21/09/2012

Peaceful Protest against Ergodan Government's Policy towards Syria

erdogan.friend.of.Israel.jpgInhabitants of Antioch City Stage Peaceful Protest against Ergodan Government's Policy towards Syria

Sep 20, 2012 - ANTIOCH, (SANA) – Inhabitants of Antioch City in Turkey insisted on staging a peaceful protest in support of Syria and to condemn Turkey's intervention in its internal affairs despite the Turkish authorities' attempt to prevent them and refusal to give permission for them.

The Turkish police blockaded the city and prevented people and cars from entering and reaching the place of gathering as the participants decided to challenge the authorities' refusal to give the permission for their peaceful demonstration against the policy of Erdogan's government against Syria.

Despite the firm Turkish procedures, the protesters succeeded to enter through close crossings and reach the place of gathering.

The participants raised banners which called for toppling the Turkish wali to which the Turkish police responded by firing tear gas and beating them with electric sticks.

In the same context, Turkish political analysts condemned the hostile policy of Premier Recep Tayyib Erdogan against Syria, adding that these government is carrying out a US policy within the framework of the imperialist project which aims at fragmenting the region and destabilizing its security.

The analysts said that harboring the mercenary terrorists on the Turkish territories is a wrong act and it violates the constitution, holding Erdogan's government responsible for shedding the blood of Syrian people.

They stressed that the government did not respect the good-neighborly relations and the fraternity between the Syrian and Turkish people, adding that its polices have negative consequences on the entire country from the inside as well as its relations with the neighboring and influential countries.

R. Raslan/ Ghossoun

Photo: Erdogan, friend of the US. and Israel

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Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

 

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Photo (SANA): peaceful protest against Erdogan's government

20/09/2012

Russian aid arrives in Syria

Russian.Aid.Syria.jpgFirst Batch of Russian Aid Arrives with 38 Tons of Food Supplies

Sep 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- A Russian aircraft on Thursday arrived in Damascus International Airport carrying on board 38 tons of food supplies in aid to the families affected due to the crisis in Syria.

Deputy Director of Emergencies Department at the Russian Ministry of Extraordinary Situations, Alexander Bogdanov, said the Russian government decided to send humanitarian aid to Syria out of the friendly relations between both countries.

He noted that another aircraft scheduled to arrive tomorrow with a second batch of humanitarian aid will also be carrying 38 other tons of food supplies, indicating to the arrival of a third batch at a date to be determined later.

Bogdanov said that the cargo of today's aircraft included sugar, meat, milk and canned fish.

"This aid is an evidence of Russia's principled stances towards Syria and the strong and solid relations between the Syrian and Russian governments and peoples," said Assistant Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Hassan Hijazi.

He highlighted that the distribution of the food materials will be carried out through cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, in addition to the civil and non-government organizations.

For his part, Bassel Salah-Eddin, from the Public Relations Department at the SARC, stressed on coordination with the Ministry and civil organizations to ensure delivering the aid supplies to the affected people at the shelter centers and housing gatherings in the various provinces.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/20/442621.htm
(SANA's website is regularly bl
ocked by foreign military services and Google gives for the search of 'latest news Syria', almost exclusively the messages of the western war propaganda machine)

Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

Syria: Meeting Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry

petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry .jpgAl-Halki: Government Committed to Backing Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sector

Sep 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halki underscored the importance of the petroleum and mineral resources sector as one of the vital sectors in supporting national economy and catering to the development, industrial and service needs.

Al-Halki, who chaired a meeting at the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry on Thursday, said "The oil sector is faced with external and internal challenges attributed to the economic sanctions and the security situation,'' reiterating the government's commitment to backing this sector and smoothing over the difficulties facing it, and taking the necessary measures and decisions as to meet the needs of citizens.

He said that the economic situation is reassuring, indicating that the valiant Syrian army has scored considerable achievements in the battle against terrorism, and is carrying out its duty in defending the citizens. Al-Halki pointed to a change in the world countries' stances regarding the situation in Syria, reiterating that the internal crisis is moving towards peaceful solution and national reconciliation.

Later, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources gave a review of the status of work and production at the institutions and companies affiliated to the Ministry, highlighting the attacks against the oil wells and stations by armed terrorist groups, and the efforts of these companies to protect oil institutions.

In press statements following the meeting, Prime Minister al-Halki said that the government is exerting all necessary efforts to provide oil derivatives for citizens, especially the heating oil and gas, affirming that the meeting came up with feasible solutions to meet the needs of citizens.

Al-Halki stressed that gas is available in most of the provinces, citing some exceptions in several areas due to the acts of the terrorist groups who are blocking routs to prevent the access of these substances to citizens.

He added that the difficulties in providing the heating oil are ascribed to the challenges in transporting this substance due to the attacks which targeted the oil transportation lines.

The prime minister stressed that the strategic reserve of the heating oil caters to the needs of citizens during winter, which is estimated at 200 liters in the next couple of months, adding that it will be distributed according to mechanisms defined by the Ministry of Petroleum starting from September 23.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/20/442753.htm

(SANA's website is regularly blocked by foreign military services and Google gives for the search of 'latest news Syria', almost exclusively the messages of the western war propaganda machine)

Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

19/09/2012

Erdogan, friend of US. and Israel

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Turkish television footage showed the so called 'Syrian rebels' taking down the Syrian flag on top of a government building at the Tel Abyad border gate. Sporadic gunfire could be heard and black smoke rose from parts of what appeared to be a customs building.

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Who's responsible for the terrorist acts and suffering of the Syrian people ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

The UN., which is an instrument of Washington, remains silent about the continuous arming and payment of the Syrian terrorists...

More news is to find on the website of the Syrian News Agency SANA that is regularly blocked by the warmongering foreign countries http://sana.sy/index_eng.html 

War against muslims: France

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September 19th, 2012 - The French government said that it planned on temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, after a French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed by portraying him naked in cartoons.

Photo: French concentration camp for victims of the Nazi Germany backed Franco regime

Syria: Operation Gladio

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Are the western military interventions in Corea, Vietnam, Cambodja, Laos, Serbia, Iraq, Lybia, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan connected with Operation Gladio, a far-right secret army, operated by the CIA and MI6 through NATO ?

The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in Europe

"Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State" (James Jesus Angleton, Head of CIA Counter Intelligence 1954-1974)

Originally aired on BBC2 in 1992, 'Operation Gladio' reveals 'Gladio', the secret state-sponsored terror network operating in Europe. 

This BBC series is about a far-right secret army, operated by the CIA and MI6 through NATO, which killed hundreds of innocent Europeans and attempted to blame the deaths on Baader Meinhof, Red Brigades and other left wing groups. Known as 'stay-behinds' these armies were given access to military equipment which was supposed to be used for sabotage after a Soviet invasion. Instead it was used in massacres across mainland Europe as part of a CIA Strategy of Tension. Gladio killing sprees in Belgium and Italy were carried out for the purpose of frightening the national political classes into adopting U.S. policies.

17/09/2012

China rejects any foreign intervention in Syria's affairs

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Beijing Reiterates Rejection of any Foreign Intervention in Syria's affairs

September 17th, 2012 - Beijing, (SANA) - China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi reiterated his county's rejection of any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, stressing that the political resolution to the crisis should be realized by the Syrian people.

"The international community has to commit to searching for a political solution to the crisis.. the Syrian people's will should be respected.. the resolution should be reached by them, not through foreign sides," Xinhua news Agency quoted Jiechi as saying during a meeting with a delegation of the Coordination Committee.

He expressed his country's determination to respect and support the political solution as long as it was accepted by the sides concerned in Syria, calling these sides to cooperate with the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Mazen Eyon

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/17/442145.htm

(SANA's website is regularly blocked by foreign military services and Google gives for the search of 'latest news Syria, almost exclusively the news of the western war propaganda machine)

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

16/09/2012

President Nasser's speech about National Sovereignty

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Speech by President Nasser of the United Arab Republic, September 15, 1956

In these decisive days in the history of mankind, these days in which truth struggles to have itself recognized in international chaos where powers of evil domination and imperialism have prevailed, Egypt stands firmly to preserve her sovereignty. Your country stands solidly and staunchly to preserve her dignity against imperialistic schemes of a number of nations who have uncovered their desires for domination and supremacy.

In these days and in such circumstances Egypt has resolved to show the world that when small nations decide to preserve their sovereignty, they will do that all right and that when these small nations are fully determined to defend their rights and maintain their dignity, they will undoubtedly succeed in achieving their ends. . . .

I am speaking in the name of every Egyptian Arab and in the name of all free countries and of all those who believe in liberty and are ready to defend it. I am speaking in the name of principles proclaimed by these countries in the Atlantic Charter. But they are now violating these principles and it has become our lot to shoulder the responsibility of reaffirming and establishing them anew. . . .

We have tried by all possible means to cooperate with those countries which claim to assist smaller nations and which promised to collaborate with us but they demanded their fees in advance. This we refused so they started to fight with us. They said they will pay toward building the High Dam and then they withdrew their offer and cast doubts on the Egyptian economy. Are we to declaim [disclaim?] our sovereign right? Egypt insists her sovereignty must remain intact and refuses to give up any part of that sovereignty for the sake of money.

Egypt nationalized the Egyptian Suez Canal company. When Egypt granted the concession to de Lesseps it was stated in the concession between the Egyptian Government and the Egyptian company that the company of the Suez Canal is an Egyptian company subject to Egyptian authority. Egypt nationalized this Egyptian company and declared freedom of navigation will be preserved.

But the imperialists became angry. Britain and France said Egypt grabbed the Suez Canal as if it were part of France or Britain. The British Foreign Secretary forgot that only two years ago he signed an agreement stating the Suez Canal is an integral part of Egypt.

Egypt declared she was ready to negotiate. But as soon as negotiations began threats and intimidations started. . . .

Eden stated in the House of Commons there shall be no discrimination between states using the canal. We on our part reaffirm that and declare there is no discrimination between canal users. He also said Egypt shall not be allowed to succeed because that would spell success for Arab nationalism and would be against their policy, which aims at the protection of Israel.

Today they are speaking of a new association whose main objective would be to rob Egypt of the canal and deprive her of rightful canal dues. Suggestions made by Eden in the House of Commons which have been backed by France and the United States are a clear violation of the 1888 convention, since it is impossible to have two bodies organizing navigation in the canal. . . .

By stating that by succeeding, Abdel Nasser would weaken Britain : s stand against Arab nationalism, Eden is in fact admitting his real objective is not Abdel Nasser as such but rather to defeat Arab nationalism and crush its cause. Eden speaks and finds his own answer. A month ago he let out the cry that be was after Abdel Nasser. Today the Egyptian people are fully conscious of their sovereign rights and Arab nationalism is fully awakened to its new destiny....

Those who attack Egypt will never leave Egypt alive. We shall fight a regular war, a total war, a guerrilla war. Those who attack Egypt will soon realize they brought disaster upon themselves. He who attacks Egypt attacks tile whole Arab world. They say in their papers the -whole thing will be over in forty-eight hours. They do not know how strong we really are.

We believe in international law. But we will never submit. We shall show the world bow a small country can stand in the face of great powers threatening with armed might. Egypt might be a small power but she is great inasmuch as she has faith in her power and convictions. I feel quite certain every Egyptian shares the same convictions as I do and believes in everything I am stressing now.

We shall defend our freedom and independence to the last drop of our blood. This is the stanch feeling of every Egyptian. The whole Arab nation will stand by us in our common fight against aggression and domination. Free peoples, too, people who are really free will stand by us and support us against the forces of tyranny….

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1956Nasser-suez1.html

Turkish government opened its airports and border to terrorists

 

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Foreign Ministry: Turkish Government Opened its Airports and Borders to Terrorists to Commit Crimes against the Syrians 

Sept. 16th, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that the Turkish government has opened its airports and border to terrorist members to carry out terrorist acts against the Syrian people in a flagrant violation of the international law and the rules of good neighborliness.

The Ministry's stress came in two identical letters addressed on Sunday to Chairman of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General.

