‎Syria – Aleppo : Media source: 123 martyrs in Khan al Assal massacre

Jul 27, 2013

Aleppo, (SANA) – A media source said that the death toll from the massacre that armed terrorist groups committed in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside reached 123 martyrs, with many others still missing.

The majority of the victims are armless civilians, the source pointed out.

Medical tests helped identify 6 of the martyrs, the source said, vowing that the perpetrators will pay a heavy price for their barbarity and affirming that ”the Syrian people and army are on high alert.”

The armed terrorist groups committed a genocide against a number of civilians and military personnel in Khan al-Assal town in the countryside of Aleppo.

Gang of the so-called Ansar al-Khilafa Brigade admitted committing the terrorist massacre in Khan al-Assal, mutilating the bodies of the martyrs and throwing them in a big hole on the outskirts of the town, in addition to incinerating a number of the martyrs’ bodies.

Khan al-Assal area was last March the target of a chemical weapons attack when terrorists launched a rocket containing chemical materials, killing 25 citizens and injuring 110 others.

The new massacre, which came in light of the continued international silence and open Western support for the armed terrorist groups, stirred all the Syrians in resentment calling for quick and firm response towards the murderers who have been allowed access to enter Syria across the border.

Head of the Syrian Human Rights Network, Ahmad Khazem, stressed that the massacre, during which the terrorists set the martyrs’ bodies on fire, is “a blatant violation of the UN Convention against Torture and a crime against humanity”.

Khazem added that this crime also constitutes a flagrant violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 and Article 25 of Rome Statute, clarifying that both the resolution and the article stress on the prevention of providing material and logistic support to the armed terrorist groups.

This form of support, in addition to providing weapons, funds and shelter, has continued to be offered to the terrorist groups in Syria by the governments of Turkey and Gulf states, on top is Saudi Arabia.

For his part, Head of the Lawyers Syndicate, Nizar Skeif, demanded sending an urgent letter to the Security Council on this massacre so as to refer its perpetrators and their backers to the International Criminal Court.

Spokesman for the presidency of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Adel Nei’seh, condemned the calls and efforts to supply the terrorists in Syria with qualitative weapons from the Gulf states.

Those efforts, Nei’she said, “have caused the Syrians to fall victim to criminals whose heads are filled with devilish fatwas.”

In turn, Head of the National Initiative for Syrian Kurds, Omar Aussi, highlighted that the new massacre in Khan al-Assal aims at escalation by the terrorists, a step they usually resort to “before any chance for political solution” as the coincides with the arrival of a UN team to investigate the crime of chemical weapons use in the town.

In the same context, the branch of the National Union of Syrian Students condemned in the strongest terms the massacre in Khan al-Assal, denouncing the “rude silence” on this crime of all the opposition parties that claim moderation.

The Union pointed out that the massacre reflects the barbarity and savageness of the takfiri terrorist groups that are implementing the agendas of Al Saud monarchy.

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Syrian conflict in stalemate, but Assad is stronger, Cameron says

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron

The Syrian government may have got “stronger” in recent months, but more can be done to help Syria’s opposition forces, David Cameron has said.

The UK Prime Minister told the BBC there was a “stalemate” on the ground, but work must continue internationally to try to find a solution.

“I think he [Assad] may be stronger than he was a few months ago but I’d still describe the situation as a stalemate.”

UK military chiefs have warned of the risks of arming rebel groups.

“UK should have nothing to do” with elements of the opposition also reported to have committed atrocities.

Mr Cameron said there was “too much extremism” among the opposition, but moderate groups still deserved support.

“There is too much extremism among the rebels. There is also still appalling behavior from this dreadful regime using chemical weapons. There is an enormous overspill of problems into neighboring countries.”

Syrian government forces have taken the initiative in recent months, and have been bolstered by the capture of the strategically important town of Qusair in the west of the country in June.

Most of the much bigger city of Homs has been recaptured by government troops.

Source: Breaking News Sy

Syria army marches on to clear Damascus suburbs of Takfiris

The Syrian army is making progress in its operations against foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, Press TV reports.

