20/05/2013

Ban ki moon: Peace Talks Syria

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As a reminder:

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

March 29, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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April 13, 2011

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

Syria: Assad suggests 'Peace Talks' would fail

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May 18, 2013

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

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

Latest News Syria: Syrian government

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May 20, 2013

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

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

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

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

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/20/483006.htm

Latest News Syria: Free Syrian Cannibals...

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

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

19/05/2013

Latest News Syria: ESCWA Discuss Rehabilitating Infrastructure

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May 19, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

M. Ismael

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

Latest News Syria: Syrian army

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May 19, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Stability Restored to al-Mestah Area in Barzeh

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

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

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

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

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

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

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Lattakia Countryside

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

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

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

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

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

Terrorists Killed in al-Qseir

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

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

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

Army Units Restore Security and Stability in al-Qseir

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

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

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

Two Booby-Trapped Cars Detonated in Homs Countruyside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Army Units Destroy Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Aleppo

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Bulletin

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Latest News Syria: IDF intelligence chief about Israel’s 'next war'

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Nov. 2, 2010

'IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties'

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria...

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

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

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May 14, 2013

'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer' 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin despite have only just returned from a trip to China, took with him his National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and the head of military intelligence in the IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin went too, to help with translations.

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Israel threatens world peace

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Nov 15, 2012 - 'Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid escalation':

Dec 28, 2012 - 'Foreign powers undermine UN role in resolving Syria unrest: Iran MP':

May 7, 2013 - 'Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria':

May 14, 2013 - 'In talks with Netanyahu, Putin urges restraint on SyriaAfter emergency meeting at Black Sea resort, no word from either head of state about Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Assad':

May 15, 2013 - Israel ‘will bring down Assad’ if he retaliates for future airstrikes:

May 15, 2013 - 'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer':

May 15, 2013 - 'Commentary: Unbalanced UN resolution may complicate situation in Syria':

May 16, 2013 - 'At least 35 killed, 134 wounded in attacks across Iraq':

May 16, 2013 - 'China reaffirms political solution to Syrian issue':

May 17, 2013 - 'CIA chief in Israel to discuss situation in Syria':

May 17, 2013 - 'Russia backs Iran for Syria talks':

May 18, 2013 - 'Israel may attack Syria over Russia arms deal with Damascus':

May 18, 2013 - 'Turkey, Egypt agree to Iran proposed petrochemical OPEC'

May 18, 2013 - 'UN Resident Coordinator in Syria: US Sanctions Negatively Affect Syrians':

May 19, 2013 - 'Syrian troops reach central al-Qussair city':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad: Syria's future is up to Syrian people':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad welcomes Russia-U.S. understanding, doubts West's intentions':

May 19, 2013 - 'Israeli regime sells $400mn of drones annually: Report'

May 19, 2013 - 'President al-Assad: Basis for Any Political Solution for Crisis in Syria is What the Syrian People Want':

Photo: Netanyahu looks into Syria from the Golan Heights in January 2013

18/05/2013

Latest News Syria: IDF intelligence chief

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As a reminder:

IDF intelligence chief: Israel's next war will see heavy casualties
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza - and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria.

Nov. 2, 2010

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel's next war would be fought on several fronts - causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts.

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

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

Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force.

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

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

Yadlin also hinted at Israel's involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation.

The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs - apparently a reference to Iran and Syria.

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

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

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

By Jonathan Lis 

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

Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'...

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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17/05/2013

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

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Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

May 17, 2013

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

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

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

B. Mousa /M. Ismael

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

Latest News Syria: German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich

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May 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest News Syria: Sergei Lavrov and Ban Ki-moon

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'Resolving Crisis in Syria through Dialogue without External Interference'

May 17, 2013

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

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

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/17/482672.htm

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U.N. Chief’s Ambivalent Role

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May 17, 2013

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

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

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

Latest News Syria: Syrian army kills foreign backed terrorists

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Army Units Destroy Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Several Provinces 

May 17, 2013

Units of the Armed Forces carried out a series of special operations in Idleb countryside, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their equipment.

An official source told SANA reporter that the Army units targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Shougr, Douer al-Akrad, al-Doysat and al-Kania in Jseir al-Shogour countryside and in al-Arbaayen mountain and al-Sinaa'a in Areha countryside, inflicting direct strikes upon terrorists.

The source added that other Army units repelled an armed terrorist group which was attempting to attack military checkpoints in Ein Sheib, Central Prison, Taftanaz Airport and Bakfaloun in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source pointed out that other Army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in Om Jren, Abo Duhour, al-Mjaas in the area surrounding Abo Duhour Airport, killing and injuring several terrorists.

Another Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists in Khafrouma and Maarbaleid in Maart al-Nouman countryside.

Army Units Kill Terrorists' Leaders in the Farms Surrounding Barzeh Neighborhood in Damascus

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in the farms surrounding Barzeh neighborhood, killing several terrorists and destroying their equipment.

An official source told SANA that the operation resulted in the  killing of Wisam Moma and terrorist called al-Hout, who were terrorists' leaders.

An official source said that a clash erupted between two terrorist groups upon stolen items in the town of Housh in Damascus Countryside.

The source said that the two groups are linked to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, adding that the terrorists used machineguns and hands grenades in the clash.

The source said that terrorists Mohammad al-Ouad and Ali Affouf were identified among the dead.

The source said that the army carried out several operations against terrorists in the town of Tal Kurdi in Douma, adding that scores of terrorists, among them was Samer Majeed, were killed.

The source said that another army unit pursued an armed terrorist group in Harasta and killed and injured most of its members.

The engineering units dismantled 7 explosive devices weighing 15-25 kg planted by terrorists behind al-Iman Mosque in Harasta.

