08/31/2012

Syria fights for its sovereignty: terrorists killed

 

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August 31th, 2012 b- PROVINCES, (SANA) - A unit of the armed forces on Friday clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Khandaq Street in Bab Hood neighborhood and killed and injured its members.

SANA reporter said that another unit of the armed forces killed the leader of an armed terrorist group in al-Marjeh neighborhood and al-Sina'eh roundabout in Aleppo city. The terrorist's name is Mohammad Issa Moussa and called 'al-Qatteh'.

The reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that another army unit carried out a qualitative operation against a terrorist group in the village of Rasm al-Abboud in the eastern countryside of Aleppo severely hitting its members.

A large number of terrorists were killed in the operation in addition to destroying and confiscating scores of cars equipped with DShK machineguns and communication devices.

The source also mentioned that a large number of terrorists on Thursday were confronted and killed as they were coming from the areas of Andan, Hayan and Bab Qara in the northern countryside of the province. The terrorists were heading to enter the city of Aleppo through al-Zahra area.

The source noted that the cars used by the terrorists, which were equipped with DSkH machineguns, were completely destroyed including everyone inside them.

A unit of the armed forces on Thursday clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Leirmoun area in the city of Aleppo and inflicted heavy losses upon its members.

Several Towns in Hama Countryside Cleared from Terrorists

In Hama, the armed forces cleared the towns of Qalat al-Madiq, Tweineh, al-Sharie', Midan Ghazal, al-Hamra and Qareh Jurn in the countryside of the province from the terrorist groups.

The army forces also cleared a large part of the area of Jabal Shahshabo, which is affiliated to Jabal al-Zawiyeh in the countryside of Idleb.

A source in Hama province told SANA reporter that the armed forces' clashes with the terrorist groups, which continued over the past three days, resulted in destroying a number of cars equipped with machineguns of various ranges and killing most of the terrorists. Other terrorist were arrested.

A number of Kalashnikov rifles, sniper rifles and RPG launchers were seized by the army personnel.

Terrorists' Den Raided in Homs Countryside, Weapons Seized

In Homs province, an army unit raided a den for an armed terrorist group in the town of Ibel in the countryside of Homs inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the army unit seized an amount of various types of weapons, ammunition and advanced communication devices in the terrorists' den.

During clearing the aforementioned town, the army members found a number of explosive devices planted by the terrorists and dismantled them.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces pursued the fleeing terrorists in Jouret al-Shayah in the city of Homs and killed a number of them.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/08/31/438921.htm

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SANA News: Terrorists Trained, Funded and Armed in Lebanon...

 

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August 31th, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The terrorist Mohammad Walid al-Assadi admitted that he infiltrated into Syria within a 15-member group to carry out terrorist acts inside Syria.

In his confessions broadcast on the Syrian TV on Thursday, al-Assadi, who is of Lebanese-Palestinian descent, said his group received military training at the hands of the salafi trend in Lebanon under the leadership of Ahmad al-Asir, who has been running a camp to train mercenaries in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon who were to be sent to fight in Syria.

The terrorist added that the camp and the training were funded by parties from Saudi Arabia and Qatar and from al-Mustaqbal movement in Lebanon.

Al-Assadi told the Syrian TV that he and his colleagues received lessons in 'Jihad' and they were asked to regard followers of other religious sects as 'disbelievers' who must be fought to create 'an Islamist caliphate' in the world.

"We were called on to go and back 'the mujahideen' in Syria," said al-Assadi, pointing out that they were trained in physical fitness and using weapons first at a mosque in Sidon and then in another area near Eid al-Hilweh camp.

"One of our trainers was someone nicknamed as Abu Omar and had been trained in Libya for a year," al-Assadi noted.

He explained that they were trained how to use Russian-made machineguns and RPG launchers and were rewarded for hitting the target with USD 100.

"The money came from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and it was enough to spend on us so that we wouldn't need to work," said the terrorist, adding that the trainees were allocated USD 3,000 as a monthly salary that was put at the Islamic Bank for their families to benefit from in case they were killed in Syria.

"Our trainers and funders were from al-Mustaqbal movement led by Saad al-Hariri," said al-Assadi.

He narrated the story of how the terrorists were helped enter Syria through Talkalakh city in Homs across the river where they were received by someone called Abu Adnan, who al-Assadi said was responsible for receiving the terrorists and arming them and distributing them to the Syrian provinces.

Al-Assadi said he was caught by a security patrol on the highway near the coastal city of Lattakia, where he was to carry out a suicide operation.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/08/31/438934.htm

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NAM Summit is Diplomatic Triumph for Iran

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The Non Aligned Movement consists of some 120 members and 17 observer members. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in 1979 defined the purpose of the Non Aligned Movement as "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism and all forms of foreign aggression."

Lots of revolutionary ideas but how close is NAM to this vision will be looked at on this News Analysis featuring statements from Stephen Lendman, Omar Nashabi and Paul Craig Roberts. We will also take a look at the original purpose of this organization and what has or has not been accomplished by it since its inception in 1961.

The extraordinarily “remarkable turnout” of so many countries for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran shows the countries’ support for Iran’s sovereign rights to make use of peaceful nuclear technology, says Stephen Lendman.

The comment comes as the more than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM summit which kicked off in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday and is scheduled to end on August 31.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also participate in the event, during which the Islamic Republic will assume the rotating presidency of NAM for three years.

Political analyst Omar Nashabi says the wide presence of high-level representatives at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit being held in Iran is a diplomatic triumph for the Islamic republic. More than 100 representatives of NAM member states have attended the conference.

