24/01/2014

Saudi Arabian women raise their voices

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Saudi Arabia that, with American and Israeli military support, is responsible for the war on Syria, is one of the worst countries for women

Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women goes way beyond its ban on driving

October 28, 2013

For the second time in three years, dozens of Saudi women are getting behind the wheel to protest their country’s practice of forbidding driver’s licenses for women. The de facto ban on female drivers is Saudi Arabia’s best-known restriction against women, a symbol of the larger system of gender-based law that makes it one of the worst countries for women, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual report on gender rights.
Saudi Arabia’s restrictions on women go far, far beyond just driving, though. It’s part of a larger system of customs and laws that make women heavily reliant on men for their basic, day-to-day survival. This video, produced by Amnesty U.K. in 2011, a few months after Saudi women’s rights activists staged their last protest drive, helps explain just how it works to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. (Fair warning, the video has an offbeat sense of humor, which I wrote about here.)

If you couldn’t make it through the video, here’s the rundown: each Saudi woman has a “male guardian,” typically their father or brother or husband, who has the same sort of legal power over her that a parent has over a child. She needs his formal permission to travel, work, go to school or get medical treatment. She’s also dependent on him for everything: money, housing, and, because the driving ban means she needs a driver to go anywhere, even the ability to go to the store or visit a friend.
It’s one thing for women to depend on men to go anywhere, putting their movement under male veto power. But it’s quite another when they also must have a man’s approval to travel abroad, get a job or do just about anything that involves being outside of the home. It consigns women to second-class-citizenship, which is unfortunately common in a number of countries, but goes a step further in Saudi Arabia. Saudi women have many of their most basic rights reduced to probationary privileges, granted only if the man who is assigned as their “guardian” feels like granting them. And because women are typically forbidden to interact with men who are not family members, they’ve got little to no recourse beyond that guardian. The almost complete lack of political rights doesn’t help, either.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10...

Latest news Syria: Syrian Arab News Agency

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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

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Russian humanitarian aid 

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

03/01/2014

Syrian Government: Health Ministry sends medical shipment to Aleppo

Health Ministry sends medical shipment to Aleppo province

Damascus, Jan 2, 2014 (SANA) - Health Ministry announced that it sent a medical shipment to Aleppo province on Thursday to support the health services offered in the public hospitals to the citizens in Aleppo and restore the strategic stockpile of medicine and medical equipment at the health institution in Aleppo.

In a statement, Health Minister Saad al-Nayef said that the shipment consists of 3 trucks loaded with medicine that enable health institutions to continue offering medical duties to the citizens in Aleppo.

Al-Nayef pointed out that the Ministry during the last year sent 484 medical shipments to all provinces, including 18 to Aleppo, in a way to guarantee meeting the medical citizens' needs.

B. Mousa/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/36/2014/01/02/520492.htm

20/12/2013

Latest News: Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN

Al-Jaafari: Mandela's glorious deeds will have victory

Dec 19, 2013

New York, (SANA) – Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was "a man of many peoples,  as he influenced every person in the world', adding that his glorious deeds will have victory.

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."

F.Allafi 

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/12/19/518591.htm

20/07/2013

Syria: Many terrorists killed in clashes and operations

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July 20, 2013

Army units killed leaders of terrorist groups in eastern Ghouta and Damascus southern countryside, destroying heavy machineguns and various weapons and ammunition.

An official source told SANA that numbers of terrorists were killed and others injured in a series of operations against their hideouts in al-Qaboun and Jobar neighborhoods, among them a leader of a terrorist group, in addition to destroying ordnance, weapons and ammunition in Jobar and Haramlah.

The source added that an army unit clashed with a terrorist group south of Shammout automobile company and near the schools in al-Baidar neighborhood in Harasta, killing most of its members, as another unit destroyed a den for an armed terrorist group in al-Eb farms in Douma and killed all the terrorists inside, among them the group's leader.

Most of two terrorist groups' members were eliminated in Deir Salman town in eastern Ghouta, including their leaders, as another army unit destroyed a den for terrorists with the heavy machineguns inside and killed all inside it in al-Sayyida Zeinab area.

In Damascus southern countryside, army units carried out a series of qualitative operations in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Babbila and Hijjera that led to the destruction of terrorists' concentrations and dens with the weapons and ammunition inside, also eliminating a terrorist group called 'Ababil Horan Battalion.'

Locals in al-Misherfeh town in al-Nabek repelled Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who tried to enter the town, killing and injuring a number of them.

Army units destroy Jabhat al-Nusra weapons in Aleppo city and countryside

Army units killed and injured Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and thwarted attempts by them to infiltrate into safe areas in Aleppo city, also destroying heavy weapons and ammunition in several areas in rural Aleppo.

An official source told SANA that terrorists were killed on the roads linking Hreitan, al-Castillo and Andan, adding that weapons and ammunition loaded in 4 cars were destroyed.

An army unit destroyed weapons and ammunition for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists near al-Zira's building and in the area surrounding Aleppo central prison and near the entrance of the industrial city in Sheikh Najjar, killing many, the source pointed out.

The source indicated that terrorists' concentrations were destroyed in Mayer and Minnegh villages in addition to destroying heavy and medium machineguns, as an army unit killed terrorists who were driving cars loaded with weapons and ammunition south of Khan al-Assal in Aleppo southwestern countryside.