Three explosive devices weighing 30-50 kg planted by terrorists on the road to the town of al-Rayhan in Eastern al-Ghouta were also dismantled.

Meanwhile, the army eliminated the members of a terrorist group in the area of al-Mulaiha, terrorist Mahmoud Jousani was identified among the dead.

Two Citizens Martyred, Others Wounded Due to Booby-trapped Tanker on Hama- Aleppo Road

A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

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

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

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

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

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A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

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

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

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

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

English Bulletin

A suicidal terrorist detonated a booby-trapped tankers near Taybat al-Imam town on Hama-Aleppo road.

An official source told SANA that the terrorist bombing resulted in the martyrdom of two citizens and the injury of 4 others, in addition to material damage in the residential buildings in the site.

Terrorists Killed in Hama Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces killed a terrorist near the crossroad of Jynan town in Hama Countryside and confiscated an amount of ammunition and fake passports, which he was attempting to deliver to  the armed terrorist groups' members in the area.

Mass Rally in Support of Syrian Army in Tallkalkh

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

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

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

Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unit foiled the attempt of armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into Syria from the Lebanese lands and eliminated scores of terrorists, while the other fled back to Lebanon.

The source added that the army also killed 17 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization who were committing murder and looting acts in the towns of Bait Swayyer and Bait al-Rashed in Talbeseh.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/17/482682.htm

16/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Venezuela

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Maduro: Syrian People Deserve to Live in Peace

May 15, 2013

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said ''We love Syria, and the Syrian people deserve to live in peace.''

Maduro's comments came during his meeting with the Marnonite Patriarch Mar Beshara Boutrus al-Rahi in Caracas on Tuesday.

The Venezuelan president said that he discussed with al-Rahi the crisis in Syria and expressed Venezuela's love to Syria.

In a statement to the Venezuelan TV, al-Rahi said he is in Venezuela to offer condolences over the demise of President Hugo Chavez and congratulate President Maduro for winning the presidential elections.

During a ceremony held in his honor in Caracas on Sunday, al-Rahi called for bringing peace to Syria and the Middle East, urging the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in this regard.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/15/482325.htm

Latest News Syria: Syrian Students in Spain

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Syrian Students in Spain Express Support to Syria

May 15, 2013

The National Union of Syrian Students-Spain branch, in cooperation with the Syrian embassy in Spain, organized on Wednesday a solidarity stand in support of Syria against the conspiracy and condemning the latest Israeli aggression.

The participants denounced the Israeli aggression on Syria, considering it an attempt to save the mercenary terrorists who are falling under the strikes of the Syrian Arab army who is gaining ground, which struck terror in the hearts of terrorists.

The participants stressed support to their motherland and faith in the Syrian leadership's ability to steer Syria to the shores of safety, affirming that crises will only sharpen the resolve of the Syrian people and strengthen their national unity.

M. Ismael 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/15/482332.htm

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Latest News Syria: Slovakia

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Slovakia Says Won’t Support Lifting EU Arms Embargo on Syria

May 16, 2013

Slovakia said that it won’t support lifting the EU arms embargo on Syria, a measure sought by the UK and France which is intended to provide the armed opposition with weapons.

The Slovakian foreign ministry spokesman told SANA reporter in Prague that ”Slovakia will not back the lifting of the EU arms embargo on Syria at present, as it gives priority to the peaceful solution to the crisis through dialogue and negotiations.”

”The UN has much room for having a role in this regard,” the spokesman said. Austria had announced a similar stand on Tuesday.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/16/482594.htm

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Syria: Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun

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Hassoun: Situation in Syria External War Aimed at Undermining Resistance

Beirut, May 16, 2013

Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said that the situation in Syria is an external war aimed at undermining the culture of resistance, unity and coexistence that Syria prides itself on.

Speaking at a meeting of the good offices committee emanating from the 26th International Islamic Conference in Beirut on Thursday, Hassoun said ''It is a war waged against Syria which embraced the culture of resistance and steadfastness more than twenty five years ago…when it stood alone to back the Islamic revolution in Iran, and was punished by Arabs for that.''

He added that Syria ''has been facing confessional instigation and sedition for two years,''' calling for dialogue as ''Syria's doors are open to all.''

The Mufti said that scores of TV channels in the Arab and Muslim world are politicized that ''assume the mantle of religions and sects, and instigate chaos.''

Mufti Hassoun pointed out to a ''multitude of Muslim scholras' unions,'' describing it as a dangerous phenomenon. He called for cooperation among the unions and that the good offices committee brings the leaders of unions and Muslim scholars together.

Hassoun said that ''thirty years ago, there were up to 10 thousand mosques in Syria, and the number today is around 18 thousand and 130 Sharia schools. Nonetheless, some claim that Syria is a country that fights Islam.''

He added that the enemies of the Muslim nation have attempted to stir up sedition using religion to that end, adding that ''It all started when Iran came up with the idea of national unity and al-Quds week, which proved beneficial to the nation and dangerous to the enemies.''

''Lebanon was a model that they sought to tear apart and disintegrate, which the Lebanese people, army and resistance wouldn't approve of, ''Hassoun said, adding''and Lebanon managed to stand in the face of the mightiest power on earth, and restored its stature that is the envy of Arabs.''

He considered that the role of clergymen is to call for dialogue, calling for holding the forthcoming conference in Damascus.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/16/482541.htm

15/05/2013

Jeruzalem Post: 'Turkey used chemical weapons'

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'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT,

LAST UPDATED: 8/12/2010 

Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved Photo: Associated Press BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.

MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.

The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.

Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.

Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=184612

Chemical weapons used in Syria, says Turkey

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Turkish media reports that recently (2011) in fact the Turkish army used Napalm or most of all phosphor related substances in their fight against the PKK guerilla. In other words so called thermal weapons which are not banned by any international treaty (unless you target civilians) – even if they are really inhuman. 

