November, November 29, 2013
Tehran, (SANA) _ Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Friday paid an official visit to Iran, leading an official delegation to hold talks with top Iranian officials aimed at enhancing cooperation and coordination between the two friendly countries.
In statements to journalists upon his arrival at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Dr. al-Halqi said the visit comes in the framework of bolstering mutual cooperation and coordination at all economic, scientific, trade, health and development levels, broadening their prospects and opening new venues for cooperation.
He also underlined the importance of activating agreements between the two sides and inking new ones, providing the basic requirements for Syrian citizens, establishing new development projects and activating the Iranian credit line for enhancing the steadfastness of Syria.
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November 29, 2013
Sofia, (SANA) - Amnesty International called on the Bulgarian authorities to act to improve the living conditions of the displaced Syrians at Harmanli camp in south Bulgaria, near the Turkish border, which it and international non-government human rights organizations described as inhuman and appalling.
A report published by the Agence France-Presse showed most of Syrian children in the camp suffer from cough and walk around barefooted, while women cook food in primitive mud ovens.
Based on testimonies of the displaced people, the report highlighted how the people have no access to medicines and are not allowed to leave the surrounding of the torn tens except to buy food.
The report indicated that the residents in Harmali camp suffer from moisture in the tents due to the snow, noting that most of the camp residents have undergone blackmail by smugglers who brought them to Bulgaria.
After a sharp debate, the Bulgarian government decided to build a 33 km long and 3 m high fence along the border with Turkey in a bid to cut down the flow of refugees who enter Bulgaria illegally across its neighbor.
Displaced Syrians who were forced to leave the homeland fleeing the armed terrorist groups are suffering hardships and inhuman living conditions in the camps set on the borders of Syria's neighboring countries, particularly al-Zaatari camp in Jordan.
The Syrians are prevented from leaving the camps and going back home and are being exploited in many ways.
Read more at: http://184.108.40.206/eng/21/2013/11/29/515086.htm
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November 29, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) - Army operations on Friday resulted in the demolishing of several terrorist groups' dens and destroying large amounts of weapons, in addition to thwarting infiltration attempt from Jordan.
Army units kill non-Syrian terrorists in Deir Attieh farms, Damascus Countryside
A unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in the eastern farms of Deir Attieh in Damascus Countryside.
A military source told SANA that among the dead terrorists were Abu Obaida from Saudi Arabia, who was a leader of an armed terrorist group, Abu al-Braa al-Saudi and another terrorist from Yemen nicknamed "al-Jazrawi".
An official source said that the army units killed and injured scores of terrorists in the city of al-Nabek and Reema Farms, adding that terrorists Ahmad al-Hamami and Amjad Majzoub were identified among the dead.
The source added that the army targeted terrorists hideouts in the areas of Deir Salman in the eastern al-Ghouta and Douma city, killing a number of terrorists, among them were Jamal Haydar, a group's leader and Mamdouh Kabkab.
The army units pursued and clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in the city of Harasta and the town of al-Abbada, killing many terrorists. Terrorists Muhannad Alaya and Khaled al-Qalla' were identified among the dead.
The army units also targeted terrorists in the areas of al-Qaysa and al-Bahharyeh, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and equipment. Terrorists Alaa Rashed and Ahmad al-Shayeb were identified among the dead.
Meanwhile, An army unit pursued members of an armed terrorist group in the city of al-Zabadazi, killing a terrorist, Tareq al-Hourani and injuring others.
Read more at: http://220.127.116.11/eng/33/2013/11/29/515055.htm
November 28, 2013
Provinces, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Thursday carried out several operations against terrorists in a number of areas in the country, killed and injured terrorists and destroyed their hideouts and gatherings.
Army units kill 35 terrorists in Hama countryside
A unit of the armed forces repelled members of an armed terrorist group who were attempting to sneak into the safe areas in Zour Abu Zaid in Mhardeh countryside and attack the army checkpoints, killing 35 terrorists and injuring 10 others, in addition to destroying their vehicles.
