Syrian troops attack insurgents on Lebanon, Iraq borders

Syrian government troops have attacked foreign-backed armed insurgents on the Lebanese and Iraqi borders, according to the Syrian television.

Elsewhere, fresh clashes erupted between the government forces and insurgents in the northern city of Aleppo.

A large number of insurgents were killed as the Syrian army attacked them in Aleppo’s Halak area.

Source: Press TV




27 World Countries Attending Tehran Conference on Syria

TEHRAN (Source: FNA)- Representatives of 27 world and regional states as well as the UN envoy to Tehran are participating in the international consultative conference on the developments in Syria, which started work here in Tehran on Thursday.

At the beginning of the Tehran conference on Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi addressed the audience on Iran’s position and policies to settle the crisis in the Arab country.

He underscored that the settlement of the crisis in Syria needs serious and comprehensive talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups.

“We need serious and comprehensive talks between the opposition (forces) who have a position among people and the Syrian government in a background of tranquility and stability to settle the crisis in Syria,” Salehi said.  Continue reading

Syrian troops discover cache of missiles near Aleppo

The Syrian army has discovered a cache of missiles in a warehouse near the northern city of Aleppo as Damascus launches a mop-up operation against insurgents in the flashpoint city.

Syrian sources had earlier said that the Turkish military has provided anti-government insurgents with surface-to-air Stinger missiles during a brief incursion into the Syrian soil on Tuesday.

Some reports also suggest that anti-government insurgents operating in Aleppo may have been provided with chemical weapons.

Source: Press TV

Saudi Arabia, Qatar arming insurgents in Syria: SNC

Spokeswoman for the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) Bassma Kodmani (file photo)

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among the countries providing insurgents with weapons to fight Syrian government forces, a spokeswoman for the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) says.

SNC spokeswoman Bassma Kodmani told France’s Europe 1 radio on Monday that there are certain countries that are providing “light and conventional weapons.”

“It is Qatar, Saudi Arabia, it is maybe a little bit Libya with what it has left over from its own battle,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the insurgents are desperately looking for arms, adding that some states were also providing them with money to buy weapons on the black market.  Continue reading

Syrian army arrests Turkish, Saudi officers in Aleppo

The Syrian army has arrested a group of Turkish and Saudi officers in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, the state TV says.

The officers were arrested on Monday amid ongoing clashes between government troops and foreign-sponsored insurgents in the city.

Meanwhile, the Syrian media said on Monday an explosion rocked the third floor of the Syrian television headquarters in the capital, Damascus, causing yet unknown casualties.  Continue reading

Daily Mail: British Special Forces operate in Syria as Britain aid the rebels

Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones that are designed to resist water, dust, shock, the British Daily Mail reported.

“The supply of the latest generation of handsets is part of the Foreign Office’s mission to mould militias into a coalition capable of governing the country”.

It highlighted that the communication devices supplied to the terrorists are used by the Ministry of Defense as they are “designed for rugged environments and are shock, dust and water resistant.”

The newspaper British government sources as confirming that the “Foreign Office is teaching negotiation and ‘stabilization’ skills to opposition leaders, and advising on how to address the Syrian people and international audiences,” a mission that “is complicated by the expansion of the conflict to all Syria’s major cities.” Continue reading

Syria Arrests Turkish Army General in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced that it has recently arrested a Turkish general who commanded the terrorists trying to seize control of Aleppo.

According to an informed source in Syria, the Turkish general was arrested during the Syrian Army’s clashes with the terrorists in Aleppo.

News reports said that the Turkish general has been taken to Damascus for further interrogations.

Earlier, Turkish media also reported that Syria has detained 40 Turkish military officers in different parts of the country, and said that efforts to release them have failed.

Turkey along with the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been supporting terrorists and rebel groups in Syria and have practically brought a UN peace initiative into failure to bring President Assad’s government into collapse.

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.  Continue reading

Chavez condemns West for supporting ‘terrorists’ in Syria

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says Caracas backs Russia and China in dealing with the issue of Syria’s unrest, condemning the West for funding “terrorists to destabilize” the Middle Eastern country.

Chavez made the remarks during a news conference upon his return from a trip to Brazil, stressing that Damascus should solve its problems.

“Of course, we share the position of Russia and China, our allies, that Syria’s sovereignty be respected and that if Syria has problems, that Syrians be the ones to solve them in a peaceful manner.”

On July 19, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against Syria for the third time.  Continue reading

Blackwater training anti-Assad terrorists in Turkey: Report

A handout picture shows foreign-backed militants in the western Syrian city of Qusayr on July 11, 2012.

The notorious US security firm Blackwater has set up military camps in Turkey’s border region with Syria to train armed groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A report published by the Turkish newspaper Idinik said Blackwater agents have been operating at the border area and that the firm’s mercenaries are being deployed to Syria via the Turkish province of Hatay.

Syrian security forces in the western city of Homs have also said that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Blackwater are involved in the country’s unrest.  Continue reading