According to Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, the participation of at least 27 presidents, two kings, seven prime ministers and two Parliament speakers has been confirmed so far.

NAM is the biggest international organization after the United Nations General Assembly.

http://tv.globalresearch.ca/fr/2012/08/nam-summit-diploma...

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Israel, US and Egypt: Attempt to boycott Non-aligned Movement...

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Hillary Clinton and America’s pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, that works with Democrats and Republicans on the American decision making in the Middle East, seem very happy with the provocative statement about Syria of Egypt's president, Mohammad Morsi.  But their 'success' in trying to boycott the Nonaligned Movement (NAM), is rather ridiculous.

As usual, AIPAC says that Iran 'stands isolated in the Islamic world in its support for Assad' while more than 100 countries participated in the NAM summit held in the Iranian capital Tehran.

This participation and the wide presence of high-level representatives at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit is a diplomatic triumph for the Islamic republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has rejected foreign military intervention and foreign armament of opposition groups as a solution to the Syrian situation, saying dialogue is the only key to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

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AIPAC: 'Egypt's Morsi Pushes for End of Oppressive Regime in Syria'

World leaders convening in Tehran for the summit meeting of the Nonaligned Movement heard on Thursday, August 30 two speeches that illustrate the deep divide between Iran and Egypt for finding a solution to the conflict in Syria, The New York Times reported. In one of his first major addresses outside his country, Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammad Morsi, spoke of an “oppressive regime” in Syria and said the opposition should unite in its effort to unseat President Bashar Assad. By contrast, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is a staunch ally of Assad, avoided the topic entirely as he addressed the dignitaries. Iran stands isolated in the Islamic world in its support for Assad, a status that became clear when it was the only nation to oppose the expelling of Syria as a member of the Organization of Islamic Countries on Aug. 14.

http://www.aipac.org/en/in-the-news?newsid={9509F258-B322...

http://www.aipac.org/legislative-agenda/agenda-display?ag... 

08/29/2012

War against Syria: Turkey

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorist gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the armed gangs oust Assad.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey.
The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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American military in Turkey: http://www.merhabaturkey.com/

Turkey was setting open seaports and air bases to tens of thousands of US forces, because of Washington was planning an attack on Turkey's neighbouring Iraq:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-168222/Turkey-app...

War against Syria: US, Israel and... Turkey

08/28/2012

Erdogan and Iran's 'nuclear threat'...

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Turkish prime minister Erdogan, which is playing now a very active role in the arming of terrorist groups in Syria, called Nuclear Israel a threat to Middle East...

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Nuclear Israel is a 'threat' to Middle East, says Turkey's Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, escalated his war of words with Israel yesterday by claiming that the Jewish state poses a "threat" to the Middle East because of its undeclared nuclear capabilities.

 

Launching one of his bluntest attacks yet in his increasingly outspoken feud with Israel, the Turkish leader also accused Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "state terrorism" for its military incursions into Gaza in the past five years.

"Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed from bombs that have rained down on them from Israel," he said during an official visit to South Africa. "You sleep at night peacefully and secure, yet Palestinians can't find a single trace of peace in Palestine."

Mr Erdogan's broadside comes a month after Turkey retaliated against Mr Netanyahu's refusal to apologise for Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, 2010 by expelling the Israeli ambassador to Turkey.

The diplomatic crisis worsened after Mr Erdogan announced plans to step up Turkish naval patrols in the Mediterranean and signalled his intention to counter Israel's offshore gas exploration.

Mr Erdogan has been a longstanding critic of Israeli policies in Gaza and while his latest comments will deepen irritation in the Netanyahu administration, they will also come as no surprise.

But his attack on Israel's nuclear capacity will be viewed differently, with officials fearing that Turkey could now become the champion of an Arab campaign to force Israel to open its Dimona reactor to UN inspectors.

Secret Turkish diplomatic cables leaked by the Israeli press last month contained a threat by Mr Erdogan to work against Israel in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

By claiming that he saw "Israel as a threat for its region because it has the atomic bomb", Mr Erdogan could be signalling the start of just such a campaign.

Arab states dropped plans at the IAEA general assembly last month to pass a resolution calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a step it has resisted in order to prevent inspections of its atomic facilities.

But Israel, which maintains a policy of ambiguity on its nuclear capabilities, fears fresh attempts could be made to introduce a similar resolution next year and Turkish support could increase its prospects of passing.

Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem, 5 Oct 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/isra...

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Photo: Erdogan remains the best friend of the US. and Israel 

 

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08/27/2012

Syria: the Non-Aligned Movement

 

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Aug. 27, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – The preliminary meetings of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) continued on Monday in Tehran with the participation of Syria's delegation headed by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad.

The experts meeting reached an early agreement on 688 articles of the Summit's draft closing statement.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/27/438286.htm

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Iran wants a political process, no foreign interference !

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August 27, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar said that Iran's role is in the interest of the Syrian people and is based on preventing foreign interference and halting violence, stressing that the political process in Syria must be between national sides.

At a press conference on Monday, Haidar affirmed that and that any call for foreign intervention will have no place in the coming political stage, and that any suggestion that manifests the US-western project to fragment the region is a non-national suggestion.

He said that everyone knows that Iran has an active role in producing a political process that helps Syrians emerge from the crisis, and that the Syrian themselves - both the people and the leadership – are moving towards a political solution, not any other sort of solution.