To clear up the confusion about thermal bombs and banned chemical weapons read our Document about “The Turkish army and their  use of Chemical weapons”.

Christopher Milroy, a professor of forensic pathology in the UK, went to the Kurdish region of Turkey in the early nineties to investigate use of chemical weapons. Here is an excerpt from an article he published, A secret and dirty war, in the British Medical Journal from July 1994: 

The Turkish authorities refused permission to examine the area where the alleged use of napalm took place. The area had been sealed off and the bodies of the victims had been buried in a mass grave, which had subsequently been concreted over. Nevertheless, a few relatives had been able to identify the victims from clothing or distinct features and removed the bodies for proper Islamic burial. All the bodies were described as severely burnt, without bullet wounds. We believed that the examination of the bodies would probably be obstructed, but hoped to interview relatives to obtain descriptions of the injuries. In Ankara we met human rights workers and then travelled to Kurdistan. We had already been told that arrest warrants had been issued against doctors, lawyers, and other human rights workers who had intended to accompany us.

After a couple paragraphs describing how he and his team were harassed by police and security forces, Milroy continues with his accounts of interviews with family members.

The next day we drove to Adiyaman, where we interviewed another relative of one of the victims. His description was again of bodies so charred that there were no recognisable features to permit a visual identification. No bullet wounds were present. While we were talking to him we were told that a man who was going to try and collect samples from the bodies in a local village had been arrested by the Turkish authorities, along with his entire family. The last information I received was that they were still in prison.

Because of the harassment we were unable to conduct the examinations, though the descriptions given were consistent with the use of napalm. A case has been presented before the European Commission of Human Rights.

Based on Milroy’s description and what little information was published in the Spiegel Online’s article, one can assume that either napalm or white phosphorous were used. Both agents cause severe burning, often to the bone.

In 1999 a ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, a German public-service television station) television report alleged chemical weapons use against the PKK, citing an unnamed member of a Turkish military special unit. ZDF said that in May of that year, a Turkish source told them he had taken part in operations against the PKK in which an unidentified chemical weapon had been used against insurgents hiding in caves.

‘Everyone in there was gassed—it was absolutely certain that nobody survived,’ said the Turkish military source as quoted by ZDF. Amnesty International, which was called in by ZDF to evaluate the military source, described him as ‘all-around credible.’

German Defence Ministry spokesperson at the time, Dieter Puhl, called the report ‘totally false and misleading.’ It is important to note that during that time period, the German government was supplying Turkey with chemical weapons test laboratories. The Defence Ministry said the labs would serve only to ‘protect soldiers and the civilian population.’

In October 1999, Turkish Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson, Sermet Atacanli, referring to the ZDF programme, said that ‘Turkey assumed the obligation not to develop, produce, store, or use chemical weapons, and meticulously abides by the relevant agreement.’

In August of 2000, Turkish military forces entered what was then called the ‘Northern NFZ’. The northern no-fly zone extended up from the 36th parallel and formed what was supposed to be a protected zone for the Kurdish population there. In the course of the air raids on 15 and 17 August chemical weapons and napalm were allegedly used. Ankara’s official line was that the raids were directed exclusively at PKK targets. Regardless of the official line, many civilians, including women and children, were killed.

Turkish helicopter bombardment

This was an area designated for the ‘protection of the Kurdish civilian population in the north of Iraq.’ Yet the US Embassy in Ankara did not condemn the attack. A spokesperson said: ‘There is information in the reports concerning the use of chemical weapons. But I will not appraise the incident or give detailed information.’ The information he did give was: ‘The US in general defends the rights of the Turkish government against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.’ How can you defend the use of chemical weapons?

In 2006 14 members of the PKK were killed in a large-scale offensive by the Turkish army after Newroz. Chemical weapons use was suspected in the operation. Subsequently, protests erupted following the funeral for the 14 PKK members. Days of violence ensued in Diyarbakir and nearby cities and towns.

In August 2007 the DTP reported that chemical weapons were used against a group of 11 PKK fighters in ?irnex.

In December 2007 the Turkish Armed Forces bombarded an area in the Qandil mountains. Shortly thereafter almost 200 goats died after grazing in the area where the bombardment took place. A detailed lab analysis of the goat milk detected poison.

A March 2008 report in the Kurdish Globe again mentions chemical weapons use in the Qandil mountain area. Several PKK fighters were seriously wounded by ‘weapons mixed with chemicals; blood flowed from their ears, eyes, and noses.’ These symptoms are not indicative of the napalm or WP that was most likely used in other attacks, but were nonetheless a direct result of illegal toxins used by the Turkish military.

Preliminary examinations by the Kurdistan Ministry of the Environment showed that Turkey used banned weapons. A delegation from Iraq’s council of representatives also declared that Turkish troops had used chemical weapons.

The Kurdistan Ministry of Health organised a medical team to investigate the affected locations and victims’ health. Some affected families were taken to Hewlêr for further medical testing.

One important question is whether or not there is an official sanction by the Turkish government to use chemical and/or biological weapons in its counter-terrorism efforts.

On 23 July 1989, the Turkish newspaper ?kibine Do?ru published an article on chemical weapons use. The article spoke of a secret security directive by the Turkish Armed Forces permitting the use of such agents as part of the government effort to combat Kurdish fighters.

According to the directive, which was issued on 25 February 1986 and signed by Necdet Öztorun, who was at the time commander of the Turkish Army, various methods were deemed permissible to destroy tunnels, including: filling the tunnels with poison gas, and rendering them unusable by introducing a specially bred poisonous insects.

In another section of the directive, it makes mention of the permitted use of gas bombs and NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) weapons, such as fire making substances, and tear and emetic gas.