In Aleppo old city, army units clashed with armed terrorist groups that tried to infiltrate into the safe areas in the city, killing and injuring many of their members, as other units foiled attempts by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists to infiltrate into al-Rashidin, al-Sheikh Maksoud and al-Khalidieh neighborhoods, destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Terroristskilled in army operations in Hasaka

Units of the armed forces Saturday carried out a series of qualitative operations against the armed terrorist groups in Hasaka province, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA reporter that the operations resulted in killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons in the areas of al-Siha, Twineh, al-Khamael, Qana and al-Karmeh and al-Saad al-Janoubi area in Hasaka countryside.

Another unit of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' gatherings and big amounts of their weapons in Deir Ezzor and its countryside.

The source said that 8 terrorists were killed others injured near al-Siyaseh Bridge in Deir Ezzor and their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

Clashes with terrorists smuggling stolen crude oil to Turkey in Deir Ezzor

The source added that a unit of the armed forces clashed with a number of terrorists who were trying to smuggle 15 tanks full of stolen crude oil to Turkey, destroying their heavy machineguns in al-Ssa'wa village in Deir Ezzor countryside.

Army kills terrorists in Lattakia countryside, among them non-Syrians

Meanwhile, Units of the army destroyed two warehouses of munitions and weapons of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Lattakia northern countryside, killing many terrorists, some of them of Jordanian, Libyan and Somali nationalities.

A military source told SANA that the army destroyed missiles and heavy machineguns inside the dens of the terrorists in al-Qasatel, Saqyiat al-Qart, killing a number of terrorists, among them the two Jordanians Dureid al-Ashtar, Abdul-Razak Dasto, Libyan Saleh al-Mihiliq, Ahmad Hatem, ali Hashem and Yaseen Andron.

The source added that another army unit destroyed two warehouses of weapons for Jabhat al-Nusra in Mazyan, Beit Awan and al-Sukariya. It said that among the terrorists killed were Somalis.

Terrorists targeted in their dens in Homs

Units of the armed forces repelled a group of terrorists who tried to attack a military point inside the city of Palmyra in Homs countryside, killing and injuring all of the terrorists, an official source told SANA reporter.

The source added that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Waer neighborhood, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

Another army unit, the source said, destroyed dens for terrorists in the neighborhoods of Jouret al-Shayah and Bab Hood, along with the weapons and ammunition inside them.

Gatherings and dens for terrorists were destroyed in the villages and towns of Taldo, al-Hosn, Talbiseh and al-Rastan. The weapons and ammunition the terrorists had with them were destroyed.

Terrorist groups' leaders killed, workshop for making bombs destroyed in Idleb

The army units destroyed a workshop for making explosive devices and a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' dens in several villages, towns and cities in Idleb countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that numbers of terrorists were killed and injured and their weapons were destroyed in the towns and villages of al-Bareh, Shanan, Frikeh, Kfarroum, Maaret al-Numan and Nahleh.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a workshop for making explosive devices in the city of Saraqeb, killing and injuring all of the terrorists inside the workshop.

Another army unit eliminated terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who were inside a den in Saraqeb.

The source told SANA reporter that two dens for leaders of armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra were destroyed in the city of Binnesh. Ten terrorists were killed in the operation.

In another context, units of the armed forces foiled attempts by terrorists to detonate 11 explosive devices, weighing 10-50 kg, and 5 anti-tank mineson al-Rami-Kfarshalaya road in Ariha city.

Large numbers of terrorists killed in Daraa

In Daraa, units of the armed forces carried out a number of operations targeting terrorist groups affiliated to jabhat al-Nusra in different towns and neighborhood in the city.

According to a military source, several dens and gatherings for terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra were destroyed in the city of Nawa.

Many terrorists were killed I the operations, including Walid Fawzi al-Subhi, leader of an armed terrorist group. Terrorists Mohammad Raed al-Bqeirat, Anwar Qassem al-Deiri, Mohammad Issa al-Ta'ani, Raed al-Jahamani, Hamzeh Issa Abo Orra, Ammar al-Sweidani and Mohammd Meri al-Shablaq were identified among the dead.

The source told SANA reporter that army units eliminated terrorists in several operations carried out in the towns of Mahajjeh, al-Mleiheh al-Gharbiyeh and Said. The terrorists' weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

Terrorist Mohammad al-Ghouthani was identified among the dead.

The army seizes control over building blocks near Daraa National Hospital

In the meantime, a unit of the armed forces seized control over a number of building blocks in the surrounding of the National Hospital in the city of Daraa after it killed the terrorists who had been stationed at the buildings.

Other army units clashed with terrorists in al-Hamadin neighborhood in the city, killing many of them including Khalid Kasouheh and Ahmad al-Rifae'.

Jabhat al-Nusra den destroyed in Hama countryside

An army unit destroyed a den for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who were using it as a training center northeast ofal- Habit town in Hama countryside.

An official source told SANA that all the terrorists inside the den were killed, some of them non-Syrians, in addition to destroying weapons and ammunition for them.