The Ministry affirmed in its letters that the Turkish government has allowed the entry of thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists and takfiris and wahhabis to commit their crimes of killing the innocent Syrians, blowing up their properties and spreading chaos and sabotage in Syria.

"The Turkish government was not only satisfied at hosting the organizations hostile to Syria which came from Arab and different countries or supplying them with weapons and money, but it also opened camps to train the terrorists, receive and host them," the Foreign Ministry said, affirming that one of the Turkish opposition MPs described the refugees whom the Turkish government claims hosting them in camps set up before the outbreak of events in Syria as they are a form of new religious militants.

The Ministry said that the world media has affirmed that, during the latest months, the Turkish government, in particular, received hundreds of tons of weapons coming from Libya and other states through merchants and brokers of terror and delivered them to members of al-Qaeda and Jihadists in Syria in a flagrant violation of the UN Security Council's relevant resolutions, apart from the Turkish weapons given to terrorists and seized by the competent authorities.

The two letters called on the Security Council and its committees to immediately investigate into these dangerous information unveiled and published in a lot of world media, including what has been mentioned in Sunday Times on September 14th, 2012 in order to put an end to these terrorist violations, prosecute and punish the perpetrators, their supporters and funders as they pose a direct threat to the life of Syrian citizens as well as the peace and security of the region.

The Ministry concluded its two letters by saying that the continued silence on those crimes in the framework of immoral coalitions between Turkey and a number of influential countries at the UN Security council, in addition to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya which send carriers of weapons into Syria's neighboring states means supporting the terror, funding it and instigating kill and spite in Syria.

H. Said/ Mazen Eyon  

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/16/441843.htm

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, friend of the US. and Israel

15/09/2012

Anti-U.S. protests continues

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September 15, 2012 - CAIRO — From Tunis to Cairo to Jakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim world erupted in protests aimed at the United States on Friday as anger over the video that mocks the prophet Muhammad boiled over into assaults on embassies or demonstrations in nearly two dozen countries.

On Saturday morning, after four days of violent protests, hundreds of Egyptian security forces, some of them in plainclothes, pushed protesters out of Tahrir Square and made arrests, witnesses said. 

In Sydney, riot police clashed with about 200 protesters at the U.S. Consulate as demonstrations spread to Australia, the Associated Press reported. Hundreds of protesters also gathered outside the American embassy in Damascus — which has been closed since February — on Saturday to protest the controversial video, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Anti-U.S. protests spread to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Britain, East Jerusalem, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, the West Bank and Yemen. 

Photo: American propaganda

Protests anti-moslim film: Syria

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Hundreds of Syrian People Protest outside US Embassy in Damascus against US anti-Islam Film

Sep 13, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Hundreds of syrian people gathered on Thursday outside the US Embassy in Damascus to protest against the US film "the Innocence of Islam" which abused Islam and Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him.

Protesters waved placards condemning the film which is aimed at instigating religious conflicts, blaming the responsibility on the US administration which allowed the production and broadcasting of this film.

F.Allafi

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/13/441489.htm

(The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by western propaganda services)

14/09/2012

National sovereignty: President Nasser

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Speech by President Nasser of the United Arab Republic, September 15, 1956

In these decisive days in the history of mankind, these days in which truth struggles to have itself recognized in international chaos where powers of evil domination and imperialism have prevailed, Egypt stands firmly to preserve her sovereignty. Your country stands solidly and staunchly to preserve her dignity against imperialistic schemes of a number of nations who have uncovered their desires for domination and supremacy.

In these days and in such circumstances Egypt has resolved to show the world that when small nations decide to preserve their sovereignty, they will do that all right and that when these small nations are fully determined to defend their rights and maintain their dignity, they will undoubtedly succeed in achieving their ends. . . .

I am speaking in the name of every Egyptian Arab and in the name of all free countries and of all those who believe in liberty and are ready to defend it. I am speaking in the name of principles proclaimed by these countries in the Atlantic Charter. But they are now violating these principles and it has become our lot to shoulder the responsibility of reaffirming and establishing them anew. . . .

We have tried by all possible means to cooperate with those countries which claim to assist smaller nations and which promised to collaborate with us but they demanded their fees in advance. This we refused so they started to fight with us. They said they will pay toward building the High Dam and then they withdrew their offer and cast doubts on the Egyptian economy. Are we to declaim [disclaim?] our sovereign right? Egypt insists her sovereignty must remain intact and refuses to give up any part of that sovereignty for the sake of money.

Egypt nationalized the Egyptian Suez Canal company. When Egypt granted the concession to de Lesseps it was stated in the concession between the Egyptian Government and the Egyptian company that the company of the Suez Canal is an Egyptian company subject to Egyptian authority. Egypt nationalized this Egyptian company and declared freedom of navigation will be preserved.

But the imperialists became angry. Britain and France said Egypt grabbed the Suez Canal as if it were part of France or Britain. The British Foreign Secretary forgot that only two years ago he signed an agreement stating the Suez Canal is an integral part of Egypt.

Egypt declared she was ready to negotiate. But as soon as negotiations began threats and intimidations started. . . .

Eden stated in the House of Commons there shall be no discrimination between states using the canal. We on our part reaffirm that and declare there is no discrimination between canal users. He also said Egypt shall not be allowed to succeed because that would spell success for Arab nationalism and would be against their policy, which aims at the protection of Israel.

Today they are speaking of a new association whose main objective would be to rob Egypt of the canal and deprive her of rightful canal dues. Suggestions made by Eden in the House of Commons which have been backed by France and the United States are a clear violation of the 1888 convention, since it is impossible to have two bodies organizing navigation in the canal. . . .

By stating that by succeeding, Abdel Nasser would weaken Britain : s stand against Arab nationalism, Eden is in fact admitting his real objective is not Abdel Nasser as such but rather to defeat Arab nationalism and crush its cause. Eden speaks and finds his own answer. A month ago he let out the cry that be was after Abdel Nasser. Today the Egyptian people are fully conscious of their sovereign rights and Arab nationalism is fully awakened to its new destiny....

Those who attack Egypt will never leave Egypt alive. We shall fight a regular war, a total war, a guerrilla war. Those who attack Egypt will soon realize they brought disaster upon themselves. He who attacks Egypt attacks tile whole Arab world. They say in their papers the -whole thing will be over in forty-eight hours. They do not know how strong we really are.

We believe in international law. But we will never submit. We shall show the world bow a small country can stand in the face of great powers threatening with armed might. Egypt might be a small power but she is great inasmuch as she has faith in her power and convictions. I feel quite certain every Egyptian shares the same convictions as I do and believes in everything I am stressing now.

We shall defend our freedom and independence to the last drop of our blood. This is the stanch feeling of every Egyptian. The whole Arab nation will stand by us in our common fight against aggression and domination. Free peoples, too, people who are really free will stand by us and support us against the forces of tyranny….

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1956Nasser-suez1.html

American missile 'defence' system: Russia and China could react jointly

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Russia & India Report
September 13, 2012

U.S. Anti-missile plans for the Asia-Pacific
Olga Gritsenko
First published in Russian in Vzglyad

Washington announced plans last spring to expand its missile defence shield and install its components not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the Middle East. US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Global Strategic Issues Madelyn Creedon said at the time that locations in Australia, Japan, and South Korea could be selected. It was also reported in August that missile defence components – early warning radars – would appear in Japan and the Philippines.

Observers haven’t ruled out the possibility that Russia and China could join efforts to resolve the American missile defence problem. “China has significantly intensified cooperation with Russia in terms of resisting the deployment of the American missile defence system. The deployment of missile defences in the region will be met with rather stiff resistance from China, which will be expressed in diplomatic demarches and will also take some kind of practical form,” Captain Konstantin Sivkov, Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

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America’s plans to deploy missile defences in the Asia-Pacific region and the way Washington is implementing START are causes of concern in Moscow.

Russia is keeping a close eye on U.S. plans to deploy missile defences in the Asia-Pacific region, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said recently, adding that Moscow reserves the right to undertake certain measures in response to America’s growing potential.

“The continuing growth of the U.S. potential in what we call the Far East – the Asia-Pacific region – has not gone unnoticed in Russia. We are closely following what is happening between the U.S. and its allies in Asia. Important events are unfolding there and a lot has already been achieved,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told a nonproliferation conference in Moscow on September 7.

Washington announced plans last spring to expand its missile defence shield and install its components not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the Middle East. US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Global Strategic Issues Madelyn Creedon said at the time that locations in Australia, Japan, and South Korea could be selected. It was also reported in August that missile defence components – early warning radars – would appear in Japan and the Philippines.

Earlier, the U.S. had announced plans to establish a military base in Australia. The White House has made no secret of the fact that it sees China as the main regional threat. As the American leader Barack Obama put it back then, the United States and small Asian countries had long been concerned about Beijing’s territorial claims to islands in the South China Sea. Washington considers this region to be of great strategic importance, because up to US$ 1.2 billion in commercial shipping passes through it annually it on the way to American shores.

Observers haven’t ruled out the possibility that Russia and China could join efforts to resolve the American missile defence problem. “China has significantly intensified cooperation with Russia in terms of resisting the deployment of the American missile defence system. The deployment of missile defences in the region will be met with rather stiff resistance from China, which will be expressed in diplomatic demarches and will also take some kind of practical form,” Captain Konstantin Sivkov, Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

However, Moscow still hopes to continue negotiations with Washington on this subject. “We must work with America to achieve something meaningful. Failing that, we have a number of measures – measures that the Russian President has mentioned,” Ryabkov said.

New Start treaty

Signed in Prague on April 8, 2010, the New START treaty is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia that went into force on February 5, 2011 for a period of ten years. Under the treaty, the parties should provide each other with information on their strategic offensive arms, including the geographic coordinates of underground Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launchers (with up to one geophysical minute precision). The parties exchange data on the status of their strategic offensive weapons on March 1 and September 1 of each year.

Commenting on the missile defence programme in his first interview since the inauguration, Russian president Vladimir Putin noted that his American counterpart would like to solve this problem. “Is it possible to find a solution to the problem if president Obama is re-elected for a second term? In principle, yes, it is. But this isn’t just about President Obama. I believe that he genuinely wants to work out a solution to the problem,” the Russian President said.

He believes that both the military lobby and the Department of State, “with its quite conservative machinery,” have been hindering the search for a solution to this problem. “In order to solve the missile defence issue, we both need to accept the fact that we are reliable partners and allies,” he explained.

Moscow unhappy with U.S. implementation of START

Meanwhile, yet another problem could be emerging in Russian-American relations. It became known on Friday that Moscow was not happy with how Washington is carrying out its obligations under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). “On balance, our assessment (based on inspection results) is positive, but we also have some observations, and those observations are not fit for public discussion. They need to be discussed in the format of a bilateral advisory committee set up under the treaty, and the next session of this bilateral advisory committee will take place in Geneva before the end of September,” Ryabkov told Interfax.

“We have a list of questions we would like to ask the American side, and I suspect that they are also eager to share their opinions with us about what they believe is necessary based on the experience of the inspections exchange. There is nothing there than cannot be discussed, there are no concerns that cannot be overcome through normal, systematic, and responsible work by the delegations,” the Foreign Ministry’s representative added.

