Welcome to the website of Aramean Christians of Syria
Following Iraq, now the Aramean indigenous nation of Syria will be exterminated and forced into Diaspora by the Western colonial powers.
===================Arameans of Syria===================
It is estimated that there are around 2.0 million Aramean and non-Aramean Christians in Syria. Below we will provide our beloved reader with some background information on the various Aramean denominations present in Syria.
At the early beginning of Christianity, the Aramean nation was geographically termed as West- Arameans and East-Arameans. Roughly speaking, river the Euphrates was de border. The Arameans living Eastern of Euphrates, the Persian Empire, were called East- Arameans or East- Syrians; thus "Nestorians" who later became known as Chaldeans (1553) and again later as Assyrians (19th century).
The Arameans living Western of Euphrates, the Roman Empire, were called West- Arameans or West- Syrians or in short just Syrians. And sometimes both the East- as well as the West- Arameans are called Syrians; if not specifically indicated! In Syria the following Aramean denominations are present:
West- Arameans: Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholics, Syrian Maronites, Syrian Melkite Greek (Rum) Orthodox, Syrian Melkite Greek (Rum) Catholics
East- Arameans: Chaldeans, Nestorians ("Assyrians")
In the 16th century, the colonial powers started to interfere with the Middle-East and in particular to create divisions within the Aramean nation and incite them against one another.
Imaginable and unimaginable methods were employed to incite the Arameans against one another on the national as well as on the religious level. To explain this, below we present to you some events as observed by the American Presbyterian Rev. Justin Perkins who visited the East- Aramean Nestorians of Urmia in 1833.
The events mentioned above are written down by a Protestant. And most probably Mr. Perkins was very well pleased to be informed about and to be witness of such events in order to discredit the other party. The Protestants however have availed themselves of such nasty methods as well and continue to do so until today.
It does not mean however that this kind of unholy and extremely harmful technology unfortunately was employed to not only brainwash, blackmail, bribe, and persecute the East- Aramean Nestorians, but also other Aramean churches like the West- Aramean Syrian orthodox and West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox church. As a result of this kind of unholy and nasty "evangelizing", the following Aramean Catholic groups were created:
In addition to that, the majority of Catholics in the Western world are deliberately being kept blind and this important information withheld from them on the unholy and nasty methods that have been employed on their behalf to divide, incite against one another and finally exterminate other nations. For this reason, this faithful Western Christian Catholics have all the rights to be informed about what has been done to other nations in their behalf and with their money.
The majority of Catholic schools, Seminars and Universities withhold deliberately students of this unsavory events taken place in the past. On the contrary, in these institutions, the "good works" of missionaries are emphasized on the fact that these "lost sheep" have come back to the "only holy Catholic Church" and that these "Unites" should be offered aid and assistance. They rather would prefer to bring back "the rest of the lost sheep" to the "only truthfully holy Catholic Church".
And the madness of all this is that this kind of blackmail, bribe, persecutions, brainwash and sorcery is placed under the umbrella of "Christianity", while in reality, it totally has nothing to do with Christian faith as explained in the Bible. And this kind of evilness is continued until our days and is the cause of the misery our people is facing in the Middle-East and has resulted in their Diaspora. See more on this horrific spiritual genocide of jesus of the west: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramean_Spiritual_Genocide.htm
A message to the Aramean Orthodox and East- Arameans, that is to say:
The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, The Syrian Melkite Greek orthodox Church, The Ancient Church of the East and The Assyrian Apostolic Catholic Church of the East, is this one:
From the very beginning of Christianity until today you constantly are flying at each other, whereby you have put aside Jesus Christ. You think that it is okay and nobody cares about what you are doing? And that the Lord God can't see your quarrel whereby you all have created your own private kingdoms and don't care about the real King, namely Jesus Christ? The God YAHWEH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob says, " Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 23:24)
All this is okay, nothing to worry about? How can you complain that you are being persecuted, killed, your churches blown up, burned, your sons killed, your daughters and wives dishonored and assumed by strangers while you have completely put aside Christ Jesus, the Holy and Almighty God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob?
The Almighty God YAHWEH, Gloria to His Holy Name, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob says:
1. Behold, the Lords hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2)
2. Shameless nation, come to your senses 2 before you are driven away like chaff blown by the wind, before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day when he shows his fury (Zephaniah 2:1-2)
3. "However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country." (2 Chronicle 7:14)
It was because of our iniquities that the horrible jesus of the West was able to fragmentize us, to diffuse fake names within our nation, to destroy our heritage and faith and to cause our nation into Diaspora. No, don't blame others for this and other misfortunes. We are only and exclusively the guilty ones, and no one else. We are responsible for what is happening to us! The Lord God had blessed the Arameans of Aram-Nahrin to be the first nation to accept Christ Jesus and together with the apostles of the Lord Jesus and the converted Jews they established the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. What is left of the original glorious church of Antioch? Nothing, completely destroyed because of internal quarrel and centuries old hatred and imputations.
A message to the Aramean Catholics, that is to say:
The Syrian Catholic Church, The Syrian Melkite Greek Catholic Church, The Syrian Chaldean Catholic Church, The Syrian Maronite Catholic Church , is this one:
You may call yourself whatever you want to, but please do not lose your senses. There are thousands Western Catholics who refuse to be manipulated by the Vatican. They are Catholics, but they take independent position, they read and study the Bible on daily basis and try to dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ. These are the true Christian Catholics.
You as Aramean Catholics will definitely not go to the hell if you set yourself a bit free from Vatican and take more independent position. And please stop immediately to be used as remote control. The salvation of your soul does not come from Vatican, but from Jesus Christ. The Bible says: " .........for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you] [as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). Therefore, please put Jesus Christ on the first place and read the Bible in which He reveals Himself.
For those among the Aramean Catholics who want to know more about the covenant they have made, we refer to a top specialist on this field, Mr. William (Bill) Schnoebelen who has produced a DVD on this matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuTwsQNzmQs
Appeal to all the Aramean denominations
Please have a detailed look at the decadent behavior of your children, men and women in Diaspora. No sense of shame! One would think that when a person has escaped war, bloodbaths and massacres, he would behave modest and respectable. Unfortunately, the real life is quite different than one would imagine and wish. They simply go with the decadence, immorality and enjoy thoroughly the luxurious life in the West.
On the broadcasting channels Ishtar, SuryoyoSat and SuroyoTv, sometimes wedding parties, new year, Christmas, eastern and other parties are broadcasted where you see some people dressed so perversely, that they look like prostitutes. They give the eyes the impression as if they have something to sell! The obnoxious behavior is that some of them wear a cross between their half-naked breasts. And the most ungodly is that these kind of people are being associated with Christianity. And that is absolutely no good advertisement, for other nations are watching us and judge us according our behavior!
The worst thing is that from child to adult they do not want to know anything about the errors and treason they committed towards the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and act as if nothing is wrong. Many of them are even boasting on their good deeds, Christian faith and self-satisfaction. What is worse is that many of them have removed Christ Jesus from their lives, without being aware of it, and call themselves "Christians" for the show.
Even now they are refugee at other mans doors, they do not have slightest reason to ask themselves: Why did we become refugee at other mans doors and make our hands open for them? Why did not our God protect us against evil forces that have invaded and assumed our indigenous homelands? What is the cause of our Diaspora and why we lost everything? On the contrary, they enjoy the luxurious life in the West, act like drunkards, and do not want to be bothered with these difficult questions they simply dont want to hear anything about!
The various Aramean Diaspora communities (including Chaldeans, Assyrians) in the West should not fool themselves and make any illusions for they have been entrapped by the luxurious decadent life in the West. For their survival it is necessary to wake up and reflect on what is coming. Thirty years ago nobody in Iraq would have imagined in their wildest dreams what is now happening to them, for they were entrapped in the carefree and luxurious life. Ten years ago nobody had imagined what is now happening with Syria. Therefore we appeal to all of the Aramean denominations as follows: "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Ephesians 5:14-15)
For those among you who want to learn more about centuries old persecutions, the lose of our ancestral homelands, and the reasons behind Diaspora, we refer to the following articles:
Articles concerning Aramean nation of Syria:
29-11-2013: Aramean bishop: What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half .The such-and-such massacre of Arameans of Syria: Who is responsible?
7-10-2013: Free Syria according to the colonial model: Ritual slaughtering, ethnic cleansing, eating human lungs and feeding unclean and uncircumcised ones to dogs! 'Why don't you become a Muslim? Then you can be free'
27-6-2013: Aramean Catholic Priest Killed in Syria
23-4-2013: Two Aramean bishops kidnapped in Syria
21-1-2013: Iraq: Aramean teacher and student killed in Mosul: Repetition of Iraq in Syria
19-12-2012: Syria: Has the time arrived to carry out a false flag attack with chemical weapons to be used by the colonial powers as pretext to invade Syria? http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_ChemicalWeapons_ColonialPowers_19_12_2012.htm
27-10-2012: Iraqi Aramean leader mourns on languishing away of Aramean presence unseen hand our concerns the New World Order (NWO) Paradigm Shift Petrus Romanus ..
2-8-2012: Balkanization of Syria: Who will be the winners and who will be the losers? What will happen with the indigenous Arameans present in this area since thousands of years?
23-7-2012: Syria: The good ones and the bad ones, which side do you support? The story of the Aramean sister Agnes Miriam
28-6-2102: reported back that Western press was spreading disinformation about the real nature of the uprising in Syria and thereby prolonging and deepening the conflict
18-5-2012: Is the colonial demonic plan being activated to ethnically cleanse Syria of its indigenous Aramean and other Christians?
13-12-2011: Climax of Madness: The unholy colonial product Assyrians wants together with Muslim brotherhood to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. How the odious demonic colonial powers maneuver their spiritual children and creation into the abyss to exterminate the Aramean nation of Syria
3-12-2011: The use of mercenaries, death squads and snipers by Western intelligence agencies is well documented,, Will the ethnic cleansing of the Arameans of Iraq serve as a example to the future ethnic cleansing of Arameans of Syria?
1-12-2011: Disposing the Middle-East of Aramean, Coptic and other Christians: a demonic plan concocted in the antichristian malignant laboratories of colonial powers
26-10-2011: Liberation Iraq: Extermination Aramean Christians Liberation Egypt: burning churches and slaughtering of Coptic Christians
24-9-2011: Liberation of Iraq: Extermination of Arameans of Iraq. Liberation of Syria ..?????......
31-12-2013: Syrias legal action against Turkey, justified: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrias call for the UN Security Council to prosecute Turkey for supporting militants operating against Damascus is a solid-based and comprehensible decision, an analyst tells Press TV ..
Weber, who is director of the US-based Institute for Historical Review, said Syrias action will at least remind the world of the hypocrisy of Turkish leaders, who support violent intervention in Syria despite their claims of respecting other countries sovereignty
31-12-2013: Syria asks UN Security Council to prosecute Turkey (http://www.presstv.ir)
Damascus has officially asked the UN Security Council to prosecute Turkey and all countries that support the militants operating in Syria
The Turkish authorities are systematically offering help in supplying arms to terrorists operating in a number of districts in Syria, he said.
They support the groups which every day carry out terrorist attacks against the Syrian people, government buildings, and other infrastructure facilities, the diplomat wrote
They were trained on the border with Syria, after which the Turkish authorities helped them penetrate the neighboring country, the letter said
31-12-2013: Western-backed Syria crisis aims to weaken its army: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
A political analyst says the United Sates and its Western allies are fueling the deadly turmoil in Syria in an attempt to weaken the Arab states very strong army, Press TV reports
Instead of Syria being able to protect itself from outside dangers, danger has been sent inside Syria, chaos has been created to basically weaken the Syrian military, which has always been perceived as a very strong one, added the US-based analyst
31-12-2013: 3 killed, several injured in mortar attacks in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least three people have been killed and several others wounded after foreign-backed militants fired mortar shells at residential areas in the countryside of the Syrian capital Damascus and the western city of Homs .
30-12-2013: Assad urges confronting Takfiri, Wahhabi ideology (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called for confronting the Takfiri and Wahhabi ideology in the region.
The Syrian president made the remarks in a meeting with a delegation from the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon, headed by chairman of the Gathering's administrative board, Sheikh Hassan Abdullah, in Damascus on Monday.
Assad described the ideology as an alien element in the regional societies and said that it targets the history, future and coexistence of the people in the region.
30-12-2013: Saudi Arms Shipments Waiting behind Iraq's Borders with Syria (http://english.farsnews.com)
Tens of vehicles carrying arms shipments from Saudi Arabia failed to cross the Iraqi border into Syria due to the Iraqi armys ongoing operations in the Western Al-Anbar province which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia .
Nearly 70 2-ton vehicles are waiting for the Iraqi army forces to end its operation and withdraw from the region giving them a chance to cross the border with Syria ..
30-12-2013: West doesnt want Syria crisis to end: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
The West has no intention of helping to resolve the Syrian crisis as the dilemma has been created by Western states to protect Israel, a political analyst tells Press T
I think they (the West) are just giving a whole lot of lip service to wanting to resolve the situation in Syria. I also believe they have [taken] Syria exactly where they wanted,
29-12-2013: New video shows atrocities committed by Syria militants (http://www.presstv.ir)
A new video has emerged on the Internet, showing atrocities committed by foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
The shocking footage showed militants who had cut off the head of a government soldier killed in the northern city of Aleppo.
The militants in the video said the man was hungry before he was decapitated
26-12-2013: As time goes by: Turkeys role in Syrias unfolding crisis (http://rt.com)
Under Erdogan Turkey became directly involved in the Syrian crisis as his support for the Muslim Brotherhood brought an ideological context to Turkeys hostile stance against Assads government
in the early years of its AKP government, Turkey proved instrumental in breaking Syrias international isolation, which paved the way for Assads visit to France in 2005. In 2007, a free trade agreement between Turkey and Syria boosted the bilateral trade volume from $796 million in 2006 to $2.5 billion in 2010. In 2008, Turkey even brokered peace talks between Syria and Israel. While the following year, Ankara and Damascus abolished the visa regime, thus far hampering the free movement of people and products between both countries ..
In fact, Turkeys greater direct involvement in Syria was then also confirmed by the news agency, Reuters. From Dubai, Reuters Regan Doherty and Amena Bakr reported that Turkey has set up a secret base with allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syrias rebels from a city near the border, ..
Turkeys unsuccessful attempts to initiate direct foreign intervention in Syria have since been made irrelevant by the use of chemical weapons in Syria
Turkeys thwarted attempts to play a major role in Syria appear to have led to its current demotion on the world stage ..
In the end, one cannot but state that Turkeys Syria policy has not led to any happy conclusions and that, in contrast, Turkeys standing at home as well as abroad has suffered tremendously .
25-12-2013: Al-Qaeda leader targeting U.N. workers (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
The shadowy leader of a powerful Al-Qaeda group fighting in Syria sought to kidnap United Nations workers and scrawled out plans for his aides to take over in the event of his death, according to excerpts of letters obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press .
24-12-2013: West starting to realize they are aiding terrorists in Syria - Lavrov to RT (http://rt.com)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes Western politicians have started to realize that overthrowing Assads government might lead to a worsening of the Syrian crisis ..
The attitudes are changing in Western countries, they are becoming more realistic in their approach towards settling the Syrian crisis, The threat of terrorism in Syria, the threat of jihadists coming to power, the threat of creating a caliphate with extremist rules, the threat of violating the rights of minorities, or even depriving them of life, are the main problems. He also said understanding that changing the regime is not the way to solve this problem but a way to facilitate the arrival of jihadists to power."
23-12-2013: Case Against Syrias Assad Falls Apart (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
20-12-2013: Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants (http://www.reuters.com)
An Internet video surfaced this week depicting a masked man in Syria with a working-class British accent, urging British Muslims to travel there and join one of the most radical Islamist rebel militias fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad .
U.S. and British officials say the number of British citizens who have traveled to Syria to join anti-government rebels - often the most radical factions - is in the "low hundreds," and that as many as 100 Britons are in Syria fighting with militants at any given time
20-12-2013: Over 1,000 Christians killed in Syria crisis (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Nearly 1,000 Christians have been killed and over 450,000 of them displaced in Syria due to the crisis plaguing the country, says a prominent Christian figure.
As we know, there are 120,000 Syrians killed in the 3-year-long crisis, including Syrian Christians. Maybe the Christians among the killed amount to 1,000, Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, Gregory III Laham, told Xinhua on Thursday.
There are also nine million people displaced inside and outside Syria, 450,000 of whom were Christians, added the Christian leader.
19-12-2013: 'With or without West': Saudi Arabia ready for unilateral action on Syria (http://rt.com)
Saudi Arabia intends to pursue an independent policy in the Arab world after the US resorted to a diplomatic solution to the Syria and Iran crises. The Saudi envoy to UK says the kingdom is ready to ensure regional peace without Western support ..
They also follow recent critical statements by some Western politicians and media, saying Saudi Arabia has already been providing military support to the Syrian rebels and thus fueling the raging conflict in the Arab country .
In November, The Washington Post citing senior Gulf officials, reported that Saudi Arabia was trying to independently provide military support to the rebels after previously aligning itself with US interests in the region.
The Saudis plan to expand training facilities they operate in Jordan and increase the firepower of arms sent to rebel groups that are fighting extremist elements among them even as they battle the Syrian government, the paper reported
19-12-2013: 11,000 foreign militants fight against Syria: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)
A new report says up to 11, 000 militants from over 70 countries have joined the war against Syria.
According to the report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) on Tuesday, between 3,300 and 11,000 militants have been fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from late 2011 to December 10, 2013.
It was extremely foolish for Obama to say in August 2011 that Assad must go, because it means that the United States cannot be serious about conflict resolution in Syria. Likewise, it was foolish for Obama to draw his red line about chemical weapons use during his reelection campaign. So when chemical weapons were used in Syria in August this year, Obama was trapped by his own rhetoric
Assad will continue to strengthen his position on the ground. But as long as Saudi money and weapons get to the opposition groups, they will be able to continue a campaignand so the violence will go on ..
19-12-2013: 11,420 Children Dead In Syria's Civil War, So Far (http://www.npr.org)
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts ..
But in recent interviews with intelligence and military officers and consultants past and present, I found intense concern, and on occasion anger, over what was repeatedly seen as the deliberate manipulation of intelligence. One high-level intelligence officer, in an email to a colleague, called the administrations assurances of Assads responsibility a ruse ..
A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information in terms of its timing and sequence to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening
19-12-2013: Amnesty Int'l: Al-Qaeda in Syria kidnaps, tortures, executes prisoners in secret jails (http://rt.com)
Abductions, torture, killing, sharia courts, secret prisons with inhuman conditions thats what an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria is accused of in the latest report by Amnesty International. Victims included children as young as eight
Amnesty has called on Turkey and Gulf states that support the mainstream rebels to curb the flow of arms and aid to ISIS and other organizations accused of human rights violations.
The Turkish government, in particular, should prevent its territory being used by ISIS to bring in arms and recruits to Syria. As well, Gulf states that have voiced support for the armed groups fighting against the Syrian government should take action to prevent arms flows, equipment or other support reaching ISIS in view of its appalling human rights record,
18-12-2013: Al-Jaafari: Terrorists supported by Saudi, Qatari intelligence committed massacres in Adra (http://sana.sy)
Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari called for pressuring the governing regimes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to cease funding, supporting and providing facilitations to the terrorist groups which are committing barbaric massacres against civilians in Syria ..
18-12-2013: Saudi Arabia arms al-Qaeda through back door: Expert (http://www.presstv.ir)
Saudi Arabia has been supplying terrorist al-Qaeda militants operating in Iraq and Syria with arms and money, Middle East expert Zayd al-Isa told Press TV.
Saudi Arabia has been financing al-Qaeda in Iraq, arming it through the back door, al-Isa said in a Wednesday interview.
The Saudi regime has basically focused from the beginning at Syria to see the Syria regime crumble or fall apart that would ultimately lead also to the toppling of the Iraqi fledgling democracy, he added.
18-12-2013: Saudi Arabia warns it will act against West's policy in Middle East (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Saudi Arabia has warned it has been forced to go its own way in foreign policy as its Western allies seek diplomatic solutions to the war in Syria and crisis with Iran .
Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al-Saud said his country is determined to independently arm Syria rebels and could not stand idly by while thousands of children were being killed by Syrias regime
High level warnings from Saudi royals over the Wests betrayal of previously shared foreign policy goals have also included demands for the Gulf countries to have a seat at negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme .
18-12-2013: Intl Centre for Radicalization Study: Thousands of foreigners fight by armed terrorist groups' side (http://sana.sy)
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence in based in the British capital said that 3,300 to 11,000 foreigners from 70 countries headed to Syria for fighting by the side of the armed terrorist groups
17-12-2013: US manipulated public opinion, ignored appeals for Syria chem attack evidence Churkin (http://rt.com)
While building up a case against the Syrian government, the US has relied on the sophisticated filtration of information and manipulation of public opinion through carefully weighted statements with no hard proof, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.
Our requests for additional information which could prove the Syrian government involvement in the use of chemical weapons were ignored by Washington, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said after a closed-door UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on two UN chemical weapons reports by Ake Sellstrom
Why did those who accused the Syrian government of this act did their utmost to derail or at least delay such investigation? Churkin wondered, reminding how the dragging UN probe was interfered by the tragic events in Ghouta on August 21.
As our experts concluded, sarin used on August 21 was of approximately the same type as the one used on March 19, though of a slightly better quality. It means that over a few months opposition chemists somewhat improved the quality of their product, Churkin said
17-12-2013: Syria Atrocities: The US Directly Supports the Al Qaeda Terrorists (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
But we must understand that from the very outset of this conflict, the Western military alliance has covertly supported the terrorists with a view of destabilizing Syria as a nation state. Theres ample evidence to the fact that the United States, NATO and Israel are behind the rebels, and that these rebels are trained in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and then they come in and commit atrocities
We now have evidence that in the face of the defeat of rebel forces by the Syrian government forces and the pacification of large parts of the country the western military alliance and its Persian Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are now envisaging the recruitment of a new wave of Al-Qaeda brigades which they are sending in ..
.because they have information on the fact that these terrorists have been recruited by NATO, by the Turkish high command, in liaison with the United States ..
17-12-2013: Saudis want to turn Syria into graveyard for minorities (http://rt.com)
Saudi Arabia is trying to unite radical extremist rebel forces fighting in Syria after US rapprochement with Iran, with the aim to create a regional graveyard for both Muslim and non-Muslim minorities, journalist John Wight told RT ..
Well the consolidation is being driven by Riyadh who now has stepped into the breach. The Saudis are clearly unhappy with Washingtons policy of conciliation towards Iran and the fact that they turned back from mounting a full military intervention in Syria as Ive just mentioned ..
17-12-2013: Slaughtered like sheep: Eyewitnesses recount massacre in Adra, Syria (http://rt.com)
New details of atrocities carried out by Islamist rebel fighters in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus, continue to pour in from survivors of the massacre there, in which reportedly at least 80 people lost their lives.
"The decapitators" is how the Adra residents, who managed to flee the violence there, now call the people who currently have the town under their control. Adra, a town with a population of 20,000, was captured by Islamist rebels from the Al-Nusra front and the Army of Islam last week, following fierce fighting with the government forces. The towns seizure was accompanied by mass executions of civilians
There was slaughter everywhere, . The eldest was only 20 years old; he was slaughtered. They were all children. I saw them with my own eyes. They killed fourteen people with a machete. I dont know if these people were Alawites. I dont know why they were slaughtered. They grabbed them by their heads and slaughtered them like sheep ..
Its been reported that 80 civilians were killed in the massacre. The death toll could still grow, as currently the information coming from Adra is scarce. The town has been surrounded and isolated by the Syrian army, who have been trying to force the extremists out
17-12-2013: Sit-in organized in Hasaka in solidarity with abducted bishops and nuns (http://sana.sy)
Social, civil and political sides organized a sit-in on Tuesday in front of St. George Church in Hasaka city to demand the release of all people abducted and detained by terrorists, including Bishop John Ibrhaim, Bishop Paul Yazigi and the nuns from St. Thecla Convent .
17-12-2013: Militants behind Syria CW attack: Russia (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russia has reiterated that foreign-backed militants in Syria were behind a chemical weapons attack in August in the Arab country.
"It is absolutely obvious that on August 21 a wide scale provocation was staged" by the militants "to provoke foreign military intervention," said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin on Monday following a UN Security Council meeting, .
17-12-2013: Russia accuses US of ignoring calls for more proof Syrian regime used chemical weapons (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Russia on Monday accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of Syrian government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year-old civil war ..
"Our requests for additional information which could prove the Syrian government involvement in the use of chemical weapons were ignored by Washington," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters after a closed-door meeting on chief U.N. chemical arms investigator Ake Sellstrom's final report .
The lack of any proof (about Syrian government use of chemical arms) was particularly strange because as the public learned from the media reports based on Edward Snowden's materials the United States had powerful intelligence assets in Syria," Churkin said .
17-12-2013: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay (http://www.jpost.com)
Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources said.
The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al-Qaida and other militant groups, and their takeover of a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army ..
16-12-2013: Documents show Turkey sent guns to Syrian rebels (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)
Turkey has sent over 47 tons of weaponry to the Syrian rebels since June, according to documents filed under the United Nations trade records, despite repeated denials from government ranks.
The U.N. records show that Turkey has sent varying amounts of guns to the Syrian rebels over the past few months, with the highest amount reaching nearly 29 tons of weaponry in September alone. The numbers are found in the U.N. Comtrade, a database of international trade statistics detailed according to commodities and partner countries .
16-12-2013: The Chechen Jihadists fighting in Syria (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
As the fighting in Syria continues, battles are increasingly being fought by foreign militants.
Evidence has emerged that a number of these fighters come from a small, remote valley in Georgia - home to just 15,000 ethnic Chechens
16-12-2013: Syria: Turkey Supplied 47 Tons of Weapons to Islamist Rebels (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
The Turkish government has supplied Syrian rebel forces with more than 47 tons of weapons in the past few months it has been revealed - this despite the Islamist government strenuously denying such charges in the past.
According to official documents filed under UN Comtrade (the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database), Turkish arms have been flowing into Syria since June. Recent months have seen the highest volume of traffic, with almost 29 tons of weaponry transferred in September alone
16-12-2013: Syrias Saudi Jihadist Problem (http://www.thedailybeast.com)
Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double gameturning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terror.
Saudi jihadists are flocking in growing numbers to join al-Qaeda affiliates in northern Syria and despite public expressions of disquiet, Saudi Arabian officials are doing little to try to stop them flying out from the Riyadh airporta further sign, say Western diplomats, of the Kingdom throwing caution to the wind when it comes to the Syrian civil war .
16-12-2013: Kanayι, another Christian village invaded by jihadists that impose the Islamic law (http://www.fides.org)
The Christian village of Kanayι, Orontes River, in the Governorate of Idlib, has been invaded by Islamist militants that terrorize the population, threaten a massacre and have imposed the Islamic law .
"We are facing what they have already done in the nearby village of Ghassanieh for over a year. In Ghassanieh they warned the residents to leave the village immediately, otherwise they would have killed them, and they got the desired result: to occupy the village with what Christians possessed. In Kanayι, they have not imposed on the population to leave but to live according to the Islamic law". According to the vicar emeritus, "this could be the first step: tomorrow they will force them to convert to Islam" .
16-12-2013: Turkey sent tons of arms into Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Turkey has sent over 47 tons of weaponry to the foreign-sponsored militants operating inside Syria since June, according to a UN report.
Based on data from the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade), Turkey sent different amounts of guns, including shotguns and hunting rifles, to the militants, with the highest reaching nearly 29 tons in September alone.
16-12-2013: Archbishop Nassar: Syrian children envy the stable where Jesus was born (http://www.fides.org)
"In Syria thousands of children who have lost their homes are living in poor tents just like the stable in Bethlehem
16-12-2013: Aleppo attack death toll climbs to 76 (http://www.presstv.ir)
14-12-2013: Syrian children face sharpest decline in education (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrian children have faced the sharpest decline in education in the history of the Middle East, the United Nations and international aid agencies say.
The United Nations Childrens Fund, UNICEF, and refugee agency, UNHCR, in addition to Save the Children and the World Vision aid groups made the remarks in a report published on Thursday
15-12-2013: Rise of Islamic Front a disaster for Syria (http://www.al-monitor.com)
14-12-2013: Growing strength of Syria's Islamist groups undermines hopes of ousting Assad (http://www.theguardian.com)
The west is being forced to rethink its support for rebel alliance in civil war as forces linked to al-Qaida gain ground .
14-12-2013: Syrian Islamist rebels to meet US officials, say oppositions sources (http://www.jpost.com)
Talks in Turkey expected to focus on whether US will aid radical front, which has eclipsed Free Syrian Army, says source .
