30-12-13

War on Syria: Media Resistance - Unifying efforts against terrorism

Forum of Media of Resistance in Face of War on Syria calls for unifying efforts against terrorism

Damascus, Dec 29, 2013 (SANA) - Forum of Media of Resistance in the Face of War on Syria called for unifying efforts in the face of the takfiri and international terrorism against the Resistance's forces in the Middle East region.

In its communique on Sunday, the forum also called for establishing a unified media front in the face of terrorism.

The communique said that the Zionist scheme, which is the main threat to the Arab and Islamic nations, lacks strength factors to sustain or expand without the cowardice of some governments.

The participants of the forum said that the Zionist project has hidden allies among the Arab and Islamic nations, adding that the takfiri terrorist project is the same as the Zionist one.

They considered that the current war, which is waged against all humanity and aims at distorting the true image of Islam, targets the strength elements of the Arab nation, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

They called for condemning all sorts of organized terrorism perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups against civilians all across the Arab and Islamic region.

They noted that the telecommunication revolution has changed the views to wars and is now able to convert victories to defeats and vice versa through marketing and handling facts and ideas.

On the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2", the communique considered the conference as a result of the steadfastness of the Syrian people, army and leadership, adding that the conference is an appropriate opportunity to convey the reality of the victories of the Syrian army and to reveal the fakeness of the illusionary victories alleged to be achieved by the terrorist groups.

M. Nassr

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/29/520001.htm

21-12-13

Latest News: Syria fights foreign backed terrorism

More Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists killed

Provinces, Dec 20, 2013 (SANA) -

 Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in several provinces, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, some of them affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra.

Non-Syrian terrorists killed in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' gatherings in several areas of Damascus and its Countryside, killing many terrorists, including non-Syrians.

An army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group affiliated to the "Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham" and killed all its members who were attempting to sneak into Aqraba town in Damascus Countryside.

A source told SANA that an army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group in Douma city in the countryside.

Among the dead terrorists were Nazeh al-Shumari and Masoud al-Soderi from Saudi Arabia.

The source added that another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in al-Hajariyeh farms in Douma.

The source pointed out that an army unit clashed with terrorists to the east of the Water Establishment in Harasta, killing and injuring scores of them.

Meanwhile, the army units  destroyed a den for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Rema farms in Yabroud  area and killed many of them, while another army unit clashed with terrorists in al-Jamiyat neighborhood in Maaloula city, killing and injuring scores of them.

In Afra mountains in al-Zabadani city, an army unit killed and inured a number of terrorists, including Yaseen al-Mallat.

Another army unit targeted an armed terrorist group to the east of the sewage establishment and near al-Othman Mosque in Adra area in the countryside, killing and injuring scores of them.

Read more athttp://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/20/518638.htm

23-10-13

Syria: Damascus Demands War Reparations

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil

October 22, 2013

Damascus Demands War Reparations: “Countries Which Ruined Syria Must Compensate”: Syrian Deputy PM

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says countries that have participated in Syria’s crisis must compensate for the destruction they have brought to the Arab country.“We must not forget that Syria is a country rich in resources. Clearly, however, after all this destruction, its own resources are insufficient for reconstruction. Thus, one must mobilize private funds and additional resources, including form of compensation. It is natural that countries that have destroyed Syria must compensate,” Jamil said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT) on Monday. The Syrian deputy prime minister pointed the finger at Turkey, accusing the country of looting Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo.

He further noted that corrupt figures who subsequently became representatives of foreign-backed opposition groups will also have to pay for post-conflict reconstruction.

Jamil said that the issue of compensation by the states, which have played a role in the destruction of the Middle Eastern country, will be one of the priority themes at the upcoming Geneva II conference.

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Belgium supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition and is  thus partly responsible for the destruction of Syria

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Photos: Belgian FN MAG machine gun. They are mounted on vehicles in service with the French army and exported to the Middle-East. - Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, pleaded for a military intervention in Libya.  The man has good relations with the weapons and oil industry and is actually pleading for a military intervention in Syria.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169024

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/profit-and-proliferation-part-2-will-belgian-arms-end-up-in-syria/?_r=0

http://damspleet.com/post/29686499921/pictures-expose-proliferation-of-belgian-weapons-out-of

http://www.syrianews.cc/information-on-belgian-made-weapons-used-by-terrorists-in-syria-ignite-controversy-in-belgium/

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/profit-and-proliferation-part-2-will-belgian-arms-end-up-in-syria/?_r=0

http://www.fnherstal.com/

http://www.rtbf.be/info/emissions/article_connexions-faut-il-plus-d-ethique-dans-le-commerce-des-armes-belges?id=8118572

07-09-13

Latest News Syria: Obama increasingly isolated

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Washington, DC - With a week of intense lobbying behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama looks increasingly beleaguered – both at home and abroad – in his effort to rally support for a military strike against Syria to punish its government for its alleged Aug. 21 chemical-weapons attack outside Damascus.

At home, most political observers say Obama faces a particularly difficult task in bringing a majority of the Republican-led House of Representatives, which begins debating his proposed Authorisation for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) next week on return from its August recess, over to his side.

“The lack of consensus within G20 is confirmation of what we already knew, which is that there is limited support for military action in Syria within the international community." ( Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations )

Congressional offices, even those whose bosses favour Obama’s position, are reporting overwhelming opposition in telephone calls and emails from their constituents, while public meetings held by lawmakers in their home districts have been dominated by anti-intervention forces from both the right and the left.

Latest News Syria: Nobel 'Peace' Prize winner Obama

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War on Syria: protesters

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Protestors holding up their red painted hands stand behind Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to advance U.S. President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

29-06-13

Latest news: Israel planned the war on Syria years ago

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Israel planned the war on Syria years ago, and put pressure on Washington long before Washington’s announcement of “credible evidence of chemical weapons use" by Syrian forces, despite a dearth of actual hard evidence revealed...

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November 2, 2010

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, conflicts 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

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December 14, 2011

'Israeli officials say Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is doomed'

JERUSALEM —In a shift, Israeli officials are welcoming the prospect that Syria’s embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, will be overthrown, an event Defense Minister Ehud Barak says could be weeks away.

The officials’ new tone contrasts with conventional thinking here in years past, when Assad was credited with maintaining calm along the frontier with the Israeli-held Golan Heights and considered a stable alternative to a possible takeover by Islamic fundamentalists.

As Assad has come under mounting pressure from a revolt at home and moves to isolate him abroad, initial wariness by Israeli officials of speaking publicly about the fate of his regime has given way to open speculation about how long he can hold on to power, who might replace him and the possible risks of a chaotic disintegration of his rule.

“Basically, it’s inevitable,” Barak said in a telephone interview before flying Wednesday to Washington for meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other administration officials. “The Assad family, through their own behavior, have lost their last drop of legitimacy and put themselves beyond the point of no return with their brutal slaughter of their own people. He has ceased to be something relevant.”

“It might take many weeks,” Barak added, “but it’s not a matter of months or years.”

In a separate interview, Moshe Yaalon, the minister of strategic affairs, said: “It’s a matter of time and bloodshed before we will witness Assad’s departure. That is our assessment.”

Obama administration officials have expressed equal certainty that Assad will eventually leave, but they and Arab countries that are trying to persuade him to stand down anticipate a far longer timeline extending well into next year.

“Our view is that this regime is the equivalent of [a] dead man walking,” Frederic Hof, the State Department’s point man for Syria, told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday. “But the real question is, how many steps remain?”

“I think it is very, very, very difficult to predict or project how much time this regime has,” Hof said.

Hof fended off calls by lawmakers to provide military support to the Syrian opposition, saying it is not yet unified and needs to gain the support of frightened minorities convinced by Assad that their rights won’t be respected in any new government. Promoting a violent response from heretofore peaceful demonstrators would play into Assad’s hands, he said.
A ‘major blow’ for Iran

Barak predicted that an eventual ouster of Assad would undermine an alliance of Israel’s enemies, including militant Islamist groups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, backed by Iran and Syria, that have fought Israel across its northern and southern borders.

“When the Assad family falls, it will be a major blow to the radical axis led by Iran,” Barak said “It will weaken Iran, it will weaken Hezbollah and weaken the backing for Hamas, and it will deprive the Iranians of a real stronghold in the Arab world. It will strengthen Turkey, which is a natural rival to Iran’s hegemonic intentions. This is something positive for Israel.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-officials-say-assad-is-doomed/2011/12/14/gIQAYBuEuO_story.html

Photo: Jim Hollander/AP - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, second from left, now thinks it’s inevitable that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad will be deposed. He also predicts that Assad’s removal would undermine an alliance of Israel’s enemies.

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28 April 2013

'Netanyahu tells Israeli ministers to stay silent on Syria'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers to keep silent about Syria to avoid the impression Israel is pushing the international community into armed intervention, army radio said Sunday.

Netanyahu gave the instructions after Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin suggested the international community might react militarily to "take control of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal."

The radio station reported Netanyahu sought to avoid that Elkin's words be seen as an Israeli attempt to push the United States into launching a military operation in Syria.

26-06-13

War on Syria: Business London - Qatar

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There was a £500m arms deal between Qatar and BAE Systems...

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Qatari investment fund pays £400m for Park Lane hotel

InterContinental is latest London asset for emirate investing oil and gas cash in European real estate

28 March 2013 

The gas and oil wealth of Qatar has been used to snap up another UK asset after the emirate bought the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a £400m deal.

Constellation Hotels, part of the Qatar Holding investment vehicle that has invested in Sainsbury's and Barclays, has paid £301.5m for InterContinental Hotel Group's 57-year lease on the 447-bedroom property close to Hyde Park, the company announced on Thursday.

In a separate £100m deal it also acquired the freehold from the Crown Estate, the property company that controls the assets of the Queen. The Qataris beat six other bidders to the deal, thought to include other sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia. The level of competition meant the £301.5m price tag gave IHG a 62% premium to the hotel's book value.

One IHG source said: "We are pretty pleased." The move comes after it emerged last year that the Qataris had backed indebted Irish property investor Patrick McKillen, who was seeking £70m to buy a controlling stake in Maybourne Hotel Group – which includes Claridges – from billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.

The increasingly bitter saga between McKillen and the twins ended up with the two sides fighting for control of the hotels in London's high court.

The latest announcement comes after a run of deals that are thought to have resulted in Qatar investing £3bn in European real estate in the 12 months to mid-August 2012, the equivalent to six weeks' revenue from the country's liquefied natural gas exports, according to Reuters.

It is also Qatar's latest asset in London, after investments in the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store and the athlete's village in the Olympic Park.

However, despite these high profile moves, the Qatari companies remain opaque. A spokesman for Qatar Holding declined to comment on the deal, as he had been given no details by the sovereign wealth fund.

Those who have worked with Qatar Holding say it is the personal investment vehicle of the emir – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – and it prefers to buy overseas assets in order to diversify its vast natural resource wealth into investments that guarantee future prosperity.

The chairman of Qatar Holding is Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister, cousin of the emir and known to City bankers as HBJ.

He first made headlines in the UK a decade ago following a £500m arms deal between Qatar and BAE Systems after which £7m was transferred into two Jersey trusts of which he was a beneficiary. The funds were frozen by the Jersey Financial Services Commission, which then began a court case and investigation.

HBJ paid the Jersey authorities £6m as a "voluntary reparation" as "the structures put in place by his advisers may have contributed to the cost and complexity of the inquiry" and the case was dropped while all parties denied any wrongdoing.

There have been other brief controversies too, and most recently Barclays has been dealing with allegations about its relationship with Qatar at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, when the emirate was the main contributor to a £7.3bn lifeline that allowed the bank to avoid a taxpayer bailout.

The Serious Fraud Office and Financial Services Authority are reportedly investigating whether Barclays lent Qatar funds to buy shares in the bank.

Photo: Constellation Hotels' acquisition of the InterContinental on Park Lane is the latest in a string of high-profile London property deals by the Qataris. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/28/quataris-buy-park-lane-hotel

Note: BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and with operations worldwide and with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services. In 2010 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 34.6 billion).

Combat Systems, Aeronautics Products, Land and Armaments, Ship Repair, Avionics and Navigation, Information Technology, Reconnaissance and Surveillance, Space Electronics, Transformational Communications, Cyber and Intelligence, Aircraft manufacture, and Engineering are its specialties.

Qatar is backing the so called 'Free Syrian Army' and the terrorists groups in Syria with money and weapons...

21-05-13

The 'operational freedom of the Israel Air Force' to bomb Syria (1)

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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

Photo: Israeli Patriot missiles

Israel's war with Syria

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‘US, Turkey, Israel made strategic errors on assessments of Syria situation’

May 21, 2013

An Israeli website has said in an article that the US, Turkey, and Israel had made "strategic errors" on their assessments of the situation in Syria.



Mossad-connected DEBKAfile wrote that "Strategic errors, which may turn out to be irreversible, because they emanated from faulty assessments shared by Israel and the Obama administration of the strengths on the Syrian battlefield."

"To this day, the US, Israel and Turkey cling to the belief that Assad's days are numbered and refuse to recognize the steady advances made by the Syrian army in its counter-offensive for dislodging the rebels from land they captured in more than two years of combat," the article said.


DEBKAfile added that "the next stage of the Syrian war" would "evolve into a war of attrition against Israel waged from the Syrian Golan."

"At all events, the Syrian civil conflict appears poised ready to spill over to one or more of its neighbors, starting with Israel," it warned.

The article also acknowledged that the US and Israel had failed "to break up the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah alliance."

The report came as Tel Aviv has recently boosted military activities in the occupied Golan Heights, where clashes between Syrian forces and foreign-sponsored militants have spiked dramatically in recent weeks.

The Israeli military also has carried out three airstrikes against Syria so far this year.

This is while, the Syrian army is advancing on the foreign-militants in several battlefields across Syria.

The army has restored security in al-Qusayr in the central province of Homs, after taking back control of 50 percent of the city from foreign-backed militants.

Fierce battles are still going on in the city as the Syrian army continues its operations there, while large numbers of militants abandon their weapons and flee the city.

The Syrian army entered the strategic city from every front on Sunday following weeks of battle.

The Syrian army says it has also found Israeli-made rockets in a weapons cache seized from militants in Homs province.

Unrest erupted in Syria over two years ago. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos in the country is being orchestrated from outside, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on May 18 that militants from 29 different countries were fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

DB/HN

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/21/304603/us-turkey-...

Photo:The Israeli military has carried out three airstrikes against Syria so far this year.

Israel's war with Syria

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May 21, 2013

DAMASCUS, SANA - General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that our armed forces destroyed an Israeli vehicle entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line towards the village of Bir Ajam.

"The village is located in the liberated area of Syrian territories where there are armed terrorist groups, " the General Command said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"Following that, the Israeli enemy fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of our sites in al-Zubaydiah village; no casualties reported, " the statement said.

It added that the aggression aims at raising the terrorist groups' collapsed moral due to the painful blows they received at the hands of our armed forces in more than one place, especially in al-Qsier area.

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that the blatant aggression confirms again the involvement of the Zionist entity in the ongoing events in Syria and the direct coordination with the armed terrorist gangs.

The statement stressed that any breach or an attempt to violate the state sovereignty will be responded.

It stressed that whoever thinks that he is able to test our strength, alert and readiness to maintain our dignity and sovereignty is mistaken.

Ghossoun / http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/21/483331.htm

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Nov. 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


16-05-13

NATO: 'We deal in lead'

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We Deal In Lead Friend: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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US President Barack Obama (L) walks alongside NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R), with other heads of state and government, as they arrive for the official family photo at Soldier Field in Chicago during the NATO 2012 Summit on May 20, 2012.

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The NATO leaders gather for a group photo during the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012.