September 14, 2012  

Photo: Standard Missile-3 launch

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Latest Stories on Iran threat

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

Amid Israeli threat to strike Iran, 35-nation board of the UN nuclear agency adopts resolution voicing 'serious concern' about Iran's nuclear progress, while stating a peaceful diplomatic solution is desired.

by Reuters

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U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

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Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

Amid U.S.-Israel tension over Iran's nuclear program, West persuades Russia and China to adopt a resolution demanding that Iran halt any action that could promote development of nuclear bomb.

by The Associated Press

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Clinton's slap in the face

Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

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Netanyahu’s Iran comments cause American media stir

‘Red line’ comments renewed tensions between Washington and Jerusalem.

by Natasha Mozgovaya

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White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

Obama phones Netanyahu after White House snubs Israeli PM’s request to meet

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New poll: Majority of Americans oppose military strike on Iran

As tensions mount between Israel and the U.S. over Iran, a poll by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs shows widespread support for the Administration’s cautious policies.

by Chemi Shalev

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Netanyahu’s challenge: Keeping Iran on boil until November

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

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On 9/11 anniversary, U.S. envoy to Israel commemorates victims, cautions against nuclear Iran

U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro leads ceremony at Israeli 9/11 memorial in Jerusalem, attended by relatives of Israeli victims.

by Mordechai I. Twersky

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9/11 first responders find respite

Obama commemorates 9/11 victims at Pentagon ceremony

Shofar so good

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The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, September 11

From Netanyahu’s criticism of the international community over its position on Iran, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Tel Aviv, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

by Haaretz

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After one-month rift over Iran issue, Peres, Netanyahu meet in private

The meeting was an effort to mend the rift between the President and the Prime Minister, after Peres said that Israel must not strike Iran’s nuclear facilities without U.S.support.

by Barak Ravid

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Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

Former Israeli President Yitzhak Navon backs Peres on Iran statements

Top Israeli official: U.S. refusal to set 'red lines' helps Iran reach nuclear goals

In secret visit to Israel, U.K. officials warn Netanyahu against unilateral attack on Iran

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

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IAEA demands immediate access to suspected Iranian nuclear weapons site

Yukiya Amano, director general of UN's nuclear watchdog says it is 'frustrating' that no concrete progress had been made in talks between Iran, IAEA geared at resolving nuclear standoff.

by Reuters

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Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

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U.A.E. official: We will strike in Iran if Iranian terror squads target Gulf states

Speaking to al-Arabiya network, Dubai's police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Syria in wake of Assad's possible ouster.

by Avi Issacharoff

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Romney: Iran's nuclear progress is Obama's biggest foreign policy failure

Speaking to NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Republican presidential candidate says Tehran closer to achieving nuclear capabilities than when Obama entered office in 2008.

by Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz

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Netanyahu 'lost his temper,' reprimanded U.S. envoy over Iran, says congressman

U.S. Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham urge tougher stand on Syria, Iran

Obama's lead over Romney grows

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Iran military official says Tehran set to unveil long-range cruise missile

Speaking to Press TV, Iran's deputy defense minister says Islamic Republic will 'soon' display the Meshkat missile, with a reported range of 2,000 kilometers.

by Haaretz

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Report: Amid talk of new nuclear sanctions, Iran's currency hits record low

Semi-official Iranian news agency says rial drops 7 percent in a single day to 24,300 rials to the dollar, in what could be the effect of the West's financial measures against Tehran.

by The Associated Press and Haaretz

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Crippling sanctions and isolation likely to drag Iran back to the negotiating table

EU preparing new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Reshuffling the deck: Barak now opposes Israeli strike on Iran, sources say

People who have met the defense minister in recent weeks say he cites his objections with the same conviction and skill he used to support an attack just two months ago.

by Yossi Verter

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Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

Barak rejects reports he now opposes Israeli strike on Iran

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Deputy U.S. army chief arrives in Israel, amid continued debate on nuclear Iran

Admiral James A. Winnefeld makes unannounced visit, to meet Israeli security officials and discuss the countries' continued military cooperation.

by Gili Cohen

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Report: U.S. General Dempsey says he does not want to be 'complicit' in Israeli attack on Iran

Senior U.S. intelligence official: Israel won't strike Iran before November

Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

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Netanyahu, the serial violator of Israeli gag orders

Senior Haaretz analyst Amir Oren says Netanyahu's outrage over leaks from the security cabinet is laughable in light of Netanyahu's own leaks over the attack on a nuclear reactor in Syria.

by Amir Oren

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Netanyahu cancels security cabinet meeting, citing information leak

Netanyahu rebukes Mofaz for 'irresponsible' remarks on Iran policy

Netanyahu mulls polygraph tests for ministers after Iran discussion leaked

 

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/meta/Tag/Iran%20threat

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Photo: A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are visiting Israel each month. Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July. The Israeli Tourism Ministry: ‘Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month.’    Iran, a ‘threat to Israel’ ?

13/09/2012

Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

Latest News Syria: Terrorists Repelled and Killed

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Terrorists Repelled and Killed, DShK-equipped Cars Destroyed in Several Areas, Yelda Citizens Return Home

Sep 13, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) - Residents of Yalda town in Damascus Countryside on Thursday started to return to their homes after the armed forces cleaned their town from the armed terrorist groups terrorists and restored security.

Journalists from different media outlets roamed in Yalda streets and squares, inspecting the destruction caused to the town by the terrorist groups which had set fire to the private Hospital of Hariri after they stole it and desecrated al-Ghazali Mosque, in addition to stealing shops and breaking down water and electricity networks.

Meanwhile, the authorities seized a workshop for manufacturing explosive devices in al-Shihab Street in Yelda town.

The authorities also confiscated 5 explosive devices ready to be detonated, 7 others under preparation and devices for remote detonation.

Units of armed forces continued hunting the fleeing terrorist mercenaries in al-Hijeira town in Damascus Countryside.

a Number of Terrorists Killed, Others Arrested  in Aleppo City

A unit of the armed forces on Thursday killed and injured a number of terrorists in Bustan al-Qasr area in the city of Aleppo.

Another army unit clashed with terrorists driving a car on Raqqa-Aleppo road and killed tow of them.

The army members seized the car which contained a number of explosive devices, advanced communication devices, computers and a pistol, in addition to documents including information on the terrorist groups.

Authorities stormed a terrorists' hideout in al-Zabadiyeh in Aleppo, arresting 12 terrorists from Idleb, Taftanaz and al-Bab and seizing their weapons.

The seized weapons included BKC machineguns, a gun and explosive devices.

Meanwhile, the security forces killed and injured a number of terrorists in al-Sejen Street near al-Sweiqa neighborhood in Aleppo.

Army Units Continue Pursuing Terrorists in Aleppo, Inflict Heavy Losses upon them

The army units continued pursuing armed terrorist groups and clashed with them in several locations in Aleppo and its countryside and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit killed and injured several terrorists in Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, while security forces carried out a qualitative operation and eliminated a number of terrorists and wounded others in al-Sijn street near al-Sweiqa neighborhood in Aleppo.

The source added that the Syrian armed forces stormed a hideout for terrorists in al-Zoubaidiah neighborhood and arrested 12 terrorists from Idleb, Taftanaz and al-Bab districts.

In Khan al-Assal, a number of terrorists, including group leaders, were killed in a qualitative operation carried out by the Syrian army.

In Kafar Hamra, army units destroyed three DShK-equipped vehicles and killed terrorists who were scouting the area to facilitate the entry of armed terrorist groups into Aleppo.

Terrorists Killed, DShK-equipped Cars Destroyed in Homs

In Homs, a unit of the armed forces repelled an armed terrorist group's attempt to attack law-enforcement forces checkpoints and citizens in Talkalakh city in the countryside of the province.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the army members inflicted direct losses upon the terrorist group, killing and injuring its members.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces destroyed a SUV car equipped with a DShK machinegun in Wadi al-Sayeh area in Homs. 

The authorities on Wednesday night hunted an armed terrorist group in Bab Hood neighborhood in the city of Homs and inflicted heavy losses upon it. An official source told SANA reporter that armed forces arrested many terrorists including an armed terrorist group's leader and injured others.

An army unit on Wednesday night destroyed 4 cars equipped with DShK machineguns killing all the terrorists inside, who had been blocking roads and attacking citizens and the law-enforcement forces near Teeba center in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside.

A hideout for an armed terrorist group in al-Boeida al-Sharqiya near al-Qseir in Homs countryside exploded on Wednesday killing a large number of terrorists.

The hideout was used by the armed group as a warehouse for hiding weapons.

Armed Forces Direct Painful Blows to Terrorists in al-Qseir Countryside

A unit of our armed forces stormed into a terrorists' den in Akoum town, in al-Qseir countryside inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that our armed forces killed a number of terrorists, arrested six others wanted and confiscated their weapons.

On the other hand, the source added that the competent authorities destroyed a Pick-up car with terrorists inside near al-Daf bridge in al-Qseir farms.

The source noted that terrorists Adnan Hassan al-Hamid and Ahmed Mahmoud al-Ahmad were identified among the dead.

Armed forces Storm Terrorists' hideouts in al-Rastan, Homs

In al-Rastan city and its countryside in Homs province, A unit of the armed forces destroyed hideouts for the armed terrorist groups in al-Mazarae al-Gharbiyeh area, jabal al-Ken, talet al-Rastan, inflicting heavy losses upon their members. 

Terrorist Attack against Law-enforcement Forces Thwarted, Two Terrorists Killed, Car Loaded with Weapons Seized in Daraa

The authorities thwarted an attempt by a gunmen to attack law-enforcement members in al-Kashef area in Daraa and killed him.

The authorities in Daraa stormed a hideout for an armed terrorist group on the edges of Inkhel city in the countryside of Daraa.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the raid operation resulted in eliminating terrorists Mohammad Munir al-Eid and Hussein Hassan al-Eid.

According to the source, the authorities seized a stolen red Nissan car with 3 machineguns and their ammunition, 8 anti-tunk mines and large amount of grenades and explosive devices. 

Authorities Kill and Wound Terrorists in Daraa Countryside, Confiscated Their Weapons

The competent authorities on Thursday clashed with an armed terrorist group tried to attack citizens and law-enforcement members in Alma village, in Khirbet Ghazaleh, Daraa Countryside.

The clash resulted in killing and wounding a number of terrorists and confiscating various weapons and ammunition in their possession.

SANA reporter quoted a source in Daraa province as saying that Myassar al-O'wair, Munzer Barghouth from Da'el were identified among the dead, adding that forged cards were seized in their possession.

A number of Terrorists Arrested in Hasaka

The authorities in Hasaka raid a terrorists' hideout in the center of the city and arrested 16 terrorists.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that two missile launching bases, 9 pump action rifles, 9 Russian guns, two machineguns and 3 laptops were seized during the raid operation.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/13/441338.htm

(The Website of SANA is regularly blocked by the American war propaganda services)

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

US envoy dies in Benghazi

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12 Sep 2012 -The US ambassador to Libya and three other American staffers died on Tuesday night in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, US officials have said.

An armed mob attacked and set fire to the consulate building during a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam's prophet, Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt's capital.

The two incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks in the US.

The US government confirmed that Ambassador Chris Stevens and information technology officer Sean Smith, in addition to two unnamed personnel, died in the attack. Libyan security source told Al Jazeera that Stevens died from smoke inhalation.

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to bring the attackers to justice in public remarks on Wednesday morning and said the attack would not break the bonds between the United States and Libya.

In a press conference, Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib said the government "will do all in our power to respond to this incident in order for all the perpetrators to be arrested and penalised."

Nearly 3,000 demonstrators, many of them supporters of the ultraconservative Salafist movement, gathered at the US embassy in Cairo in protest against the amateur film.

A dozen men scaled the embassy walls and one of them tore down the US flag, replacing it with a black one inscribed with the Muslim profession of faith: "There is no God but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God."

Demonstrators also scrawled the first part of the statement "There is no God but God" on the walls of the embassy compound.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from outside the US embassy in Cairo, said that the protesters want the film - portions of which can be found online - "out of circulation".

"Most of the people I've spoken to here ... say that they've seen the trailer to this film and that they're here outside the American embassy to stay until the film is pulled," she said.

Egyptian police intervened without resorting to force and persuaded the trespassers to come down.

The crowd then largely dispersed, leaving just a few hundred protesters outside the US mission.

Mustafa Abushagour, the deputy prime minister, called the killings "an attack on America, Libya and the free world".

US officials said a team of roughly 50 specialised rapid response Marines trained in protecting government personnel abroad had been dispatched to reinforce security in Libya. 

Stevens was paying a short visit to the city when the consulate came under attack, Al Jazeera's Suleiman El-Dressi reported from Benghazi.

