10/06/2013

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists are brainwashed

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Foreign terrorists in Syria are so brainwashed by american war propaganda that they don't even know that through collaboration with the U.S. and Qatar, they are reponsible for the murder of their Muslim brothers in Afghanistan...

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Qatar, a small peninsular country in the Persian Gulf, emerged as a partner of the United States in the mid-1990s and currently serves as host to major U.S. military facilities. Qatar holds the thirdlargest proven natural gas reserves in the world, and its small citizenry enjoys the world’s highest per capita income.

Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid airbase south of Doha, the Qatari capital. Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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As a reminder: 26 October 2011

'Qatar admits sending hundreds of troops to support Libya rebels'

Qatari chief-of-staff reveals extent of involvment, saying troops were responsible for training, communications and strategy...

Qatar has admitted for the first time that it sent hundreds of troops to support the Libyan rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The Gulf state had previously acknowledged only that its air force took part in Nato-led attacks.

The revelation came as Qatar hosted a conference on the post-Gaddafi era that was attended by the leader of Lybia's ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, who described the Qataris as having planned the battles that paved the way for victory.

Abdel-Jalil also said he was asking Nato to extend its mission beyond the end of the month, when it had been due to end, until the end of the year. Help was needed because regime loyalists posed a threat from neighbouring countries, he said.

Gaddafi relatives and other key figures have fled to Algeria and Niger, amid speculation about the whereabouts of the deposed leader's son Saif al-Islam.

A Libyan military official with the NTC told Reuters that Saif and the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are proposing to hand themselves in to the international criminal court. A spokesman for the ICC, however, said it had received no confirmation of the claim.

The Associated Press meanwhile reported an adviser to Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, as saying Senussi was in their country.

It also has emerged that now the fighting is over, Qatar is to lead international efforts to train the Libyan military, collect weapons and integrate often autonomous rebel units into newly established military and security institutions – seen by the UN and western governments as the key challenge facing the NTC.

Qatar played a key role in galvanising Arab support for the UN security council resolution that mandated Nato to defend Libyan civilians in March. It also delivered weapons and ammunition on a large scale – without any clear legal basis.

There were repeated rumours about and occasional sightings of Qatari special forces in Libya during the war. Until now, however, there had been no official confirmation of actions that were not explicitly authorised by the UN.

The Qatari chief-of-staff, Major-General Hamad bin Ali al-Atiya, said: "We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on the ground were hundreds in every region. Training and communications had been in Qatari hands. Qatar … supervised the rebels' plans because they are civilians and did not have enough military experience," AFP quoted him as saying. "We acted as the link between the rebels and Nato forces."

Qatar, whose gas reserves and tiny population make it one of the richest countries in the world, has long pursued an activist foreign policy, promoted by al-Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite TV channel.

But there was still surprise when it sent most of its air force to join Nato's operation and delivered large quantities of what were described as defensive weapons but which included Milan anti-tank missiles to the rebels.

Qatari special forces are reported to have provided infantry training to Libyan fighters in the western Nafusa mountains and in eastern Libya. Qatar's military even brought Libyan rebels back to Doha for exercises. And in the final assault on Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli in late August, Qatari special forces were seen on the frontline. Qatar also gave $400m to the rebels, helped them export oil from Benghazi and set up a TV station in Doha.

Libyan gratitude is clear. The maroon and white flag of Qatar is often flown at celebrations and Algeria Square in central Tripoli has been renamed Qatar Square in honour of the country's support in toppling Gaddafi. Some, however, express concern at the emirate's support for Islamist elements such as the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, one of the most influential rebel formations, led by Abdel-Hakim Belhaj.

Ali Salabi, an influential Libyan Islamist cleric, lived in exile in Qatar for years before this year's revolution. For some analysts the emir's strategy is to support democratic forces selectively in the Arab world, partly to improve the country's international standing while diverting attention from the Gulf, where anti-regime protests have been crushed in Bahrain and bought off in Saudi Arabia.

Photos: 1) The leaders of Qatar live in luxury while the ordinary people in Lybia, Syria and Afghanistan are the victims of their sinful life -  2) Qatar, Arab League, U.S. secretary of State John Kerry

Latest News Syria: Syrian army - foreign backed terrorists eliminated

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Army Units Eliminate Terrorists, Discover Field Hospital and Tunnel with Weapons in Homs 

Jun 10, 2013

As part of their ongoing operations against terrorists and their gatherings, the army units killed a number of terrorists and discovered a field hospital and a tunnel containing large quantities of ammunition and weapons in Wadi al-Sayeh and al-Bwaida al-Sharqia on Homs-Damascus road.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit eliminated a number of terrorists and tightened its control over residential buildings were used by the terrorists as places for gatherings in the main street in Wadi Al-Sayeh district toward the center of Homs city.

Various amounts of ammunition in one of the tunnels in al-Bwaida al-Sharqia were found during the process of removal of the armed terrorist groups' remnants.

A field hospital containing stolen medical equipment, drugs and weapons in the park of the dreams city on Damascus-Homs road was also discovered.

The source noted that another army unit killed most members of an armed terrorist group that had been perpetrating acts of looting, killing and blocking roads on one of the agricultural roads near Gander village,destroyed two heavy guns in their possession and arrested others.

A den for terrorists was destroyed with all weapons inside it including a heavy machine gun and a mortar launcher .

A number of the group members were killed. Qasim Mustafa Farzat and Ali Abdo Mansour were identified among the dead.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in Several Areas in Damascus Countryside

As part of a series of operations in Damascus countryside, Army units eliminated terrorist Khalil Zeno who was the leader of a terrorist group calling itself "Sariyet Qamar bin Hashem" along with most of the group's members including Abdelkarim al-Hajj in the town of Harasta.

An Army unit eliminated terrorists near the railroad connecting Mayda'a and al-Dumair in the eastern Ghouta area, confiscating weapons and munitions including RPG launchers and US-made medical equipment.

In al-Shifouniye farms in Douma, the Army destroyed a weapons and munitions cache and eliminated terrorists from a group calling itself "Shuhada'a Douma Battalions."

