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We sometimes have the impression that the search results are manipulated.
So, for example, it was hard to find the website of the Syrian Arab News Agency (Sana) on Google. And when you clicked the web address, the connection failed.
Google: 'We Are Not Censoring The Syrian Arab News Agency':
While Belgium is delivering weapons to the so called rebels and Free Syrian Army in Syria, the EU warns about threat of foreign fighters in Syria...
'EU warns about threat of foreign fighters in Syria'
December 4, 2013
BRUSSELS — The European Union's anti-terror chief will tell EU interior ministers on Thursday about the "major security threat" that the increase of foreign fighters in Syria poses.
A note for the meeting from the office of EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove stresses that numbers of fighters traveling back and forth from Syria is increasing.
The note, obtained by The Associated Press, specifically calls for better use of airline passenger information available to security officials to keep track of when and how rebels move to Syria.
Such legislation remains stuck in the European Parliament, and could remain there for months to come, considering the furor over the revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden about wholesale data-mining of EU citizens.
The note does not name the number of fighters traveling from the 28-member EU to Syria.
But the 11 western European countries with the biggest contingents in Syria are estimated to have some 1,200-1,700 people among rebel forces, according to government and analyst figures compiled by the AP for a story published Tuesday. That compares to estimates of 600-800 from those countries in late spring.
Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet organized an international gathering on the subject with a dozen counterparts on the eve of the EU meeting.
"We have to anticipate the returns (of fighters from Syria), the ways to handle this, the prevention measures and especially the exchange of information on the travels," she said.
Last month, the head of Britain's domestic spying agency said the intelligence service had seen "low hundreds of people" from Britain go to Syria and that some have since returned — stoking fears extremists could pose a domestic threat.
Some of them, said Britain's counter-terror chief Helen Ball on Wednesday, "decided to get themselves trained to use weapons or build bombs and engage in fighting".
"They are not some romantic freedom fighters," Ball said.
EU interior ministers will also be looking at ways to cooperate more closely with Syria's neighbor Turkey, through which most of the fighters move to get to the Syrian rebel camps.
"The EU should offer to assist Turkey in improving controls at borders and airports and should do more to help in preventing radicalization of individuals, especially in refugee camps," the note said.
A senior EU official, who demanded anonymity because of a sensitivity of the issue, said that beyond the fighters from the 28-nation EU, there were also some 500 from Balkan nations, highlighting the contribution from small nations like Bosnia and Kosovo.
"Kosovo has 80 to 100 for 2 million people," he said.
The official said the total number of EU fighters could be well above 1,000, bringing it roughly in line with the AP assessment.
The EU-based rebels are drawn by recruiters arranging travel and comfortable lodging. They instill militant Islam that EU security officials see as a potent threat once the fighters return home.
"There are cases where individuals continue traveling back and forth," the note for the ministers said. Rebels are often seen as heroes to a small section of youths upon return, making them ideal to further foster recruitment.
Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd contributed to this report from London.
Photo 1: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, left is welcomed by Belgium's Interior Minister Joelle Milquet at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. Milquet organized a meeting with the interior ministers from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Australia, Canada and the U.S. to discuss the problem of foreign fighters in Syria and the impact on homeland security.
Photo 2 and 3: European Parliament - Former Belgian Prime Minister and president of the group ALDE of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, promising weapons to the so called rebels and Free Syrian Army.
November 30, 2013 - 'FBI warns about Americans joining Islamic fighters in Syria':
March 14, 2013 - Weapons for Syrian 'rebels' - Verhofstadt: 'EU should follow French and UK lead and rethink arms embargo on Syria':
July 2, 2013 - 'The Saudi-Qatari Clash Over Syria':
Saudi Arabia and the United States are working closely together to bolster Syrian rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, reviving in the process an earlier model of covert military cooperation from the 1980s that successfully drove the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan.
U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan:
Europe militants in Syria pose threat to EU, allies:
December 4, 2013
An Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft belonging to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has delivered 25 tonnes of food to Latakia for Syrian civilians suffering from the internal armed conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Another Russian humanitarian operation has been carried out with relevant security measures provided by the Syrian authorities," it said...
"Russia will continue providing the necessary humanitarian aid to the friendly Syrian people both through special international organizations and in a bilateral format and will also provide assistance to Russian citizens permanently living in Syria and wishing to temporarily leave the country for security reasons," the statement reads.
Russia delivers humanitarian cargo to Syria's Latakia
Russia delivered another humanitarian consignment to Syria's Latakia on Tuesday, head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's international activity department Alexander Tomashov said.
An Il-76 cargo plane with 25 tonnes of food onboard landed at Bassel al-Assad International Airport, where the Russian Emergencies Ministry's team was met by Latakia governor Ahmed Sheikh Abdul Qadir.
"This humanitarian cargo from Russia proves once again that Syria is not alone in its war on terror," the governor said. "With the support of its friends the Syrian people will be able to win this battle."
