(Picture: Smoke rises from bomb explosions during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974)
Hundreds of British jihadis returning from fight in Syria spark terror alert in UK
The terrorism threat to the UK posed by individuals who have trained and fought in Syria is "a big problem" for the security services and police, the immigration minister has said.
James Brokenshire told the BBC "a significant and growing proportion" of their resources was spent on the issue.
He said it was right to be "vigilant" about travel between the UK and Syria.
According to the Sunday Times, security services are "closely monitoring" 250 British-based jihadis linked to Syria.
The authorities are concerned that such people may be radicalised and militarised - and urged by those they come into contact with in Syria to turn their attentions away from the Syrian government and instead attack targets in the West.
Militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda have been heading to war-torn Syria from many other countries since fighting broke out in 2011.
Last week, a video was posted online showing British man Abdul Waheed Majid, who is thought to have carried out a suicide bombing in the city of Aleppo.
The 41-year-old, from Crawley, West Sussex, was believed to have bombed a jail on 6 February.
In an interview with Radio 4's The World This Weekend, Mr Brokenshire said he believed the "security concern" linked to Syria was "likely to be with us for the foreseeable future".
"A significant proportion and a growing proportion of the security services work is linked to Syria in some way," he said.
"This is a big problem that the security services and the police are actively focused on.
"It's why they are vigilant, why they are taking the steps that they are around the border and monitoring travel to and from Syria in the way that they are."
The Sunday Times says the number of individuals being monitored by MI5 and the police is much higher than previously reported, underlining "the growing danger posed by 'extremist tourists'".
Throughout January, 16 people were arrested on suspicion of terror offences after travelling between Syria and the UK - that compares with 24 in the whole of 2013.
Sir Peter Fahy, who leads the Association of Chief Police Officer's "Prevent" strategy on counter-terrorism, told the BBC last month those returning from Syria "may well be charged and investigated, but they will be put into our programmes".
He said those programmes saw police work with local agencies such as schools and youth organisations, "essentially to make sure these people haven't been affected and try and make sure they're not a threat to this country".
Last week, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there were "a few hundred people going out there".
"They may be injured or killed, but our biggest worry is when they return they are radicalised, they may be militarised, they may have a network of people that train them to use weapons."
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Al-Zoubi : We have clear directives from President al-Assad to work for the success of political track
Geneva,Jan 24, 2014 (SANA) - Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Friday we are in Geneva because we want to defend our country and people, it is important to move the wheel of a serious discussion.
The Minister added in a statement to journalists : " We are insisting on the success of the political track and we have no intentions to complicate it", affirming : " We have clear directives from President Bashar al-Assad to work for the success of this track",
Minister al-Zoubi said : " We came to Geneva with an open mind and a free, sovereign and independent national will and no one, neither major countries and institutions, nor regional states, can dictate its language and conditions on us at all", adding "There is no meaning for any political process or step as long as guns and swords are still put on the necks of the citizens",
The Information Minister stressed : " The dialogue in Damascus is going on and we will work to deepen it with all opposition parties which weren't invited to Geneva conference".
(The website of Sana was blocked yesterday. That happens regularly, as information from the Western press is a real misleading war campaign against Syria)
Latest news of the Syrian Arab News Agency (which is regularly blocked)
- Geneva2 begins with particpation of Syria's offical delegation, headed by al-Moallem
- Al-Moallem : Counterterrorism priority for all Syrians , Wang: No foreign solution can be imposed on Syrians
- PM stresses Syria’s commitment to enhance relations with China
- Minister Haidar: US prevented genuine national opposition inside from attending Geneva 2
- Syrian officials visit a number of religious institutions in Sydnaya city
- Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their weapons and hideouts
- New batch of Russian humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians arrives in Beirut
- Culture Minister: We face the crisis through promoting cultural activities
- 5 citizens martyred, others injured in terrorist car bomb in Hasaka
- Al-Moallem to Ban Ki-moon: Need to prioritize combating terrorism
- Shaaban: Some points in Geneva1 communique still valid, reality requires change in priorities
- Al-Jaafari: Geneva 2 is required to help Syrian people, end terrorism
- Assistant Health Minister: illegal entry of medicines, vaccinations curb efforts to control transmitted diseases
- Syrians, home and abroad, support homeland in confronting terrorism
- China affirms importance of avoiding imposing foreign solution to crisis in Syria
- Lavrov: Russia's partners understand importance of internal opposition's joining Geneva2
- Rohani : No state can determine Syria's destiny on behalf of the Syrians
- Geneva2, Russia:we want to preserve Syria as sovereign state..China:Solution in Syria political
- Iran : Any regional move on Syria should put counterterrorism on top priorities
- Information Minister: Some delegations seemed like ambassadors for terrorist groups
Russian humanitarian aid
U.S. backs al-Qaeda in spreading chaos in Syria, while forcing Iraq to accept support from the U.S. to control the chaos...
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has all but declared war on the the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), stating that he and his government will continue the fight against the terrorist group which has taken over parts of the city of Fallujah. Such is the concern of the recent developments in the nation that the USA has declared it will speed up weapon and hardware deliveries in a bid to push back the fundamentalist terrorists.