Haidar stressed that that Syrian wants a change that makes Syria stronger and more capable of confronting and resisting the US-western project and its tools in the region, adding that any political solution must be based on preventing foreign intervention and rejecting violence from any side, and that this solution must be achieved by the Syrians without interference from any external side and must preserve the unity of people and land and Syria's historic strategic choices.

He pointed out that doors are still open for everyone, and that this was discussed with friends and allies in Iran, affirming that militants who cross borders from other countries to carry out their own agendas in Syria have nothing to do with the political process and will never be a part of it since they didn't come to Syria to defend the Syrians' interests and just demands, adding that this is an entirely different issue that the Syrian government is dealing with through confrontations on the ground against these militants.

Haidar underlined the need to distinguish between the political process as a whole and national dialogue which is one of the axis of the political process and a method to find safe ways out of the crisis that meet the Syrians' just demands which are well-known and which the government is working to achieve.

"As for the reason behind the insistence by the US and some western countries and their tools in the region to have President al-Assad abdicate as a first step to resolving the crisis in Syria, I will respond that this is unacceptable in principle for the reason – as everybody knows – that this suggestion came from abroad and is a direct interference in Syria's internal affairs and a violation of the sovereignty of a country, a sovereignty which is acknowledged by all countries of the world, and this violates the international convention of the people's right to self-determination," he explained.

Haidar went on to say that the issue, structure and mechanisms of change are purely Syrian issues, and that no-one has the right to interfere in them. Therefore, discussing these points constitutes interference in Syrian affairs, adding "all suggestions – whether they are abdication, a transitional phase, a transitional government or otherwise – that interfere in these points are rejected by the Syrians."

He stressed that the only acceptable thing is helping Syrians engage in dialogue, abandon weapons and adopt a political process, noting that it's possible to pose ideas through dialogue which is open to everyone, and that there will be no veto on any idea.

Haidar said ''There are voices abroad who raise slogans that call for rejecting the othe, or who seek resort to weapons and the continuation of fighting until one side conquers the other and speak about fragmenting Syria.''

He said that any project that leads to the rise of the Western-US project in the region, that is redrawing the region on sectarian and racist foundations will have no place in the upcoming political process.

''We want the kind of change that makes Syria more powerful in the face of US-Western project and their tools in the region, which is, on the whole, intended to serve the Zionist project.''

He stressed that the Palestinian cause is in the heart and mind of every Syrian citizen until whole Palestine is back.

Haidar added that the Iranian proposal for solving the crisis in Syria consists of a host of ideas and is not the full proposal to be put forward during the Summit, ''This proposal is based on the principles of rejecting foreign interference and violence or even attempts to justify it for one reason or another, and emphasizes the political solution by the Syrians themselves.''

He said that halting violence must be part of an integral project, adding that there must be a handover of weapons and finding a solution to the issue of gunmen, and that no other weapon exist except that of the state.''

''There are more than 300 armed groups in Syria that are not linked to each other, and the terms used by media such as ''Free Army'' or specific groups with leadership and authorities are untrue,'' Haidar added.

He said that reconciliation goes far beyond than a meeting of two sides, but it is about producing a new environment for a web of relationships among the Syrians that eliminate the effects of the past and addresses its problems in a serious and true manner.

Haidar said that some thought that national reconciliation is a political dialogue, but there still are hundreds of questions, especially about that parties who are to come to dialogue and their actual representation of the Syrian people.

Haidar said that national dialogue takes time and work for achieving the so-called social reconciliation that allows for producing the real representatives of the Syrian people.

On the countries who are interfering in the Syrian internal affairs, Haidar said that no country would accept that another provides weapons, funds, media and political support to armed groups with the aim of weakening or disintegrating the state.

"Iran stands at one distance among all Syrians, doesn't support a side at the expense of the other side.. so the countries concerned should retreat from their measures of boycott and restore the diplomatic relations.. at that time, Syria sees what could be fulfilled in this file," Haidar said.

On the Egyptian initiative, Haidar said that Egypt or any country has to stand at one distance among the Syrians, so it has to adopt a clear stance on the violence and who fund it.

"Iran's vision on the crisis and the way of solution is based on a reality which states that the Syrians have rights and demands that should be met, and the Syrian state seeks to fulfill these demand, but the problem lies in the foreign intervention," Haidar said.

As for the hostile stances of Turkish Premier and his Foreign Minister to Syria, Haidar underlined that the Turkish leadership doesn't say what it is content with, and that the Turkish leaders were conveying messages from the West and the US in particular.

On the Iranian initiative, Haidar said that it concentrates on the halt of violence to make the atmospheres available to go for the political process.

As for the plan of the new UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Haidar stressed that the average of success or fail of his paln is related to the international agreement on this plan, adding "the issue is not a personal one."

H. Sabbagh/M. Ismael/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/27/438293.htm

Syria cleared from terrorists

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Aug 27, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA)- The army forces in Aleppo on Monday cleared al-Izaa neighborhood from terrorists.

Meanwhile, the security forces stormed a den for the armed terrorist groups in al-Inzarat Neighborhood in Aleppo and seized a huge amount of ammunition and weapons.  SANA's reporter in Aleppo said that the seized weapons include PKC machineguns, Russian rifles, pump-action shotguns, ammunition and a large quantity of bombs.

Authorities Continue Purist of terrorists in Ariha, Idleb


The competent authorities in Ariha, Idleb, continued their hunt operations against the remnants of the terrorists, inflicting heavy losses among them.  An official source  in Idleb told SANA reporter that the clash with the terrorists led to the killing of a number of them while others were arrested.


