21/06/2013

Russia: US, UN undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

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Lavrov slams US, UN for undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

June 21, 2013

The US must choose whether it wants to stage a peace conference on Syria or keep fueling the rebels’ hopes of victory as it’s impossible to do both things at the same time, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said.

Lavrov told Bloomberg that Russia wants to understand if their partners in America and the United Nations are really consistent with the idea of the Geneva 2 conference on Syria as their actions keep sending the wrong message to the country’s opposition. 

The US and its European allies are considering arms supplies and a no-fly zone over Syria to help the rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to president, Bashar Assad. 

“The message the opposition is getting: ‘Guys, don’t go to Geneva. Don’t say that you are going to negotiate with the regime. Soon things will change in your favor.’ So, that’s what we want to clarify. It’s either the conference or the instigation of the opposition not to be flexible. I don’t think it’s possible to do both at the same time,” Lavrov said. 

The Foreign Minister reminded that Russia has been pushing for the peace solution “irrespective of the situation on the ground,” while the West started speaking of a conference only after Assad’s forces began advancing on the rebels.   

“They weren’t ready to discuss it when many people believed that the opposition would take Damascus in recent weeks,”
 he stressed. “If now they’ll be moving in the direction of what some opposition leaders are saying – namely, let’s first restore military balance on the ground and then we’ll go the conference. This’ll be a disaster for all diplomatic efforts because this would never end.” 


According to Lavrov, Russia, the US and the UN are currently working on the list of invitees to the Geneva 2 conference, with two key issues currently being unsolved. 

Read more on: http://rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-geneva-us-084/

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British spy agency has access to global communications

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British spy agency has access to global communications, shares info with NSA

The British spy agency GCHQ has access to the global network of communications, storing calls, Facebook posts and internet histories – and shares this data with the NSA, Edward Snowden has revealed to the Guardian in a new leak.

GCHQ’s network of cables is able to process massive quantities of information from both specific targets and completely innocent people, including recording phone calls and reading email messages, it was revealed on Friday. 

"It's not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight," Snowden told the Guardian. "They [GCHQ] are worse than the US."

The Government Communications Headquarters agency has two different programs, aimed at carrying out this online and telephone monitoring – categorized under ‘Mastering the Internet’ and ‘Global Telecoms Exploitation.’ Both have been conducted in the absence of any public knowledge, reports the Guardian. 

“If you remember, even the NSA said that they did not record phone calls, but according to these latest revelations by Edward Snowden, that up to ‘600 million’ telephone events last year were recorded a day by the GCHQ,” said RT’s Tesa Arcilla from London. 

“There’s no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were, having put them in place,” she said, emphasizing the titles. 

The agency is able to store the volumes of data it amasses from fiber-optic cables for up to 30 days in an operation codenamed Tempora. The practice has been going on for around 18 months. 

GCHQ which was handling 600m telephone ‘events’ a day, according to the documents, had tapped into over 200 fiber-optic cables and had the capacity to analyze data from over 46 of them at a time.  

The cables used by GCHQ can carry data at 10 gigabits per second, which in theory, means they could deliver up to 21petabytes of information per day. The program is continuing to develop on a daily basis with the agency aiming to expand to the point it is able to process terabits (thousands of gigabits) of data at once. 

By May last year, some 300 GCHQ-assigned analysts and 250 from the NSA had been specially allocated large quantities of data to trawl through as a result of the operations. 

The Guardian reports that 850,000 NSA and outside contractors had potential access to the databases. However, the paper does not explain how it came to such an enormous figure 

“These revelations reveal the scale of and the scope of cooperation between UK and US intelligence services,” said RT’s Gayane Chichakyan from Washington. “From these revelations we learned how dramatically it has expanded over the years.” 

“The document shows the FISA court lets the NSA use data snagged ‘inadvertently.’ They basically give a warrant to target suspects,” she said, recalling Lieutenant General Keith Alexander's quote after a 2008 visit to the Menwith RAF base in England: "Why can't we collect all the signals all the time? Sounds like a good summer project for Menwith," he had said.

The GCHQ project was first trialed in 2008. The intelligence organization has been labeled an ‘intelligence superpower’ on account of its technical capabilities, which by 2010 gave it the strongest access to internet communications out of the ‘Five Eyes’ – an international intelligence sharing  alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US, brought into existence in 1946. 

The mass-surveillance has seen the interception of data from transatlantic cables that also carry data to western Europe through ‘intercept partners’ commercial companies that had entered into private agreements with GCHQ. Many have been paid off for their cooperation. 

GCHQ feared that exposure of the names of the companies involved could lead to “high-level political fallout,” and took measures to ensure names were kept secret. Warrants had reportedly been issued to compel the companies to cooperate so that GCHQ could engage in spying through them. 

“They have no choice," said a Guardian intelligence source. 

Snowden previously warned that he would be releasing further information pertaining to mass security operations carried out on the unwary public, stating in a previous  Q & A with the Guardian that the“truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”

http://rt.com/news/snowden-uk-agency-spy-075/

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19/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Algeria and Spain

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Algeria and Spain stress on political solution in Syria

Jun 19, 2013

Algeria and Spain reiterated their support to a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

AFP quoted Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci, as saying in a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, that the language of violence is negative and the only calls now are for starting dialogue.

For his part the Spanish Foreign Minister stressed that there can not be a military solution to the crisis, asserting that the solution should be through dialogue.

He expressed hope that the international conference on Syria in Geneva would reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria and a dialogue among the Syrians to curb the acts of violence.

H. Zain/ H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/19/488226.htm

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Latest News Syria: Israel is an obstacle to Peace

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November 2, 2010

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

‘Syria is a military obstacle’…

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, conflicts 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 6, 2013 – May 21, 2013

Israel’s bombings

May 6, 2013 – ‘Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/06/302129/israel-hit-syria-using-depleted-uranium/
May 21, 2013  – ‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304611/israel-forces-fired-at-target-in-syria/

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June 17, 2013

Israel’s chemical weapons campaign – Google

UN believes chemical weapons used in Syria | JPost | Israel News
Israeli general: Syrian ‘regime has used and is using chemical 
Israel preps for nationwide chemical warfare drill | The Times of Israel
Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons, Israel Says – NYTimes.com
Israel TV News | US considers no-fly zone in Syria after obtaining …
Syria accused of chemical weapon use by Israel – World – CBC News
Israel Accuses Syria of Using Chemical Weapons – WSJ.com
Israel: Syria used chemical weapons, several times – CBS News
Israeli official says he believes Syria’s Assad has used chemical …
Israel says Syria has used chemical weapons – World News | Latest …
Israeli military says Syria used chemical weapons | The Japan Times
Israeli Official Says Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons – US News
Israel says Syria used chemical weapons – World News | TVNZ
Israel: Syrian government used chemical weapons – Salon.com
Israel says Syria used chemical weapons – ABC News (Australian …

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Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 - Syria: Israel A "Major Obstacle" To Peace
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-5035594-503543.html

May 23, 2009 - Associated Press - Syria's Assad: Israel Is 'Obstacle' to Peace
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521417,00.html

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace - Israel News, Ynetnews
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3745949,00.html

May.23, 2009 - Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
http://www.haaretz.com/news/assad-israel-is-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-1.276558

4 June 2008 - Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and "peace talks"
http://electronicintifada.net/content/normalizing-occupation-syria-israel-and-peace-talks/7543

MARCH 2005 - CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE?
OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/wp_israelsyria.pdf

White House: Chemical weapons

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Some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange (Monsanto) were sprayed over South Vietnam at up to 50 times the concentration recommended for killing weeds. About 5 million acres of forests and crops were destroyed and an estimated 4.5 million Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were exposed.

http://english.cntv.cn/program/asiatoday/20130502/106842.shtml

http://directaction.org.au/issue35/victims_of_agent_orangedioxin_agent_orange_in_vietnam_was_a_crime_against_humanity

http://www.ffrd.org/Lawsuit/Lawsuit.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/world/asia/us-moves-to-address-agent-orange-contamination-in-vietnam.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/vietnam/100330/agent-orange

http://www.globalresearch.ca/agent-orange-continues-to-poison-vietnam/13974

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Barack Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration):
- At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.
- As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
- As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.
- As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

On March 26, 2013, Obama signed bill H.R. 933 into law which had the biotech rider known as the “Monsanto Protection Act” in it.
The Monsanto Protection Act, part of the HR 933 continuing resolution, allows Monsanto to override U.S. federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the country. Even if those experimental crops are found to be extremely dangerous or to cause a runaway crop plague, the U.S. government now has no judicial power to stop them from being planted and harvested.