Army units eliminate terrorists in Homs countryside
A unit of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' den full of weapons and ammunition and killed all terrorists inside it in Om al-Reish village in Jub al-Jarah area in Homa countryside.
Army units kill terrorists, destroy their dens in Daraa and its countryside
Units of the armed forces killed and injured many terrorists, in addition to destroying their dens in Daraa and its countryside.
A military source told SANA that the army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings, in addition to killing and injuring many terrorists in al-Mqaibra, al-Nasriyeh and al-Ghader villages in the western countryside of Daraa.
The source added that an army unit repelled terrorists' attempt to infiltrate into the electricity company in al-Hamadin neighborhood, killing and injuring scores of them.
Another army unit hunted terrorists in Daraa camp and killed many of them, in addition to destroying their weapons.
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November 13, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) - The armed forces continued military operations in many areas across the country on Wednesday, killing scores of terrorists, destroying their gatherings and hideouts and clearing new areas of the them.
Army pounds terrorist concentrations in several areas in Damascus countryside
An official source told SANA that army units killed and wounded 50 terrorists and destroyed 3 cars equipped with heavy machineguns in Harazma town in al-Nashabieh area, as another unit destroyed a warehouse of explosive devices and home-made rockets, also eliminating an armed terrorist group east of Jisrin and Marj al-Sultan.
The terrorist Mohammad Hamada was identified among the dead.
The source pointed out that 22 terrorists have been killed in Alia farms and Karm al-Rasas in Duma area and a car loaded with weapons and ammunition was destroyed, as six terrorists east of the Police Hospital in Harasta were killed.
Army units carried out operations in the farms of al-Dilbeh town and on the outskirts of Htaitet al-Turkman town and around the Damascene Village, killing and wounding numbers of terrorists and destroying an arms cache near al-Baraa' Mosque in Beit Sahem.
In Damascus southern countryside, army units pursued terrorists on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh town, killing the terrorists Izzat Ibrahim and Ahmad Huriyah, as five terrorists were killed near al-Furn roundabout in Daraya city.
Several Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed in Qarina farms in Yabroud, among them Mohammad al-Rifai as army units destroyed an arms cache near al-Qaboun Police Station and killed numbers of terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood.
Army advances in Aleppo's old city
The army unit achieved significant advance in army areas in Aleppo's old city, taking control over parts of it after eliminating huge numbers of terrorists in these areas.
Army repels terrorists, foil wheat-looting attempts in Hasaka
The army units killed a number of terrorists who were trying to loot wheat silos in the area of Ghweran and destroyed many terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in Hasaka and its countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army killed 20 terrorists and destroyed 5 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition and some of them equipped with heavy machineguns in the areas of al-Bahharyeh, al-Qasayeb and Kharab Askar in al-Qamishli countryside.
The source added that the army eliminated the members of an armed terrorist group who were trying to loot wheat silos in Ghweran neighborhood in Hasaka city.
Terrorists eliminated, gatherings destroyed in Homs
A military source told SANA that all members of an armed terrorist group were eliminated as they were trying to infiltrate from al-Ghasbieh into al-Dwair village, in addition to eliminating another armed terrorist group while it was smuggling weapons and ammunition from al-Rastan city to the terrorists in al-Hula in Homs countryside.
The source added that an army unit destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the villages of Mhin, al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Ghanto, al-Quneitrat and in the area between the villages of Izz-Eddin and Hameis, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.
3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.
4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
5) November 12, 2013 - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html
Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
Adam Horowitz on November 12, 2013
Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.
The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.
The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.
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The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.
The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.
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Damascus, (SANA) – Director of the General Establishment for Engineering Industry, Nedal Fallouh, stressed that the Syrian-Iranian Automobile Manufacturing Company (SIAMCO) will be provided with USD 1,990 million for revitalizing the cycle of (Sham) cars industry for the Syrian market.
In a statement to SANA, Fallouh added that this amount of money will be dedicated for purchasing components of 312 cars (Sham 1600cc).
SIAMCO produced 20 to 25 cars per day before the crisis in Syria and it stopped production because of the difficulties to deliver car components to the factory in the industrial city of Adra.