Syrian troops on Sunday advanced into some areas of Damascus suburbs including al-Qaboun and Jobar, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

In Jobar, the army units gained more ground after killing a number of militants and confiscating weapons.

The army also discovered a militant hideout used for making explosives near al-Manasher square, where poisonous chemical materials including chlorine were found. Some of the chemical containers had ‘Made in Saudi Arabia’ label on them.

The Syrian army also regained control of al-Musiqa battalion base, which is still in the range of militant sniper fire.

According to official sources, more than 60 percent of Jobar is under the control of the army.

Syrian army personnel told Press TV that they would continue operations until clearing all of the suburb area of Eastern Ghuta.

In al-Qaboun, fierce fighting between the army and militants continued, with the army securing the municipality building and a school. Several residential buildings were also cleared of militants.

On July 13, Syrian forces took control of an industrial zone in al-Qaboun that links it with Jobar.

Reports coming out of Syria suggest that government forces are pushing ahead with their mop-up operations against the militants across the country.

The army has recently conducted successful clean-up operations, inflicting heavy losses on Takfiris.

Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011.

Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting the anti-Syria militant groups, including al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

In an interview with Syrian daily Al-Thawra published on July 4, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the opposition and their foreign supporters have “exhausted all their tools” in a conspiracy against Syria.

Source: Press TV

Syrian rebels’ Damascus chemical cache found by Assad army – State TV

The Syrian army has discovered a storehouse belonging to rebels in the Damascus area of Jobar, where toxic chemical substances – including chlorine – have been produced and kept, State TV reported.

Military sources reported that the militants “were preparing to fire mortars in the suburbs of the capital and were going to pack missiles with chemical warheads.”

A video shot by RT’s sister channel Russia Al Youm shows an old, partly ruined building which was set up as a laboratory. After entering the building, Syrian Army officers found scores of canisters and bags laid on the floor and tables. According to a warning sign on the bags, the “corrosive” substance was made in Saudi Arabia.

On July 7, the Syrian army confiscated “281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials” that they found at a cache belonging to rebels in the city of Banias. The chemicals included monoethylene glycol and polyethylene glycol.

Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said that the chemicals were “capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country.”

Chief UN chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and UN disarmament chief Angela Kane are expected in Damascus for talks on Monday, following an invitation from the Syrian government.

Storage bags containing “corrosive” substances were found by the Syrian Army in the Damascus area of Jobar.

It is now crucial to find out where the rebels are getting the chemicals from, defense consultant Moeen Raouff told RT.

“The Syrian military has been doing an extremely good job of protecting the nation,” he said. “And if they found this alleged factory than we need to know what the origins of the chemicals are, if they came through the Turkish, Jordanian, Iraqi or Lebanese borders.”

Raouff added that the discovery is unlikely to change the West’s attitude toward the Syrian rebels.

“The Western allies are intent on toppling Assad,”
 he stressed. “Again, they’re going for a case like Iraq and Libya. They’re going after one man and destroying the whole nation. So, I doubt that there’ll be a major reaction. And the Security Council hasn’t reacted to this situation prior to this.”

Earlier this week, Russia submitted to the UN its analysis of samples taken in Aleppo, where chemical weapons were allegedly used in March.  Continue reading

Russian inquiry to UN: Rebels, not Army, behind Syria Aleppo sarin attack

Samples taken at the Syrian town where chemical weapons were allegedly used indicate that it was rebels – not the Syrian army – behind the attack, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has said.

Russia has handed over the analyzed samples to the UN, he added.

“I have just passed the analysis of samples taken at the site of the chemical attack to the UN Secretary General (Ban Ki-moon),” Churkin said on Tuesday.

Evidence studied by Russian scientists indicates that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the rebels, Churkin pointed out.

“It was determined that on March 19 the rebels fired an unguided missile Bashair-3 at the town of Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory made and that it contained sarin,” he said.

Churkin added that the contents of the shell “didn’t contain chemical stabilizers in the toxic substance,”and therefore “is not a standard chemical charge.” The RDX – an explosive nitroamine commonly used for industrial and military applications – found in the warhead was not consistent with what the armed forces use.

