a Mercedes loaded with 700 kg. of explosives was destroyed near Daya Company and another car loaded with 600 kg. of explosives was also destroyed near Cars showroom in the city of Harasta in Damascus Countryside.

Earlier on Tuesday, an army unit destroyed a car loaded with 1000 kg. of explosives near the Water Establishment in Harasta.

Army Destroys Weapons Caches, Eliminated Terrorists in Aleppo Province

The Army destroyed a warehouse containing large amounts of weapons and munitions in the farms between the towns of Hayyan and Hreitan in Aleppo countryside, in addition to eliminating terrorist on al-Bab road.

Army units also killed and injured terrorists near the agriculture department building, the MTN center, the glass factory, al-Khoulandi gas station and Somar restaurant in the area around Aleppo Central Prison.

Also near Aleppo Central Prison, another Army unit destroyed a warehouse in which terrorists stored weapons and munitions near the iron factory and a bulldozer rigged with explosives near al-Hashem mill and killed terrorists who were near the bulldozer, including a Jordanian called Mohammad al-Hindi who was referred to as the "revolution intelligence officer."

Other units eliminated terrorist groups west of Mennegh airport and near the Mennegh agricultural research center, and another unit destroyed vehicles along with the weapons, munitions and terrorists inside them on the road between Aleppo and al-Atareb and the road between Kafernaha and Aleppo.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh, al-Marjeh and Baidin roundabouts, eliminating a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

An Army unit clashed with terrorist groups in al-Sina'a and al-Jamiyat neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their weapons and munitions.

Khalifa Rakan al-Khalifa was identified among the terrorists who were killed in this clash.

In Deir Ezzor countryside, another Army unit destroyed a terrorist hideout in the village of al-Mrai'iya, leaving all the terrorists inside it dead or injured.

In the town of al-Mayadin, a fight broke out between two terrorist groups after a dispute over stolen items and funds, resulting in dozens of terrorists being wounded and killed, among them Muaz al-Mjabbel, a leader of one of the groups.

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21/05/2013

Syria Has Right to Self-Defense

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

May 21, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H. Said

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Photos: Russian missile for the self-defense of Syria; Turkey's patriot missiles provided by Germany and the United States and American-Israeli Patriot missiles west of Jerusalem

PS. In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US$500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey. Popeye is the name of a family of  air-to-surface missiles developed and in use by Israel, of which several types have been developed for Israeli and export users. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_(missile)

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

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

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The Israel Defense Forces is a 'moral fighting force'

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'The IDF is a moral fighting force that has strict guidelines and policies, and goes above and beyond any other fighting force in the world to avoid civilian casualties. The IDF also has a track record of thoroughly investigating any breaches of their ethical code.  The United States strongly backs Israel's right to self-defense.'

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20/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Moscow

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Lavrov: Opposition's Agreement with No Preconditions Must be Guaranteed for Conference on Syria

May 20, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressed on Monday the necessity of guaranteeing the agreement of the Syrian opposition to participate in the international conference on Syria with no preconditions.

During a press conference in Sochi city, Lavrov said that various meetings are scheduled this week for the Syrian opposition in Istanbul and Madrid.

Lavrov added, "Our partners have stressed commitment to work with the Syrian opposition to encourage them to change their position to start the dialogue immediately and stop presenting unrealistic conditions." 

He said, "Undoubtedly, all Syria's neighbors with no exception, including Iran, should be invited to attend the conference," stressing that the Syrians themselves should resolve all issues.

Lavrov added that the beginning of the upcoming month does not seem an unrealistic date for holding the conference, saying "In principle, if there is good will, it would be possible to reach understanding; consequently the beginning of June does not seem to be an unrealistic date."

He pointed out that excessive expectations should be avoided in terms of the timetable of the conference, saying "Accomplishing everything within three, four or five days – as some of our partners desire – is unrealistic… such task cannot be proposed because if very short dates were agreed on, and afterwards several days or maybe weeks were needed, there would likely be suggestions to refer the issue to the Security Council and impose sanctions and so on and so forth."

Lavrov emphasized that the international conference on Syria requires diplomatic work, not hasty steps.