November 9, 2013
Athens, (SANA) – The Greek Coast Guard announced that it seized on Thursday a ship flying the flag of Sierra Leone near Imea islets east of the Aegean Sea which was carrying around 20,000 AK-47 assault rifles, most likely bound for Syria and Libya.
Informed sources said the ship "Nour M" sailed from Ukraine to Iskenderun in Turkey, noting that the ship also carried a large amount of explosives.
The ship was taken to Symi island under the watch of the Coast Guard then it was transported to Rhodes island. Investigations showed that the ship was used before for illicit drug trafficking.
November 9, 2013
Provinces, (SANA)- The Syrian army on Saturday resumed its national duty in pursuing the armed terrorist groups, carrying out a number of military operations against the terrorists, eliminating their hideouts and weapons.
Terrorist groups eliminated in several areas in Damascus Countryside
Army units killed numbers of terrorists on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad and several areas in Damascus countryside, also destroying weapons and ammunition.
An official source told SANA that army units continued operations on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh town towards al-Hajar al-Aswad, killing several terrorists, among them Mohammad Kalash and Ghaleb al-Khadrawi, and destroyed their weaponry.
Whole terrorist groups were also eliminated in the operations and their weapons destroyed between al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad, the source added.
Another units carried out operations in al-Bouaida farms and Hejjera tow, destroying weapons and ammunition.
Army units also pursued a terrorist group east of Cars automobile company in Harasta and killed the terrorist Ibrahim al-Ess as other units carried out operations in al-Eb and Alia farms in Douma and destroyed terrorists' hideouts.
Ghassan al-Abed was identified among the killed terrorists.
The source added that army units pounded Jabhat al-Nusra concentrations in Yabroud area, killing many of them, among them Ahmad al-Fallah.
A military source told SANA that an army unit targeted a gathering for Jabhat al-Nusra in Nestle Street in Khan al-Sheih, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.
A weapons' cache, in a addition to a car bomb, were also destroyed.
A military source said that terrorists' dens were destroyed with all weapons and ammunition inside to the east of Deir-Attiyeh and to the northeast of al-Nabek and to the south of Qara in al-Qalamoun area in Damascus Countryside province, adding that the terrorists Mohammad al-Boushi, Ibrahim al-Mahini and Zyadeh al-Sharara were killed.
Also in Damascus Countryside, an army unit seized a car loaded with weapons and ammo, including 9 assault rifles with ammo and 1,500 shotgun rounds, and arrested the terrorists inside the car.
Large numbers of terrorists killed, rocket launch-pads destroyed in Aleppo
Army units killed large numbers of terrorists and destroyed their dens, rocket launch pads and mortars during a series of operations against terrorist concentrations in Aleppo and its countryside.
A military source told SANA that army units destroyed rocket launch-pads and mortar cannons in al-Jadideh and Kwairess, in addition to 11 cars loaded with weapons and ammunition and equipped with heavy machineguns in the youth residence.
The source said that large numbers of terrorists were killed east of al-Nayrab and the industrial city in Sheikh Najjar, near al-Nakkarin and Tal Abu Dana, Tal Hasel, the area surrounding al-Kindi hospital, the central prison, al-Mansoura, the area surrounding Carlton Hotel in old Aleppo and al-Sakhour neighborhood.Terrorists hunted in several areas in Homs Province
An army unit killed members of armed terrorist groups in Mahin town in Homs countryside, as other army units killed many terrorists in al-Warsheh, Bab al-Sebaa and Jurat al-Shayah neighborhoods in Homs city, in addition to killing more others in the villages of Kafar Laha, Aqrab and al-Khalediyeh.
Units of the army eliminated armed terrorist groups in al-Ghanto village in Homs countryside, destroying large amounts of weapons and ammunition and dismantling tens of explosive devices.
The source added that 16 persons who got involved in the recent events surrendered themselves and their weapons to the competent authorities in Tal-Kalakh countryside, pointing out that they were released after their vowed not to carry out any act that affects the security of the homeland and citizens in the future.