Two staff members were injured, El-Dressi reported. Up to 10 Libyan security guards who battled the attackers also died, said Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's envoy to the United Nations.

Clinton and Obama praised the Libyans who attempted to defend the consulate and brought Stevens's body to a hospital, where a doctor reportedly tried to revive him for 90 minutes.

Attack appeared 'planned'

Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif blamed loyalists of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi for the attack, while stressing that the United States should have removed its personnel from the country when news of the film's release broke.

"It was necessary that they take precautions. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said.

Sharif cited protests that broke out earlier this summer when al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan. On Tuesday, in a little-noticed development, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly confirmed Libi's death.

Quilliam, an British think tank that aims to oppose Muslim extremism, asserted on Wednesday that the attack on the consulate was not part of a protest but a "planned terrorist assault" to avenge Libi's death.

Quilliam said that the evidence pointing to such a conclusion came from witness statements that those outside the consulate were carrying RPGs and that the assault came in two apparently calculated waves, the second of which targeted the Americans after they had fled the consulate for a safe house.

Sharif said that those who attacked the consulate were more heavily armed that the Libyan security services tasked with protecting the embassy. The group Ansar al-Sharia, or Supporters of Islamic Law, had initially been blamed for the attack but claimed in a press conference on Wednesday morning that it did not take partm, thought it did support the action. 

The bodies of the dead were transported to the Benghazi airport, to be flown to Tripoli and then onwards to a major US airbase in Germany.

On Wednesday morning, the compound stood empty, with passersby freely walking in to take a look at the damage. Walls were charred and a small fire burned inside one of the buildings. A small group of men was trying to extinguish the
flames and three security men briefly surveyed the scene.

Some blood stains could also be seen in front of one of the buildings. Three cars were torched.

Stevens, a career member of the US foreign service, arrived in Tripoli to take up the post of ambassador in May 2012, having served for years in Libya.

He was the US government's representative to the opposition National Transitional Council during the 2011 uprising against the government of Muammar Gaddafi and had previously been the second-ranking US diplomat in Libya.

Mystery film

The origins of the film, supposedly called "Innocence of Muslims," remained shrouded in uncertainty on Wednesday. At least two news organisations quoted a man calling himself Sam Bacile, who said he was a 52-year-old Israeli-American from California who had written, produced and directed the film with $5 million in donations from "100 Jews".

Bacile said he was a real estate developer, but no online trace of Bacile or his occupation could be found. Steve Klein, a right-wing Christian activists in California who has been described as a consultant to the film, told the Atlantic magazine that he had met Bacile, and that the man was not Israeli, probably not Jewish and likely using a pseudonym.

The film was promoted by Morris Sadek, an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian who lives in California.

Speaking by phone to the Associated Press from an undisclosed location, the man calling himself Bacile remained defiant, maintaining that he intended his film to be a provocative political statement.

Bacile admitted he had not anticipated such a furious reaction to his film and said: "I feel sorry for the embassy. I am mad".

He also said the film was produced in English and that he did not know who had dubbed it in Arabic. The full film has not been shown yet, he said, and he said he had declined distribution offers for now.

Lukewarm reaction in Cairo

Just hours earlier on Tuesday, thousands of Egyptian demonstrators apparently angry over the same film - a video produced by expatriate members of Egypt's Coptic community resident in the US - tore down the US flag at the embassy in Cairo and replaced it with a black Islamic flag.

While Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki was quoted as describing the Benghazi attack as a "terrorist act," the recently elected government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi offered a lukewarm response.

In a statement, Morsi condemned the film's portrayal of Muhammed while stressing that the Egyptian government had a responsibility to guard diplomatic premises.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/20129112...

Photo: Egyptians taking down American flag on Tuesday night at embassy. In Libya, the US ambassador reportedly died in the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

12/09/2012

Obama’s AIPAC speech and the war against Syria

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Here follows the transcript of Obama's AIPAC speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington on 3.4.2012.  AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itselfs the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.  With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

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'Freedom is a right that is given to all of God’s children'

Well, good morning, everyone.

Rosy, thank you for your kind words. I have never seen Rosy on the basketball court. I’ll bet it would be a treat. Rosy, you’ve been a dear friend of mine for a long time and a tireless advocate for the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States. And as you complete your term as president, I salute your leadership and your commitment.

I want to thank the board of directors. As always, I’m glad to see my longtime friends in the Chicago delegation. I also want to thank the members of Congress who are with us here today, and who will be speaking to you over the next few days. You’ve worked hard to maintain the partnership between the United States and Israel. And I especially want to thank my close friend and leader of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

I’m glad that my outstanding young ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, is in the house. I understand that Dan is perfecting his Hebrew on his new assignment, and I appreciate his constant outreach to the Israeli people. And I’m also pleased that we’re joined by so many Israeli officials, including Ambassador Michael Oren. And tomorrow, I’m very much looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu and his delegation back to the White House.

Every time I come to AIPAC, I’m especially impressed to see so many young people here. You don’t yet get the front seats - I understand. You have to earn that. But students from all over the country who are making their voices heard and engaging deeply in our democratic debate. You carry with you an extraordinary legacy of more than six decades of friendship between the United States and Israel. And you have the opportunity - and the responsibility - to make your own mark on the world. And for inspiration, you can look to the man who preceded me on this stage, who’s being honored at this conference - my friend, President Shimon Peres.

Shimon was born a world away from here, in a shtetl in what was then Poland, a few years after the end of the first world war. But his heart was always in Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people. And when he was just a boy he made his journey across land and sea - toward home.

In his life, he has fought for Israel’s independence, and he has fought for peace and security. As a member of the Haganah and a member of the Knesset, as a minister of defense and foreign affairs, as a prime minister and as president - Shimon helped build the nation that thrives today: the Jewish state of Israel. But beyond these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that reminds us that right makes might - not the other way around.

Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, “slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity, and freedom.” And he has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings. I am grateful for his life’s work and his moral example. And I’m proud to announce that later this spring, I will invite Shimon Peres to the White House to present him with America’s highest civilian honor - the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In many ways, this award is a symbol of the broader ties that bind our nations. The United States and Israel share interests, but we also share those human values that Shimon spoke about: a commitment to human dignity. A belief that freedom is a right that is given to all of God’s children. An experience that shows us that democracy is the one and only form of government that can truly respond to the aspirations of citizens.

America’s Founding Fathers understood this truth, just as Israel’s founding generation did. President Truman put it well, describing his decision to formally recognize Israel only minutes after it declared independence. He said, “I had faith in Israel before it was established. I believe it has a glorious future before it - as not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.”

For over six decades, the American people have kept that faith. Yes, we are bound to Israel because of the interests that we share - in security for our communities, prosperity for our people, the new frontiers of science that can light the world. But ultimately it is our common ideals that provide the true foundation for our relationship. That is why America’s commitment to Israel has endured under Democratic and Republican presidents, and congressional leaders of both parties. In the United States, our support for Israel is bipartisan, and that is how it should stay.

AIPAC’s work continually nurtures this bond. And because of AIPAC’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission, you can expect that over the next several days, you will hear many fine words from elected officials describing their commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship. But as you examine my commitment, you don’t just have to count on my words. You can look at my deeds. Because over the last three years, as president of the United States, I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel. At every crucial juncture - at every fork in the road - we have been there for Israel. Every single time.

Four years ago, I stood before you and said that, “Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.” That belief has guided my actions as president. The fact is my administration’s commitment to Israel’s security has been unprecedented. Our military and intelligence cooperation has never been closer. Our joint exercises and training have never been more robust. Despite a tough budget environment, our security assistance has increased every single year. We are investing in new capabilities. We’re providing Israel with more advanced technology - the types of products and systems that only go to our closest friends and allies. And make no mistake: We will do what it takes to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge - because Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

This isn’t just about numbers on a balance sheet. As a senator, I spoke to Israeli troops on the Lebanese border. I visited with families who’ve known the terror of rocket fire in Sderot. And that’s why, as president, I have provided critical funding to deploy the Iron Dome system that has intercepted rockets that might have hit homes and hospitals and schools in that town and in others. Now our assistance is expanding Israel’s defensive capabilities, so that more Israelis can live free from the fear of rockets and ballistic missiles. Because no family, no citizen, should live in fear.

And just as we’ve been there with our security assistance, we’ve been there through our diplomacy. When the Goldstone report unfairly singled out Israel for criticism, we challenged it. When Israel was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported them. When the Durban conference was commemorated, we boycotted it, and we will always reject the notion that Zionism is racism.

When one-sided resolutions are brought up at the Human Rights Council, we oppose them. When Israeli diplomats feared for their lives in Cairo, we intervened to save them. When there are efforts to boycott or divest from Israel, we will stand against them. And whenever an effort is made to delegitimize the state of Israel, my administration has opposed them. So there should not be a shred of doubt by now - when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.

Which is why, if during this political season you hear some questions regarding my administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts. And remember that the U.S.-Israel relationship is simply too important to be distorted by partisan politics. America’s national security is too important. Israel’s security is too important.

Of course, there are those who question not my security and diplomatic commitments, but rather my administration’s ongoing pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. So let me say this: I make no apologies for pursuing peace. Israel’s own leaders understand the necessity of peace. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, President Peres - each of them have called for two states, a secure Israel that lives side by side with an independent Palestinian state. I believe that peace is profoundly in Israel’s security interest.

The reality that Israel faces - from shifting demographics, to emerging technologies, to an extremely difficult international environment - demands a resolution of this issue. And I believe that peace with the Palestinians is consistent with Israel’s founding values - because of our shared belief in self-determination, and because Israel’s place as a Jewish and democratic state must be protected.

Of course, peace is hard to achieve. There’s a reason why it’s remained elusive for six decades. The upheaval and uncertainty in Israel’s neighborhood makes it that much harder - from the horrific violence raging in Syria, to the transition in Egypt. And the division within the Palestinian leadership makes it harder still - most notably, with Hamas’s continued rejection of Israel’s very right to exist.

But as hard as it may be, we should not and cannot give in to cynicism or despair. The changes taking place in the region make peace more important, not less. And I’ve made it clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met. That’s why we continue to press Arab leaders to reach out to Israel, and will continue to support the peace treaty with Egypt. That’s why - just as we encourage Israel to be resolute in the pursuit of peace - we have continued to insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist and reject violence and adhere to existing agreements. And that is why my administration has consistently rejected any efforts to short-cut negotiations or impose an agreement on the parties.

As Rosy noted, last year, I stood before you and pledged that, “the United States will stand up against efforts to single Israel out at the United Nations.” As you know, that pledge has been kept. Last September, I stood before the United Nations General Assembly and reaffirmed that any lasting peace must acknowledge the fundamental legitimacy of Israel and its security concerns. I said that America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable, our friendship with Israel is enduring and that Israel must be recognized. No American president has made such a clear statement about our support for Israel at the United Nations at such a difficult time. People usually give those speeches before audiences like this one - not before the General Assembly.

And I must say, there was not a lot of applause. But it was the right thing to do. And as a result, today there is no doubt - anywhere in the world - that the United States will insist upon Israel’s security and legitimacy. That will be true as we continue our efforts to pursue - in the pursuit of peace. And that will be true when it comes to the issue that is such a focus for all of us today: Iran’s nuclear program - a threat that has the potential to bring together the worst rhetoric about Israel’s destruction with the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Let’s begin with a basic truth that you all understand: No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel’s destruction. And so I understand the profound historical obligation that weighs on the shoulders of Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak and all of Israel’s leaders.

A nuclear-armed Iran is completely counter to Israel’s security interests. But it is also counter to the national security interests of the United States.

Indeed, the entire world has an interest in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. A nuclear-armed Iran would thoroughly undermine the nonproliferation regime that we’ve done so much to build. There are risks that an Iranian nuclear weapon could fall into the hands of a terrorist organization. It is almost certain that others in the region would feel compelled to get their own nuclear weapon, triggering an arms race in one of the world’s most volatile regions. It would embolden a regime that has brutalized its own people, and it would embolden Iran’s proxies, who have carried out terrorist attacks from the Levant to southwest Asia.

