Media Coverage of Syrian Violence Partial and Untrue, Says Nun

 

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

A NUN who has been superior at a Syrian monastery for the past 18 years has warned that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”. It is “a fake”, Mother Agnes Mariam said, which “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy”.

Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St James the Mutilated in Qara, in Syria’s diocese of Homs, which is in full communion with Rome, she left Ireland yesterday after a three-day visit during which she met representatives of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth.

She told The Irish Times she was in Ireland “not to advocate for the (Assad) regime but for the facts”. Most news reports from Syria were “forged, with only one side emphasised”, she said. This also applied to the UN, whose reports were “one-sided and not worthy of that organisation”. Continue reading

Syrian forces kill armed group’s leader in Aleppo

 

Foreign-backed insurgents in Syria (file photo)

The leader of the Ayman Lifo anti-government armed group has been killed by Syrian security forces in the country’s northern city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.

Security forces have also killed and injured a large number of insurgents in the al-Halak neighborhood of Aleppo and the Daret Azzeh area on the outskirts of the city.

The developments came after the Syrian Army killed tens of insurgents in the Hanano neighborhood in Aleppo on Thursday as it cleared vaster areas, including the Asileh and Bab al-Nasir districts, in the restive city of foreign-backed armed men.

The anti-government elements also lost scores of men in the Bustan al-Basha district and had to withdraw from the city’s Salahuddin neighborhood on the same day.  Continue reading

Armed rebels commit horrific crimes against civilians: Syria

The Syrian government says the rebel armed groups backed and funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are committing “horrific crimes” against civilians in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Aleppo.

In two letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN secretary general, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are using civilians in Aleppo as human shields, and killing anyone who does not support their crimes.

A large number of mercenaries are gathered in Aleppo, whose entry to the city has been facilitated by Turkey, the letters pointed out.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry further denounced the Western states’ reluctance to urge armed opposition groups to end their attacks in the country.  Continue reading

In Syria – How to “Liberate” a Pro-Army City?

NATO Terrorists Come to Overrun, Not “Liberate,” Aleppo.
by Tony Cartalucci (Land Destroyer)

July 25, 2012 – A pivotal conflict is unfolding in northern Syria in the city of Aleppo – one told with two narratives. For the Western media, speaking on behalf of US foreign policy and the corporate-financier interests behind both their “journalism” and the subversion of Syria, the “Battle for Aleppo” constitutes brave “pro-democracy” fighters rising up in the streets of the ancient city to do battle with invading “regime thugs.” This despite a year and a half of reporting Aleppo as admittedly a pro-government bastion.

An approximation of areas where fighting has been taking place in Aleppo, Syria. Clearly during the initial offensive by the FSA, they came in from 2 of the city’s main highways, both leading to the Turkish-Syrian border. It appears that a large number of fighters have been trapped inside the center of the city, surrounded by Syrian military forces. This was not an “uprising” but rather an invasion by armed militants from either near, or across the Turkish-Syrian border. It is unclear whether a significant number of additional militants are on their way

An Invasion, Not an Uprising

The second narrative is discerned not from official Syrian government talking points, but from a more critical examination of the Western media’s own reports, which exposes what is instead, indeed a pro-Syrian Army, pro-Syria city being overrun by so-called “Free Syrian Army” militants pouring in from two specific points – Aleppo’s northeast facing Azaz, and Aleppo’s northwest facing Bab al-Hawa. Militants emanating from these directions come from areas directly across from the Turkish border. Continue reading

Iran threatens to ‘strike out’ at any intervention in Syria

Iranian 200-kilometre (120-mile) range Qader (Ghader) ground-to-sea missile is launched on the last day of navy war games near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.(AFP Photo / Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Noroozi)

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has friends in the region poised “to strike out” in the event of an intervention into Syria, says a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The warning was particularly sent to “hated” Arab countries.

None of Syria’s friends or the great front of resistance has yet entered the scene, and in the event that this happens, decisive blows will be struck at the enemy, especially the hated Arab rulers,” Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fars news agency.

No country in particular was mentioned. Iran remains a key ally of official Damascus, while leaders of such Gulf countries as Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Qatar openly support Syrian rebels.

The hawkish rhetoric heard from Iran comes on top of the exchange over Syria’s chemical and biological arsenal, which the Arab country pledged Monday not to use against its own population, but only to combat “foreign aggressors.

This was the first time Syria’s arsenals became an official reality, since the nation is one of just six non-signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1992. Syria’s purported stockpiles of nerve agents, including mustard gas, as well as Scud missiles capable of delivery, are secure according to its Foreign Ministry. Media reports say the weapons are being moved away from sites of severe clashes between pro-regime and opposition forces.

A torrent of warnings flooded Damascus following the statements, as officials from the EU and UN voiced their concerns over the possible use of the chemical arsenal.  Continue reading