May 30, 2013
Algeria says the deadly turmoil in Syria can be settled through a political solution which seeks to protect unity in the Arab country.
Addressing the International Conference on Syria in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the violence in Syria can be immediately settled through a political solution which would encompass the entire Syrian nation and prevent foreign interference in the country.
Since the outbreak of turmoil in Syria, Algiers has called for a political solution to prevent the bloodshed in the Arab country, Medelci told the meeting.
On Wednesday, Iran hosted the Friends of Syria Conference in Tehran under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability.” The event was attended by representatives from 40 countries, seeking to find a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.
The Algerian diplomat further thanked Iran for its honest efforts to deal with the Syria issue, expressing hope that the Tehran conference would be a successful prelude to the upcoming Geneva 2 conference.
May 30, 2013
Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group says it will not take part in the upcoming US-Russian-sponsored conference aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), in comments delivered by its president George Sabra, claimed on Thursday that the talks, due to be held in Geneva next month, have no meaning in light of the ongoing bloodshed that the coalition blames on the Syrian government.
Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow on May 7 to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.
On May 26, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that his country agrees “in principle” to attend the conference.
He noted that any deal reached at the conference will have to be put to a referendum in Syria.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants fighting in Syria.
Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.
“There is progress in dismantling the terrorist networks. We are confronted by small groups who practice terrorism and have links to terrorist parties,” Larayedh said on Thursday.
“Members from the Tunis Salafist movement have connections with local and foreign terrorist groups. They are encouraging armed rebellion against the state through violence and terrorism,” the Tunisian premier stated.
Tunisian authorities arrested over 200 people including the supporters of the Ansar al-Sharia group on May 19, during clashes that erupted when the group called on its followers to assemble in the capital’s suburb of Ettadhamen.
The Tunisian government recently banned Ansar al-Sharia from holding its annual congress in Kairouan, the capital of Kairouan Governorate, saying the group posed a “threat to public order.”
Larayedh also warned, “We will continue to pursue them and all people who practice violence or have links with the terrorists.”
The Army Restores Security to al-Brak and Arjoun Villages in al-Qseir
May 30, 2013
HOMS, (SANA) - The army units on Thursday restored security and stability to al-Brak village in the northern countryside of al-Qseir city in Homs province.
An official source told SANA reporter that units of the armed forces also restored security and stability to Arjoun village in al-Qseir countryside.
The source said the army units destroyed all the terrorists' gatherings and dens to the last one in the two villages and killed all the terrorists.
Scores of explosive devices planted by the terrorists were dismantled during the operations aimed to regain control over the two villages.
Lavrov: Opposition Coalition Doesn't Want Dialogue, Seeks Foreign Intervention
May 30, 2013
MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that 'Doha Coalition' does not want dialogue and launching a political process to resolve the crisis in Syria but it seeks foreign intervention in Syria.
Lavrov said in a press conference in Moscow that the Doha Coalition's call for President Bashar al-Assad's departure as a precondition to take part in the international conference on Syria scheduled to be held in Geneva are " impracticable and aim to hinder the conference and pave the way for military intervention in Syria."
"No one has the right to throw threats and ultimatums around," Lavrov told the press conference following talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez.
"This coalition doesn't have any positive program and it is busy with sharing positions, especially the position of the presidency," he said, adding that "the only thing they are united about is the demand for President Bashar al-Assad's immediate stepping down."
"But everyone including our Western partners understands that this condition is unrealistic," Lavrov said.
He went on saying that the opposition coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything to hinder the start of a political process by any means, including "being dishonest with the public opinion in the West to bring military intervention in Syria."
The Russian Official described the opposition coalition's approach as "unacceptable", adding that "regardless of what they said or did, we believe that the opposition coalition is not the one and only representative of the Syrian people as they try to depict."
He stressed that there are "other serious forces inside Syria" that are ready to participate in an international conference on Syria without preconditions, adding that those forces have presented a constructive base in the framework of contributing to the talks for implementing the agreements reached in the Geneva communiqué issued last June 30th.
He also indicated other "main opposition groups who have taken positions that are not in line with the hostile stances nor with the national stances," referring particularly to the opposition National Coordination Body.
"The leaders of those opposition groups did not leave to any foreign country…and probably they are entitled no less than others to represent those who seek reform in Syria today and those who are ready to participate in this national dialogue," said Lavrov.
Gatilov: Russia to Take Part with High-Level Delegation in Meeting on International Syria Conference
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Russia will take part with a high-level delegation in Geneva meeting due next week to discuss preparations for the international conference on Syria.
RT website said that Gatilov had not ruled out that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi might take part in the meeting.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia, US and UN Representatives to Meet on June 5 to Discuss Preparations for Int'l Syria Conference
A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said that representatives of Russia, US and UN will meet on June 5 in Geneva to discuss the preparations for the international conference on Syria 'Geneva 2'.
RT website quoted the source as saying that it is likely that the UN Under-Secretary-General, Jeffrey Feltman will be president of the UN delegation.
The US Department of State spokeswoman, Jen Psaki announced earlier that the US and Russia will hold talks on Syria next week in Geneva, indicating that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Elizabeth Jones will be representing the USA.
A Russian diplomatic source said that Russia's deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov will represent Russia in the Russian-US talks.
The Russian source mentioned that ''the agreement on holding talks came during the latest contacts between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry.''
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich stressed that the U.S. statements on the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone on Syria raise doubts about the U.S. intentions for political solution to the crisis, expressing Moscow's hope that the U.S. respects its agreement with Russia on Geneva 2 Conference.
Lukashevich added that Russia intends to cooperate with the U.S. in the Syrian track for a political solution based on Geneva Communiqué.
Russian Defense Minister: Russia Might Reconsider Commitments on Sending Arms Shipments to Syria
Russia's Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu said that Russia is disappointed over the EU decision to lift the arms embargo on sending weapons to the Syrian opposition, indicating that Russia might reconsider its commitments on the restrictions imposed on sending arms shipments to this war-torn country.
Novosti News Agency quoted Shoigu as saying during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart in Finland's capital, Helsinki that ''If one party decides to lift the restrictions, the other party might deem himself free of earlier commitments.''
Friends of Syria Conference: National Dialogue Only Solution to Crisis in Syria
May 30, 2013
TEHRAN, (SANA) – The final statement of the Friends of Syria Conference which was convened in Tehran on Wednesday stressed that the Syrian comprehensive national dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria, asserting rejection of any foreign interference and support to the international efforts for solution, particularly the Geneva Conference.
The statement rejected any aggression on the Syrian territories and the killing of citizens, stressing the necessity of halting violence, lifting the economic embargo on Syria and the return of the displaced Syrians.
The statement added that participants from Arab, Islamic, African, Latin America and European countries and international personalities representing the genuine friends of the Syrian people at the international conference convened in Tehran stressed the necessity of preserving the regional stability and agreed to consolidate the national dialogue being the only way for settling the crisis in Syria.
The statement called on all conflicting parties in Syria to avoid violence and halt clashes immediately as well as paving the ground for a democratic process.
The participants rejected any foreign interference in Syria, strongly condemning any foreign aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and the massacres committed against the Syrian unarmed citizens by the armed terrorist groups.
They considered the flow of arms and money to Syria as contradicting the international law and the political solution and it aggravates the crisis and jeopardizes the regional stability.
The statement stressed the necessity of halting violence and bloodshed immediately, expressing concerns over escalating the crisis and fueling conflicts in the region.