A military source told SANA that army units tightened control over the road between Talbiseh and al-Ghanto in Homs countryside after eliminating terrorists who were blocking the roads and attacking citizens.
A unit of the army confronted a terrorist group which tried to attack a military point in al-Misherfeh village in Homs countryside and eliminated all its members.
An army unit prevented a terrorist group from attacking a well east of the town of al-Mashrafah, killing a number of terrorists, injuring others and destroying three cars they had been using.
In Homs city, an army unit targeted members of a terrorist group in Bab Houd and Jouret al-Shiyah neighborhoods, eliminating a number of them and injuring others.
Jabhat al-Nusra dens destroyed in Daraa
Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' dens were destroyed on Nawa-Tseel road in Daraa countryside, with all the terrorists inside of them killed, including Bashir al-Ghali and Abdul-Salam Mahmoud al-Qarfan.
Army units eliminate terrorists' hideouts in Idleb countryside
A military source told SANA that units of the army destroyed hideouts of terrorists in Kfar kata, Maar Tamsreen in Idleb countryside.
Sniper Mustafa Abu Dan, Eid Olu, Ahmad Dabous, Ahmad Awad and Thaer Mimar were identified among the killed terrorists.
Syria army retakes key rebel enclave near Damascus
November 7, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.
For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.
He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.
Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation
In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.
The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.
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November 6, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met a delegation of the Algerian National Committee for Supporting the Steadfastness of Syria, which comprises Algerian political, media and academic figures and is chaired by head of the committee Ramadan Boudla'a.
During the meeting, President al-Assad affirmed that the Algerian people's support for Syria isn't unusual for this people, particularly as the Algerian people have had a very similar experience to what the Syrians are experiencing now in confronting terrorism, adding that the Syrian and Algerian people share an honorable history of confronting colonialism.
President al-Assad said that what is happening in the region affirms the need for uniting the efforts of Arab elite figures and nationalist to create an intellectual deterrent capable of protecting pan-Arabism and nationalism and confronting changes and foreign and takfiri plots targeting Arabs' present and future.
For their part, members of the delegation affirmed that the Algerian people support the steadfastness of the Syrian army and people in the face of terrorism and plots of sedition and division which are backed by regional and international sides, stressing that these projects target all Arabs, not just Syrians.
They also voiced confidence that Syria, the symbol of resistance and the first defender of Arab causes and interests, will be victorious.
Photo: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination. In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt.
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Along one side the West wants a puppet government in Syria and delivers constantly weapons to the terrorists and opposition fighting the Syrian government.
On the other hand, it makes publicity for its 'Global Poverty Project' by advertising mass vaccination campaigns simultaneously in Syria and other countries (Iraq, Pakistan,).
That's pure hypocrisy because polio is a result of a lack of hygienic conditions (water, food).
It is therefore that the Syrian Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef, has requested the International Concerned organizations to demand the economic embargo on Syria lifted as it targets the health, food and medicine of the Syrian children.
Let us wait and see if Western organizations and government leaders dare to be honest...
Foreign Ministry: Kerry's statements are violation of the Syrians' right to self-determination
Nov 4, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) - A Foreign and Expatriates Ministry source on Sunday dismissed US Secretary of State John Kerry's continued statements as aimed to abort Geneva conference and constituting a blatant interference in the Syrian Affairs.
The source stressed that Kerry's statements constitute violation of the Syrian people's right to self-determination.
"If the US was sincere about cooperating with the Russian Federation in sponsoring Geneva conference, then Kerry must grasp that the Syrian people alone have the right to choose their leadership and political future without any foreign interference," said the source.
It went on saying that "Kerry must realize that the success of Geneva conference depends on the will of the Syrian people themselves through agreement to work to halt violence and terrorism and achieve the political settlement that would lead to the broadest participation in drawing Syria's future."
Nobel Peace Laureate: 'Syrian people have the right for self-determination'
Abdul Razak Tlas, is the leader of the so called “Farouq brigade”.