The crisis in Iraq came to a head last week when fighters belonging to the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began to attack police stations in the city of Fallujah in central Iraq, taking de facto control of large parts of the city away from the central government, raising their flags on government buildings and declaring their own independent Islamic state following increased fighting in the west of Iraq. The attacks have split the population between those who support the Islamist terrorists and Sharia law, and those who fear for their future under an ISIL-controlled Fallujah.
In reaction to events in the city which lies just 69 km away from the capital Baghdad, PM al-Maliki has made a number of declarations on television declaring that “We will continue this fight because we believe that al-Qaeda and its allies represent evil” in conjunction with a number of air strikes and shelling operations against parts of the city as tanks and artillery amassed at the edge of the city ready for a potential assault should local residents and forces located in the city not first expel the terrorists in the city. Al-Maliki is reported to have halted the shelling following the request of local tribal leaders, however the amount of time these local leader have before the Iraqi army launch their own attack on terrorists is not known.
Should the order come from the government, the Iraqi Army may very well have support from the USA, whose own forces fought a long and bloody campaign to capture the city following their invasion in 2003. According to news from Reuters, the US government has announced that it will fast-track shipments of military equipment to the Middle Eastern nation, equipment which would include missiles and drones, in order to rid the city of the yet unknown number of terrorist militants.
USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
Magnum Photo: SYRIA. Damascus. Union between Syria and Egypt. Portrait of President of Egypt Gamal Abdel NASSER. 1958.
Gamal Abdel Nasser led the 1952 Egyptian revolution that overthrew the corrupt and ineffective monarchy of King Farouk. Nasser was born into a working-class family in Asyut province. His father was a postal clerk. Nasser graduated from the Royal Military Academy in Cairo and served in the Sudan. He fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War at Falluja, where Egyptian forces held out against Israel until the war's end. After the 1948 war, Nasser and other junior officers blamed King Farouk for the war's substandard weaponry and lack of military strategy.
Nasser was one of the founders of the secret Free Officers group that was determined to oust Farouk and set Egypt on a different path. Although the older and better-known Brigadier-General Muhammad Naguib was put forward to the public as the head of the officers' group, Nasser was in fact the acknowledged leader. He was known for carefully listening to all viewpoints and then making decisions. On July 22, 1952, the Free Officers overthrew the monarchy in a practically bloodless coup d'état. A Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) was established with Naguib as its head. Nasser and Naguib clashed over whether to keep a parliamentary system or to establish a one-party state with populist support, a course Nasser favored. The majority of the officers favored Nasser, and a single party, the Liberation Rally, was established in 1953. After a failed assassination attempt on Nasser in 1954, the Muslim Brotherhood, with whom Naguib had close ties, was banned, and Naguib was removed from power. A new constitution was implemented in 1956 and Nasser was elected president by a huge majority of Egyptian voters. He was twice reelected to the position. A highly charismatic figure and a brilliant speaker in colloquial Arabic, Nasser was extremely popular with the majority of Egyptians and among average Arabs everywhere.
Not an ideologue, Nasser was a pragmatic political leader who sought to develop Egypt economically and socially. He moved toward socialism and the Soviet Union after his requests for military aid had been rebuffed by the United States. His regime jailed members of both the Egyptian Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood on the right.
After attending the Bandung Conference in 1955, Nasser joined with Jawaharlal Nehru of India and Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia in championing positive neutralism, in which Third World nations would not forge solid alliances with either the United States or the Soviet Union in the cold war but would instead act in their own best interests. Neither of the superpowers liked this approach, but the United States was particularly hostile to it. Steering a neutral course, Nasser opposed the Western-led CENTO/Baghdad Pact and opposed Arab regimes such as the Hashemite monarchies in Iraq and Jordan and the conservative, extremely pro-Western Saudi Arabian monarchy.
Nasser also spoke of Egypt belonging to three circles: the Arab, African, and Islamic worlds. Under Nasser, Egypt became a center for African and Arab political leaders and students. Although he was personally a devout Muslim, Nasser was committed to secular government and persecuted Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, which sought to establish a state based on Muslim religious law and practice.
Like all Arab leaders, Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and their right to self-determination. He permitted some fedayeen (self-sacrificers) guerrilla attacks from the Egyptian-administered Gaza Strip in Israel, but he also recognized the superiority of Israel's military. Consequently he initially sought, through back channels, to negotiate settlements to the conflict with Israel. Israel insisted on face-to-face negotiations, and the attempts all failed.
In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt. The war was a military loss for Egypt but a political victory after which Nasser became indisputably the most popular man in the entire Arab world.
Conservative pro-Western monarchies: Jordan and Saudi Arabia
During the so-called Arab cold war Nasser's influence dominated the liberal, progressive, and socialist governments in Syria and elsewhere, versus the conservative pro-Western monarchies, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In 1957, relations with King Saud from Saudi Arabia became antagonistic as the latter began to fear that Nasser's increasing popularity in Saudi Arabia was a genuine threat to the royal family's survival. Despite opposition from the governments of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Lebanon, Nasser maintained his prestige among their citizens and those of other Arab countries. With the formation of the United Arab Republic of Egypt and Syria in 1958, Nasser perhaps reached the peak of his popularity.