Army Units restore Security and Stability to al-Hrak, Daraa


In al-Hrak, Daraa countryside, the authorities clashed with a number of terrorists, killing a number of them including Sabri Nizar al-Qadah, Imad Hamdi al-Shawamra and Eiyad Yousef al-Khayrat.

Meanwhile, the Army units restored security and stability to al-Hrak in Daraa countryside after purifying it from the remnants of the armed terrorist groups who perpetrated crimes against the civilans, sabotaged the private and public properties. 

A source in Daraa told SANA reporter that the pursuit operations which lasted for several days in the city of al-Hrak led to the killing of scores of terrorists, arresting others and confiscating their weapons which included RPGs, snipers, machineguns, hand-made bombs and explosives.  

Authorities Kill Terrorists who Attacked Tankers Loaded with Fuel Bound for  al-Hasaka

The authorities clashed on Monday with a group of armed terrorists who attacked tankers loaded with fuel coming from Homs and headed to al-Hasaka. An official source in the province told SANA's reporter that the authorities killed several terrorists and that weapons and ammunition, including machineguns and pump-action shotguns, were seized.

Authorities Raid Terrorist Hideout in Hama

On Sunday night, the authorities raided a terrorist hideout inside a house in al-Murabet neighborhood in Hama city, arresting a number of terrorists and confiscating weapons.  Confiscated weapons included bazooka rounds, Malotka missiles, NATO snipers, Australian sniper rifles, PKC machineguns, Russian light machineguns, mortar launchers and rounds, RPG rounds, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and materials used for manufacturing them.

H. Zain/ F.Allafi / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/08/27/438205.htm

08/22/2012

US Responsible for Victims in Syria

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Russian Military Expert: US Responsible for Victims in Syria

Aug 22, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - Director of the Russian Center for Analyzing World Arms Trade, Igor Korotchenko said that the US is responsible for the victims and suffering in Syria, as it has supported the opposition and armed groups there and rejects a solution to the crisis.

In an interview with Russia Today TV on Wednesday, Korotchenko said there are confirmed reports that the US President Barack Obama signed a memo that allows the US forces to support the opposition and armed groups in Syria, which proves the US does not want a solution to the crisis.

He indicated that al-Qaeda organization is fighting alongside the armed opposition in Syria, adding that the goals of the US and al-Qaeda are the same at this stage.

Korotchenko stressed that the priority now is dialogue and work to end violence, adding that the Russian position is clear unlike the stances of Western countries which are trying to supply the opposition with weapons.

M. Ismael

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The US and its allies are responsible

'Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the armed opposition in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium'...

'France has deployed troops to the Syrian border with Jordan. The French government announced that its soldiers had been deployed “to help refugees” in the border area'... 

'British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million)'...

'The United States last week began setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan'...

'Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the groups seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the groups oust Assad'...

Photo: British satellite phones are used to plan bomb attacks in Syria

Jordan: Solidarity with Syria

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Aug 22, 2012 - AMMAN, (SANA)- Members of the Syrian community in Jordan, in cooperation with the Jordanian Popular Committee for Supporting Syria, organized a stand outside the Syrian Embassy in Amman in expression of solidarity with Syria.

The participants in the event, which was held on Tuesday, expressed great confidence in the Syrian Arab Army's ability to protect Syria and its people from terrorism.

They applauded the Syrian people over their steadfastness and awareness of the conspiracy hatched against their homeland, stressing that the Syrians are able to defend their homeland against whoever thinks to tamper with its security and stability.

"Victory is close…we say to the Syrian Arab Army: 'be patient because you have a date with victory and pride,'" Ahmad Tahtamouni, member of the Jordanian Committee, told the Syrian TV.

He added that the Syrian army is considered "the last fortress of the Arab nationalism, and this why they are trying to destroy it."

Laila Sleiman, a member of the Syrian community in Jordan, said the community has full confidence that the Syrian army will pound the mercenary terrorists in Syria.

The participants hailed the role of the Syrian national media in confronting the misleading and fabrication practiced by tendentious media outlets in the framework of the war against Syria, expressing condemnation of the assassination of Syrian journalists and the targeting of the Syrian media institutions.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/22/437502.htm

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08/19/2012

German spy ships aiding terrorists

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19-08-2012 - A German newspaper has reported that a spy ship from the German intelligence agency is helping Syrian terrorist gangs.

According to a report on Sunday in the paper Bild am Sonntag, the ship is equipped to detect troop movements as far as 600 kilometers (372.8 miles) inland. 

The paper says the information thus obtained is being passed by the German foreign intelligence agency BND to United States and British intelligence services.

The "Bild am Sonntag" also says that BND agents stationed at the Turkish NATO base in Adana are listening in to telephone and radio conversations within Syria.

A British newspaper has also revealed that British intelligence, too, is providing Syrian rebels with information on government troop movements to help them plan attacks.

The Sunday Times weekly cited an opposition official as saying that British authorities "know about and approve 100 percent" the fact that intelligence from their Cyprus military bases is being passed on to terrorist gangs. 

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Photo: Crew members of U-50 display their Iron Crosses in Wilhelmshaven on 2 March 1940. German submarine U-50 was a Type VIIB U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II.

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08/18/2012

Syria: Moskou rejects so called 'no fly zone'

 

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Lavrov: Imposing No-fly Zone over Syria Is a Violation of Sovereignty and the UN Charter 

Aug 18, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed Russia's rejection of imposing a no-fly zone over Syria as it constitutes a violation of the Syrian sovereignty and the UN Charter.