Another Army unit pursued a terrorist group in the town of al-Rhaibeh, injuring and killuing a number of terrorists including Qussai Ismael and Mansour al-Sheikh.

In the town of Hejjeira, an Army unit destroyed a mortar launcher and other weapons including heavy machineguns, in addition to eliminating terrorists including Munir al-Ghosh, Mohammad Tayfour al-Halbouni, and an Iraqi nicknamed Abu al-Muntaser.

The locals of Jeroud town confronted terrorist groups which were terrorizing them and committing acts of robbery and theft, forcing them to flee the town while Army units oyrsye the terrorists in nearby farms.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Damascus and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in the area surrounding Tayba Mosque in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the clash resulted in the killing and injury of several terrorists, including Abdulkarem al-Aldouni, in addition to destroying terrorists' weapons and equipment.

The source added that other army units continued operations against terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood and the farms surrounding it, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, including terrorists nicknamed Abo Moutaz and Abo Nyzar Khamssein.

Terrorists Killed in Deir Ezzor, Others Turn Themselves to Authorities

Units of the armed forces clashed with the armed terrorist groups in al-Syna'a and al-Hweiqa neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor, inflicting heavy looses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the clashes resulted in the killing and the injury of several terrorists.

Muhammad Khleif al-Mhaysen and Ibrahim al-Flou were identified among the dead terrorists.

The source added that an army unit destroyed a terrorists' den in al-Hamidiyeh neighborhood along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, while another army unit killed and injured several terrorists in al-Mreia'ya village in Deir Ezzor countryside, destroying their equipment.

The source pointed out that hundreds of gunmen turned themselves and their weapons in the authorities.

Army Units Repel Terrorists Who Attempted to Attack Mennegh Airport and Aleppo Central Prison

Army units repelled armed terrorist groups who attempted to attack Aleppo Central Prison, eliminating a number of terrorists and injuring others, while other units destroyed terrorist gatherings near al-Khoulandi gas station and killed 6 terrorists in a farm northwest of Hilan near the Prison.

The forces protecting Mennegh Airport repelled terrorists who attempted to sneak into the Airport from the west and east, destroying a mortar cannon and heavy machineguns which they had been using to target the Airport from nearby areas.

A number of terrorists were also eliminated as they were committing acts of robberies on the road between Andan and Babiss, and their weapons which included heavy machineguns were destroyed.

In the farms surrounding Khan al-Asal, Army units eliminated a large number of terrorists.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorist groups in Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood and destroyed a mortar launcher they had been using to target civilians' properties and homes, while other units clashed with terrorists in the areas of Bustan al-Qase and al-Ameriya and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

Army Units Restore Security to Villages in Hama Province

Army units restored security and stability to the villages of Masa'ada, Abu Hanaya, Masoud, Salba, and Kleib al-Thor in the eastern countryside of Hama.

The source told SANA that the army units eliminated the last gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called ''Al-Farouk battalions'' and destroyed their dens, weapons and ammunitions, including two rocket launchers, heavy machineguns and RPG rounds.

The source added that an army unit tightened grip on Salba oil station having eliminated the terrorists who stationed there.

Earlier, army units restored security to the towns of al-Hamra, Al-Lala, al-Rabi'a, al-Rahba, Taibet al-Isem, al-Shaafa, al-Tleisieh, al-Cahira, Ras El-Ein, al-Zaghbah, Kasr al-Makhram, Kasr Abu Samra, Um Khazim and al-Fan al-Wistani in Hama countryside.

Terrorists Fire Mortars, Abduct Family in Hama Countryside

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra fired mortar shells at the health center and citizens' homes in al-Sa'an in al-Salamiya countryside in Hama province.

One of the shells fell on the health center, while another hit a residential building, injuring a citizen and causing significant material damage.

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra also snuck into the western neighborhood of al-Sa'an and abducted a family consisting of a mother, a father and two children.

An Army unit prevented terrorists from detonating two explosive devices each weighing 75 kilograms which were planted on the road between al-Sqailabiye and Karnaz and rigged for remote detonation.

Army Units Seize Weapons and Ammunition in Banyas

Competent Authorities seized amounts of weapons and ammunition inside terrorists' den in Batraia district in Ras al-Nab'a neighborhood in Banias city.

An official source told SANA reporter that the seized weapons included a number of machineguns, pump- action shotguns, a box of explosive material C4, hatchets and clothes with "Jabhat al-Nusra" motto inscribed on them.

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Latest News Syria: New Governors and Heads of Boards

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08/06/2013

Peacekeepers at Golan Heights: Syria welcomes Russia's offer

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Syria welcomes Russia's offer to replace Austrian peacekeepers at Golan Heights

2013-6-8 

DAMASCUS, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Ministry hailed Friday the Russian offer to replace Austrian peacekeepers in the Golan Heights after Austria decided to pull out its troops due to the rising tension on the Syrian borders with the Israeli-occupied territory.

While lamenting Austria's decision to withdraw its 377 UN peacekeepers from the occupied Golan Heights due to the tension between rebels and government troops in the area, the ministry hailed Moscow's offer to replace the Austrian UN troops, pledging full cooperation in that regard.

On Thursday, the Syrian rebels briefly overran a border crossing near the Golan Heights, but the Syrian troops later clashed with them and recaptured the border point in al-Quneitra city.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said the battles for controlling the border point at the Golan Heights pushed them to withdraw their troops. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he regretted such a decision by Austria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his country was ready to replace the Austrian peacekeepers with Russian ones " if the regional powers show interest and if the UN secretary general asks us to do so."

"Given the complicated situation in the Golan Heights, we could replace the leaving Austrian contingent in this region on the border between Israeli troops and the Syrian army," he said.

A total of 1,000 UN peacekeepers have been observing a four- decade-old ceasefire between Syria and Israel at the Golan Heights captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. But they have found themselves caught in the middle of violence between the Syrian troops and the rebels.

Over the past two months, a total of 25 Filipino peacekeepers had been kidnapped in two incidents by the rebels near the occupied Golan Heights.

