Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Latest News Syria: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

december 30, 2013


’2013 will be remembered as the year in which the world bid a sad but celebratory farewell to Nelson Mandela… I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities.’ (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the UN-website where you’ll find no mention of the 5.000 Syrians  which were just evacuated)

Latest News Syria: Damascus Countryside

december 26, 2013

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Provinces,Dec 26, 2013 (SANA)- A military source on Thursday told SANA that scores of terrorists were eliminated in the villages of Jadideh, Erbid, Kwairis, al-Zarzour, Mayer and al-Ziyarah and surrounding Aleppo central prison, al-Tamourah, surrounding the thermal station as their tools were also destroyed.

The source said that a big number of terrorists were killed in the industrial area, al-Wdaihi, Ebtin, Blas and Hadadin. Terrorists’ weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.

Army units kill terrorists in several areas of Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists’ dens and gatherings in several areas of Damascus Countryside, killing many of them, including a Lebanese terrorist.

A source told SANA that an army unit killed many terrorists in the area surrounding al-Huda Mosque in Douma city, including Ziad Mattar from Lebanon, while another army unit destroyed two terrorists’ cars and their weapons in al-Hajariyeh farms and al-Shafoniyeh town.

The source added that the army units stormed  a terrorists’ den in Adra al-Balad and killed other terrorists in al-Mlaiha and Erbin.

Another army unit clashed with terrorists near al-Thanaweia roundabout  in Harasta and killed 3 of them.

In Joubar neighborhood, an army unit killed two terrorists near al-Orfan Mosque.

Army units continue hunting terrorists in the workers city of Adra

A military source said that the army units continued hunting the armed terrorist groups in the workers city of Adra and the area surrounding it.

The source added that the army units ambushed terrorists and killed scores of them near  the sanitation in the city’s expansion.

Latest News Syria: Slovakia

december 6, 2013


December 6, 2013

Prague, (SANA)- Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said it is important that the West and Europe defend the principles and work course regarding the crisis in Syria, which he added is being manifested in setting a date for the international Geneva 2 conference.

In an interview with the Czech Paper Pravo, published Friday, Lajack highlighted the importance of putting pressure on the main players concerned with the situation in Syria to sit around the dialogue table.

He criticized the “wrong” stances adopted by the west regarding Syria in the past two years.

“In a situation like in Syria, it’s always wrong to play the role of active supporter and lawyer on behalf of one of the sides of the crisis,” Lajcak said.

The international conference due on Syria has been scheduled to be held on 22nd of next January.

B. Mousa/ H. Said

Latest News Syria: operations against terrorists

december 6, 2013

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Provinces, (SANA) – Terrorists’ gatherings and equipment, including cars and weapons, were targeted in several areas around the country on Friday, with several terrorist groups being wholly eliminated.

Army foils terrorists’ attack on military checkpoints in Homs

A military source told SANA  the army units destroyed terrorists’ dens in Bab Hud, al-Qusour and al-Hamidiyeh neighborhoods in Homs city and in al-Rastan city in the countryside.

The source added that other army units clashed with terrorists who were attempting to attack a military checkpoint in Tal al-Ghar near Ein Hussein village in the countryside, killing and injuring scores of them.

Army units eliminate terrorists, dismantle explosive devices in Damascus and its Countryside

An official source said that the army units killed all members of armed terrorist groups to the west of al-Nabek city and progressed in the area surrounding Rima farms.

Among the dead terrorists were Ahmad al-Adib, Firas Khaled and Zaid al-Fleitani.

The source added that army units dismantled scores of explosive devices weighing between 15-50 Kg planted by terrorists in the streets and citizens’ houses in the western neighborhood of al-Nabek city, while other army units clashed with terrorists in Maaloula city and the area surrounding it, killing and injuring scores of them.

In the eastern Ghouta, other army units stormed terrorists’ dens and gatherings in al-Dalbeh town and al-Qarieh al-Shamiya, killing many of them, including Adnan Jaradeh and Ahmad al-Takla.

In Deir Salman farms, the army units destroyed a terrorists’ den and killed all terrorists inside them, including Jihad al-Batahesh.

Meanwhile, the army units destroyed a terrorists’ cashe along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in Ein Tarma, in addition to killing many terrorists, including Mahrous al-Hanash and Yusuf al-Hanash.