"I've heard what representatives of the U.S. military leaderships mentioned of imposing a no-fly zone over Syria, and this is not the first time they propose such an issue which, if it happens, would be a violation of sovereignty and of the UN Charter," said Lavrov in an interview with Sky News Arabia published on Saturday.

He added that if the aim behind this issue was taking care of the displaced, "then we also want to facilitate their conditions and it's necessary to agree on this issue according to various mechanisms."

The Russian Foreign Minister referred in this regard to the recent visit of the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, to Damascus and a number of Syrian areas, highlighting the Syrian government's agreement on tackling the problems of the displaced.

"However, if they tried to build 'safe zones' and no-fly zones for military purpose, then this is unacceptable," Lavrov stressed.

Commenting on the possibility of working outside the Security Council regarding the Syrian issue, Lavrov said the US has actually announced its intention to do so, describing the U.S. stance as "incomprehensible" especially that it came up a few days after the Geneva meeting, which resulted in forming an action committee that came out with a statement that detailed Annan's six-point plan.

Lavrov added that the statement was approved at Geneva meeting but was later manipulated by international partners at the Security Council and intentionally misinterpreted to look as if it implied an authorization to overthrow the regime in Syria and even exclude it from negotiations.

He stressed that the statement was approved in simple and clear English and did not include any of that but rather focused on the necessity of stopping violence by all parties and that the Syrian government and opposition present the names of negotiators who are supposed to meet to unanimously reach the formation of a transitional body that includes representatives from both sides based on the agreement of the Syrians themselves.

Lavrov dismissed the statements of Washington and other capitals on the death of Geneva meeting as "irresponsible", describing the Geneva meeting as the most important meeting reached on Syria with the participation of the Western countries, the US, the Europeans, Russia, China, the Arab countries and Turkey.

"Now to say that the statement is dead means that there are some parties who are looking for an excuse to announce the absence of prospects for a settlement through peaceful means and resort to a military action, the thing which makes us very concerned as it is a way towards a big catastrophe in the region," he added.

On the work group on Syria at the UN Security Council on the level of permanent representatives that Russia invited to, Lavrov said ''We actually wanted to hold a meeting in New York for the permanent representatives of all countries who attended Geneva meeting, in addition to Saudi Arabia and Iran, to say that the negotiations in Geneva were fair and constructive… the US representative pretended that she did not understand what was the meeting all about…If they are trying to dodge the issue, it means that they were either not sincere in Geneva or they changed their minds, and they have to say that straightaway.''

Lavrov stressed Russia's commitment to a firm line in solving crises, which is the importance of reaching collective decisions implemented unanimously, as was the case with Annan's plan when Russia committed to urging all sides to implement it.

''We don't want to come up with initiatives that cause a stir like establishing a no-fly zone or safe areas…We want to recognize the essence of the conflict,'' Lavrov said.

Lavrov said that one of the salient points in Geneva statement underlined the importance of ending violence by all sides as the West is shirking the agreement and violating the commitments, demanding that the Syrian government ends military acts unilaterally.

Lavrov said that were the Syrian government to pull the military vehicles out of the cities, the opposition won't lay down arms, but would try take over the cities, adding ''It is not logical from a military or political perspectives, and we they speak about the importance of disarming one side, it is obviously not about calming the situation or saving civilian lives.''

Lavrov stressed the importance of coming to the negotiating table to solve the crisis in Syria and that the Syrians agree about their future, pointing out to the role of foreign countries and their calls for arming the opposition and inciting it to reject dialogue with the regime, which add fuel to the fire.''

Lavrov underlined the importance that the Syrian people determine their own future and that the role of foreign players be restricted to helping the Syrian people come to the negotiating table.''

Speaking about the mission of the new UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Lavrov said "There is a plan to divide the mission into military and political groups of observers, and a third group that helps carry out humanitarian projects and delivering aid,'' adding that he believes the mission will focus on the political measures and contacts that help jump-start a political dialogue.''

Lavrov also underlined the importance of admitting that ceasefire must be observed by the opposition, not only the government, as victims are falling by the opposition's gunfire. H. Said/M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/18/437003.htm

PS. The so called 'no fly zone' under UN-mandate was abused to bomb Iraq and Lybia.

Syrian Presidential Political and Media Advisor in Beijing

Aug 18, 2012 - BIEJING, (SANA) - Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Buthaina Shaaban, expressed thanks to the accredited diplomatic representatives of friendly countries over their stances in support of Syria and the rights of the Syrian people.

During her meeting on Friday with the ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and diplomats of these friendly countries who are accredited in the Chinese capital of Beijing, Shaaban explained the nature of the crisis Syria is currently undergoing and the ideas she conveyed to the Chinese leadership on the developments of the crisis.

Shaaban briefed the diplomats on the ideas regarding finding a solution to the crisis through halting the violence and adopting political dialogue with the aim to reach solutions that are accepted by the Syrian people and guarantee their sovereignty and the territorial integrity of their homeland.

The Presidential Advisor listened during the meeting to the ambassadors' interpositions and answered their questions which focused mostly on the means to support the Geneva agreement and the six-point plan of the former UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.

The ambassadors stressed their countries' continued support to Syria's government and people in confronting the war waged against them.

The ambassadors and heads of the diplomatic missions of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and those of Iran, Belarus, Lebanon, Algeria and Iraq attended the meeting which was held upon the invitation of the Syrian Ambassador to China Imad Mustafa.

Shaaban: China's Principled Stance Protects Countries from Wars' Catastrophe

Earlier, Shaaban underlined that Chain's principled stance, based on the UN charter, and its rejection of any foreign intervention in the countries' internal affairs protect the states from the wars' disasters.