According to Moscow, the manufacture of the ‘Bashair-3’ warheads started in February, and is the work of Bashair al-Nasr, a brigade with close ties to the Free Syrian Army.

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin (RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok)

Churkin stressed that unlike other reports which have been handed to the UN, the samples were taken by Russian experts at the scene, without any third party involvement.

More than 30 people died in the Khan al-Assal incident in the northern province of Aleppo in March. Damascus was the first to ask for the UN investigation, accusing opposition fighters of launching a chemical weapon attack. Syrian rebel groups denied the accusations, in turn blaming government forces.

However, the UN investigation has largely become stalled after a group of Western nations insisted on launching an inquiry into a separate case of alleged chemical weapons use in Homs in December 2012. The inquiry requires access to military objects, which Damascus has been unwilling to give.

The UN has also decided to exclude Russian and Chinese experts from the investigation team, withSyria protesting this decision.

So far, the UN commission of inquiry for Syria has not found any conclusive evidence proving that either side of the conflict used chemical weapons. This is despite several reports submitted by the US, UK and France, which claim to show that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces used such weapons.

Syria finds enough chemicals to ‘destroy the whole country’

The Syrian government invited chief UN chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and UN disarmament chief Angela Kane for talks in Damascus on Monday, announcing that a rebels-linked storage site containing piles of dangerous chemicals had been discovered.

“The Syrian authorities have discovered yesterday in the city of Banias 281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials,” Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said, adding that the chemicals were “capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country.” Continue reading

Don’t dare comparing the brave Syrian Arab Army & the corrupt despotic Egyptian one

By MKERone (co-founder of CounterPsyOps)

Greater israel: Zionist dream

Egyptian army is not taking side of the people. But simply taking the side of the US that seems to be wanting Morsi out.

You think the army is taking side of the people. And that is what they’re doing, physically.

But, if they’re taking sides with the people to have Morsi out, it is because America and israel want Morsi out.

Egyptian army would never go against US/israel will. Because the US finances Egyptian army. You’ll see that whatever the outcome, Egypt will not change anything in its relation with the US and israel. Just like previous “revo”, stupid “Arab Spring” deception, this one is also US engineered.

Believing this is just Egyptian people protesting and the army protecting the people because of the love it has for people is just insane. Especially in a country living exclusively thanks to US money !!! Believing so would mean that you are indirectly saying that the Egyptian army is like the Syrian Arab Army. Which, as you may know, is absolutely not the case and is a complete absurdity!!! Nothing compares!

If Egyptian army was so righteous and “independent”, why didn’t it listen to Egyptian people when it took to the streets and protested against israel bombing on Lebanon in 2006? And why didn’t it react when Egyptian parliament called for an international arrest warrant against Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ? Funny how Lebanon was being destroyed but Egypt decided to take action against the resistance instead of calling for an arrest warrant against israeli war criminals…Where was the Egyptian army at that moment?…

Why didn’t the army listen to Egyptian people when they took to the streets in 2008 and asked the army to disobey Mubarak and open the Rafah border when israel was bombing the hell out of Gaza strip?

Why did it accept to beat its own people at the beginning of what you call “revolution” in 2011??? It then switched its position when it noticed that the people wouldn’t leave Tahrir. Egyptian army needs the people to keep ruling. This is the only reason it is now “protecting” the people.

Why didn’t it express its sympathy and support to the main pillar of Resistance: Syria Al-Assad?

On the other hand, you might wonder why the US and israel want Morsi out?

Since it launched its Arab Spring deception in Egypt, the US has been willing to impose Mister El Baradei as the new ruler in Egypt. Though, after a while, Egyptians got to understand that El Baradei was a stooge who not only obeyed they US, but was sitting next to israel war criminal president Shimon Peres at the ICG (amongst other zionists).

Extract from Land Destroyer article "Egyptian Protesters: US Stooge "ElBaradei for President" "

Extract from Land Destroyer article “Egyptian Protesters: US Stooge “ElBaradei for President”

Hence, US and israel had to switch to plan B and let the muslim brotherhood rule the country. The muslim brotherhood that they themselves created. Let some time go by, and find a way to slowly put El Baradei back on track to take Egypt over.

