President Assad’s Media Advisor Visits Al-Manar Office in Damascus

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The media advisor of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, .Bouthaina Shaaban, visited Tuesday Al-Manar office in Damascus and offered condolences for the martyrdom of colleagues Hamza Hajj Hasan, Mohammad Mantash and  Halim Allaw.

Shaaban praised the role which Al-Manar plays in the field of resistance and considered that the place of the martyrdom in the sacred town of Maaloula proves that Al-Manar message is universal and pertains mainly preserving the right.

Shaaban added that the terrorists will not be able to defeat the right whatever they do, referring the battlefield achievements which are attained by the Syrian army and document by the resistance media.

Source: Al-Manar Website
15-04-2014 – 23:12 Last updated

Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk continue to suffer in Gaza

Palestinians carry containers filled with water from standpipes provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on April 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib)
Published Monday, April 14, 2014
“What is happening? When we first came, everyone said don’t worry about anything…But when we got here, we found the complete opposite,” said the refugees who came from the camps in Syria to “a part” of their homeland in in the Gaza Strip. When they first fled, they were showered with promises, but as soon as they began to settle down they found themselves to be little more than strangers and refugees in their ancestral home.
han3Gaza – “At first, they told us: ‘We will provide you with an education and we will be with you every step of the way.’ But today none of this has happened. Imagine, they tell the displaced students: ‘Pay first before you enter the exam, even if you are a Syrian refugee.’ We can’t do anything! We have to pay the university fees to keep studying,” says one displaced refugee from a Palestinian camp in Syria.
From the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus to the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip, the displaced are going through harsh times, from unemployment and poverty, to difficulty in continuing their education. Each story is a tragedy.
This is what Sameh Salman, from the Yarmouk camp, tells us, after his family chose to flee to Gaza. He lives today in the Beit Lahiya refugee camp in a small rented home. Salman enrolled at the Islamic University to continue his studies.
His first semester was covered by a scholarship given to refugees from Syria, and he was promised that the university would help him with the rest of the semesters exceptionally. So Salman was surprised when the university started asking him to pay his fees of 400 Jordanian dinars ($565) the second semester.
Salman was in shock. How could he secure such a sum so close to the exams? “The government in Gaza promised to help us. Senior figures even told us: ‘We will provide you with an education and we will help you’…But the university told me otherwise asking me to pay before the exams. “I had to pay 400 Jordanian dinars,” the young man explains.
“My family in Gaza could not secure this sum. I tried to get the dean to exempt me from registration fees, as they do this from time to time, but to no avail. All requests for a meeting were dismissed with or without an excuse. I had no choice but to do everything I could to get the money,” he adds.

Mohammed Yousef also hails from the Yarmouk camp. Like many families fleeing from Syria, he and his family are waiting for the Hamas government in Gaza to assist them. They called a conference with the prime minister and his cabinet at a hotel in Gaza.

Yousef said, “Regarding the Syrian students, [Hamas Prime Minister Ismail] Haniyeh told us that they can study free of charge in Gaza, as per a personal decision he had issued. He also asked the minister of education, who was sitting by his side, to note down the decision.” He continued, “He told us, word for word, ‘I brought the ministers to note down your demands and to fulfill them all.’ We went home feeling happy. But when we went to enroll at the universities, they told us, to our surprise, that they had no knowledge of any such decision by any side.”
Yousef is in charge of student affairs in the Committee for Refugees from Syria to Gaza. He studies at the Islamic University in Gaza and he and his family have many stories to tell about their plight.
He said, “[…] Since we came to Gaza, I do not recall that we ever had fruits, meats, or sweets in our home. We received an unemployment allowance as a grant from Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, but it is not enough for anything. It is around $200, but we‘re all adults in the family, and the sum paid by the Social Affairs Ministry is barely enough to cover rent. I don’t know how the days will pass and how we will pay to study and eat.”
In turn, Ibrahim al-Ghandour, the coordinator of a the national campaign lobbying for a reduction in Palestinian university tuition fees, called on universities to fulfill their national and moral responsibility vis-à-vis the Palestinian student refugees who came from Syria to Gaza.
He said, “We reached out to several Palestinian universities to assist the Syrian families that have fled to Gaza, and they promised us that they would consider this, but to no avail. To date, we have not seen any real moves in this regard. We at the national campaign appeal to universities and the Ministry of Higher Education to make an immediate decision to waive fees for those students, who will not in any way be a burden on their budget.”
However, the Islamic University, which is affiliated to Hamas, rejected a similar request made by the head of the Committee for Refugees from Syria to Gaza Atef al-Aimawi. The university claimed that financial circumstances do not currently allow it to exempt any new beneficiaries from fees, citing the crippling blockade imposed on Gaza and the harsh financial crisis in the Strip. The University proposed that the students displaced from Syria apply with the Deanship of Student Affairs to take advantage of some loans and grants it provides.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

PRESIDENT ASSADS SAYS GOODBYE TO BANDAR AS CROWDS CHEER ARMY IN ‘ASSAAL AL-WARD

“Mmmm. I can smell those ripe bananas.”
“Good bye, Bandar. Toodleydoo. Arrivederci (but not too soon), Hasta la Vista Baby, Salve Tibi Jerkus, Adieu, Ta ta. Dosvedanye, Y’all don’t come back now ya heah, Bon voyage, A bien tot, Aufwiedersehen……”
“Kingdom of the Apes”:  It’s official: Bandar is out as head of General “Intelligence” and Yusuf Al-Idreesi is in.  King Abdullah decreed this after Bandar returned from brainwashing in Washington D.C. amid claims the U.S. insisted on his dismissal. 

DAMASCUS:

الجيش السوري يدخل الى عسال الورد في القلمون بترحيب واستقبال من الأهالي
The Syrian Army was cheered through the hilltops, mountainsides and every ravine after entering ‘Assaal Al-Ward.  It was obvious to everyone that riddance from the Saudi-backed savages was heaven-sent relief and the people showed it.
Jarash, Jordan:  Just when everybody thought that shoes flying into G.W. Bush’s face or Hillary Clinton’s would put an end to the practice, Muflih Al-Mahaasina of Jarash, Jordan, let one fly at the Prime Minister’s, ‘Abdullah Al-Nusoor’s, in protest over economic conditions.
Mr. Al-Nusoor
We all knew Mr. Al-Nusoor was a “shoe”-in for PM in Jordan. But, to what extent we didn’t know until this happened.
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SYRIAN ARMY TAKES ASSAAL AL-WARD!


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Saudi King Orders Removal of Prince Bandar as Spy Chief

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Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been removed from hBandaris post as kingdom’s spy chief, Al-Alam website quoted the Saudi official news agency.

According to Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a decree on Tuesday in which he removed Prince Bandar from his post, “upon on his request” and replaced him with lieutenant general staff Yousef bin Ali Al-Idrisi  who was the deputy chief of general intelligence.

Prince Bandar was reportedly becoming problematic for the royal family as he practically turned to a commander for militant groups fighting against Syrian government.

He is said to be conducting plans to alter the situation in Syria according to his interests and has been travelling to Washington, Moscow, Paris and London to meet his partners on the matter.

Diplomatic sources said earlier that Washington had demanded the removal of Prince Bandar from the Syrian file because of his mismanagement of the situation in the country, which has been grappling with a foreign-backed crisis since March 2011.

On February 19, the Washington Post also reported that the Saudi interior minister had recently represented Saudi Arabia at a conclave of Western and Arab spymasters in the US, where he held talks with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice over the policies in Syria.

Bandar, who formerly served as Saudi ambassador to Washington for over 20 years, has been a staunch supporter of Takfiri militants operating against Syria.

He is widely believed to be the key figure trying to increase Saudi weapons flow to the foreign-backed militants in Syria fighting with President Bashar Assad’s government.

The Saudi prince is also known to have had close ties with former US President George Bush, and was an advocate of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Source: Websites
15-04-2014 

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Who is behind the killing of Syrian nationals in Lebanon?