As ibtimes.com reports, the bill “effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

http://therealnewsjournal.com/?p=15495
http://beforeitsnews.com/obama/2013/03/obama-sells-out-u-s-citizens-by-signing-monsanto-protection-act-into-law-2449128.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/furor-growing-against-obama-over-monsanto-protection-act-1156459

18/06/2013

Washington starts sending arms to anti-Assad rebels 'for the first time'

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Sending arms for the first time ?

France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

February 29, 2012

A general in the opposition militia known as the Free Syria Army has told journalists that the rebels have received French and American military assistance, amid reports of worsening violence in the stricken nation.

In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]."

The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly.

This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border.

In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons.

Political foot-dragging

Thus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country.

The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad.

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After concluding that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the country's insurgency, thus crossing a ‘red line,’ the Obama administration has decided to start sending arms to anti-Assad rebels for the first time, officials say.

June 13, 2013 - US to give military support to Syrian rebels as ‘red line' crossed
http://rt.com/news/us-claims-assad-chemical-weapons-671/


Latest News Syria: restore Syrian Pound’s price

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Government to take procedures to restore Syrian Pound’s price to normal

Jun 17, 2013

Premier wael al-Halqi affirmed that the government pursues the Syrian Pound price against foreign currencies and takes a package of economic procedures that guarantee “the stability of the national economy in the face of the media and economic war waged on the country.”

“The great victories of the Syrian Arab Army in addition to the measures taken by the government on all levels would gradually restore stability to the Syrian pound and national economy, al-Halqi, heading a meeting of the economic committee on following up the price of the Syrian pound said.

He affirmed that the government has big reserve of the foreign currency to provide the local market with the needs of the production requirement.

Central Bank of Syria to sell foreign currency, fund Imports

In a relevant context, Governor of Central Bank of Syria (CBS) Adeb Mayaleh said that as of Tuesday, the bank will respond to the banks’ demands for buying the foreign currency from CBS to finance imports according to the market needs.

“CBS will provide the exchanging institutions and the Commercial Bank of Syria with the foreign currency by acceptable prices in order to meet the citizens’ requests to buy the foreign currencies according to regulations which sell each citizen an amount of 1000 Euro per month,” Mayaleh said in a statement.

In this regard, Mayaleh affirmed that the government put the needed mechanisms to activate the credit facilitation line granted by Iran with 1 billion USD to fund a big part of the market needs.

The CBS procedures come to restore the price of the Syrian pound against the foreign currencies back to normal.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/24/2013/06/17/488026.htm

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Latest News Syria: U.N. – terrorist groups

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Al-Jaafari: UN reports took two years to recognize that terrorist groups recruited children

Jun 17, 2013

Syria’s Permanent envoy to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that the whole world witnessed a series of crimes committed by the armed terrorist groups against children in Syria, however, it took the UN reports two years to recognize that the armed terrorist groups had been recruiting children in their ranks.

“The Syrian government is committed to protecting citizens, particularly children. Any violation of their safety and security will be subject to mechanisms of strict accountability,” al-Jaafari said during the UN Security Council session held to discuss recruiting children in armed conflicts.

“For the first time, the report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui,  mentioned the crimes and violations of the armed terrorist groups, particularly recruiting children… we regret that it took the special representative more than two years to recognize that,” Syria’s representative said.

We hoped that the special representative would have asked in her recommendations of the report from the countries which are supporting and sponsoring the armed terrorist groups to stop their support and lift their unilateral economic measures imposed on the Syrian people, al-Jaafari added.

Concerning the shelling of schools and hospitals, al-Jaafari stressed that Syria welcomed the special representative in 2012 and she met Syrian officials and the minister of education who provided her with confirmed information showing the volume of terrorism which targeted the educational sector by the armed terrorist groups. She also paid field visits to schools, hospitals and refugee centers in Damascus and Homs and their countryside, but she decided, for some reasons, to ignore what she saw firsthand.

He went on to say that the health sector was targeted by the armed terrorist groups which sabotaged, burned and looted more than 35% of the Syrian hospitals. Syria provided the special representative with videotapes on the preparations of the terrorists to detonate al-Qseir Hospital and the detonation operation itself as well which took place on September 5th, 2012, nevertheless, the report did not mention this crime.

As for killing and mutilating children, Dr. al-Jaafari said the world witnessed a series of appalling crimes committed by the armed terrorist groups against children since the beginning of the crisis; for example, the 14-year-old boy, Mohammad Qattaa, was shot to death by a fundamentalist terrorist group affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra after they lashed and tortured him before the eyes of his parents accusing him of blasphemy.

Fayssal, a 4-year-old boy, was hanged to death by an extremist terrorist group in Aleppo in late 2012 after he was raped and dragged along on the ground for a long distance, al-Jaafari added.

Syria’s Special Representative reasserted Syria’s commitment to protecting its citizens and children in particular, clarifying that the Syrian government approved a law on May 6th, 2013 on sentencing everyone who recruited children under 18 years old in any form of fighting to hard labor from 10 to 20 years.

F.Allafi

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/17/488027.htm

17/06/2013

Latest News Syria - Bilderberg Group: Paul Wolfowitz

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Who is Paul Wolfowitz ?

Päul Wolfowitz is born in Brooklyn, New York, into a Polish Jewish immigrant family, and grew up mainly in Ithaca, New York, where his father was a professor of statistical theory at Cornell University.

In 1961 he entered Cornell University and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry. Then he dicided to go to graduate school to study politics.

From 1970 to 1972, Wolfowitz taught in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. 

In the 1970s Wolfowitz served as an aide to Democratic Senator Henry M. Jackson, who influenced several neoconservatives, including Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. Jackson was a Cold War liberal supporting higher military spending and a hard line against the Soviet Union.

In 1977, during the Carter administration, Wolfowitz moved to the Pentagon. He was U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs for the U.S. Defense Department, under U.S. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.

Following the 1980 election of President Ronald Reagan, offered Wolfowitz the position of Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State.

Wolfowitz demonstrated himself to be one of the strongest supporters of Israel in the Reagan administration.”

In 1982, the new U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz appointed Wolfowitz as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

From 1986 to 1989, during the military-backed government of dictator Suharto, Wolfowitz was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.

From 1989 to 1993, Wolfowitz served in the administration of George H.W. Bush as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, under then U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Wolfowitz’s team co-ordinated and reviewed military strategy, raising $50 billion in allied financial support for the operation.

After the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Wolfowitz and his then-assistant Scooter Libby wrote the “Defense Planning Guidance of 1992,” which came to be known as the Wolfowitz Doctrine, to “set the nation’s direction for the next century .

Wolfowitz: “ With an eye toward deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role, the United States would maintain unquestioned military superiority and, if necessary, employ force unilaterally .

Many of the ideas in the Wolfowitz Doctrine later became part of the Bush Doctrine. He left the government after the 1992 election.

Wolfowitz was associated with the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

In September 2000 the PNAC produced a 90-page report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century, advocating the redeployment of U.S. troops in permanent bases in strategic locations throughout the world where they can be ready to act to protect U.S. interests abroad.

From 2001 to 2005, during the George W. Bush administration, Wolfowitz served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense reporting to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Wolfowitz was "a major architect of President Bush's Iraq policy. In the first emergency meeting of the National Security Council on the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Rumsfeld asked, “Why shouldn’t we go against Iraq, not just al-Qaeda?” with Wolfowitz adding that Iraq was a “brittle, oppressive regime that might break easily—it was doable.”  

On April 16, 2002 the National Solidarity Rally for Israel was called in Washington to promote US support and collaboration with Israel. Wolfowitz was the sole representative of the Bush administration to attend, speaking alongside Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. As reported by the BBC, Wolfowitz told the crowd that US President George W. Bush “wants you to know that he stands in solidarity with you”.