Following the devastating military losses in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Nasser accepted responsibility and resigned. Massive and generally spontaneous public demonstrations calling for his return led him to resume the Egyptian presidency, but he never regained the unquestioning support throughout the Arab world that he had previously enjoyed.
In 1970 Nasser was called upon to mediate a truce between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and King Hussein of Jordan in the bloody war between the two. Shortly thereafter he suffered a massive heart attack, in part brought on by the tensions of the negotiation, and died in late September. Although Nasser was mistrusted and opposed in most of the West and Israel, millions of mourning Egyptians joined his funeral cortege. The legacy of Nasserism, secular pan-Arab nationalism, and state-directed socialism, spread throughout most of the Arab world during Nasser's lifetime, but declined and, except in Lebanon, largely diminished after his death.
July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
Army continues operations against terrorists' gatherings around country
Dec 23, 2013, Provinces (SANA) – Large-scale and precise military operations were carried out on Monday against terrorists, killing dozens of them and destroying their weapons in several areas around the country.
Precise operations against terrorists in Aleppo
A military source told SANA that armed terrorist groups were killed in the area surrounding Aleppo Central Prison, the Industrial City of al-Sheikh Najar, the villages of Mare'a, Mayer, al-Zarzour and Baideen.
In the meantime, other army units destroyed in precise operations a number of cars loaded with weapons and ammunition to the west of al-Bab city, al-Mansoura, Hailan, Castello, Erbid, al-Jdeideh and Khan al-Asal.
The source added that army units killed dozens of terrorists and injured others in Hanano residential compound, and the neighborhoods of al-Haydariyeh, al-Jandoul, Karm al-Jazmati, Bustan al-Qaser, al-Sheikh Said and Bani Zaid in Aleppo city.
Terrorists eliminated in Homs province
Eight terrorists were eliminated in Homs, among them a terrorist nicknamed Abu Kinan, in a military operation against the terrorists’ hideouts in al-Ghasbiyeh village, while another army unit destroyed terrorists’ gatherings with all the weapons and ammunition near the Industrial school in al-Rastan, Abu Hawadid village and al-Ken mount.
Army units destroyed terrorists’ cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in the village of Kisin, killing all the terrorists inside them.
Terrorists were killed and injured in a military operation against terrorists’ hideouts near Shamsi Bacha Mosque in al-Kusour neighborhood in Homs city.
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The British Times published an article in January 2012 that said Saudi Arabia and Qatar joined in a covert deal to fund weapons acquisitions by the Syrian opposition to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. A secret accord between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Syrian opposition was reached after the Arab League of Nations foreign ministers Cairo meeting in January 2012. A representative of the Syria opposition told the British newspaper that Saudi Arabia offered any assistance. He added Turkey also took an active part in supporting the opposition by delivering arms across the Syria-Turkey border.
Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, a deputy from the province of Hatay, said to a United Arab Emirates outlet the National there were great quantities of Turkey-made fire arms in Syria. Ediboglu was part of the Turkish Republican People's Party team coming to Syria in September 2011. The Syrian officials showed the delegation truckloads of weapons unloaded in deserted buffer zone between Syrian and Turkish checkpoints. According to the Turkish deputy’s interview the weapons were delivered by the Muslim Brothers.
Pro-Israeli Debka internet-outlet close to the Israeli Intelligence Mossad reported as far back as August 2011 that NATO delivered shoulder-fired air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to the opposition forces across the territory of Turkey. “Syrian rebels have been receiving training inside Turkey” Debka reported. NATO and the USA organized a campaign to recruit thousands of Muslim volunteers from different countries to boost the might of Syrian “rebels”. The Turkish army provided them with training and safe passage across the Turkey-Syrian border.
Syria now views Saudi Arabia as its number one enemy and accuses it of trying to destroy the country by arming jihadists and other rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
January 27, 2012 - Gulf States to arm Syrian opposition?
In 2012 Qatar bought 200 “Leopard 2″ battle tanks and the German government responded positively to the Saudis request to buy up to 270 of the Leopard 2 tanks. In a new request, the sheikhs petitioned the German government for its approval of the purchase of a few hundred “Boxer” armed transport vehicles.
June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’
November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force
December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?
December 18, 2013 – Ambassador: Saudi Ready to Act ‘With or Without’ West
December 21, 2013 - U.S. blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month - Thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, have been invited to participate in the opening session of the peace conference... http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.564633
Photo: Picture of a U.S. military base in Qatar, thousands of warplanes. A part of it is used to bombard Afghanistan.
Al-Jaafari: Mandela's glorious deeds will have victory
Dec 19, 2013
In a statement he delivered on behalf of the Asian Pacific Group, being its chair for this month, during a session held at the UN to honor Nelson Mandela, al-Jaafari said, "Mandela constituted a national and global phenomenon that influenced all of us whose free spirit and bravery have crossed all borders and touched the life of many peoples.'
