Syrian Popular Forces Besiege Terrorists Near al-Yarmouk Camp in Reef Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Popular forces succeeded in besieging the armed rebels near the Palestinian al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Reef (outskirts of) Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday.

The clashes are still underway around al-Yarmouk camp in Reef Damascus and the Syrian army is preparing to enter the camp, al-Alam satellite television network reported.

A commander of the Syrian popular forces told al-Alam that they are in control of security around al-Yarmouk camp.

The terrorists have tried hard in the last several weeks to seize control of Reef (outskirts of) Damascus from the army, but to no avail.

Terrorist operations have been on the increase in different parts of Syria ever since a number of armed rebel groups convened in Doha, Qatar, last month and formed a so-called coalition of the opposition. The coalition has provided the US, France and their allies with an alibi to extend their arms and financial backups to the terrorist groups very openly.

Weeks before the Obama administration and other Western nations recognized the new Syrian opposition coalition as “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, Syrian rebels were receiving training in the use of light and heavy weapons with the backing of the Jordanian, British and US governments, participants in the training said.

The training took place as far back as October and involved hundreds of rebels, the participants said. In one case, the rebel participant said American intelligence officers observed what was taking place. Another said British officers were helping to organize the training. The training itself was handled by Jordanian military officers, the rebels said, McClatchy reported. 

Kamal al Zoubani, a fighter from the Southern Syrian city of Daraa, said “We were allowed to take light weapons back to Syria with us.”

By November, another rebel said, the training had expanded to anti-tank weapons and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

American officials, citing concerns that they didn’t know the political leanings of anti-Assad groups, have alleged repeatedly that they aren’t providing weapons to the rebels, leaving that to countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

But there’s been little discussion of what role the United States might be playing in training rebel fighters.

This week, the Obama administration recognized the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the likely successor to the Assad government and urged countries to funnel aid through it for the rebels. In tandem with that decision, the administration labeled a key rebel group, the Nusra Front, whose fighters have been at the front lines of many recent terrorist attacks, an offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq in hopes that Qatar and Saudi Arabia would stop assisting it.

Zoubani said that at least three groups of 50 to 60 fighters were trained at a military base in Southern Jordan in October.

He said uniformed Jordanian military officers and American intelligence officers were present at the military trainings..

The second fighter, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was uncertain whether he was authorized to reveal details, said the training had progressed by November to include anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and that the office of Sheikh Mouaz al Khatib, the Syrian cleric who heads the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, had selected fighters for the training. Khatib assumed his position Nov 11, when the group was formed during meetings in Doha, Qatar.

The fighter said that more than 60 others had trained with him in an eight-day course at a military base near Amman. He said uniformed British and Jordanian military officers were present.

“They trained us to use LAU and Cobra anti-tank rockets and Stinger (anti-aircraft) missiles,” the fighter said.

The fighter said rebels also were trained to use anti-aircraft guns.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

Source: Fars News


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