Following the declaration of 'victory' in Afghanistan the Bush administration had started to plan for the next stage of the so called War on Terror. According to John Kampfner, “Emboldened by their experience in Afghanistan, they saw the opportunity to root out hostile regimes in the Middle East and to implant very American interpretations of democracy and free markets, from Iraq to Iran and Saudi Arabia. Wolfowitz epitomised this view.” Wolfowitz “saw a liberated Iraq as both paradigm and linchpin for future interventions.” The 2003 invasion of Iraq began on March 19.

Prior to the invasion, Wolfowitz actively championed it, as he later stated: “For reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason”.

The job of finding WMD and providing justification for the attack would fall to the intelligence services.

Kampfner and Wolfowitz, they set up what came to be known as the ‘cabal’, a cell of eight or nine analysts in a new Office of Special Plans (OSP) based in the U.S. Defense Department.” According to an unnamed Pentagon source quoted by Hersh, the OSP “was created in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true—that Saddam Hussein had close ties to Al Qaeda, and that Iraq had an enormous arsenal of chemical, biological, and possibly even nuclear weapons that threatened the region and, potentially, the United States.”

Within months of being set up, the OSP “rivaled both the CIA and the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA, as President Bush’s main source of intelligence regarding Iraq’s possible possession of weapons of mass destruction and connection with Al Qaeda.” 

The actions of the OSP have led to accusation of the Bush administration “fixing intelligence to support policy” with the aim of influencing Congress in its use of the War Powers Act.

Kampfner outlined Wolfowitz’s strategy for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which “envisaged the use of air support and the occupation of southern Iraq with ground troops, to install a new government run by Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress.” Wolfowitz believed that the operation would require minimal troop deployment, Hersh explains, because “any show of force would immediately trigger a revolt against Saddam within Iraq, and that it would quickly expand.” The financial expenditure would be kept low, Kampfner observes, if “under the plan American troops would seize the oil fields around Basra, in the South, and sell the oil to finance the opposition.”

During Wolfowitz’s pre-war testimony before Congress, he dismissed General Eric K. Shinseki’s estimates of the size of the post war occupation force and estimated that fewer than 100,000 troops would be necessary in the war.

In March 2005, Wolfowitz was nominated to be president of the World Bank by U.S. In the U.S. there was some praise for the nomination. An editorial in The Wall Street Journal states: “Mr. Wolfowitz is willing to speak the truth to power … he saw earlier than most, and spoke publicly about, the need for dictators to plan democratic transitions

World Bank Group’s board of executive directors and staffers complained that Wolfowitz was imposing Bush Administration policies to eliminate family planning from World Bank programs.

On May 17, 2007 the World Bank Group’s board of Executive Directors announced that Paul Wolfowitz would resign as World Bank Group president at the end of June 2007.

Wolfowitz is a former steering committee member of the Bilderberg group.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Wolfowitz

Photo: Etienne Davignon, former president of the Bilderberg Group, and Wolfowitz - Germany 2005 

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Photos:

1. Guy Verhofstadt, MEP and President of ALDE Group; Mr Jacques Delors, Founding President of 'Notre Europe' and Etienne Davignon, former President of the Bilderberg Group

2. Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves.” Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”
The so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ always has rejected any proposal for peace talks and since 2 years, the U.S. and its satellite states provide Idris and all kind of terrorist groups continuously with weapons wich are also used for terrorist attacks on Syrian civilians.

Bilderberg Group:
Official Bilderberg Attendee List and Agenda Released
Bilderberg 2013 (video)
Bilderberg 2013 – Your guide to ‘The Bilderberg Group’ (video)
Why don’t the mainstream media report on Bilderberg meetings? – Gerard Batten MEP (video)
Italian Supreme Court President Blames Bilderberg For Terrorist Attacks
Bilderberg Feast (video + update)
Bilderberg Conference (video)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/05/bilderberg-2013-goldman-sachs-watford
http://www.bilderberg.org/2005.htm
http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/100407_wolfowitz_istanbul_bilderberg.html

16/06/2013

Latest news Syria: Iran

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Syria’s Assad congratulates Rohani on election victory

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has congratulated Iranian president-elect, Hassan Rohani, for securing the highest number of votes in the country’s 11th presidential election.

In his letter, the Syrian leader offered “heartfelt congratulations and best wishes” to Rohani on behalf of the Syrian nation for gaining “the trust of millions of the brotherly Iranian people,” Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.

President Assad further underlined the Arab state’s determination to boost bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries. 

He also stressed the need for “confronting the plots of hegemony and aggression against the national sovereignty in our region in a way that reflects positively on the peoples of both friendly countries as well as the peoples of the region and the whole world.”

Foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers. 

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as keys to the settlement of the crisis in the country.

In a similar congratulatory note, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar Hakim also felicitated Iran’s president-elect, expressing the need for the expansion of bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential race, gaining 18,613,329 votes, or 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots.

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the country’s Supreme National Security Council, is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, and is also president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research. 


MKA/HGH/SS

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/16/309366/syrias-assad-congratulates-rohani/

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Latest News Syria: ‘Chemical weapons’ – Heavy weapons for Idris

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It is clear that the whole current debate about the ‘use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army’, is set up to deliver heavy weapons to the so called Free Syrian Army and some terrorist groups. The decision to deliver more heavy weapons was taken on March 6, 2013, that is 4 months before the current false accusations...

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Photo: March 6, 2013. Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris and Guy Verhofstadt, MEP and President of ALDE Group, at the European Parliament in Brussels. Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves”. Verhofstadt was pleading for the supply of heavy weapons to the mercenary army of Idris. Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”

The so called 'Free Syrian Army' always has rejected any proposal for peace talks and since 2 years, the U.S. and its satellites provide Idris and the terrorist groups with weapons wich are also used for terrorist attacks. 

Verhofstadt is a good friend of Etienne Davignon, former president of the Bilderberg Group and ‘Friends of Europe’.

In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission. In the 2009 European Parliament election, he has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission.

Since 2012 is Verhofstadt a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding (petroleum gas and oil platforms).  Etienne Davignon is Honorary Director of Sofina.

Davignon, former president of the Bilderberg Club, is Chairman of Compagnie Maritime Belge, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, Recticel, Sibeka, CSR Europe, SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium). He is Vice-Chairman of SUEZ-TRACTEBEL (Belgium), Director of Accor (France), Cumerio, Real Software, SN Brussels Airlines (Belgium), and Gilead (United States).
According to the Suez website, he holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than 350,000 euro.

The Bilderberg Club is an annual private conference of approximately 120 to 140 invited guests from North America and Europe, most of whom are people of influence. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group

http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/index.php

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/david-cameron...

15/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Anniversary Sawt al-Shaab radio

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Al-Zoubi: National media is media of people

June 15, 2013

Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi said that the national media is one of a state, not an authority, government or sect, but ''is the media of the Syrian people and state which has to be open to all viewpoints.''

Marking the 35th anniversary of launching Sawt al-Shaab (Sound of People) radio, al-Zoubi congratulated the radio which decided to extend its broadcast hours to be 24 hours a day, which, he said, would be an extra burden amid the current conditions in Syria.

Al-Zoubi indicated that big strides were achieved towards a responsible national media, pointing out that ''there is no private media in the narrow sense of the word, as even the parties' newspapers won't have readership unless they address all social components.''

''Our responsibility is no less than that of the army and the armed forces…We are standing behind them as they are a symbol of the country, its unity and sovereignty,'' al-Zoubi affirmed.

He added that the mission of media is to form public opinion that is based on the concepts of loyalty to the homeland.

''The homeland is invincible, thanks to the sacrifices of the armed forces and our martyrs…their blood will not go in vain,'' said al-Zoubi.

Moussa Abdulnour, Director-General of Sawt al-Shaab radio said that ''the radio's work is based on the relationship with citizens that we seek to keep strong.''

Abdulnour elaborated on the technical development in the work of Sawt al-Shaab work, in addition to enriching it with a trained and experienced cadre.

Abdulnour said ''We have expanded the space of dialogue between citizens and officials, and increased the live broadcast hours.''

''Hopefully, the radio will assume its role in combating the global conspiracy against Syria and we aspire for a wider communication with all provinces,'' he added.

The radio cadre was honored during the ceremony.