The source added that an army unit foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate a 75-kg explosive device near Janan town on al-Salamiyeh-Hama road.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/07/20/493252.htm

30/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Sit-in outside Egyptian embassy in Damascus

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June 30, 2013

Scores of citizens organized a sit-in outside the Egyptian embassy in Damascus on Sunday in solidarity with the Egyptian people in their movement to withdraw confidence from the Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and demand the departure of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The participants chanted slogans of solidarity with the Egyptian people, condemning the Muslim Brotherhood rule and rejecting Morsi's attempts to break the bonds between the two countries.µ

They raised placards demanding shutting down the Israeli embassy in Cairo and stressing the unbreakable bonds between the Syrian and Egyptian people against Zionism and its tools in the region.

The participants said the sit-in comes to express full support to the Egyptians in their rejection of the Brotherhood rule, affirming the deep Syrian-Egyptian relations.

They saw that backing the Egyptian people in their struggle to recover their freedom from Morsi and his group is a duty, stressing that the Egyptians are facing the same powers which are waging a war against the Syrian people.


M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/30/490072.htm

18/06/2013

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

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Sending arms for the first time ?

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

February 29, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Political foot-dragging

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

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

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

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


10/06/2013

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.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/10/486700.htm

06/06/2013

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. 

MP/KA/HMV

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

05/06/2013

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

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04/06/2013

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: 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.

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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

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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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Latest News Syria: Army works to help citizens get rid of terrorists

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Al-Moallem: The Army Works to Help Citizens Get Rid of Terrorists in al-Qseir

Jun 2, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem affirmed Syria's keenness on the security and stability of its citizens.

Al-Moallem's remark came during a phone call made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today afternoon during which the conversation touched upon the situation in the city of al-Qseir.

The Minister stressed that what the Syrian Arab Army is doing in al-Qseir is to help the citizens get rid of the armed terrorist groups and restore security and stability to the city and its countryside.

Al-Moallem expressed his wonder at "the rising voices on the situation in al-Qseir, whereas we didn't hear this worry when the terrorists seized the city and its countryside and committed the ugliest crimes against the citizens for over 18 months."

The Minister stressed that the Syrian authorities will allow the Red Cross, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to enter al-Qseir area immediately after the military operations end there.

H. Said

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30/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Army Restores Security

The Army Restores Security to al-Brak and Arjoun Villages in al-Qseir 

May 30, 2013

HOMS, (SANA) - The army units on Thursday restored security and stability to al-Brak village in the northern countryside of al-Qseir city in Homs province.

An official source told SANA reporter that units of the armed forces also restored security and stability to Arjoun village in al-Qseir countryside.

The source said the army units destroyed all the terrorists' gatherings and dens to the last one in the two villages and killed all the terrorists.

Scores of explosive devices planted by the terrorists were dismantled during the operations aimed to regain control over the two villages.

H. Said

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29/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Journalist Yara Abbas Laid to Rest (2)

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Our condolences to Yara's family and friends

25/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Victory Day of National Resistance

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May 25th… Victory Day of National Resistance, Liberating the South From Israeli Occupation

May 25, 2013

"Withdrawal which won't touch dignity", with this brief, Israeli General Shaul Mofaz tried to justify the reason behind the Israeli army humble defeat in South Lebanon on May 25th, 2000 which became the victory Day of the National Resistance and liberating south Lebanon after 22 years of the Israeli occupation.

The withdrawal of the Israeli occupation from South Lebanon on this day without negotiations or conditions was a defeat for Israel which Yediot Ahronot newspaper described as "shameful" calling this day as "the day of shame".

The Israeli occupation forces invaded south Lebanon in 1978 and expanded its occupation to the Lebanese lands till reaching Beirut in 1982.

The Lebanese men rushed to bear weapon and defend their homeland to establish what is known later the Lebanese National resistance to confront what had been called as "the legend army" which can't be defeated. 

The resistance military operations have forced the Israeli army to retreat under the density of their processes to from an occupation line before liberating the South in 2000.

The resistance launched hundreds of special operations in the first half of 2000 targeting the sites of the occupation, forcing Israel to withdraw from Lebanon.

The day before liberation, the resistance stormed the occupation and its militias, led by Antoine Lahd, posts with bombing explosives.

The hardest strikes which the Israeli occupation received in the first month of 2000 were the assassination of Akl Hashem, one of the Israeli agents, and after two hours, the resistance targeted two Israeli military convoys, claiming the lives of three Israelis and wounding many others.

At 6:42 a.m. the Mercedes of Israeli General Benny Gantz crossed gate 93 of Fatima on the Lebanese-Israeli borders to be followed by vehicles and troop carriers into the occupied Palestinian lands abandoning an occupation barbed wire for which they paid souls and money but in vain.

On the same day and at 6:43 Israel closed its borders with Lebanon after pulling out the last soldier to end a 22 year occupation that cost it 1200 soldier.

Mazen

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23/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Wide Army Operations

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May 23, 2013

Units of the armed forces carried out qualitative operations against the armed terrorist groups in several towns in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA that an army unit killed two leaders of terrorist groups, Mohammad al-Marja and another nicknamed 'Al-Neser', in Zamalka and Erbin, as another unit destroyed a weapons' cache in al-Eb farms in Douma with the terrorists inside, among them Mohammad Touma and another terrorist called 'Abu-Mohammad al-Shami'.

