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

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Source: Al-Qaeda-Trained Terrorists Sent to Syria from Waziristan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Qaeda, backed by Turkey, the US and its regional Arab allies, has set up a new camp in Northern Waziristan in Pakistan to train Salafi and Jihadi terrorists and dispatches them to Syria via Turkish borders, sources said.

“A new Al-Qaeda has been created in the region through the financial and logistical backup of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and a number of western states, specially the US,” the source told FNA.

Ali Mahdian told FNA that the US and the British governments have been playing with the al-Qaeda through their Arab proxy regimes in the region in a bid to materialize their goals, specially in Syria.

He said the Saudi and Qatari regimes serve as interlocutors to facilitate the CIA and MI6 plans in Syria through instigating terrorist operations by Salafi and Arab Jihadi groups, adding that the terrorists do not know that they actually exercise the US plans.  Continue reading