Sawt al-Shaab radio went on the air in 1979 as a response to public needs to keep the flag of the Syrian national media flying.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/15/487669.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorist leaders killed

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Terrorist groups' leaders killed in army operations

Jun 15, 2013

The army on Saturday carried out a series of operations against gatherings of terrorists in Daraa and its countryside.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the army targeted armed terrorist groups in the national Hospital surroundings, killing a number of terrorists and injuring many others, among the killed was Ziyad Ahmad al-Rashid al-Masalmeh.

In the city of al-Hrak, another army unit hit a den for terrorists, killing server gunmen and destroying their criminal equipment.

The source added that an army unit pursued terrorists in al-Mzereib and al-Naema villages, killing many terrorist, among them were Mohammad Ali al-Ribdawi and Zakariya al-Aboud.

Terrorists trying to attack National Hospital of Busra al-Sham repelled

An army unit on Saturday clashed with an armed terrorist group while trying to attack the National Hospital of Busra al-Sham in Daraa.

The clash resulted in Killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that terrorists Anas Falah al-Gbasheh and Mustafa Mohamed Ali al-Khalil were indentified among the dead.

Weapons seized, terrorists trying to flee to Lebanon arrested in Tartous

The authorities seized amounts of ammunition and weapons in an agricultural land in Banias area in Tartous province and arrested members of an armed terrorist group in the countryside of the province that was trying to run away into the Lebanese territories.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the seized weapons included two Kalashnikov rifles, a machinegun, a Nato sniper rifle and two RPG launchers, in addition to a large amount of ammunition, explosive charges and materials and head bands with al-Qaeda logo written on them.

The source mentioned that the most wanted terrorist in Banias, Hassan Suhiyouni, leader of an armed terrorist group, and nine other terrorists were arrested while they were trying to flee towards the Lebanese territories.

The source pointed out that the arrest was carried out with the help of the residents of al-Hamidiyeh village that is located near the border with Lebanon.

Terrorist leaders and sniper killed in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out a series of special operations in which they targeted terrorist groups' gatherings and dens in a number of towns and areas in Damascus Countryside.

In simultaneous operations, dens for armed terrorist groups were destroyed in the towns of al-Ahmadiyeh and al-Khamissiyeh in the Eastern Ghouta, an official source told SANA reporter.

The source noted that the operations resulted in killing numbers of terrorists, including Ibrahim al-Amer, leader of an armed terrorist group in al-Ahmadiyeh, and Suleiman al-Mahmoud.

SANA reporter quoted a source as saying that a sniper called Abo al-Walid who had been targeting passengers on Damascus-Homs international highway was killed in Harasta.

Many terrorists were killed along Abo al-Walid, among them were Mohammad Kheir and Omar Hamad, leaders of two terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, a terrorists' den was destroyed on Tall Kurdi road in al-Rihan area, along with the weapons and ammunition inside it. A number of terrorists inside the den were killed and others were injured.

In Daraya, units of the armed forces continued operations in several axes inside the city, namely near the train station and in the surrounding of al-Sayyeda Sukaina shrine and the areas of al-Alali and al-Jam'yat.

The operations resulted in killing a number of terrorists, among them Samer Alawani, a terrorist group's leader, was identified.

The source told the reporter that an army unit killed Mustafa Hawwat, leader of a terrorist group, and several of his group's members in Halboun town, while another army unit killed numbers of terrorists near a detergents factory in Adra and destroyed their weapons.

Terrorists' gatherings in Khan al-Sheeh farms were targeted where a number of terrorists were killed.

Clashes with terrorists in Deir Ezzor neighborhoods

A unit of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of al-Rushdiyeh and al-Sina'eh in the city of Deir Ezzor.

A number of the terrorist group's were killed and injured, and their equipment and weapons were destroyed. 

Terrorists' hideout targeted in Quneitra

A terrorists' hideout was destroyed in one of the farms of Mashara village in Quneitra. A number of terrorists were killed and wounded.

Direct losses inflicted upon terrorists in Idleb

The army units carried out a successful operations and destroyed a number of terrorists' hideouts in Idleb countryside.

SANA correspondent quoted a source in the governorate as saying that an army unit targeted terrorists' dens in al-Braghedy village and chased terrorists in vicinity of Abu al-Dhuhour airport, inflicting direct injuries upon them.

The source added that another unit carried out an operation in the vicinity of the military housing site, killing a number of terrorists, injured others and destroyed equipment and weapons in their possession.

In Jisr al-Shughour countryside, an army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists' gatherings in al-Taybat and al-Ganaudih.

Terrorists killed in operation in al-Rastan, Homs

A unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in an operation in al-Rastan city in the countryside of Homs, some of them are on-Syrians.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that a Tunisian terrorist nicknamed 'al-Mu'taz Billah' was identified among the dead, in addition to Firas Obeido, Jihad al-Zoubi and Abdullah Qatrawi.

The source added that the operation resulted in destroying five heavy machineguns and an armored vehicle that were with the terrorists.

Competent authorities repel terrorist attack on agricultural research center east of Homs

The competent authorities repelled a terrorist group's attempt to attack the agricultural research center in al-Qariyatein town east of Homs.

A source in homs province told SANA that the clash with the terrorists left several terrorists killed, among them Hamza Abdulkareem and Mohammad Abdul-Rahman al-Marzouq.

Army units target terrorists' gatherings in Homs and its countryside

Army units targeted terrorists' gatherings in Bab Hood and al-Qarabis neighborhoods in Homs city and east of Palmyra city and Talbiseh in Homs countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army units killed and injured terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/15/487566.htm

Latest News Syria: Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, Ban Ki-moon

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1) Obama and his friend Ban cozy in the plane
2) April 18, 2013, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into the Pentagon as Ban Ki-moon arrives for an honor cordon
3) April 19, 2013, Chuck Hagel (L) negotiating with former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli officials on sales of new weapons to Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
(Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are arming the so called Free Syrian Army and terrorist groups in Syria)

Latest News Syria: France, US armed terrorists with heavy weapons

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'France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report'
 
February 29, 2012 
 
A general in the opposition militia known as the Free Syria Army has told journalists that the rebels have received French and American military assistance, amid reports of worsening violence in the stricken nation.
 
In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]."
 
The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly.   
 
This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border.
 
In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons.
 
Political foot-dragging
 
Thus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country.
 
The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad.
 

14/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Many foreign backed terrorists killed

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The army continues confrontations, killing many terrorists, including non-Syrians 

Jun 14, 2013

Units of the armed forces on Friday inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists and foiled several attempts to attack the Central Prison and Minnegh Airport in Aleppo, killing and injuring several terrorists.

An official source told SANA that the army units repelled several attempts of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists to attack the Airport, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment.

The source pointed out that other army units killed 7 terrorists to the west of Minnegh Airport and destroyed a 23mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon and weapons warehouse to the south of the Airport.

Meanwhile, the guards of the Central Prison foiled "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists' attempt to sneak into the area surrounding the prison from a cemetery nearby, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Another army unit killed a number of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists in Oram al-Kubra village, including an armed terrorist group leader Ahmad al-Shami and 10 other non-Syrian terrorists, while another army unit killed and injured several terrorists on Aleppo-Idleb road.

In Aleppo city, the army units carried out operations against terrorists who were stationed in the cultural center in Masaken Hanano area and destroyed a rocket-launcher, mortar and ammunition near the old and new Hanano Police Stations and in the area surrounding Hanano Barracks.

Other army units carried out operations against terrorists who were stationed in al-Maysar school compound, destroying a 23 mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon and killing several terrorists.

In Bustan al-Basha, the army units killed 8 terrorists and destroyed two mortars, while another army unit carried out a special operation in old Aleppo, killing a number of terrorists, in addition to destroying a factory of explosive devices.

Army units destroy terrorists' dens in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in Harasta, Douma and Joubar in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that the army units killed and injured several terrorists near the court BUILDINGin Harasta city, including Ayoub Hassoun and Muhammad Hassoun.

The source added that another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Eb farms in Douma area, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Salim Eido and Nouman al-Shalet.

The source pointed out that another army unit clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in Joubar, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

Rabia Badereddin and Housam al-Aghawani were identified among the dead terrorists.