Syrian rebel commanders from the Islamic Front which seized control of bases belonging to Western-backed rebels last week are due to hold talks with US officials in Turkey in coming days, rebel and opposition sources said on Saturday
The expected contacts between Washington and the radical fighters reflect the extent to which the Islamic Front alliance has eclipsed the more moderate Free Syrian Army brigades - which Western and Arab powers tried in vain to build into a force able to topple President Bashar Assad
13-12-2013: Russia voices concern over arms capture in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concerns over reports that a powerful foreign-backed militant group has captured arms depots of a rival militant group in northern Syria.
Citing Western media reports in connection with an al-Qaeda-linked militant groups capture of more than 10 major warehouses storing non-lethal military supplies belonging to Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group in the town of Atme, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Thursday statement that such developments cause concern, especially in the context of the preparation for the Geneva-2 peace conference.
13-12-2013: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels kidnap 120 Syrian Kurds watchdog (http://rt.com)
Al-Qaeda linked Islamists have kidnapped at least 120 Kurdish civilians from a village in Aleppo province near the border with Turkey, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing its sources.
The fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an insurgent group active in Iraq and Syria, entered the village of Ihras, 20 kilometers south of the border town of Azaz, taking the civilians hostage and transporting them to an unknown location, said the British-based Observatory
12-12-2013: UN concerned about Syrian refugees (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Aid agencies are warning of extreme hardship, particularly among families living in flimsy tents.
The United Nations has said it is extremely concerned about the plight of refugees. Aid agencies are trying to distribute thermal blankets, heaters, clothing and tarpaulin sheeting but are facing logistical difficulties in some areas due to severe weather conditions
12-12-2013: Ad shows Syrian girls being sold in KSA (http://www.presstv.ir/)
A controversial advertisement promoting Syrian girls for sale has been published in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, reports say.
According to reports on Wednesday by Irans Arabic-language news networkal-Alam the detailed advertisement even embodies a telephone number belonging to someone enlisted as being a family counselor.
12-12-2013: Exposed: Qatar trains death warriors for Syria war (http://www.presstv.ir)
Informed sources have recently exposed that in the heart of Doha stand centers for training assassins of different nationalities who are dispatched to Syria to fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad. These would-be assassins are subjected to heavy military training as well as Wahhabi teachings
In point of fact, Qatari elements have ratcheted up their activities in several countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Chechnya and embarked on an intensive recruitment of ready-to-combat warriors .
12-12-2013: Top Western-backed rebel commander denies reports of fleeing Syria (http://rt.com)
The top Western-backed commander of the opposition forces in Syria, General Salim Idris, has denied US claims that he was run out of the country by Islamist militants
12-12-2013: Al Qaeda Pushes Kurdish Population Transfer in Syria (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
The Syrian human rights organization Al Masrad reports that Al Qaeda affiliated Da'ash (the Islamic state in Iraq in Syria) fighters are expelling Kurdish families from their homes in a number of north Syrian communities, settling families of the organization's fighters in their stead.
According to eye witnesses, Da'ash fighters gave the families short notice to abandon their homes, leaving many of them without a roof over their heads and in difficult conditions
12-12-2013: US tweaks Syria policy after Western backed rebels suffer setback to Islamists (http://www.jpost.com)
The fundamentalist Islamic Front in Syria seized the headquarters and warehouses of the Western-backed Supreme Military Council of opposition forces this week, prompting the United States to suspend the delivery of all non-lethal assistance into the country's north .
12-12-2013: U.S.-backed Syrian rebel commander flees country (http://www.upi.com)
The top Western-backed Syrian rebel commander fled the country after Islamist militant fighters ran him out of his headquarters, U.S. officials said.
Free Syrian Army Gen. Salim Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha Sunday after fleeing to Turkey, the officials told the Wall Street Journal.
"He fled as a result of the Islamic Front taking over his headquarters," a senior U.S. official said
11-12-2013: Insiders Reveal Obama Framed Assad for Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.westernjournalism.com)
Top Secrets documents and high-level insiders in the Pentagon and CIA reveal that Obama, using doctored Syrian army communications, framed Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for the August 21, 2013 chemical weapons attack.
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh, it was actually the al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group al-Nusrafunded by Obamatrained by none other than our own CIAand not al-Assadwho was behind the attack .
11-12-2013: Former IDF Head: Israel Prefers Assad to Islamist Rebels (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
Former Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has said that Israel prefers the Assad regime to an alternative that would see Al Qaeda-style Islamists taking control of Syria.
.. "but we have to recognize that the opposition in Syria is made up primarily of Muslim extremists like Al Qaeda."
10-12-2013: Video Former French fighter in Syria: 'We are all al-Qaeda' (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
The BBC has obtained an exclusive face-to-face interview with a 25-year-old student from France who travelled to Syria to fight as part of the biggest brigade of foreign jihadists.
He says he has now left the brigade because it recently pledged full allegiance to an organisation called the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria or ISIS - the most hardline group linked to al-Qaeda
10-12-2013: Obama admin 'cherry-picked intelligence' to justify Syria strike (http://rt.com/)
Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but cherry-picked intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources
9-12-2013: Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, cherry-picked intelligence: report (http://www.washingtontimes.com)
The Obama administration quashed intelligence reports that suggested an al Qaeda-linked group could have been responsible for the sarin gas attack carried out in Syria last August, according to a news report published in London on Sunday .
What they kept secret, according to an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, was the belief of U.S. spy agencies that military forces loyal to Mr. Assad were not ones in Syrias civil war to have access to sarin
9-12-2013: Christians Are Being Burned Alive, Beheaded, Crucified, Tortured To Death And Imprisoned In Metal Shipping Containers (http://endoftheamericandream.com)
But very few Americans are even aware that it has been estimated that 100 million Christians are currently facing persecution and that approximately 100,000 Christians die for their faith each year. As you are about to see, Christians all over the world are being burned alive, beheaded, crucified, tortured to death and imprisoned in metal shipping containers just because of what they believe. This persecution goes on year after year and it is steadily intensifying. But the governments of the western world and the mainstream media are almost entirely ignoring what is happening ..
9-12-2013: Militants losing battle in Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign backed militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria are losing the battle in the Arab country, a political analyst tells Press TV.
Clearly the President of Syria has gained the upper hand here. If we think back over the last three years, the decline in the amount of violence that has taken place, and not that the violence taking place presently is acceptable, but [there has been] a serious decline in the amount of daily attacks on the part of these terrorists,
The entire world knows that America has funded this terrorist group and all of the atrocities that have come from this. And so, what we see taking place now is that this is the death rows of this conspiracy against the nation of Syria .
8-12-2013: Prince Bandar behind effort to topple Assad: Ralph Schoenman (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Well, as a matter of fact The Wall Street Journal article is very specific, Inside the Central Intelligence Agency everyone knows Saudi Arabia is serious about toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Saudi king named Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to lead this effort.
The CIA has been involved with the Saudis in providing plane loads of money and arms and Prince Bandar has been jetting from coverts to manned centers near Syrian front lines to the Elysee Palace in Paris; the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to organize the undermining of the Assad regime according to Arab American European officials.
8-12-2013: How the USA Lost Its Syrian Allies (http://www.thedailybeast.com)
As the United States moves forward with a summit it hopes will end the civil war in Syria, the Obama administration finds itself alienated from the opposition forces it tried and failed to cultivate for the last two years.
In turn, the Obama administration has begun reaching out to Syrian rebels who espouse an Islamist agenda and draw support from American allies in the region like Saudi Arabia as opposed to the United States directly
7-12-2013: Saudis plan major offensive against Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Surprise, surprise... The new Israeli-Saudi Alliance has rolled out its response to the hard-fought de-escalation of the Syrian killing fields. They want to try to knock off Assad while the stage two of the Iran negotiations are going on. The Israelis have a key role. They dont fight, dont die, or pay for anything. They just watch everybody else do it while screaming they fear for their existence ..
7-12-2013: Syria conflict: Foreign jihadists 'use Turkey safe houses' (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
Foreign jihadist fighters are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into Syria to fight against government forces, the BBC has learnt.
A man running one such house near the border town of Reyhanli said more than 150 people - including up to 20 Britons - had used it in the past three months
"We made the revolution for freedom and equality but the jihadists don't want this. They've come to destroy Syria."
7-12-2013: Militants Behead 7 Syrian Christians in Reef Homs (http://english.farsnews.com)
The bodies of the beheaded Christians have been found in the town of Al-Hasn in Homs countryside on Saturday.
The militants had abducted the Christians from Wadi al-Nassara (Valley of Christians) village, also in Homs countryside, a while ago.
The armed rebels had severely tortured the Christians before beheading them, FNA's regional bureau in Syria reported.
4-12-2013: Foreign intelligence services back militants: FSA (http://www.presstv.ir)
One of the former commanders of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) says militants in Syria are supported by foreign intelligence agencies, including Israeli services, a Syrian TV channel says.
Saddam al Jamal, former leader of the FSA Eastern Front and a member of the FSA Staff Board or Supreme Military Council, said in a sound bite broadcast by the Syrian channel that intelligence agencies from Britain, the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan as well as Israel support the militants
4-12-2013: Syria conflict: Aleppo rocket attack 'kills at least 18' (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
4-12-2013: Mortar attacks kill nearly 20 in Syrias Aleppo (http://www.presstv.ir)
4-12-2013: Syria militants to use kidnapped nuns as human shields (http://www.presstv.ir)
Latest media reports from Syria say foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government plan to use a group of nuns they kidnapped from their convent in the town of Ma'loula as human shields.
Twelve Syrian and Lebanese nuns were kidnapped from a Greek Orthodox convent after foreign-backed militants, including members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, moved into the center of Ma'loula on Monday following several days of fighting
4-12-2013: Jihadists Returning Home to Europe From Syria Pose New Terror Threat (http://online.wsj.com)
Scores of jihadist fighters from Europe who streamed to Syria to join Islamic extremist rebels have begun returning home, where some are suspected of plotting terror attacks, according to U.S. and European intelligence and security officials
The total number of fighters from Europe is difficult to track, but officials and academics estimate it at about 1,000 or more, including from Germany, France and the Netherlands. Dozens have traveled to Syria from the U.S
4-12-2013: Al-Jaafari: Saudis which fight in Syria came with knowledge of Saudi intelligence (http://sana.sy)
Syria's permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that all the Saudis who traveled to fight in Syria had come with the acknowledge of the Saudi intelligence, and a large number of them have been sentenced to death or to life imprisionment and they were released in return for going to "jihad" in Syria and kill the Syrians.
"The Saudi authorities release those criminals, the majority of them are affiliated to extremist, terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, to send them to Syria through hidden agreements through which they are given amnesty in return for their travelling to Syria to kill the Syrians," al-Jaafari said at a press statement following a security council's session in New York
He added that the Turkish, Saudi and Qatari governments are directly involved in supporting the terrorists in Syria ..
3-12-2013: Syrian opposition fighters seize 12 nuns from Christian village (http://www.theguardian.com)
Opposition fighters have abducted 12 nuns from a predominantly Christian village near Damascus and taken them to a rebel-held town, the mother superior of a Syrian convent said on Tuesday .
3-12-2013: Big concern over destiny of the abducted nuns (http://sana.sy)
Patriarch John X Yazigi of Antioch and all East for Greek Orthodox condemned holding the nuns who were kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups as hostages at St. Thecla Convent in Maloula town in Damascus countryside, .
On the nuns who were kidnapped by the armed terorist groups in Maloula, Patriarch Laham said that the nuns were in the Convent and then they were transported by bus, adding that no one knows where they are and they might be in Yabroud .
3-12-2013: Syria foreign-backed militants kidnap 12 nuns in Ma'loula (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria have kidnapped 12 nuns from a convent in the Christian town of Ma'loula.
According to local authorities on Tuesday, the militants took the nuns to the nearby town of Yabrud after they stormed the convent on Monday.
There is no word on the fate of the nuns, but militants are usually known to kill people they kidnap
3-12-2013: Congress Backs Terrorists In Syria Then Says We Need NSA Spying Because There are Terrorists In Syria (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
However, the U.S. has been funding the Syrian opposition since 2006 and arming the opposition since 2007. (In reality, the U.S. and Britain considered attacking Syrians and then blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change 50 years ago (the U.S. just admitted that they did this to Iran) . And the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight. And see this.)
The New York Times, (and here and here) , Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, McClatchy (and here), AP, Time, Reuters, BBC, the Independent, the Telegraph, Agence France-Presse, Asia Times, and the Star (and here) confirm that supporting the rebels means supporting Al Qaeda and two other terrorist groups
3-12-2013: Patriarch Gregory III: "True martyrs in Maalula" (http://www.fides.org)
We are determined to remain in this blessed land even at the cost of martyrdom and martyrdom of blood. This has already happened to some of our faithful, such as the three men from Maalula, Michael Taalab, Antonios Taalab and Sarkis Zakhem. They are true martyrs killed for refusing to renounce their faith" .
3-12-2013: Syria Patriarch, Mother Superior Appeal for Release of Kidnapped Nuns (http://www.theepochtimes.com)
A Syrian mother superior on Tuesday accused opposition fighters of abducting 12 nuns from a predominantly Christian village near the capital that was overrun by rebels, and Syrias Greek Orthodox patriarch appealed for their quick release .
Syrian rebels captured large parts of Maaloula, some 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the capital, on Monday after three days of fighting. Activists say the rebels who stormed the town included members of the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front ..
2-12-2013: Maalula again occupied by the rebels (http://www.fides.org)
The predominantly Christian village of Maalula, 60km west of Damascus, was again attacked by rebel militias on Saturday, November 30 .
2-12-2013: Mother Agnes Mariam: Exposing the Syrian Chemical Hoax (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
2-12-2013: Syrian hospitals and charities hampered by scarce resources and logistical challenges (http://www.irishtimes.com)
1-12-2013: US, Israel fed up with Syria insurgency: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir/)
The United States and Israel, both supporters of the insurgency in Syria, have been overwhelmed by the ongoing crisis in that country, .
The whole world knows what took place there, that this was not some grassroots insurgency on the part of a bunch of freedom fighters, that these were nothing but terrorists who were trained by the United States and Israel ..
1-12-2013: American militants in Syria pose security threat: US (http://www.presstv.ir/)
US officials have warned that the American nationals who have joined the militancy inside Syria will pose a security threat to their home country ..
Analysts from an arm of the British defense consultant IHS Janes and from a nonprofit think tank in London estimate that over 15,000 foreign militants, including Americans, are fighting in Syria ..
30-9-2013: Mikati to Yaziji: Progress on freeing kidnapped bishops is made (http://www.nna-leb.gov.lb)
Progress on freeing both kidnapped bishops in Homs, is being made, caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati, reassured Greek Orthodox patriarch John Yaziji X during their meeting in Balamand today .
30-9-2013: Saudi royal guard killed in Syrias Deir Attiya (http://en.alalam.ir)
A Saudi Royal Army commander has been killed along with 40 Saudi militants in Syrias Deir Attiyeh during clashes that freed the strategic town from al-Qaeda-linked militants ..
..the Saudi Royal Army commander known as Abu Ubaida who led terrorist al-Nusra Fronts operations in the Christian town was killed in clashes with the Syrian army .
29-11-2013: Video: ISIL terrorists execute rival Syrian rebel commander, 6 militants (http://en.alalam.ir)
Al-Qaeda-linked militants have executed the commander of a rival rebel faction and six of his men, an amateur video of the public execution shows, part of their campaign to marginalize other groups in Syria .
29-11-2013: Syrian Kurds Take Steps Toward Self-Rule (http://www.voanews.com)
In much of Syrias Kurdish-dominated northeast, basic services are functioning and schools are open in marked contrast to other areas of the war-torn country .
The city of Qamishli has become a center of that rule, carved out by Kurdish militias who ousted al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists
29-11-2013: Syria war 'damaging a generation of children', UN warns (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
School-age refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries are increasingly cut off from education and forced to work to survive, the study found.
As many as 300,000 living in Lebanon and Jordan could be without schooling by the end of 2013, the UNHCR says
More than half of 2.2 million Syrian refugees are children, the UN says ..
29-11-2013: Syria's refugee children forced into work by poverty and family breakdown interactive (http://www.theguardian.com)
The Syrian refugee crisis is taking a huge toll on children. Of the 2.2 million people who have left Syria since the war began, more than a million of them are under 18. In Jordan, children can be found working in cafes or selling drinks or flowers by the side of the road
29-11-2013: Four killed, 26 injured in Damascus mortar attack (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Four people have been killed and 26 others injured in a mortar attack targeting the historical Umayyad Mosque in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The incident occurred on Friday when foreign-backed militants on the outskirts of the capital fired mortar rounds near the Umayyad Mosque in the city center, the Syrian state TV reported ..
29-11-2013: Syrian refugee children face 'catastrophic' life in exile, UN says (http://www.theguardian.com)
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian children already traumatised by war are facing a life of "catastrophe" in exile, without education or normal childhood freedoms, the UN refugee agency has warned
More than a million Syrian children are refugees, most of them in neighbouring countries ..
As families fall apart, tens of thousands of Syrian children are living without their fathers .
29-11-2013: Syria Jihadists Execute Members of Rival Faction (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a jihadist group fighting to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad, has taken advantage of a power vacuum in rebel-held areas to assert its authority over more moderate elements of the armed opposition ..
A masked man on the video identifies seven men kneeling as members of the Ghurabaa al-Sham brigade, a moderate Islamist group that was one of the first to fight Assad. A man who appeared to be the groups commander, Hassan Jazera, was among them
29-11-2013: UNHCR: Number of Syria refugees passes 3 mn (http://www.presstv.ir/)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled to neighboring countries, has passed the three million mark.
In a statement released on Thursday, the agency also said, an additional 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria since the outbreak of the foreign-sponsored militancy in the country
28-11-2013: CNN cuts off Russian diplomats remarks in favor of Syria rebels (http://en.alalam.ir)
The American CNN TV channel has cut out parts of its interview with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin about Syrian people support to their president and human rights violations committed by the US-backed Syrian opposition .
28-11-2013: A parish priest: "The exodus of civil Christians from Qara, invaded by foreign jihadists" (http://www.fides.org)
"Maalula, Sednaya, Sadad, then Qara and Deir Atieh, now Nebek: the armed jihadist apply the same model: they target a village, invade it, kill, burn and devastate. For Christians or non-Christians, life is always more difficult .
The Greek Catholic church of St. Michael was devastated and burned. Other Catholic Orthodox churches in Der Athie suffered the same fate as well as some mosques: is a warning to moderate Muslims.
Fr. George explains: "These are extremist foreign fighters, who want to sow hatred and sectarian violence , wanton destruction, mo respect for civilians. I am not in the FSA. We do nothing but pray. In this exodus, we tried the beautiful experience of solidarity and affection between Catholic and Orthodox Christians" ..
27-11-2013: Number of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria is historically unprecedented (http://www.washingtonpost.com/)
Since 2011, large numbers of European Muslims have gone to Syria to fight with the rebels ..
In the meantime, we can conclude from this simple exercise that the number of European foreign fighters in Syria is alarmingly high and historically unprecedented. Moreover, France, Germany and the U.K. may have the largest foreign fighter contingents in Syria, but Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Austria have contributed a much higher proportion of their population
27-11-2013: Al-Qaeda's brutal tactics in Syria forces out moderates (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
But Mohammed says the jihadists' extremist ideology is not the only reason for doing that. He claims they are working with the government to undermine the rebellion
"[In Raqqa], they have occupied the governor's house and other former Baath Party buildings. But when the city comes under bombardment, only schools, hospitals and residential areas are hit, and not any ISIS-occupied locations," he says .
27-11-2013: Kurdish Militias Drive Out Jihadists, Bring Stability Back to Parts of Syria (http://www.thedailybeast.com/)
Five hundred Turks have crossed the border into Syria to fight with Al-Qaeda linked jihadists against the government, according to a Turkish interior ministry report ..
It said another 75 Turkish citizens had been killed in the conflict which first erupted in March 2011 .
27-11-2013: 500 Turks fighting with al-Nusra Front in Syria: Turkey (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Turkey says approximately 500 Turkish citizens have joined the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
26-11-2013: Turks worried as sons leave home for Syria war (http://en.alalam.ir)
Turkey is witnessing a rising number of people heading to the south of the country to join extremist groups in their fight against Syria which the government in Ankara has been supporting for more than two years. Several hundred Turks are estimated to be among thousands of foreigners swelling the ranks of extremist militants
26-11-2013: Car bomb blast kills 15 in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
At least 15 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in an area near the Syrian capital city of Damascus.
Nine of those who lost their lives in Tuesday's explosion were civilians while the others are said to be Syrian army forces.
Reports say that more than 30 people were also injured in the attack ..
26-11-2013: 4 killed, 23 injured in Syria attacks (http://www.presstv.ir/)
At least four civilians have been killed and 23 others wounded after mortar rounds fired by foreign-sponsored militants hit several areas in the Syrian capital Damascus .
26-11-2013: Mortar attack kills 11, injures several in Aleppo (http://www.presstv.ir/)
"Eleven killed and 20 others injured in a terrorist mortar attack on Jamilia district," the official news agency SANA cited a police source in the city as saying on Monday
25-11-2013: Sixth British jihadist reportedly killed in Syria (http://www.independent.co.uk)
The death follows a reports that four British men have died fighting for the al-Qaida linked al-Nusra Front in Syria over the summer.
Three of the men, all thought to have been from London, were killed as they attacked forces loyal to President Bashar Assad near Aleppo.
A fourth man, fighting for the same group was shot two weeks later during an ambush on an enemy position. He has been named by the Times as Mohammed el-Araj, 23, from Ladbroke Grove, west London
25-11-2013: The village of Deir Atieh invaded by Islamists: Christians identified and detained (http://www.fides.org)
Militants of Islamist factions have invaded the town of Deir Atieh, north of Damascus, spreading terror, death and destruction the attack took place on 22 November .
The militiamen examine the identification documents of those who intend to leave the city and retain those who have Christian names
25-11-2013: Al Qaeda advancing in Syria, one town at a time (http://edition.cnn.com)
Al Qaeda fighters in Syria have seized another town on the border with Turkey, consolidating their grip on a swath of northern Syria.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the town of Atimah at the end of last week, further tilting the balance away from more moderate factions of the Free Syrian Army ..
If ISIL's record elsewhere is any guide, the people of Atimah can expect the imposition of strict Islamic customs, with women and girls being coerced to dress more conservatively and Sharia, or religious, courts being established to dispense justice
Another jihadist group now controls one of Syria's main oilfields, according to the Observatory. It says Jabhat al Nusra (JaN) took over the al Omar field over the weekend,
24-11-2013: More than 11,000 children killed in Syria: study (http://www.chicagotribune.com)
More than 11,000 children have been killed in Syria since the conflict there began over two and a half years ago, many of them summarily executed or targeted by snipers, a UK-based think tank said in a report published on Sunday ..
22-11-2013: Islamists forge Syria's biggest rebel alliance (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
Islamists fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad forged Syria's largest rebel alliance Friday and pledged to work towards an Islamic state, as rebels seized a town on the Lebanese border .
Among those joining are Aleppo's biggest fighting force, Liwa al-Tawhid, the Salafist Ahrar al-Sham and the Army of Islam, which is concentrated around Damascus
21-11-2013: Four British jihadists 'killed fighting for al-Qaeda in Syria' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Home-grown extremists died battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces as fears grow that the Syrian conflict could be a breeding ground for British terrorists, it has been claimed ..
Government estimates suggest as many as 300 Britons have joined the campaign to topple President Bashar al-Assad, elements of which have fallen under the influence of Islamic extremists .
20-11-2013: UK jihadi fighting for al-Qaeda linked group in Syria (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
A British man in Syria has told the BBC he is fighting for a group linked to al-Qaeda.
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, from Southsea, Hampshire, told Newsnight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) was engaged in a jihad to establish a state based on Islamic religious law .
20-11-2013: A Violent Year in the Life of the Syria-Turkey Border (http://online.wsj.com)
Along this porous frontier, Syria's conflict is increasingly migrating onto Turkish soil, reshaping communities and feeding fears that Ankara's support for rebel groups could backfire, igniting fresh violence on this side of the border ..
As the war has ravaged cross-border trade, new economic linkages have emerged. Turkish businessmen, Syrian rebels and residents of the north have joined forces to finance and build oil refineries and textile factories, moves that Turks and Syrians involved in these deals say ensures the Turkish partners a profit and an economic stake in Syria ..
Earlier this month, Turkey's general staff said they seized three vehicles loaded with 20 bags of sulfur and eight sealed barrels filled with an unidentified substance after a firefight with Syrians trying to smuggle the material into Syria. The military did not speculate on the intended use of the seized substances .
The growing sway of extremist brigades has forced Ankara in recent months to dial back its efforts to funnel weapons to rebel groups for fear of emboldening radicals, according to senior U.S. officials ..
19-11-2013: Syrias Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions (http://www.thedailybeast.com)
Traumatized by what they have endured inside Syria and fearful for their future, Christians fleeing the 32-month-long civil war say the persecution of Christians is worsening in rebel-held territories in the countrys northand that the kidnapping, rape and executions of Christians arent just being carried out by jihadist groups, but also by other Sunni Muslim rebels, including those affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) ..
Many of the Christian refugees arriving in Lebanon are traumatized, says Najla Chahda of Caritas, the Catholic relief agency. A lot of them are sharing with us some really horrible stories that some fundamentalists approached them, forced them to pay some rent, or amount of money that they dont have, Chahda said. So they are just afraid and left. ..
18-11-2013: Mortar shells kill 2 civilians in Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least two civilians have been killed and several others wounded after mortar rounds fired by foreign-backed militants hit residential areas in the Syrian capital Damascus
17-11-2013: 4 Syrian generals among 31 dead in rebel bomb attack (http://rt.com)
A rebel bomb attack killed 31 Syrian military troops on an army base near Damascus on Sunday. Four generals were among those killed. The attack came amid a major regime offensive against rebel positions around Damascus and Aleppo, AFP reported .
The rebel group Direh al-Aasmeh (Shield of Damascus) brigade - which is part of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army - has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting a video of the blast on YouTube. .
17-11-2013: Syria fighting in Qalamoun triggers new exodus of refugees to Lebanon http://www.washingtonpost.com)
A thousand families sought shelter between Friday and Sunday in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been gaining momentum on a number of fronts as they seek to reclaim rebel-held territory ahead of peace talks due to be held in the coming months in Geneva ..
17-11-2013: 31 troops killed in blast near Damascus
At least 31 Syrian troops have been killed after a bomb blast rocked an army base near the capital Damascus, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ..
Three generals and a brigadier-general were among 31 troops killed in a bomb attack that caused a building in the army transport base in Harasta to collapse," .
17-11-2013: 31 Syrian soldiers killed by rebel bomb blast (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
At least 31 Syrian soldiers have been killed by a rebel bomb attack on an army base near Damascus ..
A rebel group, the Direh al-Aasmeh (Shield of Damascus) brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack .
17-11-2013: West financing, arming militants in Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
...We should understand that this is a proxy entity of the Western military alliance recruited by NATO and its allies including of course Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, Michel Chossudovsky said on Saturday .
He added that the ongoing bloody unrest in Syria is a US-NATO-Israeli-sponsored terrorist operation.
Chossudovsky added that Syria is facing a Western construct militancy covertly supported and armed by Western intelligence
17-11-2013: Mortar rounds kill 7, injure several in Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)
On Sunday, a mortar shell fired by the militants struck areas near al-Sheikh Raslan Mosque in Damascus Bab Touma district, killing three people and injuring 15 others, including children, official SANA news agency reported .
16-11-2013: West is the architect of terrorism in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
And we should emphasize that this insurgency is a US-NATO-Israeli-sponsored terrorist operation, which is being defeated. And we should understand that this is a proxy entity of the Western military alliance recruited by NATO and its allies including of course Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey
We have a severe opposition and an insurgency, which is largely a Western construct - its a fake opposition and the military arm of this entity are the terrorists, which are supported covertly by Western intelligence, supplied and so on .
14-11-2013: Syria Falls Apart: Kurds Declare Self-Rule, Assad Besieges Aleppo (http://www.thedailybeast.com)
A declaration by Syrian Kurds of a provisional regional government for Syrias northeastern Kurdish areas has infuriated the mainly Sunni rebels battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. They accuse the Syrian Kurds of being in league with Assad ..
The announcement of self-rule from the Kurds came after Kurdish militias seized another group of villages this week in northeastern Syria from jihadists, adding to an impressive few weeks of territorial gains
The PYD is a group hostile to the Syrian revolution, the SNC said in a statement yesterday, .
14-11-2013: Bomb blasts kill 2 in, around Syria Homs (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least two people have been killed in two bomb blasts in and around the western Syrian city of Homs.
On Thursday, one person was killed and several others injured after a bomb, planted by militants fighting against the Syrian government, exploded near Mrimin-Qarmas road in the northern countryside of Homs, Syria's official SANA news agency reported ..