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Josephine Guerrero, spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping department, said that ‘while the offer was appreciated, the disengagement agreement and accompanying protocol do not allow the participation of troops from a permanent member of the UN Security Council’…

Latest News Syria: Russian peacekeepers to Golan Heights

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Russia may send 300 peacekeepers to Golan Heights

Russia may dispatch around 300 peacekeepers to the Golan Heights to the zone of separation between Syria and Israel to replace the Austrian peacekeepers being withdrawn from there.

This was announced by Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, emerging from closed UN SC consultations on the peacekeeping mission of the UNDOF.

“A number of countries–UN Security Council members took note of our initiative, reiterating what we have already noted: that a concerted agreement of all interested sides is required”, - stressed Churkin.

According to him, UN legal advisers shall be looking into whether adoption of a special Security Council resolution is required for implementing Russia’s offer.

The fact is, the protocol of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria bars permanent members of the Security Council from the U.N. observer mission there.

Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_08/Russian-journalists-come-under-rebel-attack-in-Golan-Heights-0106/

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Latest News Syria: US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing

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'The freedoms we all cherish'

Jun 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: Google chief Larry Page and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg condemned online spying and called for governments to be more revealing about snooping on the internet.

“We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety — including sometimes by using surveillance,” Google chief and co-founder Larry Page said in a blog post.

“But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.”

Page put his personal stamp on the California-based internet giant’s denial that it allowed US intelligence agencies to mine data from its servers.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg did likewise in a statement posted online later in the day.

“Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers,” he said.

“We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk… And if we did, we would fight it aggressively.”

Google, Facebook and other technology firms have vehemently denied that they knowingly took part in a secret program called PRISM that gave the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI backdoors into servers.

“We have not joined any program that would give the US government or any other government direct access to our servers,” Page said.

“Indeed, the US government does not have direct access or a ‘backdoor’ to the information stored in our data centers… We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”

The program was reportedly set up in 2007 and has grown to become the most prolific contributor to President Barack Obama’s Daily Brief, the US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing.

Some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley were involved in the program, including Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube, reports said.

Internet titans contacted by AFP denied providing intelligence agencies with backdoors to networks and held firm that they only cooperated with legal “frontdoor” requests for information.

“This episode confirms what we have long believed — there needs to be a more transparent approach,” Page said.

Google routinely publishes transparency reports listing numbers of requests for user data by governments and how they were handled.

“We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe,” Zuckerberg said, speaking on behalf of the leading social network.

“It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Google-Facebook-condemn-online-spying/articleshow/20489190.cms

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07/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Syrian army retakes full control

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Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists, Non-Syrians Killed in Lattakia
   
PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Friday targeted gatherings and dens for armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in a number of villages in Lattakia province

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Latest News Syria: Syrian Army troops take full control

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Syrian Army troops take full control of al-Daba’a town

June 6, 2013

Syrian Army troops have taken control of al-Daba'a town in the central province of Homs, a day after they fully purged the strategic border town of al-Qusayr from foreign-sponsored militants.

On Thursday, Syrian troops liberated the town after fierce exchange of fire with the militants. 

Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday that Syrian forces had regained full control of Qusayr following three weeks of fighting. 

Many foreign-backed militants were killed or injured throughout the mop-up operations conducted by Syrian soldiers in the town.

The militants fled to farms and a nearby village. Reports indicate that peace and security have now been restored in the region. 

Syrian troops backed by the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19. 

Qusayr had been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants. 

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes. 

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http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/06/307523/syrian-troops-recapture-another-town/

Latest News Syria: Israel reengaging with UN Human Rights Council

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May 29, 2013

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights CouncilJerusalem is prepared to thaw ties frozen in 2012 — but only if ‘fair play and international standards’ are applied, deputy FM says.

Israel is working toward reengaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin has confirmed, adding, however, that such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future.

Jerusalem unilaterally cut all ties with the Geneva-based body last year over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

“Since then many countries have asked us to change our policy,” Elkin said Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 4th Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem. “And I ask myself: Is Israel expected to agree to being discriminated against, or should a change in our policy come about only through the ending of discrimination? The answer is clear and after much deliberation I have recently agreed to diplomatic engagement with the council and major actors in the international community to see if we can arrive at understandings and guarantees that will enable our return to the council, while ensuring that fair play and international standards are applied towards Israel.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin during an interview in Jerusalem Sunday (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

In his speech, delivered in English, Elkin slammed the UNHRC for unduly singling out Israel for harsh criticism. Forty-six of 103 country-related resolutions and six of the 19 special sessions held since the council’s establishment “were against Israel,” he said. The Jewish state is not a member of any regional grouping and is the only country that has an agenda item “specifically to condemn its so-called violations of human rights,” Elkin noted.

“Can such a miserable record be defined as anything other than anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Israelism?” he asked rhetorically.

After the UNHRC’s March 2012 decision to establish a fact-finding mission into Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel would cut all ties to the council and cease cooperating with its officials. “From now on, we will no longer work together in any way, shape or form with any officials from the council, including the High Commissioner,” Navi Pillay, Liberman said at the time. “If anyone from the council calls us, we just won’t answer the phone.”

Earlier this year, Israel became the first of 193 UN member states to boycott a routine evaluation of its human rights situation scheduled to be conducted by council. The international community reacted angrily, saying Jerusalem risked undermining the council’s entire periodic review process, considered one of its most potent mechanisms.

At the same time, Israel took steps aimed at restoring its relationship with the council when Jerusalem’s permanent representative to the body, Ambassador Eviatar Manor, phoned the council’s president, Remigiusz Henczel, in the first senior-level official dealing between the two parties since March 2012.

Last month, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter visited Israel, urged leaders to work on finding ways to restore ties with the UNHRC and offered his help in brokering a deal. Jerusalem seemed willing to restore ties, but Foreign Ministry officials indicated that full cooperation still appeared far away.

“We are now going to work on finding diplomatic solutions to this inherently unfair situation, solutions that will enable us to return to the council, to work with council not on the basis of ‘anyone who wants to bash Israel can do so free of charge,’ but serious work on equal footing,” said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

It is currently unclear what exactly such a mechanism, in which Israel will no longer be automatically at the receiving end of endless criticism, could look like.