The source added that a terrorist group was eliminated near the water tank near al-Kamar bakery in Harasta city. Among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Kassem and Sami Hassoun.

Terrorists' dens were destroyed in Adra al-Balad. The terrorists Mohammad al-Abed and Anwar Esber were killed.

The source added that an army unit destroyed weapons and ammunitions near Haramleh tunnel, killing four terrorists and confiscating a DShK machinegun in the farms surrounding al-Jarba and al-Baharieh in the eastern Ghouta.

In Ein Tarma valley, a unit of the army clashed with terrorists, killing many and destroying their weapons. The terrorists Samih Fattouh and another nicknamed Abu Anas al-Midani were identified among the dead.

An army unit killed most of a terrorist group's members in al-Saki farms in al-Nabek city. Iyad Issa was identified among the dead.

Shell Explodes over Old Damascus, No Casualties Caused

A shell fired by terrorists on Thursday exploded over the old city of Damascus without causing casualties or material damage.

An official source told SANA reporter that the shell , which was launched from al-Sbeineh town in Damascus Countryside, exploded in the air causing a loud bang and a fire glow over the old city of Damascus.

The source added that no material damage or casualties were caused due to the explosion.

Military Crackdown on Terrorists Continues in al-Qseir

Army units on Thursday continued operations against terrorists' gatherings in al-Qseir city and other areas in Homs province, killing many of the terrorists and injuring others.

A military source said that army units killed 20 terrorists and destroyed seven cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in the area of Dahr al-Qadib and to the south of the Local Stadium in al-Qseir city.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed in the northern neighborhood and the area to the west of the market in al-Qseir.

Meanwhile, army units destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the areas of al-Daba'a, al-Rastan, al-Ghantow, Tal Bisa, Beit Hajjo, Tal al-Ghar, Kissin, al-Ameriyeh and Aqrab in the province, killing all the terrorists inside and destroying their weapons, according to the source.

During hunting operations in al-Waer orchards, army units found a workshop for manufacturing explosives, a missile launcher and three field hospitals containing big amounts of stolen medicines that were used by terrorists.

In the same context, other army units targeted terrorists' gatherings to the north of Qazhal Bridge on Homs-Masyaf Road and in the neighborhoods of Bab Hood, Khalidiyeh, al-Warsheh, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Qarabis and Jouret al-Shayyah in the city of Homs.

Terrorists Infiltratign to Help Others in al-Qseir Repelled

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces foiled a terrorists infiltration attempt from Lebanon across al-Braij Mountain near al-Qseir city, killing a number of them.

An official source told SANA reporter that terrorists' vehicles and cars were destroyed with all the weapons and ammunitions inside them.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists who tried to infiltrate across Hasaya area into al-Qseir city to assist the terrorists in the city who received strong blows at the hands of our brave army.

The source said that among the dead were Khaled al-Shakiae, Mohammad Ahmad Shofan and Jumaa Naser, the leaders of the armed terrorist groups.

Army Eliminates, Arrests Terrorists in Idleb countryside

In the meantime, a unit of the armed forces pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Majjas village and the northern villages surrounding Abu al-Duhour airport in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army killed a number of terrorists, arrested others and seized big amounts of weapons.

An army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists of an armed terrorist group, killing many and injuring others in Bashlamoun town.

The bodies of Fawwaz Eid al-Hassan, Mohammaf Eid al-Hassan, Ahmad Eid Arnous and Abu Hassan Wali were identified among the dead.

Terrorists Killed in Damascus Countryside, 400 m Long Tunnel found in Joubar

Units of the armed forces killed and injured numbers of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside and found a tunnel and a field hospital including large amounts of stolen medicines and medical equipment.

An official source told SANA reporter that Sami al-Munjed, leader of an armed terrorist group affiliated to 'Haroun al-Rashid Brigade' was identified among the dead.

The source noted that a 400 m long tunnel stretching from Katibet al-Musiqa at al-Manasher roundabout to Harmalleh junction was found in Joubar. A field hospital containing amounts of they had stolen from public and private hospitals and health centers in the neighborhood.

The source mentioned that the army units continued hunting terrorist groups in Barzeh area and the farms surrounding it, killing 13 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra. Terrorists Omar Mdalal and Tarek Najjar were identified among the dead.

A unit of the armed forces foiled an attempt to detonate 4 explosive devices, weighting 30-50 kg, which the terrorists had planted to the southwest of Tishreen Hospital.

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

Units of the armed forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the vicinity of the Central Prison and Hreitan-Castillo axis and al-Layramoun area in Aleppo and its countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA that terrorists' dens and ammunitions were destroyed near al-Khawlandi station, southwest of the glass factory, in the vicinity of Handarat Mosque and near the university training camp. 17 terrorists were also killed on al-Maslamieh-Aleppo road. The source added that terrorists were killed and others injured near the petrol station in Abtin village. Weapons and ammunitions were destroyed to the west of the research center in al-Mansoura in Aleppo countryside.

In al-Layramoun, army units clashed with terrorists in Dahret Abed Rabbo, killing many, while other army units killed terrorists near Bei'fin and al-Haidarieh roundabouts and destroyed their vehicles.