Army units eliminate terrorists, including leaders, in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in several towns in Damascus Countryside.

An official source told SANA that an army unit destroyed terrorists' dens in the farms surrounding al-Khamasia and al-Ahmadia towns in the eastern Ghouta, killing Majid Kahal, leader of an armed terrorist group called" Shabab al-Baraa Battalion", and a number of the battalion's members, including Muhammad Zuhir al-Nazaq.

The source added that other army units destroyed a mortar and killed a number of terrorists in Hijjeira town, including non-Syrian terrorists, among them a Jordanian called " al-Sheikh Bader" and terrorist Nidal al-Saidi.

In Yalda town, another army unit killed several terrorists affiliated to the so-called "Ansar al-Souna Battalion", including Tawfiq Shour.

In al-Ziyabiya town, another army unit killed scores of terrorists, including Talal al-Mandil, leader of an armed terrorist group, and a number of his group, including Basil al-Hamdo.

The source pointed out that the army units continued hunting the armed terrorist groups in Daraya city, killing a number of terrorists to the east of al-Sayyeda Sukaina shrine, including snipers.

Terrorists killed in Homs and its countryside

Units of the armed forces targeted several armed terrorist groups which were attempting to attack military checkpoints at Jisr al-Sad in al-Rastan in Homs countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army units destroyed a rocket-pad and weapons which were used by terrorists in their acts of terrorism.

Another unit also destroyed an armored vehicle and eliminated terrorists near al-Mahmoud mosque in al-Rastan city.

An Army unit clashed with terrorists in a car on a farm road in Hasya area, eliminating the terrorists and confiscating their weapons.

In a series of operations in Teldo and Burj Qai'ii, an Armed Forces unit destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts, leaving a number of terrorists dead or injured, while other units eliminated terrorists between the areas of al-Furuqlus and Sad Handoura and near Habra village in Jub al-Jarrah area.

In Homs city, the Armed Forces continued to pursue terrorist groups in the Old City, eliminating a number of terrorists who tried to sneak into Wadi al-Sayeh neighborhood from al-Hamidiye neighborhood, in addition to eliminating terrorists in Bab Houd and Jouret al-Shiyah.

Terrorists killed, heavy machineguns destroyed in Deir Ezzor

Army units continued chasing members of the armed terrorist groups in al-Sina'a, al-Matar al-Qadeem and al-Umal neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor and eliminated a number of them and destroyed their vehicles.

An official source told SANA reporter that the source added that another army unit clashed with gunmen group in Hawijet Sakr district killing four of its members and destroying a mortar in their possession.

Another unit foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from the Eastern Hweika to the Western Hweika district and eliminated ten terrorists.

In Deir Ezzor countryside, terrorists' gatherings were devastated as heavy machine guns in their possession were also destroyed in Hawijet al-Mrai'ieh and Mrat.

Army units pursue terrorists in Hama Countryside

Units of the armed forces killed and injured several terrorists affiliated to the so-called "Ababil al-Sahra'a Brigade", including non-Syria terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment in al-Khdaira, al-Souha and Hamadi Omar towns southeast of Salamia.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed several gatherings of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorist group along with the weapons and ammunition inside them, in addition to killing a number of terrorists in Adla  town in Hama countryside.

The source pointed out that other army units killed and injured a number of terrorists in al-Kastal al-Wastani and al-Shamali towns, in addition to destroying two rocket-launchers, weapons and ammunition which were used by terrorists in their acts of terrorism.

Non-Syrians terrorists eliminated in Daraa

A military source said that the army unit targeted an armed terrorist group in al- Nazehen camp in Daraa, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

In a statement to SANA reporter, the source said that terrorist Omran Abdul Rahman al-Aidi, leader of a terrorist group, Mounir Mousa Bajbouj, and Musab Fuad Suleiman al-Qtaifan, in addition to the five non-Syrian terrorists of the so-called al-Mujahedin battalion in Daraa were killed.

The source pointed that the other army units targeted terrorists' dens in al-Sheikh Miskeen, on the road of Abtta', in Sason, al-Shabreq, al-Misteriya and Glenn, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and destroyed an armored vehicle and a car loaded with ammunition.

Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist Mansour al-Beiruti of a Palestinian nationality was identified among the dead.

Army units inflict heavy losses upon terrorists in Idleb

Units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas of Idleb countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit targeted terrorists' gatherings in al-Ghassania, al-Taibat, al-Shughr and Mashimshan in Jisr al-Shughour countryside and in Nahla villagein Ariha area, inflicting heavy losses upon teerorists.

Osama Ahmad Rahal and Ra'ad Iyad Hasson were identified among the dead terrorists in Nahla village.

In the areas surrounding Idleb city, another army unit destroyed a number of terrorists' dens and gatherings in Taftanaz, Maar Tamsarin, Tall Dineit, Shalakh, Zardana and Tallet Binnesh, inflicting direct strikes upon them.

In Binnesh city, the army units destroyed terrorists' dens, causing the killing and the injury of several terrorists.

In Sermin city, other army units destroyed a den of the so-called "Ahrar al-Sham Brigade" and "Daoud Brigade" terrorist group, killing 13 terrorists.

A military source told SANA that the army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in Bait al-Kaiari and al-Buweiti in Abu Duhour area, killing and injuring several terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in the area.

Army unit eliminates terrorist in Lattakia countryside

An Army unit clashed with terrorist groups in the village of al-Houeh in Slenfeh area in Lattakia countryside, leaving a large number of terrorists dead or injured and destroying a heavy machinegun.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/14/487484.htm

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UN: Nearly 93000 killed in Syrian conflict
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In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA,Syrian soldiers loyal Bashar Asad stand on a vehicle filled with aid supplies, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria ...

See all stories on this topic »UN Says 93000 Dead in Syria Conflict
Voice of America
The U.N. human rights office says the latest toll, which accounted for deaths until the end of April, is most likely a minimum figure. The U.N. said ... This SANA photo shows the destruction after bombs exploded in al-Marjeh Square in Damascus, June 11 ...

See all stories on this topic »Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese town, two wounded
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Syrian state news agency SANA said the helicopter was chasing "terrorist groups" who were trying to escape to Lebanon. "It targeted them and some were hit, others escaped to Arsal so they were (also) chased," the ... Deeper inside Lebanon, street ...

See all stories on this topic »Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village
Ellwood City Ledger
Last month, Alawite fighters were blamed for killing dozens of civilians in two Sunni towns in westernSyria, part of what rebels call an attempt by Alawites to clear their coastal heartland of Sunni communities. In the videos from Hatla, some fighters ...

See all stories on this topic »Syria's Assad Used Chemical Weapons Against Rebels, US Officials Conclude
Huffington Post
... concluded that Syria has used chemical weapons multiple times. In a statement released on Thursday, the White House says U.S. intelligence concluded that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent Sarin, against rebel ...
See all stories on this topic »

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Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

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

The American federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of ‘national security threats’, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is the national official news agency in Syria:
http://sana.sy/index_eng.html (if the link isn’t blocked by the western war seeking authorities)

13/06/2013

Latest News Syria: People's Assembly - Medicine registration

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People's Assembly approves Syrian-Iranian mutual recognition agreement on medicine registration

Jun 13, 2013

People's Assembly approved the mutual recognition agreement on the medicine and medical equipment registration signed between Syria and Iran on March 13, 2012, during a session on Thursday chaired by speaker of the Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham.

Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef said the agreement is in the framework of developing bilateral relations with Iran in the health domain for providing medicine and medical equipment manufactured in either country, as to serve the common interests of Syrian and Iran and upgrade health services to citizens in both countries.

The Assembly listened to the answers of health ministry to questions submitted earlier by MPs about issues of concern to citizens.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/13/487390.htm

U.N.: Voice of America

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary General and President of the security Council about the massacre in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor against scores of citizens, most of them women and children.

Problem is that the U.N. Secretary General and President of the security Council deal only with american interests...

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Syria calls on UN to condemn massacre of Hatla in Deir Ezzor

Jun 13, 2013

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups perpetrated on June 12, 2013 a massacre in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor against scores of citizens, most of them women and children because they refused to support their criminal acts.