Al-Jaafari called for forgetting hostilities and bitterness and embracing human amity and constructive work, adding "let us follow the path of Mandela who said "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."
December 7, 2013
The Syrian Arab army on Saturday resumed its national duty in hunting the armed terrorist groups in different Syrian cities.
Army achieves new progress in Idleb
A military source told SANA that the army units have achieved new progress near Abu al-Dohour Airport in Idleb countryside.
The source said that large numbers of terrorists were killed in the areas of Um Jreen, al-Hamidyeh, Maarat-masareen, Baya'at al-Sukhna, Abu Jora, Baya'at al-Dandash and al-Ja'kyeh in Idleb countryside.
An army unit killed 4 terrorists and injured others and destroyed a number of vehicles equipped with machineguns on Idleb-al-Mastouma road.
In Harem city, a number of terrorists were killed after clashed erupted between two terrorist groups. Terrorists Ahmad al-Shaker and Mohammad Samir Aliko were identified among the dead.
The source said that an army unit eliminated the members of an armed terrorist group, adding that the terrorists were planting explosive devices on al-Mastouma-al-Qarmed Factroy road.
Two explosive devices weighing about 45 kg were dismantled on the same road, the source said.
Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists killed in Lattakia
The army units eliminated members of armed terrorist groups, many of them of the Tunisian and Pakistani nationalities, in Lattakia countryside.
A military source told SANA that the army eliminated the members of an armed terrorist group in the town of Kanasba and destroyed three vehicles, one of which was loaded with rockets. Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad al-Tallal, Abdo al-Ashra, Abdul-Majeed al-Fadli and Majed al-Majbour.
A number of terrorists were also killed in the town of al-GHaneema, a warehouse containing rockets, mines, explosive devices and three vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns was destroyed in the same area. Terrorists Abu Ibrahim al-Lazikani, Abu Anas al-Jiblawi and Abdullah al-Haffar were identified among the dead.
In the towns of al-Mazyan and al-Bashoura, the army destroyed an ammunition and mines warehouse along with 11 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition and killed scores of terrorists, among them were Abu Khaled al-Saraqibi, Abu Mohammad al-Jezrawi, Suleiman al-Khaled, in addition to the Tunisian terrorists Abu Turab and Abu Salem, of the leaders of Jabhet al-Nusra in Lattakia northern countryside.
Meanwhile, the army units destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the town of al-Hour and eliminated a number of terrorists, among them was the Pakistani terrorist Hased Abdul-Rasoul, one of the leaders of "al-Muhajireen Battalion" which is affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra.
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December 6, 2013
Moscow, (SANA)- Russian President's Special Representative for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the abduction of the nuns of St. Thecla Convent in Maaloula town in Damascus Countryside is a criminal act that necessitates unifying the efforts to impose the severest penalty on the perpetrators and their supporters.
In an interview with SANA reporter on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, held by Moscow branch of the Society on Thursday, Bogdanov said his country directly condemned "the crime which the extremists committed" in attacking St. Thecla convent and kidnapping the nuns and Mother Belagia.
"We consider this as a totally unacceptable criminal act that must not only be condemned, as we rather believe that its perpetrators and their supporters must receive the severest punishment," he added.
"We are waiting for quick and effective measures to release the abductees hoping for understanding by all of our partners to unify our efforts so as to reach their immediate release," said Bogdanov.
He voiced Russia's support for all the spectra of the Syrian people with all the "sects and representatives of other religions".
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... 'Syria does have long-range chemical weapons and shows a continuing interest in biological ans nuclear weapons. Its biological capabilities - if any - are unknown, but are most likely to be limited. Syria does, however, have a long history of interest in nuclear technnology, some of which seems to have been driven by the desire to at least lay the groundwork for creating a nuclear weapons option. It also seems to have obtained North Korean aid in building a reactor facility similar to the one that North Korea used to obtain weapons-grade plutonium. Syria did not, however, co-locate facilities that could be tied to either creating reactor fuel or processing the rods from a reactor into weapons-grade material. Israel destroyed this reactor facility during an aid raid in 2007, and this means the Syrian threat now seems to consist only of chemical weapons...'
US & Israel masterminds behind Syria proxy war:
June 20, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis':
The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that "no immediate decision" would be made on sending arms to the rebels. "Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies," President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
November 7, 2013- Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force - Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of "blowback" by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)
November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists':
December 3, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) – The Armed Forces on Monday intensified their operations against terrorists' gatherings in many areas around the country, killing dozens and eliminating terrorists groups completely.
Army eliminates terrorists in Daraa
A unit of the armed forces killed 3 terrorists, one of them a sniper, during pursuing armed terrorist groups who attempted to sneak into al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa city.
Army units restore security and stability to several villages in al-Quneitra countryside
Units of the armed forces, with the support of the national defense, restored security and stability to al-Smadiyeh al-Sharqieh, Rasm al-Baghal, Rasm al-Khould, Rsm al-Sholi and Mamtneh villages in al-Qunetira countryside after destroying the last terrorists' gatherings there.