The Turkish government did not explicitly deny the existence of the directive, however, questions remain as to its authenticity.

Regardless of whether or not the directive is authentic, there is overwhelming evidence (though some will insist that it is only circumstantial) that the Turkish government and its armed forces routinely use chemical weapons against the PKK and Kurdish civilians. They have been doing it for decades and will continue to do so with impunity.  The above examples are only a partial account of what has been happening. So why is no one mounting a full-scale investigation of these atrocities? Perhaps the Spiegel Online story will spark some response. It is doubtful however that it will come from the Europeans or the Americans.

Does no one care that a member of NATO, a country that is seeking admission to the EU, is flagrantly violating international law within its borders and beyond? With chemical weapons! Has the ‘global war on terror’ become no more than a licence to kill for governments in Washington’s exclusive terror club? Apparently, and sadly, so.

Sources:

Kurdish radio invites reporters to see victims of Turkey’s chemical attack. IRNA News Agency, 21 May 1999. BBC Summary of World Broadcasts.

Chemical weapons test lab for Turkey from German military. Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 27 October 1999.

Turkish spokesman denies manufacture, use of chemical weapons. Anatolia news agency, 28 October 1999. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Leicht, Justus. Turkish army kills Kurdish civilians in north Iraq. World Socialist Web Site, 30 August 2000.

Milroy, CM. A secret and dirty war. BMJ 1994;309:135 (9 July).

Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in operations against ‘terrorists’. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring. 30 March 2006.

Leicht, Justus. Turkey: Twelve dead and hundreds injured in Kurdish protests. Bella Ciao, 07 April 2006

Turkish Kurdish party accuses Turkey of using chemical weapons. Aso, 29 November 2006. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Pro-Kurdish party says army used chemical weapons in fighting Kurds. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 30 August 2007.

Suspected chemical weapons used in Turkish incursions. The Kurdish Globe, 01 March 2008.

Suspicion of Chemical Weapons in Turkish Bombardment. Rastî Blog, 02 April 2008.

Steinvorth, Daniel and Yassin Musharbash. Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK. Spiegel Online, 12 August 2010.

Exerpts : Kurdish commentary 2011

http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php?option=com_content&...

Photo: a victim of chemical weapons (napalm or white phosphorous)

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Vietnam: victims of agent orange in wheelchairs


Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons

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Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Der Spiegel magazine reports that photographs have proven that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2010, 1:08 AM / Last Update: 8/13/2010, 

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told Der Spiegel: "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland  occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: "We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Tags: Turkey, chemical warfare, PKK - Main > News > Defense/Middle East

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139097#....

Latest News: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds

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13 August 2010

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died „due to the use of chemical substances.“

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany´s Green Party, told Der Spiegel: „The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.“

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: „We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Israel National News / by Elad Benari

http://efendisizler.blogsport.de/?p=721

Syria: Turkeys' opposition - Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de

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May 15, 2013

Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu will deliver a speech at the European Parliament Socialists Group, and hold a joint press conference with Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, in Brussels.

16:00 Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th Floor salon protocolaire A. (if it is not boycotted by car bombings of the Turkish and Israeli intelligence Services).

19:30 Meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu: Salle Royale, Rue royale 324, 1210 Brussels

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CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, 14-16 Mayıs tarihlerinde Belçika ve Almanya'ya ziyaret gerçekleştirecek. 

CHP Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Faruk Loğoğlu tarafından basına yapılan açıklamada, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun, 14 Mayıs'ta Brüksel'e giderek, Avrupa Parlamentosu Başkanı Martin Schulz ile bir araya geleceğini ifade etti. Loğoğlu, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun bazı parlamenterlerle de özel görüşmeler yaptıktan sonra 22 Mayıs'ta  Almanya'ya geçeceğini söyledi. Kılıçdaroğlu, Alman Sosyal Demokrat Partisinin (SPD) 150. kuruluş yıl dönümü etkinliklerine de katılacak.

CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu aynı zamanda Belçika’da CHP, Belçika Birliği üyeleri ile de bir araya gelecek. CHP Belçika Birliği Başkanı Zehra Eryörük’ün Genel Başkan Kılıçdaroğlu’nun ziyareti hakkında yaptığı duyuruda.’’Genel Başkanımız Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu'nun Brüksel ziyareti onuruna Brüksel'de 19 Mayıs Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı'nı kutlayarak unutturulmak istenen Cumhuriyet değerlerine sahip çıkıyoruz.

Belçika'daki tüm vatandaşlarımızı bekliyoruz. Geniş yelpazedeki değerli sanatçılarımızdan şiirler, türküler şarkılar ve halkoyunları ile bayramımızı şölen gibi kutlayacağız’’ diyerek CHP üyeleri, sempatizanları ve gönüllerine geniş katılım çağrısında bulundu.

Tarih: 15 Mayıs 2013 Çarşamba
Saat: 19:30’den itibaren
Yer: La Salle Royale
Adres: Rue Royale 324, 1000 Brüksel

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http://www.gundem.be/tr/belcika/kilicdaroglu-belcika-ya-g...

http://en.haberler.com/cihan-news-agency-diary-gmt-100012...

http://chpbrussels.org/

http://kadersevinc.blogactiv.eu/

http://brussels.chp.org.tr/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_wee...

A non-government information center on Turkey 
Un centre d'information non-gouvernemental sur la Turquie:
http://www.info-turk.be/415.htm

CHP GENEL BASKANI KEMAL KILIÇDAROGLU REYHANLI'DA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgXVZ3Cpn-g

Kiliçdaroglu 'AP Sosyalist Grubu’nda konustu: Türkiye’nin modern demokratik bir 'Anayasa'ya ihtiyaci var:
http://www.abhaber.com/manset-haber/manset-haber/kilicdar...

https://www.facebook.com/K.Kilicdaroglu

https://twitter.com/kilicdarogluk

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Reyhanli'da:
http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/politika/177824--chp-genel-baskan...

http://www.amerikaninsesi.com/content/brukselden-washingt...