Some times ago, he published a video on Skype where he was masturbating and removing the clothes of his ‘girlfriend’ holding up rings he stole for her.
Another video that was released some weeks ago showed Firas Tlas, main Syrian financier of terrorism and a former member of the corrupt oligarchy, in a disgusting two-woman orgy. Manaf “the toy general” Tlas, is said to have made his very own pornographic movie to be published soon as well.
Photo: “Aboudy” as his girlfriend kept calling him, is none other than Abdul Razak Tlas, whose skype cyber sex video was so disgusting, he had to flee his own terrorist organisation to Turkey.
At a press conference of Friday at the UN headquarters in New York, al-Jaafari said that Syria has been following this plan for over two years in cooperation with the UN, so any talk about Syrian government's non-cooperation is completely incorrect and untrue.
He said that some sides say that the Syrian government or the Syrian army are blockading some areas, and this is true as far as blockading some areas that contain armed terrorists who fight the government and challenge its authority, employing civilians as human shields, noting that due to concern over the safety of international humanitarian workers, they can't always enter certain hotspots, citing what happened with aid convoys for the World Food Program (WFP) which admitted to failing to enter al-Muadamiya area eight times.
Al-Jaafari noted that the Syrian government evacuated 3,000 families from the aforementioned al-Muadamiya area ten days ago under the protection of the Syrian army, adding that the Syrian government opened and equipped more than 1,000 schools to house Syrian families.
"Can UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valier Amos tell us what she did for the thousands of Syrian families that are now homeless and that fled their villages due to the criminal practices of armed groups there?" al-Jaafari asked.
He went on to assert that the Syrian government is doing the larger share of humanitarian work, something which Amos is well aware of, wondering why she attempts to deny this fact in her report to the Security Council.
Al-Jaafari said that Syria has related to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council members the effects of the punitive unilateral economic sanctions, yet Amos still insists that she is unaware of any UN report on the negative effects of these sanctions, asserting that her claims are untrue as there are two annual resolutions issued each year on this issue.
He stressed that the UN is fully aware of the negative effects of unilateral action and should be against such actions, saying that this means that Amos's political and humanitarian knowledge is lacking a very important aspect.
Al-Jaafari said that the sanctions against Syria are compulsory and punitive actions taken by a number of countries and that is unacceptable, noting that the UN General Assembly will be discussing the US embargo on Cuba which is rejected each year by a majority of 187, wondering if all the talk about rejecting unilateral action is "mere ink on paper."
Moscow, (SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhael Bogdanov, discussed with Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun in Moscow the developments in Syria and the region.
A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said the two sides exchanged viewpoints on the latest developments in Syria and they noted that viewpoints were identical on the risks of attempts aimed at deepening the conflict through fueling confrontations on religious and ethnic bases.
The source added that the two sides stressed their rejection of such attempts and highlighted the importance of developing cultural, social and religious relations between the two countries.
Mufti Hassoun: Syria's return to forefront of international position serves peace
With its return to the forefront of international position, Syria will serve peace, and its victory will mark a victory for peace in the world, Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said.
Mufti Hassoun was speaking during a lecture he delivered at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Saturday, attended by Syria's ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad.
''Syria's enemies want the scheme played out in Iraq repeated in Syria,'' Hassoun said. ''But Syria won't succumb to this as it realizes the partition they caused in Lebanon twenty years ago. At that time, Syria feared that partition, that's why it went to Lebanon to preserve it as an undivided state.''
NSA Spied on Mexican Government and French Political, Business Networks
October 23, 2013
The National Security Agency (NSA) has been caught spying on foreign leaders and ordinary citizens in France and Mexico, resulting in at least one U.S. ambassador getting an earful from French officials.
The French government summoned American Ambassador Charles Rivkin on Monday to demand an explanation for why the NSA had collected phone and Internet data of French citizens.
The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the U.S. spy agency had been intercepting French phone calls on “a massive scale.”
Using information disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Le Monde said that more than 70 million French phone calls were recorded in just one 30-day period late last year.
The communications gathering, which included text messages, involved not only those with suspected terrorist links, but also people in business, politics and the French administration.
