Germany’s interior minister says Germans teamed up with Syria militants

Unrest has gripped Syria for over two years. The file photo shows militants in Syria.


German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said that a number of German nationals have teamed up with the foreign-backed militants in Syria.

In an exclusive interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly magazine, Friedrich officially confirmed for the first time that there were German-born gunmen inside Syria fighting against the government.

Friedrich particularly expressed concern about calls for those Europeans who have been trained in battle inside Syria.

German officials say that 20 German nationals are currently fighting in Syria. Some have reportedly even taken their wives there and live directly on the frontlines of battle.

A recently published study reveals that between 2,000 and 5,500 foreign nationals are active in Syria. Senior counter-terrorism officials within the European Union have stated that at least 500 of those nationals come from the EU countries.

Pan-European police force Europol said in its annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report released on April 25 that Syria was the “destination of choice for foreign fighters in 2012.”

The report cited the risk that the foreign fighters pose on Europe – after their return – through using new training and knowledge that they acquired in Syria for conducting terrorist activities.

“The threat from terrorism… remains strong in Europe. It also continues to evolve from structured groups and networks to smaller EU-based groups and solo terrorists or lone actors,” the report said.

Europe has seen a rise in the number of its citizens entering Syria as ‘jihadists.’

On April 24, EU’s anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove told the British media that some 500 Europeans were in Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Kerchove said Britain, Ireland and France were among the EU countries to have the highest numbers of militants in Syria.

Unrest has gripped Syria for over two years and the Syrian government maintains that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country. Continue reading

Former Spanish Officer Admits He Trained and Fought with Armed Groups in Syria

MADRID, (SANA)- A former Spanish air force officer admitted that he participated in training the armed terrorist groups and fighting along them in Syria.

The Agence France-Presse quoted officer Luis Munar as saying that he trained militants in Syria, mostly as young as 15 who had never held guns, how to use Kalashnikov, DShK missiles and machineguns mounted on pick-up trucks.

The former Spanish officer further acknowledged that besides the training he also took part in the fighting along with the armed groups in Syria.

Syria: Another Arms Depot in Damascus – Most terrorists are foreigners

German Federal Intelligence Service (BND / Bundesnachrichtendienst): Most terrorists are foreigners.

The Syrian Arab Army has discovered another arms cache, which was hidden in a drainage canal in the Syrian capital Damascus, while the battles and the urban warfare in parts of the country between the Syrian Army and the Western-backed terrorists and religious fanatics continue.

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The hidden arms cache was discovered in the Qaban area of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday. Among the discovered weapons, the Syrian Arab Army has also found rocket propelled grenades and also a mortar launcher.

As usually, the weapons are either hidden in tunnels like it was the situation in Qaban (Damascus), in empty flats and, sadly but true, the Western-backed armed groups of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) also converted mosques into bases and weapons depots. Of course, because of reasons.

As military sources have told, a number of these armed fighters and mercenaries were also killed during the fighting between the Syrian Arab Army and these Western-backed groups in this district of Damascus on Sunday.
In addition, the Syrian Arab Army has also stormed another camp of these Western-backed troops in Zabadani that is located in the province of Damascus. A number of armed fighters were arrested in this maneuver.

Of course, the fights between the Syrian Arab Army and the foreign-supported fighters, mercenaries and religious fanatics also continue in other parts of Syria. For example, there have been again fights between the Syrian Army and the Western-backed groups, that are often called the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), in Dara`a, Hama, Idlib (Idleb) and Aleppo.

As long as the West tries to destabilize Syria by terrorism and groups of religious fanatics and trained mercenaries, there will be no day without any fight in Syria. If this is the kind of democracy the West prays and tries to sell to other countries, serious and peaceful people should reject this.

At least, the Syrian Arab Army gains more and more skills in urban warfare and more and more streets and districts are cleaned from foreign-supported fighters. This is one of the huge hypocrisies of the Western imperialism.