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.haberler.com/chp-genel-baskani-kilicdaroglu-br...

http://www.stargundem.com/ajanslar/kemal-kilicdaroglu-ap-...

http://www.gercekgundem.com/?p=545213

Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.ulkedehaber.com/haber/kilicdaroglu-brukselde-1...

13/05/2013

Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings in Turkish border town ?

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Israel: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + bombing of Syria...

May 5, 2013

'Do the US, Iran Agree on Red Line For Syrian Chemical Weapons?'

The US' turnaround and the Israeli attack, which has been in the works since Obama’s visit to Israel last month, according to Ben Caspit, follow a US intelligence assessment made public on April 25, based on evidence from Great Britain, France and Israel, and made by US intelligence agencies with “varying degrees of confidence” of “small scale” chemical weapons use, based upon “physiological samples” where “the chain of custody is not clear.”
There were also four key events which took place on April 30: the meeting of the Arab League delegation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about a revived Arab Peace Initiative, a fiery speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli attack on Gaza and Iran’s statement that chemical weapons use is a red line in Syria.
As the United States and United Nations proceed with their investigations into the allegations of chemical weapons use, Washington, its Arab allies and Israel are now looking to increase military pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so that Assad will agree to a political solution that includes his stepping aside. Syria is no longer just a battle of “the opposition” against the “Assad regime.” Those days are long gone. Syria is now a full scale Middle East War, with sectarian overtones and direct Israeli engagement, with the United States and Israel taking the side of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (read Sunni) to topple Assad, and break or set back the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (read Shiite) axis.
(Iran has consistently opposed the use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as chemical weapons by any country, and has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this respect.)  http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/us-israel-syria-war-escalate-hezbollah.html

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Turkey: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + blaming Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people

May 9, 2013

'Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria: NBC'

Washington — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would support a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone in Syria and warned that Damascus crossed President Barack Obama's “red line'' on chemical weapons use long ago, according to an NBC News interview released Thursday.
A no-fly zone to prohibit Syrian military aircraft from hitting rebel targets has been mentioned by American lawmakers as one option the United States could use to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Right from the beginning ... we would say 'Yes,'' Erdogan said when asked if Turkey, a NATO member that shares its longest border with Syria, would support such action, according to an NBC.com report.
http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-syria-crossed-us-chemical-weapons-red-203220841.html

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May 12, 2013

'Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs'

Turkey — Turkey on Sunday blamed groups connected to Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people in a Turkish border town a day earlier.
Turkish officials said Sunday that security services had arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens, including the alleged mastermind, after two car bombs ripped through Reyhanli, a small town close to Syria. Syria denied any involvement in the bombings.Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said an investigation showed that the huge blasts—which damaged almost 500 shops, 300 homes and 60 vehicles—were carried out by a "terrorist organization in close contact with Syria's intelligence agency."
Following the blast residents had attacked Syrian refugees and cars with Syrian number plates after the attacks, witnesses said.
One woman, who earlier Sunday buried a brother-in-law killed in the blast, blamed Turkey's prime minister for bringing Syrians to Reyhanli and demanded they leave the town.
"I don't want this government, I don't want Syrians here. Why weren't they taken somewhere further? We are tired of seeing Syrian fighters, it was the rebels who caused this," said the woman.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323716304578478631250320680.html

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May 22nd, 2012

'Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them'

Michael Weiss, the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said that the weekend before last he was in Hatay province, in southern Turkey, interviewing Syrian 'rebels' and 'activists', who all complained of the lack of foreign assistance 'in toppling the Assad regime'
Jackson: 'A lot's changed in a week. Rebel sources in Hatay told me last night that not only is Turkey supplying light arms to select battalion commanders, it is also training Syrians in Istanbul. Men from the unit I was embedded with were vetted and called up by Turkish intelligence in the last few days and large consignments of AK-47s are being delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. No one knows where the guns came from originally, but no one much cares.
This news, which has provided a much-needed morale boost to Syria's embattled opposition, does appear to corroborate a recent report by the Washington Post that the United States has been facilitating the transfer of Gulf-purchased weapons to the so called rebels:
'The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.'
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaelweiss/100159613/syrian-rebels-say-turkey-is-arming-and-training-them/

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Israel's goal in Syria: Prolong war, maximize destruction:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/05/301972/israel-using-syria-war-to-spread-sectarian-chaos-in-me/

US tax buys bombs Israel drops on Syria:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/06/302104/us-money-buys-bombs-israel-drops-on-syria/

12/05/2013

Syria: Peaceful Cooperation with Iran

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Project to Establish Five Grain Mills with Iranian Company's Cooperation

May 12, 2013

Syria and Iran on Sunday discussed means to immediately start implementing a project to build five grain mills in a number of Syrain provinces.

The discussion came during a meeting between Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and General Manager of the Iranian Arad Machine company for manufacturing grinding machines, Jafar Shivazi.

Al-Halqi stressed during the meeting that this project comes in the framework of the strategic development plan set up by the government to boost the capabilities of the national economy in the future and secure the requirements of sustainable development in the various sectors.

He pointed out that the government will take all the necessary measures to immediately embark on the implementation of this project so as to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in Syria.

For his part, Shivazi stressed that the company is ready to start implementing this vital project, voicing his appreciation of the interest shown by the Syrian government and the facilitations it has offered to implement this project.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/24/2013/05/12/481781.htm

Terrorist acts: The bombing of Nasser University in Tripoli

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The bombing of Nasser University in Tripoli on June 12, 2011 was one of many examples of NATO's destruction of Libya's infrastructure.