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Latest News Syria: Tunisian Popular Delegation

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May 22, 2013
 
Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday met a delegation representing Tunisian popular parties, welcoming the delegation and appreciating its solidarity with Syria in the face of the war targeting it.

Al-Moallem said that Syria's people and government are growing ever more steadfast in the face of the current crisis, asserting that Syria will emerge from this crisis stronger.

He pointed out that the crisis in Syria is the results of conspiracies by regional and international sides which seek to destroy Syria and keep the Syrian and Arab people busy to move them away from the central Arab issue which is Palestine, adding the conspirators also seek to destroy the social and cultural fabric of Syrians and undermine their coexistence.

Al-Moallem asserted that there is no choice other than victory and that Syria's victory will be a victory for the Arab nation's just causes, affirming the determination of Syria's leadership and people to stand firmly in the face of all pressure.

He also lauded the role of Arab national parties in confronting threats to the Arab nation, saying that Tunisia is a beacon of Arabism and underlining the strong historical relations between the people of Syria and Tunisia.

For their part, the delegation members voiced their support for Syria's people and leadership in the face of the conspiracy which employs false pretenses, intelligence agencies and deceitful media to implement its goals.

They also apologized for the Tunisian youths who are fighting alongside the armed terrorist groups, saying that these individuals represent only themselves and that the bulk of the Tunisian people are against Takfiri terrorist mentality.

In statements to journalists, delegation member Mohammad al-Azhar Ali from the People's Movement Party said that the meeting was very remarkable and that it tackled issues related to Syrian-Tunisian relations.

He said that the delegation raised the issue of misguided Tunisians who joined Takfiri groups to fight against the Syrian Army, in addition to discussing diplomatic relations, adding that the Syrian Foreign Ministry responded well to these issues, particularly the matter of Tunisians in Syria, and promised to follow up on it.

Al-Azhar said the delegation will pressure the Tunisian government which made mistakes in dealing with Syria and closed its embassy, saying that resolving this issue will lead to resolving all other issues between the two countries.

In turn, delegation member Abdelkarim al-Ghabiri from the Free Unionists Movement said that the delegation relays the greetings o the Tunisian people to the Syrian people and leadership, affirming that they will work hard to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries on the level of ambassadors.

Information Minister: Aggression on Syria Targets Syrian State's Identity and Political System

In a similar meeting with the Tunisian delegation, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the aggression on Syria targets the Syrian state's identity and its political system.

Al-Zoubi affirmed that since the beginning, the Syrian government responded to legitimate demands through legislations and laws, specifically the political parties and media laws, but it became apparent that reform wasn't the real goal of those stirring the events in Syria.

He pointed out to the role played by some sheikhs in escalating the situation in Syria and moving it towards terrorism, murder and methodical destruction of the state's infrastructure.

Al-Zoubi underlined the achievements made in recent years in political, economic and social reform in Syria, touching on several points in Syria's contemporary history.

He voiced appreciation for the stances of the majority of Tunisians and their support for the Syrian people, saying that this support shows the depth of the relations between the two countries' people.

H. Sabbagh

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22/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Syrian army Restores Security

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May 22, 2013
 
Army units restored stability and security to al-Akkari farm and Tal al-Sur and continue hunting the fleeing terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside in Homs.

Tunnels used by terrorists to move around and store weapons and munitions were uncovered in the western district of al-Qseir city, and tens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in homes and road were dismantled.

An Army unit restored security and stability to Akkari farm and Tal al-Sur after eliminating the last terrorist gathering there, dismantling tens of explosive devices planted by the terrorists, while other units continued hunting the fleeing terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh town in al-Qseir countryside.

Terrorist hideouts were destroyed in the villages and towns of Aqrab, Kisin, al-Ghanto, Talbiseh, al-Mashjar al-Janoubi, Beit Hajjo, al-Buwaida al-Sharqiya and al-Rastan in Homs countryside.

Among the terrorists killed in the aforementioned areas was Mohammad Abdelkader Shamsin, the leader of a terrorist group calling itself "Katibet Rijal Allah," and Khaled Mansour from a group called "Kata'ib al-Hamza."

An Army unit eliminated all members of a terrorist group which was blockading roads and committing acts of murder and robberies on the road between al-Dab'aa and Arjoun, destroying two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

In Homs city, Army units killed a number of terrorists and injured others in the areas of al-Qarabis, al-Khalidiye, Jouret al-Shiyah, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Warsheh, and Basatin al-Waer. Among the terrorists who were killed was Anas Suwaibi, the leader of a terrorist group, and all the members of his group.

Terrorists' Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled in Talkalakh

In another context, an army unit on Tuesday foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from the Lebanese territories through the sites of Halat, Ozeir and Oyoun al-Sha'ara in Talkalakh countryside.

An official source told SANA that most of the terrorists were killed or injured, as their vehicles and weapons were destroyed.

The source added that an army unit killed terrorist Ahmad Bdaw Ayoub and six members of his group near the junction of Ghajar village in al-Rastan and seized their weapons.

Army Units Clash with Terrorists, Kill Many in Damascus and Its Countryside

Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Manasher roundabout in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, leaving most of its members killed and injured.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that the clashes resulted in destroying the terrorist group's gatherings and seizing the weapons and ammunition the terrorists had with them.