The participants expressed support to the ongoing international efforts and accord concerning Geneva Conference, hailing the preliminary agreement of Syria to participate in the conference. They also expressed support to the efforts exerted by the UN and the mission of UN Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.
The statement emphasized the necessity of sending humanitarian aid to cut down on the suffering and pain of the Syrian people through the Red Crescent in the Syrian Arab Republic, asserting the necessity of lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Syria immediately and facilitating the return of the displaced Syrians to their homes.
After reading the statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi answered the questions of journalists as he condemned the EU decision on lifting the arms embargo on the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
He pointed out that some EU countries opposed the decision, but the authoritarian and colonialist powers managed to impose their views on the rest of the EU countries.
He strongly condemned the stealthy entry of U.S.Senator John McCain into the Syrian territories and his meeting with a number of armed terrorist groups' leaders.
Earlier, the Friends of Syria conference kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran, with delegations from 40 countries participating in the conference under the headline of "political solution and regional stability."
In his opening speech, Minister Salehi said that this conference constitutes an important step for resolving the crisis in Syria, stressing that since the beginning of the crisis, Iran focused on the need to stop bloodshed and take peaceful steps to restore calm in Syria in order to implement reforms and realize the Syrians' demands.
Salehi pointed out that Iran supported Moscow's efforts to hold an international conference, and that it proposed a six-point plan for resolving the crisis in Syria based on stopping violence, continuing national dialogue, and laying the groundwork for free elections to form a new parliament and form a new constitution, all of which would allow the Syrians to dictate their true will democratically away from foreign interference.
He asserted that Iran rejects funding and arming irresponsible armed groups in Syria by some sides, the need for not allowing foreign interference in Syria and that the sides claiming to want democracy for the Syrian people must let them decide their destiny on their own.
Salehi warned that what is happening in Syria will destabilize the region and the world and lead to destructive repercussions, affirming that violence and delaying the political solution isn't in any country's interest and would lead to a situation that's even more difficult to manage than the current crisis.
He pointed out that Iran communicated effectively with all Syrian opposition groups which respect sovereignty and oppose foreign interference, in addition to supporting regional and international steps that emphasize a political solution, such as Kofi Annan's initiative and the efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi.
The Iranian Foreign Minister noted that his country spared no effort in providing support and humanitarian relief to the Syrian people, participating in international efforts, helping displaced Syrians in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, and sending shipments of essential goods to the Syrian people, in addition to supporting the electricity grid in Syria.
He said that helping resolve Syria's economic problems in the face of unjust sanctions is an issue that should receive serious attention from all countries and international organizations, as the sanctions never served the interests of the Syrian people; rather they exacerbated their suffering.
Salehi pointed out to Iran's work in providing aid to the Syrian people as per the request put forth by Switzerland, with Iran holding a meeting with representatives of Syria and Switzerland on two stages which produced positive results in terms of providing relief to Syrians with the help of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
He reiterated Iran's denouncement of the recent Israeli attacks on sites and Syria and its rejection for any foreign and military intervention, affirming support for discussing this issue in Geneva and the steps taken by the UN Secretary-General to resolve the crisis peacefully.
The Iranian Foreign Minister warned against interfering in Syria's internal affairs through international establishments since this undermines' Syrians right to self-determination and consequently would make the crisis more complicated.
Salehi said that halting violence in Syria is done by preventing the flow of funds and weapons to terrorists in Syria through group action, controlling the borders, and preventing the sending of extremists into Syria, calling on neighboring countries to exert efforts in this regard.
He also suggested forming a communication group as soon as possible to move the proposed international conference forward and communicate with the Syrian government and opposition.
Salehi concluded by saying that the crisis in Syria has become complicated due to the recent Israeli attacks, which requires constructive and effective efforts by friendly countries which believe that Syria is an important and influential country in the Middle East and that the continuation of the crisis in it poses a serious threat to stability in the entire region.
F.Allafi / H. Sabbagh
Interview with President al-Assad to Lebanese al-Manar TV to Be Broadcast Thursday
May 30, 2013
The Media Office at the Syrian Arab Presidency mentioned on its Facebok page that the interview will be simultaneously broadcast by the Syrian satellite channels.
Photo: President Assad - Damascus University
Martyr Journalist Yara Abbas Laid to Rest
Yara Abbas, a prominent female Syrian, 26, who worked for the privately-owned Damascus-based Al-Ikhbariyah TV (Syrian News Channel), was killed by sniper fire.
May 29, 2013
Final tribute was paid to martyr journalist Yara Abbas, the reporter of al-Ikhbariya TV channel, who was assassinated Monday by the gunfire of the armed terrorist groups while covering the Armed Forces' operations near al-Daba'a airport in al-Qseir in Homs countryside.
Abbas was escorted from al-Zaeem Hospital in Homs to her final resting place in Nisaf village in Masyaf area in Hama amid wide official, civil and popular participation.
Abbas was received with flowers and rice by the residents of the villages in Masyaf area who chanted slogans stressing support for Syria, the Syrian Army and the martyrs.
The speeches delivered at the funeral ceremony stressed that martyr Abbas and all martyrs of Syria will remain "in the mind and hearts" of all the Syrians.
The speakers hailed the courage and professionality of martyr Abbas which she showed by insisting on conveying the truth from the battleground alongside the Syrian Army members.
They affirmed that the "hateful terrorism" which hit Syria will be defeated thanks to the Syrian people's will and the strength of the Syrian Army.
Afterwards, funeral prayers were performed for the repose of the martyr's soul and the music of the "Farewell" and the "Martyr" was played.
The funeral ceremony was attended by the governors of Homs and Tartous provinces, secretaries of Tartous and Hama branches of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Commander of the Central Region and Christian and Islamic and cultural, social and civil figures in Homs and Hama.
Information Minister Receives Condolences Cables from Russia and Yemen
Meanwhile, the Information Ministry continued receiving cables of condolences over the martyrdom of journalist Abbas.
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi received a condolences cable from Russia's Ambassador in Damascus Azmatullah Kulmohammadov in which the ambassador strongly condemned what he described "a heinous crime".
The cable considered this crime and all the terrorist acts targeting the Syrian citizens as "lying outside the framework of human morals that are unjustifiable," expressing the Russian Embassy's condolences to the family of martyr Abbas.
Minister al-Zoubi also received a condolences cable from the Charge d'Affaires at the Yemeni Embassy in Damascus, Mohammad Faraj al-Shuhoubi, who expressed his condolences over "the continued attack against the journalists and patriotic Syrians."
Al-Shuhoubi expressed the Embassy's condolences to the family of martyr Abbas.
Interview with Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, May 29, 2013
‘If they (the Western Leaders) were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.”
Press TV has talked with Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, to get his opinions on the role of the Israeli regime in the ongoing foreign-backed unrest in Syria.
Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, today we have Israel threatening Moscow possibly with force. How does Israel play into this equation and how much physical involvement can we expect from Israel?
Chossudovsky: Well, first I should say that Israel is supporting the insurgency. In other words, it is supporting al-Qaeda in Syria.This is not known to public opinion. Through the Golan Heights, it is supporting terrorist units of al-Nusrah, which are fighting the Syrian government.It has logistics, weapons supplies, Israeli vehicles going into Syrian territory; it also has a hospital facility for the rebels located in the Golan Heights.
So, in effect, right from the outset Israel has been involved in supporting the various factions, the so-called Islamist factions, which are, as we know, mercenaries trained in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
So, in effect, we have to ask ourselves who are the main military actors in the Syrian war theater. The al-Nusrah rebels, which allegedly represent the opposition, are supported by the Western military alliance and Israel.
These are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance and they are waging a war against the Syrian people.