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_63736.shtml

Terrorist acts by NATO

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As a reminder:

NATO bombings of Serbia: Schools (more than 190 facilities)

Over 190 schools, faculties and facilities for students and children were damaged or destroyed (over 20 faculties, 6 collages, 40 secondary and 80 elementary schools, 6 student dormitories), including: Elementary schools "16. oktobar" and "Vladimir Rolovic" in Belgrade; Day-care centre in settlement Petlovo Brdo in Belgrade; Two secondary schools in the territory of Nis; Elementary schools "Toza Markovic", "Djordje Natosevic", "Veljko Vlahovic", "Sangaj" and "Djuro Danicic" and a day-care centre "Duga" in Novi Sad and creches in Visarionova Street and in the neighbourhood of Sangaj; Traffic School Centre, Faculty of Philosophy; Four elementary schools and a Medical high school in the territory of Leskovac; Elementary school in Lucane, as well as a larger number of education facilities in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija; Faculties of Law and Economics and elementary school "Radoje Domanovic" in Nis; Elementary schools in Kraljevo and the villages of Cvetka, Aketa and Ladjevci; In Sombor: elementary schools "Ivo Lola Ribar", "A. Mrazovic", "N. Vukicevic" and "Nikola Tesla" in Kljajicevo; School centre in Kula; Elementary school and Engineering secondary school centre in Rakovica...

Syria condemns terrorist act in Turkey

Al-Zoubi: Turkish Government is to Blame for al-Rihaniyeh Bombings

May 12, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, stressed that the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city in Turkey are a terrorist act that is condemned by all moral, human and legal standards, offering condolences to the Turkish people for the martyrs and wishing recovery for the injured.

"Any accusation against Syria in any statement, where explicit or implicit, by any Turkish official is completely rejected," said al-Zoubi addressing the Intellectual Political Symposium which kicked off Sunday at the al-Assad National Library in Damascus.

Minister al-Zoubi, said that the Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to blame for the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh havign urned the border areas with Syria into "international terrorist concentrations," and turned the Turkish civilians' houses, farms and properties into centers and passages for terrorist groups.

He added that the Turkish government has been facilitating the delivery of weapons, explosive devices, car bombs, money and killers into Syria.

Al-Zoubi held Erdogan and the Turkish government directly responsible, both morally and politically, towards the peoples of Syria and Turkey, the region, and the whole world.

He stressed that what happened in al-Rihaniyeh is blamed on Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party, pointing out that Syria has nothing to do with this as it is not how it behaves.

"We have problems with Turkey since hundreds of years, yet Syria…has never acted this way or done such an act. It's not because we can't, but because the way we were raised and our morals, conduct and values don't allow us to do such a thing," he added.

The Minister reiterated that no one has the right in Turkey to issue arbitrary accusations against Syria, expressing deep sorry over the victims of the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh.

Al-Zoubi wondered how the Turkish Interior Minister has accused Syria of the bombings only then to say that he will prove his accusations when they reach evidence, pointing out that when the Turkish minister says he would reach evidence that means he wants to fabricate one.

Al-Zoubi said big questions need to be answered by the Justice and Development Party and Erdogan government, including what interest do [they] have in destroying Syria? Why going too far in killing and destruction? Why this timing for al-Rihaniyeh operation?

He continued asking "Why should the bombings in Turkey take place days before Erdogan's meeting Obama?...Is it that [Erdogan] wants to show off and say he has enough power to intervene in Syria?... Does Erdogan want to foil the Russian-U.S. efforts to hold an international conference?" al-Zoubi asked.

Al-Zoubi commented on the statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister yesterday in which he said "Turkey can defend itself" by saying "Against whom does it have to defend itself? Does it have to defend itself against terrorism and terrorists?, noting that the government of Erdogan should shoulder complete responsibility for what happened.

"It Turkey, the state and the people, want to defend themselves, they have to ask Erdogan and his government to step down because they are to blame for what happened," the Information Minister added.

"I ask Erdogan to step down as a murderer and blood shedder and I say to him that that it's not his right to brag out his glories at the expense of the blood of the Turks and the Syrians," al-Zoubi added.

He highlighted the cooperation between the Israeli enemy and the Turkish government, despite the latter's claim of supporting the Palestinian people, referring particularly to Turkish government allowing the Turkish Airlines company to sponsor the Israeli second international fair in occupied Jerusalem and the joint military exercises between Turkey and Israel, reminding that the Israeli enemy has not even apologized for the martyrs of Mavi Marmara.

He stressed that Israel has committed an aggression against Syria recently and raided military sites near Damascus and violated, through this aggression, the international commitments (Disengagement of Forces Agreement), adding that Israel has allowed terrorists to operate inside the demilitarized zone and to kidnap the UN observers.

"Accordingly, Syria has the right at this time and at any other time to deal with the Golan issue in the way the owner has the right to deal with his property, because the Golan is and has always been a Syrian Arab land," said the Information Minister," adding that "Israel must understand that it can't take a promenade in the Syrian sky because the Syrian land and sky are not a promenade for anyone."

He stressed that "The Syrian army and people know very well how to defend Syria," noting that this talk is addressed to "all who think that the circumstances are convenient for them to tamper with the country."

"Everybody should know that we are people who don't forget to respond to an aggression against the aggressors, nor do we forget our martyrs and those who killed them," said al-Zoubi.

He pointed out that the Syrian media is facing a real battle, along with all the state's institutions, in terms of offering martyrs and having to confront great pressures by foreign parties to suppress its voice.

He noted that the Ministry of Information has allowed access to 300 media outlets, including American, French and British because "we believe that it they would convey at least part of the truth, that would be in Syria's interest."