They don`t want Islamists in their own countries, but when it comes to their geo-political (and other) goals, they support radical Islamists and religious fanatics abroad. A policy that has finally nothing to do with democratic and peaceful values and what is also against international law. In a better world, these Western politicians would face several lawsuits and finally be jailed.

As said, at least, the Syrian Arab Army was able to again clear some more districts of armed terrorist and Islamist groups in the northern Syrian city, Aleppo.

In the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishili (Qamishli), where mainly Kurdish inhabitants live, at least four people were killed and many other people injured in a horrible car bomb attack that was carried out by the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA). Thus, it is no surprise that the Kurds in Syria mainly oppose the terrorism of the Western-backed terrorist groups and religious fanatics.

In addition, an allegedly commander of a group of foreign-supported armed fighters was killed by his own radical members of this group. It is said that they turned against their commander and finally killed him. After the developments between the ranks of these different groups, that are labeled as “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) by Western media because it is easier to maintain and sell the related propaganda stories, it is to believe that this killing of their own commander (Rabea Swaidan) really happened in the Syrian city of Dara`a, which is located in the southwest of Syria.

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SYRIA: nothing ‘civil’ about this war

‘At least a dozen civilians emerged from their homes, retirees in their 70s, shopkeepers and local businessmen with their families and, unaware that a foreign journalist was watching, put their arms round Syrian troops. One told me he had stayed in his home as “foreign” fighters used his courtyard to fire on government soldiers. “I speak Turkish and most were speaking Turkish but some of the men had long beards and short trousers like the Saudis wear, and had strange Arab accents.”

So many Aleppo citizens talked to me, out of earshot of soldiers, about armed “foreigners” in their streets along with Syrians “from the countryside” that the presence of considerable numbers of non-Syrian gunmen appeared to be true.

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Terrorists Suffer Heavy Losses in Aleppo and Homs, 9 Citizens Released in Damascus Countryside

PROVINCES, (Source: SANA) – The security authorities on Thursday repelled an armed terrorist group which tried to enter al-Sabaa Bahrat area from al-Atmeh Souq in the city of Aleppo.

The authorities clashed with the group leaving its members dead or injured.

Armed Forces Destroy 11 Pick-up Vehicles Equipped with DShK Machineguns in Aleppo, Carry out Qualitative Operations in Bab al-Neirab

Armed forces destroyed 11 pick-up vehicles equipped with DShK machineguns and arrested 3 terrorists near al-Jandoul Roundabout and Castillo crossroad in Aleppo.

Units from the armed forces carried out an operation in al-Marjeh neighborhood in the area of Bab al-Neirab in the city.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the operation resulted in the death and injury of a number of terrorists.

A unit from the armed forces clashed with terrorists at the entrance of Saif al-Dawleh in Aleppo inflicting heavy losses upon them. Continue reading

Terrorists suffer heavy losses in Aleppo province and various other areas…Infiltration attempt foiled in Homs (26/07/12)

PROVINCES– Units from the armed forces continued on Wednesday chasing terrorist groups in the city of Aleppo and its countryside.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the military units inflicted heavy losses among the terrorists, as many of them were killed or arrested, while others handed over their weapons and or fled back towards the Turkish borders.

Authorities on Tuesday pursued and clashed with an armed terrorist group which was assaulting citizens and private and public properties in al-Sakhour neighborhood in Aleppo.

A source at the Province told SANA reporter that the authorities killed large number of the terrorists, among them were Marwan Abdul-Qader Abdullah, Omar Diebo Omar, Adbullah Bin Abdul-Kareem, Mahmoud Murshed Saleh and Ahmad al-Hameed.

The source added that the authorities also arrested several terrorists in al-Marja and al-Nirab areas.

Armed Forces Pursue Terrorists in al-Qdam and al-Assali in Damascus Continue reading

West seeks imperialist policy in Syria: Webster Tarpley

The West seeks to follow its imperialist policy inside Syria through military intervention, an American author and historian tells Press TV. Webster Griffin Tarpley says the Western powers would like to follow their imperialist policy “using the people NATO has on the ground (in Syria) at the moment.” He made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.