Shaaban was speaking  at a meeting with a number of Chinese researchers and academics interested in the Middle East affairs, presenting an explanation on the current events in Syria.

She briefed the researchers on the continuous efforts Syria exerts in cooperation with the friendly countries to come out of the crisis through a national dialogue that paves the way for a political solution.

The Chinese academics underlined that Syria has the right to combat terrorism and defend its sovereignty, regretting the negative role of some media that instigate violence and the West exploitation of the human rights' mottos.

Shaaban answered questions raised by the researchers, stressing that the Syrian people's support to their government and army will inevitably lead to victory.

H.Zain/ Mazen Eyon/H. Said 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/18/436984.htm

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Syrian Ministerial Delegation to Russia

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Aug 18, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar on Saturday said that the Russian stances boosted the possibility of reaching a political solution for the crisis in Syria through preventing foreign interference.

In statements to SANA upon the arrival of the Syrian delegation to Moscow, Minister Haidar stressed that Moscow is taking clear stances to achieve the interests of the Syrian people, and that this delegation's visit to Moscow will focus on finding ideas to reach tangible results to get Syria out of the crisis through political work based on dialogue.

He said that his Ministry announced that ten thousand Syrians are ready to volunteer to help the UN mission, adding "We knew that the problem wasn't technical but political."

Haidar stressed that the USA, UK and France want to say that the crisis in Syria can't be solved except through a military act, while Syria's true friends say that the solution is a political one.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Dr. Qadri Jamil said that national reconciliation is a basic goal of the Syrian government.

Minister Jamil said that the visit aims at discussing the comprehensive political process and national reconciliation, in addition to following up on the economic issues related to the previous visit which took place three weeks ago.

M. Nassr / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/18/437100.htm

Washington that bombs the world daily with its colonial war propaganda, is regularly blocking the website of SANA.  http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html: 'This web page is not available'

Syria: Vice-President Farouk al-Shara

 

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Al-Shara's Office: Vice-President Never Thought of Leaving Homeland to any Direction

Aug 18, 2012 - DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Vice-President Farouk al-Shara has never at any moment thought of leaving the homeland to whatever direction, the Office of the Vice-President said in a press statement on Saturday.

The press release, which SANA got a copy of, said al-Shara has been working, since the start of the crisis in Syria, particularly since the convening of the consultative meeting which was held in Damascus on July 10, 2011 according to a presidential decree, with all different parties to end the bloodshed with the view of launching a political process in the framework of a comprehensive dialogue to achieve a national reconciliation that maintains the country's territorial integrity, regional safety and national independence far from any foreign military intervention.

The release stressed al-Shara's welcome of the appointment of Lakhadar Brahimi as the UN new envoy to Syria and support for his commitment to obtaining a unified stance by the Security Council to carry out his difficult mission without obstacles.

H. Zain/ Mazen/H. Said 

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/08/18/437007.htm

Syria and Pakistan, victims of colonial rulers...

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The News
August 18, 2012

Syria and Pakistan
Ghinwa Bhutto

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The colonial rulers did indeed divide to rule, and they still do. That is why the media likes to project the predicament of Syria in sectarian terms.

America’s allies in the region, Turkey, Jordan, and the Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were mobilised. They armed and financed a group of militants. They infiltrated Syria from Jordan and Turkey not only to topple Assad’s regime but also to frighten the genuine and peaceful opposition off the streets. Contradicting their stand against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Americans has been financing and arming the organisation in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt. They have also terrorised the minorities out of these countries so as the fragmentation of the Middle East becomes an accomplished fact.

Pakistan is as much affected by what happens in Syria, as Syria is in Pakistan. Supporting the writ of the Syrian government on its territories is also supporting our own sovereignty.

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On the Eve of August 14, Dilip Hiro wrote in Yale Global: The Syrian imbroglio is a sectarian one, produced by a mix of age-old conflict between Sunnis and Shias, and an old imperialist policy of divide-and-rule. The 1947 partitioning of British India into India and Pakistan eased communal violence dramatically.... The Britain conceded a homeland for Indian Muslims....In Syria, a viable solution lies in partition. (http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/partition-solution-syria)

I disagree with Hiro.

I met my Pakistani husband in Syria, and in Pakistan I lost him. Syria linked our destinies. I fleeing the ravages of the Lebanese civil war and he escaping a despotic general that killed his father and oppressed his people. We both come from countries that were suffering the aftermath of partition, a colonial legacy.

There were no British casualties amongst the one-and-a-half million who died when the subcontinent was divided. All those killed and maimed were Indians. It looked more like the Indians had conceded to Britain rather than Britain conceding to the Indians, as Hiro asserts. Since then the two new nations have fought four wars, have two unresolved disputes over water shares and over Kashmir. They have built two nuclear arsenals that they have drawn at each other. I can hardly say this is the evidence of what Hiro whimsically calls eased violence.

One wonders if Hiro thought to ask the Baloch, Sindhis, Punjabis, Kashmiris, Bengalis, the people of Junnagadh and Hyderabad, the Biharis, if they felt independent since Partition. The 14th of August remains the day of Partition and not of Independence. The two words are not interchangeable. Partition is an example not to follow.

On the 14th of August we must observe decades of further subjugation. Only the rulers of the two nations have a reason to celebrate, because on that day the British had bestowed on them their separate fiefdoms. Under them the subcontinent drifted into a state of underdevelopment, injustice and inequality. As a consequence, today the governments of India and Pakistan have lost their writ over vast tracks of their lands.