French officials called the spying “totally unacceptable” and demanded that it cease, according to The New York Times. (In July, Le Monde reported that the French government operates its own massive surveillance program that intercepts French citizens’ phone and Internet activity.)
The NSA also was caught hacking into emails belonging to Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderón.
In May 2010, the agency “successfully exploited a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain within the Mexican Presidential network to gain first-ever access to President Felipe Calderon’s public email account,” according to an NSA document classified as “top secret,” the German newspaper Der Spiegel reported.
NSA documents obtained by Der Spiegel showed the email domain was also used by cabinet members, and contained “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico’s political system and internal stability.” The agency described the president’s office as “a lucrative source” of information.
The NSA—which labeled the operation “Flatliquid”—hacked into the email account using an internal division called Tailored Access Operations (TAO), which the agency uses for difficult missions involving special targets, according to the documents.
The NSA Has Hacked Mexican and Brazilian Government Email For Years
Beginning in May 2010, the NSA gained access to the Mexican Presidencia domain on the Mexican Presidential network and began monitoring then-president Felipe Calderon's email account, according to a document leaked to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden. The document also shows that the NSA has been surveilling the Brazilian government.
Hacking the Mexican presidential email was part of a campaign called "Flatliquid," which provided U.S. cabinet members with "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability," according to the document obtained by Spiegel.
This revelation about NSA hacking may, not surprisingly, lead to increased tension between the U.S. and Mexico. Relations were already strained by a report aired on Brazil's TV Globo network indicating that the NSA had done surveillance in the summer of 2012 on Mexico's current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who was running for president at the time.
Informations about the NSA's surveillance in Brazil has also been surfacing in recent months, causing Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, to cancel a Washington D.C. visit a few weeks ago and deliver an extremely critical speech about NSA espionage at the UN General Assembly. Spiegel reports that Rousseff had previously cited economic motivations as a potential reason for NSA surveillance, but NSA director General Keith Alexander denied this. Passages in the newly analyzed document do indicate, though, that the NSA was targeting email and telephone data from the oil company Petrobras which is majority owned by the Brazilian government.
The new documents also contain indications of the scope and intensity of NSA spying on neighboring countries, including mention of an initiative in Mexico called "Whitetamale" that took place in August 2009. During this effort, the NSA hacked Mexico's Public Security Secretariat to gain information about Mexican drug cartels and "diplomatic talking-points." 260 classified reports came out of Whitetamale that influenced diplomacy and international investments. Spiegel quotes from the document: "These TAO accesses into several Mexican government agencies are just the beginning — we intend to go much further against this important target." And apparently they did.
Germany summons US ambassador over Merkel phone spying
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle Thursday summoned the US ambassador over reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by the American intelligence services, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. Opposition parties are criticising Merkel for reacting only when it comes to her own privacy, not that of millions of Germans.
October 22, 2013
Damascus Demands War Reparations: “Countries Which Ruined Syria Must Compensate”: Syrian Deputy PM
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says countries that have participated in Syria’s crisis must compensate for the destruction they have brought to the Arab country.“We must not forget that Syria is a country rich in resources. Clearly, however, after all this destruction, its own resources are insufficient for reconstruction. Thus, one must mobilize private funds and additional resources, including form of compensation. It is natural that countries that have destroyed Syria must compensate,” Jamil said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT) on Monday. The Syrian deputy prime minister pointed the finger at Turkey, accusing the country of looting Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo.
He further noted that corrupt figures who subsequently became representatives of foreign-backed opposition groups will also have to pay for post-conflict reconstruction.
Jamil said that the issue of compensation by the states, which have played a role in the destruction of the Middle Eastern country, will be one of the priority themes at the upcoming Geneva II conference.
Belgium supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition and is thus partly responsible for the destruction of Syria
Photos: Belgian FN MAG machine gun. They are mounted on vehicles in service with the French army and exported to the Middle-East. - Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, pleaded for a military intervention in Libya. The man has good relations with the weapons and oil industry and is actually pleading for a military intervention in Syria.