In 2013, the Russian Emergencies Ministry sent over 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Syria and neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. Another 70 tonnes were intended for Palestinian refugees in Syria. The humanitarian consignment consisted of tents, electric generators, dishware, camp furniture, blankets, food and baby food.
The ministry's planes brought around 900 citizens of Russia and the CIS back to their homeland.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS
Massive EU Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Contribute to Fuelling International Aggression and Terrorism in the Middle East:
December 4, 2013
Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the terrorist attacks targeting places of worship and religious figures in Syria must stop, stressing the need to prepare a suitable atmosphere for holding the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2."
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June 20, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis':
The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that "no immediate decision" would be made on sending arms to the rebels. "Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies," President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
November 7, 2013- Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force - Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of "blowback" by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)
November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists':
November 13, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia officially rejects U.N. Security Council seat':
November 26, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia Should Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council': At the very moment that the U.N. General Assembly was voting to elect Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council earlier this month, Saudi police officers, assisted by vigilante mobs, launched an iron-fisted effort to round up and deport millions of undocumented foreign workers. The campaign reportedly entailed imprisoning, killing, and raping African and Asian migrants within its borders and provoked a violent protest by some migrants in the capital.
November 28, 2013 - The Syrian National Coalition has previously set conditions for attending peace talks - 'Ahmad Jarba said the Syrian National Coalition saw talks as a step towards "leadership transition", meaning President Bashar al-Assad's removal.' (BBC News)
December 2, 2013 – ‘Bashar al-Assad implicated in Syria war crimes’, says UN:
December 3, 2013 - The Saudi Arabian and Western 'Civil War' in Syria...
Saudi officials have said they are now fighting two wars in Syria: One against the regime, and the other against the growing ranks of al Qaeda-allied fighters flocking to the battlefield. Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi prince overseeing his country's support for the rebels, vowed to kill both Mr. Assad and extremists among the rebels. For most of the past two years, Saudi Arabia concentrated its support on the more secular, nationalist force of the so called Free Syrian Army. During that time, the kingdom spent $400 million on arms and equipment funneled to the force, according to the Western diplomat briefed by Saudis. The Saudis are now pinning much of their hopes in Syria on a strengthening 'rebel force' called Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam. Qatar arranged a meeting between the Saudi Arabian Islamists and envoys from the U.S., the U.K., France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other members of the London 11 on the outskirts of the Turkish capital Ankara. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
December 4, 2013 - 2 hours ago – VOICE OF AMERICA
‘NATO, Russian Foreign Ministers Support Syria Peace Talks’
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.
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.
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.
October 27, 2011: Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
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
December 4, 2013
Terrorists killed, dens stormed in Damascus and its Countryside
An official source told SANA that the army units killed dozens of terrorists in a series of operations against them in the areas of al-Nabek and Yabroud, adding that terrorists Mohammad Naseef and Muhannad Ashour were identified among the dead.
The source added that the army also targeted terrorists in the areas of Douma and Harasta and the farms of Il'ab, al-Abbada and Alya, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among them were Aref al-Hajjeh, Mohammad al-Sa'our, Hisham Kabreta and Issam Sweidan.
The army units targeted and killed many terrorists in operations in the areas of Joubar and Saqba, terrorist Mohammad al-Ma'touq was identified among the dead.
In Damascus southern countryside, the army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weaponry and munitions in the areas of Yalda and Daraya, among the killed terrorists were Raslan al-Biqa'e and Adnan Tayyara.
An army unit targeted and destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the city of al-Zabadani, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition, among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Amer and Ahmad Khayto.
Meanwhile, the army clashed with terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Qaboun and Barzeh and killed scores of them.
Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their weapons in Hasaka
Army units killed scores of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in Khrab Askar and Khirbet al-Sad villages in Hasaka countryside.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed 6 terrorists in Tal Steih in Qamishli countryside and destroyed their car which was equipped with a heavy machinegun.
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Foreign Ministry: Syria calls on UNSC to condemn terrorist acts
Dec 2, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent on Monday two identical letters to the chairman of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General on the attack launched early this morning by the armed terrorist groups on Maloula town in Damascus countryside and sabotage of churches and houses.
In the letters, the Ministry said, "In Several letters sent already, we stressed that the Syrian Arab Republic is facing a barbarian war launched by extremist takfiri gangs targeting its present and future."
The Ministry added that the terrorist takfiri groups attacked Monday morning the ancient town of Maloula in Damascus countryside which is the only town in the world where the habitants are still speaking the language of Jesus Christ and they sabotaged the churches and houses of the civilians and broke into St. Thecla Convent and held Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage.
The Ministry said, "Another proof of the armed terrorist groups' scorn of religious symbols of various religions and denominations is the terrorists' mortar attack on the Great Umayyad Mosque on 30/11/2013 in Damascus which caused the martyrdom of 4 citizens, including a child and a woman, and the injury of 26 others. The terrorists also destroyed recently several religious shrines in Aleppo city.'
"Given these facts, we call on the Security Council to condemn these terrorist acts in the strongest terms, and we call on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and exert pressure on the countries which are supporting these groups to stop providing them with logistical and financial support," the Ministry added.
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