13-11-13

Latest News Syria: The People's Party

November 13, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – The People's Party convened on Wednesday its first general conference in al-Sham Hotel in Damascus, stressing support to the firm principles of Syria in terms of holding the international conference (Geneva 2).

In its concluding statement, the People's Party asserted the necessity of confronting the U.S.-Zionist war against Syria and eradicating its tools.

The Party pointed out that the opposition groups which are operating outside Syria do not represent the will of the Syrian people, adding that the Syrians can draw their future and shoulder the responsibility of their domestic affairs.

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/13/512417.htm

Latest News Syria: Damascus

Syrian army forces have regained full control of a strategic town south of the capital Damascus following heavy clashes with foreign-backed militants.

Nov 13, 2013

The state television said on Wednesday that following days of clashes with foreign-backed militants "The army has taken town of Hujeira." 

"The town is totally under the control of the army after three days of fighting. This has tightened the noose on armed terrorist groups," said a senior security official, adding, "It gives a new dimension to securing the southern entrance of Damascus and cutting supply lines to the terrorist groups present south of Damascus." 

On Tuesday, in the flashpoint city of Homs, Syrian troops seized several vehicles equipped with heavy machinegun and killed their drivers. 

Also on Monday, the Syrian troops carried out a military operation against Takfiri militants in the key neighborhood of Barzeh, located north of Damascus, inflicting heavy losses on them. 

On Sunday, Syrian soldiers regained full control of a strategic base, dubbed Base 80, near Aleppo International Airport. 

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Photo: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination. In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt.

Latest News Syria: symbolic gifts to the martyrs' families

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November 13, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that honoring martyrs reflects embodiment of the sublime values of martyrdom.

"Honoring martyrs is also a constitutional, legal, humane and ethical duty towards the martyrs' families," the Premier added during a ceremony for honoring martyrs' families at Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus.

He stressed the government's keenness to offer the martyrs' families the care that befits their sacrifices.

PM al-Halqi elaborated on the lofty meanings of martyrdom and the role of martyrs in shielding the homeland against any future attempts that seek to undermine Syria.

Al-Halqi underlined the importance that the government and civil society exert concerted efforts to offer all it takes to honor martyrs and their families.

''Syria is marching towards astounding victory thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army,'' al-Halqi said, indicating that Syria is recovering from its wounds and witnessing the start of the reconstruction process.

The Premier distributed symbolic gifts to the martyrs' families, who affirmed that they take pride in the martyrdom of their sons to preserve the unity and dignity of the homeland.

Read more at: http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/13/512284.htm

Photo: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Nasser supported the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination. In 1956 after the United States had refused to grant aid for building the Aswān Dam, Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The nationalization led to the 1956 Arab-Israeli War, in which Great Britain, France, and Israel jointly attacked Egypt.

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Middle East peace talks

 

Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank

Adam Horowitz on November 12, 2013

Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.

Oppenheimer:

The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.

The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.

More from Haaretz:

The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.

The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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April 14, 2004 - 'Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace'
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

'US could kill Middle East Peace'
http://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/us-could-kill-mi...

3 hours ago - Abbas: 'Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over'
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#.UoLEmvk2aLc

November 13, 2013 - 1 hour ago - Middle East peace process nears collapse
http://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east-peace-process-nears-collapse-20131113-2xf86.html

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/8287-call-to-suspend-peace-talks-after-lieberman-is-reinstated

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/world/middleeast/netany...

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12-11-13

'Peace talks': Kerry in Jerusalem to keep peace talks alive

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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Mar 20, 2013 - 'How Obama Became Netanyahu'
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/how-obama-became-netanyahu0.html

August 4, 2013 - 'Kerry makes new, ambitious Mideast peace push'
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22977410/kerry-meets-israeli-leaders-push-mideast-peace

November 2, 2013 - 'US Must Sell Peace Talks to Israeli, Palestinian Public'
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/opinion/2013/08/palestinian-media-rights-peace-talks.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

Saudi religious leader against jihadists going to Syria

Mecca , October 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has said it is "wrong" to fight in Syria's civil war and Saudi jihadists should not go.

“This is all wrong, it's not obligatory,” Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said, according to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

“These are feuding factions and one should not go there. I do not advise one to go there... Going to a land that you do not know and without experience, you will be a burden to them, what they want from you is your prayer,” he said.

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August 27th, 2013 - 'U.S. said to organize major weapons transfer to Syria rebels, financed by Gulf states'
http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/27/u-s-said-to-organize-major-weapons-transfer-to-syria-rebels-financed-by-gulf-states/

November 7, 2013 - 'Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force'
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis-saudi-arabia-spend-millions-new-rebel-force

November 7, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons'
http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Syrian-Rebel-Groups-Vie-for-Saudi-Funding-and-Weapons.html

November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists'
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 12, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia offers USD 300 million to terrorists…Doha Coalition admits subordination'
http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512151.htm

News Syria: Massive rally in Jibreen, Aleppo to support the army

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November 12, 2013

Aleppo, (SANA) - Citizens of Jibreen village in Aleppo went out in a massive rally to express support to the Syrian Army in confronting terrorism.

The citizens took to streets and squares of the village with the participation of Electricity Minister Imad Khamis, Secretary of Aleppo Branch of al-Baath Arab Socialist Part Ahmad Saleh Ibrahim and Aleppo Governor Mohammad Wahid Akkad.

The participants affirmed their support to the Syrian Army in confronting terrorism and achieving victories over the enemies and terrorists who are launching a fierce war on Syria, stressing readiness to sacrifice their souls for preserving Syria's dignity and sovereignty.