The source pointed out that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Thanawiyeh roundabouts in Harasta in the countryside and killed many of them, including Khalil Hamza and Mohammad Darwish.

Another army unit pursued terrorists in Joubar neighborhood in the countryside and killed a number of them, including Rfaat Khudr.

In the southern countryside of Damascus, the army units destroyed terrorists’ dens along with the weapons and ammunition in Yelda and Babila towns, killing many terrorists, including Abdulrahman al-Buqaai.

Other army units carried out operations against terrorists’ gatherings in al-Jamiyat neighborhood and al-Alali area in Darayaa city in the countryside, killing a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

In the same context, the army units continued hunting terrorists in al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods in the city and killed many of them, including Majed Badran, Yusuf Hsaian and Wasim Dwra.

Meanwhile, another army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group in al-Sheer al-Ahmar in al-Rhaibeh in Damascus Countryside.

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Jihad Syria: Turkey, Saudi-Arabia and US

december 6, 2013

‘Signs are increasing that Ankara is gradually, albeit somewhat reluctantly, giving up its support for the radical Islamist group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, which it once promoted as the most effective force in Syria againts Bashar al-Assa.’

Latest News Syria: dozens of terrorists eliminated

oktober 31, 2013

Oct 31, 2013

Provinces, (SANA) – Army units carried out intensive operations against terrorists’ gatherings, eliminating dozens of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition in different areas around the country.

Terrorists killed in Northern countryside of Lattakia

Units of the armed forces targeted terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Beit Sakhta, Beit Ablaq, al-Sawda and Marj Khukha villages in the northern countryside of Lattakia, killing and injuring scores of them.

A military source told SANA that among the dead terrorists were al-Moutasim Bllah from Chechen, Ahmad Kour Oglan and Maher al-Sabbagh.

Army units eliminate terrorists in Deir Ezzor

A unit of the armed forces carried out a special operation against an armed terrorist group’s members who were stationed in al-Sarawi Tower in al-Rshdiyeh neighborhood in Deir Ezzor, killing many of them, including a sniper.

An official source told SANA that the operation resulted in destroying a car equipped with heavy machinegun near the Tower and killing all terrorists inside it.

The source added that another army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group in al-Haweiqa neighborhood and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

Army units kill terrorists in Damascus countryside

Army units killed and injured numbers of terrorists, some of a Libyan nationality in operations against their hideouts in Barzeh neighborhood, eastern Ghouta and the northern countryside of Damascus.

An official source told SANA that a car equipped with a heavy machinegun was destroyed and an armed terrorist group eliminated in Barzeh neighborhood as an army unit clashed with terrorists, killing three of them east of the electricity company in Jobar neighborhood.

The source added that an army unit pursued terrorists east of the Police Hospital and south of Daya Co., killing numbers of them as the army operations continued on Zamalka axis, killing the terrorist Diab Mustapha al-Wazir and injuring others.

Deep into eastern Ghouta, an army unit clashed with armed terrorist groups in al-Kasemieh and Htaitet al-Turkman, killing several terrorists as other units carried out a series of qualitative operations, destroying terrorist hideouts in al-Mleiha and Zabdin.

The terrorist Mohammad Hassan Sreiwil was identified among the dead as a heavy machinegun was destroyed and the terrorist Mohammad al-Rashed was killed on al-Baharia farms axis.

Up to 20 terrorists have been killed and around 50 others injured during a qualitative operation by an army unit in al-Nashabieh, as other units pounded terrorist gatherings in Deir al-Asafir, Marj al-Sultan and Jisrin, killing many terrorists, among them Fouad Adnan Bobas and Mohammad Eid Bakkar.

A terrorist concentration was destroyed in Karm al-Rasas farms between Duma and Harasta. The terrorists Mohammad Ghazi Yousef was identified among the dead as another unit eliminated a terrorist group south of Sar factory in Adra.

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group near Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque in Daraya and killed four of its members.

An army unit killed several terrorists and injured others northwest of Maaloula, some of them non Syrians, among them the Libyan Abid al-Deis.

A military source told SANA that army units eliminated armed terrorist groups and destroyed mortar cannon in al-Ghanam bazaar in Adra, a factory for manufacturing explosives and a rocket launcher in Yabroud area in Damascus countryside.

