President Al-Assad’s Interview with The Sunday Times full transcription

Sunday Times: Mr. President your recent offer of political dialogue was qualified with a firm rejection of the very groups you would have to pacify to stop the violence: the armed rebels and the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition alliance.

So in effect you are only extending an olive branch to the loyal opposition, mostly internal, that renounce the armed struggle, and who effectively recognizes the legitimacy of your leadership, who are you willing to talk to, really?

President Assad: First of all, let me correct some of the misconceptions that have been circulating and that are found in your question in order to make my answer accurate.

Sunday Times: Okay.

President Assad: Firstly, when I announced the plan, I said that it was for those who interested in dialogue, because you cannot make a plan that is based on dialogue with somebody who does not believe in dialogue. So, I was very clear regarding this.

Secondly, this open dialogue should not be between exclusive groups but between all Syrians of every level. The dialogue is about the future of Syria. We are twenty three million Syrians and all of us have the right to participate in shaping the country’s future. Some may look at it as a dialogue between the government and certain groups in the opposition – whether inside or outside, external or internal -actually this is a very shallow way of looking at the dialogue. It is much more comprehensive. It is about every Syrian and about every aspect of Syrian life. Syria’s future cannot be determined simply by who leads it but by the ambitions and aspirations of all its people.

The other aspect of the dialogue is that it opens the door for militants to surrender their weapons and we have granted many amnesties to facilitate this. This is the only way to make a dialogue with those groups. This has already started, even before the plan, and some have surrendered their weapons and they live now their normal life. But this plan makes the whole process more methodical, announced and clear.

If you want to talk about the opposition, there is another misconception in the West. They put all the entities even if they are not homogeneous in one basket – as if everything against the government is opposition. We have to be clear about this. We have opposition that are political entities and we have armed terrorists. We can engage in dialogue with the opposition but we cannot engage in dialogue with terrorists; we fight terrorism. Another phrase that is often mentioned is the ‘internal opposition inside Syria’ or ‘internal opposition as loyal to the government.’ Opposition groups should be loyal and patriotic to Syria – internal and external opposition is not about the geographic position; it is about their roots, resources and representation. Have these roots been planted in Syria and represent Syrian people and Syrian interests or the interests of foreign government? So, this is how we look at the dialogue, this is how we started and how we are going to continue. Continue reading

N Syria learns to hate FSA occupation, NATO errs to add new front : MALI

Members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army (file photo)

By Dr Webster Griffin TARPLEY for PressTV

When the history of the NATO destabilization in Syria finally comes to be compiled, this past week may be regarded as the turning of the tide against the foreign death squads and in favor of the Assad government.

On the one hand, official Washington – the principal sponsor of the foreign fighters – has been deeply shaken by reports coming from circles close to the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) which depict a rising wave of hatred in northern Syria against the catastrophic misrule experienced under the death squad occupation there.

Ordinary Syrians of all backgrounds are increasingly disgusted by the corruption, incompetence, and oppression of the FSA regime. The rebel chaos is contributing to a significant increase in the popularity of Assad and his regime, which had guaranteed stability and freedom from the worst privations for decades.

On the other hand, NATO commanders have committed, what may turn out to be, a fatal strategic blunder by opening a new fighting front against Algeria and Mali – sending Libyan-based death squads to take hostages at the In Amenas natural gas facility, shortly after France had dispatched troops to northern Mali to confront the advancing Tuareg — before they had succeeded in finishing off Assad.

In this, the NATO bigwigs are repeating the same mistake made by Hitler in June 1941 when he launched his Barbarossa attack on the USSR before he had achieved the decisive elimination of the British. The result became an unwinnable two front war which doomed the Nazi dictator.

Who is out of touch with reality – Assad or Obama?

The imperialist think tanks of Washington had been optimistic during the late autumn and early winter of 2012-2013 that the collapse of the Assad government would occur in short order. They were taken aback in early January by Assad’s defiant and self-confident New Year’s speech to his supporters. With her usual snide cynicism, the State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland hissed that Assad was “out of touch with reality.”

This week The Washington Post was forced to quote an expatriate Syrian journalist’s remark that “many Syrians wonder whether it isn’t the United States and its allies who are out of touch….” (Liz Sly, “Assad still confident that he can control Syria,” The Washington Post, January 12, 2013)

Then came the shocking reports that the rebel-held areas, far from becoming a paradise of freedom and democracy under FSA rule, were exhibiting the grim features of a “failed state.” As David Ignatius, a veteran speaking tube for the State Department and the intelligence community wrote on January 13, “this stark analysis is contained in an intelligence report provided to the State Department last week by Syrian sources working with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Describing the situation in the area from Aleppo to the Turkish border, where Assad’s army has largely disappeared, the report draws a picture of disorganized fighters, greedy arms peddlers and profiteering warlords.” (David Ignatius, “Anarchy in Syria,” The Washington Post, January 13, 2013)

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Syria: Scores of insurgents killed in Aleppo


Syrian Army soldiers have killed scores of foreign-backed insurgents fighting government forces in the flashpoint city of Aleppo.