An injured Syrian man, who fled Yabrud, rests at a field hospital in the city of Arsal in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley on March 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid)
Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014
On April 14, a dismembered corpse was found in a garbage bag in the Ouzai neighborhood of southern Beirut. Despite the proliferation of the dreadful images of death lately in and outside Lebanon, crimes like this are still uncommon.
Ouzai residents gathered yesterday morning around the Sukleen vehicle that was collecting garbage and started asking whose body is this.They began whispering: “We don’t know him. Who did this? We’ve never seen crimes like this before.”
It is not easy to describe the scene. The way the corpse was butchered is terrifying. The head, hands, and legs were all severed from the body. The waste disposal workers found the black trash bag in the middle of the main street in Ouzai, across from al-Ahliah School. Police rushed to the scene and then the coroner came to inspect the remains and the investigation began.
According to the coroner, the crime took place no more than 24 hours ago and the corpse’s facial features are still visible. The neighborhood’s residents do not recognize the victim and neither do the security forces. No ID was found on the victim and there were no witnesses to the crime. Later on, some people suggested that the corpse probably belongs to a Syrian man. The police realized that they have a murder case on their hands and some suggest that the blood found on the ground in Bourj al-Barajneh – Ain al-Dilbi probably belongs to the same corpse found in Ouzai.
A sample from the blood found in Bourj al-Barajneh – Ain al-Dilbi was taken to compare with the blood from the Ouzai corpse but the results have yet to be announced.
Al-Akhbar found out that some policemen suspect that the crime took place for “security reasons having to do with the events in Syria. The victim might be close to the regime in Syria and was bringing information to certain parties. Therefore, the killer might be close to the takfiri gangs in Syria.” The police speculate about this theory without being able to prove it definitively. They are keeping the reasons that led them to this conclusion a secret.

On the same day, news of yet another brutal murder emerged from the Saadiyat area south of Beirut. Unlike the murder in Ouzai, this time the victim’s origins and identity are known. The victim was 45-year-old Muhannad al-Atli, a Syrian national. His corpse was found completely burned inside his room in Sahel al-Chouf. According to the post-mortem medical examination, he died from stab wounds and was then set on fire. Some policemen suggest that this victim too might be an informant.

So what exactly is going on? Are we facing a wave of liquidating Syrian informants by the armed groups in Syria or a similar party inside Lebanon? The police are taking these hypotheses seriously and the investigations are ongoing. Perhaps the cameras might reveal something new once the footage is viewed.
There is a third incident that took place about a month and a half ago in Beirut’s southern suburbs. A Syrian man jumped from a high building in the Hadath region near the Lebanese University and died. On the face of it, it appeared to be a suicide. But some policemen think he was killed then thrown from the building or was thrown from the building while he was still alive.
These incidents become more suspicious when we add another murder that took place less than a month ago. Ali Harmoush, a Syrian national, was found dead, with multiple knife wounds in the Fanar region in the Metn district. The crime took place inside a building under construction near the Lebanese University’s Fanar campus. The unidentified murderer wrote on the wall of the room where Harmoush was killed “In revenge for Yabroud and Syria’s honor,” with the victim’s blood.
Security sources told Al-Akhbar that, against the backdrop of the Syrian crisis, there is fear among Syrians themselves regarding these murders. They point out that Syrians’ security file in Lebanon has become huge, given that their unofficial number has reached nearly two million. Even before Syrians began to flee to Lebanon, the security forces used to complain about the lack of personnel. Today some are saying: “perhaps we need to declare a state of emergency.”
The security forces in all their agencies do not have the capacity to arrest everyone that should be arrested. Most police stations are not even properly staffed. Some security forces lately stopped arresting Lebanese and Syrians “unless they are suspected of a security-related crime. The traditional criminal cases are overlooked or more precisely go uninvestigated to avoid unwanted or unmanageable arrests as there aren’t enough cells and prisons.”
It appears that the state has surrendered to the security situation, which is too difficult to manage. A comprehensive security plan that would cover all Lebanese territories and that would not just target issues of terrorism is desperately needed. If this does not happen, we might be in store for more horrific crimes and perhaps a criminal-social explosion of the kind that would turn society into complete anarchy.
Update: According to Lebanon’s National News Agency, the victim has been indentified as Mustafa Nassif Saad, about 45-years-old. Syrian national Zaki Saleh Tahawi and an unnamed Bengali woman have been arrested on suspicion of the crime.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Farewell to Knights of Truth: Hamza, Halim, Mohammad

Mass Funeral Processions Bid Farewell to Martyrs Hajj Hasan, Mantash

تشييع حاشد ومهيب في وداع حمزة شهيد المنار

 

 

تفاصيل العملية العسكرية في معلولا وأهمية البلدة التاريخية

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 The funeral procession of colleague martyr Hamza Hajj Hasan moved in the town of Shaath in Bekaa from his house to the cemetry where a military salute and a prayer were performed for the sake of the martyr.
في معلولا المسيحية

The mass procession had moved through Bekaa villages where a farewell was held to the martyr. A mass funeral procession in the southern town of Kfarseer held a farewell to the colleague martyr Mohammad Mantash. A prayer and a military salute were performed for the sake of the martyr.

Source: Al Manar TV

15-04-2014 – 17:38 Last updated 15-04-201 ——

بالفيديو: الاشتباك، واللحظات الأولى لاستشهاد الزملاء في المنار

Farewell to Knights of Truth: Hamza, Halim, Mohammad

15-04-2014 | 09:2
It is the tax of blood that once again obliges us to bid farewell for the Truth Knights’ in their final journey..
They were there … were the rays of sun tell endless stories of men who wrote resistant victories with the ink of blood.
To them a great greeting and to al-Manar: Congratulations to the partners of Jihad, Resistance, and Martyrdom.
Al-Manar television crew came under gunfire Monday during its coverage of the Syrian army’s recapture of the Christian town of Maalula from the terrorist hands, which resulted in the martyrdom of the reporter Hamza al-Hajj Hassan along with a cameraman and a technician.
Al-Manar said 27-year-old Hajj Hassan and his two colleagues – cameraman Mohammed Mantash and technician Halim Allaw – were martyred when armed groups opened fire at their convoy in Maalula.
Two other members of the crew were wounded in the attack, al-Manar added.
The attack happened despite the fact that the cars of its team were clearly marked with press signs.
“With the bless of the martyrs’ blood and the vigor of heroic fighters, we will sleep tonight at the al-Safir Hotel in Maalula,” Hajj Hassan wrote on his Facebook page hours before his martyrdom on Monday.
Al-Manar General Manager Ibrahim Farhat mourned the slain crew during a press conference, stressing that the TV network will continue its coverage of the conflict in Syria regardless of the sacrifices.
Earlier on Monday, Syrian troops retook the ancient Christian town of Maalula from the armed groups hands.
Hasan Hamzah, Hajj Hasan’s colleague at al-Manar, said he would miss him the most, as the two were very close to each other. “We sat next to each other in the newsroom and shared lots of things, we used the same telephone … and we shared the same lockers,” Hamzah said. “Just today, I wore his shirt and I am still wearing it right now.”
Hamzah said that Hajj Hasan knew he was heading to dangerous places. “He was perseverant and knew what he wanted. His life has ended today … his death is a loss, but he is one of a series of al-Manar martyrs, I congratulate him,” Hamzah added.
Lebanese officials condemned the killing.
“The assassination of members of media is a coward act,” President Michel Suleiman tweeted.
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun extended his condolences to al-Manar. “We are all blessed by the martyrdom of the martyrs … and we share the pains of their families,” Aoun said.
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, from Speaker Nabih Berri, paid his respects to al-Manar, hailing the job of the station’s staff as “heroic.”
Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Roknabadi strongly condemned the attack.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

Militants in Syria Assassinate Three Al-Manar Journalists

Posted on April 14, 2014

Three journalists working with Lebanese al-Manar television have been killed after coming under attack from foreign-backed militants in the Syrian town of Ma’loula.

أبو جعفر الجندي المجهول- المنار
أبو جعفر… الجندي المجهول!
According to al-Manar, correspondent Hamza al-Hajj Hassan, technician Halim Allaw and cameraman Mohammed Mantash were gunned down by “armed groups” on Monday.
The shooting came shortly after Syrian armed forces retook full control of Ma’loula.
Meanwhile, Press TV’s crew that is covering the conflict in the strategic Qalamoun region, says Iran’s al-Alam Arabic-language news channel crew has been met with gunfire as well.
On March 8, Omar Abdel Qader, a cameraman who worked for Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television channel, was killed in Deir Ezzor, the largest city in eastern Syria.
The privately-owned channel said Abdel Qader lost his life on his 27th birthday while covering clashes between Syrian troops and the foreign-backed militants in the city.
Dozens of journalists, including a Press TV correspondent, have been killed in Syria since the deadly conflict began more than three years ago.
The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, blaming al-Qaeda-linked militants for kidnappings and murders of journalists, even in neighboring Iraq.
According Reporters Without Borders (RSF), over 130 news providers were killed in Syria between March 2011 to December 2013.
Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed violence.
The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have reportedly been supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
MR/AB/SS