 Protest against terrorists’ crimes in Yabroud, Damascus Countryside

Scores of Yabroud  city’s citizens protested in front of al-Hussein and al-Khudour Mosques against the acts of the armed terrorist groups in the city.

SANA reporter said that scores of citizens went out to streets against the acts of the armed terrorist and Takfiri groups in the city of killing, rape, steeling and sacrilege the worship places, calling on terrorists to get out of the city and end all acts of terrorism in Yabroud.

Arms cache discovered, terrorist groups eliminated in Hama, Homs and Idleb

The competent authorities seized an arms cache on the outskirts of Hama city as the army units eliminated armed terrorist groups in several neighborhoods and villages in Homs province. Several terrorists have also been killed during a clash between terrorist groups in Idleb countryside.

A military source told SANA that the competent authorities stormed a den for terrorists on Hama-Aleppo road, confiscating machineguns, automatic rifles, explosive charges, hand grenades and shells.

In Homs, an army unit eliminated terrorist gatherings near Abdullah Bin Masoud Mosque in Bab Houd neighborhood and west of Kafrnan and the villages of Rahoum and Um al-Rif, north of Jabal al-Nahdain near Sadad, al-Hazm al-Awsat, north of Hawarin and in al-Tibeh area in Palmyra countryside.

Army units destroyed dens for terrorists in the villages of al-Maland in Jisr al-Shughour, Kafranbel and al-Dar al-Kabira in Maaret al-Numan and south of Jabal al-Arbain in Idleb countryside.

Armed terrorist groups have been eliminated in an ambush by an army unit between Kafrlata and Maarbleid villages and near Jabal al-Arbain.

A clash between two armed terrorist groups erupted in Talaamar village in Salqin area during which big number of terrorists have been killed, among them Ahmad Haj Ali.

Terrorist killed in Hasaka countryside

An army unit killed a number of terrorists and injured others and destroyed their equipment in Tal Hamis area in the countryside of Hasaka, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists’ gathering in al-Dawajen area.

Residents in Qamishli villages confront infiltrating terrorists

In another context, residents of al-Jass’eh village in the countryside of Qamishli in Hasaka province repelled armed terrorist groups that tried to infiltrate their village and attack them and their properties.

An official source told SANA reporter that the residents courageously confronted the terrorists and killed three of them, while the others fled away.

Residents of Tal Majdal village also clashed with armed terrorist groups that entered their village and killed numbers of their members.

Army eliminates terrorists, destroys explosive devices manufacturing factory in Damascus Countryside

Army units destroyed a factory for manufacturing explosive devices to the north-west of Yabroud and weapons and ammunition cache in the western farms of Jairoud in addition to destroying terrorists’ vehicles in Jaba’din in Damascus Countryside, a military source told SANA Thursday.

Army units destroyed a factory for manufacturing explosive devices to the north-west of Yabroud and weapons and ammunition cache in the western farms of Jairoud in addition to destroying terrorists’ vehicles in Jaba’din in Damascus Countryside, a military source told SANA Thursday.

The army units also eliminated all members of armed terrorist groups to the east of Housh Arab, in al-Saqi street in al-Nabek and south of Sar cleaners factory in Adra.

Military operations target terrorists’ gatherings in Aleppo and Idleb 

Army units carried out operations against terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Aleppo and its countryside and Idleb provinces, eliminating armed terrorist groups.A military source said that an army unit confiscated a mortar launcher of an armed terrorist group that was fortifying in a building in the surrounding area of al-Sheikh Said neighborhood, killing all of its members.

The source added that terrorists’ gatherings were targeted in a intensive operation in the surrounding area of the Central Prison, al-Kindi Hospital and Daret-Ezza, in addition to destroying armed terrorist group’s missile and mortar launchers in al-Jdeideh and al-Kweiris villages.

In Idleb countryside, army units destroyed in intensive and swift operations cars loaded with weapons and ammunition on Bennish-al-To’owm road and the area surrounding Saraqeb, killing all the terrorists inside them.

Terrorists’ gatherings destroyed, terrorists killed in Homs

Army units destroyed several cars loaded with weapons and ammunition, and killed all members of armed terrorist groups in Homs and its countryside.