14-11-2013: Three dead, 22 injured in Damascus shelling, bomb attacks (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least three people have been killed and 22 others injured after shelling and bombings hit the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian media said ..
The attacks happened on Mardam Bek Street and in the Kalassa district of Damascus.
Foreign-backed militants, who have set up their positions on the outskirts of Damascus, have frequently fired mortar rounds and rockets into the center of the capital city .
13-11-2013: Western-raised jihadists pouring into Syria could threaten US in the future (http://www.foxnews.com)
Most of the more than 1,000 jihadists who have poured into Syria to fight alongside Al Qaeda carry passports from North America and Europe, raising the possibility that they could easily bring terror back to the west, ..
"When it comes to the number of Salafist Jihadis who have traveled from the West to join the Syrian Jihad, it is difficult to pinpoint a solid figure,"
Terrorists hardened on the battlefields of Syria would not even require passports to get into the U.S., if the border with Mexico is not better protected, argued the head of the House Homeland Security Committee,
12-11-2013: Kurds declare interim admin. in NE Syria
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday after holding a meeting with other Kurdish groups in a northeastern Syrian town earlier in the week
The interim administration is formed by the PYD and some other smaller groupings, but the Kurdish National Council (KNC), which includes a broad spectrum of parties, has not joined the transitional authority ..
Since the end of July, al-Qaeda-linked militants have kidnapped hundreds of Kurds ..
A recent British defense study shows that about 100,000 foreign-backed militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people ..
12-11-2013: Polio disables 13 children in Syria: WHO (http://www.presstv.ir)
The World Health Organization (WHO) says polio outbreak in Syria has paralyzed 13 children in the Arab country, warning against the international spread of the disease ..
The previous evening, Pero and 22 others, including at least four teenagers, took a budget flight to the Turkish resort city of Antalya and continued by road to the border with Syria. The group was part of an increasing number of European Muslims seeking to fight in the Syrian civil war alongside extremist groups, some of them linked to al-Qaida. And security officials worry that some of these volunteers will return radicalised and determined to strike in Europe
The main Kurdish party in Syria has announced plans to create a transitional government in the areas dominated by Kurds in the north-east of the country .
The plan calls for the creation of a parliament of 82 members elected from three cantons across the region, which will each have their own local assemblies
The Kurdish people will govern themselves democratically alongside other ethnic minorities in the area. It will not be affected by whoever will run Damascus. Assad cannot enter our area again. We are protecting our area. We are not attacking anyone.
12-11-2013: Kurds declare an interim administration in Syria (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)
Syrian Kurds declared an interim administration in northeastern parts of the country (Rojava) on Nov. 12, further solidifying their geographic and political presence after driving out radical Islamist rebels
"We told them to avoid a de facto administration declaration that could divide Syria. We told them to put a distance between themselves and the [al-Assad] regime," Davutoğlu said during a live interview on private broadcaster NTV on Nov. 12 ..
10-11-2013: Al-Qaeda in Syria raids wedding party, warns against music and singing (http://english.alarabiya.net)
8-11-2013: Beleagured Syrian Christians fear fall of Assad (http://chronicle.augusta.com)
The shelling and recent rebel assaults on predominantly Christian towns have fueled fears among Syrias religious minorities about the growing role of Islamic extremists and foreign fighters among the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assads rule. Christians believe they are being targeted in part because of the anti-Christian sentiment among extremists and in part as punishment for what is seen as their support for Assad .
In October, rebels from the al-Qaida-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra attacked the Christian town of Sadad, north of Damascus, seizing control until they were driven out after fierce fighting with government forces. The rebels appear to have targeted the town because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it is Christian
Al-Qaida-linked fighters have damaged and desecrated churches in areas they have seized. In Raqqa, militants set fires in two churches and knocked the crosses off them, replacing them with the groups black Islamic banner. Jihadis also torched an Armenian church in the northern town of Tel Abyad, ..
Christians in Damascus are convinced that extremists are deliberately targeting their neighborhoods as rebels battle government forces trying to uproot them from the towns they control outside the capital
Hundreds of Christians have fled al-Qassaa to other areas of the capital or into neighboring Lebanon. Nationwide, some 450,000 Christians have fled their homes, part of an exodus of some 7 million during the 2½-year civil war, according to Church officials
Almost all the 50,000 Christians in the mixed city of Homs have fled, and another 200,000 have fled the northern city of Aleppo, both battleground cities
8-11-2013: MI5 chief says British militants operating in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
A senior UK intelligence official says hundreds of British residents have entered into operations against the Syrian government inside the country.
Andrew Parker, head of Britains domestic intelligence service, MI5, said on Thursday that the UK intelligence service has seen low hundreds of people from this country go to Syria for periods and come back - some large numbers are still there - and get involved in fighting.
7-11-2013: KSA trains Syria militants to topple Assad govt (http://www.presstv.ir)
Saudi Arabia is training foreign-backed militants in Syria as part of a new push to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a new report says.
The Kingdom has teamed up with Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and France in adopting the new policy to bolster militants in Syria, the Foreign Policy magazine reported.
This comes as Pakistani instructors are also involved in the new project with sources saying that Pakistan could be given the responsibility for training two militant brigades, with about 5,000-10,000 militants
7-11-2013: Turkish PM Erdogan denies support for Al-Qaeda in Syria (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/)
Turkey is not providing shelter or backing to Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and will continue to exclude them from its broader support for the Syrian opposition, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday .
"It is out of the question that groups like al Nusra and Al-Qaeda can take shelter in our country," Erdogan told
"On the contrary, any such structures would be subject to the same fight we carry out against separatist terrorist groups. We have taken the necessary steps against them and we will continue to do so," he said
7-11-2013: Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force (http://www.theguardian.com)
Saudi Arabia is preparing to spend millions of dollars to arm and train thousands of Syrian fighters in a new national rebel force to help defeat Bashar al-Assad and act as a counterweight to increasingly powerful jihadi organisations ..
Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups .
Saudi Arabia has long called publicly for arming the anti-Assad rebels and has bridled at US caution. It has been playing a more assertive role since September's US-Russian agreement on chemical weapons
6-11-2013: Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear (http://www.cnn.com)
Raqqa was, a matter of months ago, one of Syria's most liberal cities. Now locals call it Tora Bora. They say it's as if the Taliban of Afghanistan have taken over .
"They are closing hair salons, women can't go out at certain times. They spat on one girl for disobedience. It's like Afghanistan. Now people call Raqqa Tora Bora." The speed of change has overwhelmed many who notice that the city is becoming quieter and more conservative each week .
ISIS first came into town on May 15, and swiftly executed men they accused of working for the regime. At first, they seemed an Islamist but better-organized alternative to the rebels who had failed to bring governance or peace to the city for months. But slowly a broader agenda emerged and began to gather pace each week, ..
6-11-2013: Official: Syrian government to attend Syria II talks without preconditions (http://www.cnn.com)
Syrian government officials will attend the international conference dubbed "Geneva II" that is charged with bringing about an end to the violence that has wracked the country since March 2011, ..
She ridiculed the opposition coalition as a front for Saudi intelligence. "Who does the coalition represent?" she asked rhetorically, and then cited two groups described as terrorist by the U.S. State Department. "Is it al Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra?" ..
6-11-2013: Al Qaeda-linked group strengthens hold in northern Syria (http://edition.cnn.com)
Al Qaeda has swept to power with the aim of imposing a strict Islamist ideology on Syrians across large swathes of Syria's rebel-held north, according to a CNN survey of towns, activists and analysts
There are a number of smaller towns in northern Syria which -- activists and residents have told us -- are controlled entirely by ISIS: Keftin, Tal Rifat, Azaz, Ad Dana, Dar Ta Izzah, Binnish, Raqqa, Ma'arrat Misrin, Jarablus and Al-Bab
6-11-2013: Deadly bomb blast hits Syrian capital (http://www.theguardian.com)
A bomb has exploded in a central district of Damascus, killing at least eight people, Syrian state media reported .
6-11-2013: Syria conflict: Damascus and Suweida hit by deadly blast (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
Eight people have been killed in a blast in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, the Sana state news agency reports.
It said 50 were also wounded in the Hijaz Square explosion, which hit the offices of the railway company.
Eight people were also killed by a rare blast in the town of Suweida, home to Syria's Druze minority, say reports.
5-11-2013: How the war in Syria has become a terrible, tragic mess (http://www.globalpost.com)
Islamic rebel groups have checkpoints on every road. Anyone Kurdish, any journalist, Syrian or foreign, is captured or killed no matter who they are or what they are doing there. ..
There is no medicine. The economy is collapsing. There is food but it is limited, We rely on local agriculture. We cant access any border crossing to Turkey because of the fighting. The only way to get supplies is by crossing illegally, but the Turkish government monitor the borders closely. .
4-11-2013: Bomb goes off in Syrias Homs, 7 killed (http://www.presstv.ir)
3-11-2013: Rebels lose ground to Assad forces in Syria war; Free Syrian Army official Akaidi resigns (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
Forces loyal to Syrias government are taking advantage of deepening rifts among the countrys rebels to advance into rebel-held territory in northern Syria, overturning some long-held assumptions about the war .
3-11-2013: Saudis, allies to boost aid to Takfiris, report says (http://www.presstv.ir)
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf region will strengthen military support for the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in Syria, says a US daily ..
3-11-2013: Radicalisation in Syria poses growing threat to Europe, says Turkish leader (http://www.theguardian.com)
The Syrian nation is dying as an indifferent world looks on, and the territory it occupies risks becoming "Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean", the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has said.
Radicalisation of ordinary people by Islamist jihadist groups was spreading across Syria and posed a growing risk to its neighbours and the countries of Europe, Gul said in an exclusive interview with the Guardian
With the conflict showing no sign of ending, Turkey faces extreme instability and dislocation along its 565-mile border with Syria, the prospective radicalisation of its Kurdish, Alevi and Sunni Muslim populations, the spread of infectious diseases such as polio, TB and measles, and many new additions to its current total of 500,000 Syrian refugees ..
2-11-2013: Car bomb explosion kills 10 in Damascus suburb (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least 10 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in an area in the suburbs of the Syrian capital city of Damascus ..
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says numerous attempts have been made to distort the meaning of the Geneva 2 peace talks on Syria which are meant to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.
There are too many games around this initiative. There are attempts if not to derail the process completely, then to distort the meaning, to send it off onto the path that is too unrealistic and will prove to be a dead end, Lavrov said on Saturday
2-11-2013: Officers graduated in Jordan CIA spies: FSA cmdr (http://www.presstv.ir)
A senior commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) has revealed that the officers graduated in Jordan to serve the foreign-backed militant group are CIA spies
1-11-2013: US, allies to blame for chemical attack in Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
Chossudovsky noted that Israeli sponsored rebels backed by Qatar, Turkey, [and] Saudi Arabia staged the chemical attack and then blamed it on the [Syrian] government.
And we know unequivocally that that event which used fake videos of children killed was there; it was a false flag and its objective was to blame the Syrian government when in fact those crimes were committed and ordered by the United States and its allies, said Chossudovsky.
31-10-2013: Assad: Foreign powers must end rebel support (http://www.aljazeera.com)
The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said he is open to peace talks but insisted that they would not go ahead unless foreign nations stopped supporting rebel fighters
"The Syrian people are the only ones who have the right to decide on Syria's future, and any solution or agreement must have the acceptance of the Syrian people, and reflect their desires,"
30-10-2013: Chief of the Lebanese Security: the two bishops kidnapped have been localized (http://www.fides.org)
The place where the two kidnapped bishops of Aleppo seem to be has been identified, and "indirect contact" has begun with the kidnappers in order to obtain their release. This was declared by General Abbas Ibrahim, head of the Lebanese General Security, who also confirmed some of his previous statements on the complexity of the case involving the two kidnapped bishops .
30-10-2013: Syria terrorists shell Kafteen village, massacre 30 civilians (http://en.alalam.ir/)
Foreign-backed militants fighting government forces in Syria have reportedly killed at least 30 civilians in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Al-Qaeda-linked militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fired a series of mortar shells on Kafteen village, leaving 30 people dead and several others injured
30-10-2013: Why Saudi Arabia is no longer the powerhouse it once was (http://en.alalam.ir/)
Are the Saudis about to call it quits with America? Theyre certainly trying to make President Obama think so. Last week Saudi Arabias intelligence chief, Prince Bandar Sultan al-Saud, told European diplomats that the kingdom was losing trust in Obamas judgment and may reassess the whole long and tight web of relations between the two governments ..
29-10-2013: Syria Kurdish Leader: Solution Must Include Assad (http://www.al-monitor.com)
Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said a solution in Syria without President Bashar al-Assad is not easy. A solution without Assad means the death of 2 million Alawites," he said
Muslim claimed 400 Salafists who came from Turkey through the Kilis border crossing are fighting the Kurds in Azaz. He said: "We gave Turkey a list of 20 organizations that are supporting them [the Salafists]. ..
29-10-2013: Turkey-Lebanon Detainee Swap Shows Lebanese State's Decline (http://www.al-monitor.com)
But why did those detainees return, and not the two captive bishops and the rest of the journalists detained in Syria?
What makes the wound even deeper is this sense of political suppression, the double-standard policy, and the concept that there are some external influential forces prevailing over the rule of law
29-10-2013: Syria polio cases confirmed by World Health Organisation (http://www.theguardian.com)
The World Health Organisation has confirmed 10 polio cases in north-east Syria, the first confirmed outbreak in the country in 14 years, and warned that the disease could spread across the region ..
28-10-2013: Syria army retakes Christian town of Sadad (http://www.presstv.ir)
The Syrian army has taken back control of the ancient Christian town of Sadad from al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside the Arab country ..
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front had recently captured key areas of the Christian town, including a checkpoint that gave them control of the western part
27-10-2013: Syrian rebels reject plans for Geneva peace conference (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
A coalition of the most powerful rebel fighting groups in Syria have rejected a planned peace conference in Geneva, accusing the country's political opposition of "treason" if they take part
27-10-2013: Kurdish militants tighten grip on Syria's northeast (http://www.reuters.com)
Kurdish militants sought to consolidate their control of an oil-producing region in northeastern Syria on Sunday after seizing a border crossing with Iraq from Islamist rebels, activists said
27-10-2013: Christians hold demo in Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)
Christians in Damascus have held a demonstration to call for the release of relatives from the hands of the armed groups .
One of the protesters said, We are celebrating this mass and this sit-in for our families to be set free, our detained families who are being used as human shields, to be set free in peace. ..
Father Gabriel Dawood, the priest of Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, told the demonstrators on Saturday, We light candles for Sadad and Hafar, ..
26-10-2013: In Syrian civil war, emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria boosts rival Jabhat al-Nusra (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
Many Syrian rebels have grown concerned about the increasing role being played in the civil war by an al-Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS .
But the newcomer ISIS, with its high proportion of foreign fighters, has eclipsed Jabhat al-Nusra as it enforces bans on smoking, forces women to wear the veil, carries out public executions and clashes with other rebel groups to expand in opposition-held areas .
25-10-2013: Syria crisis: Mosque car bomb 'kills 40' near Damascus (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
A car bomb outside a mosque near Damascus killed at least 40 people on Friday, an NGO said, as a top UN official expressed mounting concern over hundreds of thousands of trapped civilians ..
25-10-2013: Turkey joins Saudis in showing displeasure over US policy on Syria (http://www.jpost.com)
This comes after a recent report that Turkish intelligence head Hakan Fidan had disclosed sensitive Israeli and American information to Iran ..
The increased strain in Turkeys relations with the US comes at the same time that Saudi Arabia is showing its displeasure with Americas Middle East policy, with leaks being published in the press describing the Saudi leaderships frustrations with US policy .
25-10-2013: Syrian Orthodox Bishop: a humanitarian corridor to save civilians of Sadad is needed (http://www.fides.org)
The Metropolitan Silwanos Boutros Alnemeh, titular of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Homs and Hama, has launched an appeal to institutions and international humanitarian organizations on behalf of the civilian population - about 3 thousand people have remained besieged in the villages of Sadad and Hofar, in the region of Qualamun, about a hundred kilometers north-east of Damascus, where another front of the conflict between the government army and anti-Assad militias has opened
25-10-2013: Christian book burning in Raqqa (http://www.fides.org)
The militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the faction that in several regions of Syria monopolized the armed insurrection against the regime in Damascus in recent days have organized a book burning of Bibles and Christian books in front of the Greek - Catholic church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Raqqa, the Syrian city which has been for months under the control of anti-Assad militias
25-10-2013: KSA provided CW used in Ghouta attack: Syria UN envoy (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari says Saudi Arabia has provided the militants in Syria with chemical weapons to carry out the deadly attack of August 21 in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta .
It was something that we warned against it six months before, in an official letter circulated to the Security Council members and to the [UN] Secretary-General, dated December 17, he added
25-10-2013: 2 car bombs go off near mosque in Damascus countryside (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Twin car bombs have detonated near a mosque in Damascus countryside, as fierce battles continue between the army and the foreign-backed militants across the country .
24-10-2013: Moscow slams 'Friends of Syria' for undermining Geneva peace talks (http://rt.com)
Moscow has blamed the Friends of Syria group for attempting to revise the key elements of the Geneva communique of 2012 and influence the outcome of the Geneva 2 conference.
"We have to state that contrary to previously held understandings on how to resolve the crisis in Syria the final document issued after the meeting attempts to revise the key elements of the 30 June 2012 Geneva communique," Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said in a statement.
Moscow believes that the discussions violated the diplomatic effort and is seen as an attempt to revise the communique according to the political needs [of the Syrian opposition]," to create a regime change in Damascus .
"We are clear that Syrian President Assad has no role in a peaceful and democratic Syria," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said after the meeting.
23-10-2013: Syrias civil war will probably last at least another decade (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
23-10-2013: Incursion of the Islamist militias in the Christian city of Sadad (http://www.fides.org)
The Christian city of Sadad, situated in a strategic area along the road that joins Homs to Damascus, has been since yesterday at the center of the battle between the army of Assad and rebel militias hegemonized by Islamist groups.
The assault of Sadad by rebel militias took place on Monday afternoon, October 21.
22-11-2013: West media ignore massacre of Christians in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Western media outlets have come under criticism from Christians in Syria for turning a blind eye to atrocities carried out by Takfiri terrorist groups against the Christian community in the war-torn country
A new report by the news service of the Pontifical Mission Societies highlights the massacre of 45 Christians in the village of Sadad, northeast of Damascus .
More Christians are now fleeing their homes as the persecution is worsening in militant-held territories in the north.
Christians say kidnapping, rape and execution of Christians are being carried out by Takfiri militants and those affiliated with the so-called Free Syrian Army ..
19-11-2013: Syria: Opposition Abuses During Ground Offensive (http://www.hrw.org)
Opposition fighters in Syria apparently executed civilians and others in their custody during an offensive in the Christian village of Sadad from October 21 to 28, 2013.
Residents also said that opposition fighters also stole personal items, and vandalized, stole, and damaged property in at least three churches of local and historical significance
The groups involved in the operation include al-Maghaweer of the Dera al-Islam battalion of the Free Syrian Army (FSA),Ahel al-Athar battalion of the FSA, Liwa al-Huq, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Khadra battalion, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). According to a post by al-Khadra battalion on Twitter, al-Khadras leader commanded al-Khadra, ISIS, and Jabhat al-Nusra forces during the operation. Abu Ayham is the field commander of Dera al-Islam
Residents of Sadad said that over the week that opposition fighters were in the village, fighters mostly did not target or abuse residents, but that in some instances, they endangered and killed civilians and people in their custody and intentionally damaged and looted civilian sites, including churches
Human Rights Watch identified the names of 46 people from Sadad killed in the village during the weeklong operation. Forty-one of the dead were civilians, residents told Human Rights Watch, including 14 women and two children. Three of the dead were police officers, one a soldier ..
A resident told Human Rights Watch that he saw rebel fighters occupy the church, and showed Human Rights Watch some food and personal items he said they left behind. Human Rights Watch observed destroyed religious icons, pews with smashed wooden legs, seats, and backs, and the churchs broken and empty collection box. A resident told Human Rights Watch that religious relics were also missing
18-11-2013: Syria: Massacre of Christians In Sadad (http://www.americamagazine.org)
The Syrian Christian town of Sadad was taken over by Islamist militias in mid-October, then re-conquered by the Syrian army on Oct. 28. What the army discovered is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half, ..
5-11-2013: Bishop Mourns: 'No One Has Listened to Us' After Syrian Christians Massacred (http://www.breitbart.com)
Islamist rebel forces in Syria have killed 45 Christians in the west-central town of Sadad, the largest massacre of Christians yet in the Syrian conflict .
5-11-2013: Slaughter in Syria: 45 Christians Killed by Islamists in Sadad and Thrown into Mass Graves (http://www.catholic.org/)
Christians preceded Muslims in calling Syria their home. They must not be forced to leave this ancient and holy land. We are living in a new missionary age and there is a growing persecution of the Church on a global scale. It has different faces
It is important for us to remember that Christians in Syria were there long before the Muslims. We have a two thousand year history in the Middle East. Syria was the home of many monks, mystics and missionaries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ .
5-11-2013: New Massacre Discovered in Sadad, Homs Countryside (http://www.syrianews.cc)
The Christian dominated town of Sadad, since its founding and it was the base for Christianity using its location on a crossroads to spread love and knowledge, had to pay heavily for that role when herds of NATO-backed anti-Islamic Wahhabi terrorists attacked the quiet remote town and slaughtered its people indiscriminately, elders, youngsters, women, men, anybody who couldnt flee .
1-11-2013: Syria: Mass Graves With Dozens Of Christians Killed By Islamist Rebels Found In Sadad (http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
3-11-2013: Destruction of the Christian Town of Sadad in Syria Exclusive Images (http://theorthodoxchurch.info)
31-10-2013: Devastating Images & Report from the Christian Town of Sadad in Syria Exclusive (http://theorthodoxchurch.info)
11-All the homes of Sadad have been robbed, their possessions looted, by all the forces which entered Sadad. The commercial premises shared the same fate.
12- They destroyed the churches and stole some of their possessions, money and ancient books, and graphitized insults against Christianity.
All government, school, and council buildings were destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and clinic, as well as the Finance and the Agricultural Ministry branches.
14- The crisis in Sadad led to the forced migration of some 500 families of al-Hafer, and the looting and destruction of some of their houses.
26-10-2013: Sadad, another Christian town falls to hand of terror (http://orontes.jimdo.com)
The Christian towns of Sadad and Hofar, situated in the region of Qualamun, in a strategic area along the road that joins Homs to Damascus, has been since 22/10/2013 at the centre of the battle between the Syrian army and rebel militias lead by terrorist groups ..
Several hundred men distributed among the elements of the extremists including the al-Qaeda terrorist linked Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant along with the Brigade Farouq entered in to Sadad from three directions, with thirty military vehicles. The extremist rebels tatgeted and occupied the police station, government centers, public facilities, the post office, and hospital where even the sick were taken hostage. The terrorists have caused the deaths of several local Christians and damaged several churches. On Tuesday, the army began a counteroffensive, intervening in support of the local police forces .
22-10-2013: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels launch assault on another Syrian Christian village (http://www.jns.org/)
The assault on Sadad began on Monday when rebels from the U.S. designated terrorist group Jadbat al-Nusra targeted the villages hospital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Local police and the Syrian military fought back against the assault
21-10-2013: The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria (http://www.spiegel.de)
A growing number of German jihadists are heading to Syria to join the rebels in their fight against President Bashar Assad. According to German intelligence, some 200 Islamists from across the country have gathered in northern Syria in what's been dubbed the "German Camp."
21-10-2013: Syria's al-Qaeda-linked groups worry Turkey (http://www.aljazeera.com)
The Syrian government has accused Turkey of supporting rebel fighters to advance its own interests, a charge that Turkey denies ..
21-10-2013: How al-Qaeda lures people into Syria war? Take a look (http://en.alalam.ir)
Al-Qaedas offshoot in Syria, the Islamic States of Iraq and Levant has published a video in which shows a 150-member Kazak family who have gone to fight in Syria to go quickly to heaven ..
20-10-2013: Polio cases in Syria spark alarm over rise in diseases including flesh-eating parasites due to civil war (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The World Health Organisation has recorded the first suspected outbreak of polio for 14 years in Syria, sparking renewed alarm at the collapse of health care caused by the country's civil war
Some 22 people in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor are now showing symptoms that are "very likely" to be polio .
20-10-2013: Syria: Suicide bombing kills 30 in city of Hama (http://www.independent.co.uk)
A suicide truck bomb attack on a government checkpoint on the edge of the city of Hama in central Syria has left 30 dead, according to state media and activists .
19-10-2013: Deadly blast hits Damascus suburb: Syria media (http://www.presstv.ir)
A blast hits a suburb of Syria's capital Damascus, leaving an unspecified number of casualties, according to state media ..
19-10-2013: Record cruelty: Syrian rebels target foetuses (http://www.ynetnews.com)
As US slams Assad's forces attack on humanitarian aid, thus leaving children in malnutrition, UK report claims snipers in Syria involved in death game targeting pregnant women, unborn fetuses in return for cigarettes .
19-10-2013: Liars, all of them: Syrian rebels slam US, Gulf states following intl peace efforts (http://rt.com)
The Free Syrian Army soldiers admit they wont be able to claim capital Damascus without foreign support, but their arent counting on it anymore as the US and the Gulf states are liars,
18-10-2013: Syria civil war: British doctor claims snipers shoot at pregnant women (http://www.independent.co.uk)
Snipers are deliberately shooting at pregnant women in Syria as they try to win packets of cigarettes for hitting their targets, a British doctor has said .
18-10-2013: UN peacekeeper flees Takfiri captivity (http://www.presstv.ir)
UN staffer with the peacekeeping mission in the Israeli occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights has managed to escape after nearly eight months of being held by Takfiris operating in Syria.
Carl Campeau, a Canadian national advising the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan, said in an interview aired on Syrias state television on Thursday that he was taken captive by the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the suburbs of Damascus on February 27
17-10-2013: Now it is impossible to defeat Syria (http://rt.com)
The situation in Syria showcases the US-Israel failure to pursue their plans on the ground, Lebanese military specialist, law professor, General Amine Hotait told RT ..
There are over 1,300,000 refugees total about 350,000-400,000 Syrians in the south; 150,000 in Beirut and Saida each; 25,000-30,000 in the Christian areas, and 350,000 in the Beqaa Valley ..
16-10-2013: Minibus blast kills 21 in southern Syria: activists (http://www.reuters.com)
Twenty-one people, including four children and six women, were killed when a minibus hit a mine in the southern Syrian town of Noa on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said ..
15-10-2013: ISIS terrorists praise war, bloodshed in Syria: Video (http://en.alalam.ir)
A new video has emerged showing foreign terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) expressing their love for war and bloodshed in Syria ..
The Kosovar terrorist invites his Wahhabi brethren to come join him in Syria war that it sees as a precursor gift from God.
14-10-2013: Damascus car bombs seen on live TV news broadcast video (http://www.theguardian.com)
14-10-2013: Deadly car bomb hits northern Syrian city (http://www.aljazeera.com/)
At least 39 people have been killed, and dozens more injured, in a powerful car bombing in northern Syria
The explosion happened on Monday in the main square in Darkoush, a rebel-held town in Idlib province, 2km from the Turkish border .
14-10-2013: Key Syrian Rebel Group Turns Down Peace Talks (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
A key group within the opposition Syrian National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva and would quit the Coalition if it participated,
"The Syrian National Council, which is the biggest bloc in the Coalition, has taken the firm decision... not to go to Geneva, under the present circumstances (on the ground)," George Sabra said
13-10-2013: Will Bishops Be Included in Deal To Release Lebanese Detainees? (http://www.al-monitor.com)
The third variable involves Qatar's changing role in the Syrian war, after Saudi Arabia took sole control of managing the Syrian opposition following the resignation of Qatar's former emir and the Qatari foreign minister on June 25. Saudi Arabia's monopolization of this role, the traditional and historical sensitivities between Riyadh and Doha, and the previously referenced climate of detente seem to have led to Qatar becoming a contributing factor in the Syrian issue,
If these expectations are true, and the nine Lebanese citizens are released, what about the two Syrian bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, who have been held by Syrian opposition militants since April 23?............................
Seeking to make his appeal on humanitarian grounds, and beyond national or sectarian loyalties, he instead claimed that the two bishops must be considered Lebanese citizens, given that they belong to two churches (the Syrian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Churches) which have headquarters in Lebanon as well in Syria. Then, according to the same sources, those involved in negotiations for the kidnapped Lebanese tried to play on sectarian issues. They said that since the bishops are Christians, why should their fate be included in negotiations on the kidnapped Lebanese Shiites? Why doesn't a Christian party negotiate their release?
13-10-2013: Gunmen abduct Red Cross workers in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Gunmen have kidnapped six workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer in northwestern Syria
Syrian state TV also confirmed the incident, saying it was done by foreign-backed militants operating in the Arab country.