“We’re going to start working with a number of countries in the council… and the commissioners,” Palmor said. “We will need to see whether it is possible for Israel to get equal treatment.”

A diplomatic official told The Times of Israel that Jerusalem is well aware of the UN realities — in which Arab and Muslim states have an automatic majority when it comes to resolutions hostile to Israel — “but we will see whether there is any possibility to get the council to work fairly with Israel, in which case when there is criticism we will accept it,” the official said. “But we will not be the council’s punching bag.”

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

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Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreement

June 6, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called a US State Department report that Russia, the US and UN agreed that Syrian authorities should pass their power to a transitional government as a “strong distortion of information”.

The top Russian diplomat commented on the statement made earlier this week by the Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

In particular, the State Department representative stated that Russia, the United States and the United Nations agree that the goal of the new conference in Geneva must be the forming of a new transitional government in Syria. This really matches with what was written down last year. But, if the reports that I have received are true, the State Department went on to add that this should be a transitional government to which the current authorities in Damascus would hand over all their powers. If this was really said by the State Department, this is a very strong distortion of what the talks were about,” Lavrov told reporters at the press conference connected with the Baltic States’ conference of foreign ministers.

The Russian Foreign Minister said the agreement reached at his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry was that the “forming of a government on the basis of consent between the authorities and the opposition is one thing and forming it through handing over the power from the government to the opposition – is something completely different. "Therefore, I expect that the US negotiators will observe what we have agreed upon with John Kerry,” he noted. 

http://rt.com/politics/syria-power-agreement-handover-312/

Latest News Syria: Syrian army - Golan Heights

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Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

June 6, 2013

Syrian army troops have established control over a key crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shortly after it fell into the hands of foreign-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing - situated between Syria and the Golan Heights - after heavy clashes with anti-government gunmen. 

Earlier in the day, Israeli media reported that foreign-backed militants had seized the crossing. 

Meanwhile, Austria has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights in wake of ongoing battles in the area. 

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission. 

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law. 

The Israeli regime has used various means to help the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria, including the provision of medical assistance. 

Also on Thursday, the Syrian troops recaptured the town of al-Daba’a. This came after the Army liberated the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday following three weeks of fighting with the militants. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

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http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/06/307532/syria-retakes-key-golan-heights-crossing/

Latest News Syria: The U.N. wants a military intervention in Syria

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SANA: Rebels Pushed Out of Damascus Suburb
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Syrian government forces have pushed rebels battling to topple President Bashar Assad out of a key district on the edge of Damascus, the country’s state news agency reported Tuesday. If confirmed, the regime’s latest gain would bolster the defenses of …
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UN: More evidence needed on Syria chemical weapons
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05/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Campaign of United Nations Human Rights Council !

 

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As a reminder: 'UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy for the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council'...

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'Nicaragua's Ortega, supporter of Qaddafi, also a candidate'

GENEVA, March 9 - One week after Col. Muammar Qaddafi's regime was suspended from the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council for "gross and systematic" violations, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad declared it is running for a seat, in the upcoming May 20th elections.

"It's an outrage," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group. "Qaddafi was just ousted by the UN on grounds that a government which brutalizes its own people doesn't belong on the world's highest human rights body. Well, the Assad regime runs a notorous police state that denies the Syrian people the right to free speech and freedom of assembly, jails journalists and tortures dissidents. It sponsors some of the world's most vicious terrorist groups and has assassinated numerous journalists and opponents in Lebanon. The UN and the cause of human rights will be severely damaged if Syria's Assad regime wins a seat."

UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy, and to ensure there will be competition on the Asian slate of candidates. Currently, there are only three declared candidates for the four alloted seats.

"Last year, the democracies fought a successful campaign to defeat Iran, and persuaded other countries to compete. Yet they said and did absolutely nothing on Libya -- perhaps due to lucrative oil and business deals -- and Qaddafi won by a landslide. It's vital this year that the US and the EU announce early that they are opposed to having the oppressive Ba'athist regime of Bashar Assad judging the world on human rights," said Neuer.

Neuer said that Syria clearly failed to meet the criteria of UNGA Resolution 60/251, which established the UN Human Rights Council in 2006.  General Assembly members are obliged to elect states to the Council by "tak[ing] into account the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto." The resolution also provides that consideration ought to be given to whether the candidate can meet the obligations of Council membership, which include (a) to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights" and (b) to "fully cooperate with the Council."

If there is competition within a regional slate, the candidates with the most votes in each region win, so long as they receive the affirmative votes of 97 other countries (an absolute majority of the membership of the UNGA).

The frequent use of "closed lists" in the elections, said Neuer, deprive the Member States of the UNGA of the opportunity to exercise the responsibilities described in the 2006 UNGA Resolution creating the Council and – because of the records of many of this year’s candidates – threaten to further weaken the Council, which still struggles to establish a reputation superior to its widely disparaged predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission.

Neuer expressed concern that many regions would not offer any competition, ensuring the election of Syria and also Nicaragua.

UN Watch slammed Nicaragua's candidacy."Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, who accepted the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize in 2009, recently renewed his support for the Libyan dictator despite Qaddafi's ongoing massacre of innocent civilians. By effectively supporting murder, Ortega's government is clearly disqualified from being an arbiter of human rights." 

http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=9134721

Note: UN Watch is an instrument of the American government

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

United Nations Human Rights Council: Washington's toy

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1) United Nations Human Rights Council: Lybia - March 1, 2011

'UN General Assembly Suspends Libya's Human Rights Council Membership'

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

The United States applauds the move by the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership rights in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We continue to demand an immediate halt to the violence perpetrated by the Qadhafi government against its own citizens. The General Assembly today has made it clear that governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place on the Human Rights Council.

Today’s historic action is the first time that any country serving on the Human Rights Council, or the Commission before it, has ever had its membership suspended. The international community is speaking with one voice and our message is unmistakable: these violations of universal rights are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Two years ago, the United States announced that we would seek to join the Human Rights Council with a commitment to reform the Council from within. The actions the Council has taken over the last few days, setting the stage for today’s decision, is the latest example that our engagement is paying dividends, even as we keep pressing for further reforms.