The colonial rulers did indeed divide to rule, and they still do. That is why the media likes to project the predicament of Syria in sectarian terms. The people came to the streets in Syria like the rest of the Arab world seeking freedom and democracy. But the Arab Spring took the Americans and their allies by surprise. They never imagined that the oppressed, hungry and dispossessed people of Asia would rise against their oppressors. They supported and placed despotic rulers. They armed their police, to crush any local uprising.

Based on Prof Raymond Wheeler’s 1930s study of the effects of the weather cycles on human behaviour, American scientists blamed the uprising in the Middle East to the hot weather. To them Mohammad Bouazizi of Tunisia set himself on fire not because he was hungry but because of solar activities.

Two centuries ago, famines ravaged India during a period of recurring droughts. India’s wheat was dispatched to Manchester to feed the cheap labour of industrial England. Indians were so starved that they ate their dead and their babies. Imperial scientists like Norman Lockyer declared that black spots on the Sun’s surface, and not the free market, caused the Indian starvation. Nothing, it seems, has changed in imperial minds.

When the Egyptians went to the streets, the United States supported undemocratic Hosni Mubarak till the end. They changed tactics when the people’s demonstration persisted.

In October 2011, six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, the American ambassador to Syria, Robert Stephen Ford, was attacked with eggs, tomatoes, and pebbles as he provocatively visited an opposition lawyer in downtown Damascus. People spontaneously gathered around his vehicle and threw at him whatever was at hand. A women interviewed by the Lebanese channel Al-Jadeed said, “We don’t want his democracy because it has become a knife with which they are cutting our throats”.

Such displays of people power are not acceptable for Americans. The Arab revolutions had to be derailed. America’s allies in the region, Turkey, Jordan, and the Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were mobilised. They armed and financed a group of militants. They infiltrated Syria from Jordan and Turkey not only to topple Assad’s regime but also to frighten the genuine and peaceful opposition off the streets. Contradicting their stand against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Americans has been financing and arming the organisation in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt. They have also terrorised the minorities out of these countries so as the fragmentation of the Middle East becomes an accomplished fact. Such fragmentation will divide the region into small sectarian and ethnic entities in perpetual strife. It will weaken the resistance of the Arabs against Israel, America’s thorn in the side of the Middle East.

The Americans cannot afford to have democratic regimes in the resource-rich developing countries. If the people are empowered the Americans and their economic institutions won’t be able to bully the rulers into signing on the dotted line of IMF and WTO agreements. Where will they get their cheap outsourcing from, their oil, their raw material, and their food?

I was in Lebanon in 2006 visiting my ailing father when Israel invaded, destroyed, and killed in the southern part of the country. Condoleezza Rice brazenly announced from Israel that the pains of Lebanon are the “birth pangs” of the new Middle East. Rice’s New Middle East is a greater Middle East that will stretch till Asia Minor. It also includes a New Pakistan, a smaller Pakistan. It is a quest to control the diminishing natural resources.

The destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure incurred a death toll of more than a thousand civilian, 30 percent of which were children, the displacement of one quarter of the Lebanese population, a devastating oil spill that spread over a distance of 170 kilometres, the damage to two world heritages, Tyre and Byblos, and an economic loss of over $1.5 billion dollars. To Rice that was the beginning of a “creative destruction.” This war is known as the Israel-Hezbollah war in which an organic Lebanese organisation, Hezbollah, aborted the birth of the “new Middle East.” With support from their Syrian and Iranian neighbours, the Lebanese people were able to successfully resist the Israeli aggression. My father lived another day to watch his people accomplish what the armies of the Arabs could not in more than six decades of Arab Israeli conflict.

Pakistan is as much affected by what happens in Syria, as Syria is in Pakistan. Supporting the writ of the Syrian government on its territories is also supporting our own sovereignty. Today Pakistan and Syria are suffering aggression because their people have been denied the right to govern themselves since their independence. The popular leaders, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Hafiz al-Assad took the fight against imperial hegemony upon themselves. The people were indeed behind them. But history is loud and clear today that the fight against injustice is neither one man’s fight nor one nation’s, it is the fight of the whole human race. Give people freedom and they will defend it.

The writer is the chairperson of PPP-Shaheed Bhutto

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Photo: Pakistani people attending a flag-hoisting ceremony during Pakistan's Independence Day celebrations are seen from the Indian side of the border at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah, India, Sunday, Aug.14, 2011. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14 while India observes the same on August 15.

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08/17/2012

Syria Plays Pivotal Role in Resistance Front

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Iran's Foreign Ministry: Syria Plays Pivotal Role in Resistance Front

Aug 17, 2012

 

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Ramin Mahmen Parast on Friday said that Syria plays an important and pivotal role in the resistance front.

The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) quoted Mahmen Parast as saying that Syria is facing a U.S. and Israeli war to create a new Middle East that serves their interests and feeds the sectarian tendencies in Syria and the region.

He pointed out that the USA and Israel are trying to punish Syria for the role it played in supporting resistance.

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

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Syria: Terrorists Killed in Aleppo, Damascus Countryside and Homs

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Terrorists Killed in Aleppo, Damascus Countryside and Homs... Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled

Aug 17, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA)- A unit from the armed forces on Friday carried out a "qualitative operation" against armed terrorist groups near the Cultural Center in Hanano area in the city of Aleppo inflicting heavy losses upon their members.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that a number of the groups' leaders were killed in the operation.