The source added that other army units continued hunting terrorists in the farms surrounding Tishreen Hospital and Dahr al-Mastah in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and killed a number of them.

Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in Harasta area, including two terrorist group leaders; Osama Omar al-Jabaji and Iyad Rahim.

In al-Ebb farms in Douma area, an Army unit carried out a special operation in which it destroyed a terrorist gathering along with the weapons and munitions in it, eliminating a number of terrorists including Abdellatif al-Debs.

An Army unit killed and injured a number of terrorists in Erbin area, including Ahmad al-Buqai'I and Omar al-Haj, while other units continued pursuing terrorists in the farms around the towns of al-Jarba, al-Bahariya and Qisa, eliminating a number of them including Ahmad Hijazi, the leader of a terrorist group.

In al-Mlaiha, an Army unit pursued a terrorist group east of Tameco pharmaceutical factory, eliminating some of its members including Haitham al-Harastani and Mahmoud al-Tounsi.

In the town of Hejjeira, a weapons and munitions cache was destroyed and a number of terrorists were eliminated, one of which was identified as Mohammad Deeb al-Bassal.

Units of the armed forces eliminated numbers of terrorists in al-Nabek, Haramleh and Jobar in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA that clashes between a unit of the armed forces and a terrorist group in the area surrounding al-Nabek city left several terrorists dead, among them 'Subhi al-Zirai' and 'Khaled al-Tayyip.'

The source added that a number of terrorists, among them a sniper, were killed near Haramleh tunnel to the east of Zamalka in an operation that also destroyed terrorists' weapons and armor.

The source added that ongoing operations in Jobar destroyed a weapons' cache and ammunition for terrorists and killed many, among them Youssef Makka.

Army Destroys Two Car Bombs in Harasta, Damascus Countryside

An army unit on Wednesday destroyed two car bombs on Harasta-Damascus road, killing all the terrorists inside.

An official source told SANA reporter that a Mercedes loaded with 700 kg. of explosives was destroyed near Daya Company and another car loaded with 600 kg. of explosives was also destroyed near Cars showroom in the city of Harasta in Damascus Countryside.

Earlier on Tuesday, an army unit destroyed a car loaded with 1000 kg. of explosives near the Water Establishment in Harasta.

Army Destroys Weapons Caches, Eliminated Terrorists in Aleppo Province

The Army destroyed a warehouse containing large amounts of weapons and munitions in the farms between the towns of Hayyan and Hreitan in Aleppo countryside, in addition to eliminating terrorist on al-Bab road.

Army units also killed and injured terrorists near the agriculture department building, the MTN center, the glass factory, al-Khoulandi gas station and Somar restaurant in the area around Aleppo Central Prison.

Also near Aleppo Central Prison, another Army unit destroyed a warehouse in which terrorists stored weapons and munitions near the iron factory and a bulldozer rigged with explosives near al-Hashem mill and killed terrorists who were near the bulldozer, including a Jordanian called Mohammad al-Hindi who was referred to as the "revolution intelligence officer."

Other units eliminated terrorist groups west of Mennegh airport and near the Mennegh agricultural research center, and another unit destroyed vehicles along with the weapons, munitions and terrorists inside them on the road between Aleppo and al-Atareb and the road between Kafernaha and Aleppo.

In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh, al-Marjeh and Baidin roundabouts, eliminating a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

An Army unit clashed with terrorist groups in al-Sina'a and al-Jamiyat neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their weapons and munitions.

Khalifa Rakan al-Khalifa was identified among the terrorists who were killed in this clash.

In Deir Ezzor countryside, another Army unit destroyed a terrorist hideout in the village of al-Mrai'iya, leaving all the terrorists inside it dead or injured.

In the town of al-Mayadin, a fight broke out between two terrorist groups after a dispute over stolen items and funds, resulting in dozens of terrorists being wounded and killed, among them Muaz al-Mjabbel, a leader of one of the groups.

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16/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Venezuela

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Maduro: Syrian People Deserve to Live in Peace

May 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

M. Ismael

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15/05/2013

Chemical weapons used in Syria, says Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turkish helicopter bombardment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exerpts : Kurdish commentary 2011

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

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

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Vietnam: victims of agent orange in wheelchairs


13/05/2013

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

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

May 5, 2013

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

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

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

May 9, 2013

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

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

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May 12, 2013

'Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs'

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

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May 22nd, 2012

'Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them'

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

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

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

12/05/2013

Syria condemns terrorist act in Turkey

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

May 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Bulletin

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

08/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Algerian ambassador, Mutual Cooperation

 

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Al-Halqi Discusses with Algerian Ambassador Mutual Cooperation

May 8, 2013
 
Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi underlined the importance of enhancing economic , trade and development relations between Syria and Algeria and improving them to match up with the deep-rooted historical relations between the peoples in both countries.

During his meeting on Wednesday with the Algerian ambassador in Damascus, Saleh Bousha, al-Halqi hailed Algeria's standing by Syria at international forum and its understanding of the nature of the conspiracy targeting it.

Later, al-Halqi gave a thorough political review highlighting the scope of the conspiracy against Syria that targets the structure and fabric of the Syrian state and national economy, as the armed terrorist groups led by Jabhat al-Nusra and the Zionist entity, backed by the US and Arab states, are carrying out terrorist and vandalism acts on the Syrian soil.