F.Alalfi  

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Latest News Syria: Syrian Army

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Army Kills Terrorists in Several Provinces, Restores Stability to Most of al-Qseir 

May 20, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explosive device stuck to car at Ain al-Kirsh detonated with no Casualties

An explosive device stuck to a private car by terrorists at Ain al-Kirsh in Damascus was detonated; the losses were limited to materials.

A source at the police command told SANA that an explosive device was stuck to a Mazda car was exploded with no casualties.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Daraa and its Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists and killed a number of terrorists' leaders affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra" in Daraa.

A military source told SANA that the Army units killed large number of terrorists in Daraa al-Balad, including Khalel Subhhi Aba Zayd, Khaled Ktyfan, Mamoun Mahmoud al-Masaalma, Raaft Aba Zayed, Raged al-Masri and Muhammad al-Massalma who were affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra"

The source added that other Army units targeted the armed terrorist groups in Tall al-Mtaouk, Bayt Jeen, Sahem al-Goulan, Hyyt and al-Shajara in Daraa countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

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

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

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

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

The Army's operations in al-Qseir resulted in heavy losses among terrorists. Among the terrorists who were eliminated are Yousef Hasan Raad and Khaled Khankan, two leaders of terrorist groups, in addition to Mutasim Saab, Hussam Abdelkader, Ahmad Abdelrahman al-Hammour, Mohammad Abbas Harfoush, and Abdelbari al-Ali.

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

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

Terrorists Killed in Homs and its Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces carried out operations aginst terrorists' dens and gatherings in Homs and its countryside, destroying a tunnel and several terrorists' dens.

An official source told SANA that the Army units destroyed a tunnel along with all terrorists inside it in Jourat al-Shyeh neighborhood in Homs, while another Army unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in the same neighborhood.

The source added that an Army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with weapons and ammunition inside it in Babhoud neighborhood, while another Army unit repelled terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in al-Waar neighborhood.

The source pointed out that other Army units carried several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aqraab, Taldo and Talbisa in Homs countryside, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their equipment.

Meanwhile, other Army units destroyed a warehouse along with weapons and ammunition inside it in al-Rastan, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Khaled Mustafa al-Daaly and Muhammad al-Deek who were leaders of the armed terrorist groups.

Army Units Continue Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo Province

Army units destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts in Hilan, near Somar restaurant, and near al-Saif factory and the glass factory in Aleppo countryside, destroying the weapons inside them which the terrorists had been using in attacks against locals and Aleppo Central Prison.

An Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists near al-Jbaileh school Tallet al-Madafeh, and the agriculture department, in addition to destroying terrorist hideouts and a missile launcher near al-Khulandi gas station.

The Army also left a number of terrorists dead or injured in the areas of Andan, Byanoun and Khan al-Asal.

In Aleppo city, an Army unit clashed with terrorists in al-Haidariye roundabout, Dahret Abd Rabbo, and the factories in al-Layramoun area, killing and injuring a number of them.

Other units eliminated terrorist gatherings along with the terrorists and equipment inside them in the areas of Sheikh Maqsoud, al-Isharat, and Bustan al-Qaser.

Army Foils Terrorists' Attempt to Infiltrate Borders from Jordan

An Army unit and border patrols prevented terrorists from infiltrating the borders from Jordan in al-Makab area south of Daraa city, resulting in the death of 8 terrorists, the injuring of others, and the destruction of their weapons and munitions.

Army units eliminated terrorists in the towns and villages of Nafi'a, al-Shabrak, al-Shajara and Sahm al-Golan in Daraa countryside. Among the dead terrorists were two Tunisians; Lotfi Hasan Sharqawi and Saeed Ali Bouhayani, and a Jordanian called Sultan Fayssal al-Baidani, in addition to terrorists Ahmad Jalal al-Masri, Abd Ali al-Ali, Mahmoud al-Hashish, Samer Ahmad al-Baridi, Hasan al-Taani, Khaled al-Jehmani, Ahmad al-Sobhi Murreri, and Ahmad al-Masri.

Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Idleb

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

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

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

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

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

In Ariha area, the Army destroyed a car loaded with anti-armor rockets, RPG rounds, assorted projectiles, munitions and machineguns on the road between Iblin and al-Bara.

The Army also killed and injured a number of terrorists in the villages and towns of al-Shagher, al-Rami and Bannesh and destroyed heavy machineguns the terrorists had been using. Among the terrorists who were killed was Ibrhaim Hassoun, the leader of a group affiliated with Jabhet al-Nusra.

Heavy Losses Inflictesd upon Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

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

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

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

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

Army Confiscates Weapons, Munitions and Explosives in Hama

Army units raided a workshop for manufacturing explosive devices in the town of Helfaya in Hama countryside.

Items confiscated in the workshop include rockets, artillery shells, 57 explsoive devices, and amounts of C4.

Other Army units destroyed hideouts for Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in the caves near Mhardeg dam, and arrested a number of terrorists in the villages of Zour al-Hisa and al-Zalaqiyat.

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Ban ki moon: Peace Talks Syria

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As a reminder:

'Ban Ki-moon's no fly-zone'

March 29, 2011

Just over a week ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon chartered a U.N. airplane to take him on a high-level diplomatic trip from Madrid to Paris, where French President Nikolas Sarkozy hosted a summit on Libya, a prelude to an allied air attack on forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi, U.N. officials told Turtle Bay.

The U.N. plane had a reputation as a warhorse, having flown multiple humanitarian supply runs in Darfur, Sudan, and in other African trouble spots. But the U.N. aircraft was having a bad day.

The landing gear abruptly dropped down shortly after takeoff, forcing the plane to return to the airport in Madrid. The grounding of the U.N. secretary of general posed a political dilemma for the members of the anti-Qaddafi coalition, which had gone to great lengths to highlight the U.N.'s support for the air war. The Spanish government stepped in and loaned one of their planes to the U.N. chief so he could make the meeting on time.

Upon his arrival in Paris, Ban used the occasion to offer his support to the allied effort, urging the assembled leaders, which included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, "to continue to act with speed and decision" to prevent Qaddafi's forces from continuing their military advance on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. He also assured them that "the United Nations system will carry out" its own responsibilities in an effort to forge "a common, effective and timely response" to the crisis in Libya.

Apparently, his travel crew didn't get the message. The following day, a U.N. aircrew flew the same plane, with the landing gear supposedly fixed, back to Paris to fetch Ban and fly him to Cairo. Again, the landing gear dropped after takeoff, forcing Ban and his team to return to Paris. This time, Sarkozy-who had ordered French war-planes to attack Qaddafi's forces-loaned Ban a French government plane so he could get to Cairo.

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April 13, 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (C) with Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jissim Bin Jabr Al Thani, before a start the first international contact group meeting on Libya in Doha. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Syria: Assad suggests 'Peace Talks' would fail

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May 18, 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, in a rare interview with a foreign newspaper, appeared to dismiss the possibility of serious progress arising from any peace talks, and to back away from earlier statements by Syrian officials that the government was willing to negotiate with its armed opponents.“We do not believe that many Western countries really want a solution in Syria,” Mr. Assad told Argentina’s Clarín newspaper in an interview published online on Saturday, blaming those countries for supporting “terrorists” fighting his government.

“We support and applaud the efforts, but we must be realistic,” he said.

Latest News Syria: Syrian government

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May 20, 2013

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that the Syrian government has numerous options for overcoming the crisis, and is capable of ironing out difficulties and challenges.

Chairing a meeting of the Supreme Council of Tourism on Sunday, al-Halqi said that the government is determined to go ahead with the dialogue process through implementing the political program for solving the crisis, stressing that the solution will only by a Syrian one and on the Syrian land.

He added that the Syrians can solve their own problems away from interference and dictates.

Al-Halqi said the Syrian government is determined to restore splendor to the tourism sector through giving attention to the historical, popular and religious tourism despite the armed terrorist attacks targeting it.

M. Ismael

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Latest News Syria: Free Syrian Cannibals...