Now when the European Union decides to lift the arms embargo, what they really have in mind is to channel military aid to this mercenary force, which is supported by foreign powers.
That is a very different position to that of Russia or Iran for that matter, which provide military assistance to a sovereign country to a government through bilateral agreements.
In effect what we are also dealing with is Western and Israeli military aid channeled to a terrorist entity, which is illegal under the international law but it is also in violation of the US’ anti-terror legislation.
Press TV: Mr. Chossudovsky, recently US senator John Kerry went to Syria via Turkey. How do you interpret this visit?
Chossudovsky: Well, John Kerry who is secretary of the state, is actually in blatant violation of the US’ guidelines on anti-terrorism.
There is an anti-terrorist list, there is a list of terrorist organizations, which is made up by the State Department and John Kerry is negotiating, interfacing, with representatives of that terrorist organization and the same thing is true for John McCain when he crosses into Syria or the same thing is true with the former ambassador to Syria Robert Steven Ford, who is also supporting these terrorists.
So we have to distinguish between military aid through official channels, from government to government, which is what the Russians are providing to Syria on the one hand, and the type of assistance which Israel, Britain, France, the United States, are channeling to an illegal organization (according to their own criteria).
So in other words these Western officials should be arrested on anti-terrorist charges because they are in violation of international law.
Press TV: Despite the fact that the European Union has lifted the arms embargo on Syria, how optimistic are you that the Geneva II talks would bear fruit and resolve the Syrian crisis politically?
Chossudovsky: Well, I think that the Western leaders are, in effect, attempting to build peace and democracy by threatening war. Essentially that is what they are doing, heightening the threats, channeling weapons to the terrorists,
Incidentally those terrorist have been decimated by the Syrian Armed forced, so in effect the Western military alliance is in a dead end.
So, they are now considering all the options
But essentially if they were concerned and sincerely committed to the peace process, they would immediately cease supporting a terrorist organization which is linked to al-Qaeda and which is involved in atrocities and killings in Syria.
The European Union decided to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month and to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents...
European Council on Foreign Affairs
'Syria: towards a political solution'...
... 'The prospect of arming the opposition raises concerns inside and outside the country. Channelling weapons into the country would likely set the scene for an even deeper and long-lasting civil conflict with very uncertain regional consequences (particularly given the indeterminate nature of many of the country’s armed groups). Though unarmed civilians continue to bear the devastating brunt of the crackdown, expanding and supporting armed resistance would invite even wider violence. Moreover, unless foreign backers were prepared to provide artillery and air capabilities, arming the opposition is unlikely to change the balance of power. It is more likely that arming the opposition may further empower the regime by discrediting the opposition among Syrians still on the fence, while also providing justification to the regime (and its international backers) to continue using violence. Finally, air strikes remain deeply problematic because of both Syria’s strong Russian-supplied air defence systems and the complexity of a battle that is largely unfolding in urban environments.
All of these options, though opening the possibility of an eventual rebel victory, do so by enabling a wider militarisation of the conflict that is likely to be long and painful for much of the country’s population...'
Army Kills Terrorists, Destroys their Criminal Equipment
A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit eliminated all members of an armed terrorist group on al-Naseryeh-al-Qaryatain road in Homs countryside, adding that terrorists Fahd Ali al-Miz'el and Mufleh Basem al-Hayyan were identified among the dead.
Another army unit killed members of a terrorist group that was trying to infiltrate into al-Qseir city from the town of al-Huseinyeh and destroyed their weaponry and munitions.
The army also destroyed terrorists' gatherings in the areas of al-Rastan, Talbiseh, Bait Hajjo, al-Buwaida al-Sharqyeh, al-Dab'a, Argoon and Kiseen and killed and injured scores of terrorists.
Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside
The armed forces eliminated numbers of terrorists' leaders and destroyed factories to make explosive devices and terrorists' hideouts in Damascus Countryside.
An official source told SANA that Ammar al-Asfari, a terrorist leader affiliated to the so-called " Shabab al-Huda battalion" terrorist group, was killed along with number of his group's members in al-Ob farms in eastern al-Ghota.
The source added that ten factories to manufacture explosive devices and mortar shells were destroyed in the Industrial Zone in Douma.
An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the western entrance of Haratsa city and killed the group's leader, Mohammad Mahfoud and scores of his group's members, among them were Abdullah Qasem and Abdul-Ghani al-Rayyes.
In Bait Sahm town, an army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout and killed and injured scores of terrorists in it, among them was Husam Badee' al-Obaid.
Meanwhile, the army continued pursuing terrorists in the areas of Talat al-Mistah and Barzeh, destroying terrorists' hideout and the weapons hidden in it.
In Jubar, the army carried out several operations in the areas of al-Manasher Roundabout and the teachers' building, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among the injured terrorists was Abu Bassam Dalila.
Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Eliminated in Idleb
Units of the armed forces eliminated terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in a number of villages and towns in Idleb and Hama countryside and destroyed a rocket launcher and heavy machineguns.
An official source told SANA reporter in Idleb that terrorists were killed and injured in the villages of Ein al-Kasab, al-Sindianeh, Ariha, Bzabour, Jabal al-Arba'in, and north of Abu al-Dohour Airport.
The source added that units of the armed forces continued their operations against the terrorists' hideouts in Maartamsarin, Binnesh, Saraqib, Taftanaz, al-Nirab, Sirmin and near the Youth Camp, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
The source said that a number of terrorists were killed and a car equipped with a heavy machinegun was destroyed with all the weapons and ammunition inside it in Deir Sinbul and Maaret al-Numan.
Rocket Launcher Destroyed in Hama
In Hama countryside, a military source said that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a rocket launcher and a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' vehicles in the village of Kafr Nabboudeh, while another unit arrested 6 terrorists in al-Skilbieh area.
A terrorist was killed in the explosion of an explosive device while he was planting it on Jourin-Ishtabrak road in Jisr al-Shughour countryside, Idleb.
An official source told SANA reporter that the explosion caused the killing of the terrorist and material damage in the place.
The source added that a unit of the armed forces foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 3 explosive devices planted in the area surrounding Ishtabrak village to be detonated by remote.
Talking about 'Peace', Israel and the U.S. are preparing an open war with Syria...
November. 2, 2010
‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…
In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.
Israel, Syria and the United States
Tehran: Russia, China Will Participate in Meeting on Syria
May 25, 2013
"The meeting is a step in the framework of realizing the political solution, based on the halt of violence and conducting national dialogue in Syria," Abdullahian said in a statement to IRNA.
He added that his country sent invitations to several countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar which had different stances over the crisis in Syria.
"We welcome the participation of those states in light of the regional cooperation," Abdullahian said.
Iran's UN Representative: We Hope the Conference Will Result in Peaceful Solution
Meanwhile, Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, expressed his hope that Tehran meeting and the international conference due to be held on Syria will come out with results that can lead to reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
Khazaei expressed in an interview with the Monitor news website Iran's support for any move in the framework getting to solve the crisis in Syria peacefully.
The Iranian Fars news agency quoted as saying in the interview that his country welcomes the move to hold an international conference on Syria.
He stressed the need for the participation of all regional and international sides that are influential in the course of encouraging a peaceful solution and preventing interference in the Syrian internal affairs so as for the conference to be fruitful.
On Iran's participation in the conference, Khazaei said this participation is dependent on the "detailed mechanisms" of the conference, adding that "we will study the invitation if we received one."
He stressed that "The basis in the Syrian issue is to reach a peaceful solution that is led by the Syrians themselves."