An official source told SANA that the army units gained control over the villages and destroyed large amounts of weapons and ammunition, while other army units continued hunting terrorists in Um Batina village, killing and injuring scores of them.
Army units eliminate many of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Deir Ezzor countryside
Units of the armed forces eliminated many of Jabhat al-Nusra and " Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham" terrorists in Deir Ezzor countryside.
An official source told SANA that an army unit destroyed two cars equipped with heavy machineguns and killed 11 terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and " Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham" in Kabajib area on Deir Ezzor-Homs, including Mkhlif Saleh Suleiman al-Ali, Nasir Mohammad al-Taif and Ismael Ahmad al-Abrahimi.
The source added that another army unit killed all member of an armed terrorist group on Deir Ezzor-al-Mayaden road, including Azaz Aboud al-Matar.
Army destroys terrorists' den in Hasaka countryside
A unit of the armed forces carried out operation against a terrorists' den in Jelak area in Qamishli countryside, killing and injuring most of the terrorists inside it.
Army units destroy terrorists' equipment in Aleppo
Units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' rocket launch-pads, mortars and cars along with the weapons and ammunition inside them in Aleppo countryside.
A military source told SANA that an army unit clashed with terrorists who were attempting to sneak into al-Sayyed Ali neighborhood.
The source added that the army units destroyed rocket launch -pads, mortars and weapons loaded with cars in al-Kastilo and Deir Hafer.
The source pointed out that the army unit killed large number of terrorists in the Old Aleppo, al-Mansoura, Hadadin and Handarat.
Scores of terrorists were eliminated in Idleb countryside
Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Tranbeh and Sarmen towns, in addition to destroying 3 cars loaded with weapons in Taftanaz and Saraqib.
The source added that the army units eliminated many terrorists in Doeir al-Akrad, Salmo, al-Shoeiha and al-Mjas towns and villages.
Army units eliminate terrorists in destroy their hideouts in Damascus Countryside
An army unit eliminated an armed terrorist group, killing 53 terrorists in Bustan al-Basha and near al-Salam Mosque in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus, while another army operation in the same area resulted in the death of a number of terrorists including group leader Ammar Askar, Salah al-Aswad and Noureddin Awad.
Tawfiq Salah, a terrorist group leader, Ahmad Amrini from Palestine, and the terrorists Abdul-Rahman Zaza, Anas al-Jairoudi, Suleiman Salehani and Mones Harhour were identified among the dead.
Army units eliminated all members of armed terrorist group including Tarek Karimeh by the Damascus-Homs highway near al-Nabek in Damascus Countryside, in addition to eliminating terrorists in Deir Attieh farms, among them Mohammad Rizq.
Army unit destroyed a terrorist gathering in the industrial city in Yabroud, while other units clashed with terrorists in Maaloula and eliminated a number of them.
In the Easter Ghouta, army units carried out a series of oepraitons which resulted in the elimination of terrorist leader Ziyad Najjar along with terrorists Samer Hussein Naaman and Yasser Rahim in Douma, in addition to destroying terrorist hideouts along with the weapons and ammo inside them and eliminating terrorists Mohiddin Jiara and Louay Adnan Abdelbaki in Deir Salman and Marj al-Sultan.
An army unit carried out an operation in the farms around al-Otaibah which resulted in the death of terrorists including Mahmoud al-Bashish, the injuring of others and the destruction of their weapons and ammo.
In Harasta, an army unit clashed with a terrorist group and left their members dead or injured, including Ramadan Bashir al-Arbiniye.
In Erbin, a number of terrorists, some of them of Arab nationalities, were killed and others were injured when a car exploded while they were rigging it with explosives.
Army units clashed with terrorist groups in several areas in Daraya, resulting in the death of three terrorists.
A car loaded with ammo was destroyed and terrorist including a group leader called Bilal al-Awwa were killed in Jobar area.
Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their hideouts in Homs
An army unit eliminated a number of terrorist leaders in an operation targeting a hideout near Mustafa Basha Mosque in Bab Houd neighborhood in Homs city.
The operation resulted in the death of all terrorists inside the hideout including two Lebanese named Abu Yakoub al-Khaldi and Mohammad Yousef al-Khalidi, in addition to Obaidah al-Naqq, Ali al-Assi, Mohammad Ahmad Tayyara, Mohammad al-Nakdali, Samih Oyoun al-Soud, Jamaleddin Alo, Badr Turkmani, Mustafa Jeniyat, and Mahmoud al-Humam.
The operation also resulted in destroying the terrorists' equipment which included communications devices, monitors and surveillance cameras.
Units of the armed forces also destroyed terrorists' hideouts in the area surrounding the national hospital in al-Karabis neighborhood and near Khadija al-Kobra school in al-Qusour neighborhood, killing and injuring all terrorists inside them.
Entire armed terrorist groups were eliminated in the villages of Talas and Tal Dao in al-Hula, al-Dar al-Kabira, south of al-Ghasbiyeh cemetery and the area surrounding al-Khaldiyeh village.
