Syrian conflict in stalemate, but Assad is stronger, Cameron says

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron

The Syrian government may have got “stronger” in recent months, but more can be done to help Syria’s opposition forces, David Cameron has said.

The UK Prime Minister told the BBC there was a “stalemate” on the ground, but work must continue internationally to try to find a solution.

“I think he [Assad] may be stronger than he was a few months ago but I’d still describe the situation as a stalemate.”

UK military chiefs have warned of the risks of arming rebel groups.

“UK should have nothing to do” with elements of the opposition also reported to have committed atrocities.

Mr Cameron said there was “too much extremism” among the opposition, but moderate groups still deserved support.

“There is too much extremism among the rebels. There is also still appalling behavior from this dreadful regime using chemical weapons. There is an enormous overspill of problems into neighboring countries.”

Syrian government forces have taken the initiative in recent months, and have been bolstered by the capture of the strategically important town of Qusair in the west of the country in June.

Most of the much bigger city of Homs has been recaptured by government troops.

Source: Breaking News Sy

Officials: CIA ships weapons to Jordan to arm Syria militants

Washington stationed some one thousand troops in Jordan in early June to operate a training camp for the militants.

The United States has begun shipping weapons to Jordan to arm the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to U.S. media reports.

The Wall Street Journal quoted American officials and diplomats as saying that the Central Intelligence Agency is planning to provide the insurgents with U.S. weapons within a month.

The weapons are being moved to Jordan from a network of warehouses, the report added without giving any explanation about their locations.

The officials who have been briefed by the CIA said that Saudi Arabia and other U.S. regional allies are also contributing to the plan by sending weapons to the militants.

The weaponry includes different types of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, small arms and ammunition. It would take up to three weeks to send all the weapon consignment to Jordan.

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The report also added that the U.S. and its European and Arab allies have plans to train different groups of militants in Jordan on how to use the weapons.

The first groups of U.S.-trained insurgents are expected to arrive in Syria in late July or early August.

According to earlier U.S. media reports, the American military has been secretly training the militants since November last year.

The White House’s open announcement to arm and train the militants comes as the Syrian army has managed to inflict heavy defeats on the foreign–backed insurgents in recent weeks.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly insurgency for more than two years now. Damascus has long been accusing the West of fueling the flames of unrest in the country.

Many of the militants engaged in fighting against Damascus are foreign nationals including a large numbers of Takfiris.

Source: Press TV

Al-Qusayr Battle Continues, Syrian Army in Control

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

CIA chief John Brennan visits Israel to discuss Syria

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

Assad: Erdogan Hasn’t Said Single Word of Truth Since Crisis Beginning

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

Shimon Peres called the “Arabs to invade the Syria”!

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”.

Syrian troops drive militants out of several areas

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