And that is why, four years ago, I made a commitment to the American people and said that we would use all elements of American power to pressure Iran and prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon. And that is what we have done.

When I took office, the efforts to apply pressure on Iran were in tatters. Iran had gone from zero centrifuges spinning to thousands, without facing broad pushback from the world. In the region, Iran was ascendant - increasingly popular and extending its reach. In other words, the Iranian leadership was united and on the move, and the international community was divided about how to go forward.

And so from my very first months in office, we put forward a very clear choice to the Iranian regime: a path that would allow them to rejoin the community of nations if they meet their international obligations, or a path that leads to an escalating series of consequences if they don’t. In fact, our policy of engagement - quickly rebuffed by the Iranian regime - allowed us to rally the international community as never before, to expose Iran’s intransigence and to apply pressure that goes far beyond anything that the United States could do on our own.

Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before. Some of you will recall, people predicted that Russia and China wouldn’t join us to move toward pressure. They did. And in 2010 the U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly supported a comprehensive sanctions effort. Few thought that sanctions could have an immediate bite on the Iranian regime. They have, slowing the Iranian nuclear program and virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt in 2011. Many questioned whether we could hold our coalition together as we moved against Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports. But our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere are joining us. And in 2012, the Iranian government faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions.

That is where we are today, because of our work. Iran is isolated, its leadership divided and under pressure. And by the way, the Arab Spring has only increased these trends, as the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is exposed, and its ally, the Assad regime, is crumbling.

Of course, so long as Iran fails to meet its obligations, this problem remains unresolved. The effective implementation of our policy is not enough - we must accomplish our objective. And in that effort, I firmly believe that an opportunity still remains for diplomacy - backed by pressure - to succeed.

The United States and Israel both assess that Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon, and we are exceedingly vigilant in monitoring their program. Now, the international community has a responsibility to use the time and space that exists. Sanctions are continuing to increase, and this July - thanks to our diplomatic coordination - a European ban on Iranian oil imports will take hold. Faced with these increasingly dire consequences, Iran’s leaders still have the opportunity to make the right decision. They can choose a path that brings them back into the community of nations, or they can continue down a dead end.

And given their history, there are, of course, no guarantees that the Iranian regime will make the right choice. But both Israel and the United States have an interest in seeing this challenge resolved diplomatically. After all, the only way to truly solve this problem is for the Iranian government to make a decision to forsake nuclear weapons. That’s what history tells us.

Moreover, as president and commander in chief, I have a deeply held preference for peace over war. I have sent men and women into harm’s way. I’ve seen the consequences of those decisions in the eyes of those I meet who’ve come back gravely wounded, and the absence of those who don’t make it home. Long after I leave this office, I will remember those moments as the most searing of my presidency. And for this reason, as part of my solemn obligation to the American people, I will only use force when the time and circumstances demand it. And I know that Israeli leaders also know all too well the costs and consequences of war, even as they recognize their obligation to defend their country.

We all prefer to resolve this issue diplomatically. Having said that, Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States - just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs.

I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say. That includes all elements of American power: a political effort aimed at isolating Iran, a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored, an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.

Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.

Moving forward, I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues, the stakes involved for Israel, for America, and for the world. Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government, by driving up the price of oil, which they depend on to fund their nuclear program. For the sake of Israel’s security, America’s security and the peace and security of the world, now is not the time for bluster. Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built. Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: Speak softly; carry a big stick. And as we do, rest assured that the Iranian government will know our resolve and that our coordination with Israel will continue.

These are challenging times. But we’ve been through challenging times before, and the United States and Israel have come through them together. Because of our cooperation, citizens in both our countries have benefited from the bonds that bring us together. I’m proud to be one of those people. In the past, I’ve shared in this forum just why those bonds are so personal for me: the stories of a great uncle who helped liberate Buchenwald, to my memories of returning there with Elie Wiesel; from sharing books with President Peres to sharing seders with my young staff in a tradition that started on the campaign trail and continues in the White House; from the countless friends I know in this room to the concept of tikkun olam that has enriched and guided my life.

As Harry Truman understood, Israel’s story is one of hope. We may not agree on every single issue - no two nations do, and our democracies contain a vibrant diversity of views. But we agree on the big things - the things that matter. And together, we are working to build a better world - one where our people can live free from fear; one where peace is founded upon justice; one where our children can know a future that is more hopeful than the present.

There is no shortage of speeches on the friendship between the United States and Israel. But I’m also mindful of the proverb, “A man is judged by his deeds, not his words.” So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done - to stand up for Israel; to secure both of our countries and to see that the rough waters of our time lead to a peaceful and prosperous shore.

Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. God bless the people of Israel. God bless the United States of America.

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Photo: Israel continues to bombard Gaza.  The coastal enclave has been blockaded by Israel for five years. In one week in June 2012, 16 Palestinians, including 4 children, were killed by Israeli airstrikes. A further 73 were reported injured.
Israel is largely responsible for the war against Syria and the constant threats against Iran.

Barack Obama's speech on Middle East

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'After years of war in Iraq, we have removed 100,000 American troops and ended our combat mission there'

19 May 2011

I want to thank Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark – one million frequent flyer miles. I count on Hillary every day, and I believe that she will go down as of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation's history.

The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy. For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square; town by town; country by country; the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights. Two leaders have stepped aside. More may follow. And though these countries may be a great distance from our shores, we know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security; history and faith.

Today, I would like to talk about this change – the forces that are driving it, and how we can respond in a way that advances our values and strengthens our security. Already, we have done much to shift our foreign policy following a decade defined by two costly conflicts. After years of war in Iraq, we have removed 100,000 American troops and ended our combat mission there. In Afghanistan, we have broken the Taliban's momentum, and this July we will begin to bring our troops home and continue transition to Afghan lead. And after years of war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, we have dealt al Qaeda a huge blow by killing its leader – Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden was no martyr. He was a mass murderer who offered a message of hate – an insistence that Muslims had to take up arms against the West, and that violence against men, women and children was the only path to change. He rejected democracy and individual rights for Muslims in favor of violent extremism; his agenda focused on what he could destroy – not what he could build.

Bin Laden and his murderous vision won some adherents. But even before his death, al Qaeda was losing its struggle for relevance, as the overwhelming majority of people saw that the slaughter of innocents did not answer their cries for a better life. By the time we found bin Laden, al Qaeda's agenda had come to be seen by the vast majority of the region as a dead end, and the people of the Middle East and North Africa had taken their future into their own hands.

That story of self-determination began six months ago in Tunisia. On December 17, a young vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi was devastated when a police officer confiscated his cart. This was not unique. It is the same kind of humiliation that takes place every day in many parts of the world – the relentless tyranny of governments that deny their citizens dignity. Only this time, something different happened. After local officials refused to hear his complaint, this young man who had never been particularly active in politics went to the headquarters of the provincial government, doused himself in fuel, and lit himself on fire.

Sometimes, in the course of history, the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years. In America, think of the defiance of those patriots in Boston who refused to pay taxes to a King, or the dignity of Rosa Parks as she sat courageously in her seat. So it was in Tunisia, as that vendor's act of desperation tapped into the frustration felt throughout the country. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets, then thousands. And in the face of batons and sometimes bullets, they refused to go home – day after day, week after week, until a dictator of more than two decades finally left power.

The story of this Revolution, and the ones that followed, should not have come as a surprise. The nations of the Middle East and North Africa won their independence long ago, but in too many places their people did not. In too many countries, power has been concentrated in the hands of the few. In too many countries, a citizen like that young vendor had nowhere to turn – no honest judiciary to hear his case; no independent media to give him voice; no credible political party to represent his views; no free and fair election where he could choose his leader.

This lack of self determination – the chance to make of your life what you will – has applied to the region's economy as well. Yes, some nations are blessed with wealth in oil and gas, and that has led to pockets of prosperity. But in a global economy based on knowledge and innovation, no development strategy can be based solely upon what comes out of the ground. Nor can people reach their potential when you cannot start a business without paying a bribe.

In the face of these challenges, too many leaders in the region tried to direct their people's grievances elsewhere. The West was blamed as the source of all ills, a half century after the end of colonialism. Antagonism toward Israel became the only acceptable outlet for political expression. Divisions of tribe, ethnicity and religious sect were manipulated as a means of holding on to power, or taking it away from somebody else.

But the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and diversion won't work anymore. Satellite television and the Internet provide a window into the wider world – a world of astonishing progress in places like India, Indonesia and Brazil. Cell phones and social networks allow young people to connect and organize like never before. A new generation has emerged. And their voices tell us that change cannot be denied.

In Cairo, we heard the voice of the young mother who said, "It's like I can finally breathe fresh air for the first time."

In Sanaa, we heard the students who chanted, "The night must come to an end."

In Benghazi, we heard the engineer who said, "Our words are free now. It's a feeling you can't explain."

In Damascus, we heard the young man who said, "After the first yelling, the first shout, you feel dignity."

Those shouts of human dignity are being heard across the region. And through the moral force of non-violence, the people of the region have achieved more change in six months than terrorists have accomplished in decades.

Of course, change of this magnitude does not come easily. In our day and age – a time of 24 hour news cycles, and constant communication – people expect the transformation of the region to be resolved in a matter of weeks. But it will be years before this story reaches its end. Along the way, there will be good days, and bad days. In some places, change will be swift; in others, gradual. And as we have seen, calls for change may give way to fierce contests for power.

The question before us is what role America will play as this story unfolds. For decades, the United States has pursued a set of core interests in the region: countering terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons; securing the free flow of commerce, and safe-guarding the security of the region; standing up for Israel's security and pursuing Arab-Israeli peace.

We will continue to do these things, with the firm belief that America's interests are not hostile to peoples' hopes; they are essential to them. We believe that no one benefits from a nuclear arms race in the region, or al Qaeda's brutal attacks. People everywhere would see their economies crippled by a cut off in energy supplies. As we did in the Gulf War, we will not tolerate aggression across borders, and we will keep our commitments to friends and partners.

Yet we must acknowledge that a strategy based solely upon the narrow pursuit of these interests will not fill an empty stomach or allow someone to speak their mind. Moreover, failure to speak to the broader aspirations of ordinary people will only feed the suspicion that has festered for years that the United States pursues our own interests at their expense. Given that this mistrust runs both ways – as Americans have been seared by hostage taking, violent rhetoric, and terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of our citizens – a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of division between the United States and Muslim communities.

That's why, two years ago in Cairo, I began to broaden our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. I believed then – and I believe now – that we have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but in the self determination of individuals. The status quo is not sustainable. Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.

So we face an historic opportunity. We have embraced the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator. There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity. Yes, there will be perils that accompany this moment of promise. But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be.

As we do, we must proceed with a sense of humility. It is not America that put people into the streets of Tunis and Cairo – it was the people themselves who launched these movements, and must determine their outcome. Not every country will follow our particular form of representative democracy, and there will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly with our long term vision of the region. But we can – and will – speak out for a set of core principles – principles that have guided our response to the events over the past six months:

The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.

We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders – whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.

And finally, we support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa that can meet the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.

Our support for these principles is not a secondary interest– today I am making it clear that it is a top priority that must be translated into concrete actions, and supported by all of the diplomatic, economic and strategic tools at our disposal.

Let me be specific. First, it will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region, and to support transitions to democracy.

That effort begins in Egypt and Tunisia, where the stakes are high –as Tunisia was at the vanguard of this democratic wave, and Egypt is both a longstanding partner and the Arab World's largest nation. Both nations can set a strong example through free and fair elections; a vibrant civil society; accountable and effective democratic institutions; and responsible regional leadership. But our support must also extend to nations where transitions have yet to take place.

Unfortunately, in too many countries, calls for change have been answered by violence. The most extreme example is Libya, where Moammar Gaddafi launched a war against his people, promising to hunt them down like rats. As I said when the United States joined an international coalition to intervene, we cannot prevent every injustice perpetrated by a regime against its people, and we have learned from our experience in Iraq just how costly and difficult it is to impose regime change by force – no matter how well-intended it may be.