"The terrorists also looted, burglarized the citizens' properties, burned their houses and attacked and sabotaged the worship places... the websites have broadcasted videotapes documenting Jabhat al-Nusra massacre, instigated by one of the sheikhs of salafis in Kuwait called Shafi al-Ajami who is involved in funding and sending thousands of jihadists into Syria," the Foreign Ministry said in two identical letters sent to the UN Secretary General and President of the security Council.

It added that Syria has repeatedly warned in its pervious letters against the dangers of terrorism and extremism, as well as documented the crimes perpetrated by the armed groups.

"Syria stresses that when a number of states refused to condemn such crimes, they would encourage the terrorist groups to go ahead in their crimes which target the innocent citizens through committing massacres, random shelling on civilian regions in addition to the suicide bombings which even didn't spare the residential buildings, public establishments, mosques, churches as well as assassinating the Islamic and Christian clerks," the Ministry said.

It affirmed that the continuation of some countries in the region and abroad, on top, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to offer public and direct support to terrorism in Syria through funding, arming and resorting the armed terrorist groups, in addition to the European latest decision, sponsored by Britain and France, to lift embargo on arming the opposition is a dangerous violation of the legal commitments imposed by the UN Security Council resolutions and the relevant international treaties of counter-terrorism, on top, UNSC resolution 1373 for 2001.  

"The EU decision to allow buying the Syrian oil, stolen by the armed terrorist groups, to sell weapons and military equipment is another violation of the EU states' commitment to curb the financing of terrorism," the letter said. It added that Syria once again warns against the dangers of involvement in supporting al-Qaeda-linked takfiri terrorism practiced by Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies of the "Islamic battalions", as well as the so-called "the Free Syrian Army".

"Syria underlines that some countries' continued calls for arming the opposition or announcing their willingness to arm them under the pretext of changing the military balance won't only support terrorists, but this uncovers the hidden intentions of those states to obstruct efforts to reach a political solution among the Syrians.

"Putting those facts in front of the UN Security council, Syria calls on it to assume its responsibilities, in light of its relevant resolutions of counter-terrorism, to condemn the massacre in Hatla village and call on the countries involved in supporting terrorism in Syria to stop such practices which pose a threat to the security and stability in Syria and the region," the Foreign Ministry concluded.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/13/487451.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists killed

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Army Operations Kill Many Terrorists, Destroy Heavy Weapons

Jun 13, 2013

In the framework of the continuous military operations in Damascus Countryside, the armed forces on Thursday destroyed a number of dens for armed terrorist groups in many areas and killed several terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that an army unit destroyed two mortars and a heavy machinegun for an armed terrorist group in al-Dhiyabiyeh town. A number of the group's members were killed, among them Mus'ab al-Dandan was identified.

Another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Oub farms in Douma, killing all of the terrorists in it. Subhi al-Airout and Mahrous Merei were identified among the dead.

In Adraa area, a unit of the armed forces continued chasing terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and destroyed a den for them along with all the weapons and ammunition inside it, according to the source.

Other army units, the source added, clashed with terrorists near al-Manasher roundabout in Joubar, leaving any of them killed and injured, including Abdul-Mune'm al-Teir.

A hideout including weapons and ammunition was destroyed in the framework of a special operation carried out by an army unit in Halboun town in al-Tall area. The operation resulted in killing a number of terrorists, including Qassem al-Ma'rouf and Abdo Kousa.

In al-Nabek area, an army unit chased a group of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who have been committing acts of sabotage and looting. Numbers of the terrorists were killed.

A den for terrorists, along with a heavy machinegun, was destroyed in al-Husseiniyeh town. All of the terrorists were killed, among them were Amer al-Shalal and Bahaa Khalifieh.

A citizen martyred, three others wounded in explosive device blast in Hasaka

A citizen was martyred and 3 others were wounded when an explosive device that was planted by terrorists went off in Tall Hajar neighborhood in Hasaka city.

An official source told SANA reporter that terrorists planted an explosive device on the road leading to Adnan al-Maliki school, causing the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of 3 others, in addition to material damage in the area.

Large Scale Operations Carried out in Aleppo

Units of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in several areas in Aleppo and its countryside, killing many terrorists and destroying mortars and heavy machineguns.

An official source told SANA reporter that 9 terrorists were killed in Kafr Khasher and Tenneb areas and mortar they used in targeting Minnegh military airport was destroyed.

The source noted that units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in Tall Raf'at area and to the north of Azaz and destroyed a large number of heavy machineguns.

An army unit destroyed a number of gatherings for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the villages of Andan, Hreitan and al-Tamoureh and the city of al-Bab, according to the source.

Large amounts of weapons, including heavy machineguns, and ammunition were destroyed in the operations.

In the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison, a unit of the armed forces clashed with terrorist groups near al-Jandoul roundabout that had planned to launch an attack against the Prison.

The army members killed and injured many of the groups' members and destroyed a mortar they had with them.

Other army units continued hunting terrorists and destroyed their heavy machineguns on the road linking the thermal station and Deir Hafer in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, an army unit foiled an attempt by an armed terrorist group to infiltrate into Tall Shgheib and killed 7 of its members and seized their weapon, while other terrorists were arrested.

SANA reporter quoted the source as saying that a gathering for terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra was destroyed in Ourm village in the western countryside of Aleppo.

The source noted that most of the terrorists were of foreign nationalities.

Units of the armed forces clashed with terrorists in several areas in Khan al-Assal and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

In the city of Aleppo, a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured in the areas of al-Sheikh Maqsoud, Bani Zaid, Bustal al-Qasr and al-Amiriyeh.

A den for an armed terrorist group was destroyed at al-Haidariyeh roundabout along with the weapons and ammunition inside.

Army Units Kill Terrorists in Homs and its Countryside

Army units continued crackdown operations against terrorists in Homs and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of them, and discovered tunnels that the terrorists used for movement and storing weapons and ammunition.

A military source told SANA that an army unit eliminated members of an armed terrorist group who were attempting to plant an explosive charge in al-Dawar area on Homs-Palmyra road, and confiscated a PKC machinegun, and automatic rifle and RPG launcher charges.

The source added that 18 tunnels were discovered during mopping up operations in al-Qseir city. Scores of explosive devices of various weights were discovered in al-Dmeineh al-Gharbieh town to which the army restored security and stability last week.

The source added that an army unit killed and injured terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Hamidieh, al-Warsheh, al-Safsafeh, al-Khalidieh, Bab Hood and al-Qusour in Homs city, while other units destroyed terrorists' dens in Taldao, Karm Shemshem, Kafrlaha, Kissin, al-Rastan, Talbiseh and al-Ghanto.

Another unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that blocked roads in Handoura area on Homs-Palmyra road, killing and injuring all its members.

Weapons, including Anti-tank Missiles, 23 mm Cannon Seized in Hama

In Hama province, anti-tank missiles, 23 mm cannon, ammunition and shields belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were seized by the army units in Masaadeh, Masoud, Abu Hanaya, Klib al-Thor, Salba and Abo Hbeilat villages.

The Syrian army's operations resulted in killing tens of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called "al-Farouq battalion" and destroying a rocket launcher and RPG launchers.

The military engineering units continued operations to secure Salba station eastern al-Salamieh as the Syrian army tightened control over it.

The military engineering units dismantled 50 explosive devices weighing from 50 to 100 kgs planted by terrorists in the station.

The Army Destroys Terrorists' Gatherings in Daraa, Jordanian Terrorist Killed

Army units destroyed gatherings for terrorists in the villages and towns of Sayssoun, Shabraq, Naf'I'eh, al-Shajareh, Abdeen, Tseel, Sahm al-Joulan and al-mastriyeh in Daraa countryside, leaving numbers of terrorists dead and injured.

Terrorist Hamdan al-Masht from Jordan was identified among the dead, in addition to terrorists Ahmad Fouran, Abdullah al-Masri and Faissal al-Amian, a military source told SANA reporter.

The source mentioned that other army units destroyed a den for an armed terrorist group located between al-Mzeirib and al-Yadoudeh towns.

Other army units killed and injured a number of terrorists who had been committing acts of looting, killing and vandalism in the town of Jassem and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/13/487285.htm

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'US Begins Agent Orange Cleanup in Vietnam'

August 9, 2012

DANANG, Vietnam—Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood.