Kidnappings have become prevalent, particularly of aid workers and foreign journalists in northern part of Syria.
13-10-2013: U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria (http://www.washingtontimes.com)
The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies, Intelligence and national security community sources say .
Officials say they are tracking the movements of funds from various wealthy individuals in the Persian Gulf, but the governments of key Gulf countries are reluctant to crack down ..
The extent to which that money is aiding the rise of extremists in Syria seemed to burst open last month when 11 Syrian rebel groups, including the Nusra Front an organization U.S. officials link to al Qaeda banded together in a public rejection of the more secular political opposition groups outside the country that are receiving aid from Washington
13-10-2013: Car bombs go off in central Syrian capital (http://www.presstv.ir)
Explosives loaded on two cars have gone off simultaneously in central Damascus as fighting between government forces and foreign-sponsored militants rages on in Syria.
The explosions, which took place in front of Syrias national television headquarters at the entrance of Ummayad square late on Sunday, "caused only material damage to the wall" of the national broadcaster's building, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported
13-10-2013: Syria opposition divided over Geneva 2 conference (http://www.presstv.ir)
Divisions are deepening among foreign-sponsored Syrian opposition groups over their participation in the forthcoming Geneva 2 conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria.
"The Syrian National Council, which is the biggest bloc in the coalition, has taken the firm decision ... not to go to Geneva, under the present circumstances," the Council president George Sabra said, adding, "This means that we will not stay in the coalition if it goes" to the peace talks in Geneva.
12-10-2013: Homs: a tale of two cities (http://www.theguardian.com)
11-10-2013: They arent real Muslims: Radical mercenaries kidnap, kill both Syria Christians and Muslims (http://rt.com)
They are allegedly Muslims but their actions contradict Islamic principles. Those people arent the real Muslims. They abducted faithful individuals who had been sharing love and peace, who were not military actors!
Those people abduct civilians, Christians, Muslims, or pilgrims. All these things really remind of times when pagans used to kill believers .
Why did they occupy Maaloula? Its a place where only civilians lived. There were no armed units or army troops there. Let the Arab countries answer this question who are they sending to Syria, who are they arming
But those performing such atrocities are mere terrorists who do not recognize any religion. They dont even recognize Muslims. We dont know what their objective is. But we see that the very existence of Christians in the East is now jeopardized ..
These people come from Libya, Saudi Arabia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia everywhere.
We are convinced that Syrians are the least aggressive nation in the East and they would never perpetrate such evil acts. We know the Syrian people very well
There has been too much devastation, too much misunderstanding between various groups. There are so many Sunni and Shia Muslims, Christians, Druse, Alawites who know too little about religion. And so when somebody tells them to view Muslims or Christians as their enemies who have connections with the West, labeling Christians as crusaders, these people take this message as an instruction manual and start maltreating Christians .
11-10-2013: Archbishop Hindo: does not want a "Kurdish State" in the Syrian province of Jazira (http://www.fides.org/)
"The only ones who want to create a Kurdish autonomous region in northern Syria are the militants of the PKK, the Abdullah Ocalan party. But the project does not even receive acclaim from other Kurds. Even less by Muslim tribes and us Christians". This is how the Syrian Catholic Archbishop Behnam Hindo describes to Fides Agency the reactions among the local population with regards to the rumors about the possible creation of an autonomous area in northeastern Syria, in fact subtracted by the control of the central government in Damascus.
Recently, the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD, ..
11-10-2013: Syria extremists financed by private Gulf donors carried out mass killings HRW (http://rt.com)
At least 190 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage by Syrian rebels financed by private Gulf donors in an August 4 military offensive in the Latakia governorate, according to a Human Rights Watch report
Torture and decapitations were also testament to the aggravated nature of the military offensive, proof of which was gathered by HRW through reports
According to the human rights watchdog, the nature, scale and coordination of the abuses and killings elevate them to the status of crimes against humanity
The attacks were found to have been planned and carried out by five distinct groups, including the Al- Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as well as jihadists originating from outside Syria
11-10-2013: Foreigners train Syrian rebels in Afghanistan to use chem weapons - Lavrov (http://rt.com)
There are reports that some third countries are training Syrian rebels to use chemical weapons in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The intention is to put the skill to use in new false flag actions in Syria, he explained
We are standing for conducting the work in a precise manner in accordance with the roadmap and without any hindrances. We warn against any possible provocation, ..
11-10-2013: Syrian Rebels Massacred Civilians, Says Human Rights Watch (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday that groups of Syrian rebel forces executed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive on August 4.
According to the report, a majority of the massacres took place in the city of Latakia, predominantly inhabited by members of Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite sect.
8-10-2013: Growing Unease Over Turkish Jihadists in Syria (http://www.voanews.com)
Growing numbers of young Turks are crossing into Syria to join jihadist groups fighting the Assad regime raising fears in Turkey of a future national security risk for Ankara ..
Al-Qaida affiliates in Syria such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra are making headway in persuading Turkish Sunnis to cross the border into Syria for jihad, Turkish officials acknowledge
Turkish officials said that jihadists have recruited several hundred young Turks from the southeast of the country to fight in the civil war raging next door. And independent analysts estimate that as many as 500 Turks have been recruited since al-Nusra was formed in January 2012 ..
In recent weeks, as fighting has intensified between jihadists and Kurds in northern Syria, observers said wounded al-Nusra fighters have been transported by Turkish ambulances to hospitals in Urfa
In September, Turkish prosecutors indicted six jihadists five of them Turks for trying to acquire chemicals with the intent to produce the nerve agent Sarin
Turkeys Radikal newspaper said a lengthy investigation it carried out suggests 200 young Turks have been recruited alone from Adiyaman, a town in the southeast of the country ..
There were young men from Adiyaman, Bitlis and Bingol in the camps. I found both my sons in a camp in Aleppo .
8-10-2013: Paris, Riyadh to up aid to Syria rebels (http://www.presstv.ir)
France and Saudi Arabia have agreed to give more weapons to the foreign-backed Takfiri militants operating in Syria
6-10-2013: Mortar shells hit Damascus neighborhood, kill eight (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least eight people have been killed when foreign-sponsored militants operating inside Syria targeted a Christian neighborhood of the capital, Damascus ..
6-10-2013: 'British extremists use Syria as training ground before returning home' (http://rt.com)
British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that extremists of a Jihadi mindset are using the Syrian civil war as a nursery before returning to Britain as trained terrorists.
What we have seen for some time now, is that a number of British people traveling out to Somalia, were now seeing people travel out to Syria, ..
There are now hundreds of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria. And when UK residents return here there is risk that they may carry out attacks using the skills that they have developed overseas, the report said .
6-10-2013: Israeli Arabs join Syrian civil war (http://www.israeltoday.co.il)
Israeli security experts are growing concerned by the recent documented participation by Israeli Arabs in Syrias bloody civil war
Hundreds of young Muslims from all over the Middle East and Europe have flocked to Syria to join the fighting. Most are between 20 and 30-years-old, and many are simply seeking adventure by deliberately risking their lives ..
5-10-2013: CIA Activities in Syria: US Never Stops to Step on Same Rake (http://www.strategic-culture.org)
The CIA training effort is centered in Jordan. The program is aimed at shoring up the fighting power of units aligned with the Supreme Military Council, an umbrella organization led by General Idris, that is the main recipient of U.S. support The training is led by small teams of operatives from the CIAs Special Activities Division, a paramilitary branch that relies heavily on contractors and former members of U.S. Special Operations forces ..
On Sept. 24, 2013 the death bell rang for the West-supported Syrian armed opposition. 13 of the leading armed opposition organizations inside Syria decided to unite their efforts under an Islamist-jihadist banner as the «Islamist Alliance»
The US-led Western myope policy in Syria has resulted in radical Islam gaining the upper hand inside the Syria opposition to endanger Europe and the entire Mideast
5-10-2013: Syria: Al-Qaeda wants to control Iraq and Turkey border zones (http://mg.co.za)
Al-Qaeda is fighting to drive rivals out of areas bordering Turkey and Iraq in a bid to control territory stretching from Iraq into northern Syria ..
"ISIL doesn't have an ideological problem with the Kurds or with anyone else. It just wants no other group to have any arms or self-sufficiency, to create a state that extends from northern Syria into Iraq,"
A humanitarian aid worker based on the Turkish border with Syria warned that ISIL's strategy threatens the entire population
5-10-2013: Turkey will pay for harboring terrorists Assad (http://rt.com)
Syrian President Bashar Assad said that Turkey will pay a heavy price for harboring and backing terrorists in order to oust him, warning that soon enough the terrorists will turn on Turkey
"It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card because it is like a scorpion which won't hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity," Assad said. "In the near future, these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey and Turkey will pay a heavy price for it." ..
Assad claimed that Erdogan has a sectarian agenda, since his AK Party has origins in conservative Islamist politics. "Before the crisis, Erdogan had never mentioned reforms or democracy, he was never interested in these issues ... Erdogan only wanted the Muslim Brotherhood to return to Syria, that was his main and core aim," Assad said ..
4-10-2013: Saudi black op team behind Damascus chem weapons attack diplomatic sources (http://rt.com)
The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capitals suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic sources have told a Russian news agency ..
Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black op team that the Saudis sent through Jordan and which acted with support of the Liwa Al-Islam group, a source in the diplomatic circles told Interfax.
4-10-2013: Christians under threat in Syria as Islamist extremists gain influence (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
When radical Islamists tore down a cross and hoisted a black flag above a church in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah last week, their action underscored the increasingly hostile environment for the countrys Christians ..
In Syrias war, bishops have been kidnapped and priests have been killed. When the fighting last month reached the ancient town of Maaloula where residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus it struck at the heart of Syrias Christian community .
The fighting in Maaloula was followed by the images from Raqqah, where the ISIS desecrated the Greek Catholic and Armenian Catholic churches, according to activist groups. The radical Islamist group also has attacked Shiite shrines and mosques ..
3-10-2013: CIA ramping up covert training program for moderate Syrian rebels (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
The CIA is expanding a clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concern that moderate, U.S.-backed militias are rapidly losing ground in the countrys civil war, U.S. officials said ..
the agency has sent additional paramilitary teams to secret bases in Jordan in recent weeks in a push to double the number of rebel fighters getting CIA instruction and weapons before being sent back to Syria ..
1-10-2013: New incursions of armed gangs in sednaya; Christians turn to faith and prayer (http://www.fides.org)
After Maalula , now Sednaya, a village in the north of Damascus, known for its historical, cultural and religious heritage, characterized by a large presence of Christian churches and monasteries and a local community that speaks even Aramaic .
In yesterdays raid a person died and one person was wounded among the local Christians. A religious from Sednaya , who requested anonymity, told Fides that "this is banditry but it is also a vendetta against Christians ..
29-9-2013: Syria militants possess chemical arms: Lavrov (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is growing evidence that proves foreign-backed militants in Syria possess chemical weapons .
29-9-2013: Syrian militants fight al-Qaeda-linked Group (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-backed militants in Syria have clashed with an al-Qaeda-linked group in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo as the infighting grows among the armed groups in the Arab country, Press TV reports
The recent infighting took place as al-Nusra Front militants engaged in a fierce battle with members of the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the city situated 310 kilometers (193 miles) northwest of the capital, Damascus
28-9-2013: UN Security Council adopts Syria resolution (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syrias chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Assad's government if it does not comply .
The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council capped weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and the United States. It was based on a deal between the two countries reached in Geneva earlier this month following an August 21 sarin nerve gas attack on a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds
28-9-2013: Syrian rebels face growing threat from foreign jihadists (http://www.foxnews.com)
28-9-2013: Christians are dying for us to help (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The West has been apathetic in its response to the persecution of Christians by Islamic extremists. But such apathy can have disastrous consequences
But there is another question, concerning heightened responsibility: the minority Christians are attacked by Islamists, in large part, because of their perceived link to the West and western values .
The current strategy of the West with regard to Islamist extremism seems utterly chaotic. The UK does the largest proportion of its arms trade with Saudi Arabia, the single country whose donors have done most to finance the spread of the countrys toxic Wahhabist ideology and the terrorist groups that endorse it .
28-9-2013: 30 rebel groups reject Syrian National Coalition, Free Syrian Army (http://www.presstv.ir)
Thirty foreign-backed militant groups in Syria have announced their separation from the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition group, and so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) ..
A recent British defense study shows that about 100,000 foreign-backed militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people ..
28-9-2013: Syria FSA militants declare war on al-Qaeda linked ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-backed militants of the Storm of the North Brigade belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have declared war on the al-Qaeda affiliated militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) .
On September 25, thirteen foreign-backed militant groups in Syria announced they do not recognize the authority of the so-called Syrian National Coalition ..
27-9-2013: Syria becoming breeding ground for extremists: Rouhani (http://www.presstv.ir)
I am concerned that certain parts of Syria have turned into a breeding ground for extremist ideologies and [a suitable place] for terrorists gathering, which is reminiscent of the situation in certain regions neighboring our eastern borders in the 1990s, Rouhani said in an address to a gathering convened by Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Thursday.
27-9-2013: Al-Qaeda-linked militants give fellow FSA ultimatum in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
According to reports, al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have set a two-day deadline for the Free Syrian Army to surrender amid escalating infighting among the militants in Syria .
Opposition activists say clashes between Takfiri militants have increased in recent months ..
26-9-2013: Russia Says Sarin Gas in Aug. 21 Syria Attack Was 'Homemade' (http://en.rian.ru)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a US newspaper published Thursday that homemade sarin nerve agent was used in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August 21, an attack that the United States maintains was carried out by the Syrian regime .
26-9-2013: New Information Indicates Kidnapped Syrian Bishops Still Alive (http://www.al-monitor.com)
Al-Monitor obtained official information confirming that the authorities in Beirut have received reliable reports that the two bishops who were kidnapped in northern Syria on April 23 Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi are still alive
This information indicated that Turkish governmental and intelligence agencies provided information to Beirut about the health of the abducted Christian clerics ..
The official information provided to Al-Monitor revealed that the party who carried out the kidnapping on April 23 is the same group that is still holding the bishops now. It is an extremist Sunni group with links to Chechen jihadist groups that are now operating in Syria
26-9-2013: Fatwa of Ulema of Damascus: "It is legal to confiscate goods belonging to Christians, Alawites and Druze in order to buy weapons" (http://www.fides.org)
36 ulemas (Muslim religious leaders) of Douma, one of the largest suburbs of Damascus, issued a "fatwa" (a legal decree) that legitimizes the right of the faithful Sunni Muslims to seize and take possession of goods, homes, property belonging to Christians, Druze and Alawite and members of other religious minorities" who do not profess the Sunni religion of the Prophet" ..
25-9-2013: Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo: here are the figures of the Syrian disaster (http://www.fides.org/)
"In recent months, only in Aleppo", says the Archbishop "1400 factories and shops were looted, demolished or burned, while across the Country more than two thousand schools have been devastated or put out of use, 37 hospitals and a thousand small clinics and dispensaries have been vandalized. Most of the grain silos have been emptied, power stations sabotaged, railway lines dismantled and roads blocked and made impassable and dangerous because of armed gangs that terrorize travelers who dare to move and leave town ..
25-9-2013: Islamist rebels in Syria reject National Coalition (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
Eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria have announced they do not recognise the authority of the main opposition alliance, the National Coalition .
"Therefore the National Coalition and its transitional government led by Ahmed Tomeh do not represent it and will not be recognised."
25-9-2013: Breaking: Whistleblower Reveals U.S. State Dept. Ships Arms Directly to al-Qaeda (http://www.infowars.com)
A former CIA gun runner revealed that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in order to cover up the U.S. State Departments direct arm shipments to al-Qaeda
According to Plumlee, Steven was ordered to stand down after he asked the State Dept. what he should do about the American arm shipments to al-Qaeda
The ambassador and his people had written a series of field reports and cable dispatches advising our State Department that the rebel factions had been armed with U.S. weapons,
Tying it all together, Plumlee stated that the weapons given to al-Qaeda were U.S. made weapons that came from the DCS program, illegally transported by C-130s into countries such as Turkey and Jordan and were dispatched from CIA safe houses to the Syrian rebels.
Now it is known why the al-Nusra Front, and al-Qaeda worldwide, never seem to lack arms: they are receiving weapon shipments directly from the State Dept .
25-9-2013: Christians now suffering mass martyrdom, says Archbishop of Canterbury (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Christians are being deliberately attacked because of their faith across parts of the Muslim world and even martyred for their faith in large numbers, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned
Christian communities which have existed in many cases since the days of Saint Paul are now under threat in countries such as Syria and Egypt, he said
Last month around 100 Christian sites were attacked amid the turmoil in Egypt, with 42 churches burnt to the ground. Ancient Christian communities in Syria have also been singled out for violence ..
25-9-2013: Syrian opposition splits after Islamists push for sharia state (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Western hopes of building a moderate Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad have been set back after the Islamist militias that dominate the rebel movement said they were "going it alone" and intended to establish a sharia state .
The new Islamist alliance includes Jabhat al-Nusra, a jihadist group that has sworn loyalty to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, Ahrar al-Sham, a hardline militant group, and a string of other brigades from across the country
25-9-2013: Key Syria Islamist rebels refuse to recognise National Coalition (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
"The National Coalition and the proposed government under (recently chosen) Ahmad Tomeh does not represent us, nor do we recognise it," said 13 of Syria's most powerful Islamist rebel groups.
The groups include members of the main rebel Free Syrian Army and more radical Islamists .
25-9-2013: The Ghouta Chemical Attacks: US-Backed False Flag? Killing Syrian Children to Justify a Humanitarian Military Intervention (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
The chemical attacks which took place in East Ghouta on August 21, 2013 could be the most horrific false flag operation in history.
To date, available evidence indicates that numerous children were killed by opposition rebels, their bodies manipulated and filmed with a view to blaming the Syrian government for the attacks, thus sparking outrage and galvanizing worldwide public opinion in favor of another bloody, imperial US-led war .
25-9-2103: Al-Qaeda Rejects CIAs National Coalition in Syria (http://www.infowars.com)
Al-Qaedas al-Nusra Front and other fanatical Islamic mercenaries fighting to overthrow the Syrian government have rejected the Syrian National Coaliton (SNC), the loosely organized front group cobbled together by the CIA and NATO.
The National Coalition and the proposed government under [recently chosen] Ahmad Tomeh does not represent us, nor do we recognize it, the Islamic groups said in a statement released late Tuesday
A former al-Qaeda member, Sheikh Naiim, believes al-Jawlani works for the CIA. I personally believe that the leader of the Nusra Army who declared his support for Ayman al-Zawahiri is a CIA operative, Naiim said on April 10 .
25-9-2013: United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
A team of UN chemical weapons experts has arrived in Syria for further investigation into the use of banned arms in the Middle Eastern country.
The group, led by chief UN chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom, arrived in Syria on Wednesday ..
24-9-2013: Syria crisis: millions of children at risk of malnutrition, report finds (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
More than two million children are at risk of malnutrition in Syria, a leading charity has warned .
Those caught up in the conflict have been left unable to produce or buy enough food, while prices have soared and the food production industry has collapsed, Save the Children said .
Meanwhile Save the Children said Syria's agricultural output has dramatically decreased, with grain production falling to less than half of what was typical before the war .
24-9-2013: All countries must stop fueling bloodshed in Syria: UN chief (http://www.presstv.ir)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all countries to stop fueling the bloodshed in Syria by dispatching weapons
"I appeal to all states to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to all parties,"
He said the war in Syria has so far claimed the lives of over 100,000 people and forced one-third of the countrys population to flee their homes
24-9-2013: Militants destroy Jewish mausoleums in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have destroyed several Jewish mausoleums in the historical town of Tadouf in the northern city of Aleppo .
24-9-2013: Chemical weapons held by all sides in Syria should be destroyed Lavrov (http://rt.com)
There are some serious concerns that the Syrian opposition may possess components of chemical weapons, Lavrov told the press after the meeting with his counterpart. All chemical weapons must be destroyed in Syria including hazardous materials in possession of the opposition, he was quoted by Interfax.
24-9-2013: World Food Program calls for humanitarian access to people inside Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
The World Food Program (WFP) has called on all the parties involved in the conflict in Syria to allow the affected people in the Arab country access to humanitarian
23-9-2013: Foreign military intervention in Syria a form of aggression: Putin (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again called for a political solution to the Syrian unrest, describing any possible foreign military intervention in in the country as a form of "aggression." .
Radical Islamic jihadists are constantly attacking churches and slaughtering Christians all over the planet
Unfortunately, Barack Obama does not seem too concerned about Islamic terrorism. In fact, he specifically directed that all references to Islam be removed from terrorism training materials that the federal government uses. If that wasnt bad enough, now Obama is actually supplying weapons to the radical jihadist rebels that want to take over Syria, .
In Syria, radical jihadists are doing all of the same kinds of things that you just read about. As I have written about on numerous occasions, the Syrian rebels are savagely killing Christians, repeatedly using chemical weapons and dismembering little girls .
23-9-2013: Assad: Terrorists may attack chemical weapons inspectors, blame Damascus (http://rt.com)
Syrian armed opposition may be ordered by its foreign sponsors to stage a false flag operation against foreign inspectors when they arrive in the country to monitor destruction of the countrys chemical weapons stockpile, says the Syrian president ..
We know that these terrorists are obeying the orders of other countries and these countries do drive these terrorists to commit acts that could get the Syrian government blamed for hindering this agreement, ..
23-9-2013: Jihadist groups turn on each other in Syria (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/)
Members of two separate Al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups in Syria clashed in the countrys northeast Sunday .
Competition for territory, resources and influence, as well as ideological differences are contributing to the divisions
In Hasakeh, in the countrys northeast, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Iraqi Al-Qaeda branch that has expanded into Syria, attacked the Nusra Front
And in further signs that divisions between the rebel factions are hardening, FSA sources told The Daily Star ..
They have their own agenda, they lied to us saying that they were coming to help us fight Assad, when they just want to build an Islamic state
The US is pushing Russia into approving a UN resolution that would allow for military intervention in Syria, in exchange for American support of Syrias accession to OPCW, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said
Our partners are blinded by an ideological mission for regime change, said Lavrov. They cannot admit they have made another mistake.
According to Lavrov, some experts alleged that someone is attempting to create a guided chaos in the region for their own benefits .
22-9-2013: France, U.S. didn't provide proof regime used chemical weapons in Syria Lavrov (http://rbth.co.uk)
France and the United States have not yet provided exhaustive data from their intelligence services to Moscow proving that chemical weapons were used by the Bashar al-Assad regime; the data submitted were not convincing, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov .
"Therefore, I was not surprised that a report by experts who did not make conclusions about who used the weapons, but only described the chemical agents and ammunition found, was instantly caught by the United States, France and other countries as proof allegedly confirming the regime's guilt," .
22-9-2013: US Blackmails Russia over Syria Resolution Lavrov (http://en.rian.ru)
"Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: if Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter VII in the UN Security Council, then we will stop the work in the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague," Lavrov said ..
Lavrov said this is an absolute withdrawal from what had been agreed with US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month .
20-9-2013: Deadly tentacles of terrorism (http://www.brecorder.com)
Experts say that so-called military actions against al Qaeda and the Taliban - enjoying networking with many criminal groups having hubs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere - by the United States and its allies are tainted with geopolitical motives as no serious effort has been made to cut their financial lifelines. Since terrorist groups have not been uprooted financially, they are wining more and more 'sympathisers' all over the world with money power
Once again, the Americans started showering praise, aid and support - the purpose was to make Pakistan a subservient state to the US interest,
One thing is very clear that the wars in Afghanista,. Iraq and elsewhere have achieved everything for the USA and its allies - money, control and what not .
20-9-2013: 'Sexual jihad': Tunisian women go to Syria to 'relieve' holy warriors, return pregnant (http://rt.com)
Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to wage 'sexual jihad', performing intercourse with dozens of Islamist fighters and returning home pregnant, Tunisias Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told MPs .
Bin Omar told Al Arabiya that Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar Shariah was offering minor girls with their faces covered as sexual offerings for jihadist fighters
Hundreds of Tunisian men have set off for Syria to wage jihad against the government of President Bashar Assad,
19-9-2013: Look With Your Own Eyes: The Videos of the Chemical Attacks in Syria Show Tampered Scenes (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
A detailed independent report by Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) makes some important observations about what happened in the Damascene suburb of East Ghouta on August 21, 2013.
The independent ISTEAMS study contradicts the assertions of the Obama Administration and the entire US Intelligence Community ..
Even if many of the observations and premises of the study are ignored, there are some observations that are irrefutable. The same corpses of children were found in different arrangements and in different places at different times in the footage used by the US Intelligence Community. This means that corpses were being staged in arrangements for propaganda purposes
ISTEAMS also mentions that that Syrians from Latakia have come forward claiming that their relatives were on display in the footage that the US Intelligence Community has showcased to justify bombing Syria .
11-9-2013: Syria Christian 'made to convert at gunpoint' (AFP)
"They arrived in our town at dawn... and shouted 'We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders," an Islamist term for Christians .
I saw people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses," said Nasrallah, a Christian
..One of them "put a pistol to the head of my neighbour and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat 'there is no God but God'." ."Afterwards they joked, 'he's one of ours now'."
19-9-2013: Western lies, criminality unraveling in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
But it is increasingly clear that the Western certainty over Syrian chemical weapons is an edifice built on sand. The initial Western claims were never supported by verifiable evidence, only secret intelligence. Now it turns out that the UN inspectors report upon which the Western governments have rested their case is fatally flawed .
More damning is the new disclosure by the Syrian government purporting to show that the culpable party for the gas attack near Damascus is the insurgents. Syria shared this factual evidence with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who was in Damascus this week .
There are many other unanswered perturbing questions about the chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month. Who were those dead children in the videos that the West has based so much of its emotive claims on? Why were they dressed in day clothes if they were supposedly killed in the middle of the night when they should have been in their beds? Why were their corpses arranged in such an orderly way, suggesting the scene was organized for an anticipated video recording? Why are there so few adult female victims in the apparent gas attack? Where are the grieving mothers and fathers of the little ones whose bodies are stacked up in death shrouds?........
19-9-2013: Russia: UN inspectors ignored evidence on Syria chemical attacks (http://rt.com)
UN inspectors ignored evidence on chemical weapons use in Syria secretly passed to them by Damascus, said Russias Deputy Foreign Minister
This is new material - new material for us. But this is not already completely new material for the UN, Ryabkov specified, revealing that there were actually several chemical attacks in Syria in August and that the UN inspectors, headed by Swedish scientist Dr. Ake Salstrom, were informed about this, but ignored the information in their report
We are concerned about possible provocations. We have seen it before that the moment something better, positive is out there, is looming, you will always find skurks [sic] who would try immediately to change these dynamics and establish a new reality, so to say, through a provocation,
19-9-2013: Islamist blitzkrieg in Syria: Jihadists wiping out moderate rebels (http://rt.com)
Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have begun an offensive against former allies, wrestling moderate FSA rebels out of the controlled areas
On Wednesday militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the town of Azaz controlled by the anti-Assad Storm of the North Brigade, affiliated with the Free Syrian Army
The Bab Al Salama is one of the few still operable crossings used by the Syrian opposition to deliver weapons, fighters and humanitarian aid from neighboring Turkey ..
In yet another shootout, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group clashed with FSAs Rasoul group rebels and drove them out of the town of Raqqah in Syrias north last Wednesday ..
Al-Qaeda associates might really succeed in squeezing FSA moderates out of Syria which would automatically put Russia in an awkward position of conducting useless negotiations
18-9-2013: video Unverified videos allegedly show Syria rebels using chemical weapons
18-9-2013: Video Shows Syrian Rebels Firing Chemical Weapons (http://www.infowars.com)
A new video purportedly shows jihadist rebels in Syria firing chemical weapons just hours after the August 21 attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, an incident which stoked global condemnation and was blamed on Bashar Al-Assads forces
The footage shows opposition militants firing shells and rockets at night. They are wearing gas masks and are surrounded by jihadist garb. The video was shot in the early hours of August 21, coinciding with the alleged chemical weapons attack on Ghouta .
Maaloula a mountain village of 2,000 residents 60km northeast of Damascus - is home to some of the most ancient Orthodox Christian relics and is a major pilgrimage destination. Its also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Aramaic, a biblical-era language Jesus is believed to have spoken ..
18-9-2013: Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria (http://online.wsj.com)
Across northern and eastern Syria, units of the jihadist group known as ISIS are seizing territoryon the battlefield and behind the front linesfrom Western-backed rebels .
Al Qaeda militants from central command in Pakistan and Pakistani Taliban fighters have also set up operational bases in northern Syria, people familiar with their operations said ..