But in Libya, we saw the prospect of imminent massacre, had a mandate for action, and heard the Libyan people's call for help. Had we not acted along with our NATO allies and regional coalition partners, thousands would have been killed. The message would have been clear: keep power by killing as many people as it takes. Now, time is working against Gaddafi. He does not have control over his country. The opposition has organized a legitimate and credible Interim Council. And when Gaddafi inevitably leaves or is forced from power, decades of provocation will come to an end, and the transition to a democratic Libya can proceed.

While Libya has faced violence on the greatest scale, it is not the only place where leaders have turned to repression to remain in power. Most recently, the Syrian regime has chosen the path of murder and the mass arrests of its citizens. The United States has condemned these actions, and working with the international community we have stepped up our sanctions on the Syrian regime – including sanctions announced yesterday on President Assad and those around him.

The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition to democracy. President Assad now has a choice: he can lead that transition, or get out of the way. The Syrian government must stop shooting demonstrators and allow peaceful protests; release political prisoners and stop unjust arrests; allow human rights monitors to have access to cities like Dara'a; and start a serious dialogue to advance a democratic transition. Otherwise, President Assad and his regime will continue to be challenged from within and isolated abroad.

Thus far, Syria has followed its Iranian ally, seeking assistance from Tehran in the tactics of suppression. This speaks to the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime, which says it stand for the rights of protesters abroad, yet suppresses its people at home. Let us remember that the first peaceful protests were in the streets of Tehran, where the government brutalized women and men, and threw innocent people into jail. We still hear the chants echo from the rooftops of Tehran. The image of a young woman dying in the streets is still seared in our memory. And we will continue to insist that the Iranian people deserve their universal rights, and a government that does not smother their aspirations.

Our opposition to Iran's intolerance – as well as its illicit nuclear program, and its sponsorship of terror – is well known. But if America is to be credible, we must acknowledge that our friends in the region have not all reacted to the demands for change consistent with the principles that I have outlined today. That is true in Yemen, where President Saleh needs to follow through on his commitment to transfer power. And that is true, today, in Bahrain.

Bahrain is a long-standing partner, and we are committed to its security. We recognize that Iran has tried to take advantage of the turmoil there, and that the Bahraini government has a legitimate interest in the rule of law. Nevertheless, we have insisted publically and privately that mass arrests and brute force are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain's citizens, and will not make legitimate calls for reform go away. The only way forward is for the government and opposition to engage in a dialogue, and you can't have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail. The government must create the conditions for dialogue, and the opposition must participate to forge a just future for all Bahrainis.

Indeed, one of the broader lessons to be drawn from this period is that sectarian divides need not lead to conflict. In Iraq, we see the promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian democracy. There, the Iraqi people have rejected the perils of political violence for a democratic process, even as they have taken full responsibility for their own security. Like all new democracies, they will face setbacks. But Iraq is poised to play a key role in the region if it continues its peaceful progress. As they do, we will be proud to stand with them as a steadfast partner.

So in the months ahead, America must use all our influence to encourage reform in the region. Even as we acknowledge that each country is different, we will need to speak honestly about the principles that we believe in, with friend and foe alike. Our message is simple: if you take the risks that reform entails, you will have the full support of the United States. We must also build on our efforts to broaden our engagement beyond elites, so that we reach the people who will shape the future – particularly young people.

We will continue to make good on the commitments that I made in Cairo – to build networks of entrepreneurs, and expand exchanges in education; to foster cooperation in science and technology, and combat disease. Across the region, we intend to provide assistance to civil society, including those that may not be officially sanctioned, and who speak uncomfortable truths. And we will use the technology to connect with – and listen to – the voices of the people.

In fact, real reform will not come at the ballot box alone. Through our efforts we must support those basic rights to speak your mind and access information. We will support open access to the Internet, and the right of journalists to be heard – whether it's a big news organization or a blogger. In the 21st century, information is power; the truth cannot be hidden; and the legitimacy of governments will ultimately depend on active and informed citizens.

Such open discourse is important even if what is said does not square with our worldview. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard, even if we disagree with them. We look forward to working with all who embrace genuine and inclusive democracy. What we will oppose is an attempt by any group to restrict the rights of others, and to hold power through coercion – not consent. Because democracy depends not only on elections, but also strong and accountable institutions, and respect for the rights of minorities.

Such tolerance is particularly important when it comes to religion. In Tahrir Square, we heard Egyptians from all walks of life chant, "Muslims, Christians, we are one." America will work to see that this spirit prevails – that all faiths are respected, and that bridges are built among them. In a region that was the birthplace of three world religions, intolerance can lead only to suffering and stagnation. And for this season of change to succeed, Coptic Christians must have the right to worship freely in Cairo, just as Shia must never have their mosques destroyed in Bahrain.

What is true for religious minorities is also true when it comes to the rights of women. History shows that countries are more prosperous and peaceful when women are empowered. That is why we will continue to insist that universal rights apply to women as well as men – by focusing assistance on child and maternal health; by helping women to teach, or start a business; by standing up for the right of women to have their voices heard, and to run for office. For the region will never reach its potential when more than half its population is prevented from achieving their potential.

Even as we promote political reform and human rights in the region, our efforts cannot stop there. So the second way that we must support positive change in the region is through our efforts to advance economic development for nations that transition to democracy.

After all, politics alone has not put protesters into the streets. The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family. Too many in the region wake up with few expectations other than making it through the day, and perhaps the hope that their luck will change. Throughout the region, many young people have a solid education, but closed economies leave them unable to find a job. Entrepreneurs are brimming with ideas, but corruption leaves them unable to profit from them.

The greatest untapped resource in the Middle East and North Africa is the talent of its people. In the recent protests, we see that talent on display, as people harness technology to move the world. It's no coincidence that one of the leaders of Tahrir Square was an executive for Google. That energy now needs to be channeled, in country after country, so that economic growth can solidify the accomplishments of the street. Just as democratic revolutions can be triggered by a lack of individual opportunity, successful democratic transitions depend upon an expansion of growth and broad-based prosperity.

Drawing from what we've learned around the world, we think it's important to focus on trade, not just aid; and investment, not just assistance. The goal must be a model in which protectionism gives way to openness; the reigns of commerce pass from the few to the many, and the economy generates jobs for the young. America's support for democracy will therefore be based on ensuring financial stability; promoting reform; and integrating competitive markets with each other and the global economy – starting with Tunisia and Egypt.

First, we have asked the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to present a plan at next week's G-8 summit for what needs to be done to stabilize and modernize the economies of Tunisia and Egypt. Together, we must help them recover from the disruption of their democratic upheaval, and support the governments that will be elected later this year. And we are urging other countries to help Egypt and Tunisia meet its near-term financial needs.

Second, we do not want a democratic Egypt to be saddled by the debts of its past. So we will relieve a democratic Egypt of up to $1 billion in debt, and work with our Egyptian partners to invest these resources to foster growth and entrepreneurship. We will help Egypt regain access to markets by guaranteeing $1 billion in borrowing that is needed to finance infrastructure and job creation. And we will help newly democratic governments recover assets that were stolen.

Third, we are working with Congress to create Enterprise Funds to invest in Tunisia and Egypt. These will be modeled on funds that supported the transitions in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. OPIC will soon launch a $2 billion facility to support private investment across the region. And we will work with allies to refocus the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development so that it provides the same support for democratic transitions and economic modernization in the Middle East and North Africa as it has in Europe.

Fourth, the United States will launch a comprehensive Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa. If you take out oil exports, this region of over 400 million people exports roughly the same amount as Switzerland. So we will work with the EU to facilitate more trade within the region, build on existing agreements to promote integration with US and European markets, and open the door for those countries who adopt high standards of reform and trade liberalization to construct a regional trade arrangement. Just as EU membership served as an incentive for reform in Europe, so should the vision of a modern and prosperous economy create a powerful force for reform in the Middle East and North Africa.

Prosperity also requires tearing down walls that stand in the way of progress – the corruption of elites who steal from their people; the red tape that stops an idea from becoming a business; the patronage that distributes wealth based on tribe or sect. We will help governments meet international obligations, and invest efforts anti-corruption; by working with parliamentarians who are developing reforms, and activists who use technology to hold government accountable.

Let me conclude by talking about another cornerstone of our approach to the region, and that relates to the pursuit of peace.

For decades, the conflict between Israelis and Arabs has cast a shadow over the region. For Israelis, it has meant living with the fear that their children could get blown up on a bus or by rockets fired at their homes, as well as the pain of knowing that other children in the region are taught to hate them. For Palestinians, it has meant suffering the humiliation of occupation, and never living in a nation of their own. Moreover, this conflict has come with a larger cost the Middle East, as it impedes partnerships that could bring greater security, prosperity, and empowerment to ordinary people.

My administration has worked with the parties and the international community for over two years to end this conflict, yet expectations have gone unmet. Israeli settlement activity continues. Palestinians have walked away from talks. The world looks at a conflict that has grinded on for decades, and sees a stalemate. Indeed, there are those who argue that with all the change and uncertainty in the region, it is simply not possible to move forward.

I disagree. At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent than ever.

For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won't create an independent state. Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist.

As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums. But precisely because of our friendship, it is important that we tell the truth: the status quo is unsustainable, and Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.

The fact is, a growing number of Palestinians live west of the Jordan River. Technology will make it harder for Israel to defend itself. A region undergoing profound change will lead to populism in which millions of people – not just a few leaders – must believe peace is possible. The international community is tired of an endless process that never produces an outcome. The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation.

Ultimately, it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to take action. No peace can be imposed upon them, nor can endless delay make the problem go away. But what America and the international community can do is state frankly what everyone knows: a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.

So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.

As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat. Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism; to stop the infiltration of weapons; and to provide effective border security. The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state. The duration of this transition period must be agreed, and the effectiveness of security arrangements must be demonstrated.

These principles provide a foundation for negotiations. Palestinians should know the territorial outlines of their state; Israelis should know that their basic security concerns will be met. I know that these steps alone will not resolve this conflict. Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees. But moving forward now on the basis of territory and security provides a foundation to resolve those two issues in a way that is just and fair, and that respects the rights and aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians.

Recognizing that negotiations need to begin with the issues of territory and security does not mean that it will be easy to come back to the table. In particular, the recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel – how can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist. In the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question. Meanwhile, the United States, our Quartet partners, and the Arab states will need to continue every effort to get beyond the current impasse.

I recognize how hard this will be. Suspicion and hostility has been passed on for generations, and at times it has hardened. But I'm convinced that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians would rather look to the future than be trapped in the past. We see that spirit in the Israeli father whose son was killed by Hamas, who helped start an organization that brought together Israelis and Palestinians who had lost loved ones. He said, "I gradually realized that the only hope for progress was to recognize the face of the conflict." And we see it in the actions of a Palestinian who lost three daughters to Israeli shells in Gaza. "I have the right to feel angry," he said. "So many people were expecting me to hate. My answer to them is I shall not hate … Let us hope," he said, "for tomorrow".

That is the choice that must be made – not simply in this conflict, but across the entire region – a choice between hate and hope; between the shackles of the past, and the promise of the future. It's a choice that must be made by leaders and by people, and it's a choice that will define the future of a region that served as the cradle of civilization and a crucible of strife.

For all the challenges that lie ahead, we see many reasons to be hopeful. In Egypt, we see it in the efforts of young people who led protests. In Syria, we see it in the courage of those who brave bullets while chanting, 'peaceful,' 'peaceful.' In Benghazi, a city threatened with destruction, we see it in the courthouse square where people gather to celebrate the freedoms that they had never known. Across the region, those rights that we take for granted are being claimed with joy by those who are prying lose the grip of an iron fist.

For the American people, the scenes of upheaval in the region may be unsettling, but the forces driving it are not unfamiliar. Our own nation was founded through a rebellion against an empire. Our people fought a painful civil war that extended freedom and dignity to those who were enslaved. And I would not be standing here today unless past generations turned to the moral force of non-violence as a way to perfect our union – organizing, marching, and protesting peacefully together to make real those words that declared our nation: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."