A number of armed men were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the Arab Fatouma neighborhood of the city, located 355 kilometers (220 miles) north of Damascus, on Saturday, the SANA news agency reported.

Syrian soldiers also raided a terrorist hideout in the Handarat district of Aleppo and shot dead all the insurgents at the site and then destroyed four cars used by terrorists for transporting munitions.

In addition, the Syrian Army destroyed seven pickup trucks equipped with Dushka machine guns in the Bustan al-Basha neighborhood.

Syrian soldiers also attacked insurgents in the Hanano, al-Kallaseh, Bab Qansarin, al-Sukkari, al-Tananir Square, and Bustan al-Qaser neighborhoods of Aleppo, destroying dozens of vehicles equipped with Dushka machine guns and killing a large number of terrorists.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of arming the opposition.


Source: PressTV

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.

Syria – Foreign fighters

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: ‘Manufacturing Dissent’ For Those Who Still Need to be Convinced…


By thomasmantell, CounterPsyOps

If You want to know what is really going on in Syria:
Watch ‘Manufacturing Dissent’ produced by Lizzie Phelan & Mostafa Afzalzadeh

“They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality…and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening” George ORWELL . “1984″




Surreal: Clinton Pledges $45 Million in Aid to Al Qaeda in Syria


US inundates terrorist legions with cash & support after regional embassy attacks and death of own ambassador.

By Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer

September 28, 2012 – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US would be providing an additional $45 million in “non-lethal aid” to the “opposition” in Syria, reported the Associated Press. The Western press chose their words carefully, ensuring that the term “civilian opposition” was repeatedly used to describe the armed terrorist forces attempting to violently overthrow the Syrian government.

Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as “foreign invasion.” US aid is going to foreign terrorists, not a “civilian opposition.”

In reality, the “opposition” in Syria constitutes foreign terrorist legions flowing across Syria’s borders, and in particular, staging and crossing over from NATO-member Turkey. In fact, it was recently admitted by the terrorist legions themselves that their headquarters has been located within Turkish territory for the duration of the conflict. In a recent France 24 article titled, “Free Syrian Army move HQ from Turkey to Syria,” armed militants claimed they had only just recently “moved from Turkey to within Syria.”

Clinton’s Aid is Going to Al Qaeda, Not a “Civilian Opposition.”

While the Western media attempts to portray heavily armed foreign terrorists as “Syria’s civilian opposition,” it has been revealed that entire brigades are led by Libyan terrorists drawn from the ranks of the US State Department (#29), UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf), and UN-listed terror organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

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Syrian security forces have killed up to 100 Afghan insurgents in the northwestern city of Aleppo over the past two days, Press TV reports.

On Thursday, the Syrian forces also arrested about 100 armed men near the capital, Damascus.

Many insurgents were killed during clashes with the Syrian troops in Aleppo’s Maysaloon district on Wednesday. The Syrian army also seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition, including Israel-made bombs.

The army has launched a mop-up operation against the insurgents in Aleppo since August 8. Scores of terrorists have been killed in the operation so far.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

Damascus 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.

Also on Thursday, the foreign-sponsored insurgents downed a Syrian military helicopter in the town of Douma, east of Damascus, and killed the crew of the helicopter in an execution-style shooting.


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lashed out at Turkey for supporting the insurgents fighting against his government, saying his ambitious neighbor is dreaming of “a new Ottoman empire.”

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Syrian Army Seizes US-Made Weapons from Terrorists in Damascus

Fars-News Agency

The Syrian Army forces discovered and seized a large cache of US-made weapons in Damascus after heavy clashes with armed groups, which led to the killing of over 100 terrorists.

According to FNA dispatches from Syria, 100 terrorists were killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian security forces in Qoutah Sharqiyah district in the capital.

As the Syrian Army forces were purging the city of terrorists, they discovered and seized a large cache of US-made weapons sent to the armed groups in Syria via certain neighboring and regional countries, our dispatches said.

Other reports from different parts of Damascus and its outskirts said that the Syrian forces also killed 68 other terrorists in Hajar al-Aswad district and the Southern regions of the capital.

Earlier reports this month also said that the weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province displayed NATO’s arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

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Human Rights Watch: “Syrian Rebels” Guilty of Torture, Murder

As West’s narrative unravels – cognitive infiltration begins.

By Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer

September 19, 2012 – US, UK, NATO, Saudi, and Israeli backed terrorists carrying out a campaign of systematic atrocities in Syria have finally been acknowledged and reported on by Human Rights Watch, who has for nearly 2 years intentionally portrayed the conflict as one-sided violence carried out by the Syrian government alone.

With evidence and admissions emerging that the so-called “Syrian rebels” are in fact Libyan terrorists, armed, funded, and flown in by NATO to cross into Syria and attack government troops, organizations like Human Rights Watch have faced deteriorating legitimacy, even with watered-down admissions like their most recent report titled, “Syria: End Opposition Use of Torture, Executions.” In the report, Human Rights Watch admits that “armed opposition groups have subjected detainees to ill-treatment and torture and committed extrajudicial or summary executions in Aleppo, Latakia, and Idlib.”

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