Summary executions of Alawites and Shiites, who are seen as apostates, attacks on Shiite shrines, and kidnappings and assassinations of pro-Western rebels are on the rise
The chaos of the Syrian battlefield, where those fighting to overthrow Mr. Assad sometimes fight side-by-side with those who see Syria as a springboard for global jihad, has compounded U.S. concerns over this process ..
These jihadists see a long-term mission in Syria. Foreign fighters have begun to move their families to Turkish border areas, locals said ..
17-9-2013: Syrian chemical attack used sarin and was worst in 25 years, says UN (http://www.theguardian.com)
The UN has confirmed that the worst chemical weapons attack in 25 years took place in eastern Damascus last month, involving specially designed rockets that spread sarin nerve agent over rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital.
The report did not assign blame for the attack but the US, Britain and France said the details on the sarin, the rockets used and their trajectories all proved that Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible.
However, Russia argued that the western powers had "jumped to conclusions" and said claims of rebel use against their own supporters to provoke foreign intervention "should not be shrugged off".
16-9-2013: Syria: more than half of hospitals destroyed or damaged (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Medical experts, including the chiefs of major international aid agencies and three Nobel Prize winners, made a heartfelt appeal urging all combatants in Syria to spare hospitals and clinics and to allow doctors and nurses to operate freely, in what they called "the worst humanitarian crises since the end of the Cold War".
"Systematic assaults on medical professionals, facilities and patients are breaking Syria's health-care system and making it nearly impossible for civilians to receive essential medical services," .
16-9-2013: West vows to boost Syria rebels, Russia says they should be 'compelled' to join peace talks (http://rt.com)
The US, UK and France have agreed to bolster Syrian rebels by providing more help, press Syria into delivering on its promise to hand over chemical weapons and seek an end to the conflict, which would involve ousting of President Bashar Assad .
16-9-2013: Syria gas attacks: the clear and concise evidence from UN chemical weapons inspectors (http://www.independent.co.uk)
A grim United Nations inspectors report offered clear and convincing evidence on Monday that poison gas was used on a relatively large scale in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus on 21 August when weather conditions cold, falling air ensured it would cause maximum death and suffering, seeping silently into basements and underground shelters
But yesterday was the first time in a quarter of a century that the United Nations formally declared the deliberate deployment of prohibited chemical weapons against soldiers or civilians
16-9-2013: Syria CW attack scene may have been manipulated, UN report says (http://www.presstv.ir)
UN inspectors who investigated the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria say that suspicious individuals have traveled to the attack sites before the UN team ..
The report did not elaborate on who the individuals were; however, the areas were under the control of foreign-backed militants ..
15-9-2013: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands ..
Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle ..
15-9-2013: Pro-Syria war senators' campaigns better funded by military complex: Study (http://www.presstv.ir)
A new study has revealed that the US senators who approved a recent resolution authorizing war on Syria received 83 percent more campaign money from military contractors than the opponents of the plan
On September 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to pass a resolution that would allow US President Barack Obama to resort to military action against Syria when needed .
From among the proponents of the resolution in the committee, Senator John McCain was the top receiver of donations from military contractors and defense interests, receiving USD 176,300 from the industry ..
14-9-2013: Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strikes option (http://www.theguardian.com)
President Barack Obama has welcomed an agreement to disarm Syria of its chemical arsenal as an "important, concrete" step that could prevent the weapons from being used elsewhere in the world. However, he also signalled that he was still prepared to launch military strikes if the disarmament plan failed ..
"This framework provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious, and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world," the US president said. "The international community expects the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments."
14-9-2013: Video Syria: US and Russia agree deal to eliminate chemical weapons - video (http://www.theguardian.com)
14-9-2013: US and Russia agree deal over Syria's chemical weapons (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said that if the Assad regime fails to hand over its chemcial weapons, they will seek a Security Council resolution that could authorise future military action.
The deal reached includes a timetable and how Syria must comply. Mr Kerry said arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November and the weapons must all be handed over by mid-2014
14-9-2013: Syrian army makes strategic advancement in Aleppo (http://en.alalam.ir)
Syrian soldiers have successfully retaken Jabal Arbaeen region in the province of Aleppo, as they were advancing from the western city of Idlib.
According to al-Alam reporter on Friday, Jabal Arbaeen was strategically significant to the army as it was a bastion for militants to dispatch armed groups to different parts of the country
Al-Nusra and its affiliated groups keep a strong hold of the province, occupying several towns and keeping them under strict siege which have deprived people from humanitarian supplies for months
Maaloula residents, which are mostly Christians, have been joining the army in its operations against terrorist groups, according to our reporter.
The town was one of the last areas affected by the bloody foreign-backed insurgency in Syria which has gripped the country since March 2011
14-9-2013: FSA rejects US-Russia deal on Syria chemical weapons (http://www.presstv.ir)
Selim Idris, the chief of the FSA, told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday that the foreign-backed group does not accept any part of the initiative, and that the group will continue to fight to topple the Syrian government .
The war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus ..
14-9-2013: Syria rebels may get air defense missiles for 1st time: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
Amid a recent report about the US lethal aid for militants in Syria, a retired Lebanese general says the rebels in the Arab country may receive air defense missiles for the first time, Press TV reports ..
Head of the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) media office Khalid Saleh said on Friday that the group has received lethal aid from the United States to launch more attacks against the Syrian government ..
13-9-2013: U.S. Military: Al-Qaeda Rebels Produced Sarin Gas For Chemical Attacks In Syria (http://www.infowars.com)
A leaked U.S. military document reveals that Al-Qaeda possessed and produced kitchen-grade sarin gas for chemical attacks against the Syrian people, further adding to the evidence that the Al-Qaeda Syrian opposition launched the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus as a false flag in order to frame Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
The National Ground Intelligence Center report states that Al-Qaeda in Iraq produced the sarin gas and then shipped it to the al-Nusra Front for use in Syria
Two months prior to the confiscation, 26 people and Syrian government forces died from exposure to sarin gas delivered in a rocket attack on Aleppo, a city in the northwestern region of Syria near the Turkish border.
The rocket came from a place controlled by the terrorists and which is located close to the Turkish territory, according to a Syrian government statement in response to the attack. One can assume that the weapon came from Turkey.
High-level U.S. intelligence officials reinforce Bodanskys conclusion, stating that they are not convinced that the Aug. 21 chemical attack was carried out per Assads orders or that it was even carried out by Assads government .
While the Obama administration continues to push our military into entering Syria as al-Qaedas air force, fighting alongside Islamic extremists recruited and armed by the CIA, the evidence strongly points to the al-Nusra Front, labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S., as responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical attack ..
13-9-2013: Syrian Rebels Slit Throat of Christian Man Who Refused To Convert To Islam, Taunt Fiance, Jesus Didnt Come To Save Him (http://www.washingtonsblog.com/)
U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel Support Al Qaeda Terrorists Who Are Brutally Persecuting Syrian Christians
And the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel have been backing these guys for years. Indeed, weve long known that most of the weapons were shipping to Syria are ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda. And they apparently have chemical weapons. .
13-9-2013: Syria rebels ordered 10 tons of sarin nerve agent in Turkey (http://en.alalam.ir)
A Turkish prosecutor has filed a report to the court in southern Turkish city of Adana, showing Syria militants have been ordering and receiving chemical material from Turkey.
On May 28 Turkish security forces found a 2-kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of terrorists from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front who were previously detained
The document says that radical Salafis groups set up a channel for carrying out terrorist attacks inside Turkey.
According to the document al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham group had tried to buy large amounts of sarin nerve gas and chemical substances used in manufacturing poisonous materials
13-9-2013: 'Utter cruelty' witnessed in Syria execution (http://en.alalam.ir)
The administration of US president Barack Obama is threatening to bomb Syria, setting conditions, lobbying almost everywhere, conducting TV interviews trying to get support from a widely opposing public opinion, and pushing hard to make the world believe a chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government and now it should be punished, while extremist militants are taking more lives in the most brutal ways one can imagine, almost every single day.
There are many Syrian trapped in small towns and villages, ruled by al-Qaeda and other terrorist-in-nature groups, who witness cruel crimes which are setting new standards of brutality in peoples minds .
I saw a scene of utter cruelty: a human being treated in a way that no human being should ever be treated. But it seems to me that in two and a half years, the war has degraded peoples humanity. On this day the people at the execution had no control over their feelings, their desires, their anger. It was impossible to stop them ..
At the moment of execution the rebels grasped his throat. The young man put up a struggle. Three or four rebels pinned him down. The man tried to protect his throat with his hands, which were still tied together. He tried to resist but they were stronger than he was and they cut his throat. They raised his head into the air. People waved their guns and cheered .
13-9-2013: Syria: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels execute regime 'militia men' in front of children (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
It is one of the most chilling images to emerge from rebel-held Syria. In front of an audience of schoolchildren, the masked executioner pushes his trembling victim to the ground and slices his blade across the mans throat ..
A series of photographs, too graphic to publish in these pages, show the slaughter of four prisoners held by jihadist groups at different public execution sites outside Aleppo. Little is known about the victims; only that they were accused of being Shabiha pro-government paramilitaries .
Grim footage depicting a litany of crimes murders, torture and mass killings now emerge on YouTube on an almost daily basis from the Syrian civil war. Their authenticity is often impossible to verify, but these pictures, first published in the French magazine Paris Match, were taken by an independent photojournalist whose name, for his own safety, has not been publicly revealed .
A phone conversation between the opposition fighters may prove that it was opposition who used gas on civilians in Syria thats according to Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata, who had been held hostage by rebels for months .
They were talking about the events of Al-Ghouta in the Damascus suburb and from the conversation it was clear that the Syrian government wasn't behind the attack It was about gas, sure. They talked about the gas sarin, thats what we learned later .
Their motivation wasn't clear from the conversation, but we figured that it would have been absurd for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons. The regime had nothing to gain from the Al-Ghouta massacre. On the contrary, it played into the hands of its enemies the US, France and the UK ..
And it is clear that the rebels are the ones who wanted to benefit from the situation. Let us remind you that the rebels already tried to simulate a gas attack a year ago in Homs, they made a video showing people on the ground acting as if they had been victims of neurotic gas. Its clear that those who have something to gain were the rebels. We could also remember that the rebels were already thought responsible for a gas attack in Homs. A video emerged and turned out to be a staged thing
12-9-2013: Saudi Arabia bribing US, French lawmakers on Syria: American journalist (http://www.presstv.ir)
Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has paid to American and French lawmakers to get their support for a possible military strike against Syria, US investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says .
Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Robert Menendez, House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, New Yorks Peter King, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and others have seen their campaign chests grow substantially as a result of Bandars financial largesse, according to Madsens multiple sources, added Fetzer, who is a McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth
12-9-2013: U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syrias civil war
12-9-2013: FSA rejects Russia proposal for Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
FSA military commander General Selim Idriss made the announcement in a video message posted on YouTube on Thursday.
The Free Syrian Army announces its categorical rejection of the Russian initiative that foresees placing chemical weapons under international control, Idriss stated.
He called on countries supporting the militancy against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to increase the supply of arms to the militants
11-9-2013: Obamas diplomatic path let us down, Syrias foreign-backed militants say (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrias foreign-backed militants say they feel let down and more frustrated than ever because of US President Barack Obama's decision to consider a Russian proposal meant to find a diplomatic solution to the two and half years of violence in the Arab country
In response, the US president asked Congress to delay a vote on authorizing military action against Syria in order to give the Russian proposal a chance to play out
The Syrian government is going to be stronger because while they've agreed to give up their chemical weapons, they get to keep everything else to fight the opposition that has lost territory in the past year and has now suffered a big blow," Ayham Kamel, a Middle East analyst at the Eurasia Group in London, said on Wednesday
11-9-2013: Russia gives UNSC proof of chemical weapons use by militants (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russia has passed proof of the use of chemical weapons by the militants inside Syria to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
"There are suspicions that the militants have used these [chemical] weapons repeatedly," said the Head of Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushkov on Wednesday, adding "Russia has just passed existing proof to the UN Security Council."
He also said that the militants have used chemical weapons near Aleppo in March, adding that Carla Del Ponte, who is a leading United Nations investigator, has also acknowledged it .
Iran is in possession of strong evidence regarding the militant chemical attack in Syria and has handed on the evidence to the United Nations, he said, adding Last December, for example, we received news that two Sarin gas containers were being transferred to Syria. The containers were sent from an Arab country to a neighboring country, where it triggered security and political reactions.
10-9-2013: Ex-captives reveal militants' involvement in August 21 Syria chemical raid (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Italian journalist Domenico Quirico and Belgian national Pierre Piccinin said they had heard their captors talking about the involvement of militants in the chemical attack that took place in Syria on August 21, the same attack that the US has blamed on the Syrian government and has planned to attack Syria as an act of punishment for ..
10-9-2013: Chemical attack was Syria rebel provocation, former hostages say (http://rt.com)
Two Europeans who were abducted and held hostage for several months in Syria claim they overheard an exchange between their captors which proves that rebels were behind the recent chemical attack ..
It is a moral duty to say this. The government of Bashar al-Assad did not use sarin gas or other types of gas in the outskirts of Damascus, Piccinin said during an interview with Belgium's RTL radio station ..
"In this conversation, they said that the gas attack on two neighborhoods of Damascus was launched by the rebels as a provocation to lead the West to intervene militarily, ..
I am extremely surprised that the United States could think about intervening, knowing very well how the Syrian revolution has become international jihadism in other words Al-Qaeda," Quirico said, as quoted by Italys Quotidiano Nazionale
"We were moved around a lot...it was not always the same group that held us, there were very violent groups, very anti-West and some anti-Christian," Piccinin said .
10-9-2013: Intl experts have strong proof images of chemical victims fabricated Moscow (http://rt.com)
Footage and photos of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, which the US cites as the reason for a planned military intervention, had been fabricated in advance, speakers told a UN human rights conference in Geneva
The speakers argued that the suspected sarin gas attack near Damascus on August 21 was likely a provocation of the rebel forces and that a military action against the President Bashar Assad government will likely result in civilian casualties and a humanitarian catastrophe affecting the entire region
Russia is convinced that the chemical incident was a provocation by rebel forces, which staged a false flag attack to drag the US into the conflict and capitalize on the damage that the Syrian army is likely to sustain in the American intervention
An increasing number of reports is backing Russias position, with local witnesses, US and British former intelligence professionals and Europeans recently released from rebel captivity all speaking for a provocation scenario .
10-9-2013: Turkeys Policies Defied By Latest Twists in Syria (http://www.al-monitor.com)
Erdogan and Davutoglu's position, however, appears increasingly unrealistic given that there is a world including Islamic countries that is not prepared to bloody its hands over Syria
This poses a dilemma for the Erdogan government, which has started to criticize the Arab countries supporting the Egyptian military. The contradiction, however, is that while they criticize these powers over Egypt in the name of democracy, Ankara continues to rely on the support of the same powers for bringing down the Assad regime in the name of democracy .
Many of his critics suspect, though, that he's relying on the ballot box in a country with an overwhelming Sunni majority to politically elevate his Islamist allies in the region .
10-9-2013: Expert: Poison gas was 'kitchen' variety (http://www.wnd.com)
A top terrorism expert says that recent findings on the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 in a region on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, was indeed a self-inflicted attack by the Syrian opposition to provoke U.S. and military intervention in Syria ..
Bodansky said that various tests suggest the nerve agent Sarin was used, reinforcing the conclusion that kitchen Sarin was used, although much will depend on the U.N.s findings once all tests are completed
9-9-2013: White House: Evidence against Assad not beyond reasonable doubt but passes common-sense test (http://rt.com)
The White House says it has no irrefutable evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad was behind the August gas attack in a Damascus suburb, but that a strong common-sense test irrespective of the intelligence suggests the government is responsible ..
It is hard to explain why Assad would use chemical weapons on his own people at a time when his troops were doing so well on the ground - especially since UN observers were nearby at the time of the attack former British military officer Charles Heyman told AP .
It doesn't surprise us that someone who would kill thousands of his own people, including hundreds of children with poison gas, would also lie about it," deputy spokesperson at the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, told NBC News.
US Secretary of State John Kerry also dismissed Assads statements, saying on Sunday that "the evidence speaks for itself.
9-9-2013: Kidnapped Teacher: Rebels Said Assad Not Behind Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.infowars.com)
A Belgian teacher who was kidnapped by rebels in Syria said he overheard the militants acknowledging that President Bashar Al-Assad was not responsible for last months chemical weapons attack ..
9-9-2013: 'CIA fabricated evidence to lure US into war with Syria' (http://rt.com)
The intelligence gathered against Syrias Assad was manufactured by elements within the spy community in order to mislead the US President to take punitive action, Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA analyst, told RT .
I have to say that if you look at the Cui Bono the classic question: who does this profit? The only state, the only country that it profits is Israel. As long as, theres an unending looks like its going to be a 30-year war in Syria, a Shia against Sunni contest, not only in Syria, but in the whole Middle East area, now that Israel feels that the Sunni and the Shia arent going to be turning their swords and their guns on Israel. Its that simple
Now, [US Secretary of State] John Kerry has amply demonstrated that hes under the influence of [Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin] Netanyahu. He made believe he was talking about Palestine in the last couple of months, but what he was really talking about was Syria and that shows in his behavior and even his demeanor .
9-9-2013: Whats the Evidence Behind the Case for War? (http://www.theamericanconservative.com)
If Washington wishes to prevent possible weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists, it should be doing everything it can to support the Syrian government. Any scenario that involves attacking the very soldiers who are presumably guarding the chemical weapons is a recipe for disaster ..
It should be no secret by now that much of the U.S. intelligence community is troubled by the quality of the information being used to justify a new war in the Middle East. It should also surprise no one to learn that former and current intelligence officers network and share information
The several dissenters from that view agree that the administration argument as expressed in its brief Government Assessment is lacking in corroborative detail and is a poorly written political document that pretends to be an intelligence assessment
Based on contributions that we had obtained through our contacts, which include a number of active-duty intelligence officers, we concluded that the admittedly fragmentary information that is currently available to us indicates that both British and American intelligence know that Bashar al-Assad did not carry out the chemical attack in Damascus on Aug. 21
Which, absent other information that is so far not forthcoming, means that the White House is either lying or cherry picking its evidence when it asserts that he did ..
There are other anomalies we mention in our letter that also have been noted by others, including the possibility that the attack was premeditated by the opposition and may have been part of a broader offensive on behalf of the rebels and their supporters, with prior planning involving Washington ..
One intelligence source claims that Washington and London have also determined, but not publicly revealed, that the photographic and video evidence that has been produced to support claims surrounding the attack was essentially fabricated, presumably by the rebels and possibly with the assistance of a foreign intelligence service ..
There are reports that the Saudis and possibly the Turks provided chemicals to the insurgents that could be used to make crude weapons. Other reports suggest that the chemicals might have been combined by accident ..
9-9-2013: RT sources: Syrian rebels plan chem attack on Israel from Assad-controlled territories (http://rt.com)
A chemical attack may be launched on Israel by Syrian rebels from government-controlled territories as a "major provocation," multiple sources told RT
9-9-2013: U.S. on Syria chemical attack: What's the evidence? (http://edition.cnn.com)
But Kerry said last week, "We can tell you beyond any reasonable doubt that our evidence proves the Assad regime prepared for this attack, issued instructions to prepare for this attack, warned its own forces to use gas masks." ..
"Al Assad has no credible motivation to use these weapons at this stage, and in this phase of the conflict. He is not losing," .
9-9-2013: 'Turkey deploys anti-aircraft missiles on Syrian border' (http://www.jpost.com)
Turkey's army has deployed anti-aircraft missile batteries all along the country's southern border with Syria, Israel Radio quoted the Turkish media as saying Monday ..
9-9-2013: Why the US, UK, EU & Israel hate Syria (http://rt.com)
8 reasons the New World Order hates Syria
9-9-2013: Syria: If Bashar al-Assad hands over chemical weapons we will not attack, says John Kerry (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Mr Kerry was in London on Monday morning on the final leg of a whirlwind European tour to drum up support for intervention in Syria.
When asked by a reporter whether there was anything Assad's government could do or offer to stop an attack, Mr Kerry said: "Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it).
"But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."
Mr Kerry repeated his belief, stated on numerous occasions, that "the risk of not acting is greater than the risk of acting."
8-9-2013: Obama waging Zionists war on Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
A prominent analyst says by falling into the Zionist trap of war on Syria, US President Barack Obama will provoke an "irreversible crisis" in the Middle East, putting another stain on his criminal track record, Press TV reports.
In an article published on Press TV website on Saturday, Iranian author and academic Dr. Ismail Salami said the Zionist lobby, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) are behind Obamas war campaign against Syria
8-9-2013: German jihadis kill Syrian Christians (http://www.jpost.com)
The magazine reported last week the involvement of nearly 100 fanatical German Muslims, including Germans who converted to Islam, in the Syrian civil war .
A German police official told the magazine that the complicity of Germans in the extermination and ethnic cleansing in Syria is a sheer intolerable condition.
The growing presence of German Islamists in Syria prompted the Federal Republics interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich to issue a warning in April about the calls for those Europeans who have been trained in battle [in Syria] to return home and pursue jihad.
8-9-2013: As Syria's war rages, region's Christians hold their breath (http://www.csmonitor.com)
Anas, their son, says he got threatening messages back in Syria: Your money is for us to take, your wife is for us to sleep with, and your children are for killing. This is all halal, or permissible under Islamic law. He escaped with his wife and children to Jordan, but not before his liquor store had been burned down
7-9-2013: Direct link between Assad and gas attack elusive for U.S. (Reuters)
With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus.
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward
The Syrian government, backed by Russia, blames Sunni rebels for the gas attack. Russia says Washington has not provided convincing proof that Assad's troops carried out the attack and called it a "provocation" by rebel forces hoping to encourage a military response by the United States .
U.S. officials have not presented any evidence to the public of scientific samples or intelligence information proving that sarin gas was used or that the Syrian government used it
7-9-2013: Syrian Christians pray for peace amid threats of military strikes by US (http://www.presstv.ir/)
On Saturday, Christians gathered at a cathedral in Damascus's Old City ahead of a vigil held by Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier in the day.
We pray to God. Hallowed be thy name for peace to prevail in the whole world, said one of the worshippers
7-9-2013: Syria chemical video is fake, just take a close look (http://en.alalam.ir/)
There is proof the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was fabricated, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria says .
7-9-2013: AIPAC to push Congress to authorize US strikes against Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
A new report says the pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is planning to launch a major campaign to push US lawmakers into backing White House plans for a strike against Syria.
Some 250 AIPAC leaders and activists will storm the halls on Capitol Hill during the next week to persuade the US lawmakers to vote for a draft resolution authorizing strikes on Syria, the report quoted an AIPAC source who asked not to be named
7-9-2013: 12 U.S. Intelligence Officials Tell Obama It Wasnt Assad (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
7-9-2013: High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers: Syrian Government Didnt Launch Chemical Weapons (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
U.S. intelligence officials are not so certain that the suspected chemical attack was carried out on Assads orders, or even completely sure it was carried out by government forces, the officials said .
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward
According to the transcript of the original Unit 8200 report, the major hotly denied firing any of his missiles and invited the general staff to come and verify that all his weapons were present
There is a growing body of evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its supporters providing a strong circumstantial case that the August 21 chemical incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition and its Saudi and Turkish supporters ..
In addition, we have learned that on August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major, irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and Qatari, Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, now used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors
20-9-2013: Tales from village-turned-battlefield: Maaloula siege survivors talk (http://rt.com)
Maaloula residents, forced to flee their homes when the Christian village was taken over by jihadists, have found refuge in Damascus .
Antoinette Taaleb, a Maaloula resident, had three members of her family killed by jihadists on the first day of the village siege ..
We were woken up in the morning by their Allahu Akbar shouts,
Maaloula a mountain village of 2,000 residents 60km northeast of Damascus - is home to some of the most ancient Orthodox Christian relics and is a major pilgrimage destination. Its also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Aramaic, a biblical-era language Jesus is believed to have spoken ..
20-9-2013: Video (RT) Christian village Maaloula falls into jihadists' hands as Al-Qaeda grows in Syria
14-9-2013: Maaloula's cathedral and churches empty of Christians as Syria's latest front-line fight takes its toll (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The rebels claim they took Maaloula to punish the Christians there for supporting the Assad government, a support that is real but tepid. For most Christians in Syria the fear of what Islamists might do if they win this war outweighs any dislike they have for Assad's system
14-9-2013: Syria army continues fighting militants in Maloula (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrian army soldiers continue their battle against the foreign-backed militants in the Christian town of Maloula, near the capital Damascus, a new report says.
"The army is continuing its mission in Maloula. There are still some terrorist pockets in the north of the town, in the al-Safir hotel and its surroundings, as well as in the hills surrounding the town," AFP quoted a security official as saying on Saturday
12-9-2013: Maalula, land of martyrs: death in odium fidei of the young Sarkis (http://www.fides.org)
The Islamists warned everyone present to convert to Islam. Sarkis answered clearly: "I am a Christian and if you want to kill me because I am a Christian, do it". The young man together with the other two were killed cold bloodedly ..
12-9-2013: Dramatic report: Inside the battle for Syria's ancient Christian village (VIDEO) (http://rt.com)
Anti-Assad rebels have been forced out of many parts of Syrias ancient Christian village of Maaloula, but the fighting there remains heavy, RT correspondent Maria Finoshina reports from the scene
Al-Nusra Front fighters first attacked the village last Wednesday. The following seven days saw Maaloula torn between the rebels and government forces, with both occasionally gaining control over the village ..
Some residents, who claim rebels have resorted to looting, executions and forcing residents to convert to Islam, chose to join the Army to defend their village ..
They sent terrorists here from all corners of the world to kill Syrian people and each other. Why? I ask the world, why? ..
Maaloula, a mountain village of 2,000 people, is the center of Christianity in the region. Alongside with Catholic and Orthodox monasteries there are the remains of numerous convents, churches, shrines and sanctuaries. It is also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Western Aramaic, a Biblical language that Jesus is believed to have spoken .
11-9-2013: Syria Christian 'made to convert at gunpoint' (AFP)
Jihadists who overran Syria's ancient town of Maalula last week disparaged Christians as "Crusaders" and forced at least one person to convert to Islam at gunpoint, say residents who fled the town ..
One of them "put a pistol to the head of my neighbour and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat 'there is no God but God'." ..
11-9-2013: RT live report: Syrian Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village (http://rt.com)
Sporadic fighting continues after Syrian government troops have regained control of the village of Maaloula, a center of Christianity in the region. RTs correspondent reports from the village, amid the shooting and fighter jets overhead
On Saturday pro-Assad forces managed to regain control for a short period of time, however by in the early hours of Sunday morning militants had retaken the village
11-9-2013: Syrian army retakes almost full control of Ma'loula (http://www.presstv.ir)
According to Press TV correspondent in Ma'loula, 90 percent of the town is now under government control and the militants have retreated to mountains surrounding Ma'loula.
Fierce clashes still continue in the town, which is reported to be almost empty of civilians.
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Qalamun Liberation Front attacked Ma'loula, which is located about 70 kilometers northeast of Damascus, last Wednesday and captured some parts of it ..
9-9-2013: Syria army attacks militants in Maloula Christian village (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrian troops have launched an attack on hills overlooking the Christian-majority village of Maloula, two days after militant groups captured parts of the ancient village
Ma'loula is reported to be almost empty after most of its residents fled following the arrival of the foreign-backed militants last week. According to a resident, who left the area in the past days, only around 50 people remain there.
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Qalamun Liberation Front are reported to be in control of some parts of the historic village, which is located about 70 kilometers northeast of Damascus
Anti-Damascus militants attacked Ma'loula on Wednesday and briefly entered the village a day after .
9-9-2013: Syrian village is 'liberated' by rebels... who then forced Christians to convert to Islam (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)
Terrified Christians claim Syrian rebels ordered them to convert to Islam on pain of death when they liberated their ancient village.
Opposition forces, including fighters linked to Al Qaeda, gained temporary control of the Christian village of Maaloula after fighting with regime forces.
The reports have reignited fears about western support for the rebel groups, which are increasingly being infiltrated by Islamic extremists
8-9-2013: Syria Islamist rebels take control of historic Christian town of Maaloula (http://edition.cnn.com)
An al Qaeda-linked rebel group has wrested control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula from regime forces, opposition groups said Sunday
"We cleansed Maaloula from all the Assad dogs and all his thugs," a rebel commander shouts at the camera ..
8-9-2013: Syria Islamist rebels take control of historic Christian town of Maaloula (http://edition.cnn.com)
An al Qaeda-linked rebel group has wrested control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula from regime forces, opposition groups said Sunday
"We cleansed Maaloula from all the Assad dogs and all his thugs," a rebel commander shouts at the camera ..
8-9-2013: Militants take over Christian Syria town (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-backed al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad have gained control over the Christian village of Maalula, reports say .