Syria deplores killings of al-Manar journalists

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi

Syria says the killings of three journalists working with Lebanese al-Manar television by militants are to be added to the record of Takfiri terrorism in the country.
According to al-Manar, correspondent Hamza al-Hajj Hassan, technician Halim Allaw and cameraman Mohammed Mantash were gunned down by “armed groups” in the Syrian town of Ma’loula on Monday.
“Blood of the three journalists and their Syrian colleagues will remain a torch which lightens the ray of reality to the whole world,” Syrian Presidential Media office said on Monday, expressing condolences to the Lebanese television and the families of the journalists.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi also held a telephone conversation with al-Manar and offered condolences to the Lebanese TV and the families of the journalists on behalf of National Media Council, Journalists Union and workers in the media.
The shooting came shortly after Syrian armed forces retook full control of Ma’loula.
On Monday, Syria’s official news agency SANA also cited an unnamed military source as saying that the army units had recaptured the historic town, located about 70 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.
>Ma’loula was taken over by the foreign-backed Takfiri groups in early December, 2013. The town is regarded as a symbol of the ancient Christian presence in Syria.
President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the Takfiri war in his country has strongly shifted in favor of the government forces as they have made continuous gains in their battle against terrorists.
Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed violence.
The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have reportedly been supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
IA/AS/MAM

Information Ministry, Presidential Media office bless martyrdom of al-Manar TV journalists

 Apr 14, 2014
Damascus, SANA, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi affirmed Monday that targeting al-Manar TV media team today in Maaloula in Damascus countryside is a crime to be added to the record of takfiri terrorism in Syria which previously attacked the Syrian national media.Al-Zoubi, in a telephone call with al-Manar TV and on behalf of the Information Ministry, National Media Council, Journalists Union and workers in the media domain, blessed al-Manar, national resistance and families of martyrs for the martyrdom of colleagues Hamza Haj Hassan, Mohammad Mantash and Halim Alwa after they had come under fires of terrorists while performing their press mission in Maaloula.
The Minister said the terrorist war on Syria is a crucial one which determines the destiny of Islam, Christianity and the Arab nation, expressing confidence that that Syria and resistance will win against terrorism and enemies of the nation.
Presidential Media office: Blood of martyrs will remain a torch which lightens the ray of reality to the whole world
Meanwhile, Presidential Media office blessed al-Manar TV and families of martyrs Hamza Haj Hassan, Mohammad Mantash and Halim Alwa for their accession to heavenly life along with those who preceded them while covering the real events in Syria.
“Blood of the three journalists and their Syrian colleagues will remain a torch which lightens the ray of reality to the whole world,” the Media office affirmed.
Earlier, Al-Manar TV announced three journalists its team were killed Monday after they had come under fires of armed terrorist groups while covering the events in Maaloula, Damascus countryside.
Syrian Journalists Union condemns the crime
For its part, Syrian Journalists’ Union condemned the crime committed by armed takfiri terrorist groups against the three journalists while performing their national duty in Maaloula.
The Union said in a statement that this crime is part of a big conspiracy which targets the reality and the spread of the genuine information as it targets the journalists and their pens in spite of the clearness in the signs they raise as media men and journalists.
It offered condolences to families of the martyrs and their colleagues in al-Manar, saluting all martyrs of the resistant media.
Syrian Arab News Agency: targeting al-Manar TV team is an attempt to prevent truth from reaching public opinion
The Syrian Arab News Agency congratulated al-Manar TV on the martyrdom of three crew members, condemning this crime which is meant to prevent the truth from reaching the public opinion.
The Agency stressed that the martyrdom of the three journalists is additional evidence on the mission of al-Manar TV set to convey the truth, expressing pride in the martyrdom of journalists in Syria.
National Media Council: al-Manar TV martyrs are martyrs of Syria, Lebanon, Islamic and Arab nations
The National Media Council stressed that the martyrs of al-Manar TV are the martyrs of Syria, Lebanon, Islamic and Arab nations.
In a statement, the council offered condolences to the al-Manar TV and its workers “who have worked hard to present honest resistant media against Zionism and terrorism.”
Mazen /F.Allafi
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Ukraine SITREP April 14, 13:00 EST

Ukraine SITREP April 14, 13:00 EST

It appears that the next 24 hours will be absolutely crucial for the future of the Ukraine.  So far, these are the most important developments: The following cities have seen uprisings taking place over the week-end: Kharkov, Slaviansk, Krasnyi Liman, Kramatorsk, Lugansk, Enakievo, Gorlovka, Donetsk, Khartsyzk, Ilovaisk, Mariupol.  To get a feel for the spread, check out this map:

Rebel cities in the eastern Ukraine

The second big development is the clear increase in the quality of the forces opposing the takeover of the eastern Ukraine by the revolutionary regime in Kiev.  Up until Friday, most of the demonstrators were civilians, “armed” with bars, stones, Molotov cocktails, bats, etc. and, frankly, their barricades looked pretty lame.  Over the week end some better equipped forces have appeared, this could be due to the seizure of weapons caches from the SBU, but my guess is that there is a traffic going on between Crimea and the eastern Ukraine.  Some Crimeans have said so openly.  Furthermore, it is very likely that there are also volunteers from Russia, probably with military backgrounds, helping out the locals.   The barricades look far better built now, they are over 6 feet high and they seem much better protected.

The Kiev regime and the USA have accused Russia of having GRU agents involved.  Well, I am pretty sure that they are there – they would be stupid not to – but to present the spreading insurrection as the result of the Kremlin’s covert operations is rather silly.  While I would expect the SVR and GRU to try to help, they are going to try to stay several steps removed in order to avoid a potential political scandal for Russia.  But could the GRU be providing equipment for Russian volunteers in eastern Ukraine.  Yes, that is definitely possible, thought not necessarily the most likely explanations.  The fact is that nobody really knows.

There are some pretty consistent rumors that the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,  John O. Brennan, has covertly travelled to Kiev and that he is the one who told the regime to put down the rebellion in the East.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  What is certain is that the SBU has been run by the CIA since 22 years already and that the authorities would never have gone ahead with this plan without getting Uncle Sam’s approval.  Since the offensive basically failed, it appears that the US has told its Ukrainian allies to “cool it”, either to try to negotiate or just to win some time.  Whatever may be the case, both Iatseniuk and Turchinov have now promised a referendum on the future of the Ukraine and all the “legitimate demands” of the East.  Nobody trusts them (Turchinov had just announced an “anti-terrorist” operation!), but this is nevertheless a *huge* development.  At the very same time, there are repeated reports about a secret order by Turchinov to crack down on the eastern Urkaine and that Andrei Parubii (Maidan), Valentin Nalivaichenko  (SBU) and Vasilii Krutov (Military) have formed special headquarters to coordinate the repression.

Finally, there are a lot of reports of large columns of military units moving towards the East.  They even include artillery  and heavy multiple rocket launchers.  My hope is that these are moved to the eastern Ukraine in order to try to stop a Russian military intervention.  I am not saying that this would work – it would not – but that I hope that this is the plan.  I don’t want to even contemplate the possibility that these systems might be used against the civilian population.

There are basically three scenarios for the short term now:

1) The Ukies give up on the notion to solve this problem by violence and terror and some kind of deal will be hammered out between Russia and the US on the 17th.
2) The Ukies do attack and fail.
3) The Ukies attack, are successful and Russia intervenes.

Can a unitary Ukraine still be saved?  At this point, I would say that this *might* still be possible, but that the Ukies have to really give up the notion of breaking the rebellion in the East by violence and the USA have to finally stop the nonsense and agree to seriously negotiate.

If the Ukie do try to attack and put down the rebellion by force, they can kiss the eastern Ukraine goodbye forever.

Stay tuned.

The Saker

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Open letter to Putin (or the real face of the “other” West!)

Open letter to Putin (or the real face of the “other” West!) 

Russia stands for freedom!
We all know that the western corporate media lies, that western politicians lie, that a big segment of the population in the West has been zombified into terminal stupidity.  But there is another West which is very rarely mentioned, whose voice is systematically ignored, which is categorically opposed to what is being done in its name by the ruling plutocracy and which refuses to shut up and obey.  All of us who have lived in the West know this and, I believe, most people outside the West do realize that too.  The truth is that the enemy of Russia today is also the enemy of the 99% of people in Europe and in the USA.  Of course, the 1%ers try to divide us all into small groups and oppose us to each other, and when that does not work, they try to scare us.  And still, some, many, see straight through this. Today, thanks to a good German friend (thanks “FR”!!) who agreed to translate this letter especially for this blog now I have the translation into English of an “open letter to Putin” signed by large and diverse group of Germans who were touched by Putin’s words about Germany and its reunification and who decided to reply to him in an open letter.  You can find the original of the letter here.  What follows is the full translation into English:[I have been informed that another translation is available here.]
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About the anti-Russian statements of our mass media and politicians

Open letter to Putin
By Volker Braeutigam

President Putin has turned in his speech to the reintegration of Crimea from March 18, 2014,  directly to the German people. This appeal deserves positive resonance that corresponds to the real feelings of the Germans, so how they got these days in ad hoc surveys to the expression. The unilaterally anti-Russian statements of many our mass media and politicians as well as the escalating actions of Berlin do not represent the German population and her increasing distance to the bellicose policy of the EU and NATO. Therefore, here is now an open letter to president Putin which will be handed over on Thursday to the Russian embassy in Berlin:
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Dear Mister President!