The family lives in a two-story house near a former US military base in Danang where the defoliant Agent Orange was stored during the Vietnam War, which ended nearly four decades ago. Duoc, 58, sells steel for a living and has diabetes, while his wife battles breast cancer and their daughter has remained childless after suffering repeated miscarriages.

For years, Duoc thought the ailments were unrelated, but after seeing the blood tests he now suspects his family unwittingly ingested dioxin from Agent Orange-contaminated fish, vegetables and well water.

Dioxin, a persistent chemical linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities, has seeped into Vietnam’s soils and watersheds, creating a lasting war legacy that remains a thorny issue between the former foes. Washington has been slow to respond, but on Thursday the US for the first time will begin cleaning up dioxin from Agent Orange that was stored at the former military base, now part of Danang’s airport.

“It’s better late than never that the US government is cleaning up the environment for our children,” Duoc said in Danang, surrounded by family members sitting on plastic stools. “They have to do as much as possible and as quickly as possible.”

The US $43 million project begins as Vietnam and the US forge closer ties to boost trade and counter China’s rising influence in the disputed South China Sea.

Although the countries’ economic and military ties are blossoming, progress on addressing the dioxin legacy has been slow. Washington still disputes a claim by Hanoi that from three million to four million Vietnamese were affected by toxic chemicals sprayed by US planes during the war to eliminate jungle cover for guerrilla fighters, arguing that the actual number is far lower and other environmental factors are to blame for the health issues.

That position irks the Vietnamese, who say the United States maintains a double standard in acknowledging the consequences of Agent Orange. The US has given billions of dollars in disability payments to American servicemen who developed illnesses associated with dioxin after exposure to the defoliant during the Vietnam War.

In 2004, a group of Vietnamese citizens filed suit in a US court against companies that produced the chemical, but the case was dismissed and the Supreme Court declined to take it up.

Until a few years ago, Washington took a defensive position whenever Agent Orange was raised because no one had determined how much dioxin remained in Vietnam’s soil and watersheds, and the US worried about potential liabilities, said Susan Hammond, director of the War Legacies Project, a US nonprofit organization that mainly focuses on the Agent Orange legacy from the Vietnam War.

“There was a lot of the blame game going on, and it led nowhere,” Hammond said by telephone from Vermont. “But now at least progress is being made.”

Over the past five years, Congress has appropriated about US $49 million for environmental remediation and about $11 million to help people living with disabilities in Vietnam regardless of cause. Experts have identified three former US air bases—in Danang in central Vietnam and the southern locations of Bien Hoa and Phu Cat—as hotspots where Agent Orange was mixed, stored and loaded onto planes.

The US military dumped some 20 million gallons (75 million liters) of Agent Orange and other herbicides on about a quarter of former South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971.

The defoliant decimated about five million acres (two million hectares) of forest—roughly the size of Massachusetts—and another 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of crops.

The war ended on April 30, 1975, when northern communist forces seized control of Saigon, the US-backed former capital of South Vietnam. The country was then reunified under a one-party communist government. Following years of poverty and isolation, Vietnam shook hands with the US in 1995 and normalized diplomatic relations.

Since then, the relationship has flourished and the two countries have become important trading partners. Military ties have also strengthened, with Vietnam looking to the US amid rising tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves and is crossed by vital shipping lanes.

Although Washington remains a vocal critic of Vietnam’s human rights record, it also views the country as a key ally in its push to re-engage militarily in the Asia-Pacific region. The US says maintaining peace and freedom of navigation in the sea is in its national interest.

The Agent Orange issue has continued to blight the US-Vietnam relationship because dioxin can linger in soils and at the bottom of lakes and rivers for generations, entering the food supply through the fat of fish and other animals.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense and the US now plan to excavate 73,000 cubic meters (2.5 million cubic feet) of soil from the airport and heat it to a high temperature in storage tanks until the dioxin is removed. The project is expected to be completed in four years.

Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Washington-based Aspen Institute, said Thursday’s start “marks the coming together of our two countries to achieve a practical solution to dioxin contamination.”

His organization coordinates the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin, which connects prominent American and Vietnamese scientists, health experts and former officials.

The group in May said that $450 million is needed to clean up dioxin hot spots, provide services to people with disabilities, and repair damaged landscapes across Vietnam over the next five years.

The US is rolling out a $9 million project to address disabilities in Vietnam through 2015, but it continues to dispute Vietnam’s claim that dioxin has caused health problems there. It remains unclear whether the US will clean up all of Vietnam’s dioxin, and how much it will allocate in the long term for people who claim to be Agent Orange victims.

A national action plan that Vietnam’s government released in June lays out goals for dealing with Agent Orange, but does not give a price tag.

Every penny counts for Nguyen Thi Hien, who directs three rehabilitation and vocational training centers for 150 children and young adults with disabilities in Danang on a budget of roughly 100 million dong ($5,000) per month.

The children, busy drawing and making plastic flowers that are sold to raise funds, suffer from a range of physical and mental ailments that Hien says are linked to dioxin.

Vo Duoc, the steel salesman, will travel to the capital, Hanoi, next month to receive treatment for his diabetes. But he says he’s more concerned about what will happen to his six grandchildren, who haven’t yet been tested for dioxin.

“They had nothing to do with the war,” Duoc said. “But I live in fear that they’ll test positive like me.”

Photo: Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, at Tu Du Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, is pictured with a group of handicapped children, most of them victims of Agent Orange

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FP Passport: Assad is loving the protests in Turkey
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As Turkish security forces used tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to clear Istanbul's Taksim Square of protesters last night, Syria's state media reacted with a tone approaching glee. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) argued that ...
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(AP Photo/SANA, File). FILE - This Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a damaged church in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria. By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press ...
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Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese border town
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It's the first such attack from Syria on an urban center inside Lebanon. There was no immediate word on casualties. Scores of rebels and civilians who fled from the Syrian western town of Qusair last week in the last days of a government military ...
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The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

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

The American federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of ‘national security threats’, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

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Al-Jaafari: Turkish criminality, West conspiracy could not affect Syria's steadfastness

Jun 12, 2013

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that neither the criminality of Turkey, the conspiracy of France and Britain nor the Arab Gulf conspiracies could affect Syria which has been steadfast all this time under the economic sanctions and blockade.

Addressing a symposium  held Tuesday at the Syrian-American Forum in Pennsylvania, al-Jaafari explained that the success of Syria's steadfastness is due to the Syrian people and the geopolitical location of Syria in the world.

"They spared no effort to make us suffer, and they failed and now they are looking for solutions for their miscalculations because they knew that they were mistaken," Al-Jaafari added.

F.Allafi 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/12/486999.htm

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Latest News Syria: Foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their weapons in several areas

Jun 12, 2013

Provinces, (SANA) - Units of the armed forces on Wednesday carried out a series of operations in which they killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their equipment in Homs countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that a unit of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' gathering near the cultural center in Talbiseh , killing all the terrorists inside it and destroying their weapons.

Another unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons on Talbiseh-al-Za'faranieh road.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon an armed terrorist group near al-Dweir village in northern Homs.

Army eliminates 4 terrorist leaders in Damascus Countryside

An Army unit clashed with a terrorist group near al-Thanawiya roundabout and the water establishment in the city of Harasta in Damascus countryside, killing two of the terrorists; Yosuef al-Najjar and Mohammad Juma'a, and confiscating weapons and ammo.

In Douma area, the Army eliminated three leaders of terrorist groups; Khaled al-Najjar, Khaled Ahmad al-Khamis and Ahmad al-Gharib, in addition to destroying a terrorist hideout along with the terrorists, weapons and munitions inside it.

Another unit destroyed a mortar launcher and heavy machineguns west of al-Shifouniye, eliminating Khalil Tabajo, the leader of a terrorist group, along with several of his group members.

In the town of Hejjeira, an Army unit eliminated a terrorist gathering. Radwan al-Zarzour was identified among the dead terrorists.

Official source refutes media allegations of terrorists seizing control of parts on Mennegh military airport in Aleppo

An official source refuted media allegations that armed terrorist groups seized control of parts of Mennegh military airport in Aleppo, asserting that these reports are false and baseless and constitute an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorists who suffered severe losses in recent days at the hands of the Syrian Army.