Al-Zoubi indicated that Syria has conducted many investigations into lots of incidents which took place on the borders with Turkey and Jordan and come to know quite well who are the perpetrators and the accomplices.

Answering a question on how Syria's future would be, he said reaching "the renewed Syria" is a national political, economic, social, human and cultural project to which all Syrians should contribute regardless of any differences among them.

Al-Zoubi added that this project cannot be launched without a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude anyone.

For his part, Head of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, said the Syrian people can achieve renewal for themselves and their homeland through the package of decisions which have been issued in the framework of the political reform and the national dialogue project.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/12/481741.htm

10/05/2013

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists killed

Continued Confrontations with Terrorists Leave Many of Them Dead and Injured

May 10, 2013

PROVINCES, (SANA)- In the framework of their continued operations against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, the armed forces on Friday carried out several operations in which they left many terrorists killed and injured in several areas.

Mortar and Heavy Machineguns Destroyed in Idleb

SANA reporter quoted an official source in Idleb province as saying that units of the armed forces destroyed a mortar and a number of heavy machineguns which the terrorists had been using in their attacks on Abo al-Duhour airport and against the residents and their properties in the towns of al-Tur'eh, Um Jrein, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Buweideh and Qarn Ghazal.

The source added that other army units pursued terrorist groups in the areas of al-Janoudiyeh, Tall Dahab, Qatroun, Teibat, Jabal al-Arbaeen, Maaret al-Numan, Maartamsarin, Binnesh, Nahliya, Majdaliya and Heish in the countryside of Idleb.

The terrorists' equipment and weapons were destroyed in the operations.

Army Units Restore Security to villages in Hama Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces carried out several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings to restore security and stability to Zor Abo Zaid and Zor al-Assi towns in Hama countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that the Army units destroyed the terrorists' remaining dens and gatherings in Zor Abo Zaid and Zor al-Assi towns in Hama countryside and restored security and stability to them.

The source added that the Army units dismantled scores of explosive devices planted by terrorists on the main roads in the two towns before they were killed by the Army units.

The source pointed out that other Army units killed a number of terrorists, affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra" who were perpetrating acts of terrorism on Hilfaia-Taibet al-Imam road, destroying their weapons and equipment.

The Army units pursued the armed terrorist groups in Kaferkala, Taldo and Talldahab in Homs countryside and in al-Haydaria, al-Khalidia and al-Hamidia in the city, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

Terrorists Suffer Heavy Losses in Operations in Homs

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group that was trying to flee away from al-Qseir to al-Husseiniyeh area in the countryside of Homs, killing and injuring all of its members.

Other army units continued operations against terrorists' gatherings and dens in Bab Hood and al-Qusour neighborhoods, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

The source said that the Army units continued pursuing terrorists in al-Qseir city, killing scores of them and dismantling several explosive devices in the area between Jousia, al-Soumaria and al-Slumia.

Other Army units killed a number of terrorists and arrested others in Deba village while they were trying to escape from al-Qseir city, in addition to seizing their weapons.

Meanwhile, an Army unit foiled terrorists attempt to detonate 8 explosive devices weighing between 15-20Kgs which were set up to be detonated remotely and planted on Palmyra-Damascus road.

Terrorists Killed, Their Weapons Destroyed in Hama

In the same context, a unit of the armed forces clashed with a terrorist group affiliated to the so-called 'Ahfad al-Rasoul Brigade' in the village of Qasr Abo Samra in Hama.

An official source told SANA reporter that all members of the terrorist group were killed and their weapons and equipment were destroyed.

Army Units Eliminate Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in Hijeira, al-Zyabiyeha, al-Husseiniyeh and Babila in Damascus Countryside, destroying their weapons and equipment which they used in their terrorist acts of against the citizens.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army units killed a number of terrorists in Fayez Mansour Street in Hijeira. Among the killed terrorists were Nayef al-Ghadab from Jordan and Abo Baker Khahramani from Afghanistan.

The source added that another army unit killed several terrorists near al-Zayzafoun Café in Hijeira. Terrorist Kasem al-Nueimi was identified among the dead.

Meanwhile, another army unit killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in al-Husseiniyeh town. Among the killed terrorists were Ali al-Shanwan, leader of an armed terrorist group, Ali al-Numeiri and Mohmmad Raja.

Units of the armed forces destroyed a gathering for terrorists along with weapons and ammunition, in addition to killing and injuring all terrorists inside it. Muhammad Khleif and Naser al-Zaal were identified among the dead terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit destroyed a weapons' cache in the town of al-Shifounyeh in Douma and killed scores of terrorists, among them was their leader, terrorist Abu Oudai.

The source added that another army unit killed three terrorists and seized weapons and ammunition used by the terrorists to terrorize locals in the area of Zamalka.

The army eliminated scores of terrorists In the area of al-Shayyah in Daraya, and destroyed two terrorists' hideouts in the area of Jubar.

Another army unit pursued terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood and killed and injured the majority of them.

Terrorists Targeted in Several Areas in Aleppo

Units of the armed forces continued operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Maslamiyeh, Khan al-Assal and Minnegh in Aleppo countryside, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition, including a number of mortars and anti-aircraft guns.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army units ambushed an armed terrorist group, killed most its members at al-Sarwat crossroads in Khan al-Assal destroyed a heavy machinegun they had with them.

The source added that other army units destroyed a mortar and a 23 mm caliber anti-aircraft gun near al-Khoulandi gas station and killed and injured scores of terrorists in al-Zyra'a area in the surrounding of the iron warehouse in al-Maslamiyeh.

Meanwhile, other Army units destroyed large amounts of weapons and ammunition in Hyllan and killed several terrorists at the entrance of the industrial city, including Ahmad al-Hamwi, known as al-Daba'a.