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Cannibalism, once widespread across many cultures and throughout history, always manages to incite our fascination and fear.   It features in the childhood tales of Little Red Riding HoodHansel and Gretel, the stories of the Olympian gods Zeus and Cronus, the Greek myths of Medea and Thyestes, Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice, Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and is central to Freud’s interpretation of the origin of religion as elaborated in “Totem and Taboo” (1913).  On the ground, the Anasazi tribe of the 12th Century American South West is just one example of cannibalism for the archaeologist or anthropologist.

The term “Cannibales”, a corruption of Carib, was coined by Christopher Columbus. It was not based on observation but the testimony of the Arawak tribe who were quick to defame their neighbours.  Just over a hundred years after Columbus set sail, the early colonists in the first permanent English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia (1607) would turn to cannibalism as a means of survival during the “Starving Time” of 1610. The same sense of hopeless is also seen in the Crusader accounts of cannibalism at the siege of Ma’arra in 11th century Syria.  We are told by the chronicler Fulcher of Chartres, in his “Historia Hierosolymitana” [“History of the Expedition to Jerusalem”] that “the besiegers more than the besieged were tormented” by their actions. It was the “madness of excessive hunger” that drove the Crusaders to, “cut off pieces from the buttocks of Saracens already dead there which they cooked and chewed and devoured with savage mouth”.

19/05/2013

Latest News Syria: ESCWA Discuss Rehabilitating Infrastructure

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May 19, 2013

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, discussed with Director of the Economic Development and Globalization at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Abdullah al-Dardari ESCWA's project for rehabilitating infrastructure in Syria in various sectors.

Mikdad said that Syria has made big strides in building economy and infrastructure in the years prior to the crisis, indicating that part of the conspiracy targeting Syria is aimed at destroying Syria's historical and cultural landmarks.

He stressed that Syria is looking forward to ending violence and starting national dialogue, and is determined to start reconstruction in parallel with restoring security and stability.

Dr. Mikdad highlighted the negative impact of the unjust sanctions imposed on Syria and the importance of exerting efforts for lifting them soon.

Al-Dardari said the project identifies the current challenges and offers the available options for helping the Syrian government in mobilizing resources after the crisis ends.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/19/483001.htm

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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May 19, 2013

The armed forces' units continued on Sunday operations against the armed terrorist groups in Hejjira, al-Qasimieh, Tal Kerdi, Adra and Jobar in Damascus countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA that a number of dens were destroyed in Hejjira with the weapons and terrorists inside, among them Samir Qashash and the Egyptian terrorist Yassin Shawqieh.

An official source told SANA that the armed forces' units pursued an armed terrorist group in a series of operations in the farms surrounding the towns of al-Qasimieh, al-Jarba al-Baharieh in the eastern Ghouta, killing and injuring a number of terrorists. The terrorist Anas Haymour, leader of a terrorist group, was identified among the dead.

A unit of the armed forces also destroyed in a qualitative operation a terrorists' gathering in Tal Kerdi town in Douma, killing several terrorists, among them Mohammad Jarada and Mohammad al-Rihani, as another group killed terrorists in Harasta western farms, among them Khaled Shabraq of the so-called Dir'a al-Asema (The Armor of the Capital) brigade.

In Adra al-Balad, units of the armed forces destroyed a weapons' cache and killed several terrorists, among them Hassan Hamo and a sniper.

In Jobar, an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group to the east of the cardboard factory, killing three terrorists, among them Amer Jamal Eddin.

 Stability Restored to al-Mestah Area in Barzeh

A unit of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in Barzeh and the farms surrounding it, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the clash resulted in killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

Munib Shaleh, the leader of one of the armed terrorist groups, Mazen al-Masri, and Libyan terrorist Omar Obeid al-Jasem were identified among the dead.

The source added that the army restored stability and security to the whole area of al-Mestah in Barzeh, killing a number of terrorists.

The source said that a unit of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups while trying to be localized in the area surrounding Tishreen Hospital in order to attack the hospital and the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

The army unit killed a big number of the terrorist groups' members.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Lattakia Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in Ketf al-Rouman and al-Shmaysa villages in Lattakia Eastern countryside, killing several terrorists, including non-Syrian terrorists and destroying their equipment.