The Iranian diplomat denied the allegations which say that Iranian military forces are present in Syria, stressing that "Contrary to the allegations made by some, there isn't any military force or military advisors for Iran in Syria."
"Unfortunately, there are some countries which are interfering in Syria and working to stoke the crisis in it by sending weapons to the extremist terrorist groups," Khazaei added.
On the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said it has become more evident that the armed terrorist groups in Syria did use chemical weapons, which was already mentioned in the report of Carla deL Ponte, Head of the Commission set up by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate reports on chemical weapons use in Syria.
Mazen /H. Said
Indian FM: Dialogue is the Way to Solve Crisis in Syria
May 25, 2013
Indian Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid stressed that dialogue is the way to solve the crisis in Syria to put an end to violence.
In a press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Khurshid said "We are sure that peace will prevail eventually, and that any difficulties in the way of peace should be solved through dialogue."
He added "We discussed the issues of the region, particularly in Syria, and we will keep close contact as to ensure ending violence and moving to a peaceful future."
M. Nassr/ M. Ismael
May 25th… Victory Day of National Resistance, Liberating the South From Israeli Occupation
"Withdrawal which won't touch dignity", with this brief, Israeli General Shaul Mofaz tried to justify the reason behind the Israeli army humble defeat in South Lebanon on May 25th, 2000 which became the victory Day of the National Resistance and liberating south Lebanon after 22 years of the Israeli occupation.
The withdrawal of the Israeli occupation from South Lebanon on this day without negotiations or conditions was a defeat for Israel which Yediot Ahronot newspaper described as "shameful" calling this day as "the day of shame".
The Israeli occupation forces invaded south Lebanon in 1978 and expanded its occupation to the Lebanese lands till reaching Beirut in 1982.
The Lebanese men rushed to bear weapon and defend their homeland to establish what is known later the Lebanese National resistance to confront what had been called as "the legend army" which can't be defeated.
The resistance military operations have forced the Israeli army to retreat under the density of their processes to from an occupation line before liberating the South in 2000.
The resistance launched hundreds of special operations in the first half of 2000 targeting the sites of the occupation, forcing Israel to withdraw from Lebanon.
The day before liberation, the resistance stormed the occupation and its militias, led by Antoine Lahd, posts with bombing explosives.
The hardest strikes which the Israeli occupation received in the first month of 2000 were the assassination of Akl Hashem, one of the Israeli agents, and after two hours, the resistance targeted two Israeli military convoys, claiming the lives of three Israelis and wounding many others.
At 6:42 a.m. the Mercedes of Israeli General Benny Gantz crossed gate 93 of Fatima on the Lebanese-Israeli borders to be followed by vehicles and troop carriers into the occupied Palestinian lands abandoning an occupation barbed wire for which they paid souls and money but in vain.
On the same day and at 6:43 Israel closed its borders with Lebanon after pulling out the last soldier to end a 22 year occupation that cost it 1200 soldier.
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Syria opposition open key talks on peace initiative
Holding its seventh general assembly meeting since its creation last November, the National Coalition is expected to choose a new president, discuss incorporating new members and decide the fate of an interim rebel government, opponents said ...
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Syrian News Agency Sana: http://sana.sy/eng/article/27.htm
The Israeli regime’s security bodies are working on a plot to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the help of terrorist groups and armed rebels in the country after Damascus showed strength and months of resistance against the terrorist attacks orchestrated by US, Israel and their Arab partners, the Israeli media reported on Tuesday.
The Israeli Vala news website reported that the Israeli security and spy agencies were shocked at Assad’s resistance against two years of terrorist and sabotage operations against the country and are mulling other ways to topple him.
Health Minister Calls on International Organizations to Help in Rehabilitating Health Institutions in Syria
Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef discussed on Friday with Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan the efforts to meet the health needs of citizens amid the current situation in Syria.
Al-Nayef reviewed the damage caused to the health sector and its cadres due to the incessant attacks of the armed terrorist groups.
The minister invited Dr. Chan to visit Syria and get a close look at the health conditions and the services provided by hospitals and health centers to citizens despite the pressure, indicating that ''the health sector is under a methodical disinformation campaign waged by the countries hostile to Syria.''
The minister indicated that the ministry is focusing its care at the current stage on enhancing partnership with the civil sector and meeting health needs in society, pointing out that ''around 62 NGOs are backing the public sector'' in its humanitarian and relief work to deliver health services to those in need.
He urged the international organizations for ''more cooperation and financial and technical support to the health sector in Syria and help in rehabilitating the affected health institutions.''
For her part, Dr. Chan said the organization will continue to support the Syrian government to meet the health needs in all areas, expressing solidarity with the Syrian people.
Chan added that she saw first-hand the development of the health sector in Syria during an earlier visit, adding that the organization is fully committed to delivering all kinds of medical help to Syria via border crossings and in cooperation with the governmental bodies concerned.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of the WHO 66th session that started Monday and lasts until May 28, with the participation of 194 countries.
Photo: American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into the Pentagon as Ban Ki-moon arrives for an honor cordon, Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Ban Ki-moon has very close ties with the American government.
He earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He further received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Washington. He has been posted twice to the South Korean embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992. He was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006 and in February 2006, he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General.
While he is continuously talking in a hypocrite way about the 'Syrian Civil War' and he continuously criticizes the Syrian government, he remains silent about the American en Saudi-Arabian arms deliveries to the so called 'Free Syrian Army' and Syrian terrorist groups. Yesterday a top commander of a foreign-backed group fighting against the Syrian government said he has received a 35-ton arms shipment from Saudi Arabia...
On March 23, 2011, the U.N. Security Council adopted a wide-ranging resolution recommending 'humanitarian' and military action inside Libya. Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa were assigned key roles in “coordinating” the implementation of the mandate. Just like now, Ban Ki-moon was calling for “an immediate end to violence by all parties'. Just like now, he was talking about 'chemical weapons' and he called for a 'no-fly zone' which was just a pretext to bomb Lybia and to destroy the regime of Colonel Gadaffi. While the Lybian infrastructure was completely destroyed, he said the UN-mandated military operation was 'proving effective in protecting civilians'.
Recently Ban Ki-moon is echoing the Russian en Syrian proposes for a 'political dialogue' but at the same time he imposes unreasonable requirements that makes such a dialogue impossible. The current United States Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry, who expects a failure of political dialogue, said 'recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary'. So it is clear that the American government still hopes on a military intervention.
It is certainly not good for the credibility of the UN that its Secretary-General, as a friend to U.S. national interests in the United Nations, only advances U.S. and western-backed approaches in the Middle East, North Africa, and North Korea.
Political solution ?
'$10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates'
April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports.
A weeklong visit to the region by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will culminate a year of secret negotiations on a deal that Congressional officials said will be second only to the $29.5 billion sale of F-15 aircraft to Saudi Arabia announced in 2010.
While one goal was to ensure that Israel continues to field the most capable armed forces in the region. It was equally important to improve the capabilities of two important Arab military partners.
The objective, one senior administration official said, was “not just to boost Israel’s capabilities, but also to boost the capabilities of our Persian Gulf partners and also provide a greater network of coordinated assets around the region to handle a range of contingencies.”
Under the agreement, each country would be allowed to purchase advanced armaments from American contractors. In the case of Israel, there is also substantial American financial assistance, topping $3 billion in military aid this fiscal year.
Israel would buy new missiles designed to take out an adversary’s air-defense radars, as well as advanced radars for its own warplanes, new refueling tanker planes and — in the first sale to any foreign military — the V-22 Osprey troop transport aircraft.