An official source said that an army unit destroyed five cars laden with weapons and ammunition to the west of elderly hospice in al-Saan area and terrorists’ gatherings in al-Rabiyeh, al-Msheirfeh and al-Habra al-Sharqiyeh in al-Mukharram area, Khalij Kiseen and al-Hazm area near al-Hawarin village.

The source added that an army unit confronted an armed terrorist group that attempted to attack a military checkpoint near al-Zara Bridge, killing many terrorists including Motasem al-Dandashi, the leader of the so-called “Jonoud Allah battalion”.

The source pointed out that members of an armed terrorist group were killed in the area between al-Khalediyeh and al-Zara villages, while army units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in operations against their gatherings near al-Walid Compound in Jurat al-Shayyah, Souk, al-Jaj and al-Qussour neighborhoods in the city of Homs.

English Bulletin


Latest News Syria: no-fly zone near Jordan border

juni 15, 2013


An Israeli news source:

‘US studying Syria no-fly zone near Jordan border’

June 15, 2013

Wall Street Journal reports buffer zone near southern border with Jordan would be used to train rebels, protect refugees.

As a part of its proposal to provide military aid to the Syrian rebels, the United States is studying setting up a limited no-fly zone in Syria close to the southern border with Jordan in order to protect Syrian refugees and rebel forces training in the area, two senior Western diplomats in Turkey said on Friday.

Their comments, confirmed by a third regional diplomat, came after Washington said it would step up military assistance to rebels battling President Bashar Assad in response to what it said was proof of chemical weapons use by Assad’s forces.

‘After Syria chemical arms use, US to arm rebels’

“Washington is considering a no-fly zone to help Assad’s opponents,” one diplomat
said. He said it would be limited “time-wise and area-wise, possibly near the Jordanian border,” without giving details.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the no-fly zone would stretch up to 25 miles into Syria, and would be enforced with aircraft flown from Jordan or from Navy ships in the Mediterranean or Red Sea.

US officials told the Journal the White House is considering proposals to arm and train the rebels in Jordan, but that Washington could decide to train rebels in Jordan without enforcing the no-fly zone.

The limited no-fly zone would cost an estimated $50 million a day, and would take a month to get up and running. However, the window of opportunity to set it up is limited.

If Russia decides to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Assad regime, it would become too dangerous for US pilots to enforce the buffer zone, the officials told the Journal.

Imposing a no-fly zone would therefore require the United States to destroy Syria’s air defenses, entering the two-year-old civil war with the sort of action that NATO used to help topple Muammar Gaddafi in Libya two years ago.

Despite that, the officials said the no-fly zone would not necessitate the destruction of Syrian anti-aircraft batteries.

The area near the Jordanian border contains some of the most densely-populated parts of Syria, including the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Washington has moved Patriot surface-to-air missiles, war planes and more than 4,000 troops into Jordan in the past week, officially as part of an annual exercise, but making clear that the forces deployed could stay on when the war games are over.

A White House National Security Council spokeswoman declined to comment on the topic.

France: UN backing for Syria no-fly zone ‘unlikely’ France said on Friday that it was unlikely for now that a no-fly zone would be established over Syria because of opposition from some members of the UN Security Council.

“The problem with this type of measure is that it can only be put in place with approval from the international community,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told journalists.

“A decision from the United Nations Security Council is needed, and not just any decision,” he said. A Chapter 7 resolution authorizing military action was needed, and that was unlikely to be passed, he added.

Assad’s government can count on Moscow to block any such resolution if it were to be brought to a vote.

Lalliot said France had yet to make a decision on arming rebels, but that all these issues would be discussed among heads of state at next week’s G8 summit.

Apart from arming the rebels, France could also extend further help to them in the form of sharing more intelligence, providing training and planning operations, Lalliot added.

He declined to say whether that meant French military advisers would be on the ground
in Syria, although diplomatic sources have indicated some are already operating in Turkey and Jordan.

The White House said Washington would now provide “direct military support” to the opposition. It did not publicly specify whether this would include “lethal aid,” which would mark a reversal of Obama’s previous resistance to arming the rebels. But a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the package would include weapons.

Syrian rebels already receive light arms from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They have asked for heavier weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. European countries, in particular France, have argued that the solution is to provide more weapons for mainstream rebels to marginalize extremists.