A military source told SANA that an Army unit destroyed a mortar, 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun and number of heavy machineguns, in addition to killing several terrorists. Among the dead terrorists were Wael al-Shaker, Ahmad Haseno and Ahmad Hassoun.

The source added that an Army unit carried out a series of operations against terrorists in Rabeaa and al-Souda, killing scores of terrorists, including Abo Sufian, leader of an armed terrorist group from Afghanistan, Ahmad Abdurrahman from Palestine and a terrorist from Libya called "al-Siddiq".

The source pointed out that the operations resulted in killing a number of terrorists affiliated to terrorist group called "al-Hyjra ila Allah Brigade".

The terrorists Muhammad al-Ittar, Othman al-Dahabi, Amer al-Ajjouz and Basam al-Haydar were killed, in addition to destroying a mortar, antiaircraft machinegun and large amounts of weapons and ammunition.

Terrorists Killed in al-Qseir

Units of the Armed Forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in the schools concentration and al-Kinsia areas in al-Qseir in Homs countryside.

An official source  told SANA that the clashes resulted in the killing and injuring of several terrorists, in addition to destroying large amounts of weapons and ammunition.

The source added that terrorists targeted citizens' houses in al-Ghassania in al-Qseir countryside with anumber of mortar shells, causing the injury several citizens and material damage in the area.

Army Units Restore Security and Stability in al-Qseir

A military source said that the Army units restored security and stability to the Stadium and the western alley in al-Qseir cirty after they had destroyed the last terrorists' gatherings in the area.

The source told SANA that among the dead terrorists were Muhammad Baker and Muhammad al-Mashhadani who were leaders of the armed terrorist groups in the city.

The source added that other Army units  earlier restored security and stability to the area surrounding the Municipality Building in al-Qseir and destroyed a number of terrorists' dens and caches in al-Souq and the Bus Station areas.

Two Booby-Trapped Cars Detonated in Homs Countruyside

Two suicide terrorists detonated two booby-trapped cars near the blankets factory on al-Mesherfeh -Homs road and near Souk al-Ghanam on Homs-Salameih road, causing the killing of a number of citizens and the injury of others.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the two terrorist explosions caused the martyrdom of 4 citizens and the injury of 13 others and big material damages in the sites .

In the framework of targeting the infrastructure, terrorists belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra fired mortar shells on Mhardeh electricity generation plant in Hama countryside.

A military source said that the terrorist attack caused fire in the plant, asserting that the firefighters team managed to extinguish the fire.

The source added that units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in Halfaya town in Hama countryside and destroyed a rocket launcher and heavy machineguns.

The source said that terrorists' attempt to detonate scores of explosive devices with various weighs planted on the roads leading to Halfaya town was foiled.

Army Seizes Israeli-Made Rocket, Eliminates Terrorists in Homs and Idleb

A unit of the armed forces seized an Israeli-made LAO rocket and amounts of machineguns and ammunitions which the terrorists were using to terrify the citizens and cut the roads on Homs-Palmyra highway.

An official source told SANA reporter that a unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Rayan area on Homs-Palmyra highway, killing and injuring a number of its members and seized an Israeli-made LAO rocket, two BKC machineguns, two sniper rifles and 11 boxes of ammunitions.

In Idleb, a military source said that units of the army destroyed terrorists' hideouts in Mishmishan, Beshlamoon, Ein al-Bardeh, Ein al-Qasab in Jisr al-Shughour countryside.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed and injured in the villages of Taftanaz, Maarat Misrin, al-Habbat, Buhura, and Kafr Takharim and their weapons were seized.

Army Units Destroy Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Aleppo

Units of the Armed Forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in the area surrounding Minneg Airport, Central Prison and Khan al-Assal in Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses upon them.  

A military source told SANA that the Army units destroyed 23mm antiaircraft machinegun and killed all members of an armed terrorist group at Journalists Syndicate, Sadcoub and Andoumy Factory in Khan al-Assal.

The source added that Kouyres Airport' guards repelled an armed terrorist group which was attempting to infiltrate to the airport, killing all its members and destroying their vehicles, in addition to detonated a booby-trapped car before reaching the airport round.