The United Arab Emirates would buy 26 F-16 warplanes, a package that could reach $5 billion alone, along with precision missiles that could be launched from those jets at distant ground targets. Saudi Arabia would buy the same class of advanced missile.
The expectation is that the arms sale, which was outlined to Congress on Thursday, will encounter little opposition from lawmakers, especially from members representing the many districts where defense contractors are concerned about the impact of cutbacks in the Pentagon’s own weapons budget.
Under the terms of the deal, Israel would be allowed to buy the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey, an aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly with the speeds and range of an airplane. Israel could use the Osprey for patrolling its borders, coastline and out to sea, and for moving troops to troubled areas.
A new generation of KC-135 refueling tanker planes would let Israel’s warplanes stay in the air longer, an ability essential for any long-range mission — like a strike on Iran.
Israel also would receive antiradiation missiles. Launched from a warplane, they can home in on an adversary’s air-defense radar signals and destroy those sites. New, advanced radars for Israel’s military jets also would be in the package.
Administration officials declined to identify the new missile to be sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, except to say that it is an advanced class of precision “standoff munitions” — those designed to be launched from warplanes safely distant from ground targets. The missile would fit the 84 F-15s that Saudi Arabia is currently buying under the previous arms deal, and it would be carried by the 26 F-16s the United Arab Emirates would buy under the new one.
Officials said Israel was assured that use of the advanced missiles would be monitored by United States Air Force personnel who train alongside both the Saudi and emirates militaries, and that any deployment would occur only after consultation with the Americans.
During his coming trip to Israel, Mr. Hagel will move to finalize the arms deal with Mr. Barak’s successor, Moshe Yaalon. Mr. Hagel will finalize the deal with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in visits to the two countries later next week.
“Friends of Syria”: Assad Has no Role in Future of Syria
May 23, 2013
Participants in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference considered on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had no role in the future of Syria and pledged to “boost support to the opposition until a transitional government is in place.”
In a joint statement issued at the end of more than five hours of talks in Jordan, the 11 nations agreed that “Assad, his regime, and his close associates with blood on their hands cannot play any role in the future of Syria”.
The statement added that “the ministers also said that until Geneva conference in June results in the formation of a transitional government, they will intensify support to the opposition, and will take all the necessary measures.”
'New US Senate bill on Syria'
May 20, 2013
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).
This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements:
Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition;
Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support;
Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria.
Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference;
Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).
This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements:
Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition;
Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support;
Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria.
Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference;
Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.
President Barack Obama called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to rile against Hezbollah’s intervention, at odds with Lebanon’s policy of neutrality.
'Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution'
May 22, 2013
(Reuters) - Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.
Kerry said recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, "then he is miscalculating".
Kerry was speaking in Amman before a meeting of the Friends of 'Syriagroup of nations' - mainly Western and Arab opponents of Assad.
Wide Army Operations in Central and Northern Areas, Terrorists Infiltrating into al-Qseir Repelled
May 23, 2013
An official source told SANA that an army unit killed two leaders of terrorist groups, Mohammad al-Marja and another nicknamed 'Al-Neser', in Zamalka and Erbin, as another unit destroyed a weapons' cache in al-Eb farms in Douma with the terrorists inside, among them Mohammad Touma and another terrorist called 'Abu-Mohammad al-Shami'.
The source added that a terrorist group was eliminated near the water tank near al-Kamar bakery in Harasta city. Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Kassem and Sami Hassoun.
Terrorists' dens were destroyed in Adra al-Balad. The terrorists Mohammad al-Abed and Anwar Esber were killed.
The source added that an army unit destroyed weapons and ammunitions near Haramleh tunnel, killing four terrorists and confiscating a DShK machinegun in the farms surrounding al-Jarba and al-Baharieh in the eastern Ghouta.
In Ein Tarma valley, a unit of the army clashed with terrorists, killing many and destroying their weapons. The terrorists Samih Fattouh and another nicknamed Abu Anas al-Midani were identified among the dead.
An army unit killed most of a terrorist group's members in al-Saki farms in al-Nabek city. Iyad Issa was identified among the dead.
Shell Explodes over Old Damascus, No Casualties Caused
A shell fired by terrorists on Thursday exploded over the old city of Damascus without causing casualties or material damage.
An official source told SANA reporter that the shell , which was launched from al-Sbeineh town in Damascus Countryside, exploded in the air causing a loud bang and a fire glow over the old city of Damascus.
The source added that no material damage or casualties were caused due to the explosion.
Military Crackdown on Terrorists Continues in al-Qseir
Army units on Thursday continued operations against terrorists' gatherings in al-Qseir city and other areas in Homs province, killing many of the terrorists and injuring others.
A military source said that army units killed 20 terrorists and destroyed seven cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in the area of Dahr al-Qadib and to the south of the Local Stadium in al-Qseir city.
The source added that a number of terrorists were killed in the northern neighborhood and the area to the west of the market in al-Qseir.
Meanwhile, army units destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the areas of al-Daba'a, al-Rastan, al-Ghantow, Tal Bisa, Beit Hajjo, Tal al-Ghar, Kissin, al-Ameriyeh and Aqrab in the province, killing all the terrorists inside and destroying their weapons, according to the source.
During hunting operations in al-Waer orchards, army units found a workshop for manufacturing explosives, a missile launcher and three field hospitals containing big amounts of stolen medicines that were used by terrorists.
In the same context, other army units targeted terrorists' gatherings to the north of Qazhal Bridge on Homs-Masyaf Road and in the neighborhoods of Bab Hood, Khalidiyeh, al-Warsheh, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Qarabis and Jouret al-Shayyah in the city of Homs.
Terrorists Infiltratign to Help Others in al-Qseir Repelled
Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces foiled a terrorists infiltration attempt from Lebanon across al-Braij Mountain near al-Qseir city, killing a number of them.
An official source told SANA reporter that terrorists' vehicles and cars were destroyed with all the weapons and ammunitions inside them.
The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists who tried to infiltrate across Hasaya area into al-Qseir city to assist the terrorists in the city who received strong blows at the hands of our brave army.
The source said that among the dead were Khaled al-Shakiae, Mohammad Ahmad Shofan and Jumaa Naser, the leaders of the armed terrorist groups.
Army Eliminates, Arrests Terrorists in Idleb countryside
In the meantime, a unit of the armed forces pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Majjas village and the northern villages surrounding Abu al-Duhour airport in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
A military source told SANA reporter that the army killed a number of terrorists, arrested others and seized big amounts of weapons.
An army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists of an armed terrorist group, killing many and injuring others in Bashlamoun town.
The bodies of Fawwaz Eid al-Hassan, Mohammaf Eid al-Hassan, Ahmad Eid Arnous and Abu Hassan Wali were identified among the dead.
Terrorists Killed in Damascus Countryside, 400 m Long Tunnel found in Joubar
Units of the armed forces killed and injured numbers of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside and found a tunnel and a field hospital including large amounts of stolen medicines and medical equipment.
An official source told SANA reporter that Sami al-Munjed, leader of an armed terrorist group affiliated to 'Haroun al-Rashid Brigade' was identified among the dead.
The source noted that a 400 m long tunnel stretching from Katibet al-Musiqa at al-Manasher roundabout to Harmalleh junction was found in Joubar. A field hospital containing amounts of they had stolen from public and private hospitals and health centers in the neighborhood.
The source mentioned that the army units continued hunting terrorist groups in Barzeh area and the farms surrounding it, killing 13 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra. Terrorists Omar Mdalal and Tarek Najjar were identified among the dead.