The United States will continue to work with the international community on additional steps to hold the Qadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/157526.htm

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2) United Nations Human Rights Council: Syria - June 5, 2013

'Russia: Use of UNHRC to Benefit Extremist Opposition Hinders Resolving Syrian Crisis'

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that using the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support one side of the crisis in Syria creates an obstacle for preparing the international conference to resolve the crisis due to be held in Geneva.

A statement published on the Ministry's website on Wednesday said that the use of the UNHRC to benefit one side of the crisis in Syria, specifically the extremist opposition, does not help find a way out of the Syrian crisis.

The statement pointed out that the bias of the report submitted at the UNHRC was exploited by some countries' delegation to once again assign blame for what is happening in Syria to the Syrian government, all while neglecting the many crimes and human rights violation committed by armed terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry said that the experts who submitted the aforementioned reported didn't bother to listen to the victims and witnesses to violence perpetrated by extremists, although these experts admitted that the growing numbers of extremists among gunmen in Syria are committing summary executions, torture, abduction and employ children in aggressive actions.

The statement also noted that the committee in charge of the report once again decided not to include bombings committed by armed groups in Syrian cities in the list of terrorist acts; it even refused to describe them as terrorist acts!

The Ministry said that the atrocities committed by extremists are being condoned through remaining silent over them, especially rape and violence against women.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485907.htm

Latest News Syria: United Nations Human Rights Council

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Russia: Use of UNHRC to Benefit Extremist Opposition Hinders Resolving Syrian Crisis

Jun 5, 2013

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that using the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support one side of the crisis in Syria creates an obstacle for preparing the international conference to resolve the crisis due to be held in Geneva.

A statement published on the Ministry's website on Wednesday said that the use of the UNHRC to benefit one side of the crisis in Syria, specifically the extremist opposition, does not help find a way out of the Syrian crisis.

The statement pointed out that the bias of the report submitted at the UNHRC was exploited by some countries' delegation to once again assign blame for what is happening in Syria to the Syrian government, all while neglecting the many crimes and human rights violation committed by armed terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry said that the experts who submitted the aforementioned reported didn't bother to listen to the victims and witnesses to violence perpetrated by extremists, although these experts admitted that the growing numbers of extremists among gunmen in Syria are committing summary executions, torture, abduction and employ children in aggressive actions.

The statement also noted that the committee in charge of the report once again decided not to include bombings committed by armed groups in Syrian cities in the list of terrorist acts; it even refused to describe them as terrorist acts!

The Ministry said that the atrocities committed by extremists are being condoned through remaining silent over them, especially rape and violence against women.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485907.htm

Latest News Syria: Syrian army restores stability

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The Armed Forces Restore Security and Stability to al-Qseir City 

Jun 5, 2013

The armed forces on Wednesday restored security and stability to the whole city of al-Qseir in Homs countryside.

An official source told SANA that the army carried out qualitative and prompt operations to restore security and safety to the city after the killing of a big number of terrorists and the surrender of others.

The army destroyed the terrorists' hideouts with all the weapons and ammunition inside them, and the tunnels and barricades where the terrorists were fortified.

The source added that the armed forces dismantled dozens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in the citizens' houses and on the public roads to hinder the progress of the army.

"However, the determination of the army to save the city from the armed terrorist groups led to those groups' full defeat and collapse," the source said.

The source went on saying "Our armed forces are now continuing the process of looking for explosive devices and criminal tools which the terrorists left behind in al-Qseir city."

SANA reporter said that after the army regained full control of the city, units of the armed forces continue inspection operations in the city's neighborhoods.

The army units are collecting the weapons and ammunition left behind by the terrorists before they were killed at the hands of the Syrian soldiers, the reporter said, noting that big amounts of rockets, machineguns and ammunition were seized in the city.

The armed forces will continue to unlock roads, remove barricades and dismantle explosive devices planted on main roads and in the citizens' houses, scores of which were already dismantled, according to the source.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that a unit of the armed forces killed a big number of terrorists who fled from al-Qseir city near Shamsin village on Homs-Damascus highway, and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

Fifteen Citizens Wounded by Terrorists' Mortar Shells on al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside

 A number of citizens were wounded as mortar shells fired by terrorists hit al-Wafideen Camp in Douma area in Damascus Countryside, causing huge material damage to the citizens' properties.

An official source at the Police Command  told SANA reporter that 3 shells fell on citizens' houses in al-Wafideen Camp, causing the injury of 15 citizens, some of them were treated inside the camp, while the critical conditions were admitted to Damascus hospitals.   

Army Units Continue Operations against Terrorists in Damascus and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists, including "Adra Sniper" and leaders of the armed terrorist groups in villages and towns in Damascus Countryside, in addition to discovering tunnels used by terrorists to move and store weapons.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed a den for "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists in Adra al-Balad and killed all terrorists inside it, including Muhammad Amer al-Abid, nicknamed "Adra Sniper".

The source pointed out that other army units killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in al-Eb farms in Douma area, including leader of an armed terrorist group called Abo al-Bara'a, Bahaa Noureddin and Bilal al-Rahma.

The army units, having restored security and stability to the area extending from Troubicana pool to the Police Hospital, continued  operations against terrorists in the area near Harasta and killed several terrorists who were located in the nearby houses and targeted the passing cars.

In al-Ryhan town, the army units discovered a 30 meters long tunnel full with explosive materials which was used by terrorists to transport and store weapons, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists gathering and a heavy machinegun in the farms surrounding al-Mansoura town in the eastern Ghouta.In Babila town, another army unit carried out a special operation against terrorists and destroyed their warehouses, in addition to killing several terrorists, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den a long with the weapons and ammunition inside it, also killing all "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists inside the den in Yabroud.The source added that another army unit pursued  an armed terrorist group in the mountains  surrounding Ofara town in Barada Valley, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Ghyath Ghariba, Muhammad Zouhir al-Jamal and Muhammad Haroun, in addition to seizing their weapons.

Meanwhile, other army units clashed with an armed terrorist group in Bazeh, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo Province

Armed Forces units continued operations against armed terrorist groups in various areas in Aleppo province.