For his part, the Electricity Minister hailed the steadfastness of Aleppo citizens in the face of the war to which Syria is exposed, affirming the government's keenness to meet the citizens' needs, pointing out that the maintenance workshops will work to rehabilitate electrical power in the village.

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B. Mousa/ Mazen

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512209.htm

Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/world/middleeast/syria.html

Latest news Syria: new qualitative industries

November 12, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, stressed the government's commitment to launching new qualitative industries to meet the needs of the local market.

During a meeting with members of Damascus Chamber of Industry, al-Halqi reviewed the efforts exerted by the government to improve the national industries and to consolidate the elements of their steadfastness in the shade of the terrorist acts perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups.

The Prime Minister hailed the national industrialists and businessmen who withstood in the homeland and insisted to continue production and work with the government to provide the requirements of decent living for the Syrian people.

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In turn, members of the chamber reviewed the reality of industry and mechanisms to develop it.

They pointed out to the efforts of the government in maintaining the national industries and developing them in quantity and quality in spite of the crisis.

In a statement following the meeting, Head of Damascus Chamber of Industry, Basel al-Hamwi, stressed that the meeting discussed several important issues, including cooperation and coordination between the government and the industrial sector in decision making in this regard.

Al-Hamwi called on industrialists to return to the areas which are cleared of the armed terrorist groups, pointing out that the industrialists discussed with the Prime Minister mechanisms to rehabilitate and repair the damaged industrial establishments.

F.Allafi

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512187.htm 

Latest News Syria: terrorist acts against schools and holy places

Syrian government condemns terrorist acts against schools and holy places

 
Nov 12, 2013

Damascus, (SANA)-The Syrian government on Tuesday condemned the coward, brutal terrorist acts which targeted the schools in al-Qasaa, Bab Sharqi and other holy places in addition to the assassination of Parliament member Mejhim al-Saho.

"Those heinous acts are not strange of the mentality and culture of the armed takfiri terrorist groups who kill childhood and fight science and knowledge in a bid to consolidate illiteracy and violence among the Syrian people," the Cabinet said during a weekly session headed by Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

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Al-Halqi discussed with the Ministers the economic situation in the country, affirming that the price of the Syrian pound against foreign currency is stable, calling for opening new marketing points and taking new procedures to decrease the prices of basic food materials.

He reaffirmed that there are big quantities of oil products that boost the strategic reserve and cover the need of citizens during winter, pointing out to the rich stockpiles of wheat.

Al-Halqi referred to the efforts exerted to restore electricity to Aleppo and countryside after the terrorists targeted the power generating stations, saying that electricity is gradually returning to the city.

Prime Minister said that the national vaccination campaign will include 1.300 million child under 5-year, stressing that polio has vanished completely since 1999, but with the coming of the armed terrorist groups from 83 state, 13 cases occurred in Dir Ezzor infected by those terrorists.

Mazen

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512190.htm

Geneva 2 Syria: Kerry Backs Political Solution...

Feb. 28, 2013 - Kerry Backs Political Solution - Kerry said, “We want to see Assad and the Syrian opposition sitting at the same table to establish a transitional government as laid out in the Geneva Accords.”
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/tr/contents/articles/politics/2013/03/us-supports-negotiations-syria.html

August 27th, 2013 - 'U.S. said to organize major weapons transfer to Syria rebels, financed by Gulf states'
http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/27/u-s-said-to-organize-major-weapons-transfer-to-syria-rebels-financed-by-gulf-states/

November 7, 2013 - 'Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force'
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis-saudi-arabia-spend-millions-new-rebel-force

November 7, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons'
http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Syrian-Rebel-Groups-Vie-for-Saudi-Funding-and-Weapons.html

November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists'
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 12, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia offers USD 300 million to terrorists…Doha Coalition admits subordination'
http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512151.htm

Benghazi attack: AK-47 and FN F2000 NATO assault rifles

... 'Between 125 and 150 gunmen, "some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants," are reported to have participated in the assault. Some had their faces covered and wore flak jackets. Weapons they used during the attack included rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), hand grenadesAK-47 and FN F2000 NATO assault rifles, diesel canisters, mortars, and heavy machine guns and artillery mounted on gun trucks'...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack

Bomb badly damages Sweden consulate in Benghazi

Security officials inspect damage in the Swedish consulate after a car bomb exploded at its entrance, in Benghazi October 11, 2013. A car bomb exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, damaging the building's front and nearby houses, but no casualties were immediately reported, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

As a reminder:

11.10.2013

Bomb badly damages Sweden consulate in Benghazi

A bomb has exploded near the Swedish consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Initial reports indicated that the building sustained heavy damages, but that no one had been hurt in the blast.

No one was injured in the attack, according to initial reports. However, the explosion left the building heavily damaged.

Libyan officials have struggled to maintain peace in the country since the 2011 civil war.

The bombing came a day after gunmen released Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan from captivity. The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for the Libyan government's alleged involvement in the US capture of a suspected al-Qaeda militant over the weekend.

The attack also came in the wake of an assault on Russia's embassy in Tripoli by an armed group less than two weeks ago.

On September 11, militants linked to al-Qaeda affiliates attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, killing the US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

http://www.dw.de/bomb-badly-damages-sweden-consulate-in-benghazi/a-17151892

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November 2, 2012 - Benghazi consulate that came under attack by Al Qaeda militants was being used for CIA operations
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226821/CIA-admits-role-US-consulate-attack-Benghazi.html

'The American team in Tripoli was said to be working primarily with the newly formed Libyan intelligence agency under former US citizen Salem al-Hasi – a political dissident who for decades lived in the Atlanta area and taught Arabic to US soldiers'
http://rt.com/usa/charges-benghazi-attack-investigation-137/