Terrorist hideouts were also destroyed near the municipal stadium and Khalij Kisin in al-Rastan.
Units of the army eliminated scores of terrorists and destroyed their weapons in Homs countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that units of the army eliminated terrorist gatherings and vehicles in al-Rastan and its countryside.
The source added that another unit destroyed a car loaded with various weapons and ammunition in al-Rastan countryside.
Meanwhile, an army unit gained control over al-Mshirfa al-Janobiyeh in Jub al-Jarah to the east of Homs after destroying the last terrorists' gathering in it.
Security restored to towns in Quneitra province
The Syrian Army, assisted by national defense, restored security and stability to the towns of al-Samdaniye al-Sharqiye, Rasm al-Bghal, Rasm al-Khawaled, Rasm al-Shuli and Mumtana in Quneitra province after eliminating the last remnants of terrorists in them.
November, November 29, 2013
Tehran, (SANA) _ Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Friday paid an official visit to Iran, leading an official delegation to hold talks with top Iranian officials aimed at enhancing cooperation and coordination between the two friendly countries.
In statements to journalists upon his arrival at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Dr. al-Halqi said the visit comes in the framework of bolstering mutual cooperation and coordination at all economic, scientific, trade, health and development levels, broadening their prospects and opening new venues for cooperation.
He also underlined the importance of activating agreements between the two sides and inking new ones, providing the basic requirements for Syrian citizens, establishing new development projects and activating the Iranian credit line for enhancing the steadfastness of Syria.
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November 29, 2013
Sofia, (SANA) - Amnesty International called on the Bulgarian authorities to act to improve the living conditions of the displaced Syrians at Harmanli camp in south Bulgaria, near the Turkish border, which it and international non-government human rights organizations described as inhuman and appalling.
A report published by the Agence France-Presse showed most of Syrian children in the camp suffer from cough and walk around barefooted, while women cook food in primitive mud ovens.
Based on testimonies of the displaced people, the report highlighted how the people have no access to medicines and are not allowed to leave the surrounding of the torn tens except to buy food.
The report indicated that the residents in Harmali camp suffer from moisture in the tents due to the snow, noting that most of the camp residents have undergone blackmail by smugglers who brought them to Bulgaria.
After a sharp debate, the Bulgarian government decided to build a 33 km long and 3 m high fence along the border with Turkey in a bid to cut down the flow of refugees who enter Bulgaria illegally across its neighbor.
Displaced Syrians who were forced to leave the homeland fleeing the armed terrorist groups are suffering hardships and inhuman living conditions in the camps set on the borders of Syria's neighboring countries, particularly al-Zaatari camp in Jordan.
The Syrians are prevented from leaving the camps and going back home and are being exploited in many ways.
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November 29, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) - Army operations on Friday resulted in the demolishing of several terrorist groups' dens and destroying large amounts of weapons, in addition to thwarting infiltration attempt from Jordan.
Army units kill non-Syrian terrorists in Deir Attieh farms, Damascus Countryside
A unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in the eastern farms of Deir Attieh in Damascus Countryside.
A military source told SANA that among the dead terrorists were Abu Obaida from Saudi Arabia, who was a leader of an armed terrorist group, Abu al-Braa al-Saudi and another terrorist from Yemen nicknamed "al-Jazrawi".
An official source said that the army units killed and injured scores of terrorists in the city of al-Nabek and Reema Farms, adding that terrorists Ahmad al-Hamami and Amjad Majzoub were identified among the dead.
The source added that the army targeted terrorists hideouts in the areas of Deir Salman in the eastern al-Ghouta and Douma city, killing a number of terrorists, among them were Jamal Haydar, a group's leader and Mamdouh Kabkab.
The army units pursued and clashed with members of an armed terrorist group in the city of Harasta and the town of al-Abbada, killing many terrorists. Terrorists Muhannad Alaya and Khaled al-Qalla' were identified among the dead.
The army units also targeted terrorists in the areas of al-Qaysa and al-Bahharyeh, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and equipment. Terrorists Alaa Rashed and Ahmad al-Shayeb were identified among the dead.
Meanwhile, An army unit pursued members of an armed terrorist group in the city of al-Zabadazi, killing a terrorist, Tareq al-Hourani and injuring others.
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November 28, 2013
Provinces, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Thursday carried out several operations against terrorists in a number of areas in the country, killed and injured terrorists and destroyed their hideouts and gatherings.
Army units kill 35 terrorists in Hama countryside
A unit of the armed forces repelled members of an armed terrorist group who were attempting to sneak into the safe areas in Zour Abu Zaid in Mhardeh countryside and attack the army checkpoints, killing 35 terrorists and injuring 10 others, in addition to destroying their vehicles.
Army units eliminate terrorists in Homs countryside
A unit of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' den full of weapons and ammunition and killed all terrorists inside it in Om al-Reish village in Jub al-Jarah area in Homa countryside.
Army units kill terrorists, destroy their dens in Daraa and its countryside
Units of the armed forces killed and injured many terrorists, in addition to destroying their dens in Daraa and its countryside.
