Clashes between the Syrian Army and militants continued in Al-Qusayr on Monday, after fierce battles on Sunday killed large numbers of militants and helped the Syrian Army regain control over most of the town.
Al-Manar correspondent in Syria reported that the Syrian Army had killed large numbers and captured dozens of militants, while the rest escaped.
In parallel, Syrian News Agency SANA reported the “Army restored security and stability to most of Al-Qusayr city neighborhoods in Homs countryside and eliminated large numbers of terrorists, most of them non-Syrians.”
The news agency quoted a military source as saying that “dozens of terrorists laid down their weapons and surrendered to the army.”
“Among the killed terrorists were Nawaf Alwani, leader of a terrorist group affiliated to Al-Nusra Front,” SANA added, indicating that the Army had also “destroyed large numbers of tunnels used by terrorists to carry out operations and hide their weapons.”
Source: Al Manar
John Brennan, director of the US spy agency CIA
The director of the US spy agency CIA has visited the occupied Palestinian territories to discuss the situation in Syria with Israeli officials.
An unnamed Israeli official said John Brennan arrived in Tel Aviv on Thursday and went straight into a meeting with Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon.
The Tel Aviv regime has not provided any details about the meeting.
Brennan’s visit comes two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the crisis in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
During the meeting, Putin warned against any moves that would further destabilize the situation in Syria and said, “In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation.”
The Russian president made the comments days after the Israeli military launched airstrikes on two research centers near Damascus following heavy losses inflicted upon al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army.
Turmoil has gripped Syria for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.
Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are partners in supporting the militant groups in Syria.
Source: Press TV
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stating that he was not honest regarding the stance from the ongoing crisis.
“Erdogan hasn’t said any single word of truth since the beginning of the crisis,” President Assad said in remarks to Turkish Ulusal TV station And Aydinlik Newspaper.
The Syrian leader also praised the martyr scholar, Sheikh Mohamad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, saying he “was an essential figure in thwarting the plot aiming to inflict a sectarian strife in Syria.”
“For that they assassinated Dr. Bouti, and two days ago they assassinated another cleric in Aleppo, and they assassinated a number of scholars before,” President Assad told the Turkish television and daily, in an interview that will be published on Friday. Continue reading
IRIB – this is without a doubt an excellent relationship between the Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the one hand and israel on the other that made the Chairman of the Zionist entity, Shimon Peres, so arrogant. Thursday night he has bluntly proposed a plan to “put Bashar Al-Assad at the door & push him to leave the country”.
“The Arab League must send forces of peace in Syria where they will stay a year or two. It is in these conditions that Assad will be obliged to leave the country” he said admitting half dead failure of the invasion attempts of destabilization of the Syria occupation. These statements are involved while the Advisor to president Assad Ghadri Jamil said the imminent end of the Syrian crisis. ”The Government and the opposition are discussed at this moment means to put an end to the presence of terrorists in the country” “the signs before a national agreement runner looming on the horizon and an exit from the crisis is now within our reach”.
A Syrian Army soldier takes position during fighting with foreign-backed militants in the southwest of Damascus on January 22, 2013.
The Syrian Army has managed to drive foreign-backed militants out of different locations in Syria.
The militants were repelled in the northern city of Aleppo and a suburb of Damascus on Wednesday.
The Syrian forces managed to destroy several militant bases in Aleppo and carried out operations against a number of militants’ hideouts around the capital.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the United Nations to condemn the terrorist attacks across the country, blaming the foreign-sponsored militants for the violence in the Arab country.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals. Continue reading
TEHRAN (FNA)- German journalist and magazine editor Manuel Ochsenreiter believes that the Western powers along with the regional countries are backing and financing terrorists and insurgents in Syria, because each of them have certain interests linked to the disintegration of the Syrian government and the removal from power of President Bashar Assad.
He also says that these countries are supporting such dangerous groups as Al-Qaeda to destabilize Syria and fight the Syrian army at the expense of the lives of innocent Syrian citizens whose only crime is supporting their government.
“These groups like Al-Qaeda, but also other armed militias that have infiltrated Syria during the course of the past year now fight the proxy war of the big powers. For Ankara, Riyadh, Washington or Doha it is much more convenient and also cheaper to use (or abuse) those insurgents instead of having a conventional war against Damascus. You have always a supply of men and arms. You just have to pay and to give support by means of intelligence, logistics and training,” said Ochsenreiter in an interview with Fars News Agency.
Manuel Ochsenreiter is the chief editor of the German monthly magazine ZUERST and contributes to other journals and magazines in Germany, as well. He spent a few weeks in Syria last year and dispatched special reports of the Battle of Damascus and other developments in the war-hit country. Continue reading
The Chinese channel ZTE aired leaked pictures , picked up via satellite, showing a building with similar characteristics as the Syrian Republican Palace near Doha International Airport in Qatar.
I wonder how they are going to ship in the snow Continue reading