A unit of the armed forces foiled an attempt to detonate 4 explosive devices, weighting 30-50 kg, which the terrorists had planted to the southwest of Tishreen Hospital.
Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside
Units of the armed forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the vicinity of the Central Prison and Hreitan-Castillo axis and al-Layramoun area in Aleppo and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
An official source told SANA that terrorists' dens and ammunitions were destroyed near al-Khawlandi station, southwest of the glass factory, in the vicinity of Handarat Mosque and near the university training camp. 17 terrorists were also killed on al-Maslamieh-Aleppo road. The source added that terrorists were killed and others injured near the petrol station in Abtin village. Weapons and ammunitions were destroyed to the west of the research center in al-Mansoura in Aleppo countryside.
In al-Layramoun, army units clashed with terrorists in Dahret Abed Rabbo, killing many, while other army units killed terrorists near Bei'fin and al-Haidarieh roundabouts and destroyed their vehicles.
Foreign , Information Ministers Meet Tunisian Popular Delegation
Al-Moallem said that Syria's people and government are growing ever more steadfast in the face of the current crisis, asserting that Syria will emerge from this crisis stronger.
He pointed out that the crisis in Syria is the results of conspiracies by regional and international sides which seek to destroy Syria and keep the Syrian and Arab people busy to move them away from the central Arab issue which is Palestine, adding the conspirators also seek to destroy the social and cultural fabric of Syrians and undermine their coexistence.
Al-Moallem asserted that there is no choice other than victory and that Syria's victory will be a victory for the Arab nation's just causes, affirming the determination of Syria's leadership and people to stand firmly in the face of all pressure.
He also lauded the role of Arab national parties in confronting threats to the Arab nation, saying that Tunisia is a beacon of Arabism and underlining the strong historical relations between the people of Syria and Tunisia.
For their part, the delegation members voiced their support for Syria's people and leadership in the face of the conspiracy which employs false pretenses, intelligence agencies and deceitful media to implement its goals.
They also apologized for the Tunisian youths who are fighting alongside the armed terrorist groups, saying that these individuals represent only themselves and that the bulk of the Tunisian people are against Takfiri terrorist mentality.
In statements to journalists, delegation member Mohammad al-Azhar Ali from the People's Movement Party said that the meeting was very remarkable and that it tackled issues related to Syrian-Tunisian relations.
He said that the delegation raised the issue of misguided Tunisians who joined Takfiri groups to fight against the Syrian Army, in addition to discussing diplomatic relations, adding that the Syrian Foreign Ministry responded well to these issues, particularly the matter of Tunisians in Syria, and promised to follow up on it.
Al-Azhar said the delegation will pressure the Tunisian government which made mistakes in dealing with Syria and closed its embassy, saying that resolving this issue will lead to resolving all other issues between the two countries.
In turn, delegation member Abdelkarim al-Ghabiri from the Free Unionists Movement said that the delegation relays the greetings o the Tunisian people to the Syrian people and leadership, affirming that they will work hard to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries on the level of ambassadors.
Information Minister: Aggression on Syria Targets Syrian State's Identity and Political System
In a similar meeting with the Tunisian delegation, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the aggression on Syria targets the Syrian state's identity and its political system.
Al-Zoubi affirmed that since the beginning, the Syrian government responded to legitimate demands through legislations and laws, specifically the political parties and media laws, but it became apparent that reform wasn't the real goal of those stirring the events in Syria.
He pointed out to the role played by some sheikhs in escalating the situation in Syria and moving it towards terrorism, murder and methodical destruction of the state's infrastructure.
Al-Zoubi underlined the achievements made in recent years in political, economic and social reform in Syria, touching on several points in Syria's contemporary history.
He voiced appreciation for the stances of the majority of Tunisians and their support for the Syrian people, saying that this support shows the depth of the relations between the two countries' people.
Army Restores Security to More Villages in al-Qseir, Eliminates Terrorists in Several Areas
Tunnels used by terrorists to move around and store weapons and munitions were uncovered in the western district of al-Qseir city, and tens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in homes and road were dismantled.
An Army unit restored security and stability to Akkari farm and Tal al-Sur after eliminating the last terrorist gathering there, dismantling tens of explosive devices planted by the terrorists, while other units continued hunting the fleeing terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside.
Terrorist hideouts were destroyed in the villages and towns of Aqrab, Kisin, al-Ghanto, Talbiseh, al-Mashjar al-Janoubi, Beit Hajjo, al-Buwaida al-Sharqiya and al-Rastan in Homs countryside.
Among the terrorists killed in the aforementioned areas was Mohammad Abdelkader Shamsin, the leader of a terrorist group calling itself "Katibet Rijal Allah," and Khaled Mansour from a group called "Kata'ib al-Hamza."
An Army unit eliminated all members of a terrorist group which was blockading roads and committing acts of murder and robberies on the road between al-Dab'aa and Arjoun, destroying two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.
In Homs city, Army units killed a number of terrorists and injured others in the areas of al-Qarabis, al-Khalidiye, Jouret al-Shiyah, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Warsheh, and Basatin al-Waer. Among the terrorists who were killed was Anas Suwaibi, the leader of a terrorist group, and all the members of his group.
Terrorists' Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled in Talkalakh
In another context, an army unit on Tuesday foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from the Lebanese territories through the sites of Halat, Ozeir and Oyoun al-Sha'ara in Talkalakh countryside.
An official source told SANA that most of the terrorists were killed or injured, as their vehicles and weapons were destroyed.
The source added that an army unit killed terrorist Ahmad Bdaw Ayoub and six members of his group near the junction of Ghajar village in al-Rastan and seized their weapons.
Army Units Clash with Terrorists, Kill Many in Damascus and Its Countryside
Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Manasher roundabout in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, leaving most of its members killed and injured.
SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that the clashes resulted in destroying the terrorist group's gatherings and seizing the weapons and ammunition the terrorists had with them.
The source added that other army units continued hunting terrorists in the farms surrounding Tishreen Hospital and Dahr al-Mastah in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and killed a number of them.
Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in Harasta area, including two terrorist group leaders; Osama Omar al-Jabaji and Iyad Rahim.
In al-Ebb farms in Douma area, an Army unit carried out a special operation in which it destroyed a terrorist gathering along with the weapons and munitions in it, eliminating a number of terrorists including Abdellatif al-Debs.
An Army unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in Erbin area, including Ahmad al-Buqai'I and Omar al-Haj, while other units continued pursuing terrorists in the farms around the towns of al-Jarba, al-Bahariya and Qisa, eliminating a number of them including Ahmad Hijazi, the leader of a terrorist group.
In al-Mlaiha, an Army unit pursued a terrorist group east of Tameco pharmaceutical factory, eliminating some of its members including Haitham al-Harastani and Mahmoud al-Tounsi.
In the town of Hejjeira, a weapons and munitions cache was destroyed and a number of terrorists were eliminated, one of which was identified as Mohammad Deeb al-Bassal.
Units of the armed forces eliminated numbers of terrorists in al-Nabek, Haramleh and Jobar in Damascus countryside.
An official source told SANA that clashes between a unit of the armed forces and a terrorist group in the area surrounding al-Nabek city left several terrorists dead, among them 'Subhi al-Zirai' and 'Khaled al-Tayyip.'
The source added that a number of terrorists, among them a sniper, were killed near Haramleh tunnel to the east of Zamalka in an operation that also destroyed terrorists' weapons and armor.
The source added that ongoing operations in Jobar destroyed a weapons' cache and ammunition for terrorists and killed many, among them Youssef Makka.