A military source told SANA that the army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings, in addition to killing and injuring many terrorists in al-Mqaibra, al-Nasriyeh and al-Ghader villages in the western countryside of Daraa.
The source added that an army unit repelled terrorists' attempt to infiltrate into the electricity company in al-Hamadin neighborhood, killing and injuring scores of them.
Another army unit hunted terrorists in Daraa camp and killed many of them, in addition to destroying their weapons.
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November 13, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) - The armed forces continued military operations in many areas across the country on Wednesday, killing scores of terrorists, destroying their gatherings and hideouts and clearing new areas of the them.
Army pounds terrorist concentrations in several areas in Damascus countryside
An official source told SANA that army units killed and wounded 50 terrorists and destroyed 3 cars equipped with heavy machineguns in Harazma town in al-Nashabieh area, as another unit destroyed a warehouse of explosive devices and home-made rockets, also eliminating an armed terrorist group east of Jisrin and Marj al-Sultan.
The terrorist Mohammad Hamada was identified among the dead.
The source pointed out that 22 terrorists have been killed in Alia farms and Karm al-Rasas in Duma area and a car loaded with weapons and ammunition was destroyed, as six terrorists east of the Police Hospital in Harasta were killed.
Army units carried out operations in the farms of al-Dilbeh town and on the outskirts of Htaitet al-Turkman town and around the Damascene Village, killing and wounding numbers of terrorists and destroying an arms cache near al-Baraa' Mosque in Beit Sahem.
In Damascus southern countryside, army units pursued terrorists on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh town, killing the terrorists Izzat Ibrahim and Ahmad Huriyah, as five terrorists were killed near al-Furn roundabout in Daraya city.
Several Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed in Qarina farms in Yabroud, among them Mohammad al-Rifai as army units destroyed an arms cache near al-Qaboun Police Station and killed numbers of terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood.
Army advances in Aleppo's old city
The army unit achieved significant advance in army areas in Aleppo's old city, taking control over parts of it after eliminating huge numbers of terrorists in these areas.
Army repels terrorists, foil wheat-looting attempts in Hasaka
The army units killed a number of terrorists who were trying to loot wheat silos in the area of Ghweran and destroyed many terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in Hasaka and its countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army killed 20 terrorists and destroyed 5 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition and some of them equipped with heavy machineguns in the areas of al-Bahharyeh, al-Qasayeb and Kharab Askar in al-Qamishli countryside.
The source added that the army eliminated the members of an armed terrorist group who were trying to loot wheat silos in Ghweran neighborhood in Hasaka city.
Terrorists eliminated, gatherings destroyed in Homs
A military source told SANA that all members of an armed terrorist group were eliminated as they were trying to infiltrate from al-Ghasbieh into al-Dwair village, in addition to eliminating another armed terrorist group while it was smuggling weapons and ammunition from al-Rastan city to the terrorists in al-Hula in Homs countryside.
The source added that an army unit destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the villages of Mhin, al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Ghanto, al-Quneitrat and in the area between the villages of Izz-Eddin and Hameis, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
Damascus, (SANA) – Director of the General Establishment for Engineering Industry, Nedal Fallouh, stressed that the Syrian-Iranian Automobile Manufacturing Company (SIAMCO) will be provided with USD 1,990 million for revitalizing the cycle of (Sham) cars industry for the Syrian market.
In a statement to SANA, Fallouh added that this amount of money will be dedicated for purchasing components of 312 cars (Sham 1600cc).
SIAMCO produced 20 to 25 cars per day before the crisis in Syria and it stopped production because of the difficulties to deliver car components to the factory in the industrial city of Adra.
November 9, 2013
Athens, (SANA) – The Greek Coast Guard announced that it seized on Thursday a ship flying the flag of Sierra Leone near Imea islets east of the Aegean Sea which was carrying around 20,000 AK-47 assault rifles, most likely bound for Syria and Libya.
Informed sources said the ship "Nour M" sailed from Ukraine to Iskenderun in Turkey, noting that the ship also carried a large amount of explosives.
The ship was taken to Symi island under the watch of the Coast Guard then it was transported to Rhodes island. Investigations showed that the ship was used before for illicit drug trafficking.
November 9, 2013
Provinces, (SANA)- The Syrian army on Saturday resumed its national duty in pursuing the armed terrorist groups, carrying out a number of military operations against the terrorists, eliminating their hideouts and weapons.
Terrorist groups eliminated in several areas in Damascus Countryside
Army units killed numbers of terrorists on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad and several areas in Damascus countryside, also destroying weapons and ammunition.
An official source told SANA that army units continued operations on the outskirts of al-Sbeineh town towards al-Hajar al-Aswad, killing several terrorists, among them Mohammad Kalash and Ghaleb al-Khadrawi, and destroyed their weaponry.
Whole terrorist groups were also eliminated in the operations and their weapons destroyed between al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad, the source added.
Another units carried out operations in al-Bouaida farms and Hejjera tow, destroying weapons and ammunition.