He added that Syria is paying the price for its stances in defense of the Arab nation, condemning some Arab regimes which are squandering their peoples' resources in conspiring against Syria.

He also highlighted the victories and achievements of the Syrian Arab army in pursuing terrorist groups, indicating that the people and army are determined to restore security and stability to Syria.

Al-Halqi affirmed that Syria will emerge soon from the crisis and the Syrian people will always remember the support of friends, indicating that Syria is heading towards finding a peaceful solution to the crisis through national dialogue in which big strides have been made.

The Algerian ambassador underscored the support of the Algerian people to the Syrian people and leadership, stressing Algeria's rejection of meddling in the Syrian internal affairs.

Means of increasing the trade exchange volume between the two countries through enforcing the signed agreements and inking new ones were discussed during the meeting.

The two sides also discussed cooperation mechanisms in the fields of transport, textile and cotton industries, oil and others.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/08/481166.htm

05/05/2013

Latest news Syria: Syrian army

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Army Units Continue Chasing Armed Terrorist Groups, Crush Their Hideouts

May 5, 2013

Army units on Sunday continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA reporter that units of our armed forces targeted a terrorists' gathering in Adra and caves of the Prophet Lewis, northeast Rankous in Damascus countryside leaving scores of its members dead or injured.

In Moadamyat al-Sham, an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group and killed and injured all of its members.

A military source told SANA reporter that terrorists' weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the operation, adding that scores of terrorists were also killed in Daraya city in Damascus Countryside. The source said that the army clashed with terrorists in Jubar and destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings.

The army eliminated scores of terrorists and destroyed their vehicles and weapons in the area of Barzah neighborhood.

The army pursued a terrorist group in Harasta city and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists. 

Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

Our armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists, crushed their dens at al-Haidariya roundabout, al-Meslmieh, Menng and al-Liramon and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

An official source told SANA reporter that a number of terrorists were left dead or wounded al-Haidariya roundabout as their dens were crushed with all weapons inside including heavy machineguns and ammunition.

The source mentioned that units of the armed forces clashed with terrorists near the glass factory, Hilan, al-Jubaila in al-Meslmieh, killing a number of them.

Another unit destroyed a mortar and a number of terrorists' dens in villages of al-Alqamieh, Tunaibeh and Menneg in Aleppo countryside.

In factories area in al-Liramon, a number of terrorists' gatherings were eliminated as their weapons were destroyed.

Armed Forces units clashed with terrorists near the glass factory in al-Maslamiye area, eliminating a number of them and injuring others.

A mortar launcher and a number of terrorist hideouts were destroyed in al-Madafeh area and near the Mennegh gas station, in addition to killing and injuring a number of terrorists, some of them snipers.

In a special operation targeting a terrorist hideout in Hailan village near Aleppo Central Prison, an Armed Forces unit destroyed a mortar launcher and a heavy machinegun.

Army Continues Operations in Daraa

The Armed Forces continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in Daraa countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that scores of terrorists were killed in the area of Khirbat Ghazaleh, adding that among them were Izzat Mamdouh al-Rashed, Ahmad Mohammad Mousa Barghouth, Qasem Theeb al-Ghothani, Moheeb Fawzi Fayyad al-Haj Ali and Ahmad Abdul-Rahman Fayez al-Nwairan.

The source added that the army also targeted terrorists' hideouts in the areas of Nafe'a, Sahim, al-Shajara, al-Shabraq and Jasem and killed scores of terrorists, among them were terrorists of non-Syrian nationalities.

The source said that terrorists Mahmoud Ahmad al-Tabtawi of the Jordanian nationality, Yahya Abdullah Abu Said and Abul-Mahmoud al-Satoufi of the Libyan nationality, and Khaled Ismael al-Sharqawi of the Egyptian nationality were identified among the dead.

The source said that the terrorists burned about 50 corpses of non-Syrian nationalities' terrorists in the area of Da'el after the people of Ibta' town refused to bury them in their town.

Terrorists Eliminated In Idleb Province

An Armed Forces unit destroyed a terrorists' hideouts in the vicinity of Taftanaz Airport and on the road between Sermin, Binnish and Abu al-Dhuhor in Idleb province, killing a number of terrorists.

The army also eliminated terrorist groups which had been blockading roads and committing robberies on the Idleb-Harem road and the Aleppo-Idleb Highway and in the areas of al-Nayrab, Bakfalon, Maartamsrin, Ein Sheb, Tal Salmo, and al-Tura'a.

Army units destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts in Ein al-Soda, al-Janoudiye turnpike, Haj Hammoud farm, Tal al-Dahab and Gatroun areas in Jisr al-Shughour countryside.

Terrorists Eliminated, Weapons and Munitions Warehouse Destroyed in Homs

In Homs city, an Army unit targeted armed terrorist groups in al-Warsha neighborhood and inflicted heavy losses upon them, in addition to confiscating machineguns, an RPG launcher, munitions, medical supplies and communication devices in al-Qarabis fields while terrorists were trying to sneak them into the neighborhoods of Jouret al-Shiyah and al-Khalidiye.

The Army also inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Qsier, southwest of al-Husseiniya.