In your speech in front of the state Duma you asked he German people for some understanding. We are German citizens, who experienced the post-war period by the majority in the west half of Germany.  When the cold war 1990 was ended and our country was reunited, a sigh of relief went through the world, because the always threatening danger of a nuclear military conflict seemed avoided, which would have pulled the entire globe in. Germany would have been extinguished.

The Soviet Union has played the decisive role for the liberation of Europe from Nazism under incomparable victims.  Nevertheless, it was in 1990 ready to support the German reunification in 1991 to dissolve the Warsaw Pact and community to accept NATO membership total of Germany. This was not honored by the West.

The former Ambassador of the United States in Moscow (1987-1991), Jack Matlock, a few days ago in the Washington Post confirmed that President Bush promised not to exploit the generosity of President Gorbachev.

The expansion of NATO up to the former Soviet republics, the establishment of military bases in former Warsaw signatories and the construction of an anti-ballistic missile defense screen in East Europe with concurrent withdrawal from the ABM treaty on the part of the USA are all striking breaches of promise.

These measures are understood by us only as a claim to power by the western leadership power which are directed against the state and economic consolidation pursued by you of your land after your assumption of office in 2000.

Moreover, Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press stated beyond that 2006 in „Foreign Affairs “with her article „to The Rise OF U.S. Nuclear Primacy” convincingly that the anti-missile defense screen is to make a nuclear first strike possible for the nuclear neutralization of Russia.

This background in condensed form is the background before which we assess the events in the Ukraine since November 2013. Meanwhile, it is widely documented that the United States has exploited the legitimate protests of the Ukrainian people for their own purposes. The pattern is familiar from other countries: Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine 2004, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Venezuela …

The “interference” of the European Union and OSCE was swiftly taken care within twelve hours after the deal negotiated by the foreign ministers for a peaceful transition was overturned with the help of fascist forces.

The website of the Open Ukraine Foundation of the incumbent Prime Minister shows who is behind the current coup government in Kiev.

Internal and international law questions about the secession of Crimea are differently answered. We want to evaluate them here not legally, but only  from a political point of view.

Against the background of developments in Europe since 1990, the deployment of some 1,000 U.S. military bases around the world, the control of the Straits by the U.S. and the outgoing of the perpetrators of the Maidan threat to the Russian Black Sea fleet, we see the secession of the Crimea as a defensive measure with a simultaneous message: up to here and no further!

The crucial difference with Kosovo’s independence declaration is that the latter was made possible by the illegal bombing by NATO, unfortunately with the participation of Germany , which created the conditions for independence.

Dear Mr. President, you have called for an economic community from Lisbon to Vladivostok for almost four years. It would be the economic basis for the “common European home”.

The Ukraine could take up an ideal bridge function for the future cooperation between the Eurasian Union lead by you and the European Union, not least in cultural respect. We are persuaded that the massive influencing control of the USA has as its purpose prevent the Ukraine from becoming such a bridge.

The forces which have prevailed in the European Commission are supporting the policy of the United States against Russia. The speech of the Executive Secretary-General of the European external action service, Pierre Vimont, on March 14, this year is so unique (EurActiv: “EU shunned from US-Russia meeting on Ukraine”).

Dear Mr. President, we trust that your historic speech in year 2001, will continue to form the basis for your actions against the EU and Germany in the German Bundestag. The latest polls show that the majority of Germans does not want any confrontation with the Russian Federation and are expressing understanding for Russian actions towards the Ukraine.

We do not underestimate the difficulties faced Federal Republic of Germany as a member of the EU and NATO concerning Russia, these are also known to you. However, at least we expect the Federal Government operate in the old Roman legal principle audiatur et altera pars (“hear the other side too”). This was omitted in connection with the neighborhood policy of the EU in the case of Ukraine.

Even during the Cold War Russia has not made use of the argument that 27 millions of its citizens died during WWII for political gain against Germany.  This figure alone  gives a special quality in the relations between our countries.

The people of Germany have a keen sense of to this: when  “The Group of Soviet forces in Germany” in year 1994 takes leave of  Germany with a performance of its music corps on the square before the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn , there were moving scenes between the numerous spectators and musicians.

In this context, when we see the news reporting and commentaries in the German media we can only say that we find them disgusting.

Dear Mr. President, with our modest means as a simple citizen, we will help to ensure that the intended division of Europe does not succeed, but the ideas of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz be brought back to new life.

We are convinced: only if the states and peoples of the Eurasian double continent regulate their affairs peacefully with one another, respectfully, cooperatively, on the basis of the right and without outside interference, this will radiate also into the remaining world. We see you in this sense as our ally.  For Your current, and hopefully also the next office period we wish you strength, power of endurance, intelligence and skillfulness.


With utmost respect,

Signed by 300+ people (for full list see here)

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One could say that 300 people is not that much for a country of 80 million people, but that would be mistaken.  These are not “just” 300 people.  These are 300 people willing to commit social and political seppuku and who dare to openly swim against what is arguable the worst hate and propaganda campaign since the end of WWII (I for sure do not recall such anti-Soviet hysteria during the Cold War).  Furthermore, these people are showing the rest of the terminally passive Europeans that it is possible to speak up and not only refuse to participate in this hate campaign, but even to openly challenge it.  In fact, these Germans go even further: they are calling Putin (the “New Hitler” and WorstAndMostEvilEnemyOfMankindEver) an ‘ally’ while rejecting their own national leadership.  That, my friends, takes a lot of guts.  It also proves that there is no such thing as historical inevitability.  If the country which attacked Russia not once, but twice in the 20th century can produce this can of awareness then no situation is hopeless.  I sure hope that this letter will be translated into Russia and circulated by the Russian media not just to show “support for Russia”, but to show that the people of Europe are not all the enemies of the Russian people.

I don’t know if that will actually happen, but I am sure there such letters are also possible outside Germany.  I am getting a lot of emails from readers in Europe who are disgusted and outraged by what is being done, supposedly in their name.  And the same goes for the USA and even central Europe.

I want to conclude this with a short except from the Book of Genesis:

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. (Genesis 18:17-33).

We all know how it ends: God sends two angels to remove Lot from the city and then He destroys Sodom and Gomorrah.  Thus it is said that “just one man can save a city“.  

I think that the honor and dignity of 80 million Germans can be saved by the 300+ who followed the words of Stéphane Hessel and were outraged and followed the words of Yehuda Bower and refused to be bystanders.

Should any of them ever read these words – I respectfully salute them!