The Armed Forces destroyed terrorist hideouts and gatherings and a 23mm anti0aircraft gun west of Blaka restaurant and north of al-Khoulandi gas station, in addition to eliminating terrorists including a sniper in the area around Aleppo Central Prison.

In Handarat area, an Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists who were holed up in al-Bianuni farm, destroying their weapons and munitions.

Army units clashed with terrorists near al-Duwayrin bridge and Khan al-Asal, leaving most of them dead or injured, while another unit eliminated a terrorist group which had been committing acts of robbery and theft near al-Klairiye mosque on the Aleppo-Idleb highway.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorist groups in the areas of al-Layramoun, Sheikh Maqsoud, Bani Zeid, Bustan al-Qaser, al-Ameriye, and enar the Great Umayyad Mosque, leaving a number of terrorists dead or injured and destroying their equipment.

Army Eliminates Terrorists, Dismantles Explosive Devices in Idleb

Units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their gatherings with all the weapons and ammunition inside them in several areas in Idleb countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as assaying that units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Haj Hammoud Farm area in Jisr al-Shughour countryside, Deir Sharqi, Ma'ar Shurin, Altahh, Abu Habeh in Maarat al- Nua'man countryside, al-Nirab, Maarat al-Ikhwan and Sirmin, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and dismantled 3 explosive devices, each weighs 50 kg, on Kafer Shlaya-Orom al-Jouzz road.

H. Zain/H. Said / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/05/485833.htm

04/06/2013

Latest News Syria: How Al-Qseir Fell under Syrian Army’s Control

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Al-Qseir is considered the demographic and geographic nested corridor between the middle of Syria and the Lebanese-Hermel region.

The broad region in terms of space, is a plain area with extended edges. It is also punctuated by strategic hill in the western countryside called Prophet Mando's hill, and the so-called Barrier "14" in the eastern rural area of al-Qseir that oversees the José border crossing.

The army surprisingly launched a cleansing campaign to the rural areas of the Western al-Qseir region, that were under the control of al-Nusra Front and the armed groups.

The surprising operation had specific goals. The vanguards of the Syrian army began to flood towards al-Qseir from the Homs- Damascus highway, that links the capital Damascus to the Syrian coast cities of Tartous and Banias and Jableh and Latakia.

Columns of infantry troops led by engineering units began to dismantle improvised explosive devices at the entrances of the villages and towns. Then, the troops entered, adopting new tactics, away from the classic ways accredited by regular armies.
In details, they relied on the Special Unit's swift and rapid strikes, which dealt with each goal individually and separately from the other.

The Syrian Army's control operations started particularly when the units cleansed Abl village i.e. near the International Damascus-Homs highway. In a speedy and swift operation, the army succeeded in entering the town despite the powerful fortifications built by al-Nusra Front.

This progress formed the entrance to the army's movement towards the Western and Southern country sides of al-Qseir since the village is linked to both al-Qseir and the Lebanese borders, particularly Arsal area which has become an advanced base for supplying the militants in the region with weapons and insurgents. 
From Abl, the Syrian Army moved to the strategic Prophet Mando's Hill, that oversees the countryside of al-Qseir.

The field's rules stated that the side that controls Prophet Mando's Hill is to impose its conditions and as well as the battle's rhythm. And this what happened, when the Syrian army controlled the region.
The Syrian army advanced in a well-rhythmic manner, and the movement of the troops was highly coordinated so that the units entered the villages and towns in the Western and Southern country sides of al-Qseir, respectively. 

The surprise element was the most prominent in the battle, especially as the tactics of the army wasn't classical this time.

The armed groups thought that the battle will begin with the entrance of the Syrian army's armored vehicles. Thus, the militants resorted to booby-trapping and mining the roads leading to the villages.

However, the army units- led by the engineering units- entered under heavy fire cover. They dismantled the mines, opening the way to the Special Units. This led to the total confusion among the armed groups' militants.

The outcome of the battle was: al-Qseir region, the West of the Orontes River, became under the control of the Syrian army. They Syrian army managed to cut off roads of supply lines and smuggling of militants from the Lebanese territory, both from the Bekaa and North Lebanon. 

This comes as the army continued to siege the armed groups in the region, which was the central point in the flow of arms and insurgents towards the central Syrian regions.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army continues to regain control of the east side of the Orontes River, preventing al-Qseir fighters from reaching the city of Homs and the Northern Damascus regions.

It is worth mentioning that the militants had tried to expel the people of these villages, in an attempt to turn into al-Nusra Front's camps, given that the region extends to the Lebanese Jose and al-Qaa region.

Those strategic points resembled a point of concentration for the armed groups [training the insurgents and treating the wounded before being transferred to Syria through illegal crossings, extending all along the East Lebanese Mountain to reach Tel Kalakh].

It is worth mentioning that that Syrian Army's morale is very high, due to the success of the plans and the precise and thoughtful achievement of the operation as well as the careful coordination between the army units.

In conclusion, al-Qsseir's battle is one of the most strategic operation that the Syrian Army performed in parallel to cleansing Damascus country sides as well as south and east of Aleppo.

http://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=22944&cid=269#.Ua4lqtJA2Sp

Latest News: ‘Syria, a military obstacle to Israel’

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As a reminder:

November 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

Latest News Syria: Golan Heights

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Forty years on, people displaced from the Golan remain in waiting...

The situation of tens of thousands of Syrian Arabs displaced from the Golan Heights forty years ago is still far from resolved. They fled their HOMEs in disputed circumstances during the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel seized the Golan, a strategic strip of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. Since then, Israel has prevented the displaced from returning to their HOMEs. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the area, but this annexation has not been recognised internationally. The Syrian government estimates that around 305,000 people remain displaced today, a figure which includes the descendants of those displaced in 1967. Forty years on, the Golan’s internally displaced population has largely integrated in their current places of residence across Syria. But while they do not face particular humanitarian risks, many continue to express a wish to return to the Golan. The issues of the restitution of their property and compensation for lost or destroyed property are also unresolved. A more immediate concern is that many displaced Syrians continue to be prevented from maintaining ties with their relatives living in the occupied Golan. Regular contact between Syrians living in Israeli-occupied Golan and their displaced family members is not possible, with the exception of specific cases facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

http://www.golan67.net/golan/The%20Golan%20Displaced%20Sy...