Those words must guide our response to the change that is transforming the Middle East and North Africa – words which tell us that repression will fail, that tyrants will fall, and that every man and woman is endowed with certain inalienable rights. It will not be easy. There is no straight line to progress, and hardship always accompanies a season of hope. But the United States of America was founded on the belief that people should govern themselves. Now, we cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights, knowing that their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/19/barack-obama-...

Human rights first: the right to self-determination

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The right of nations to self-determination (from German: Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker), or in short form, self-determination is the principle in international law that nations have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or interference.

Photo: American drone, bombing

11/09/2012

Heavy losses for terrorists

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Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Armed Terrorist Groups in Different Provinces

Sept. 11th, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) - The armed forces carried out four operations in Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo targeting gatherings for terrorists near the schools of al-Yarmouk, Mohammad Sabbagh and Tawfiq Emraya and Near Qabaa Mosque.

The operations resulted in inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Two operations were also carried out by the armed forces targeting terrorist groups at Ba'ydeen roundabout and Jisr al-Haj in Aleppo.

The army members clashed with the terrorists, killing and injuring tens of them.

Earlier, the armed forces carried out two qualitative operations against terrorists near al-Orouba and the Sports clubs in Bustan al-Basha Neighborhood in Aleppo, killing a number of them.

Security forces confronted terrorists who tried to attack al-Midan Police Station in Aleppo and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

The authorities confiscated 38,000 Liters of oil being prepared to be smuggled out near al-Barkoum Bridge in Aleppo.

A number of terrorists were killed in a qualitative operation carried out by the armed forces near Hanano Police Station in Aleppo.

Authorities destroyed 16 cars equipped with DShK machine guns, killing all terrorists inside to the west of al-Nour Association in Maaret al-Artiq in the rural area of the province.

Armed Forces Direct Painful Blows to the Armed Terrorist Groups in al-Hosn town in Homs Countryside

The armed forces directed painful blows to the armed terrorist groups which were attacking the citizens and the law-enforcement forces in al-Hosn town and the adjacent villages in Homs countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a source in Homs province as saying that the armed forces killed and injured a large number of terrorists, among them a non-Syrian terrorist nicknamed "Abu Kassar", the leader of one of the armed groups and terrorist Sameh Abdullah al-Daea who was injured.

Authorities also arrested terrorists Hlail Hamdan bin Shehadeh and Awad al-Bakri bin Khalaf while they were riding in a stolen car on al-Raqqa-Tal Abyad road.

In the same context, a unit from the armed forces in Homs eliminated a gathering for mercenary terrorists and destroyed their equipment in al-Rastan area.

Meanwhile, authorities confronted armed terrorist groups which tried to attack inhabitants in al-Dar al-Kabireh town in Homs, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Authorities Storm Terrorists' Dens in Homs Neighborhoods

Also, authorities stormed into two terrorists' dens and two warehouses that were used by the armed terrorists groups for manufacturing explosive device in Bab Hood and al-Turkman neighborhoods in the province.

SANA reporter said that the authorities confiscated big amounts of explosive devices' ingredients, including ammonium nitrate and other chemicals that increase explosion tension and combustion spread.

Armed Forces Arrest Two Terrorists in Jaramana, Damascus Countryside

A unit of the armed forces , in cooperation with the citizens, stormed a hideout for an armed terrorist group in Jaramana city, Damascus Countryside.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that the armed forces arrested two terrorists and confiscated a counterfeit money machine and a sum of counterfeit foreign currencies with them.

Meanwhile, armed forces s continue hunting armed terrorist groups in Yalda town on the province, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the armed forces clashed with the terrorist groups who were using various kinds of weapons, and sheltering in the buildings and houses after having displaced their residents, pointing out that authorities killed and injured many of the terrorists.

Earlier yesterday, armed forces units cleaned the neighborhoods of Daf-Eshouk, Tadamon, Zuleikha, Tabab, Daaboul street, al-Thulatha market and Yalda roundabout from the terrorists, as many residents came back to their houses today.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/11/440905.htm

(The website is regularly blocked by foreign military services)

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Who's responsible for the terrorist acts ?

- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

Pentagon Plans for Air-Sea War in Asia

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'The Japanese government has thrown down the gauntlet before China. China should take it up with an iron resolve and crush any Japanese act of aggression. Whatever the motives are behind Japan's attempts to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, Japan is not and will never be the legitimate owner of them'. (China Daily, September 11, 2012)

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Pentagon Plans for Air-Sea War in Asia Inflame China Tensions

John Glaser, August 2, 2012

The Pentagon is drawing up new plans to prepare for an air and sea war in Asia, presumably against China, in the Obama administration’s most belligerent manifestation yet of the so-called pivot to Asia-Pacific.

Fighting counterinsurgency campaigns and building up institutions over long periods of military occupations would be a thing of the past in this new theater of war. New war strategies called “Air-Sea Battle” reveal Washington’s broader goals in the region and illustrate how a war with China – which the US apparently yearns for – would play out.

“Stealthy American bombers and submarines would knock out China’s long-range surveillance radar and precision missile systems located deep inside the country,” reports the Washington Post.  ”The initial ‘blinding campaign’ would be followed by a larger air and naval assault.”

The Obama administration has been ramping up the pressure on China with an increasingly antagonistic foreign policy. The so-called ‘Asia pivot’ is an aggressive policy that involves surging American military presence throughout the region – in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, Singapore, etc. – in an unprovoked scheme to contain rising Chinese economic and military influence.

“As part of the Air-Sea Battle concept,” reports Military.com, the US is refurbishing old WWII bases, looking “to disperse its air forces stationed at its handful of major bases in the western Pacific in the event of a major conflict with China.”

The idea is to have enough US bases peppered throughout the region so that China would be too surrounded to safely attack. “Doing so would make it more difficult for China to wipe out entire squadrons sitting on the ground with surprise attacks from its long range ballistic missiles.”

Chinese officials have not appreciated this unprovoked bellicosity. In May the Chinese Defense Ministry accused the Pentagon of hyping a Chinese military threat out of thin air. Others have said these Pentagon moves could start an arms race.

“If the U.S. military develops Air-Sea Battle to deal with the [People’s Liberation Army], the PLA will be forced to develop anti-Air-Sea Battle,” one officer, Col. Gaoyue Fan, said last year in a debate sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a defense think tank.

“Some Asia analysts worry that conventional strikes aimed at China could spark a nuclear war,” according to the Washington Post. Other “critics see a dangerous tendency toward alarmism that is exaggerating the China threat to drive up defense spending.”

Such increased tensions were a predictable result of America’s needlessly aggressive postures. A recent report from the Center for Strategic International Studies predicted that next year “could see a shift in Chinese foreign policy based on the new leadership’s judgment that it must respond to a US strategy that seeks to prevent China’s reemergence as a great power.”

“Signs of a potential harsh reaction are already detectable,” the report said. “The US Asia pivot has triggered an outpouring of anti-American sentiment in China that will increase pressure on China’s incoming leadership to stand up to the United States. Nationalistic voices are calling for military countermeasures to the bolstering of America’s military posture in the region and the new US defense strategic guidelines.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/08/02/pentagon-plans-for-air...

Russia condemns terrorist acts

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Russia Condemns Terrorist Acts in Aleppo, Calls for Immediate Halt of Violence

11.9.2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday condemned the terrorist acts which took place in the city of Aleppo two days ago, calling on the external powers to pressure the armed opposition to halt launching terrorist attacks.

"We firmly condemn the terrorist acts which claim the lives of innocent people," said the Ministry in a statement published on its website on Tuesday.

It stressed the necessity of immediately halting any act of violence by all the parties in Syria, reiterating persistent calls on all of the external powers capable of influencing the armed opposition to exert efforts to persuade this opposition to abandon waging terrorist attacks that claim lives and cause suffering to the civilians.

The statement expressed the Russian Foreign Ministry's deep condolences to the victims' families and wishes of speedy recovery for the injured, indicating the absence of Russian nationals among the victims of Aleppo terrorist bombings.

Thirty civilians, including women and children, and two law-enforcement members were martyred and 64 others were wounded in a terrorist bombing which occurred in front of al-Hayat hospital in al-Malaab al-Baladi neighborhood in the city of Aleppo on Sunday.

According to an official source, the explosion was caused by a mid-sized transport vehicle designed for transporting food which was rigged with more than 1000 kg of high explosives.

Three other citizens, including a 10-year-old girl were martyred in another terrorist explosion which took place near Qutaybah Bin Muslim al-Bahili school in al-Shuhada'a neighborhood in New Aleppo area.

The explosion, which injured six other civilians, was caused by a car bomb rigged with 500 kg of explosives.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/11/441013.htm

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

- Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

- An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

- The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

War in Asia: Japan, China Heading Toward Armed Conflict?

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U.S. planners don't like China's development of antiship ballistic missiles that 'could threaten' the Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers, critical to the U.S. projection of power in Asia. On August 23th, 2012, Mr. Hildreth of the Congressional Research Service said the U.S. was "laying the foundations for a regionwide missile defense system that would combine U.S. ballistic missile defenses with those of regional powers, particularly Japan, South Korea and Australia".

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China Daily, September 11, 2012

Japan's further provocation

The Japanese government has thrown down the gauntlet before China. China should take it up with an iron resolve and crush any Japanese act of aggression.

The Japanese Cabinet decided officially on Monday to bring China's Diaoyu Islands under Japanese control, and the Japanese government is considering striking a deal soon with the "owner" of three of the islets that it wants to purchase.

The decision came a day after President Hu Jintao admonished Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda not to proceed with the "nationalization" plan.

Japan's action reveals outright disregard for our efforts for peace.

If being reasonable is no longer the right way to deal with the Japanese, we must prepare for a worse, and perhaps the worst, scenario, no matter how reluctant we are to do so.

Concrete actions are needed to show we won't retreat an inch from our duty to protect our sovereignty over these islands. Japan is turning the Diaoyu Islands into an area of conflict and is making it impossible for China and itself to have a normal relationship.

On Monday, Noda claimed that the Japanese government will bring the islands under stable and peaceful management.

That was sheer nonsense.

A thief is never a legitimate owner of stolen property. The Japanese government is not entitled to the Diaoyu Islands. These islets, regardless of claims that they are "owned" by a Japanese individual, a local government or a state, are a part of China.

It's certainly questionable if the Japanese government will prove capable of keeping them stable and peaceful.

A general election is expected to take place in Japan in November. Several of the political heavyweights who are aspiring to become the next prime minister of the country already have their eyes on the Diaoyu Islands.

Nobuteru Ishihara, secretary-general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and the eldest son of the right-wing Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, is one of those who are hoping to ratchet up the tension.

Whatever the motives are behind Japan's attempts to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, Japan is not and will never be the legitimate owner of them.

China publicized the territorial sea baselines of the Diaoyu Islands and other islets on Monday. Chinese boats will patrol them regularly.

Japan should prepare to face the consequences of its actions.

by richardrozoff

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/japan-china-he...

Photo: Casualties of a mass panic during a June 1941 Japanese bombing of Chongqing. More than 5000 civilians died during the first two days of air raids in 1939.

10/09/2012

Alleppo: Syrian army has retaken full control

 

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The Syrian army has retaken full control of a barracks in the flashpoint city of Aleppo after days of fierce clashes with armed groups fighting against the government.


A Syrian military official said on Monday that the army is now in full control of the Hanano barracks in east Aleppo, which serves as a weapons storage depot, conscript recruitment center and the headquarters of the local branch of the military police and riot police. 

On Friday, anti-Damascus insurgents claimed to have taken control of parts of the base. 

"The Syrian army is in total control of the Hanano barracks after fighting which came to a complete halt during the night," the source said from inside the barracks.

 


Meanwhile, there are reports of clashes between government troops and foreign-backed insurgents in other parts of Aleppo, including Mysar and Qadi Askar. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. 