Arabs need third way between religious and military regimes

Talal Salman

“[We want] power, all the power, or else civil war.” This is the slogan that governs the behavior of Islamists, whether Brotherhood or Salafists, in the Arab world, West and East, especially where these groups and organizations are allowed to raise slogans that exude distorted memories of the past as they progress to hijack the future.
Try to appear as a victim to gain power,” goes a motto of Islamist origin. And those organizations, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, have applied that motto to the letter. So they agreed to stand in the rear seats so that the regime could claim to be democratic, as happened in Egypt during the Anwar Sadat era and in the latter days of the Hosni Mubarak era.
That lasted until pent-up popular anger erupted. The Brotherhood was confused about what to do, so it decided to lie low, waiting for the right moment to pounce on the revolution and hijack it to seize power, taking advantage of the leadership vacuum in the “square” (i.e., among revolutionaries) and the lack of a comprehensive program.
In Tunisia, the Brotherhood’s leaders were smarter and better. When they realized that they couldn’t monopolize power, and after many maneuvers and vigorous attempts that collided with the facts of a solid body of popular rejection against Brotherhood rule, they recognized the participation of political parties whose past could not be eliminated and whose role could not be written off in shaping the future. And the current governance equation was born, awaiting possible developments, the most serious of which are the events in Egypt in the period between the fall of the Brotherhood and the rise of the “new era,” whose features are being formed in the street these days.
Perhaps the most serious difference between the events in Tunisia and those in Egypt is that the army played no role in Tunisia, not in the past or present, and will likely not have a role in the future.
In Egypt, the military wrote the past and is writing the present. It may also write the future, surpassing the serious difficulties it is now facing, in the phase separating two eras, whose facts were written by the “square.”
It is clear that the Muslim Brotherhood has still not accepted that, by rushing to monopolize power, it had lost all the power. It missed an opportunity to govern Egypt in partnership with the forces of the future rather than encircle them with Salafist notions coming from the caliphate era, which never succeeded in uniting the umma (Muslim nation) despite subjecting it to the sword of one sultan.
It is an open struggle for power between the army, whose new leadership changed its position in the square. In the early days of the revolution, the square was shouting “no to military rule.” But the army became the spearhead to overthrow the Brotherhood’s rule.
But the “square” protecting the army, which was led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and which took a decisive role in completing the change, seems adamant not to leave the “square” and give the army the chance to monopolize power once again, even though the “square” knows that its various political forces lack a unified program, which increases the concern of the average citizen in Egypt (and beyond) about the future.
In fact, the relationship of the army with the government in many Arab countries, from East to West, is highly controversial. The essence of the controversy is about the militarization of the government and the abolition of political life, political parties, organizations and the new forces that have integrated visions about society and reflect more or less, via their programs, their aspirations, the simplest of which is to live a normal life, not under the shadow of martial law or controlled by soldiers who, by their training, aren’t very fond of politicians, left or right.
The military has ruled most Arab countries — since its defeat facing the Israeli project to occupy Palestine (and Arab will) until almost today — from the area between Yemen and Algeria, almost, with the exception of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries (where there have been coups of another nature in which gold played the decisive role).
There’s no use arguing about the disastrous results of military rule, as evidenced by the popular uprisings that swept almost all Arab lands and whose primary and overriding goal was to get rid of military rule, which transformed the republics into monarchies ruled by a group of incompetent officers.
Those Arab countries have lost talented citizens who escaped to countries that provide them with safety and some dignity. The statistics show that all talents have fled the Arab countries: science, medicine, economics, art, the press and various areas of expression.
In contrast, swarms of hypocrites and opportunists have secured enormous privileges benefiting the foreigner, who hides behind them as a silent partner and doesn’t touch the share of the sultan’s entourage.
The results of the military controlling the decision-making positions in most Arab countries are that they squandered the country’s resources and ruined public education, while foreign education institutions received underserved special privileges. Then, productive resources owned by the public sector were sold to foreigners. The opportunists in the government defamed the institutions that were built by the citizens’ sweat and that provided for future generations. The opportunists drained the wealth of the nation to serve just one of the country’s generations.
Some Arab countries have had scandals: the sale of the means of production to foreign investors under the pretext of liberalizing the economy and adopting the policy of laissez-faire. In one serious scandal, the friends of the sultan were partners and brokers, and they wasted the sacrifices of generations who built the elements of national wealth and the means of production to those who didn’t hide their lack of care for producers and workers who were partners, albeit modestly, in the outcome of what they produce.
The sultan’s military friends, who came from poor or middle-class origins, squandered national resources and ruined public education. They sold productive assets that were built with the poor’s sweat and money to greedy investors who don’t care about the future of the coming generations or about the income level in a country where they can steal its productive resources under the pretext of those countries being backward.
The military, in the East and West, has proved that it is, in general, and with rare exceptions, not eligible to build states that would match the competencies of its people. That’s happening in states with enormous income as a result of their natural resources of oil and gas, such as Iraq, Algeria and Libya, as well as in countries with poor natural resources.
That doesn’t mean that civilians should be exonerated and that only the military is the reason for wasting national wealth and the opportunity to build a strong state.
Most Arab states have been deprived of a fair government that comes by the will of the people, works for the national interests and protects the independence of its will and the efforts of its people to build a better tomorrow.
It is unfair that the people of those countries be given the option of being ruled by either a religious party, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, or the military, whether or not they are exposed or hidden under civil partisan slogans, which can’t hide the true nature of the party but rather reveals how unable it is to make a decision.
Everybody is looking toward Egypt and is following what’s going on there with concern. There is no doubt that Arabs, generally, do not want the Muslim Brotherhood in power, although they had to accept them as partners, like for other parties with a history of national action.
Arab public opinion in general is no longer enthusiastic about military rule, though it agrees that the military has a national role, at least in the face of the enemy’s military, regardless of how wars end.
The people want military men to guarantee national security, not to be industrialists, traders and owners of investment companies. The eyes of Arabs at home and abroad are looking at the developments in Egypt with great concern.

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Syrian chemical weapons: Israel and France fabricate a new case

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows a tanks of the pro-regime forces during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo: AFP/Ho/SANA)
Published Monday, April 14, 2014
Seven months after the end of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, the Syrian army is making progress in the Damascus countryside and the opposition is exerting all its military might to achieve a strategic victory in Aleppo. Recently, news of the regime using poison gas against the opposition has reemerged with Israel leading the charge.
All the voices calling for organizing the Geneva III conference for negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition have faded. The circumstances on the ground that allowed the regime not to give concessions at Geneva II still hold. The Syrian army continues, with its allies, to make progress on the ground. This allows the regime, once again, not to give any serious concessions in any negotiations that will take place in the foreseeable future. It is on this basis that the opposition’s latest battles in Quneitra, Daraa, Kassab, Idlib and Aleppo have been waged.
Until now, it appears that of all the battles, the battle of Aleppo stands in a class of its own. In the battles of Damascus, its countryside (Eastern Ghouta and Qalamoun), Homs and its nearby surroundings, the opposition forces acknowledged their loss. They put up a strong fight just to make the other side pay a heavy price. All the other battles do not make up, in military or moral terms, for losing in Damascus and the central region, except the battle for Aleppo. That is why we see the opposition forces’ massive mobilization in the economic capital of Syria.
The opposition is not merely talking about making progress in Aleppo but is promising to take complete control of the largest city in the north. Based on its discussions, the opposition wants to achieve a quick victory in Aleppo before the regime and its allies finish their battles in Damascus and Homs. Achieving stability in the capital and the central region for the regime will free up a large segment of the elite forces and will allow the Syrian army and its allies to move towards other active fronts. It would then be very difficult for the opposition to achieve progress of any strategic value in the north or the south. Until today, the al-Qaeda-inspired fighters have not been able to make a strategic breakthrough in the north. In Aleppo, the war is led by Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Army of Foreign Fighters and Supporters) which includes mostly Caucasian fighters who are well-trained and have combat experience.

Against this background, news has emerged once again that the Syrian army has used chemical weapons. Last August, the Syrian government asked for an investigation of an incident whereby militants used chemical weapons in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo. But after the attack on Eastern Ghouta, the regime was accused by Western forces of using poison gas against the opposition. Washington led a campaign threatening an attack on Syria until Russia proposed a solution that required Syria to give up its chemical arsenal. This time, the Syrian government sent a letter to the United Nations on March 25 saying that it monitored communications between the opposition in Jobar, which is adjacent to the capital, indicating that “the terrorist organizations are going to launch attacks by using poison gas with the aim of framing government forces.”

While the opposition has remained silent, Israel this time led the charge of accusing the regime of using chemical weapons. On April 7, the Israeli Channel 10 website reported a “major Israeli security source” saying that the Syrian army has gone back to using chemical weapons against the opposition forces. It used it at least in one case on March 17 in Harasta, eastern Damascus. According to the Israeli security source, the material used was not deadly chemical weapons found on the list of prohibited materials based on the agreement with the West, but rather substances that cripple those exposed to it for several hours.
After four days, the Syrian opposition grabbed the accusation and ran with it. The Syrian National Coalition issued a statement asking the international community to investigate the use of poison gas by the regime in Harasta. The Western press started again to play the tune of the regime using chemical weapons. Yesterday, the regime and the opposition exchanged accusations about using poison gas in the town of Kfar Zita in the Hama countryside.
Washington has distanced itself from this debate so far. The State Department’s spokesperson, Jennifer Psaki, said yesterday that her country does not have proof of chemical weapons use. The British and the French seem more excited than others to take up the issue. Western diplomatic sources in Paris say that since the failure of the Geneva II conference, the French authorities have been talking about the possibility of the Syrian regime using chemical weapons that are not internationally prohibited and that the international community must act to deter the regime.
The source likened this claim to the audio recording of a secret meeting of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s work team published on March 27 in which they talked about creating a pretext that would allow Turkey to intervene militarily in Syria. But intervention does not seem possible at this point. According to a source close to the regime in Syria, the goal of “this intimidation is twofold. Exonerating the opposition of what it is doing and a desperate attempt to draw red lines in front of the the Syrian army and its allies in their battle in the Damascus countryside so the opposition can make some progress in the north.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Militant Groups Target Al-Manar Crew in Maaloula in Qalamoun: Three Martyrs

 

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Mohammad Mantash -  Hamza Haj Hasan - Halim Allaw
The militant groups opened fire onto Al-Manar crew in the town of Maaloula
Manarin Qalamoun, leaving three martyrs of the colleagues: the reporter Hamza Hajj Hasan, the technician Halim Allaw and the photographer Mohammad Mantash.

The crew was broadcasting the Syria army’s operations in Maaloula when the terrorists targeted their Press vehicles.

Al-Manr TV Channel announced the martyrdom of the colleagues and offered condolences to their parents, asking Holy God to bless them with His mercy.

Source: Al Manar TV

Army Crushes Remnants of Terrorists in Qalamoun, Recaptures Maaloula, Sarkha

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The Syrian army struck the remnants of terrorists in the region of al-Qalamoun, as it captured the Christian town of Maaloula and al-Sarkha on Monday, a day after it regained full control of the eastern mountain
Syrian army soldiers
s overlooking the liberated town of Rankous.