An armed forces unit destroyed an ammunition warehouse near Adham Mustafa highschool in Saif Addolah neighborhood in Aleppo and killed large numbers of the mercenary terrorists, while another armed forces unit clashed with terrorists near al-Huda Mosque in the same area, killing and injuring a number of them. 

Also in Saif Addolah area, an armed forces unit clashed with terrorists who broke into a commercial complex, killing many of the terrorists and injuring others.

 

Authorities pursued an armed terrorist group in the area of al-Sleimanyeh in Aleppo city and killed a number of the terrorists.

Also in Aleppo, the armed forces killed a number of leaders of armed terrorist groups in al-Klasah area.

In Bustan al-Basha neighborhood, an armed forces unit, with the aid of locals, confronted a terrorist group which attempted to infiltrate the neighborhood and set up bases in it, clashing with the terrorists near Zahi Azraq Hospital and killing many of them.

Another armed forces unti chased down a group of terrorists in the neighborhoods of Qastal al-Harami and al-Sayyed Ali, killing 8 terrorists and injuring others.

Armed Forces Restore Security to Town of al-Tal in Damascus Countryside

Armed forces units restored security to the town of al-Tal in Damascus Countryside, taking control of it and ridding it of terrorist groups after an operation that lasted several days due to the area's geography and to ensure the safety of locals and their properties.

 

The operation resulted in the elimination of a large number of terrorists and the arrest of others, in addition to confiscating large amounts of weapons including DShK and PKC machineguns, mortar launchers, and automatic rifles including M16s, in addition to large amounts of ammo, wireless communication devices, night-vision goggles, and stolen medical supplies.

Terrorists Killed or Wounded in Damascus Countryside

In Damascus Countryside, security members guarding the Region's Directorate of Qudssaya repelled an armed terrorist group that attempted to attack the Directorate's building, according to a source in the province.

The source told SANA reporter that the security personnel clashed with the terrorists and inflected heavy losses upon them.

The source also mentioned that the authorities confronted another armed terrorist group in Babila town in Damascus Countryside and killed four of its members.

Booby-trapped Car Explosion in Hama Countryside Causes Material Damage Only

In Hama, a booby-trapped car on Friday exploded near a building affiliated with the Orontes Basin Directorate in al-Ghab area.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the blast of the car, which was placed by terrorists and detonated by remote control, caused material damage to the building's façade but no human casualties.

Terrorists Arrested in Homs Countryside, Their Weapons Seized

The authorities on Friday clashed with a group of terrorists who were driving a car in al-Fruqlus area in the countryside of Homs and arrested its members.

SANA reporter was informed by a source in the province that the authorities seized the terrorists' weapons which included 57 Russian rifles, 3 RPG shells, 41 Russian rifle chargers and three machineguns of various types. 

Also in Homs countryside, the authorities managed to repel an armed terrorist group which attempted to blockade the highway near al-Zara bridge in Talkalakh area, with the ensuing clash resulting in the killing and injuring of several terrorists and the destruction of the cars and motorcycles they were using.

Terrorist Groups Trying to Cross the Border from Lebanon Repelled

OnThursday night, the authorities foiled attempts at infiltration by armed terrorist groups which tried to cross the border from Lebanon in Talkalakh, Homs countryside.

SANA reporter cited a source in the province as saying that the authorities clashed with the terrorist in the countryside of groups at the sites of al-Gheideh and al-Arideh in the countryside of Talkalakh and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Authorities Repel Terrorist Groups Attacking Law Enforcement Personnel in Talkalakh

The source added that the authorities also repelled armed terrorist groups which attacked law enforcement personnel in al-Hosn town in the countryside of Talkalakh.

The source said that the authorities killed and injured the members of the armed groups.

H. Said/ M. Nassr / H. Sabbagh

08/16/2012

UN: responsible for increasing number of refugees in Syria

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The UN allows the weapening of the terrorist gangs by the US and its allies

The UN promotes a 'peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria'.  But at the same time it agrees with the weapening of the terrorist gangs by the US and its allies.  The UN is thus for a large part responsible for the artificially created crisis in Syria and the increasing number of refugees.

The UN keeps silent:

- The continuous military provocations of NATO in Turkey (NATO has 24 military bases in Turkey and estabished in January 2012 a missile radar site in Turkey for the realization of its continent-wide missile interception system. On July 7, 2012, it organized so called 'anti-terrorism drills' in the eastern Mediterranean Sea with three frigates from Turkey, Germany and France)

- The never-ending US war propaganda against Syria. The US plan to re-colonize Syria. 

- That during several months, Britain is secretly providing the armed gangs in Syria with modern weapons and the latest satellite phones.

- That Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

- That U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the armed gangs fighting to topple Assad. 

- That the gangs are using Swiss hand grenades and that Turkey is smuggling everyday large amounts of weapons into Syria.

- That the by US and its allies armed gangs destroy water supply systems in Syria.

- That, following the retreat of the armed gangs in Aleppo, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Britain steps up its support for the gangs, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).

- That Syrian security authorities are seizing regularly amounts of Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles and explosive devices, devices for remote control detonation, batteries and electrical wires which are used for bomb attacks.

- That the US and its allies are responsible for the so called 'crisis' in Syria.

 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=146&Body=Syria&Body1=

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The UN: instrument of Washington

Afbeelding

In 1980 Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, became director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul. He has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992. In 1992, he became Vice Chairman of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission, following the adoption by South and North Korea of the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. From 1993–1994 Ban was Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United States. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations in 1995 and then appointed National Security Advisor to the President in 1996...

Photo:  Barack Obama and his wife - Ban-Ki-Moon and his wife

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