Keep in mind that Egypt is a strategic country for both US and israel and especially for zionist plans. Hence, do not expect anything in favor of the Egyptian people to happen. It will always be to israel’s advantage. Even if the people itself demands for it, it will be the fruit of manipulation and deception, and ultimately, in israel’s favor. Exactly as it happened with the fall of Mubarak, and exactly as it will happen now. Whatever the outcome is.

Officials: CIA ships weapons to Jordan to arm Syria militants

Washington stationed some one thousand troops in Jordan in early June to operate a training camp for the militants.

The United States has begun shipping weapons to Jordan to arm the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to U.S. media reports.

The Wall Street Journal quoted American officials and diplomats as saying that the Central Intelligence Agency is planning to provide the insurgents with U.S. weapons within a month.

The weapons are being moved to Jordan from a network of warehouses, the report added without giving any explanation about their locations.

The officials who have been briefed by the CIA said that Saudi Arabia and other U.S. regional allies are also contributing to the plan by sending weapons to the militants.

The weaponry includes different types of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, small arms and ammunition. It would take up to three weeks to send all the weapon consignment to Jordan.

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The report also added that the U.S. and its European and Arab allies have plans to train different groups of militants in Jordan on how to use the weapons.

The first groups of U.S.-trained insurgents are expected to arrive in Syria in late July or early August.

According to earlier U.S. media reports, the American military has been secretly training the militants since November last year.

The White House’s open announcement to arm and train the militants comes as the Syrian army has managed to inflict heavy defeats on the foreign–backed insurgents in recent weeks.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly insurgency for more than two years now. Damascus has long been accusing the West of fueling the flames of unrest in the country.

Many of the militants engaged in fighting against Damascus are foreign nationals including a large numbers of Takfiris.

Source: Press TV

Syrian Army troops take full control of al-Daba’a town

Syrian Army soldiers jubilate. (file photo)

 

Syrian Army troops have taken control of al-Daba’a town in the central province of Homs, a day after they fully purged the strategic border town of al-Qusayr from foreign-sponsored militants.

On Thursday, Syrian troops liberated the town after fierce exchange of fire with the militants.

Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday that Syrian forces had regained full control of Qusayr following three weeks of fighting.

Many foreign-backed militants were killed or injured throughout the mop-up operations conducted by Syrian soldiers in the town.

The militants fled to farms and a nearby village. Reports indicate that peace and security have now been restored in the region.

Syrian troops backed by the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19.

Qusayr had been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.

Source: Press TV

Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

A file photo of Syrian Army troops

Syrian army troops have established control over a key crossing in the israeli-occupied Golan Heights shortly after it fell into the hands of foreign-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing – situated between Syria and the Golan Heights – after heavy clashes with anti-government gunmen.

Earlier in the day, israeli media reported that foreign-backed militants had seized the crossing.

Meanwhile, Austria has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights in wake of ongoing battles in the area.

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission.

israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law.

The israeli regime has used various means to help the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria, including the provision of medical assistance.

Also on Thursday, the Syrian troops recaptured the town of al-Daba’a. This came after the Army liberated the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday following three weeks of fighting with the militants.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Source: Press TV

Iranian Diplomat Blasts Silence on Human Rights Violations by Rebels in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat lashed out at certain countries and international organizations for keeping mum on the severe violation of human rights in Syria by the rebel groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Iran’s New Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Mohsen Naziri Asl made the remarks on Wednesday, addressing an emergency meeting on Syria which was held by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Iranian diplomat expressed deep concern over continued conflicts in Syria, and said unfortunately the violence in Syria has been mounting with no control during the past days leaving scores of civilian dead.

He further criticized advocates of holding the emergency meeting on Syria at the UN Human Rights Council for turning a blind eye to the blatant cases of human rights violation by opponent groups in Syria.

Naziri urged the international community to change its approach towards Syria, and stressed that continuation of such biased approach would further encourage Syrian opponent groups to increase their violent armed conflicts.

He said that providing arms to Syria’s opposition groups would be catastrophic for the Syrian people and the entire region as well.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against Syrian forces and civilians being reported across the country.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said last May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

Source: Fars News