Units of Syrian army retook the ancient Christian hamlet of Maaloula,
al-Manar correspondent reported.

Our correspondent said the Syrian army was working on deactivating the bombs planted by terrorists, adding that soldiers entered as-Safir Hotel as they recaptured Deir Mar Takla near the hotel.

Units of Syrian army also restored security in the town of al-Sarkha, which also lies in al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside, the correspondent said.
He also reported that the terrorist militants were scared, adding that they fled the liberated areas as they rode more than 50 vehicles heading to the surrounding area of Arsal barrens and other areas.

Official news agency quoted a military source as saying that the mountains surrounding Sarkha were in the hands of the Syrian army soldiers, who crushed huge number of the foreign-backed terrorists.

Earlier, the Syrian army established full control over the eastern heights overlooking Rankous plain, SANA reported.

The agency quoted a field commander who named the heights: Ra’as Tahoun al-Hawa hill, the plateau overlooking the Lebanese town of al-Tufail, Jamea’a al-Nour hill, and the Birds Reserve hill.

The commander noted that the Syrian army carried out a series of precise and concentrated operations in the area, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons.

He added that the army units also dismantled explosive devices planted by terrorists.

The Syrian army also regained control over the top of Sal Derin Mountain, known as “Tshalma” overlooking Kasab city, in Lattakia countryside, and the surrounding area, pursuing terrorists in the area and eliminating a big number of them.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the armed forces foiled armed terrorist groups’ infiltration attempt into Bustan al-Bash in Aleppo.

The army unit also killed and injured a big number of terrorists and destroyed 2 cars equipped with heavy machineguns and a mortar.

The source added that another army unit eliminated 12 terrorists, among them 5 snipers in al-Awared neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Other army units inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists surrounding the industrial city, Alliramoon, Handarat, Daret Azza, Bianon, Marea, Izzan, Khan Touman, al-Atareb, al-Wdaihi, Kibtan al-Jabal, al-Ameriyeh, Kwairis, al-Jadideh, Erbid and Rasem al-Abboud.

The Army and Armed Forces units killed a large number of terrorists, injured others and destroyed ammunition warehouse in ICARDA building on Aleppo-Damascus road.

A military source said that the army units killed 16 terrorists and wounded several others linked to the so-called Ahrar al-Sham organization and destroyed an ammunition warehouse in ICARDA on the road of Damascus-Aleppo.

The source added that terrorists’ gatherings in Abu al-Dhor, Humaimat al-Dayer in Idleb countryside were targeted where many terrorists were killed and wounded.

Source: Agencies
14-04-2014 – 10:15 Last updated 14-04-2014

ARMY LIBERATES MA’LOOLAA!; ALL RATS GONE TO HELL

Maaloula town in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria
Confirmed: In a sudden and lethal assault as peculiar for its speed as for its precision, SAA forces, with exact locations of hidden terrorists in hand, completed the clean-out of this historically important Christian town within 3 hours.  The rats did not have a chance with SAA Special Operations commandos leading the way and superbly trained infantry covering their every step.  We are proud to declare that not one single relic or archeological artifact was damaged.  I have seen photos of the elation exhibited by the inhabitants but am unable to download them in a format acceptable to this web site.  So far, early reports indicate rat carcasses at 61 with many injured.  Great victory for our army.

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International Peace Activists Group holds several meetings in Damascus


Apr 13, 2014
Damascus, (SANA) A delegation from the International Peace Activists Group met Saturday Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Bader-Eddin Hassoun, Minister of Tourism Bishr Yazigi and with Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham of Antioch and All the East.

Hassoun hailed the unity of the Syrian people, army and leadership after 3 years of the global unjust war against Syria.

He called on the delegation to convey the true image of what is going on in Syria to the whole world which is still lying, as sometimes it says there is a sectarian war in Syria or there is a revolution.

Grand Mufti added that delegation was, closely, briefed on that the hireling terrorist groups came to Syria from 83 countries to kill the Syrians, destroy their homeland, taking their salaries from Arab and foreign countries.

Minister of Tourism Bishr Yazigi wondered about the world’s silence and ignorance of the terrorist acts perpetrated by the outlaw armed terrorist groups which destroyed the human being culture in Syria.

Yazigi called for supporting the Syrian Army as the genuine peace-maker who sacrifices itself for defending the whole world against terrorism.

In a relevant context, Patriarch Laham stressed the importance of the visit, calling for starting peace from Syria to prevail the whole region.

He pointed out that future of Syria determines the future of the world As a whole and that Christ was born in Palestine, but Christianity was born in Syria, hailing Syrian people steadfastness and aspiration to rebuild Syria, land of peace and love.

For their part, members of the delegation stressed their visit to Syria aims at getting acquainted with the truth of what is going on in it, conveying the true image to the western media and showing solidarity with the Syrian people in the face of the unjust war against their heritage and history.

Deputy Foreign and Expatriate Minister Hussam Eldin Ala’a attended the meeting.

International Peace Activists Group calls upon Syrians to work together to realize peace

Later, during a visit to Damascus University, head of the delegation Mairead Maguire said that people who love peace came from all around the world to Syria to voice rejection of takfiri terrorism, stressing the need to call things by their names away from the lies, misdirection and propaganda carried out by anti-Syrians media.

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Maguire called upon Syrians to work together to realize peace through dialogue and learn from the example of other countries, voicing deep sorrow over the crimes of murder, displacement, destruction and abduction committed by terrorists.

In turn, activist Dr. Declan Hayes from Southampton University displayed images and documents showcasing US crimes against humanity in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and other countries through the US support for terrorism.

Hayes said that the visits he conducted in Syria along with the other delegation members allowed him to get a sense of the scale of Syrians’ suffering due to the crimes of terrorists backed by states that embrace the culture of death and wars, primarily the United States.
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Syria holds US, Turkish government, Israel, Saudi Arabia responsible for previous and potential chemical massacres in Syria

Apr 14, 2014

Damascus, (SANA) The countries involved in the conspiracy against Syria, particularly the US, France, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have sought since day one to create excuses for justifying a continuation of the aggression against it, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said.

The ministry cited, in two identical letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the UN Security Council, the accusations against the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own citizens in the Eastern Ghouta massacre on August 21, 2013, which killed scores of Syrian citizens.

“Less than a year after the crisis, facts are starting to surface day after day,” the ministry said. “Reports, studies and documented researches abound as to the involvement of the US, Turkey and several other countries, whether directly or indirectly, in these appalling carnages in Syria, including Khan al-Assal on March 15, 2013.”

A case in point was the lengthy report of the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published the other day in London Review of Books magazine, which implicated the Turkish government in the Eastern Ghouta massacre and several other massacres in Syria, added the letters.

Hersh also revealed in the report that the US administration was privy to the crime and its perpetrators and had manipulated evidence proving that it was Jabhat al-Nusra who committed it to justify a US aggression against Syria, the ministry said.

Few days later, the renowned British author Robert Fisk came to endorse Hersh’s findings in an article published Friday by The Independent newspaper, confirming the Turkish involvement in Jabhat al-Nusra use of toxic agents in Eastern Ghouta with the US full knowledge, added the ministry.

The letters also cited a horde of similar articles and researches that established the veracity of the findings reached by Hersh about a US and Turkish involvement in backing and providing a cover-up to Jabhat al-Nusra crimes in Syria.

The ministry indicated that attempts to cover up such atrocities, leveling unfair accusations against the Syrian government and fabricating excuses will only serve to encourage armed terrorist groups to use these internationally-prohibited weapons time and again and commit more crimes against the Syrian people.

The ministry added that it supplied the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General with important information that divulge intentions of terrorist groups to use chemical weapons in Damascus countryside, Hama countryside and several other areas across Syria to frame the Syrian government for the attack.

Syria also sent a new document containing incontestable proof that armed terrorist groups are in possession of the toxic chlorine which they intend to use in Aleppo governorate and other areas in Syria, the letters said.

The Syrian government holds the US administration, the Turkish government, Israel and Saudi Arabia and terrorist groups fully responsible for the previous crimes involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria or the ones that might be committed against the Syrian people in the future, added the letters.

The letters said Syria calls on the UN Security Council to shoulder responsibilities according to its counter terrorism resolutions and demand that countries supporting terrorists with weapons and funds refrain from it.

Syria reaffirms the importance of emptying the Middle East of chemical weapons, the letter concluded.
M. Ismael

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Rafik Lutf and Zuhair al-Siddiq: On the Tribunal for Lebanon, false witnesses and the Ghotta chemical attack


Lavrov voices concern over reports of new chemical attacks in Syria
Moscow, (SANA) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is deeply concerned over the reports suggesting that chemical attacks are taking place again in Syria, holding the sides
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Rafik Lutf and Zuhair al-Siddiq: On the Tribunal for Lebanon, false witnesses and the Ghotta chemical attack

 

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Army regains control over Maaloula and al-Sarkha towns in Damascus Countryside and Sal Derin Mountain in Lattakia



Army regains control over Maaloula and  al-Sarkha towns in Damascus Countryside and Sal Derin Mountain in Lattakia

Apr 14, 2014

Provinces, (SANA) Army units on Monday restored security and stability to al-Sarkha area in al-Qalamoon in Damascus Countryside, a military source told SANA.