“We want anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons,” George Sabra, acting leader of the National Coalition political opposition bloc, told Al Arabiya television. “We expect to see positive results and genuine military support.”

Syrian rebel commanders were due to meet Western and Turkish officials in Turkey on Friday to discuss military assistance to the rebels. Until now Washington has been deeply reluctant to send weapons, citing a risk that they would end up in the hands of radical Sunni Muslim brigades.

One of the diplomats said that setting up a no-fly zone could also help Western efforts to monitor the recipients of any arms supplies.

Free Syria Army General Salim Idris told Al Arabiya that the Syrian opposition hopes to translate the change in American position into reality, and be given tangible access to weapons and ammunition.

He also warned that if the US backtracks on its decision to arm the rebels, Iran and Hezbollah would cement their control over the region.

US Senator John McCain, a hawk on Syria, said America needed to neutralize Assad’s air power: “They (rebels) have enough light weapons. They’ve got enough AK-47s. AK-47s don’t do very well against tanks,” McCain told CNN. “They need anti-tank weapons and they need anti-air weapons.”

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed what he said was a “clear US statement”. “The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels.


The Washington Times – May 10, 2013
‘Put down the arms. The Middle East peace process demands talk, diplomacy and politics, not military involvement, said U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’:

Photo: On April 19, 2013, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) has negotiated with Israeli officials on sales of new weapons to Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Syria: Etienne Davignon, Guy Verhofstadt, European Union, Bilderberg Group

juni 10, 2013


Belgian former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt who is actually president of the European Group of Liberals, dreams of a federal European superstate: “A federal EU is the only option. The EU should have its own president, foreign minister, army and prosecutor” – Verhofstadt on Lybia: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick” – Verhofstadt on Syria: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”

In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission.
In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was elected a member of the European Parliament for the term 2009–2014. He also has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission by a coalition of greens, socialists and liberals.
On July 1, 2009 he was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former statesmen. The group works to promote ‘democratic governance and leadership worldwide’.

Since 2012 is Verhofstadt a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding (petroleum gas and oil platforms). He can look forward to a fee which is in line with that of the other directors, who last year received an amount between 42.000 134.000 euros. The Belgian industrialist Viscount Etienne Davignon is Honorary Director of Sofina.

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

Verhofstadt pleads for the supply of heavy weapons to the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’. It is part of Verhofstadt’s idea of a Greater Europe and an European army. On 20 February 2009 the European Parliament voted in favour of the creation of Synchronised Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) as a first step towards a true European military force. SAFE will be directed by an EU directorate, with its own training standards and operational doctrine. There are also plans to create an EU “Council of Defence Ministers” and “a European statute for soldiers within the framework of Safe governing training standards, operational doctrine and freedom of operational action”.

Syria: Belgian Involved in Fighting with Terrorist Groups Killed

juni 10, 2013


A Belgian Involved in Fighting with Terrorist Groups Killed in Syria 

Jun 10, 2013

Italian news agency AKI said a twenty-year-old Belgian youth has been killed in Syria after entering Syrian and joining the armed terrorist groups in it.

The agency quoted local sources as saying that the youth, named Tariq, is a brother of a young man who has just been arrested on his return to Belgium from Syria last week.

There is uncertain information proving that the two brothers are belonging to a newly dismantled extremist cell called “a Sharia for Belgium.” According to the agency.

Earlier, Belgian officials exchanged accusations over the phenomena of young Belgians going to fight alongside the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

A number of ministers of the current Belgian government have faced sharp criticism for doing nothing in this regard. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders criticized the refusal of Belgian Interior and Justice Ministries to provide him with information about the youth who went to or preparing themselves to go to Syria.

The issue of the Europeans who went to fight in Syria under the name of Jihad and finding more effective means for tackling this issue was repeatedly reviewed by the European Ministers but in vain.

It is supposed that 80 to 100 Belgians, mostly extremists and underage, have joined the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Ghossoun /

Latest News Syria: European Union’s ‘political solution’

mei 29, 2013


1) BRUSSELS, May 23 (UPI) — ‘European lawmakers said Thursday a political solution to the conflict was the preferred way to end the civil war in Syria’:

2) May 27, 2013 – ‘British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the European Union has agreed to lift its arms embargo on the Syrian opposition’: