Seven citizens injured in explosive device blasts in Martyrs' Sons school in Damascus

Two explosive devices planted by an armed terrorist group in the building of the Martyr's Sons School in Damascus on Tuesday morning were detonated causing the injury of 7 persons and minor material damages. An official source in the province said that the two devices planted in hidden areas in the Students' Hotel and the Theater in the School causing fire in the two places. Furthermore:

  • Al-Sbeineh area cleared of terrorists
  • Terrorists killed, two DShK-equipped cars destroyed in Aleppo
  • Al-Arqoub area cleared of terrorists, rehabilitation works started
  • Car loaded with weapons and ammunition seized in Aleppo
  • Army destroys terrorists' Den, 15 DShK-equipped vehicles in the Countryside of Aleppo
  • Terrorist infiltration attempt foiled, 49 vehicles equipped with DShK machineguns destroyed in Idleb
  • Terrorists killed in Bab Hood in Homs
  • Authorities confront armed terrorist groups in al-Se'n, Hama Countryside
  • Authorities seize weapons, dismantle roadside bombs, kill terrorists in Daraa (Read more)

Syrian Rebel Groups fired from Turkey

A senior commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army acknowledged that Ankara has fired rebel groups from Turkish soil. According to a report by Arabi Press news website, defected Colonel Ahmad Hijazi admitted that Ankara has fired the rebel group from Turkish soil and gave it a deadline to transfer its central command to Syria. Meantime, he said FSA was also forced to move into Syrian soil in a bid to prevent further rift among rebel groups. (Read more)

Former Al-Qaeda leader Zarqawi's Nephew arrested at Borders with Syria

ZarqawiA nephew of Al-Qaeda's former leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed by U.S. Air Force jets in 2006 was among the armed group which were arrested in attempt of infiltration from Jordan into Syria, United Press Association reported Sunday. On Saturday, Jordanian border guards arrested members of an armed group after exchanging fire with them. UPI reported that Omar Khalaileh, 30 years old, who is Zarqawi's nephew was arrested along with other 3 armed men while they were trying to enter Syria from the northern Borders of the Kingdom. Jordanian-born Zarqawi claimed responsibility for triple suicide bomb attacks on Amman hotels in 2005 that killed 60 people. (Read more)

Syrian Arab Army declares Arkoub in Aleppo a safe area

Clashes continue to take place in Homs city and its countryside between the units of Syrian Army and the insurgents. [On Tuesday] gunfire has appeared in the areas of Jouret al-Shayah, Souk al-Hasheesh and al-Hamedia. (Read more)

Salafist Group begs Funds for 'Syrian Revolution' via Bahraini Martyr Photo

Terrorist liarsAl-Dawa Egyptian salafist group has published a picture of the Bahraini martyr Ahmad Farhan on one of its posters to urge donors to support what it called the "Syrian revolution". The group has chosen the picture of martyr Farhan while he was carried by one of the demonstrators to be at the top ads of its media campaign, titled “the one Ummah campaign for the relief of our brothers in Syria."

Farhan was killed in the island of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, a day after Peninsula Shield Forces entered the country in March 2011. The slogans of “Syria never bows down,” and “we accept alms for the poor of Syria,” have been also written on the poster. Martyr Ahmad Farhan, 30, was killed by the Peninsula Shield forces in March by a live bullet which blew his head. Al-Khalifa security forces also arrested the citizen who then brought him to the hospital. (Source)

Armed group abducts 60 civilians in Syria's Homs

An armed group fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has abducted 60 civilians in the restive western city of Homs. (Source)

Lebanon intercepts weapons-laden vehicle bound for Syria

Lebanese army has intercepted a vehicle laden with military equipment and weapons which was destined for the anti-government insurgents in Syria. (Source)

Jordanian police clash with Syrians at refugee camp

Syrian refugeeJordanian police clashed with Syrian refugees who face substandard living conditions in their desert tent camp. Some 150 refugees protest against the security officers and torched a tent, a police official as saying. The Zaatari camp near the Syrian border houses about 32,000 Syrian refugees. The camp has been reported that it does not even reach the fewer standers of humanitarian conditions. (Source)

Explosions rock Damascus, injuries reported; rebels express hope many officials killed

Several civilians were injured when multiple explosions rocked Damascus on Tuesday, according to conflicting reports. A spokesperson for the group claiming responsibility for the bombing alleged several casualties as well. Reuters reported that two coordinated blasts involving seven devices went off at a school used as a meeting place for militia members and pro-government forces.

“At exactly 9:35am, seven improvised devices were set off in two explosions to target a school used for weekly planning meetings between shabbiha militias and security officers," Abu Moaz told Reuters. Moaz is a leader of Ansar al-Islam, a rebel group that joined the Syrian opposition. "There were several officers present, and we are hoping they will be part of a large number of killed in this operation," he said. (Read more)

Opposition Groups urge End to Armed Insurgency and Terrorist Operations in Syria

Syrian oppositionSyrian opposition leaders in the final statement of their gathering in Damascus rejected foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis, and called for an end to violence and armed insurgency, which has led to the killing of many innocent Syrian people. The Sunday's opposition conference was attended by opposition leaders and figures as well as diplomats from Iran, Russia and China, Syria's main allies. The meeting was organized by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, or NCB, an umbrella for 16 opposition groups with roots in the country. The NBC said that participants agreed on the need for "peaceful struggle" to achieve their goals. (Read more)

Syria's Divided Opposition – Stephen Lendman

Violent and nonviolent elements comprise Syria's opposition. Peaceful ones want differences resolved diplomatically and politically. Violent ones are responsible for ravaging Syria since March 2011. No end of conflict looks imminent. From October 1969 - October 1976, and from October 1982 until his February 1986 assassination, Olof Palme served as Sweden's prime minister. He led the Swedish Social Democratic Party. He supported decolonization and nonalignment. He was for Palestinian rights. He compared the Vietnam war to the holocaust. He opposed apartheid and other authoritarian regimes. He strongly opposed US and Western imperialism. At the same time, he maintained ties with NATO. (Read more)

Turkish MP files complaint against AKP government officials over policy towards Syria

Criticism of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's policy towards Syria from inside Turkey reached high levels with MPs filing complaints against the government officials over its violation of the Turkish constitution and laws in its dealing with Syria. MP Hurşit Güneş from the Republican People's Party (CHP) filed to the Public Prosecution a complaint against the Turkish Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Defense Minister and Interior Minister, in addition to the Governor of Iskenderun city. (Read more)

Syrian shells fall in occupied Golan Heights

Syrian Occupied Golan HeightsSeveral mortar shells fired from within Syria have fallen in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied by Israel. According to the Israeli defense forces, the shells came in early Tuesday. They were reportedly “aimed at villages inside Syria and are part of the internal, ongoing conflict in Syria.” No one was injured.

Israel has filed a complaint with the United Nations forces, which are securing peace on the Israeli-Syrian border. An Israeli military spokesperson said Israel wouldn’t let the Syrian conflict spill into Israeli territories. Israel occupied Syria’s Golan Height in 1967 after the end of the Six Day War and unilaterally annexed the territory in 1981. (Source)

Syria's Zoabi: We can end crisis in hours, but that would be disastrous

Syrian information minister al-ZouabiSyrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi announced that thousands of well-equipped militants entered Syria through its borders, especially through Turkey. In an interview with Al-Manar TV, Zoabi said Syria “capable of putting the crisis to an end in few hours, but that may result in heavy losses to Syria and its people.” “So, we’re launching qualitative operations against militants,” this minister added.

“There’s nothing called Free Syrian Army but separate armed groups joined altogether with the Western-Israeli scheme in Syria,” Zoabi pointed out. (Read more)

Syrian Information Minister: Collapse of Erdogan Gov't Imminent

Syria's Information Minister Omran Zoabi deplored the Turkish government's interference in Syria's domestic affairs, and cautioned that Ankara's wrong policies pave the way for an imminent fall of the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In an interview with Al-Manar TV, Zoabi said the fall of Erdogan is "imminent", and added, "His (Erdogan) positions concerning the falling of the Syrian regime are worth no reaction from our side." (Read more)

Syria: Armed gangs kidnap 150 Greek-Catholics

The people of Rableh, a village situated between the Lebanese border and the city of Qusayr, in the Province of Homs, are protesting the kidnapping. We are talking about workers and farmers, men, youth and women, who were just a few kilometres from the village, working in the fields for the apple harvest, a major source of livelihood for the local population. Abou Fadel, a Catholic and father of one of the victims, contacted by Fides news agency, said he heard gunfire and blasts, “so we went to see what was happening. We saw lots of vans and pick-ups that brought people away. In the fields there were only boxes with the apple harvest left.” Abou Fadel reports that “this region has for months been completely under the control of armed gangs who boss around. In the past few weeks we could not take care of the trees in the fields for lack of security. Then, thanks to a deal initiated by the governor of Homs, the situation looked better.” (Read the rest of the translation from Italian)

Iranian Leader's Aide views Turkey as "Losing Side" in Syria

SafaviA senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader criticized the Turkish government's hostile policies towards Syria, and cautioned Ankara that it will definitely be the losing side in the conflict. Addressing a Basij (volunteer force) gathering in Iran's Northern city of Ardebil on Monday, senior military aide to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said as regard the present conflict in Syria, Turkey is serving as a tool in the hands of the US.  "In hitting Syria, Turkey, as a US proxy, and the financial support of certain Arab states are, in fact, the main actors, and it is, of course, the main loser of this battle field and has been used like an instrument by the trans-regional powers," Safavi noted. He pointed to growing popular protests against Ankara's anti-Syria policies, and noted that the people of Turkey are Muslims and naturally oppose their country's policies against Syria as another Muslim state. (Read more)

Iranian Leader's Aide: Assad Pressured for Resistance against Zionism and Unity with Iran

Senior Advisor of the Iranian Supreme Leader for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that the West is exerting pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad due to his resistance against the Zionist regime and his unity with Iran. "The main charge against Bashar Assad is that he has stood against the Zionists and is an ally of Iran as the center of resistance," Velayati said in a meeting with a Syrian parliamentary delegation in Tehran on Tuesday. He also voiced Iran's support for President Assad's reforms in Syria, and said, "No country is entitled to interfere in Syria's internal affairs and no Muslim or non-Muslim, Arab or non-Arab and regional and trans-regional government has the right to meddle in the country's affairs under the pretext of support for the Syrian people." (Read more)

Morsi rejects foreign military intervention in Syria as 'big mistake'

MorsiEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi has stressed that his country is against “any foreign military intervention” in Syria, calling the Western-backed idea of attacking the Arab country “a big mistake.”
"I am against foreign intervention by force in what happens in Syria," Morsi said in an interview with American television PBS on Monday.
"I do not condone this and I think that it is a big mistake if it happens," he added through an interpreter. "Egypt does not agree to this."

The Egyptian president noted that his proposed diplomatic quartet which includes Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey could find a diplomatic solution to the 18-month-old unrest. "You cannot solve the problem without those countries which intervene in the problem. The stakeholders are the ones who sit down together to solve the problem," he said. (Read more)

Iraqi Religious Groups issued 'fatwas' over smuggling arms into Syria

Religious authorities in Iraq issued fatwas forbidding buying or selling weapons across the country, as unknown groups purchased weapons from areas in central and southern Iraq. Reports confirmed that this campaign is backed by intelligence services of some countries to smuggle the weapons to Syria. "There have been ample reports in Iraq about an organized campaign by unknown groups to buy Kalashnikovs, guns, PKCs from the locals in central and southern Iraq,'' the report said. Iraqi MP Mohamed al-Lakkash said ''There are arms traders in Iraq, and weapons are bought from the locals due to the deteriorating living conditions of people who bear arms, which gave rise to an organized campaign of buying weapons.'' ''There is Saudi and Qatari intelligence operating on the Syrian-Iraqi borders who are trying to promote the weapons trade to support the Syrian armed opposition,'' Iraqi MP Abboud Wahid said. (Source)

Battle for Syria: Russian Film Crew at the Frontline

This Russian video report about the events on ground in Syria is about a week old and is the report of a film crew of the Russian state television which has spent about 2 months in Syria and also in the “hot areas” where the fights between the Syrian Arab Army and the Western-backed terrorists and the armed religious fanatics, e.g. Islamists, have taken place. (Read more)

SANA Facebook and Syrian Information Ministry's email hacked

Syria's ministry of information on Monday denied the sacking of the country's ambassador to Lebanon and said a previous email announcement was a result of hacking, state television reported. "The email account of the ministry was hacked in order to publish inaccurate information" about the reported dismissal of the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali, the ministry said in a statement carried by state television. The ministry said it "denounces this piracy" and confirmed that "Ambassador Ali is still in his post in Lebanon, and the announcement of his dismissal is baseless."  Syrian official news agency SANA also said on Monday that its Facebook page had been hacked. (Read more)

Syrian MP: Brahimi's Success Depends on Halt of Arms Shipments to Terrorists

BrahimiThe new UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi would succeed in his mission if only certain foreign states stop supplying weapons to terrorist groups , a senior Syrian legislator said on Monday. "If Brahimi can dry out this stream and put an end to the dispatch of arms and financial aids to armed people, we will witness a stop of violence and the success of Brahimi's mission in Syria, otherwise he will face the fate of the former UN Envoy, Kofi Annan," Ayham Jerichos told FNA. Asked about Brahimi's proposals to President Bashar al-Assad to solve the problems in Syria, he said, "All ideas and proposals which are presented are just a presumption or theory, and the important point is exercising them." (Read more)

Brahimi: Syria facing food crisis

UN Arab league envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, told the UN Security Council Monday that the country faces a growing food crisis and the Syrian government is portraying the conflict as a “foreign conspiracy”, estimates there are up to 5000 foreign fighters in the country, and has no intention of carrying out reforms. Brahimi also told the council that torture by the regime has become “routine” and that people were now afraid to go to hospitals, which were in the hands of government forces. He also said that while he has some ideas he needs more time in order to get together a plan for Syria. (Source)

Brahimi: No Quick End to Syria Crisis, Foreign Militants Engaged in Fight

UN envoy to Syria Al-Akhdar Al-Ibrahimi considered there was no quick end to the ongoing crisis in Syria, warning that the situation in the conflict-hit country was worsening. "There is no prospect for today or tomorrow to move forward,” Ibrahimi told reporters after briefing the 15-nation Security Council on his recent talks with Assad. "There is no disagreement anywhere that the situation in Syria is extremely bad and getting worse, that it is a threat to the region," Ibrahimi said outside the council. He said there are foreign fighters in Syria; with Syrian government puts the figure at 5,000. (Read more)

Syria News 25.9.2012

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UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria to visit Iran soon

New UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is scheduled to pay a visit to Iran in the near future. Brahimi made the announcement during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York. Brahimi further stressed the necessity and the vital importance of consultations with Iran for the settlement of the Syrian crisis. (Read more)

SANA names Internal News Department Hall after Martyr Ali Abbas

SANA hallThe Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) named the Internal News Department hall after martyr Ali Abbas in honor of his memory and in honor of journalists who sacrifice their lives to protect the homeland.

Martyr Abbas spent ten years of his career in the Internal News Department hall as a senior reporter, and became head of the department almost one year before his martyrdom.

On August 11th , an armed terrorist group assassinated colleague Ali Abbas at his residence in Jdaidet Artouz in Damascus Countryside.

Martyr Ali Abbas was born in Dahr Barakat in Lattakia in 1975. He graduated from the Faculty of Information in 1998. He started work at SANA in 2002. (Source)

Memorial Service to Commemorate Colleague Ali Abbas Martyrdom

Ministry of Information and the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Monday held the forty days death memorial service to commemorate the martyrdom of journalist Ali Abbas at al-Baath Hall in the Ministry HQ. In a speech, Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi underlined the noble values of martyrdom, expressing appreciation and respect to the martyr's family and stressing that the sacrifices of the Syrian civilians and military personnel make Syria stronger and more steadfast. "We lost their presence in our lives as parents, spouses, brothers and sons… but the state, the country, the people, the land and Syria won thanks to their blood, lives, bravery and steadfastness," he said. (Read more)

Senior Iranian MP Voices Parliament's Full Support for Syria against Enemy Plots

BoroujerdiChairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi underlined the Iranian legislative body's full support for the Syrian government against the plots hatched by the enemies. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about defending Syria's national sovereignty as (part of) an axis of resistance against the Zionist regime and will stay on the side of that nation," Boroujerdi said in a meeting with head of the Syrian parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission Fadiya Daib and head of the National Security Commission Mohammad Sobhi Abu al-Shamat here in Tehran. "The parliament backs any move in support of Syria against its enemies' conspiracies," Boroujerdi underscored, adding that any solution to the crisis without the Syrian government's agreement is doomed to failure. (Read more)

Russia to send 3rd planeload of humanitarian aid to Syria

Russia will send a third planeload of humanitarian aid to Syria, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry. The first two cargo planes Il-76 arrived in Damascus on the 20th and 21st of September respectively, delivering a total of 76 tons of foodstuffs. Aid is supplied to Syria on instructions from the Russian government. (Source)

Mercenaries in Syria: who are they? – Vladimir Gladkov

Terrorist fightersThe Guardian has released an article which says that radical Islamists from all over the world are arriving in Syria to join the rebels. The tone of the article makes it clear that The Guardian journalists are no longer that optimistic about the possibility of the revolution in Syria. Such kind of publications could mark a changing attitude to the Arab Spring uprising. 

The Guardian report says that Islamists from different parts of the world are heading to Syria to join a war against the Assad regime. Among the mercenaries there are many veteran jihadists who fought in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Chechnya. There are also some rebels of Palestinian origin who believes that the Syrian government is their second worst enemy after Israel. The mercenaries do not seem to be put back by difficulties with illegally crossing the border and dealing with the special forces. (Read more)

Syrian crisis caused by foreign intervention – Iran envoy

Iran's ambassador to Syria says the Syrian crisis is caused by irresponsible interventions of some countries particularly the US and the Zionist regime of Israel which send weapons and money to irresponsible armed groups. Talking on the sidelines of the Syria Salvation Conference, Mohammad-Reza Raouf-Sheibani added that only the Syrian people should determine their destiny and the Islamic Republic of Iran is against any kind of foreign meddling especially military intervention in Syria. Sheibani noted that the conference is a positive move as it underlines the necessity of putting an end to violence, finding a political solution to the crisis and starting constructive talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups. (Read more)

Why Syria? The Obama, Bush, Clinton Pipeline wars

Hit Syria – Target Russia: Interview with Professor Andrei Ilyich Fursov

The following conversation with Professor Andrei Ilyich Fursov, Director of the Centre of Russian Studies at the Institute of Fundamental and Applied Research of Moscow University for the Humanities (MosGU), a member of the International Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Writers’ Union of Russia was published on 9 August 2012 at KP.ru. Given the initial question it reaches unexpectedly far into the sphere it covers. Starting from the current situation in Syria and the “Arab Spring”, the Russian historian tries to provide considerations on and prognosticate the further development there, ranging from the concrete to the global.
Last remark: the term “regime” does not necessarily have a negative connotation in the Russian language.

Why is the West in such a hurry to hammer the nails in the coffin of the Assad regime?

Professor Andrej Fursov: This small Middle Eastern country has suddenly become a major sore spot of the planet. The UN has meetings on it, continually. China and Russia take a hardliner stance. A squad of our warships with marines headed for the Mediterranean also stopping in Syria on the way. The US provides the “rebels” with another $ 15 million. Is there a sense of a greater war here? (Read more after scrolling down a bit)