Army units also pursued a terrorist group east of Cars automobile company in Harasta and killed the terrorist Ibrahim al-Ess as other units carried out operations in al-Eb and Alia farms in Douma and destroyed terrorists' hideouts.
Ghassan al-Abed was identified among the killed terrorists.
The source added that army units pounded Jabhat al-Nusra concentrations in Yabroud area, killing many of them, among them Ahmad al-Fallah.
A military source told SANA that an army unit targeted a gathering for Jabhat al-Nusra in Nestle Street in Khan al-Sheih, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.
A weapons' cache, in a addition to a car bomb, were also destroyed.
A military source said that terrorists' dens were destroyed with all weapons and ammunition inside to the east of Deir-Attiyeh and to the northeast of al-Nabek and to the south of Qara in al-Qalamoun area in Damascus Countryside province, adding that the terrorists Mohammad al-Boushi, Ibrahim al-Mahini and Zyadeh al-Sharara were killed.
Also in Damascus Countryside, an army unit seized a car loaded with weapons and ammo, including 9 assault rifles with ammo and 1,500 shotgun rounds, and arrested the terrorists inside the car.
Large numbers of terrorists killed, rocket launch-pads destroyed in Aleppo
Army units killed large numbers of terrorists and destroyed their dens, rocket launch pads and mortars during a series of operations against terrorist concentrations in Aleppo and its countryside.
A military source told SANA that army units destroyed rocket launch-pads and mortar cannons in al-Jadideh and Kwairess, in addition to 11 cars loaded with weapons and ammunition and equipped with heavy machineguns in the youth residence.
The source said that large numbers of terrorists were killed east of al-Nayrab and the industrial city in Sheikh Najjar, near al-Nakkarin and Tal Abu Dana, Tal Hasel, the area surrounding al-Kindi hospital, the central prison, al-Mansoura, the area surrounding Carlton Hotel in old Aleppo and al-Sakhour neighborhood.Terrorists hunted in several areas in Homs Province
An army unit killed members of armed terrorist groups in Mahin town in Homs countryside, as other army units killed many terrorists in al-Warsheh, Bab al-Sebaa and Jurat al-Shayah neighborhoods in Homs city, in addition to killing more others in the villages of Kafar Laha, Aqrab and al-Khalediyeh.
Units of the army eliminated armed terrorist groups in al-Ghanto village in Homs countryside, destroying large amounts of weapons and ammunition and dismantling tens of explosive devices.
The source added that 16 persons who got involved in the recent events surrendered themselves and their weapons to the competent authorities in Tal-Kalakh countryside, pointing out that they were released after their vowed not to carry out any act that affects the security of the homeland and citizens in the future.
A military source told SANA that army units tightened control over the road between Talbiseh and al-Ghanto in Homs countryside after eliminating terrorists who were blocking the roads and attacking citizens.
A unit of the army confronted a terrorist group which tried to attack a military point in al-Misherfeh village in Homs countryside and eliminated all its members.
An army unit prevented a terrorist group from attacking a well east of the town of al-Mashrafah, killing a number of terrorists, injuring others and destroying three cars they had been using.
In Homs city, an army unit targeted members of a terrorist group in Bab Houd and Jouret al-Shiyah neighborhoods, eliminating a number of them and injuring others.
Jabhat al-Nusra dens destroyed in Daraa
Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' dens were destroyed on Nawa-Tseel road in Daraa countryside, with all the terrorists inside of them killed, including Bashir al-Ghali and Abdul-Salam Mahmoud al-Qarfan.
Army units eliminate terrorists' hideouts in Idleb countryside
A military source told SANA that units of the army destroyed hideouts of terrorists in Kfar kata, Maar Tamsreen in Idleb countryside.
Sniper Mustafa Abu Dan, Eid Olu, Ahmad Dabous, Ahmad Awad and Thaer Mimar were identified among the killed terrorists.
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November 7, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.
For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.
He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.
Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation
In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.
The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.
November 6, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met a delegation of the Algerian National Committee for Supporting the Steadfastness of Syria, which comprises Algerian political, media and academic figures and is chaired by head of the committee Ramadan Boudla'a.
During the meeting, President al-Assad affirmed that the Algerian people's support for Syria isn't unusual for this people, particularly as the Algerian people have had a very similar experience to what the Syrians are experiencing now in confronting terrorism, adding that the Syrian and Algerian people share an honorable history of confronting colonialism.
President al-Assad said that what is happening in the region affirms the need for uniting the efforts of Arab elite figures and nationalist to create an intellectual deterrent capable of protecting pan-Arabism and nationalism and confronting changes and foreign and takfiri plots targeting Arabs' present and future.
For their part, members of the delegation affirmed that the Algerian people support the steadfastness of the Syrian army and people in the face of terrorism and plots of sedition and division which are backed by regional and international sides, stressing that these projects target all Arabs, not just Syrians.
They also voiced confidence that Syria, the symbol of resistance and the first defender of Arab causes and interests, will be victorious.
Photo: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination. In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt.
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