The source said that an Army unit repelled terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who attempted to sneak into the airport, leaving many of the terrorists dead or injured.

Another unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in the village of al-Alqamiya and the agricultural research center near the airport, in addition to eliminating terrorists who were preparing to attack the airport and destroying 3 weapons and munitions cache and a mortar launcher in the village of Ein Daqneh three kilometers east of the airport.

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http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/12/487079.htm

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Jibril: Syria is Invincible, Resistance Axis will be Victorious against Aggression 

Jun 11, 2013

Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, General Command, Ahmad Jibril, stressed that Syria's steadfastness will foil the conspiracy hatched against it and the resistance axis will be victorious against the US-Zionist aggression on Syria.

In an interview with the Syrian T.V. on Monday, Jibril said that "Syria is invincible" because it offered lots of support to the Arab nation as it supported the Palestinian factions, maintained Lebanon's unity and defended the Palestinian camps in the face of the Israeli aggression.

He stressed that the majority of the Palestinian people support Syria, asserting that the conspiracy against it aims at destroying the Syrian state as a prelude to liquidate the Palestinian cause, specially the right to return.

He criticized the Arab League (AL) stance towards what is going on in Syria due to the hegemony of some conspiratorial countries on the AL which seek to pass a pre-mediated Israeli-Palestinian agreement to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun 

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/11/486902.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Terrorists Receive Severe Blows in Homs, Lattakia and Damascus Countryside

Jun 11, 2013

Our armed forces on Tuesday continued hunting members of the terrorist groups  in Homs and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA correspondent quoted a source in the province as saying that a unit of our armed forces eliminated all members of an armed terrorist group and destroyed their weapons and criminal tools in al-Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs.

The source added that another unit destroyed a terrorists' gathering, leaving its members killed and wounded in Muslabiet Bait al-Ashtar neighborhood in al-Rastan. Terrorists Ibrahim al-Salhi, Alaa Ayoub and Abdullah Alwen, were identified among the dead.

Gatherings along with all terrorists and weapons inside them were destroyed in Deir Fol village in al-Rastan countryside, Aqrab, Tal Dahab in al-Houla countryside.

A unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed an anti-aircraft machinegun near water tanks in the city of al-Rastan al-Fuqani in the countryside of Homs.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that Ammar Mousa, leader of an armed terrorist group, in addition to terrorists Khalid Obeid and Mohammad Farzat, were identified among the dead.

A bulldozer was used by the terrorists in digging a trench east of Tallbiseh was destroyed as a number of terrorists in al-Dar al-Kabira north of Homs were killed. Mahmoud Helal was identified among the dead.

Another army unit killed and wounded members of a terrorist group including leader of a terrorist group nicknamed Abu Omar in al-Hosn town in Talkalkh countryside.

Army units arrested a number of terrorists and seized a car equipped with a heavy machinegun and B7 rockets while pursuing an armed terrorist group on Homs-Damascus highway.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the armed forces targeted terrorist gatherings in al-Karabis and Bab Hud neighborhoods in Homs city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their criminal tools.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists and arrested others in Wadi al-Sayeh.

The source told the reporter that another army unit destroyed a gathering for terrorists in al-Elyaniyeh area in the countryside of Palmyra, killing all of the terrorists.

Meanwhile, the engineering units dismantled 5 explosive devices, 35 kg each, planted by terrorists on Homs-al-Sabe' Biar road, according to the source.

Army Destroys Weapons Warehouses, Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The army destroyed two weapons and ammunition warehouses and killed scores of terrorists in several areas in Damascus Countryside.

An official source said that a number of terrorists were killed in Jayrood farms, adding that terrorists Jamal Hannoun, leader of "al-Tawheed Movement" terrorist group, and Abu al-Saber were identified among the dead.

The army also destroyed a warehouse for weapons and ammunition and a hideout for Jabhet al-Nusra-affiliated terrorists in Jayrood city.

An army unit eliminated scores of terrorists, among them was a sniper shooter, in Erbin town in Damascus Countryside.

Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Obeid and Mahi Eddin Obeid.

Another unit destroyed a weapons' warehouse and a mortar in Adra city, killing many terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization in the area.

In Harasta, the army clashed with terrorists near al-Baladyeh roundabout and the water company, killing dozens of terrorists, among them was Hani al-Najjar, the leader of the terrorist group "Ahbab Allah Battalion".

The army continued pursuing the terrorists who were stationing along Damascus-Homs highway and shooting on the passers using their sniper rifles.

An army unit carried out a special operation against a terrorists' hideout in al-Zabadani city, the operation resulted in the killing of 15 terrorists, among them were Mustafa Hamdan and Khaled al-Tinawi.

Terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization were killed in Deir Atiyeh and their weaponry and ammunition were destroyed.

The army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed a heavy machinegun in Qara city and eliminated scores of them to the east of Yabroud city.

Meanwhile, the army found a 40-meter tunnel that reaches from Barzeh farms to Tishreen Military Hospital and killed 5 terrorists who were in it, among the killed were Ahmad Muhaysen and Mohammad Qaddoura. 

Stolen Archeological Pieces Seized in Terrorists' Den in Palmyra

The source also mentioned that the authorities stormed a den for armed terrorist groups in a farm in the countryside of Palmyra and seized stolen archeological pieces from the Roman and Byzantine ages.

Removing Barricades Continue in al-Qseir Villages for Return of Residents

The source pointed out that the units of our armed forces continue to remove mounds, barricades and the remnants of the devastation caused by the terrorists in the villages of al-Masoudiyeh, al-Salhiyeh and al-Dabaa in al-Qseir countryside in preparation for the return of the people who were displaced due to the armed terrorist groups acts.

Army Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists in Lattakia

In Lattakia, a unit of the armed forces destroyed a gathering for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Rabe'a town in Lattakia countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the army destroyed various kinds of weapons, including heavy machineguns, killing and injuring a number of terrorists among then the leader of an armed terrorist group nicknamed Abu Khalili.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/11/486899.htm

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Everyday people are bombed with misleading information and American war propaganda

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Mikdad: Syria Welcomes Any Effort to Make Egyptian Public Opinion Aware of Events in Syria

Jun 10, 2013

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad on Monday met the Egyptian media delegation currently visiting Syria and discussed with its members current developments in Syria and the region and the western challenges which seek to fragment the Arab region and liquidate the Palestinian cause in service of Israel.

Dr. Mikdad emphasized the historical relations between the people in Syria and Egypt and the role of media establishments in bolstering them, particularly since this serve the interests of the two countries' people.

He said that Syria welcomes any effort by civil and media establishments to make the Egyptian public opinion aware of the events in Syria and end the misdirection practiced by some sides in order to mislead some Egyptians to join armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Dr. Mikdad said that Syria is prepared to find a solution for the issue of Egyptians involved in the events in Syria.

For their part, the Egyptian journalists voiced their keenness on Syria and its sovereignty and independence, expressing solidarity with the Syrian people in the face of the terrorism targeting them which is manipulated by western countries and their pawns in several Arab countries. They also decried the suspect role played by the Arab League in this matter.

The delegation members said they are determined to reveal the goals of the attack which Syria is weathering on behalf of the Arab nation, adding that this attack is orchestrated by the west and Israel with the aim of weakening the Arab nation and undermining its sovereignty and independence.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/10/486742.htm

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PM: Syria's Strategic Wheat Reserve Sufficient for Two Years

Jun 10, 2013

The activities of the extraordinary conference of the Syrian Doctors' Syndicate kicked off on Monday at the at Sheraton Hotel in Damascus on with the participation of Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

During the conference, al-Halqi said that the political leadership and the government give considerable attention to the health sector as health measures have improved and  the numbers of hospitals, physicians and medical equipments have increased in the past few years.

He described the national economy as "balanced and completely meets the citizens' requirements," asserting that the government continues to offer health and educational services for free.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the economic sector is being targeted with the aim of undermining its competitive and structural capabilities on all levels, asserting that Syria's wheat production for 2013 will exceed 2.5 million tons and that Syria's strategic wheat reserves are sufficient for two years.

H. Zain / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/36/2013/06/10/486731.htm