Syria: Army Units Eliminate Terrorists, Destroy Tools of Their Crimes in Several Provinces

PROVINCES, (SANA) – Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday continued their national mission in pursuit of al-Qaeda terrorists who are perpetrating acts of killing and looting in Daraya, Hejjeira and al-Dhiyabiyeh in Damascus Countryside and destroyed a number of their vehicles and tools used in targeting the residents and their properties.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with al-Qaeda linked terrorist group and killed some of its members near al-Forn roundabout in Daraya city.

An army unit discovered weapons and ammunition including Israeli-made bombs, DShK bullets, PKC machineguns and military uniforms in terrorists’ hideouts in Cornice area in Daraya.

An official source told SANA reporter that the ammunition and weapons were hidden in particular holes dug by the terrorists in plantations in Daraya farms.

The source added that several mines were dismantled, after they were planted by terrorists in the residential houses in Corniche area in the city.

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group, affiliated to al-Qaeda, near the eastern entrance of Daraya city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition, including machineguns, sniper rifles and a 82-mm mortar launcher, inside a terrorists’ hideout in the city.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists at Fayez Mansour and al-Akshak streets in Hejjeira town in the countryside of Damascus.

One of the most dangerous terrorists, Moa’az Numeiri was identified among the dead, the source said. Continue reading

Israel may strike at ship allegedly carrying Iranian rockets to Gaza – report

Israel has reportedly vowed to destroy rockets and other weapons being sent to Gaza by Iran. Tel Aviv issued this threat despite a recent ceasefire following eight days of bitter conflict between Gaza and Israel.

Israeli spy satellites spotted a cargo vessel in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas that was allegedly Gaza-bound and carrying arms, the Sunday Times reported.

“Regardless of the ceasefire agreement, we will attack and destroy any shipment of arms to Gaza once we have spotted it,” an Israeli defense official told the newspaper.

The vessel reportedly began its voyage last week just as Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire ending eight days of violence in Gaza, in which over 150 Palestinians died. The cargo is believed to include Fajr-5 rockets, similar to those used by Hamas in the conflict, and Shahab-3 ballistic missiles.

The ship is set to travel through the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, according to the Sunday Times report. Later, the weapons will be transported across the desert, disassembled and then smuggled through Sinai tunnels into Gaza. There, the arms will be reassembled by Hamas forces.

The Sunday Times’ report comes a day after the Hamas leadership announced they aren’t ready to stop arming themselves, despite the recently-agreed truce and ceasefire.

“We have no choice but to continue to bring in weapons by all possible means,” senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told reporters, adding that he expected Tehran would “increase its military and financial support to Hamas.”

Earlier on Wednesday, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal thanked Shia-majority Iran for what he described as arms and funding. Continue reading

Syria presents foreign fighter list in bid for UN to acknowledge terror acts

Syria has presented the UN Security Council a list of 143 foreign citizens killed in Syria fighting government troops. Damascus hopes the move will force the UN to declare the presence of foreign nationals in Syria to be international terrorism.

The Syrian government reportedly presented proof that citizens of 19 different nations had fought in the country alongside rebel forces.

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, wrote a letter the Security Council requesting they register the list of mercenaries as an official document on the UN’s agenda of “measures to combat international terrorism.”

The UN Security Council has not yet officially recognized Syria as a country confronting international terrorism. Last month, Syria delivered a previous version of the list containing 108 names.

The new list contains the names of citizens from 19 countries accused of joining Syria’s rebels: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Chad, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen and Chechnya. Since Chechnya is not a country, but a republic of the Russian Federation, the list likely contains names of Russian citizens.

The list consists of the names of people who were positively identified through ID or documents found on their bodies that helped establish their nationality. The bulk of the dead mercenaries in Syria are apparently still unidentified. Continue reading

Message from President al-Assad to President of Cuba on the latest developments in Syria, conveyed by al-Mikdad

HAVANA, (SANA)-A message from President Bashar al-Assad to President Raul Castro of Cuba, conveyed by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal al-Mikdad to the Cuban First Vice President José Ramَn Machado Ventura who renewed his country’s support to Syria.

During the meeting held in Havana on Tuesday, Ventura affirmed that Syria steadfastness is a guarantee for the states which defend their independence and sovereignty all over the world.

Ventura expressed President Castro’s thanks for President al-Assad’s message and the information that included a brief on the situation in Syria, showing Cuba’s readiness to offer help and support to Syria during the difficult stage it is passing through.

He appreciated Syrian people’s struggle and their steadfastness which foiled the western plots.

For his part, al-Mikdad briefed Ventura on the developments Syria has passed through during the latest months and the US-Western conspiracy to which it is exposed aiming at affecting its national stances in the face of the US and western polices to control the region. Continue reading

Explosive device hits a bus for Syrian officers, 10 of them martyred

An explosive device that weighted about 100 has exploded near a bus for Syrian Army on al-Mastouma road of Edlib countryside, what resulted in 10 martyrs of Syrian Army officers.