Latest News Syria: Occupied Golan

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Cabinet: Golan is Basic Part of Syria

June 4, 2013

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi reiterated that Syria, as government and people, will not abandon any tiny of the Syrian national soil, including the occupied Golan, appreciating the struggle and courage of the citizens in it against the flagrant practices of the Israeli occupation.

"Nowadays, we remember a painful anniversary; the aggression of June 5th when the Israeli entity occupied parts of Arab territories, among them the Syrian Golan which is considered a basic part of Syria," Al-Halqi said during a weekly Cabinet meeting.

He called on the Ministers to offer the best services to the citizens and providing them with the basic needs of water, electricity, communications and health. The Premier referred to the procedures taken by the government to support the Syrian pound in addition to improving the citizens' livelihood.

For his part, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem briefed the Cabinet on the latest developments on the international arena and its repercussions on the internal situation.

He affirmed the Syrian people's confidence that the solution to the crisis in Syria is by implementing the political program.

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/04/485794.htm

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'Syria, a military obstacle to Israel' 

As a reminder:

November 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

Latest News Syria: Syrian army eliminates foreign backed terrorists

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Army Ambushes Terrorists, Eliminates Terrorists Leaders

Jun 4, 2013

Units of the armed forces ambushed an armed terrorist group fled from al-Qseir into Homs-Damascus Highway.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces killed, in an ambush, in Shamsin area a number of terrorists, injured others and seized an RPG launcher.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist group in Al Rajjoub street in Jourt al-Shayyah, and killed and injured a number of terrorist in another operation in Wadi al-Saieh and Bab Hud neighborhoods in Homs City.

In the framework of its continued operations against terrorists in Homs and its countryside, a unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist groups tried to inter al-Qseir city from Dhairij village to support the terrorists in al-Qseir.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorists, who were coming from Irsal mountains, were killed and injured on al-Dabaa-Dhairij road.

In Talbeiseh town, a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in al-Mshajar al-Janoubi neighborhood, among them terrorists Mohammad Khder Hammadeh, Mohammad Khalid Swaif, Abdul Mun'am Diyab and Mohammad Jamil Yahya.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces continued their operations against terrorists in al-Khaldiyeh and al-Qarabis neighborhoods and al-Bwida al-Sharkia village and in al-Rastan and Aqrab. The army also destroyed terrorists' hideouts and criminal tools.

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The armed forces eliminated a number of terrorists' leaders in Damascus Countryside, among the killed terrorists were the leaders of two terrorist groups.

An official source said that the army continued operations to restore security and stability to Damascus-Homs highway and killed two terrorists' leaders, Abu Hamza of "Rijal Allah Battalion" and Yaser al-Hamwi of "Ansar al-Haq Brigade", and dismantled 3 explosive devices planted by terrorist near the highway in Harasta.

An army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the area of Zamalka and killed and injured the terrorists hiding in it, terrorist Mohammad Amen Sharaf was identified among the injured.

Another army unit killed scores of terrorists to the east of Masraba town, among them were Abdullah Sanari and Otham Thalja.

Terrorists Abdul-Karem al-Khateeb and Muhaymen al-Nasser were killed in al-Mleiha and terrorists Khaled Katkout and Mohammad Barbar were eliminated in Joubar.

In Hijjera town, an army unit carried out several operations in which it destroyed a mortar and a number of heavy machineguns and eliminated scores of terrorists, among them were Mohammad al-Shalabi and Taher al-Ghosh.

Meanwhile, the army clashed with terrorist groups in the area of al-Tal and killed scores of terrorists, among them were Hassan al-Qalmouni, the leader of the so-called " Ansar al-Haq Brigade" terrorist group and Mur'e Zaidan. 

Army Continues Operations, Eliminates Terrorists in Aleppo

The army continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the areas of Minnegh, Khan al-Assal and Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo.

An official source said that a 23-mm anti-aircraft machinegun was destroyed in addition to a number of heavy machineguns in the areas of Hreitan and Kifr Hamra, adding that scores of terrorist were killed during the operations.

The army also targeted terrorists' gatherings near Minnegh Airport and the Agricultural Research Center, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and munitions.

A terrorist group was eliminated on the road of al-Mislamyeh-al-Owaijeh, among the killed terrorists was the group's leader, Abu al-Qaqa' and nine of his group's members.

Meanwhile, the army units clashed with terrorists in the areas of Khan al-Assal, Karm al-Tarrab, al-Naqqaren, al-Amiryeh and Bustan al-Qasr and killed and injured scores of terrorists.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/04/485669.htm

03/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Palestine

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Syria Condemns in the Strongest Terms Israeli Plans to Build new Settlements

Jun 3, 2013

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry expressed strong condemnation of the plans of the Israeli occupation forces to build new settlements.

An official source at the Ministry said that "Syria condemns in the strongest terms the plans of the Israeli occupation forces to build new 1000 settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem."

"These plans reflect the criminal approach of Israel and its protectors and the failure of the international community, particularly the UN Security Council to stop the Israeli settlements building in the occupied Arab lands," the source said, considering these plans a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and the relevant international legitimacy resolution.

The source added that "Syria calls upon all the world's countries and the UN to put an end to these policies, which are being implemented at the expense of the present and future of the Palestinian people."

The source also called upon all the Arab people to confront this new Zionist aggression that targets the rights and sanctities of the Arab people.

Earlier, the Israeli occupation forces announced plans to build 1,000 settlement units east of occupied Jerusalem in the framework of a wider project that aims at building 80,000 settlement units in different areas in the occupied Palestinian lands. 

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/03/485539.htm

Latest News Syria: Iraq

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Iraq will not Allow Using its Airspace to Attack Syria

Jun 3, 2013

Iraq stressed that it will not allow using its airspace to launch any aggression on Syria, warning that it will respond any Israeli violation of its airspace in case Israel has directed a strike against Iran.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Hussein Al-Shahristani, said Monday in an interview with Agence France Presse that Iraq will not allow using its airspace to strike Syria as also will not allow using its airspace or territories to transfer weapons into Syria from any side.