The source pointed out that an Army unit killed and injured several terrorists who were attempting the south wall of Minneg Airport, while another Army unit killed a number of terrorists in the area surrounding Minneg School.

In the area surrounding Aleppo Central Prison, the Army units killed all members of an armed terrorist group in Tallat al-Madafaa, Kazyet al-Khoulandi, al-Zeraa Building , Saef and Glass factories.

In the same context, other Army units clashed with terrorists in Bustan al-Qaser, al-Sheikh Maqsoud, al-Haydaria and al-Lyramoun and killed scores of terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

English Bulletin

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18/05/2013

Latest News Syria: IDF intelligence chief

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As a reminder:

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.

Nov. 2, 2010

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.

Israel was currently enjoying a period of relative quiet, Yadlin said. But its enemies were rearming and now posed the greatest threat to the country since the 1970s. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel's last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9.

Speaking at the final meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting,a head of his imminent departure after for years as commander of army intelligence.

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.

While Syria had failed to acquire Russian S-300 missiles, seen by Israel as the greatest potential threat to its aircraft, Damascus had improved its defense systems enough to push the military balance with Israel "back to the 1970s", Yadlin said.

In 1973, Israel came close to defeat by a suprise Syrian attack before eventually emerging victorious in the Yom Kippur War.

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.

"I've seen three defense ministers, two chiefs of staff and two prime ministers come and go, I've been through two wars and I've contended with two nuclear programs of enemy states," Yadlin said, summing up the last years of his career.

"I headed a group of thousands of people working 24 hours a day to collect information that the enemy was not volunteering, information that had to be extracted from difficult places," he added.

Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

By Jonathan Lis 

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

17/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

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Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

May 17, 2013

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

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

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

B. Mousa /M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/17/482706.htm

Latest News Syria: German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich

Syria.German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich .jpgGerman Official: Up to 700 Europeans Fighting with Terrorists in Syria 

May 17, 2013

Up to 700 Europeans are fighting with the armed terrorist groups in Syria, mainly as militant Islamists, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said, warning that the militants could return as "homegrown terrorists".

The British the Guardian newspaper quoted Friedrich as calling for a controversial new policy that would temporarily prevent those persons from re-entering Europe.

The paper said that in the first disclosures of western intelligence from an EU government about Europeans fighting in Syria, senior German officials said they knew of up to 40 people who had left Germany for fighting since last summer. Most of them had German passports.

While German security services monitor the situation closely, the German interior ministry has banned three Salafist organizations in the past year, the fighters could not be stopped from leaving Germany because it could not be proved that they were going to Syria, the officials said.

The paper added that the interior ministry is worried that the fighters will return to Germany where they could operate as "homegrown terrorists" and is pushing for pan-European action to diminish that risk. The chances of success, however, look limited.

According to the paper, Friedrich intends to raise the issue at a meeting of EU governments next month, he will ask for a two-year re-entry ban to the EU for the suspected Islamists. However, it may be difficult legally to keep them out as most of them carry passports from EU countries, many will often have families in the countries concerned and may have had jobs and entitlements in the EU.

A year-long survey by King's College London of more than 200 jihadist-linked websites and hundreds of Arab and western press reports found last month that up to 600 individuals from 14 countries including the UK, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Germany had taken part in the conflict since it began more than two years ago.

The largest contingent, the study found, came from the UK, with estimates of fighters running between 28 and 134. Based on their populations, the figures for Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland –with about 200 fighters between them.

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http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/17/482684.htm

Latest News Syria: Sergei Lavrov and Ban Ki-moon

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'Resolving Crisis in Syria through Dialogue without External Interference'

May 17, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to resolve the Syrian crisis through dialogue.

In a joint press conference with Ki-moon, Lavrov said that the Geneva Statement is the basis for the action of the international community, stressing that his country is committed to the unity and sovereignty of Syria.

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May 17, 2013

'Russia has sent sophisticated anti-ship missiles to Syria, US media report'

'The New York Times quotes unnamed US officials as saying the missiles could be used to counter any potential future foreign military intervention in Syria'...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22565405