Our correspondent in Edlib revealed the names of the martyrs:
First Lieutenant Somar Aziz (Hama),
First Lieutenant Basem Naser (al-Salamia),
Captain Ali Naisani (Mesyaf),
Captain Fawaz al-Ali (Homs),
Captain Muhammad Suleiman (Edlib – Fou’a),
Captain Majed Edree (Homs),
Captain Majd Abbass (Jableh),
Captain Muhammad al-Ammouri (Homs),
Captain Muntajeb Horani (Homs),
conscript Azzam Suleiman (Banyas)

In Damascus countryside, our reporter stated that the Syrian security forces found a torture location that was used by insurgents near Town Center mall on Damascus – Daraa highway.

The correspondent added that the Syrian Army hit a position for insurgents in Ghbeir square of Erbin city, what resulted in 10 deaths of militants at least

Our correspondent in Daria city pointed out that terrorists have booby-trapped al-Tawbeh mosque and bombed scores of houses, preventing the Syrian Army from chasing them. Continue reading

‘Tehran meeting positive step towards resolving Syria crisis’

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil (file photo)

Syrian deputy prime minister for economic affairs Qadri Jamil has described Syria National Dialogue in Iran’s capital, Tehran, as a positive step towards resolving the country’s crisis.

Jamil said on Monday that the meeting is also a positive step towards strengthening negotiations among Syrian groups and could yield significant results.

Jamil made the remarks on the sidelines of the two-day meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Tehran which began on Sunday.

Nearly 200 participants, including Syrian scholars, tribal and religious leaders, representatives of different ethnicities, minorities and the opposition as well as representatives from other countries are participating in the meeting.

The Syrian official said all groups participating in Tehran’s meeting stress the necessity of finding a comprehensive political solution to Syria’s crisis and preventing foreign interference in the Arab country.

Jamil added that the National Dialogue meeting was effective in brining the views of member states of Syria contact group closer together.  Continue reading

France Proposes Weapons for Syria Rebels

France raised the prospect on Thursday of providing Syria’s rebels with weapons as Turkey joined it and the Gulf Arab states in recognizing the newly unified opposition.

France said it would discuss its proposal to ease the European Union arms embargo on both sides in the 20-month-conflict with its partners in the 27-nation bloc but Russia said any such move would be a violation of international law.
In Paris, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would raise the idea of excluding weapons for the rebels from the current blanket EU embargo.
“For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being delivered from the European side. The issue… will no doubt be raised for arms,” Fabius he told RTL radio.

“The issue will be raised because the (opposition) coalition has asked us to do so,” he said, adding: “This is something that we can only do in coordination with the Europeans.”
According to agencies, French President Francois Hollande is to hold talks on Saturday with the head of the new opposition so-called National Coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, his office said.

In Moscow, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said “promises are being made from a number of capitals of massive supplies of modern weapons.” Continue reading

“Free Syrian Army” Threatens Red Crescent

Sources of the Syrian Red Crescent told “al-Intiqad” website it had received a threat from the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, forbidding their vehicles from hospitalizing Syrian army soldiers.

The source confirmed that those who threatened the Red Crescent were the same people who assaulted them and stole two of their vehicles in Damascus.

Also, the source stated that the regime and the so-called opposition must treat the organization and its medical staff well and not damage or hijack its vehicles.
Moreover, the source further indicated that the Red Crescent is an impartial humanitarian organization that has nothing to do with the ongoing conflict. Its role is to aid and hospitalize those wounded or dead in clashes irrelevant of their political views or stances.

Syrian warplanes bombed insurgent vehicles in Ras al-Ain region, causing tens of deaths in the Turkish-Syrian borders.

On another note, many rebels were killed in severe clashes with the regime’s Army in al-Sayyeda Zeinab (AS) area in Damascus. During the encounter, the security forces exposed an ammunition and artillery warehouse containing mortar missiles, light weaponry, and grenades. Continue reading

Al Qaeda Levant aka Free Syrian Army FSA, Uses a Mosque To Launch Terror Attacks

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis and the terrorists from Al Qaeda Levant or as some western mainstream media like to call them: the Free Syrian Army, use mosques to store weapons, position snipers, launch attacks from, plot inside, organize gatherings and then booby trap when they feel surrounded and blow the mosque just to accuse the Syrian Army of attacking mosques knowing that many masses of Muslims would become furious just like what we witnessed with the stupid films and cartoons already.
This is one of the first clips we managed to obtain of them filming it to please their clerics abroad and show their ‘heroic’ acts. One of the Wahhabi clerics last year asked them to blow up mosques if it helps demonize the Syrian Army.

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