The source added that the army units regained control over the areas surrounding the town after eliminating large numbers of terrorists.

Army restores security and stability to Maaloula

A military source told SANA that army units restored security and stability to Maaloula town in Damascus Countryside.

The source added that the army units pursued terrorists in the area surrounding the town, eliminated a number of them in it and dismantled the mines and explosives planted by the terrorists in the town. 

Army regains control over Sal Derin Mountain in Lattakia

A military source told SANA that the army and the national defense units regained control over the top of Sal Derin Mountain, known as (Tshalma) overlooking Kasab city, in Lattakia countryside, and the surrounding area.The source added that the army also pursued terrorists in the area and eliminated a big number of them.


Army eliminates 12 terrorists, among them 5 snipers in Aleppo

A military source told SANA that a unit of the armed forces foiled armed terrorist groups’ infiltration attempt into Bustan al-Bash in Aleppo.

The army unit also killed and injured a big number of terrorists and destroyed 2 cars equipped with heavy machineguns and a mortar.

The source added that another army unit eliminated 12 terrorists, among them 5 snipers in al-Awared neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Other army units inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists surrounding the industrial city, Alliramoon, Handarat, Daret Azza, Bianon, Marea, Izzan, Khan Touman, al-Atareb, al-Wdaihi, Kibtan al-Jabal, al-Ameriyeh, Kwairis, al-Jadideh, Erbid and Rasem al-Abboud.
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Syrian Army Regains Sarkha Town, Eastern Mountains Overlooking Rankous

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Local Editor

The Syrian army was on Monday in full control of al-Sarkha town, hours after it regained the eastern mountains overlooking the liberated town of Rankous, in al-Qalamoun.

Units of Syrian army restored security in the town of al-Sarkha, which also lies in al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside, official news agency, SANA, reported.

Syrian army soldiers
It quoted a military source as saying that the mountains surrounding Sarkha were in the hands of the Syrian army soldiers, who crushed huge number of the foreign-backed terrorists.

Earlier, the Syrian army established full control over the eastern heights overlooking Rankous plain, SANA reported.

The agency quoted a field commander who named the heights: Ra’as Tahoun al-Hawa hill, the plateau overlooking the Lebanese town of al-Tufail, Jamea’a al-Nour hill, and the Birds Reserve hill.

The commander noted that the Syrian army carried out a series of precise and concentrated operations in the area, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons.

He added that the army units also dismantled explosive devices planted by terrorists.

Source: Agencies
14-04-2014 – 10:15 Last updated 14-04-201

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Lebanon’s civil war: The scars that remain

A woman looking for her children in the aftermath of a powerful bomb that blew up in Tariq al-Jdideh in the mid 1980s. (Photo: Khalil Duhaini)
Published Sunday, April 13, 2014
Thirty-nine years ago armed militias crept behind stone walls, snipers crouched on rooftops, and barricades invaded the streets of Lebanon, commencing a war that lasted for 15 years and claimed the lives of up to 170,000 people. Over a quarter of the country’s population was left wounded and displaced.
Today, sitting in a Beirut restaurant, Abu Firas and Abu Hani struggle to unveil the harrowing memories of the country’s civil war.
“After the 1989 Taef Accord and the 1991 Amnesty Law that covered all political and wartime crimes, warlords shook hands, militias were demobilized, the dead were forgotten, families were left to grieve in silence, and memories of the civil war were swept under the carpet for fear of reprisals,” Abu Firas, a 70-year old university professor told Al-Akhbar, “And that was it.”
Abu Hani, a retired accountant and Abu Firas’s childhood friend, nodded.
“No victors, no vanquished,” Abu Firas sarcastically declared as he sipped his coffee.
“My friend, I think we should replace our coffee with whiskey on the rocks,” Abu Hani laughed, “War is painful. Let it be remembered but not repeated.”
Turning serious, he continued: “I see endless holes that have not been concreted over and rusted blood stains that have not been washed away everywhere I go. I see them in boulevards and buildings … but mostly in people around me. We cannot escape our past. We cannot deny our memories.”

Today Lebanon is facing an increasingly unstable security situation, as the conflict in Syria continues into its fourth year. It has opened and exposed old wounds in Lebanon, revealing that little has been learned from the brutal civil war the country was forced to live through.

While Lebanon’s civil war ‘officially’ ended almost 25 years ago, today’s youth – the ‘post-Taef’ generation – are re-living the painful memories of their parents through the accounts and narratives that have been past down to them. Today these youth recount the stories they have heard, the wounds still visible and raw many decades later, perhaps indicating that not much has changed.
Civil war accounts told by Lebanon’s Post-Taef generation
“Inter Christian conflicts broke up in Kfarhazir, a village in the Koura District of Lebanon, as a bloody war was declared between the Lebanese Forces, especially the Phalange Party, and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP). My uncle was a well-known SSNP member and was thus under continuous surveillance and in constant threat of being targeted. One day, armed men fired at his car in an attempt on his life. Little did they know that the man in the car wasn’t him. The man in the car was my other uncle who happened to borrow his brother’s car on that day. He is now paralyzed.”
- Mira Obeid, a practicing nurse and recent AUB graduate
“Following the assassination of Kamal Jumblatt in March 16 1977, many Druze invaded Christian villages in the Chouf and a series of mass killings took place. My father, who was living with his mother and six siblings in Mazraat al-Shuf, trembles and weeps everytime he recalls the things that he have seen. Mutilated bodies, dogs feeding upon unidentified corpses, young men executed, and girls and women raped in front of their fathers, brothers and husbands. Christians were subjected to a massive religious cleansing. I, like my father, can’t but tremble and weep when I talk about this.”
- Stephanie Bu Raad, a law student at the Lebanese University
“Two brothers with two different militias were getting ready to fight one another on the green line that separated east and west Beirut. Their father asked them to come into the living room before they leave and then shot them in the leg.”
- Hussein Mustafa, a 23-year-old masters student in the University of Manchester.

“Abu Ahmad fell into his seat and sighed when I asked him about the civil war. He started searching for the pack of cigarettes under piles of paper work on his desk in the AMAL office in Taalbeya, trying to avoid making eye contact. I waited in silence. Abu Ahmad then sat down in his seat and started talking. ‘The headquarters of AMAL requested that it’s office in Taalbeya, a village in Mount Lebanon, send two extra militants to Barbour, where Nabih Berri’s residence was at the time, as soon as possible.The engine of Wafic’s wrecked Mercedes car exhaled, the wheels started rolling and the destination was never reached.’ Abu Ahmad rested his elbows on the table, leaned forward, buried his head between his hands, planted his fingers in his hair and sighed. I have never seen him this way. ‘A few moments after we left the office, Michel Aoun started bombing the area. I told Wafic we should go back and wait until the shellings seized but he refused. The intensity of the offensives escalated and I again demanded that we go back. Wafic rejected and intentionally increased his speed so that I don’t leave the car. I opened the car door, placed my right foot on the road, started moving my leg slowly until its speed was in harmony with the speed of the car, and pushed myself out of the car using my left foot without even falling. Take notes, this may come in handy one day.’ We laughed. ‘Anyway, Wafic looked back and cursed me. I ignored him, adjusted my weaponry, turned around and decided to walk back to the Taalbeya office. Two minutes later I heard an ear piercing sound. I turned around and saw nothing but dust and flame. A bomb had fallen at the end of the street. Wafic! I started running and screaming. Wafic wasn’t answering. It was too late.’”