The reports come after days of clashes between Syrian army forces and militants mostly from the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front in the Christian village .
Many of the towns 5,000 Aramaic-speaking residents have fled their homes since the militants, known for killing minorities, arrived in the area ..
8-9-2013: Jihaddists re-take historic Syrian Christian village as stand-off continues (http://rt.com)
Islamist Nusra Front forces have re-captured Syrias oldest Christian community from government troops in a night of fighting. The small village of Maaloula, once a peaceful spiritual place, became a battlefield on Wednesday ..
"The rebels are inside Maaloula, all of Maaloula. The government troops have pulled out of Maaloula," a resident told the agency by phone
8-9-2013: Video Maaloula CNN: Christians under attack in Syria
We want to clean here off all the Assad dogs.
7-9-2013: Syrian Christian village in crossfire as govt forces try to squeeze out Al Nusra rebels (http://rt.com)
Heavy fighting between rebels and regime forces continues in Syrias predominately Christian village of Maaloula, which was earlier partially destroyed by Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels .
7-9-2013: Video: Syria Christian village Maaloula Raided by Al Nusra rebels
5-9-2013: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels attack Christian village in Syria (http://rt.com)
The attack began at dawn when a Jabhat al-Nusra fighter blew himself up at a government checkpoint near the entrance to the village of Maaloula, according to a Syrian official and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collects information from anti-regime activists
Maaloula a mountain village of 2,000 residents 60km northeast of Damascus - is home to some of the most ancient Orthodox Christian relics and is a major pilgrimage destination. Its also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Aramaic, a biblical-era language Jesus is believed to have spoken
5-9-2013: Syria crisis: al-Qaeda seizes village that still speaks the ancient language of Christ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The inhabitants are mostly Melkite Greek Catholic and Orthodox Christians, but have historically lived peacefully alongside a Sunni Muslim minority. It is one of only three places in the world where Western Aramaic, a dialect of the language spoken by Christ, is still used ..
Christians, who make up approximately 10 per cent of Syria's population, have increasingly become targets in the conflict as sectarian-minded foreign jihadists gain influence in the opposition ranks. Almost a third of the Syriac Christian population has fled the rebel-held northern town of Hassakeh after Christians became targets for kidnappings and assassinations. .
"They have been annoying the Christian people of the village since then. A Christian farmer cannot go up there to his land unless he is accompanied by a Muslim resident of the village." .
An Al-Qaeda-linked group attacked a predominantly Christian village sympathetic to the Assad regime in western Syria on Wednesday while rebel and government forces clashed in Damascus ..
4-9-2013: Al-Qaida-Linked Rebels Attack Village In Syria (http://www.npr.org)
Al-Qaida-linked rebels launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday part of a brutal battle of attrition each side believes it can win despite more than two years of deadlock.
In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals
6-9-2013: Top Obama aide: No US military action without okay from Congress (http://www.jpost.com)
US President Barack Obama does not intend to authorize US military force in Syria if lawmakers vote against his proposal seeking action amid allegations of chemical weapons use by Syrian President Bashar Assad, a top aide said on Friday ..
6-9-2013: 'Footage of chemical attack in Syria is fraud' (http://rt.com)
There is proof the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was fabricated, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, told RT. She says she is about to submit her findings to the UN .
I maintain that the whole affair was a frame-up. It had been staged and prepared in advance with the goal of framing the Syrian government as the perpetrator .
The key evidence is that Reuters made these files public at 6.05 in the morning. The chemical attack is said to have been launched between 3 and 5 oclock in the morning in Guta. How is it even possible to collect a dozen different pieces of footage, get more than 200 kids and 300 young people together in one place, give them first aid and interview them on camera, and all that in less than three hours?............................
What I want to ask first of all is how the international community can ignore the brutal killing spree in Latakia on Laylat al-Qadr early in the morning of August 5, an attack that affected more than 500 people, including children, women and the elderly
There is even a video that shows a girl being dismembered alive alive! by a frame saw
6-9-2013: Who's Lying? Brennan, Obama, or Both? (http://warisacrime.org/)
There is a growing body of evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its supporters providing a strong circumstantial case that the August 21 chemical incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition and its Saudi and Turkish supporters
Senior opposition commanders who came from Istanbul pre-briefed the regional commanders on an imminent escalation in the fighting due to a war-changing development, which, in turn, would lead to a U.S.-led bombing of Syria
At operations coordinating meetings at Antakya, attended by senior Turkish, Qatari and U.S. intelligence officials as well as senior commanders of the Syrian opposition, the Syrians were told that the bombing would start in a few days
6-9-2013: Vladimir Putin: Syria videos were 'provocation by militants' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
"I come from the standpoint that everything that happened with regards to the so-called use of chemical weapons was a provocation by militants, who were relying on support, help, from those countries that supported them from the start. Looked at in this way, the provocation makes sense," .
6-9-2013: Militants kill Syrian soldiers execution style: Video (http://www.presstv.ir)
A gruesome video has emerged which shows foreign-backed militants in Syria killing seven captured government soldiers execution style ..
In the video, the rebels commander -- known as the Uncle -- is seen reading a bitter revolutionary verse and then fires a bullet into the back of the first prisoners head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly shooting all the men at their feet
5-9-2013: High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers: Syrian Government Didnt Launch Chemical Weapons (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
5-9-2013: Syria: Pope warns Barack Obama that military strike would be 'futile' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
In a sharply-worded intervention in the debate on the Syrian conflict, Pope Francis also accused world leaders of having stood by and allowed a "senseless massacre" to unfold in the country .
5-9-2013: The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars (http://www.infowars.com)
There is not a shred of integrity in the US government. No respect for truth, justice, morality or human life. Here are two people so evil that they want to repeat in Syria what the Bush war criminals did in Iraq .
5-9-2013: New problems for Syria strike push as video reportedly shows rebel-led executions (http://www.foxnews.com)
A new video smuggled out of Syria purportedly showing rebel fighters executing seven unarmed government soldiers is raising questions over whether the U.S. should intervene militarily in the ongoing Syrian conflict and the unintended consequences of instability in the region .
5-9-2013: Exclusive: Top Chemical Weapons Expert Highly Skeptical of U.S. Case Against Syrian Government (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
Western Samples Were Selectively Chosen Without a Verifiable Chain of Custody We Must Wait for UN Report Before Reaching Any Conclusions
5-9-2013: US, regional puppets teamed up to oust Assad: Dr. Salami (http://www.presstv.ir)
US Secretary of State John Kerry has formed a union with regional puppet regimes including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey and marshaled up their servile support for military action against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian author and Middle East expert Dr. Ismail Salami wrote on Press TV website ..
5-9-2013: US using chemical weapons as 'pretext' for Syria attack, Iran warns (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has accused the US of using chemical weapons as a "pretext" to launch a military attack ..
5-9-2013: This bombardment of Syria with clichιs shows no sign of stopping (http://www.independent.co.uk)
5-9-2013: Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons (http://www.infowars.com)
A video has emerged of an opposition rebel militant in Syria apparently confessing to using chemical weapons in order to follow Osama Bin Ladens mantra of killing women and children .
Well kill their women and children like Sheikh Osama Bin Laden said until they cease killing our women and kids, he states .
Despite the fact that the report was written by credible Associated Press and BBC correspondent Dale Gavlak, it has received virtually zero mainstream attention .
5-9-2013: Four killed, six injured in Damascus car bomb attack (http://www.presstv.ir/)
5-9-2013: Putin calls Kerry a liar (http://www.usatoday.com/)
Putin called Obama Secretary of State John Kerry a liar over Kerry's testimony this week before Congress ..
Speaking to his human rights council Wednesday, Putin said, "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans), and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad."
5-9-2013: Al-Qaeda carried out August chemical attack in Syria: Assad adviser (http://www.presstv.ir)
A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were responsible for a deadly chemical attack in the country last month
They are using the same lies, the same fabrications, the same claims, in order to target our country and our people, Shaaban said, comparing the chemical weapons accusations against Syria to those used to justify the Iraq war, which ultimately proved false .
5-9-2013: Russia gave UN 100-page report in July blaming Syrian rebels for Aleppo sarin attack (http://www.mcclatchydc.com)
Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations .
Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ..
5-9-2013: Saudi Arabias 'Chemical Bandar' behind the Syrian chemical attacks? (http://rt.com)
Moreover, one of the main sources of the intelligence and communication interceptions that are supposed to be a smoking gun is none other than Israel, which is notorious for doctoring and falsifying evidence
The US-supported anti-government forces fighting inside Syria are the ones that have a track record of using chemical weapons. Yet, Obama and company have said nothing .
The US must have invested quite a lot in training both anti-government brigades. If true, some may argue that their defeat prompted the chemical weapons attack in Damascus as a contingency plan to fall back on
However, how they came by chemical weapons is another issue, but many trails lead to Saudi Arabia. According to the British Independent, it was Saudi Prince Bandar that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February 2013. .
Yet, the insurgents launched a chemical weapon attack against the Syrian governments forces in Khan Al-Assal on March 19, 2013. Turning the truth on its head, the insurgents and their foreign backers, including the US government, would try to blame the Syrian government for the chemical attack, but the UNs investigator Carla Del Ponte would refute their claims as false in May after extensive work ..
Concerning the alleged August attack the Obama Administration has been lying and contradicting itself for days ..
American officials have a track record of lying to start wars against other countries. This has been the consistent modus operandi of the US from Vietnam to Yugoslavia, and from Iraq to Libya
4-9-2013: US Senate panel approves use of force against Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an amended resolution 10-7 that authorises US military intervention with a 90-day deadline and bans American boots on the ground for combat purposes .
4-9-2013: US Senate committee votes for military authorization in Syria - video (http://www.theguardian.com)
4-9-2013: Syria strikes: Senate committee approves resolution in boost for Obama (http://www.theguardian.com)
4-9-2013: Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War (http://ronpaulinstitute.org/)
The reason Washington finds itself without allies (save for the French government, which lately puffs up with confidence when big brother Washington provides back-up) in its push for war on Syria is that all of its allies are genuinely embarrassed at how flimsy the case for war really is ..
4-9-2013: Liberals reject Obama's case for Syria strikes; believe Obama and Kerry are lying (http://www.washingtontimes.com/)
Indeed, a majority of the activists dont believe Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are being honest when they lay out their justifications for taking military action .
4-9-2013: Putin warns US over Syria 'aggression' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Probes from Khan al-Assal show chemicals used in the March 19 attack did not belong to standard Syrian army ammunition, and that the shell carrying the substance was similar to those made by a rebel fighter group, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated ..
Russian President Vladimir Putin called US Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaeda was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country's civil war .
Mr Putin said: "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad." ..
4-9-2013: Ex-CIA Giraldi: Intel Colleagues Don't Buy Chemical Attack Story (http://ronpaulinstitute.org)
Giraldi, a unique and valuable source of information and insights on how the US intelligence community works, told Horton that he and his current and retired CIA buddies are not buying the Obama administration's Syria chemical attack story .
4-9-2013: Caucasian militants form own group in Syria (http://en.alalam.ir)
A foreign-backed militant in Syria has said militants from the Caucasus have formed an independent force to fight the Syrian army forces ..
The group is called The Mujahedin of the Caucasus and the Levant. ..
Over hundreds of Chechen and Caucasian militants have entered Syria via Turkey in order to kill Syrian government forces and civilians ..
4-9-2013: Syria crisis: US and Israel test defence missiles over Mediterranean as House backs military intervention (http://www.independent.co.uk)
4-9-2013: Putin warns against 'illegal' military action in Syria, bypassing UNSC (http://rt.com)
Russia needs convincing proof, not rumors, from UN experts that chemical weapons were used in Syria, said the Russian president in an interview with First Channel and AP .
We believe that at the very least we should wait for the results of the UN inspection commission in Syria, Putin said, .
Ive already said I find it absolutely ridiculous that [Syrian] governments armed forces, which today are actually on an offense mission and in some regions have already encircled the so-called rebels and are finishing them off, that the Syrian army has used prohibited chemical weapons, Putin said ..
They lie, plainly. I watched the Congressional debate .
Well, he [Kerry] lies. And he knows that he lies. This is sad, Putin remarked .
3-9-2013: Syria crisis: First CIA-trained rebel unit about to join fighting against Assad regime, says President Obama (http://www.independent.co.uk)
The first Syrian rebels to be trained by a CIA programme in Jordan are sneaking into the warzone and ready to strike back at the Assad regime, US President Barack Obama has reportedly said
The first cell of 50 rebels trained and armed by the CIA, reportedly in Jordan, has begun to cross over into enemy lines .
3-9-2013: How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria (http://truth-out.or)
Nevertheless, the unclassified summary of the intelligence assessment made public August 30, 2013, utilizes misleading language evocative of the infamous Iraq estimate's deceptive phrasing ..
But a careful examination of those claims reveals a series of convolutedly worded characterizations of the intelligence that don't really mean what they appear to say at first glance .
But former British Ambassador Craig Murray has pointed out on his blog August 31 that the Mount Troodos listening post in Cyprus is used by British and U.S. intelligence to monitor all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East and that almost all landline telephone communications in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage [and] picked up on Troodos.
The clumsy attempt to pass off intelligence claimed dubiously by the Israelis as a U.S. intercept raises a major question about the integrity of the entire document. The Israelis have an interest in promoting a U.S. attack on Syria, and the authenticity of the alleged intercept cannot be assumed. Murray believes that it is fraudulent .
Another obvious case of a misleading description of intelligence in the summary involves information from US geospatial and signals intelligence purporting to show that the Assad regime was preparing for a chemical attack in the three days prior to August 21 .
And as Kaszeta told the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, the fact that none of the people treating casualties were suffering obvious symptoms "would seem to rule out most types of military-grade chemical weapons.
3-9-2013: Rush Limbaugh Suspects Obama Conspired With Al-Qaeda to Frame Bashar al-Assad (http://www.infowars.com)
3-9-2013: CIA Trained Al-Qaeda Cell To Enter Syria (http://www.infowars.com)
The New York Times reports that a 50 man cell of rebels trained and armed by the CIA and US special forces is to sneak over the border from Jordan into Syria this week to begin fighting government forces there, a move that should prompt concern given that moderate rebel forces are now fully infiltrated by extremist al Qaeda linked terrorists
Theyre not trying to replace one dictator, Assad, who has been brutal to only have al-Qaeda run Syria, Graham said ..
The New York Times has reported that Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups ..
3-9-2013: Point-By-Point Rebuttal of U.S. Case for War In Syria (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
3-9-2013: Russia warns US against adventurism in Syria (http://en.alalam.ir)
Russia has criticized the United States for sending warships close to Syria, saying the deployments would exacerbate tension in the region .
Russia opposes military intervention over an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Moscow is also sending new warships to the Mediterranean but says it is just rotating ships in the area .
3-9-2013: Bombshell: Syria's 'chemical weapons' turn out to be sodium fluoride used in the U.S. water supply and sold at Wal-Mart (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Natural News can now reveal that the Syria chemical weapons narrative being pushed by the White House is an outlandish hoax .
If these chemical names sound familiar, that's because sodium fluoride is the same toxic chemical that's routinely dumped into municipal water supplies all across the USA under the guise of "water fluoridation."
In fact, the forced feeding of sodium fluoride to the U.S. population is called a "public health" victory by the CDC, FDA and dentists everywhere. Yet this same chemical, when sold to Syria, is openly and repeatedly referred to as a "chemical weapon." .
But what, exactly, is he saying? That hair samples have tested positive for "signatures" of sarin, not sarin itself. What is a "signature" of sarin? The fluorine element, which is of course the basis for sodium fluoride.
In other words, this "evidence" of chemical weapons in Syria may be nothing more than a collection of hair samples taken from people who drank fluoride.
Tests done on Syrian citizens using ICP-MS would not be able to distinguish between sodium fluoride and sarin exposure in terms of the detection of elemental fluorine .
3-9-2013: Exclusive: High Level Source Confirms Secret US Nuclear Warhead Transfer (http://www.infowars.com)
According to the high level military source, who has a strong record of continually being proven correct in deep military activity, the Dyess Air Force Commander authorized unknown parties to transfer the nuclear warheads to an unknown location
The fact is that they dont move all of these assets unless they plan on using them. Nuclear warheads are not simply moved to the East Coast for no reason, and the bottom line is that these missiles are likely being used for something even much greater than Syria
Theres no question that the Syrian issue is huge, and its very possible that the US military is now under orders by Obama to prepare a strike, but the reality is that the much greater issue here is whats going on with the US and Russia ..
Why do you think Obama has been aiding in the training, funding, and supplying of the bloodthirsty Syrian rebels since 2011 through secret orders admitted by Reuters? The entire angle here is not to help the civilians of Syria, who the Obama-backed rebels already are beheading and murdering to cheering crowds. No, this has always been a buildup to a World War 3 scenario between Russia and the United States. And now, with the absolute insanity of Obama and the military industrial complex pushing these wars, its here ..
3-9-2013: Video Prince Bandar and the Syrian Chemical False Flag
3-9-2013: France publishes intelligence brief for war in Syria based on lies (http://www.wsws.org)
Hollandes intelligence brief is a collection of already-discredited lies, non sequiturs, and unsupported claims. Reviewing it makes clear that Hollandes charges against the Syrian regime are as unsubstantiated as those of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who suffered a humiliating defeat when he tried to obtain parliamentary approval for war in Syria last week .
3-9-2013: Most in U.S. oppose Syria strike, Post-ABC poll finds (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
2-9-2013: Politicians enraged that Britain gave export licenses to sell Syria 'nerve gas chemicals' (http://rt.com)
MPs demanded an explanation from government ministers Monday after finding out that the UK granted licenses to export chemicals to Syria that could have been used to produce nerve gas. The licenses were granted on the eve of the Syrian civil war
The Government is hypocritical to talk about chemical weapons if its granting licences to companies to export to regimes such as Syria, he said
2-9-2013: To some, US case for Syrian gas attack, strike has too many holes (http://www.mcclatchydc.com)
The Obama administrations public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence, .
The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value ..
Another point of dispute is the death toll from the alleged attacks on Aug. 21. Neither Kerrys
He criticized Kerry as being sandbagged into using an absurdly over-precise number of 1,429, and noted that the number didnt agree with either the British assessment of at least 350 fatalities or other Syrian opposition sources, namely the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has confirmed 502 dead, including about 100 children and "tens" of rebel fighters, and has demanded that Kerry provide the names of the victims included in the U.S. tally.
2-9-2013: Syria Conflict: Opposition Leader Haytham Al-Manna Criticises Plans For US Military Intervention As 'Satanic' (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)
"Our position is against any [western] aggression against Syria. There is no [option of] military aggression against the regime, it will be against.. the population." .
. US ordnance won't "make the distinction between military and civilian targets. I saw what happened in Iraq..and all the [previous] American interventions."
Criticising the United States, Turkey, Israel and other regional powers, he said: "We are not in favour of a satanic intervention against a satanic regime." .
For Manna, there is no alternative to negotiations. "The regime and the opposition must go to Geneva II without preconditions," ..
2-9-2013: US and Allied Warships off the Syrian Coastline: Naval Deployment Was Decided Before the August 21 Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
Yet in fact what was decided was to deploy all five destroyers along the Syrian coastline. This decision was taken by the Pentagon well in advance of the chemical attacks of August 21, which constitute Obamas pretext to intervene on humanitarian grounds .
This massive naval deployment which also includes strategic submarines was ordered prior to the tragic event of August 21, which begs the question:
If the chemical weapons attack is a justification for intervening, why was the order to launch an R2P humanitarian naval operation against Syria decided upon Prior to August 21?
Was there advanced knowledge or intelligence regarding the timing and occurrence of the 21 August Chemical Weapons attack?
2-9-2013: Yes, the Syrian Rebels DO Have Access to Chemical Weapons (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
2-9-2013: Are Spy Agencies Once Again Lying this Time to Justify War Against Syria? (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
Congressman With Top-Secret Briefing Isnt Impressed with Syrian War Claims
2-9-2013: Al-Qaeda militants kill 24 civilians near Ras al-Ain (http://en.alalam.ir)
Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days old infant ..
Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups operating in the country, including the al-Nusra Front, are trying to capture Kurdish territories and make them part of a state they want to create in the region .
2-9-2013: Video Who Is Really Behind the Syrian War?
2-9-2013: Military Revolt Against Obamas Attack on Syria (http://www.infowars.com)
The military revolt against the Obama administrations plan to launch a potentially disastrous attack on Syria is gathering pace, with both top brass and regular servicemembers expressing their vehement opposition to the United States becoming entangled in the conflict ..
1-9-2013: The U.S. Military Does Not Want To Fight For Al-Qaeda Christian Killers In Syria (http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com)
Why are we being told that the U.S. has "no choice" but to help rabid jihadist terrorists that are slaughtering entire Christian villages, brutally raping Christian women and joyfully beheading Christian prisoners?....................
1-9-2013: We Informed US of Chemical Weapons Transfer to Syria 9 Months Ago (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic had sent an official memo to the United States through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran (which serves as the US interests section in Iran) last December, in which Washington had been forewarned that handmade articles of chemical weapons, including sarin gas, are being transferred into Syria. ..
1-9-2013: Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack? (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition .
The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the horror of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.
More important were the military and operational coordination meetings at the Antakya garrison. Senior Turkish, Qatari, and US Intelligence officials attended in addition to the Syrian senior (opposition) commanders. The Syrians were informed that bombing would start in a few days .
The descriptions of these meetings raise the question of the extent of foreknowledge of US Intelligence, and therefore, the Obama White House .
Several Syrian leaders, many of whom are not Bashar al-Assad supporters and are even his sworn enemies, are now convinced that the Syrian opposition is responsible for the August 21, 2013, chemical attack in the Damascus area in order to provoke the US and the allies into bombing Assads Syria .
31-8-2013: Saudi Prince Bandar Schemes in Syria (http://oilprice.com)
Saudi Prince Bandar, the man tasked with handling some very serious foreign affairs by the Saudi King, is behind much of what is happening in Syria right now. It is Bandar through which a lot of the weapons on both fronts are flowing. Hes a household name among intelligence communities, including the CIA, who use him to their own ends. In Syria, his goal is to get rid of Assad .
31-8-2013: Putin tells Obama: show us proof Assad behind chemical attacks (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
31-8-2013: The Troodos Conundrum (http://www.craigmurray.org.uk)
The intercept evidence was provided to the USA by Mossad, according to my own well placed source in the Washington intelligence community. Intelligence provided by a third party is not automatically shared with the UK, and indeed Israel specifies it should not be
How can Troodos have missed this if Mossad got it? The only remote possibility is that all the conversations went on a purely landline route, on which Mossad have a physical wire tap, but that is very unlikely in a number of ways - not least nowadays the purely landline route .
The answer to the Troodos Conundrum is simple. Troodos did not pick up the intercepts because they do not exist. Mossad fabricated them .
30-8-2013: Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.infowars.com)
Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last weeks chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assads forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia ..
If accurate, this story could completely derail the United States rush to attack Syria which has been founded on the undeniable justification that Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack. Dale Gavlaks credibility is very impressive. He has been a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press for two decades and has also worked for National Public Radio (NPR) and written articles for BBC News ..
Saudi Arabias alleged role in providing rebels, whom they have vehemently backed at every turn, with chemical weapons, is no surprise given the revelations earlier this week that the Saudis threatened Russia with terror attacks at next years Winter Olympics in Sochi unless they abandoned support for the Syrian President
30-8-2013: U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
The Obama administrations plan to launch a military strike against Syria is being received with serious reservations by many in the U.S. military ..
Former and current officers, many with the painful lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan on their minds, said the main reservations concern the potential unintended consequences of launching cruise missiles against Syria .
Still, many in the military are skeptical. Getting drawn into the Syrian war, they fear, could distract the Pentagon in the midst of a vexing mission: its exit from Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are still being killed regularly
29-8-2013: EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack (http://www.mintpressnews.com)
However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack ..
Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a tube-like structure while others were like a huge gas bottle.
They didnt tell us what these arms were or how to use them, complained a female fighter named K. We didnt know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons. .
29-8-2013: Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war (http://dailycaller.com)
The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war ..
According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israels famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report
According to the transcript of the original Unit 8200 report, the major hotly denied firing any of his missiles and invited the general staff to come and verify that all his weapons were present .
The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no "slam dunk,"
"We have concluded that the Syrian
government in fact carried these out," Obama said in an interview with
"NewsHour" on PBS.
However, multiple U.S. officials used the phrase "not a slam dunk" to describe the intelligence picture - a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet's insistence in 2002 .
U.S. and allied spies have lost track of who controls some of the country's chemical weapons supplies, according to one senior U.S. intelligence official .
So while Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that links between the attack and the Assad government are "undeniable," U.S. intelligence officials are not so certain .
29-8-2013: The rush to judgment on Syria is a catastrophic and deadly error (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Britain and America show contempt for the lessons of the past in pressing for action
Consider this: the only beneficiaries from the atrocity were the rebels, previously losing the war, who now have Britain and America ready to intervene on their side. While there seems to be little doubt that chemical weapons were used, there is doubt about who deployed them .
The rush to judgment by Britain and the US looks premature, especially in view of the record of our intelligence agencies in providing misleading and fabricated evidence as a justification for war before 2003
The second question that Mr Cameron must answer is: why now? There have been numerous other atrocities, many far worse, carried out across the Middle East in the past few years
They are showing the same contempt for evidence, for international institutions and for the lessons of history ..
Only days after the White House suggested it was all but certain Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons to gas hundreds of civilians, United States intelligence officials briefed on the situation say the evidence isnt all there ..
It is our firm conviction that the Assad regime is responsible for gassing civilians on August 21, Carney added. Logic dictates that conclusion, as well as the hard facts. And the president is working with his national security team to evaluate the options available to him to respond, as well as consulting with international allies and consulting with members of Congress. ..
"We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out," Obama said of the assault. "And if that's so, then there need to be international consequences."
28-8-2013: Israeli intelligence 'intercepted Syrian regime talk about chemical attack' (http://www.theguardian.com/)
The bulk of evidence proving the Assad regime's deployment of chemical weapons which would provide legal grounds essential to justify any western military action has been provided by Israeli military intelligence ..
The 8200 unit of the Israeli Defence Forces, which specialises in electronic surveillance, intercepted a conversation between Syrian officials regarding the use of chemical weapons
27-8-2013: Israel may have intercepted Syrian discussions about chemical attack (http://www.latimes.com)
An elite Israeli intelligence unit intercepted conversations among high ranking Syrian government officials discussing last weeks apparent chemical attack outside Damascus as it unfolded .
.that Israels secretive signals intelligence agency, Unit 8200, eavesdropped on a conversation between senior Syrian officials about use of chemical agents .
U.S. intelligence agencies long have relied on Israel to help provide intelligence about Syria
27-8-2013: Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Leaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting between Russias Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides ..
Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted the Kremlin with a mix of inducements and threats in a bid to break the deadlock over Syria..............
The details of the talks were first leaked to the Russian press. A more detailed version has since appeared in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, which has Hezbollah links and is hostile to the Saudis.
As-Safir said Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russias naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russias Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, he allegedly said .
26-8-2013: Snipers shoot at UN chemical weapons team: Experts forced to suspend investigation
Snipers shot at a UN team set to inspect the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack on Monday, further ratcheting up tensions as the West warned of possible military action against Damascus ..
26-8-2013: Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war (http://www.independent.co.uk)
Appointed by the Saudi king, his uncle, last year as the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Agency, Prince Bandar has reportedly for months been focused exclusively on garnering international support, including arms and training, for Syrian rebel factions in pursuit of the eventual toppling of President Bashar al-Assad
It was Prince Bandars intelligence agency that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February
The Saudis are indispensable partners on Syria and have considerable influence on American thinking, a senior US official told The Wall Street Journal yesterday
25-8-2013: A Veteran Saudi Power Player Works To Build Support to Topple Assad (http://online.wsj.com)
They believed that Prince Bandar, a veteran of the diplomatic intrigues of Washington and the Arab world, could deliver what the CIA couldn't: planeloads of money and arms, and, as one U.S. diplomat put it, wasta, Arabic for under-the-table clout .
The conflict there has become a proxy war for Middle East factions, and Saudi Arabia's efforts in Syria are just one sign of its broader effort to expand its regional influence. The Saudis also have been outspoken supporters of the Egyptian military in its drive to squelch the Muslim Brotherhood, backing that up with big chunks of cash
As part of that, intelligence agents from Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Jordan and other allied states are working at a secret joint operations center in Jordan to train and arm handpicked Syrian rebels, according to current and former U.S. and Middle Eastern officials
The CIA has put unspecified limits on its arming efforts. But the agency has been helping train rebels to better fight. Earlier this year it also began making salary payments to members of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, U.S. and Arab officials said. There are now more CIA personnel at the Jordan base than Saudi personnel, according to Arab diplomats ..
The Saudis stepped up rebel support in early 2012, at first by joining forces with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to fund what was then the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council .