In the village of al-Majdal east of al-Rastan, a warehouse containing weapons, munitions and missiles was destroyed.

An Armed Forces unit clashed with terrorists in al-Sayeh valley, eliminating a number of them, while another unit eliminated Khaldoun Diab, the leader of a terrorist group belonging to Jabhet al-Nusra, along with most of his cohorts.

Engineering units dismantled 65 explosive devices weighing between 25-30 kg each planted by armed terrorist groups in al-Jusiyeh in al-Qsier countryside.

Army Kills Terrorists' leader, Dismantles IEDs in al-Qseir

The engineering units dismantled 45 explosive devices planted by terrorists in the western farms of al-Qseir city in Homs countryside.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the explosive devices were planted to prevent the army from advancing and pursuing the terrorist groups.

The source added that an army unit killed terrorist Mohammad Othman al-Bika'e, the leader of a terrorist group affiliated to the so-called "al-Farouq Battalion" along with 11 terrorists of his group in the town of al-Sallomyeh in al-Qseir countryside.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the al-Sina'a neighborhood in Deir Ezzor and killed 9 terrorists and injured others.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorists Adham Nayef al-Junaid and Samer Nabil al-Furati were identified among the dead.

The source said that another army unit eliminated a terrorists' gathering in Jam'yat al-Hizb neighborhood and destroyed a Mortar in the area, adding that among the killed terrorists was Hamada al-Omari.

Authorities Raid Terrorist Hideout, Confiscate Weapons in Hama

In Hama countryside, the authorities raided a terrorist hideouts west of the road to Aleppo, confiscating large amounts of weapons including NATO sniper rifles, assault rifles, RPG launchers and rounds, PKC machineguns, magazines, satchels, military uniforms and communication devices.

Ghussoun / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/05/480650.htm

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Latest news: Israel declares war against Syria

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Explosions Hit Scientific Research Center in Jamraya Caused by an Israeli Rocket Attack

May 5, 2013

Several explosions hit al-Hameh area in Damascus countryside on Sunday.

Initial information indicated that the explosions took place in Jamraya and targeted the Scientific Research Center there causing casualties.

The information also indicated that these explosions have been caused by Israeli rocket attacks.

The new Israeli aggression is a clear attempt to raise the gunmen morale after the painful blows they received at the hands of our valiant army in several places and after the achievements which were realized on the ground by our armed forces to restore security and stability to Syria.

The new Israeli aggression shows the direct involvement of the Zionist entity in the conspiracy against Syria and the relationship that links the armed terrorist groups with the Israeli hostile schemes backed by the Western, regional and some Gulf states.

Senior Israeli Official Admits Aggression on Jamraya Center

Meanwhile, a high ranking Israeli official admitted that Israel launched an aggression on Syria early Sunday.

AFP quoted the Israeli official, who asked not to be named, as saying that Israel launched an air attack early Sunday morning on sites in Damascus Countryside using "Iranian weapons" as a pretext.

The Israeli official added that Israel's air force is at a very high level of readiness to face any possibility.

US President Barack Obama reiterated in a statement on Saturday thatIsrael has the right to work to defend itself.

Earlier, the Jamraya site was the target of an Israeli strike on January 30.

Ghossoun /H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/05/480617.htm

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04/05/2013

Syria: President Assad visits Damascus University

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President al-Assad Inaugurates Memorial of Syrian Universities' Martyrs 

May 04, 2013

President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday participated with thousands of students in the inauguration of the memorial of Syrian Universities' Martyrs at Damascus University.

After the inauguration ceremony, President al-Assad talked with the families of the martyrs and a group of students, stressing that the  terrorist groups targeted university students and institutions because of their obscurantist ideology.

President al-Assad added that these groups which are fighting the Syrian people  and their regional and western supporters could not bear the statue of Abu al-Alaa al-Maarri or the Suspension Bridge of Der Ezzor, which is a cultural monument, so they will not bear the idea of Syrian youths who are armed with knowledge to confront their obscurantism and criminality.

President al-Assad asserted that Syria gave the alphabet to the world which enabled the whole humanity to start writing, and Syria gave science, literature and architecture to the whole world, pointing out that as it was, Syria will remain.

The students stressed that they will continue defending Syria through pursuing knowledge and protecting the infrastructure of their universities.

The inauguration ceremony started with observing a moment of silence for the souls of the martyrs, and then the national anthem was played. 

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/04/480515.htm

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

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May 2, 2013 - Google Alerts: 1 new result for latest news Syria SANA:
Syria accuses rebels of exposing people to unknown liquid in Idlib
People's Daily Online

Quoting a source in the province, SANA said that after the two people died, the housewife and her children went out to the street frightened, and an "armed terrorist group" gave them protective masks and brought three people they had previously ...
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May 3, 2013 - Google Alerts: 1 new result for latest news Syria SANA:
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Photo: SANA (Syrian News Agency)
AP...
In the Syrian civil war's latest alleged mass killing, activists said Friday that regime troops and gunmen from nearby Alawite areas beat, stabbed and shot at least 50 people in the Sunni Muslim village of Bayda.

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Google talks about 'activists' and does not give a direct link to the website of the Syrian News Agency Sana.
The link to Sana is:
 http://sana.sy/index_eng.html (If the link is not deactivated)