Army Destroys Two Car Bombs in Harasta, Damascus Countryside
An army unit on Wednesday destroyed two car bombs on Harasta-Damascus road, killing all the terrorists inside.
An official source told SANA reporter that a Mercedes loaded with 700 kg. of explosives was destroyed near Daya Company and another car loaded with 600 kg. of explosives was also destroyed near Cars showroom in the city of Harasta in Damascus Countryside.
Earlier on Tuesday, an army unit destroyed a car loaded with 1000 kg. of explosives near the Water Establishment in Harasta.
Army Destroys Weapons Caches, Eliminated Terrorists in Aleppo Province
The Army destroyed a warehouse containing large amounts of weapons and munitions in the farms between the towns of Hayyan and Hreitan in Aleppo countryside, in addition to eliminating terrorist on al-Bab road.
Army units also killed and injured terrorists near the agriculture department building, the MTN center, the glass factory, al-Khoulandi gas station and Somar restaurant in the area around Aleppo Central Prison.
Also near Aleppo Central Prison, another Army unit destroyed a warehouse in which terrorists stored weapons and munitions near the iron factory and a bulldozer rigged with explosives near al-Hashem mill and killed terrorists who were near the bulldozer, including a Jordanian called Mohammad al-Hindi who was referred to as the "revolution intelligence officer."
Other units eliminated terrorist groups west of Mennegh airport and near the Mennegh agricultural research center, and another unit destroyed vehicles along with the weapons, munitions and terrorists inside them on the road between Aleppo and al-Atareb and the road between Kafernaha and Aleppo.
In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh, al-Marjeh and Baidin roundabouts, eliminating a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.
Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Deir Ezzor
An Army unit clashed with terrorist groups in al-Sina'a and al-Jamiyat neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their weapons and munitions.
Khalifa Rakan al-Khalifa was identified among the terrorists who were killed in this clash.
In Deir Ezzor countryside, another Army unit destroyed a terrorist hideout in the village of al-Mrai'iya, leaving all the terrorists inside it dead or injured.
In the town of al-Mayadin, a fight broke out between two terrorist groups after a dispute over stolen items and funds, resulting in dozens of terrorists being wounded and killed, among them Muaz al-Mjabbel, a leader of one of the groups.
Foreign Ministry: Syria Reiterates its Right to Respond to any Breach of Sovereignty
May 21, 2013
Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday reiterated Syria's right to respond immediately to any breach of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, calling upon the UN Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations.
The Ministry addressed two identical letters to the President of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General on the Syrian armed forces' destroying of an Israeli vehicle which entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line.
The letters also referred to the incident of firing two rockets by the Israeli enemy from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of the Syrian sites in al-Zubaydiah village without causing casualties.
"Subsequent to our previous letters addressed to you on the Israeli violations against the Syrian sovereignty and its breach of the Disengagement Agreement, the latest of which was our letter on May 8, 2013, an Israeli vehicle breached the cease-fire line at 1:10 am on May 21, 2013 and headed toward Bir Ajam village that is located in the liberated area of the Golan," the letters read.
They added that the Syrian armed forces targeted the Israeli vehicle, noting that armed terrorist groups are present in Bir Ajam village, toward which the vehicle was heading.
The letters also mentioned that Israel fired two rockets from Tal al-Faras site in the occupied Syrian Golan toward Syria's territories.
"Those two incidents constitute a new violation of the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement and an aggression against the Syrian sovereignty," said the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.
"The Syrian Arab Republic dealt with this violation in the framework of practicing the right to self-defense that is secured by the UN Charter," the Ministry added, noting that the Syrian government has already drawn the attention of the Security Council's President and the UN Secretary General to these Israeli violations and Israel's intervention in the Syrian internal affairs.
The Ministry went on saying that Israel's intervention has been evident through providing logistic support to the armed terrorist groups, including those operating in the Disengagement zone, and launching attacks on the Syrian territories, stressing that these Israeli practices constitute a violation of the UN Charter.
"While Syria places these facts before the Security Council, it once again reaffirms its right to immediately respond to any violation of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, and that lies within the framework of practicing its right to self-defense," the Ministry said.
It added that Syria "expects the Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations that breach the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement."
Photos: Russian missile for the self-defense of Syria; Turkey's patriot missiles provided by Germany and the United States and American-Israeli Patriot missiles west of Jerusalem
PS. In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US$500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey. Popeye is the name of a family of air-to-surface missiles developed and in use by Israel, of which several types have been developed for Israeli and export users. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_(missile)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14. He came for a last-ditch attempt to head off the supply of advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader turned the conversation around to focus implicitly on Israel’s air strikes against Damascus on May 3 and May 5. After their conversation he issued a warning: "In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation."
This was clearly a hands-off caution to Israel not to repeat its attacks on Damascus. And, furthermore, after “shaking the situation” in Syria by its air attacks, Israel was in no position to demand that Russia avoid selling Syria advanced weapons.
Photo: Israel - trucks transporting Patriot batteries
'The IDF is a moral fighting force that has strict guidelines and policies, and goes above and beyond any other fighting force in the world to avoid civilian casualties. The IDF also has a track record of thoroughly investigating any breaches of their ethical code. The United States strongly backs Israel's right to self-defense.'
Photo: Victims in Gaza, Vietnam
Lavrov: Opposition's Agreement with No Preconditions Must be Guaranteed for Conference on Syria
May 20, 2013
MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressed on Monday the necessity of guaranteeing the agreement of the Syrian opposition to participate in the international conference on Syria with no preconditions.
During a press conference in Sochi city, Lavrov said that various meetings are scheduled this week for the Syrian opposition in Istanbul and Madrid.
Lavrov added, "Our partners have stressed commitment to work with the Syrian opposition to encourage them to change their position to start the dialogue immediately and stop presenting unrealistic conditions."
He said, "Undoubtedly, all Syria's neighbors with no exception, including Iran, should be invited to attend the conference," stressing that the Syrians themselves should resolve all issues.
Lavrov added that the beginning of the upcoming month does not seem an unrealistic date for holding the conference, saying "In principle, if there is good will, it would be possible to reach understanding; consequently the beginning of June does not seem to be an unrealistic date."
He pointed out that excessive expectations should be avoided in terms of the timetable of the conference, saying "Accomplishing everything within three, four or five days – as some of our partners desire – is unrealistic… such task cannot be proposed because if very short dates were agreed on, and afterwards several days or maybe weeks were needed, there would likely be suggestions to refer the issue to the Security Council and impose sanctions and so on and so forth."
Lavrov emphasized that the international conference on Syria requires diplomatic work, not hasty steps.
Army Kills Terrorists in Several Provinces, Restores Stability to Most of al-Qseir
May 20, 2013
Army units on Monday continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
In Damascus, the army units chased down armed terrorist groups in the northern and western sides in Barzeh neighborhood and the surrounding farms, leaving their members killed or injured including snipers.
An official source told SANA reporter that sniper, Omar al-Azizy, from the terrorist group calling itself "Ahfad al-Rasoul brigade, in addition to the terrorists, Hamdan al-Labbad and Ziad al-Mahayni from Jabhat al-Nusra were eliminated.
The source confirmed that units of our army tightened the ring around the terrorists groups in the neighborhood and inflicted heavy losses upon them.
In Aliyah farms in Douma, Damascus Countryside, the Army eliminated members of a terrorist groups, including Ahmad Sleik and Hamza al-Lakah, in addition to destroying terrorist gatherings along with their weapons and munitions near the mills and construction sites in Adra area.