In the same context, another army unit destroyed an amount of weapons and ammunition in Hilan and killed many terrorists at the entrance of the Industrial City.

Numbers of terrorists were killed and injured in Byanon, Tatmwas and Ein Dakneh in Minnegh town, in addition to destroying a mortar.

In Aleppo city, a terrorists' gathering was targeted in Masakin Hanano with many of the terrorists inside killed and injured.

Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Army Units in Idleb Countryside

A unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group, affiliated to the so-called 'al-Tawhid Brigade' who were perpetrating acts of terrorism and blocking roads between al- Mastoumeh- and al-Jabal al-Wastani in Idleb countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that the clash resulted in killing all members of the armed terrorist group.

Ahmad Suleiman al-Sheikh Mohammad, Ouqba al-Sheikh Mohammad, Marwan Hussein al-Yasin, Yaser Abdul-Hammid and Mohammad Omar al-Salloum were identified among the killed terrorists.

Tow Terrorist Groups Clash on Dividing Stolen Materials in Daraa Countryside

Two terrorist groups clashed due to disagreement on dividing the stolen materials in al-Jyza and al-Tayba in Daraa countryside.

An official source in the province told SANA that the terrorists used all kinds of weapons in the fight, causing the killing of most members of the two groups.

Terrorists Inflict Heavy Losses in Lattakia Countryside

Army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Mraij, al-Koum al-Fukhani and al-Tahtani in Lattakia countryside, destroying heavy machineguns and various weapons which were used in their acts of terrorism against the citizens.

Another Army unit repelled terrorists near Kafria village killing and injuring scores of them, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

An Army unit targeted terrorist gatherings in the villages of Ghamam and Beit Halibeh in Lattakia's northern countryside, resulting in the killing and injuring of a number of terrorists and the destruction of their vehicles.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/10/481477.htm

09/05/2013

Middle East ‘Peace Process’

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As a reminder:

Nov 16, 2012

'Three More Palestinians Martyred on the Third Day of Israeli Aggression on Gaza'

GAZA, (SANA) – The death toll of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip raised to more than 23 martyrs, more than 248, including 148 children and women, were injured as Israel carried out hundreds of raids on several areas in the Strip in the third day of its aggression.

The Israeli raids targeted the areas of al-Zaytoon, al-Shate', al-Nassr, al-Sheikh Zayed, Rafah, Khan Younes and Jabalia.

The Israeli media said that 2 Israeli settlers were killed and more than 40 others were injured by the missiles of the Palestinian resistance, adding that explosions were heard in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Resistance also downed an Israeli war plane after targeting it with an anti-air missile and shelled the occupied al-Quds city with the advanced missile M 75.

In an indicator of escalating its aggression on the Strip, the Israeli occupation army announced the call-up of 16,000 reservists.

The Israeli aggression has so far focused on air strikes, but Israeli officials threatened to launch a land aggression.

In response to teh Israeli raids, the Palestinian Resistance fired tens of missiles on several Israeli sites south of the occupied Palestine.

The Palestinian Press Agency reported that a number of missiles hit al-Naqab, Asdoud, Asqalan, causing material damage and spreading panic.

Al-Manar TV correspondent in Gaza said that the Resistance targeted an Israeli military vehicle in al-Breij Camp in the Strip, adding that the Resistance's missiles hit a ten-story building and a parking in Asdoud settlement.

Izz-Eddin al-Qassam and al-Nasser Salaheddin Brigades announced shelling a number of Israeli sites and settlements with missiles.

In the same context, an explosion was heard this afternoon in Tel Aviv following sirens and five injuries in the ranks of Israeli settlers were reported due to shelling by the Resistance's rockets.

The Israeli media admitted, according to al-Manar correspondent, that the Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak and member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the Israeli Knesset rushed down to shelters after rockets were fired towards the Knesset in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli media also admitted that three Israeli settlers were injured, one with a serious injury, due to the fall of the Palestinian Resistance's rockets on Asqalan in the south of occupied Palestine.

It also announced the cut-off of internet and mobile phone network and the collapse of the Zionist stock market, indicating a state of panic and shock among the Israeli settlers over the Resistance's shelling of Israeli sites.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/16/452770.htm


Middle East Peace Process - US Department of State
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World Peace Council Condemns Israel’s Attacks

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As a reminder:

16th November 2012

World Peace Council Condemns Israel’s Attacks on Gaza!

The World Peace Council denounces to the peace loving people of the world the recent and ongoing aggression of the Israeli regime and its military against the Palestinian Gaza strip and its population.

Within a short time hundreds of targets, mainly civilians, have been hit by the Israeli military, causing death and destruction to the Palestinian people. The records of Israel regarding crimes against humanity are full of similar deadly attacks.

Nobody really believed that Israel has withdrawn from this part of Palestine, especially now when the heavy military machine of Israel is preparing for a ground invasion again. We remind that the Israeli regime is continuing the occupation of big parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, installing settlements and constructing the separation Wall.

The WPC expresses its deep concern and anger since this escalation of Israeli aggressiveness takes place during a period of growing aggressiveness of the NATO and the USA in the region, which are key allies and protectors of the Israeli occupation forces. We condemn also the criminal silence of the European Union in its role of accomplice to the Israeli crimes.

We demand the immediate end of the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian Gaza!

We reject the political and military interference in the domestic affairs of Syria!

We fully support the establishment and recognition of an independent State of Palestine, within the borders of 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital!

The Secretariat of WPC
Athens, 16th November 2012

WORLD PEACE COUNCIL
CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LA PAZ
CONSEIL MONDIAL DE LA PAIX
10 OTHONOS ST. 10557 ATHENS GREECE
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www.wpc-in.org, e-mail: wpc@otenet.gr

http://uspeacecouncil.org/?p=2167