23-8-2013: Three citizens injured in mortar shell in Damascus (http://sana.sy)
Three citizens were injured Friday by a mortar shell fired by terrorists on al-Fahameh area in Damascus
23-8-2013: Eight citizens martyred as terrorist blows himself up with explosive belt in Aleppo (http://sana.sy)
Eight citizens were martyred and many others wounded as a suicide terrorist blew himself up with an explosive belt at Capo Grillo restaurant in al-Basel Sport city in al-Mogambo neighborhood of Aleppo
22-8-2013: War Within A War: Kurds, Arabs Battle In Northern Syria (http://www.rferl.org)
Islamist and Kurdish militias are fighting a war within a war in Syria that is not just creating tens of thousands of new refugees. It's also increasingly becoming an ethnic-based conflict between Arabs and Kurds that gives new reasons to worry Syria will break apart .
21-8-2013: Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt (http://www.al-monitor.com)
As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territorys direction without coordinating with us. These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role or influence in Syrias political future. ..
So you have to stop giving [the Syrian regime] political support, especially at the UN Security Council, as well as military and economic support. And we guarantee you that Russias interests in Syria and on the Mediterranean coast will not be affected one bit. In the future, Syria will be ruled by a moderate and democratic regime that will be directly sponsored by us and that will have an interest in understanding Russia's interests and role in the region.
Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters. ..
21-8-2013: Citizens martyred, including women and children, by mortar shells in Damascus and Homs (http://sana.sy)
Four citizens were martyred and others were injured by mortar shells fired by terrorists on Jaramana city and al-Dakhaniyeh area in Damascus Countryside .
21-8-2013: In Syria, seized weapons caches boost rebels hopes after weeks of setbacks (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
Syrian rebels have received an unexpected windfall in the form of large weapons caches seized in fighting during the past three weeks, including stocks of heavy arms .
False Flag Attack by the Western death-squads and mercenaries in Ghouta, Damasucus.........
The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown ..
Colonial powers, accusations, their allies and saber rattling
1-9-2013: John Kerry: US has proof that sarin gas used in Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
31-8-2013: Turkey's PM Erdogan: Syrian Strike Should Topple Assad (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
31-8-2013: Israel: The missing link in Syria puzzle (http://rt.com)
31-8-2013: Why does Turkey support intervention in Syria? (http://english.alarabiya.net)
31-8-2013: US set for Syria strikes after Kerry says evidence of chemical attack is 'clear' (http://www.theguardian.com)
31-8-2013: Syria is set to become a fractured state like the former Yugoslavia (http://www.theguardian.com)
31-8-2013: French oppose military intervention in Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
30-8-2013:Obama 'A crime against humanity': US makes the case for military action against Syria (http://www.independent.co.uk)
30-8-2013: Kerry: Syria gas attack cannot go unpunished (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
30-8-2013: Syria: BBC Panorama films 'napalm' incident (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
30-8-2013: Francois Hollande: France is ready to act, despite British vote (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
30-8-2013: Obama considers 'limited' military action against Syria (http://rt.com)
30-8-2013: Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: US intel report stops short of confirming Assad is responsible for chemical attack (http://rt.com/)
30-8-2013: Syria militants use Saudi-supplied gas (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: US, allies still mull war on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: 'Americans sick of US warmongering' (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: World must act on Assad's gas attack outrage, says Kerry (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
30-8-2013: U.S. Prepares for Solo Strike On Syria After Britain Balks (http://online.wsj.com)
30-8-2013: Canada has no Syria intervention plans (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: France tones down Syria war rhetoric (http://www.presstv.ir/)
29-8-2013: UK forced to put off Syria war plans (http://www.presstv.ir/)
28-8-2013: Troops deployed on Jordan-Syria border(http://www.presstv.ir)
28-8-2013: US intelligence to justify looming missile strike against Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
28-8-2013: Syria: West planning military strike: live (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
28-8-2013: US, UK, France push for Syria response as UN chemical weapons probe delayed (http://rt.com)
27-8-2013: Obama taps allies as US weighs action over 'moral obscenity' of Syria gas attack (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com)
27-8-2013: Obama Orders Legal Justification for Syria Strike (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
27-8-2013: Britain Preparing Contingency Plan for Intervention in Syria (http://www.nytimes.com)
27-8-2013: West, Arabs reach consensus on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
27-8-2013: Syria: Russias warning falls on deaf ears as Britain and US prepare to bomb (http://www.independent.co.uk)
27-8-2013: US accuses Syrian government of using chemical weapons and destroying evidence (http://rt.com)
27-8-2013: Saudis Threaten Russia With Olympic Terrorist Attacks Unless It Abandons Syria Support (http://www.infowars.com)
26-8-2013: Kerry: Chemical weapons use in Syria is undeniable, there must be accountability (http://www.jpost.com)
26-8-2013: Obama Seeks a Coalition of the Willing on Syria (http://swampland.time.com)
26-8-2013: Western Warplanes Begin Arriving In Cyprus (http://www.zerohedge.com)
26-8-2013: Warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus (http://www.theguardian.com)
26-8-2013: Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war (http://www.independent.co.uk)
26-8-2013: Kerry accuses Syria of using chemical agents; US preparing to release evidence (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/)
26-8-2013: Turkey used for arms transfer into Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
26-8-2013: Kerry accuses Syria of using chemical agents; US preparing to release evidence (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com)
26-8-2013: Warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus (http://www.theguardian.com)
26-8-2013: Britain, Turkey: Syria Intervention Possible without UN (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
26-8-2013: Kerry accuses Syria of using chemical agents; US preparing to release evidence (http://www.theguardian.com)
25-8-2013: Israeli intelligence ties Syrian gas attack to Assad (http://dailycaller.com)
25-8-2013: Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria within days (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
25-8-2013: Moscow warns US over Syria as President Obama weighs strike options (http://www.independent.co.uk)
24-8-2013: US Naval forces move closer to Syria as options weighed (http://bostonherald.com)
24-8-2013: Obama summons top defense aides early on Saturday to discuss Syria options (http://www.jpost.com)
24-8-2013: US readies possible missile strike against Syria - report (http://rt.com)
23-8-2013: Syrian rebel forces trained by West are moving towards Damascus (http://www.jpost.com)
23-8-2013: Turkey calls for action after Syria attack (http://www.reuters.com)
23-8-2013: US weighing military response to Syria chemical assault (http://www.ynetnews.com)
23-8-2013: Obama: Syria chemicals grave concern (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
23-8-2013: Obama tells CNN key decisions nearing on Syria, Egypt (http://edition.cnn.com)
22-8-2013: Turkey Joins In Calls for Action on Assad (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
22-8-2013: French FM threatens force over Syria chemical attack if UNSC fails to act (http://rt.com)
31-8-2013: US claims on gas attack false: Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
30-8-2013: US intel assessment based on terrorist lies and media hype Syrian Foreign Ministry (http://rt.com)
27-8-2013: Syria Crisis: Foreign minister denies chemical attacks (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
27-8-2013: Assad: Syria Is A Sovereign Country Fighting al-Qaeda (http://www.infowars.com)
26-8-2013: Accusations that Syria used chemical weapon 'against logic' - Assad (http://rt.com)
26-8-2013: Assad Taunts U.S. Over Iraq, Vietnam (http://world.time.com)
Russia, China and others ..
2-9-2013: US intelligence on Syria gas attack 'unconvincing', says Russia (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
2-9-2013: Germany says wont join attack on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
1-9-2013: War on Syria, Obama-Saudi plot to destabilize Mideast: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)
1-9-2013: Syria militants use Saudi-supplied gas (http://www.presstv.ir)
31-8-2013: Putin: US evidence 'must be presented' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
31-8-2013: No plans to attack Syria, NATO says (http://www.presstv.ir)
31-8-2013: Syria civil war: Obama chemical weapons claim 'utter nonsense', says Vlamidir Putin (http://www.independent.co.uk/)
31-8-2013: Syria crisis: Obama chemical weapons claim is 'utter nonsense', says Russian President Vlamidir Putin (http://www.independent.co.uk)
31-8-2013: 'Bombing Syria will make civil war worse': Army chiefs praise Parliament for voting against military strikes (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)
31-8-2013: Putin: US should present Syria evidence to Security Council (http://rt.com)
31-8-2013: Anti-Syria CW claims nonsense: Putin (http://www.presstv.ir/)
31-8-2013: World awakens against war on Syria(http://www.presstv.ir)
31-8-2013: US attack on Syria, illegal: Russia (http://www.presstv.ir/)
31-8-2013: Pat Buchanan: Chemical Attack Reeks Of False Flag Operation (http://www.storyleak.com)
31-8-2013: Putin urges U.S. to hold off on military action against Syria and says it would be 'utter nonsense' for Assad to use chemical weapons (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)
30-8-2013: US intel assessment based on terrorist lies and media hype Syrian Foreign Ministry (http://rt.com)
30-8-2013: Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: China media warn against attack on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: Most Germans against attack on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)
30-8-2013: French People Oppose War Against Syria (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
30-8-2013: Dangerous Syria talk concerns S Africa (http://www.presstv.ir)
30-8-2013: Kerry Lies About Number of Syrian Chemical War Dead (http://www.infowars.com)
30-8-2013: Bombshell: Kerry Caught Using Fake Photos to Fuel Syrian War (http://www.infowars.com)
30-8-2013: Experts: U.S. Case that Syrian Government Responsible for Chemical Weapons Is Weak (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
29-8-2013: UN Council must study Syria report (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: Russia warships sent to Mediterranean (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: Obama should be stripped of his Nobel Peace prize if he starts Syria war (http://rt.com)
29-8-2013: Syria war aimed at bolstering al-Qaeda (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: Poland says wont intervene in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: China calls for restraint over Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
29-8-2013: Syria crisis: President Obama lacks smoking gun linking Assad to gas attacks (http://www.independent.co.uk)
28-9-2013: Bombing Syria would make US pilots Al-Qaeda's air force Kucinich (http://rt.com)
28-8-2013: CONFIRMED: US Claims Against Syria - There is no Evidence (http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/)
28-8-2013: Iran, Russia to step up anti-war effort (http://www.presstv.ir )
28-8-2013: Intelligence Suggests Assad Not Behind Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.infowars.com)
28-8-2013: 'West helped militants use CW' (http://www.presstv.ir)
28-8-2013: Pretext for war on Syria has no proof (http://www.presstv.ir)
27-8-2013: Syria crisis: Russia and China step up warning over strike (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
27-8-2013: Inspectors In Syria Forbidden From Finding Out WHO Used Chemical Weapons, Only IF They Were Used (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
27-8-2013: Russia warns West over Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
27-8-2013: US Attempts to Sabotage UN Chemical Weapons Investigation (http://www.infowars.com)
27-8-2013: The U.S. Has Repeatedly Falsely Accused Others of Chemical and Biological Weapons Use (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
26-8-2013: Russia: 'No proof Syria used chemical arms' (http://www.presstv.ir)
26-8-2013: Syria Charade: West bent on war, UN investigation meaningless (http://rt.com)
26-8-2013: Italy warns against attack on Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
26-8-2013: Germany sees no intervention in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
25-8-2013: Syrian warmongering turning Obama into Bushs 'clone' Russian MP (http://rt.com)
25-8-2013: US fabricates pretexts to attack Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
25-8-2013: Lying About Syria, and the Lying Liars Who Lie About the Lying (http://davidswanson.org)
25-8-2013: Justifying the Unjustifiable: US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones (http://ronpaulinstitute.org)
25-8-2013: Lying About Syria, and the Lying Liars Who Lie About the Lying (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
24-8-2013: Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
23-8-2013: US-Trained Rebels Moved Towards Damascus Days Before Chemical Attack (http://www.infowars.com)
23-8-2013: Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident (http://rt.com/news)
22-8-2013: Syrian Chemical Attack A Provocation Planned in Advance (http://www.infowars.com)
21-8-2013: US Has "Strong Indications" Assad Used Chemical Weapons (http://www.zerohedge.com)
21-8-2013: Russia suggests Syria chemical attack was planned provocation by rebels (http://rt.com)
30-3-2013: Syrian Rebels Caught on Tape Discussing Chemical Weapons Attack (http://www.infowars.com)
28-1-2013: Hacked Emails Reveal Washington-Approved Plan to Stage Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria (http://www.infowars.com)
10-7-2013: Russia Says Syrian Mercenaries Behind Chemical Attacks (http://www.infowars.com)
-8-2013: Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)
Preliminary Evidence Indicates that the Syrian Government Did NOT Launch a Chemical Weapon Attack Against Its People
24-8-2013: Information Minister: We have incontrovertible proof that terrorists used chemical weapons (http://sana.sy)
In an interview given to al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday, Minister al-Zoubi said that Syria and its friends have incontrovertible proof that the projectiles in question were launched from sites controlled by terrorists on sites containing civilians, therefore terrorists are fully responsible for these actions and all their repercussions .
He pointed out that the Syrian armed forces seized a warehouse in Jobar area containing large containers of chemical materials manufactured in Saudi Arabia and certain European countries, medicine for protection from chemicals in case the terrorists were exposed to them, and equipment used in manufacturing chemicals, adding that this isn't the first time the army uncovered warehouses containing chemicals made in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and some European countries ..
24-8-2013: Syrian army finds chemicals in militants tunnels (http://www.presstv.ir/)
Syrian army soldiers have found chemical agents in tunnels dug by the foreign-backed militants in a northeastern suburb of the capital, Damascus, Syrian TV says .
The Syrian government also stated that the foreign-backed militants had carried out the recent chemical attack in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar ..
24-8-2013: Flashback: Yahoo Uncovered Syria Chemical Weapon False Flag in January (http://www.infowars.com)
24-8-2013: Syrian rebels use toxic chemicals against govt troops near Damascus - state media (http://rt.com)
Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons against regime forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, where soldiers discovered stockpiles of toxic poisoning antidotes, state media reports
The US and European security sources have made a preliminary assessment that the Syrian government used chemical weapon, but still said they are seeking conclusive proof, which could take days, weeks or longer to gather ..
23-8-2013: 'US going against democratic values in Syria to protect its oil industry' (http://rt.com)
The US is playing with fire, supporting Jihadists fighting democratic governments in Egypt, Iran, Syria, Colin Cavell, author of Exporting Made in America Democracy, told RT
..whereby the King of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf Kingdoms are heavily funding Jihadist fighters to go in as foreign mercenaries, to infiltrate them into Syria through Turkey and wedge a war of terror against the local population
Al-Qaeda is merely and instrument that the US has developed, utilized and facilitated since its origins, as former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, admitted publicly back in Afghanistan .
We funded these foreign mercenaries, these Jihadists because most them come from impoverished backgrounds and were told that the secular government are representatives of evil forces and they need money
We are playing with fire. That is what the United States is currently finding out with the recent chemical killings. If you supply chemical weapons to these foreign fighters as it has been documented through Turkey, then you are going to get massive amounts of people who are killed, and if these Al-Qaeda forces, mercenary jihadists succeed in expanding their power in Syria then the consequences will be quite grave .
23-8-2013: William Hague: 'We believe this was a chemical attack by Assad' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
"We do believe this is a chemical attack by the Assad regime on a large scale, but we would like the United Nations to be able to assess that," said Mr Hague
23-8-2013: Syria: First independently verified pictures of 'chemical attack' scene (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Women and children can be seen lying in the rubble as well as an apparent missile that caused the alleged attack on Wednesday, which according to the opposition, has killed more than a thousand ..
Chemical weapons experts have agreed some kind of chemical attack took place, but are unsure whether it was caused by a nerve agent
23-8-2013: Two phone calls affirm the use of chemical weapons in Homs by terrorists (http://sana.sy)
A phone call between a terrorist affiliated to the so-called "Shuhada al-Bayada Battalion" in Homs and his boss who was called Adulbasit from Saudi Arabia uncovered that terrorists used the chemical weapons in Deir Ballba in Homs countryside.
During a phone call broadcast on the Syrian TV Channel, the terrorist said that his group which comprises 200 terrorists escaped from al-Bayadah to al-Daar al-Kabera through a tunnel, adding that they needed to buy weapons to attack the City of Homs
23-8-2013: Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident Russia (http://rt.com/)
Materials implicating the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad in chemical weapons use near Damascus were prepared prior to the alleged incident on August 21, the Russian foreign ministry said .
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich: Were getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature, he stressed. In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action
But its alarming that the same signals arent coming from the Syrian opposition, which so far hasnt displayed willingness to ensure the safety and efficient operations of UN investigators on the territory it controls, he said ..
Meanwhile, the UK has put the blame for the Damascus chemical attack on Assads forces, saying it thought the Syrian government had something to hide.
The reports of a chemical weapons use in the suburbs of the Ghouta region on the outskirts Damascus appeared in the pro-opposition media on Wednesday, August 21, coinciding with the arrival of the UN investigators to the Syrian capital
23-8-2013: Syrian rebels control alleged chemical attack site: Govt cant grant secure entry (http://rt.com)
In part it is because key Western governments, America, Britain and France, want to say Gotcha. They have been demanding the fall of Assad for more than two-and-a-half years now and it has become increasingly frustrating that his regime has shown much more resilience that they had expected, despite the resources that they and the Gulf Kingdoms have thrown into the war on the other side .
You have to ask with any crime scene, to whose benefit is the crime? And the Syrian government would have to be not only very brutal, but very stupid to have done this in a period when UN chemical weapons inspectors are just down the road in Damascus ..
One thing we have to remember is that amongst chemical weapons experts there are considerable suspicions about what exactly the weapon or the substance has been. If it is sarin gas, which was supposed to be one of the most deadly nerve gases - why do we see such various symptoms, why do we see so many people who do not seem to be affected by the weapon, why do we see people operating in the area without wearing protective clothing?...........
23-8-2013: Syria militants preventing chemical attack probe: Russia (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russia has accused Syria's opposition of preventing an objective investigation into an alleged chemical attack near the capital, Damascus .
Head of Syria's opposition National Coalition, George Sabra, told reporters in Istanbul that more than 1,300 people were killed in the alleged attack
The Syrian army has vehemently denied allegations that it used chemical weapons against Takfiri militants in the suburbs of the Ghouta region, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract the visiting team of UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militant losses .
23-8-2013: Militants should ensure safe UN chemical probe in Syria: Russia (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russia has called on Takfiri militants operating in Syria to ensure safe access for the UN investigation team to the area where chemical weapons were allegedly used ..
It is now up to the opposition to ensure safe access for the mission to the site of the alleged incident, Russias Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement ..
23-8-2013: US weighing military response to Syria chemical assault (http://www.ynetnews.com)
Pentagon updating target lists for possible airstrikes on Syrian installations should allegations that Assad's regime used chemical weapons prove to be true, US papers report ..
22-8-2013: 'Chemical attack' in Syria: As Damascus buries its dead, the world demands answers (http://www.independent.co.uk)
This all smacks of an attempt, at any cost, to establish grounds for forwarding the demands of the enemies of the regime to the Security Council, ..
The US, Britain, France and Germany have demanded that the inspectors should be immediately allowed to go to the area affected, Ghouta, east of Damascus
France, along with Britain, forced the lifting of the EU arms sanctions on Syria to enable weapons to be sent to the rebels ..
22-8-2013: News of chemical weapons attack in Syria published one day before massacre happened - Islamic Invitation Turkey (http://voiceofrussia.com)
The Islamic politics and cultural website Islamic Invitation Turkey claims that several videos were uploaded one day before the reports on chemical weapons use near Damascus in Syria. This evidence shows that the terrorists massacred people then recorded the scenes to deceive the world, but they gave themselves away. Terrorists in Syria uploaded the video of their crimes in East Ghouta, Damascus on August 20, 2013 and then blamed the Syrian government for the attack early on August 21, 2013, says the IIT website.
22-8-2013: Syrian chemical weapons use 'hard to prove' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Chemical weapons expert Dan Kaszeta doubts a nerve agent was used in the alleged attack in Syria, but says that some substance has clearly killed people in Damascus, although it will be tough to prove exactly what it was ..
Earlier today, France's foreign minister raised the possibility of the international community using force if it is proven that Bashir Assad's regime used chemical weapons in an attack the Syrian opposition says killed over 100 people
Opposition forces and activists have said that at least 136 people, including many children, were killed in the Wednesday attack in which most bodies bore no sign of wounds ..
22-8-2013: Syria: France threatens military force in wake of chemical weapons claims (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Western leaders called for action anyway. On Thursday morning, Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, said a military response, short of sending ground troops, was possible. "If it is proven, France's position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force," he said. "There are possibilities for responding."
22-8-2013: French FM threatens force over Syria chemical attack if UNSC fails to act (http://rt.com)
France has called the international community to respond with force if it is proved true that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians .
"We believe a political solution is the best way to end the bloodshed," a spokesman from the British Foreign Office told Reuters. "However, the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have said many times we cannot rule out any option ... that might save innocent lives in Syria."
It draws attention to the fact that biased regional media have immediately, as if on command, begun an aggressive information attack, laying all the responsibility on the government,
22-8-2013: Turkey Joins In Calls for Action on Assad (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
A top Turkish official on Thursday added his country's voice to the condemnation of Syria in the wake of the alleged chemical attack by troops loyal to Bashar al-Assad on a suburb of Damascus .
Davutoglu was one of several international officials to call for international action on Syria. France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for the use of force against Syria ..
21-8-2013: Syrian Activists Claim Deadly 'Toxic Gas' Attack (http://www.military.com)
Syrian anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus, part of a fierce government offensive in the area .
The attack coincided with the visit by a 20-member U.N. chemical weapons team to Syria to investigate three sites where chemical weapons attacks allegedly occurred during the past year .
21-8-2013: Hundreds Dead In Syrian Chemical Attack As Even Impartial Experts Allege "False Flag" (http://www.zerohedge.com)
"It would be very peculiar if it was the government to do this at the exact moment the international inspectors come into the country," said Rolf Ekeus, a retired Swedish diplomat ..
Charles Lister, an analyst at IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, also said it made little sense for the Syrian government to use chemical agents now ..
Deaths are certainly tragic, but what would be just as tragic is if a western government is backstopping this wholesale murder of innocent civilians merely to promote its own petrodollar agenda .
21-8-2013: Dubious Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Coincides With UN Visit (http://www.infowars.com)
Dubious claims that Bashar Al-Assads forces launched a massive chemical weapons attack near Damascus coincide with a team of UN investigators entering Syria and could provide the long awaited red line necessary to justify direct NATO military intervention .
Video also emerged last year showing opposition rebels killing rabbits after dispersing an unidentified chemical weapon into a glass box
Almost a year ago we wrote about a false flag plot to frame President Bashar Al-Assads forces for launching a chemical weapons attack as a pre-cursor to a NATO intervention. ..
21-8-2013: Syria: Up to 635 Reported Dead in Chemical Attack (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
At least 635 people have been killed in a nerve gas attack on Syrias Eastern Ghouta, activists at the Local Coordinating Committees told Al Arabiya on Wednesday morning .
21-8-2013: Information Minister: Syria has evidence on chemical weapons use by terrorists (http://sana.sy/)
He added that Syria has clear-cut evidence on the use of chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups through eyewitnesses and soil and air samples, stressing that the Syrian state did not and will not use these weapons in case they exist- under any circumstances
21-8-2013: Russia calls Syrias chemical weapons use claims provocation (http://www.presstv.ir)
Russia has called the Syrian opposition claims about a chemical attack by the Syrian army near Damascus "premeditated provocation .
The Syrian army has vehemently denied allegations that it used chemical weapons against Takfiri militants in the suburbs of the Ghouta region, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract the visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants losses .
The US, UK, France, and Saudi Arabia have called for the UN Security Council to convene immediately to discuss the reports of the chemical attack .
21-8-2013: Russia suggests Syria chemical attack was planned provocation by rebels (http://rt.com)
Reports by biased regional media about alleged chemical weapons use near Damascus might be a provocation planned in advance, says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich
The Russian diplomat stated that it seems as though it was a provocation planned in advance. The criminal action near Damascus coincided with the beginning of UN experts work in Syria - which speaks in favor of such a conclusion
Lukashevich pointed out that similar reports about Syrian authorities allegedly using chemical weapons have popped up before. However, the information has never been confirmed
The UK, one of the five permanent members of the body, will demand that the UN team of investigators gets unrestricted access to the area of the alleged attack, Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters ..
21-8-2013: Reports of massive chemical attack near Damascus as UN observers arrive in Syria (http://rt.com)
Conflicting reports emerged of recent chemical weapons use in Syria. This comes on the same day that the UN inspectors arrive in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of toxic arms. The casualty figures range from dozens to almost 1,300 deaths .
George Sabra, the president of the Syrian National Council Syrias main opposition group claimed that some 1,300 people were killed in government forces attacks near Damascus on Wednesday, and alleged that chemical weapons were used .
Sabra also claimed it was not the first time the regime has used chemical weapons.
America has always put the pretext of using chemical weapons on the top of its agenda as a means of intervention in Syria, Azouz told Rossiya al-Yaum .
Media reports about Syrian government troops using chemical weapons near Damascus are aimed at misleading international observers, the Syrian ambassador in Russia, Riyadh Haddad told Interfax
In July, Russia submitted to the UN its analysis of samples taken west of Aleppo. Russias findings indicated that it was rebels behind the Khan al-Assal incident, in which more than 30 people died ..
21-8-2013: Syria gas attack story has whiff of Saudi war propaganda (http://rt.com)
The reports of massive chemical attacks in Syria might become the red line for the US for active military intervention. But even rudimentary analysis of the story shows it is too early to believe its credibility .
Making the story more fishy by the minute were reports from different media of the alleged number of dead that changed by the minute - 635 then to 800 by USA Today and 1,300 by Rupert Murdochs SkyNews
Al Arabiya, the origin of the story, is not a neutral in the Syrian conflict. It was set up in 2002 by the Saudi Royal Family in Dubai. ... Saudi Arabia is a major financial backer of the attempt to topple Syrias government ..
When we examine the printed content of their story, it gets more suspicious still. First they cite activists at the Syrian Revolutionary Command Council ..
The story gets even murkier
Now the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has been the source of every news report negative against the Syrian Assad government since the war began in 2011 .
Pending confirmation by genuinely independent judges of the latest allegations of Al Arabiya, we are well-advised to leave the reports in the category of war propaganda, in league with others such as the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964
21-8-2013: US Has "Strong Indications" Assad Used Chemical Weapons; Russia Says Rebel False Flag (http://www.zerohedge.com)
following the use of nerve gas in an area close to Damascus in an attack that the "democratic" media, and the Qatari mercenaries, scrambled to pin on the Assad regime. Just like in June the US "found" Assad had used chemcial weapons, only for the UN and Russia to accuse the US of fabricating the data, and for the chemical weapon warehouse of the rebels to be uncovered shortly thereafter, which meant the Syria narrative would have to be put on hiatus for a few months: after all the lies were getting perilously close to those used by Bush in the Iraqi WMD fiasco ..
But why not go for round two of the false flag fabrication: maybe this time it will fly?.............
Ironically, one can use precisely that phrase to describe the entire history of US foreign policy, based almost exclusively on just this kind of false flag interventions ..
21-8-2013: Syrian opposition is only beneficiary of chemical attack (http://rt.com)
Its obvious the Syrian government does not benefit from the latest chemical attack in Syria, while for the opposition it would be a key to unlock airstrikes and a bombing campaign over Syria, a la Libya, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT .
There is no evidence to suggest exactly what happened, we only have reports from the opposition activists in Damascus. We dont know what happened and how it happened .
They see this as a distraction and if we look at the history of this particular region where the attack is set to take place it is very active with Al-Nusra Front and they also have been implicated in using make shifts chlorine bombs in Aleppo back in March, so there is a track record there ..
You have to consider the source. I believe Al-Arabiya has certain affiliations with certain Gulf states who might also have some interest in this particular conflict already so might see a more exaggerated report on different sides .
21-8-2013: Syria: 1,300 killed in gas attack, says Oppn (http://www.hindustantimes.com)
The claim of chemical weapons use, which could not be independently confirmed, was vehemently denied by the Syrian regime which said it was intended to hinder the work of the UN weapons inspectors already in the country ..
John Hart, head of the Chemical and Biological Security Project at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said he had not seen the telltale evidence in the eyes of the victims that would be compelling evidence of chemical weapons use .
Gwyn Winfield, editor of CBRNe World magazine, which specialises in chemical weapons issues, said the evidence did not suggest that the chemicals used were of the weapons-grade that the Syrian army possesses in its stockpiles .
The opposition National Coalition's George Sabra, who spoke to reporters in Istanbul, said more than 1,300 people had been killed ..
21-8-2013: Expert casts doubt on Syria chemical weapons footage (http://www.euronews.com/)
Stephen Johnson: There are, within some of the videos, examples which seem a little hyper-real, and almost as if theyve been set up. Which is not to say that they are fake but it does cause some concern. Some of the people with foaming, the foam seems to be too white, too pure, and not consistent with the sort of internal injury you might expect to see, which youd expect to be bloodier or yellower,
21-8-2013: Mass grave discovered in Lattakia countryside (http://sana.sy)
An official source announced that army units discovered a mass grave containing bodies of citizens who were killed by terrorists in the northern countryside of Lattakia .