He pointed out that the Americans were also informed not to use the Iraqi airspace and territories for this propose.

Regarding the possibility of launching an Israeli aggression on Iran across the Iraqi airspace, al-Shahristani said that "We warned Israel that if it violated our airspace it will bear the repercussions."

H. Zain / Ghossoun

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Anti-government demonstrations continue in Turkey

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Fiercest Anti-Government Demonstrations Continue in Turkey

June 3, 2013

Turkish peaceful protesters clashed with policemen into the early hours of Monday with setting fire to some offices of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years entered their fourth day.

Routers mentioned that roads around Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Istanbul were sealed off as police fired teargas to push back protesters in the early hours of Monday.

In the main street near Erdogan's office, one demonstrator drove a small mechanical digger towards police lines as other protesters followed behind.

At a nearby mosque, medical staff including trainee doctors treated those hurt in the clashes, Routers said.

It pointed out that bus shelters, paving stones and street signs ripped up by protesters to make barricades that littered a major avenue by the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul where some of the heaviest clashes took place overnight, and graffiti covered walls.

Dogan news agency reported that in the western port city of Izmir, protesters through fire bombs at AK Party offices overnight as the policemen stormed commercial compound in Ankara for doubts that protesters resorted to the compound and arrested many persons.

Turkey's main stock exchange has dropped sharply on opening on Monday. It fell 8 percent as investors worried about the destabilizing effect of the demonstrations on the economy.

The Turkish lira weakened to 1.8910 against the dollar on Monday, a decline from 1.8706 on Friday . The yield on Turkey's benchmark 10-year bonds climbed to 7.12 percent from 6.84 percent on Friday.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has condemned the disproportionate use of force by police against protestors in Turkey and expressed “deep concern” over the violence.

" Ashton calls for restraint on all sides and an end to the violence. Dialogue should be opened to find a peaceful solution to this issue,” a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton said in a statement quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Amnesty International has criticized the use of excessive force to disperse peaceful protestors.

The United States also has called on Turkish security forces to show restraint in facing the protests.

The White House demanded all parties in Turkey to "calm the situation" amid anti-government protests.

Associated Press quoted the White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas as saying : " The U.S. believes peaceful public demonstrations "are a part of democratic expression,"

" Turkey's long-term stability is best guaranteed by upholding "the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association." She added. 

The spark of protests was triggered because of a project to uproot 600 trees from the Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul which is considered an outlet for the city's citizens. 

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Turkey explodes – Colère contre Erdogan

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Turkey explodes

The resistance to construction projects in Gezi Park in Istanbul, has been transformed this weekend into a global questioning of the policy of the Turkish government.

Photo: Protesters clash with riot police near the office of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of the park (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

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La Turquie s’embrase - Une colère sans précédent contre Erdogan

La résistance face aux projets de construction dans le parc Gezi, à Istanbul, s’est transformée, ce week-end, en une remise en cause globale de la politique du gouvernement turc.

Photo: Les protestataires se heurtent à la police anti-émeutes près du bureau du Premier ministre turc Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, 3 juin 2013, lors d'une manifestation contre la démolition du parc (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

Turkey: Manifestations anti-gouvernementales

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Le 28 mai 2013, des manifestations débutent en Turquie. Ces mouvements de protestations sont initialement menés à Istanbul par des écologistes et des riverains s'opposant à la destruction du parc Taksim Gezi. Ce parc qui est l'un des rares espaces verts du centre d'Istanbul doit disparaitre dans le cadre du Projet de piétonnisation de la place Taksim. Ce projet immobilier prévoit la reconstruction de la caserne de Taksim, un bâtiment historique démoli en 1940 devant accueillir un centre commercial. Les manifestations s'intensifient suite à la violence de la charge de la police pour déloger un groupe occupant du parc. L'objet des protestations s'est ensuite élargi en des manifestations anti-gouvernementales. Les manifestations se sont également étendues à d'autres villes en Turquie, ainsi que dans d'autres pays ayant d'importantes communautés turques.

Les manifestants ont pris le contrôle de la place Taksim à Istanbul et de rues de la capitale, Ankara8 ainsi que Bursa, Eskisehir, Izmir, Mersin, Adana, Izmit, Konya, Samsun, Trabzon et Bodrum. Certains des manifestants s'identifiaient sous le tag #OccupyGezi.

Les protestataires viennent d'horizons divers. On retrouve des partisans de droite aussi bien que gauche, des nationalistes turcs mais aussi kurdes. Les revendications des manifestants vont des préoccupations environnementales locales initiales à des questions telles que les limitations de vente d'alcool, l'interdiction des baisers dans les transports publics à Istanbul, et la guerre en Syrie. Ces affrontements sont l'un des événements les plus difficiles que le premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan a à traiter en dix ans de mandats.

Le 31 mai 2013, la police a réprimé les manifestants avec des gaz lacrymogènes. 60 personnes au moins ont arrêtées et des centaines ont été blessées. L'action de la police a été largement relayée sur Internet. Des milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés sur l'avenue Istiklal dans la nuit du 31 mai.

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02/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Children vaccinations

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Health Minister: Children Vaccinations for the Year 2013 Available

June 2, 2013

Minister of Health Sa'ad al-Nayef said that the Ministry had provided all the vaccination for the children under 5 year-old for the year 2013 in addition to all requirements of reproductive health services.

The remarks came during the Minister's tour with Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Damascus, Elizabeth Hoff, in al-Shaghour Health Center on Sunday.

Minister al-Nayef said that the Ministry is working to provide all local and imported medicines, pointing out to the repeated aggressions committed by the armed terrorist groups against the medicine factories and medicine shipments.

He stressed that there is no pandemic or epidemic disease in the country, adding that the Ministry is providing free health services via the hospitals and health centers throughout the country.

For her part, Hoff hailed the health services provided for free by al-Shaghour center, stressing the need for these services to be provided in all the areas and with the same quality.

She said that the WHO supports the efforts of the Ministry and the civil organizations as to provide all needed medicines and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people in the current circumstances.

M. Nassr/ M. Eyon

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