An Army unit destroyed weapons and munitions in the town of Hejjeira and eliminated terrorists including Marzouq Sendid and Mohammad al-Muajil, while another unit clashed with terrorists west of al-Thanawiye roundabout in the town of Harasta, injuring or killing the terrorists, one of whom was identified as Anas Shella.
In al-Zabadani, an Army unit clahsed with a terrorist group in al-Aara neighborhood, resulting in the death of terrorist Dirar al-Zein, while another unit destroyed a number of vehicles used by terrorists in al-Nabek and eliminated a number of them.
An Army unit clashed with terrorists near al-Manasher roundabout in Jobar, killing a number of them including a sniper nicknamed Abu Anas.
Explosive device stuck to car at Ain al-Kirsh detonated with no Casualties
An explosive device stuck to a private car by terrorists at Ain al-Kirsh in Damascus was detonated; the losses were limited to materials.
A source at the police command told SANA that an explosive device was stuck to a Mazda car was exploded with no casualties.
Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Daraa and its Countryside
Units of the Armed Forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists and killed a number of terrorists' leaders affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra" in Daraa.
A military source told SANA that the Army units killed large number of terrorists in Daraa al-Balad, including Khalel Subhhi Aba Zayd, Khaled Ktyfan, Mamoun Mahmoud al-Masaalma, Raaft Aba Zayed, Raged al-Masri and Muhammad al-Massalma who were affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra"
The source added that other Army units targeted the armed terrorist groups in Tall al-Mtaouk, Bayt Jeen, Sahem al-Goulan, Hyyt and al-Shajara in Daraa countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.
Stability Restored to Eastern Part of Qseir, Operations Continue in Northern and Southern Areas
Army units restored stability and security to the full eastern area of Qseir city in Homs Countryside after killing big numbers of terrorists and destroying their hideouts. A military source added that army units dismantled a number of explosive devices, planted by terrorists in al-Souk area in the middle of the city.
The source added that army units are continuing hunting the remnants of terrorists in some hideouts in the northern and southern areas of the city.
The Armed Forces also seized an Israeli vehicle which terrorists had been using in the city.
The Army's operations in al-Qseir resulted in heavy losses among terrorists. Among the terrorists who were eliminated are Yousef Hasan Raad and Khaled Khankan, two leaders of terrorist groups, in addition to Mutasim Saab, Hussam Abdelkader, Ahmad Abdelrahman al-Hammour, Mohammad Abbas Harfoush, and Abdelbari al-Ali.
Earlier yesterday, army units restored stability to the Local Stadium area, some parts of the western area, Municipality HQ, the Cultural Center, the Church, al-Baladyeh roundabout and al-Ghytta area.
Tens of terrorists hand themselves in to the authorities, while others were arrested in cooperation with some residents.
Terrorists Killed in Homs and its Countryside
Units of the Armed Forces carried out operations aginst terrorists' dens and gatherings in Homs and its countryside, destroying a tunnel and several terrorists' dens.
An official source told SANA that the Army units destroyed a tunnel along with all terrorists inside it in Jourat al-Shyeh neighborhood in Homs, while another Army unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in the same neighborhood.
The source added that an Army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with weapons and ammunition inside it in Babhoud neighborhood, while another Army unit repelled terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in al-Waar neighborhood.
The source pointed out that other Army units carried several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aqraab, Taldo and Talbisa in Homs countryside, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their equipment.
Meanwhile, other Army units destroyed a warehouse along with weapons and ammunition inside it in al-Rastan, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Khaled Mustafa al-Daaly and Muhammad al-Deek who were leaders of the armed terrorist groups.
Army Units Continue Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo Province
Army units destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts in Hilan, near Somar restaurant, and near al-Saif factory and the glass factory in Aleppo countryside, destroying the weapons inside them which the terrorists had been using in attacks against locals and Aleppo Central Prison.
An Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists near al-Jbaileh school Tallet al-Madafeh, and the agriculture department, in addition to destroying terrorist hideouts and a missile launcher near al-Khulandi gas station.
The Army also left a number of terrorists dead or injured in the areas of Andan, Byanoun and Khan al-Asal.
In Aleppo city, an Army unit clashed with terrorists in al-Haidariye roundabout, Dahret Abd Rabbo, and the factories in al-Layramoun area, killing and injuring a number of them.
Other units eliminated terrorist gatherings along with the terrorists and equipment inside them in the areas of Sheikh Maqsoud, al-Isharat, and Bustan al-Qaser.
Army Foils Terrorists' Attempt to Infiltrate Borders from Jordan
An Army unit and border patrols prevented terrorists from infiltrating the borders from Jordan in al-Makab area south of Daraa city, resulting in the death of 8 terrorists, the injuring of others, and the destruction of their weapons and munitions.
Army units eliminated terrorists in the towns and villages of Nafi'a, al-Shabrak, al-Shajara and Sahm al-Golan in Daraa countryside. Among the dead terrorists were two Tunisians; Lotfi Hasan Sharqawi and Saeed Ali Bouhayani, and a Jordanian called Sultan Fayssal al-Baidani, in addition to terrorists Ahmad Jalal al-Masri, Abd Ali al-Ali, Mahmoud al-Hashish, Samer Ahmad al-Baridi, Hasan al-Taani, Khaled al-Jehmani, Ahmad al-Sobhi Murreri, and Ahmad al-Masri.
Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Idleb
Army units continued its confrontation of armed terrorist groups in Idleb countryside, killing a big number of them and destroying their gatherings.
A military source told SANA that army units targeted terrorists gatherings in Maartamasrin, killed many terrorists and injured others.
The source added that other army units targeted terrorist groups in Sermin and Bennish, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Army units continued destroying terrorists' gatherings in kherbet al-Joz in Jisr al-Shoghour countryside, Kafar Haya, Jabal al-Arbain, Ram Hamdan, Qaminas, Saraqeb, Tafranaz and the surrounding area of the Youth Camp, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
The source added that the engineering units dismantled seven explosive devices on the road of al-Mastoumeh-Ariha in the area of al-Sheikh Abdullah the weights of which range between 40 to 50 kg planted to target the passersby.
In Ariha area, the Army destroyed a car loaded with anti-armor rockets, RPG rounds, assorted projectiles, munitions and machineguns on the road between Iblin and al-Bara.
The Army also killed and injured a number of terrorists in the villages and towns of al-Shagher, al-Rami and Bannesh and destroyed heavy machineguns the terrorists had been using. Among the terrorists who were killed was Ibrhaim Hassoun, the leader of a group affiliated with Jabhet al-Nusra.
Heavy Losses Inflictesd upon Terrorists in Deir Ezzor
Army units clashed with an armed terrorist group in Nazlat al-Idrisiyat in Deir Ezzor city, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others including Khalil Hadi al-Ali from the so-called "al-Abbas Battalion" terrorist group.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that another army unit destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Hamidiyeh and Hweiqa neighborhoods, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
The source added that another unit killed a number of terrorists in al-Morei'eyeh village and destroyed their weapons.
The source pointed out that Yaser al-Samran and Yousef hamid al-Sultan from the so-called "al-Qa'aqa'a Battalion" were identified among the dead.
Army Confiscates Weapons, Munitions and Explosives in Hama
Army units raided a workshop for manufacturing explosive devices in the town of Helfaya in Hama countryside.
Items confiscated in the workshop include rockets, artillery shells, 57 explsoive devices, and amounts of C4.
Other Army units destroyed hideouts for Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in the caves near Mhardeg dam, and arrested a number of terrorists in the villages of Zour al-Hisa and al-Zalaqiyat.