20-8-2013: Terrorist mortar shells wound 8 citizens in Damascus (http://sana.sy)
8 citizens, including a woman, were injured as terrorists fired mortar shells on al-Abbasiyeen, al-Qassa and al-Zablatani neighborhoods in Damascus ..
20-8-2013: American, European Jihadists in Syria Raise New Domestic Terror Fears (http://freebeacon.com)
Significant numbers of American and European jihadists are traveling to Syria to join Islamist rebels, prompting new fears of a future wave of al Qaeda terror attacks in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. officials ..
Most are joining the al-Nusra Front, al Qaedas main terrorist group in Syria, along with smaller Islamist militias made up of nationals from more than a dozen foreign countries
Theres a real concern in the U.S. government about what happens to these guys when they are done and they come home, this official said. Right now they are getting training to be al Qaeda terrorists.
20-8-2013: Sectarianism worsens Syria conflict (http://www.aljazeera.com)
Human rights groups are accusing both sides in the Syrian conflict of targeting people based on their sect and religion .
20-8-2013: French brothers seek jihad in Syria (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
What makes a young middle-class man turn to Islam and want to risk "martyrdom" in Syria? A French father, who has just been bereaved, tells the BBC's Christian Fraser what happened to his sons
20-8-2013: American, European Jihadists in Syria Raise New Domestic Terror Fears (http://freebeacon.com)
Significant numbers of American and European jihadists are traveling to Syria to join Islamist rebels, prompting new fears of a future wave of al Qaeda terror attacks in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. officials ..
Most are joining the al-Nusra Front, al Qaedas main terrorist group in Syria, along with smaller Islamist militias made up of nationals from more than a dozen foreign countries
Theres a real concern in the U.S. government about what happens to these guys when they are done and they come home, this official said. Right now they are getting training to be al Qaeda terrorists. .
19-8-2013: Foreigners join Syrian rebels to beat government of Bashar al-Assad (http://www.theaustralian.com.au)
SYRIA is now the world's foremost terrorist training ground, with as many as 10,000 foreigners fighting to overthrow President Assad, US intelligence sources say ..
19-8-2013: Assad's forces push back rebels in Syria's Alawite mountains (http://www.reuters.com)
Syrian army and militia troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have pushed back a rebel offensive in the mountain heartlands of his Alawite sect, .
Rebels killed 200 people, mostly civilians, and drove hundreds from their villages in the first three days of the assault, activists said .
Fighters from al Qaeda's Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have also increasingly clashed with Kurds in the north and northeast of the country .
More than 20,000 people have entered northern Iraq since Thursday in one of the largest crossings since the conflict erupted in March 2011 .
19-8-2013: Syria Civil War Scars Seen from Space (http://news.yahoo.com/)
A brutal and ongoing civil war in Syria is leaving a heavy trail of destruction in its wake, with damage in the city of Aleppo so significant that scars from the conflict can be seen from space .
18-8-2013: Kurdish-jihadist clashes fracture Syria opposition (http://www.bbc.co.uk)
A number of fierce battles between jihadists and armed Kurdish groups in Syria have added another layer to what is increasingly being described as a civil war within a civil war
Al-Qaeda linked groups have killed several commanders of the Free Syrian Army, most notably Kamal Hamami, a member of the Supreme Military Council, who died in early July
Turkish officials are also deeply uncomfortable with the gains of the PYD, which has close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which fought decades of war against Turkey ..
Syria's Kurds, for their part, accuse Turkey of assisting jihadist groups, which have a strong presence in areas closer to the Turkish border .
17-8-2013: 17 dead as Qaeda attacks Syria Kurd town: watchdog (http://www.foxnews.com)
Al-Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria sparking fighting in which 17 people were killed, two of them ambulance crew, a watchdog said on Saturday
Elsewhere in Syria, rebels attacked a pro-regime militia checkpoint in a majority Christian area of Homs province, killing six civilians and five militiamen, the Observatory said .
17-8-2013: As Islamist rebels rise in Syria, liberal activists take a step back (http://www.washingtonpost.com)
Like many youth activists who took to the streets to demand President Bashar al-Assads ouster in the spring of 2011, Ghaibeh, who is 28, says he feels as though the revolution has been hijacked, with al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters playing an increasingly prominent role in challenging government forces .
At a protest in Aleppo last week, demonstrators demanded the release of several activists detained by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the newly expanded al-Qaeda in Iraq
17-8-2013: Syrian rebels kill 11, mainly Christians, in checkpoint attack (http://www.jpost.com)
Syrian rebels killed at least 11 people, including civilians, in an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of Homs on Saturday that official state media described as a massacre ..
Many Christians fleeing the violence in Homs city over the past two years have settled in the Christian villages around the area where Saturday's attack took place
17-8-2013: Thousands of Syrian refugees pour into Iraq (http://www.theguardian.com)
According to the UN many of the new arrivals, largely families, had travelled to border from Aleppo, Efrin, Hassake and Qamishly. Some families told UNHCR they had relatives residing in northern Iraq .
15-8-2013: With Eyes on Syria, U.S. Turns Warehouse Into Support Hub for Jordan (http://www.nytimes.com)
The American military support aims to help Jordan create a force so visibly competent that it can deter violence from Syria, although regional news media have speculated that the warehouse is an advance guard for direct American intervention in the civil war ..
15-8-2013: Syria activists: Al-Qaida kills 2 Shiite teenagers (http://www.miamiherald.com)
Al-Qaida militants in northern Syria shot dead two Shiite teenagers whom they accused of being pro-government gunmen, filming video of the killing that was later posted to the Internet, an activist group said Thursday ..
The masked gunman reads a statement by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant saying the two "Nubul and Zahra shabiha," or pro-government gunmen, are to be killed ..
14-8-2013: Syria's war has exposed the hypocrisy of western powers (http://www.theguardian.com)
Carr was rightly condemned for his comments, yet he ignored another harsh reality: when it comes to Syria, the US and its Saudi Arabian and Qatari allies are backing Islamic fundamentalism
Al-Qaida is now thriving, and the number of beheadings and other assorted acts of extreme sectarian violence have been steadily rising. Its like the funding of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan never happened, .
Meanwhile, foreign fighters are flooding into Syria and theyve become some of the fiercest and most successful insurgents against the Assad regime
At least a few hundred Australians are involved, causing growing sectarianism in Sydney between Sunni and Shia communities ..
And yet, he correctly said, the war in Syria has exposed the hypocrisy of the western powers. ..
The war in Syria has become an ugly proxy battle between innumerable outside forces, and virtually none of them care about the plight of the Syrian people
13-8-2013: Iraqi forces repel terrorists' infiltration attempt to Syria (http://sana.sy)
Iraqi forces continued operations against terrorists' cells affiliated to al-Qaeda in Jazeret al-Anbar area and on Iraqi-Syrian borders and repelled an armed terrorist group's attempt to infiltrate from Syria to Iraq at Rabia'a border area, killing a large number of its members, while the others escaped ..
13-8-2013: Former Turkish Foreign Minister: Erdogan's government involved in supporting terrorism (http://sana.sy)
Former Turkish Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel stressed that the government of Justice and development Party supports inciting the sectarian conflict in the Middle East through arming al Qaeda terrorists and sending them to fight in Syria and Iraq against the legal government ..
13-8-2013: Foreign militants killed in Western Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Syrian Army troops have killed twelve terrorists, including foreign militants from Jordan, Kuwait and Morocco, in the countrys western coastal province of Latakia .
Over the past few days, Syrian forces have killed scores of Takfiri militants -- mostly foreign mercenaries -- in Latakia
12-8-2013: German militant leader killed in Western Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
German national Abu Zaid al-Almani who was a leader of foreign-backed militants in Syria has been killed in the countrys western coastal province of Latakia
Earlier on Sunday, Syrian Army troops killed another commander of a foreign-sponsored militant group affiliated with the al-Qaeda, Abu Malik al-Shahri, during a mop-up operation in Latakia .
11-8-2013: Revealed: What the West has given Syria's rebels (http://www.independent.co.uk)
Now, documents obtained by The Independent and extensive talks on the ground have revealed the level of equipment sent by the West to Syrias rebels
The bulk of the arms that get into opposition areas in Syria go to Islamist rebels, courtesy of wealthy benefactors in the Gulf, especially Qatar ..
France was instrumental, alongside the UK, in lifting the European Union arms embargo on Syria which would allow supplies to be sent to the rebels .
Some Syrian opposition commanders in Jordan and Lebanon have claimed that French-supplied weapons assault rifles, pistols and ammunition have already arrived, although this is strongly denied by Paris .
There is some evidence, however, of small quantities of missiles arriving in Syria for the opposition, some of them apparently obtained from Croatia in a shipment organised by the Americans and paid for by Gulf states earlier this year .
But the missiles are largely in the hands of Islamist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. .
11-8-2013: Video Destruction revealed: An entire Syrian district lies in ruin (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
11-8-2013: Syrian rebels accused of sectarian murders (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Hundreds of Alawite civilians have been killed, kidnapped or have disappeared during a rebel offensive on President Bashar al-Assads heartland province of Latakia, local residents have reported ..
"Until now 150 Alawites from the villages have been kidnapped. There are women and children among them. We have lost all contact with them.
11-8-2013: Caught in the middle: Christians suffer amid Syria's civil war (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com)
George, a 51-year-old former car dealer who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals, said he originally supported Assads opponents, but that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) let him down once they took charge in Aleppo ..
The FSA killed a lot of Syrian soldiers and civilians inside their prisons without enough evidence."
8-8-2013: Moscow rejects Saudi offer to drop Assad for rich arms deal (http://rt.com)
Moscow has said no to Saudi Arabias alleged proposal of a rich arms deal and protection of Russias gas interests in the Middle East in exchange for abandoning Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Arab and European diplomats ..
According to an undisclosed European diplomat, Prince Bandar proposed the deal and told Putin that "whatever regime comes after" Assad will be "completely" in Riyadhs hands .
Some Russian experts say Saudi Arabia acted as a US proxy in the alleged proposal, as it has been doing for the past two years of the Syrian conflict .
8-8-2013: Syria: there is worse to come (http://www.theguardian.com)
The numbers continue to rise over 4,400 killed in the holy fasting month of Ramadan alone, nearly 2 million refugees now in Jordan and Lebanon, and 7 million inside the country in need of urgent food aid
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have made similar investments. It is called the Free Syrian Army, but in reality it is a loose collection of militias under a command that is unified in name only
7-8-2013: Al-Qaeda replacing Assad is the biggest threat to US security - CIA deputy director (http://rt.com)
The second-in-command of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says that the toppling of Bashar Assads regime in Syria is the largest threat to United States national security and may help al-Qaeda acquire chemical weapons
7-8-2013: UNSC should condemn crimes committed against Kurds in Syria Lavrov (http://rt.com)
The UN Security Council must unambiguously condemn the reported killings of Kurds by radical forces, which try to establish an Islamist state in Syria, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov .
Lavrov added that the terrorists make no secret of their intention to establish an Islamist state in the territory of greater Syria ..
7-8-2013: Saudi Arabia dangles lucrative arms deal in front of Russia in exchange for dropping Assad report (http://rt.com)
Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to buy arms worth up to $15 billion from Russia, and provided a raft of economic and political concessions to the Kremlin - all in a bid to weaken Moscows endorsement of Syrian President Bashar Assad
A Western diplomat told Reuters that Russias position was more a matter of prestige and geopolitics, and that the country was unlikely to publicly back down for the sake of mere economic incentives .
7-8-2013: 'Killing of Kurds' in Syria: Not genocide, but a proxy war for power in the region (http://rt.com)
Al-Qaeda slaughtering hundreds of Kurds in Syria is a struggle for power in the region, as Al-Qaedas wannabe Islamic state will not tolerate any other power there, German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter told RT .
We have many of those cases where these Nusra Front militants are killing, and where they really commit very horrible war crimes ..
We see that the Syrian battleground is somehow a hotspot for Jihadists, for criminals, for terrorist from all over the world who join Islamism fighting groups who join especially the Nustra Front in their fight for establishing a sort of Al Qaeda state, especially now in North Syria .
What we see with that massacre, and we have to say very clear what a massacre this was. The reports say now 120 children and 330 men and women were slaughtered by Al Qaeda fighters .. ..
7-8-2013: Six citizens martyred by terrorist explosion in Qatana (http://sana.sy)
Six citizens were martyred and others were injured by a blast of an explosive device planted by terrorists near a school in Qatana in Damascus Countryside .
7-8-2013: CIA's #2: Syrian Rebels are the Top Threat to U.S (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
In such a scenario, the chemical weapons that the regime of Bashar Assad now possesses will fall into the hands of the Al Qaeda rebels
7-8-2013: Syrian army kills 62 rebels east of Damascus (http://www.reuters.com)
Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn on Wednesday near the town of Adra, east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, said .
The state news agency SANA did not give a death toll for the ambush but said the rebels were from the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front .
6-8-2013: 'Syria is controlled chaos (http://www.dw.de)
A year after Syrian Kurds took over their areas, the region is experiencing unprecedented violence as al-Qaeda affiliates try to take over
In July 2012 we managed to take control of our areas but today we have clashes mainly with Jabat al Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliates ..
.. Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians and Armenians have lived together and in harmony for centuries. From the beginning of the revolution we have vowed for a democratic and secular society that defends women's rights, boosts education
6-8-2013: Eighteen citizens martyred, tens wounded of terrorist car explosion in Jaramana (http://sana.sy)
18 citizens, among them children, were martyred while tens others were wounded as a car bomb was exploded today at the crowded intersection of Khodr Street and al-Suyouf Square in Jaramana, Damascus Countryside .
5-8-2013: Militants kill 450 Kurdish civilians in northern Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government have killed 450 civilians, including 120 children, in a Kurdish-majority area in northern Syria.
According to al-Alam, militants from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front attacked Tal Abyad district of Raqqa governorate on Monday, killing 330 women and elderly men as well as 120 children
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced due to the violence
5-8-2013: Militants set Syrian Kurds on fire, new video footage shows (http://www.presstv.ir)
A gruesome video has emerged on the Internet, showing foreign-backed militants in Syria setting three Syrian Kurds on fire ..
The video, which was posted online on Monday, shows the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Nusra Front militants pouring a flammable liquid on the hand-cuffed, blind-folded men who appear to be Syrian Kurd soldiers
4-8-2013: CIA moved Libya missiles to Syria rebels: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)
The CIA was transferring surface-to-air missiles from Libya to the rebels in Syria through Turkey when the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi took place, a report says.
As investigation into the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last September carries on, the CNN reported on Thursday that dozens of CIA spies were working in an annex near the consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armories to Syrian rebels .
4-8-2013: Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains (http://www.reuters.com)
Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed ..
An source in Aleppo, citing information from a British diplomat, told al-Alam on Sunday that two bishops abducted near Aleppo around four months ago are still alive and kept in Turkish soil.
Armed groups affiliated to Istanbul Council and Muslim Brotherhood are holding both bishops in Turkey, the diplomat said, adding they hatched the plot to appoint Yusuf Ηetin, Istanbul Bishop, as a successor to Zakka Iwas, 122nd reigning Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and, as such, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church.
4-8-2013: Syria crisis can only be solved 'with iron fist': Assad (http://www.foxnews.com)
Syria's crisis will only be solved by stamping out "terror", President Bashar al-Assad said, in reference to rebels fighting his regime .
"I don't think that any sane human being would think that terrorism can be dealt with via politics," he added .
3-8-2013: Geraldo: Benghazi Coverup Involved CIA Running Guns to Syria (http://politix.topix.co)
Geraldo said he personally was not surprised at the CIA news because he'd suspected months ago that the US government was covering up a CIA gun-running operation to transfer weapons to the Syrian rebels via Libya .
.. that "speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the US agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels. .
2-8-2013: Syrian Christian towns emptied by sectarian violence (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Tens of thousands Syriac Christians members of the oldest Christian community in the world have fled their ancestral provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasakah in northeastern Syria, residents have said ..
Conflict in the area, desperate economic conditions, lawlessness, and persecution by rebel groups born from the perception that Christians support the regime, remain the main reasons for why Christian families are fleeing the area
"It began as kidnapping for money, but then they started telling me I should worship Allah," a male Christian resident of Hasakah who was kidnapped by jihadists said .
Another Christian in Hasakah said he knew of "five forced conversions" in recent weeks .
Hasakah and other towns in northeastern Syria have long been one of the main population centres for Christians, who make up approximately 10 per cent of the country's population. Residents estimate that at least a third of Christians in northeastern Syria have fled, with few expecting to return .
The Arabs had arms coming from Saudi and Qatar, the Kurds had help from Kurdistan. We had no weapons at all
Local residents said many Christians had tried to join the rebellion against President Assad, but their efforts were marginalised early on by sectarian minded Sunni rebel groups
Bassam Ishak, a Christian member of the main opposition bloc the Syrian National Coalition, who comes from Hasakah, said he and his colleagues had tried "several times" to approach western officials asking for weapons for Christian groups to defend their areas ..
2-8-2013: Reports: Deadly explosions hit Syria's Homs (http://www.aljazeera.com)
Forty people have been killed and at least 160 more wounded in explosions at a weapons cache in the central Syrian city of Homs, according to an activist group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad
1-8-2013: Kurdish Struggle Blurs Syrias Battle Lines (http://www.nytimes.com)
Street names in Syrias far northeastern corner have been changed from Arabic to Kurdish, schools openly teach the Kurdish language, and the countrys most powerful Kurdish militia flies its flag from checkpoints on main roads
The fight for a measure of autonomy by Syrias Kurds is the newest conflict in a broader struggle in which Kurds, spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran and oppressed for decades, are trying to take advantage of the chaos in the Middle East to achieve longstanding ambitions for self-government and democratic rights ..
1-8-2013: EU lawmakers urged to back data list to track fighters to Syria (http://www.reuters.com)
EU governments say hundreds of their citizens are joining rebel forces battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They fear some of these newly-trained fighters - estimated at up to 600 people - will return home to carry out attacks in Europe
1-8-2013: Syrian army turns focus to regaining full control of Homs (http://www.presstv.ir)
The Syrian army has turned its focus to regaining control over those last areas of the western city of Homs that are still under the control of the foreign-backed Takfiri militants ..
The Syrian forces regained control of the strategic Khaldiyeh District of Homs on Wednesday. The army managed to recapture the district after one month of battle with the militants
1-8-2013: Syria's Assad says he certain to defeat rebels (http://www.reuters.com)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday he was confident of victory against rebels and made a symbolic visit to a town once overrun by insurgents and now mostly retaken by his army ..
"If we were not sure that we were going to win in Syria, we would not have the ability to resist and the ability to continue fighting for more than two years against the enemy. ..
30-7-2013: In Syria, battle for Damascus is also waged in suburbs (http://www.latimes.com)
A chaotic passageway through blasted walls, blood-spattered floors and bullet-pocked rooms leads to the narrow stairway where a teenager pokes his Kalashnikov rifle into a sliver of light slicing through the sandbags ..
It is a street-by-street, building-by-building conflict that grinds on as daily life proceeds in the heart of the city .
30-7-2013: West war crimes in Syria exposed (http://www.presstv.ir)
There was a time during the 30-month covert dirty war on Syria when the Western governments and mainstream media would make a clamor over reported massacres ..
..it is increasingly clear that the groups committing these crimes against thousands of Syrian civilians are the foreign-backed mercenaries, whom the Western media and their governments have tried to lionize as rebels fighting for democratic freedom ..
.exposing not just criminal Western governments sponsoring the violence against civilians, but an entire media industry that is also guilty of war crimes through its willful complicity ..
Similar Western silence followed another massacre last month in the village of Hatlah in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour
30-7-2013: Saudi cleric urges support for Syria rebels (http://gulfnews.com)
A senior cleric in Islams holiest city Makkah exhorted followers on Friday to support Syrian rebels by all means, the latest in a series of rhetorical attacks on President Bashar Al Assad reflecting rising sectarian tension across the Middle East ..
By God..., our brothers need more efforts and determination to be exerted to remove the merciless injustice and aggression through all means and with no exceptions, he told followers. We tell our brothers in the Levant to be patient.
30-7-2013: Syria: Jihadist Rebels Kidnap Priest (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
Al Qaeda-linked rebels in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on Monday abducted a prominent Italian Jesuit priest who championed the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, activists told the Reuters news agency
30-7-2013: Syria army continues mop-up operations across country (http://www.presstv.ir)
On Tuesday, the Syrian army launched a counter-offensive against militants on the strategic district of al-Qaboun near Damascus.
Some Takfiri groups tried to sneak into Damascus through the industrial zone of al-Qaboun. We stopped them and launched counterattack now. We are confident that we will be victorious, a Syrian army commander said
In the northern city of Aleppo and its countryside, the army troops killed and wounded a number of Takfiri militants
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on July 25 that more than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of foreign-sponsored militancy in the country. Millions of others have been also displaced in the violence ..
30-7-2013: Syrias Kurds mobilize to fight al-Qaida groups (http://www.sltrib.com)
A powerful Kurdish militia said Tuesday it is mobilizing against al-Qaida-linked rebels in northeastern Syria after a Kurdish opposition leader was killed in the area.
The fight between the Kurds and the extremists has become a war within a war in Syrias oil-rich region. Clashes between Kurdish gunmen and members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant over the past weeks left dozens of gunmen dead from both sides .
29-7-2013: No Safe Places In Syria: Photographer Abducted At Media Center (http://www.npr.org)
Photographer Marcin Suder was staying at a media center in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb in Idlib province when a group of masked men reportedly stormed in Wednesday morning. They beat a Syrian media activist, stole equipment and abducted Suder .
28-7-2013: Syrian rebels get Western recruits (http://www.bostonglobe.com)
A rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of Bashar Assad, raising fears among US and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home
But there is growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes
Most of the Westerners are self-radicalized and are traveling on their own initiative to Turkey, where rebel facilitators often link them up with specific groups, terrorism experts say. Many have joined ranks with the Al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front, which US officials have designated as a terrorist group ..
.. but their estimates include about 140 French citizens, 100 Britons, 75 Spaniards, 60 Germans, and as many as a few dozen Canadians and Australians ..
There are also fighters from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands,
28-7-2013: Information Minister: Terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and their supporters will pay dearly (http://sana.sy)
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and the countries which support, fund and arm them will be held accountable, and that they will pay dearly for this crime .
He pointed out that the goal of the massacre is to terrorize the Syrian people and alter the situation on the ground, particularly since the Syrian Army is making headway in its operations
He said that the takfiri Wahhabi mentality of the terrorist groups in Syria is unilateral, and in that it shares much with Zionist mentality, which is why Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel are united in hating the Syrian people as it is the natural enemy of unilateral thinking due to its history, culture, civilization and diversity ..
28-7-2013: Three killed in bomb attack in Syrian city of Homs (http://www.presstv.ir/)
A bomb explosion has killed at least three people in Syrias western city of Homs, as the Arab countrys army continues to fight foreign-backed militants, Press TV reports
A car bomb went off near the citys al-Mazraa square in al-Waer district on Sunday
27-7-2013: Media source: 123 martyrs in Khan al-Assal massacre (http://sana.sy)
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
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 ..
27-7-2013: Exclusive: Secret Turkish nerve center leads aid to Syria rebels (http://www.reuters.com)
Turkey has set up a secret base with allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syria's rebels from a city near the border, Gulf sources have told Reuters
"It's the Turks who are militarily controlling it. Turkey is the main co-ordinator/facilitator. Think of a triangle, with Turkey at the top and Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the bottom," said a Doha-based source
27-7-2013: 123 people killed by foreign-backed militants in Aleppo (http://www.presstv.ir)
At least 123 people have been killed by foreign-backed militants in Syrias northern governorate of Aleppo, official SANA news agency reported .
The armed terrorist group, Ansar al-Khalifa Brigade, admitted committing the massacre in Khan al-Assal. The groups militants mutilated the dead bodies and threw them in a big hole outside the town. They also incinerated a number of the dead bodies ..
A Russian-led inquiry has already revealed that militants carried out a chemical attack in Khan al-Assal on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo in March, which killed 26 people.
On May 6, UN investigator, Carla Del Ponte, said testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests militants have used the nerve agent, sarin .
26-7-2013: Militants execute 51 civilians in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Foreign-sponsored militants in Syria have executed 51 civilians in Khan al-Assal, a strategic town close to the northern city of Aleppo
26-7-2013: Militants kill seven people in northeast Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)
Reports coming out of Syria say at least seven people have been killed by foreign-backed militants in the countrys northeast.
Syrias Radio Sham says the massacre took place on Friday in the town of Makbara, in the province of al-Hasakah
25-7-2013: Three people killed in mortar attack near Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)
Three people have been killed and many others injured in a mortar attack in the Jaramana suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus.
The mortar shell landed in al-Janaien Street of Jaramana on Friday, Xinhua reported.
On Thursday, a car bomb exploded in the suburb, killing 17 people and injuring more than 70 others.
25-7-2013: Face the truth about President Bashar al-Assad: hes not going (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
With bitter fighting continuing to afflict large tracts of Syria and an estimated 5,000 people losing their lives each month, predicting the outcome of the countrys brutal civil war might appear somewhat premature
Rather than confidently predicting the presidents imminent demise, Western leaders must now reconcile themselves to the possibility that his regime will survive for years to come
To date, an estimated two million refugees have fled the civil war, seeking sanctuary in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, ..
25-7-2013: Syria, Iraq and Depleted Uranium (http://www.globalresearch.ca)
As the U.S.considers expanding its war on Syria to overt military aggression, Iraq provides some warning of the human cost of accepting the policies of madmen
Serbian sources claim that a UNEP 1999 Environmental Law report revealing the permanent damage to Yugoslavia was entirely suppressed, but with a portion leaked to an American journalist. In North America where the weapons are made, its not a welcome issue. Depleted uranium use indicates the intention of genocide against a people, their ability to reproduce, the health of their children, and continuation as a people
The people of Syria are already plunged into disaster with UN assessment of the number of refugees the largest since the Rwandan genocide
25-7-2013: Thousands of Syrian police who joined the rebels are on U.S. payroll (http://www.worldtribune.com)
The United States has been paying thousands of Syrian police officers who deserted the regime of President Bashar Assad
There are literally thousands of defected police inside of Syria, Assistant Secretary of State Rick Barton said. They are credible in their communities because theyve defected. .
24-7-2013: Video Inside Syria: Britain Violates Own Anti-Terrorist Legislation (http://tv.globalresearch.ca)
So in effect I think that Britain is simply towing the line in putting this terrorist organization on the blacklist while at the same time supporting them covertly in violation of their own anti-terrorist legislation .
.it's also true for the United States and several other countries, which openly support the al-Nusra affiliate to al-Qaeda via the so-called Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army .
So, in effect, all or most of the military aid from US and allied forces including the United Kingdom is in fact channeled through the Supreme Military Council to al-Nusra
24-7-2013: UN: More 100,000 now dead in Syria's civil war (http://www.boston.com)
The number of dead in Syrias civil war has passed 100,000, the U.N. chief said Thursday .
There is no military solution to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at the United Nations ..
24-7-2013: Health Minister urges international organizations to help in rehabilitating damaged health institutions (http://sana.sy/)
During the meeting, minister al-Nayef reviewed the human and material losses of the health sector as a result of armed attacks against health establishments as ''87 workers were martyred, more than 100 injured and 21 kidnapped.''
482 ambulances were harmed with 176 put out of service, and 652 health centers were vandalized, 418 of which were put out of service, the minister pointed out, adding that 57 hospitals were destroyed with 37 out of service. 22 medical factories are now dysfunctional .
24-7-2013: Lavrov: Washington's decision to arm 'Syrian opposition' contradicts Russia-US initiative (http://sana.sy)
Washington's decision to arm the Syrian opposition contradicts the Russia-US initiative for organizing the international Syria conference in Geneva without preconditions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said .
24-7-2013: Report: Assad Approached Israel for Alawite Safe Haven (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly approached MK Avigdor Lieberman via a third party to ask Israel not to block his attempts to form an independent state for his Alawite brethren ..
23-7-2013: Gen. Martin Dempsey Warns U.S. Intervention in Syria Will Trigger Wider War (http://freebeacon.com)
U.S. military intervention in Syria on behalf of Syria rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime risks embroiling the United States and states in the region in a wider conflict, .
A U.S. official said the four star generals warning about deeper involvement suggests that U.S. involvement in Syria will trigger a war with Iran .
The rebels also have begun to fracture into Islamist and secular camps, with al Qaeda-linked groups gaining power and turning against secular rebels ..
23-7-2013: U.S. Passport Found among Syria Jihadists (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)