Damascus blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists for the unrest while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the violence. 

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside and accuses certain Arab and Western countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, of arming and funding insurgent fighting against the government. 

HM/JR

More info: 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/10/260834/syria-in-f...

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/10/440456.htm

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Syrian Armed Forces: 30 kidnapped persons released...

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Armed Forces Continue Pursuing Terrorists, Inflict Heavy Losses Upon them, Destroy Ammunition Warehouses, Release Kidnapped

10.9.2012

PROVINCES, (SANA) - The armed forces on Sunday released 30 persons who were kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups south the Vocational Training Institute in Maysaloun area in Aleppo.

A unit of the armed forces destroyed 3 trucks used by terrorists on al-Bab road in Aleppo.

In a qualitative operation, the armed forces also killed members of an armed terrorist group, including snipers, near al-Ansari Mosque in Maysaloun area in Aleppo.

The armed forces also targeted terrorists who fled from Maysaloun area towards al-Safa and al-Shaar neighborhoods, killing a number of them.

A unit of the armed forces clashed with terrorists near al-Arqoub in Maysaloun area, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

Another unit of our armed forces clashed with terrorists near al-Furkan Mosque in al-Arqoub area in Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

In a qualitative operation, a unit of our armed forces killed members of a terrorist group including a number of snipers were stationed near al-Ansar Mosque in Maysaloun area.

Meanwhile, an armed terrorist group targeted a house for civilians with two mortar shells and destroyed it in al-Suliemaniya area.

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/10/440456.htm

Syrian Armed Forces: 30 kidnapped persons released...

Israel uses 'Nuclear Threat' as pretext to bomb Syria and Iran

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'New Revelations Cast Light on Syria’s Nuclear Program'

Satellite photos show new sites of Syrian nuclear development
Israeli-bombed nuclear plant was farther along than thought
Syria has repeatedly snubbed IAEA inspections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.2011 – Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The report suggests that Syria's nuclear program was far more advanced than previously believed and gives more urgency to international efforts to uncover the full extent of Syria’s nuclear ambitions.

Here is some background and a timeline on Syria’s secret efforts to acquire nuclear efforts:

Background (From the Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Syria has been a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty since 1968, but is nonetheless widely known to have sought nuclear weaponry for over 40 years.

“Given Syria's weak conventional forces, a nuclear weapons program may have seemed a viable option for achieving strategic parity with Israel” after the 1973 war, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) states in its fact sheet on Syria

Realizing it could not build a weapon on its own, Syria sought help through the 1980s from European countries to develop a reactor. A French firm ultimately won the bid.

China began constructing the SRR-1 research reactor in 1991 as a part of an IAEA technical assistance project. China also provided Syria with 980.4g of uranium enriched to 90.2%

Throughout the 1990s, American and Israeli officials believed that Syria and China were cooperating on weaponization projects

The Al-Khibar Site

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In 2007, Israeli warplanes, in an attack codenamed “Operation Orchard,” bombed suspected nuclear site al-Khibar, also known as Daz az Zwar, in northeastern Syria.

Al-Khibar was a nuclear reactor site in the advanced stages of construction.

Three days before the attack, a North Korean ship carrying materials labeled as cement, but widely suspected of being nuclear materials, had docked in the Syrian port of Tartus.

North Korea was suspected to be aiding in the development of the site.

Leading Israeli nuclear expert Uzi Even said of the target: “I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”

Current status: Removing the Veil on Syrian Ambitions

Even in the face of world consensus, Syria continues to reject that the Israeli bombings damaged a nuclear facility.

Syria has refused inspections since 2008, prompting Western officials to threaten more punitive measures if IAEA inspectors are not again allowed to visit sites in question.

The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, in December 2010, reported that three new sites related to the one allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007 had been discovered.

A February 23, 2011 report by the Washington-based think-tank Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) suggests that Syria’s program was far more advanced than previously thought after the 2007 Israeli air-raid on al-Khibar.

The ISIS also discovered four new nuclear sites previously unknown to western investigators.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the revelations on Feb. 24, saying that even though Israel knows about Syrian ambitions, the door is still open to peace talks.

Contact:

Alan Elsner: 202-857-6671 (office), 202-306-0757 (cell), alane@theisraelproject.org 

Jennifer Packer: 202-207-6122 (office), jenniferp@theisraelproject.org 

http://www.theisraelproject.org 

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2....

(The links are regularly deactivated by the war propaganda services which want that we repeat like a chicken the daily war propaganda against Syria and Iran)

Photo: Israel's nuclear threat. The Sunday Times reveals the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal.

08/09/2012

Terrorist gangs in Syria: Belgian weapons

 

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Belgian Senator to Launch Discussion at Senate on Possession of Belgian Weapons by Armed Opposition in Syria

Aug 14, 2012  - BRUSSELS, (SANA) – Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the armed opposition in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.

Lijnen will pose several questions on the issue as soon as the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives resume their work next month after the end of the summer vacation.

She stressed the need to uncover the fate of exported Belgian weapons, and that many questions must be answered as to how the weapons reached the armed opposition to Syria and to whom these weapons were actually sold and when.

Several sources indicate that the armed opposition is using Belgian weapons, with photos being published that show Belgian weapons in the hands of militants in areas in Damascus' suburbs.

It should be noted that Belgian weapons are exported to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are supplying the Syrian opposition with weapons.

H. Sabbagh

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Photo: M249 Automatic weapon

Contractor:

FN Manufacturing 

Cost per item: about $4,000

Size of 2007 contract: $48.3 million

The Army’s primary machine gun can spit 850 bullets per minute. FN Herstal developed the gun in the early 1980s for the Pentagon, which wanted a lightweight automatic weapon (the one here is 17 pounds). The Belgian company’s South Carolina factory makes about 550 a month for the Army.

U.S. embassy Brussels: 'bomb' of grapefruit juice...

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Anti-terrorist alert in Brussels brought a bottle of fruit juice

September 5, 2012 - Brussels - Mistaken for a bomb in a parked suspicious object near the U.S. embassy and government buildings in Brussels car was a bottle of grapefruit juice, reported on Wednesday Belgian media .

"Army evacuation and destruction of explosive devices has come to the conclusion that the inspected car contained no explosives.

Inside was found a large number of electrical wires , which can , and location of the vehicle created a suspicious situation, " - said the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police.

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Odd vehicle checked near U.S. embassy in Brussels

By Associated Press

September 5, 2012 - Brussels — The area around the U.S. embassy in Brussels and the Belgian defense ministry was temporarily sealed off as bomb squad assessed a suspicious vehicle.

A bomb squad moved in with a specialized robot and an expert in a bomb suit before the area was declared safe for traffic again. The alert was lifted by 3 p.m. local time Wednesday and traffic started moving again around the two buildings.

No specific details were immediately available.

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07/09/2012

Syria: Terrorist Bombing - US. is responsible

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6 Citizens and Law-enforcement Members Martyred, Several Others Injured in Terrorist Bombing in Rukneddin, Car Bomb in al-Mazzeh Causes Material Damage

Sept 7, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA) - 6 civilians and law-enforcement members were martyred and several others injured when a booby-trapped electric bicycle exploded near al-Ruknieh Mosque in Rukneddin in Damascus.

SANA quoted a source in the governorate as saying that ''The bicycle went off when the worshippers were leaving the mosque. 6 civilians and law-enforcement members were martyred and several others injured in the bombing, and private properties were damaged.''

Booby-trapped Car Explodes Near Justice Palace and Information Ministry in al-Mazzeh

A booby-trapped car exploded near the Justice Palace and the Ministry of Information on al-Mazzeh Highway in Damascus, causing material damage.

SANA said that the explosion left several cars in the area burned and smashed the facades of nearby shops and buildings.

Fifteen Citizens, Including Women and Children, Injured by Terrorists' Mortar Shells in Homs

Fifteen citizens, including women and children, were wounded after an armed terrorist group launched three Mortar shells on al-Maydan neighborhood in Homs.

A source at the province told SANA reporter that the shells were launched from Bab Houd neighborhood, adding that the 81 mm shells are Israeli-made.

Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Aleppo

An armed forces' unit confronted an armed terrorist group which was trying to enter Aleppo from al-Ba'aydeen area, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

A unit from the armed forces eliminated a group of terrorists in al-Maysar area in Aleppo. Engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices planted by the armed terrorist groups in the local market in Saif al-Dawla area.

Quarrels erupted among terrorists in Saif al-Dawla area in Aleppo after many fled in fear of the armed forces, leaving their weapons behind. Some were shouting ''We're not ready for death…The army is coming!"

The armed forces raided a basement in Saif al-Dawla neighborhood in Aleppo and discovered a field hospital inside with medicine and medical equipment, oxygen cylinders and breathing apparatuses stolen from public and private hospitals.

The armed forces also repelled terrorists who attacked law-enforcement members in Hanano barrack in Aleppo, killing and injuring many.

An armed forces' unit destroyed three DShK-equipped cars with the terrorists inside near al-Ansari Mosque in Saif al-Dawla neighborhood in Aleppo.

Qualitative Operation in Aleppo Leaves Several Terrorists Dead

An armed forces' unit carried out a qualitative operation in Bashqatin area in Aleppo, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others. An official source in the governorate said that the terrorists Abdullah al-Khatiri, Yasser Arab and Abdullah Sadek were killed among the dead.

Terrorists' HQ Destroyed, Two Terrorists Killed in al-Qusayr

The armed forces destroyed a hideout for terrorists in al-Qusayr farms in Homs countryside that was used by terrorists as an operational headquarter to plan terrorist attacks and target civilians.

A source in Homs told SANA that the operation led to killing and injuring all the terrorists who were inside the headquarter.

In Homs city, an armed forces' unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that was attempting to flee from Bab Hood to al-Khandak Street. The clash left two terrorists killed and three others injured, SANA reporter said.

Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Idleb

The armed forces continued cracking down on terrorists who attacked citizens and law-enforcement members in Idleb, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the armed forces pursued terrorist groups who tried to attack law-enforcement checkpoints on the outskirts of Idleb, killing and injuring their members.

The source added that the armed forces pursued the terrorist groups in Abu al-Zohour and Harem areas and crushed a big number of terrorists.

Dustman Martyred, Child Injured in Blast near Mosque in Idleb

An armed terrorist group blew up an explosive device near Sho'eib Mosque in the western neighborhood in Idleb city. Marwan Bakhoury, 45 years old, a dustman, was martyred, and the child Asaad al-Asaad, 10 years, was injured in the blast.

A source in Idleb Police Command said that the explosion took place when Bakhoury was doing his job in the area and he was martyred of a serious injury, while the child was rushed to Idleb National Hospital.

Terrorists Seize Two Cars Loaded with 41 Tons of Flour

An armed group seized a Mazda truck in Ariha city loaded with flour that was headed to Harem area and kidnapped the driver.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the armed terrorist group intercepted the truck in Abu Talha village in Harem area and took it to an unknown place and kidnapped the driver Abdul-Salam Baaj from Sheik Abs village in Ariha.

The source added that the armed group seized another flour-loaded Mitsubishi truck in the same area after shooting the driver, Abdul-Rahman al-Kurdi from Idleb, causing his immediate martyrdom, indicating that the two cars were loaded with estimated 41 tons of flour.

In the same context, the source said that an armed terrorist group seized a tourist's Mercedes car carrying Abu Dhabi plate, owned by Manwar al-Alawi.

The source said that three terrorists intercepted the car in al-Tah village in Khan Sheikhoun area and took it to an unknown place.

Engineering Units Dismantle 5 Explosive Devices in Hama City

The engineering units dismantled 5 explosive devices planted by armed terrorist groups in al-Nakarneh district in Gharbi al-Mashtal neighborhood in Hama city.

A source in Hama governorate told SANA that the dismantled devices weighed 25 kg each. 

M. Ismael/ M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/09/07/440219.htm

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US. is responsible for the Terrorist Bombings 

Some days ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul that 'Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the armed gangs'.

Obama signed also a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorist gangs.