Security Council fails to condemn Terrorism in Syria – Foreign Ministry

In two identical letters directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, on Monday, stressed that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing in Daf al-Shouk has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.

In the two letters which the Ministry demanded by issued as official Security Council and UN General Assembly documents under counter-terrorism articles, the Ministry said that on Monday October 29, 2012, a car bomb explosion shook a neighborhood in the town of Jarmana south of Damascus, resulting in the death of 11 citizens and injuring over 20, in addition to causing grave material damage to buildings.

The letters said that this bombing took place in a town where Syrian Muslims and Christians of various sects coexist, and that it is one of the devastating bombings that took place in Syria during Eid al-Adha holiday.

The Ministry noted that the Syrian government announced its commitment to the cessation of military operations during this holiday.

The Ministry pointed out that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing which took place in Daf al-Shouk neighborhood has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people. Continue reading

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Syrian forces kill al-Qaeda leader near Deir al-Zour

An insurgent in Syria (file photo)

Syrian security forces have killed a local al-Qaeda leader and scores of foreign-sponsored insurgents during heavy clashes near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, Press TVreports.

The Syrian army carried out a mop-up operation on the outskirts of the city, situated about 420 kilometers (262 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus on Sunday and engaged a group of armed men.

Ammar Nawar al-Hajr, an al-Qaeda leader and insurgent commander, was shot dead along with a number of his comrades in the battle.

Meanwhile, Syrian forces repulsed insurgent attacks on army checkpoints in the suburbs of Damascus. Several insurgents were killed and many more injured in the exchange of fire between gunmen and the Syrian army.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. Continue reading

Siege of Bani Walid: Foreign fighters, phosphorus bombs and nerve gas (Graphic images)

The besieged Libyan city of Bani Walid has been plunged into chaos. Several sources told RT the former Gaddafi regime stronghold is under attack by militias bolstered by foreign mercenaries, and they used banned weapons like white phosphorous.

The sources denied reports of the last few days that Bani Walid was retaken by the Libyan government. Residents said that militia forces have continued their assault, while preventing the refugees who fled from reentering the city.

A man who claimed his relatives are trapped inside the besieged city spoke with RT, saying, “There is no food; there is nothing to support the life of people. And the militia does not allow anyone to come back to their homes.”

“They are demolishing homes with machinery and tanks. There is no communication or internet so people are not able to connect with each other,” the source said. He is currently in Egypt, and refuses to reveal his identity over fears of personal safety.

He believes the real reason for the inoperable communications is that many people have been killed inside Bani Walid by the forces besieging the city and now they are trying to prevent information about the killings to be leaked outside.

The militia attackers have claimed they are battling ‘pro-Gaddafi’ forces, but the source slammed that motive as a “lie and a dirty game.”

“They use foreign snipers, I think from Qatar or Turkey, with Qatar covering all the costs,” he said. He claimed that a ship with weapons and other equipment recently docked in the port city of Misrata, where the assault on Bani Walid is allegedly being directed.

“There is no government in Libya. Groups of militia control everything. They don’t care about Libya, they don’t care about the nation,” he said, adding allegations that the majority of militia fighters have dual citizenship or passports from other countries.

“We ask the envoy [Special Representative] of the Secretary-General of the United Nations [for Libya] Mr. Tarik Mitri – where is he now?” he said. “Where is the United Nations? Where is the EU? Where is the Human Rights Watch? We ask for an intervention now as soon as possible – please!”

In an October 23 UN session, the US blocked a statement on the violence in Bani Walid drafted by Russia, which condemned the ongoing conflict in the city and calling for a peaceful resolution.

RT Photo from Bani Walid. RT source. The photo could not be independently verified.

Witnesses claim militia used chemical weapons in Bani Walid

“I can confirm that pro-government militias used internationally prohibited weapons. They used phosphorus bombs and nerve gas. We have documented all this in videos, we recorded the missiles they used and the white phosphorus raining down from these missiles,” Bani Walid-based activist and lawyer Afaf Yusef told RT. Continue reading

No Eid ceasefire for Syria: Car bombing rocks Damascus, fighting reported at army base

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on October 24, 2012, allegedly shows a Syrian rebel fighter firing a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) during clashes with government forces in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo. (AFP Photo / SANA)

 

A car bombing rocked Damascus causing ‘multiple’ injuries after rebel fighters reportedly tried to storm a military base near the Syrian capital. The violence came despite an official ceasefire honoring the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Activists say dozens have been killed or wounded after a car bomb exploded in a southern district of Damascus. State media also reported “human and material losses,” in the attack.

The bomb reportedly detonated near a children’s playground in Daf al-Shok, a Sunni residential neighborhood. Extensive damage to nearby buildings was reported, and numerous casualties are feared.

State news agency SANA reported that “terrorists” were responsible for the blast.

Earlier in the day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that rebels had laid siege to a military base one kilometer from the highway, and that government forces had opened fire in a nearby village.

“Violent clashes started around 10:30 am (9:30 am Paris time) around the Wadi Deif base. The army responded by bombing the neighbouring village of Deir Sharqi. It is the first violation of the ceasefire,” Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

tenuous truce was called into effect hours earlier on Friday morning following an agreement between the Assad government and the rebels to observe a four-day ceasefire in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi proposed the truce after visiting Syria earlier this week in the hopes of creating what he called “a political environment where political talks are possible.”

The ceasefire seemed doomed to fail from the start, as both the government and the rebels began setting numerous conditions shortly after the truce was announced.

The Free Syrian Army said that its fighters would not commit to a ceasefire unless detained rebels were released from custody on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Assad government said it reserved the right to retaliate against any violence by opposition forces during the truce. Damascus also said it would respond to any attempts to smuggle weapons across Syria’s borders, and would take measures to prevent ‘terrorists’ from entering the country.

Source: Russia today

France to Fund/Arm Al Qaeda in Syria

Meanwhile, US-backed terror rips across Iraq, as Saudi-Qatari coddled Iraqi vice president is sentenced to death.
by Tony Cartalucci

September 10, 2012 –  The French government has ignored the will of voters who ousted warmonger Nicolas Sarkozy in recent elections, and is continuing its unpopular military adventurism abroad as well as its support for militant terrorism across the Arab World.

France has announced that it will be funding and arming terrorists operating along Syria’s boarders, offering them heavy weapons, just as they did in Libya last year. In fact, the US-British and UN-listed terrorists assisted into power in Libya, are now leading death squads currently ravaging Syria – disingenuously portrayed as “indigenous” “freedom fighters” by the Western press.

Hollande (right) after paying lip service to French voters, set out almost immediately betraying campaign promises to end foreign military adventurism and is in fact picking up right where ousted Nicholas Sarkozy left off, leading the West’s destabilization and destruction of Syria through funding the very Libyan terrorists his predecessor assisted into power in Tripoli.

The Hindu, in their article, “France to fund opposition in Syria,” reported:

“Reuters quoted a “diplomatic source” as saying France had started supporting parts of Syria that are apparently being controlled by the armed opposition. More alarmingly, the report pointed out that Paris was considering supplying heavy artillery to anti-government fighters — a move that would harden the possibility of a full-blown civil war in the country.”

International condemnation led by Russia, China, and Iran have pointed out that the so-called “armed opposition” constitutes sectarian extremists, many of which have direct ties to Al Qaeda, many of which are also not even Syrian, betraying the West’s unraveling narrative. France’s recent announcement Continue reading