Kassem Awada, an engineering student at the Saint Joseph University in Zahle
“The only stories worth telling are the ones about Hezbollah’s resistance in the south. What kind of stories do you want? A story about a suicide attack, a bomb attack, clashes with Antoine Lahd’s South Lebanon Army (SLA), may God burn them all in hell, ambushes, front-line battles … you know what, let me tell you about my all-time hero. On November 11 1982, 17-year-old Ahmad Qassir drove a Peugot car loaded with explosives into the eight-storey building of the Israeli military headquarters at the northern entrance to Tyre killing Israeli military and intelligence staff. Seventeen years old? Can you imagine!!”
Mahdi Farhat, a 23-year old programmer and computer engineer in Tyre
“On May 6,1985, Bassem Bizri, my uncle, died while serving in the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) on the Qayaa line of demarcation in the East Sidon war. My grandma is still psychologically traumatized up until now. For example, because my uncle worked with the LRC, every time my grandma hears an ambulance siren she starts trembling and finds it hard to gasp for air. Also, my uncle’s friends and family used to call him “teddy bear,” a word that we were taught not to use around our grandma.”
Salah Skafy, a hospitality management student at the Lebanese International University in Sidon
Lebanon’s youth predict the future
“A civil war might happen at any moment. The warlords-turned-politicians have heightened sectarian tensions and created a culture hostility that prevented Lebanese people from different religious and political backgrounds from freely engaging with one another. Take a look at the suburbs of Beirut. How many Maronites are in Dahiyeh? How many Shias are in Tarik Al Jadidah? How many Sunnis are in Ashrafieh? The civil war is a ticking bomb waiting to explode.”
Salah Skafy
“The increasing number of Syrian refugees after the Syrian crisis reminds us of the Palestinian refugees back in 1970. If the Syrians choose to adopt practices that threaten Lebanon’s independence and sovereignty, like the Palestinians did, a war will definitely happen and I will be the first one to grab a rifle and fight.”
Elias Baaklini, an engineering student at the AUB
“We are now in a cold civil war. Lets not romanticize reality. The war is not about armed men lurking behind every corner and barricades occupying street entrances, the war is in the mind and heart of citizens who decided to dehumanize one another. We are at war as long as the (1943) National Pact isn’t demolished, as long as the sectarian system isn’t replaced by a secular one, and as long as the youth continue to be controlled and manipulated by former militia leaders.”
Ali Shreim, a 24-year-old reporter and cameraman
“I don’t believe there will be a civil war anytime soon. I don’t think the Lebanese citizens learned from their past and I definitely don’t trust this country’s leaders, but I believe that the super power countries aren’t pushing for a civil war in Lebanon for the time being. I personally think that a civil war in Lebanon is an external decision.”
-Youssef al-Moussawi, political science senior at the AUB
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President al-Assad: intellectual war one of gravest aspects of aggression against Syria

Apr 13, 2014

Damascus, (SANA) President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday the intellectual war and attempts to abolish or replace identity are one of the gravest aspects of the colonial aggression targeting Syria.

President al-Assad was speaking during a meeting with the teaching staff and post-graduate students at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Damascus.

The Arab region is originally based on an ideology of correlation between Arabism and Islam, the President said, “which makes adherence to this principle one of the most important factors for restoring intellectual and social security to Arab societies.”

The West has sought to abolish this ideology so as to dominate the region and the role of Arab countries. Having failed to do so, the President said, the West turned to play on concepts to alter the essence of the ideology.

President al-Assad said the intellectuals and academics have a role to look into concepts and furnish them with clear-cut meanings to confront attempts to market different meanings that seek to empty ideologies of their content,” which risks a loss of belonging and deviation from principles causes for which we have been struggling for decades.”
Syria is targeted, not only for its weighty geopolitical position, but also for its pivotal role in the region and the sway it has on the Arab street, the President said.

He indicated that the war against Syria is an attempt to control its sovereign decision and have it weakened to reverse its policies that meet the aspirations of the Syrian people and are out of pace with the US and Western interests in the region which, the President said, explains the emergence of the Israeli factor that has a major role in backing terrorist groups.
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President al-Assad said the crisis in Syria is passing through a turning point on the military side due to the continuous achievements of the army and armed forces in the war against terrorism, and on the social front in terms of national reconciliations and a growing popular awareness of the aggression’s goals.

The Syrian state seeks to restore security and stability to the main areas rocked by terrorism before turning to strike pockets and dormant cells.

There had been dialogue during the meeting about the importance of universities, as well as scientific and strategic studies’ research centers in providing the state with qualified cadres.

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Syrians in Geneva commemorate Independence Day
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NATO’s ‘Fogh’ of war

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen

By Finian Cunningham

Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:27AM GMT


It’s been a busy week for NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The week began with him telling lies, spewing propaganda, seeking to please Washington, trying to incite war in Europe with Russia, and ended with a warning to Russia to back down from military aggression.

Such is the busy life of a puppet on a string, bouncing in step with the tune called by his master. From here on, Rasmussen should be re-branded as the “Fogh of War.”
Earlier in the week, Fogh Rasmussen addressed a meeting in Paris on the “transformation of NATO.” He licked the boots of French leaders by saying:

“From Central Africa to Eastern Europe, French forces are helping make our world safer – whether under the banner of NATO, the European Union, or of France.”

Make our world safer? This was homage to French militarism that has ignited wholesale sectarian war in the Central African Republic (CAR) where thousands of people have been slaughtered since French troops landed in that country last December on the pretext of “halting genocide.”
As noted in a previous column, France did not halt sectarian killing in the CAR; it unleashed the mass killing when its troops unilaterally disarmed Muslims while giving a free hand to Christian militia there to go on a continuing rampage. All for the purpose of France grabbing rich natural resources, in particular uranium, in its former African colony.
The “Fogh of War” conflated this murderous French neo-imperialism in Africa with the NATO defence of Europe by outrageously implicating Russia as a new terrorist threat. He said Europe is confronted:

“Because from Sevastopol to Syria and the Sahel, we are facing a dangerous world, where threats are complex, unpredictable and interconnected. Newer challenges, such as terrorism, failed states, cyber and missile attacks. And old challenges in new guises, such as attempts to redraw borders by force.”

Note also the way the NATO chief manages to launder NATO-backed terrorists in Syria now as an enemy endangering Europe – to be saved by NATO! Yet, on and on he merrily danced while tying himself up in the strings of his own scripted propaganda.
Rasmussen, who was previously the prime minister of Denmark before taking up his mouthpiece job at NATO in 2009, went on to spew lies about Russian aggression in Ukraine and he called, ominously, for “a readiness action plan.”
“The current crisis [in Ukraine] poses a serious challenge to our common security,” he claimed this week.

“But,” he assured, “North America and Europe stand together in facing up to it. And we stand united in our firm response. In recent weeks, we have seen the United States’ clear commitment to Europe’s security… We must review the readiness of all our forces,” said Rasmussen, sounding like a cross between a tin-pot general and an arms salesman working for Washington.

We can be sure that Rasmussen’s masters in Washington really loved that bit of melodrama about America and Europe standing together and the US commitment to Europe’s security.
For this is exactly what the Danish non-entity politician is doing. He is giving a European accent to Washington’s strategic agenda of sowing conflict between Europe and Russia, even if that means inciting a nuclear war.
Vladimir Putin’s government is right when it dismisses NATO claims of a Russian military threat to Europe. These reckless assertions are simply a ploy to prolong American military and political meddling in European relations with Russia. That meddling goes back to the beginning of the Cold War post-1945, and it continues until today, more than two decades after the official end of the Cold War.
The crisis over Ukraine stems from Washington and Europe’s subversion of that country and the coup d’état the West sponsored against the elected government in Kiev in February. That coup brought a rag-tag fascist junta to power, which has openly threatened ethnic Russians mainly in the east of Ukraine.
The population in the east of Ukraine now want to set up separatist republics that are aligned with Russia, as has already happened in the southern Crimea Peninsula after a legal referendum was held there last month. No wonder they do, when the self-proclaimed neo-Nazi fascists in Kiev are calling for massacres against the Russian population, as when the convicted embezzler Yulia Tymoshenko was caught saying in a leaked phone call that she relished the chance to “whack Russians in the head.”
To blame the turmoil on Russian aggression, as US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are doing, is turning reality on its head. And thanks to European puppets like Rasmussen, the rest of Europe is now being forced into a contrived conflict with Moscow.
Rasmussen, the “Fogh of War,” ended the week with even more inflammatory rhetoric when he visited the Czech Republic. Speaking in the capital, Prague, Rasmussen claimed: “For the first time since countries like the Czech Republic won their freedom, and the Cold War ended, we see one state trying to grab part of another’s territory at gunpoint.”
The NATO chief again accused Russia of “illegal aggression” and of “massing troops” on the border of Ukraine, citing unspecified “satellite” evidence. He warned Moscow to “step back.”

“From Prague, I have this message to Russia: You have a choice to stop blaming others for your own actions, to stop massing your troops, to stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue,” said Rasmussen.

The fact is that Russia has been calling for dialog to resolve the crisis in Ukraine since the Western-backed street violence erupted in Kiev last November. All Russian overtures for a political settlement have been snubbed by Washington and its NATO allies.
Rasmussen is nothing but a paid puppet doing Washington’s bidding. His job is not to protect Europe, as the NATO literature claims. His job is to incite insecurity and, if need be, an all-out war, in order to serve Washington’s agenda of keeping Europe and Russia divided.
The “Fogh of War” is to step down from his NATO five-year post in September. His next career move is as yet unknown publicly. But what are the bets that Rasmussen ends up in some Washington-funded think tank on a fat salary, with lecture tour bonuses to boot? That’s the reward for non-entity Washington puppets who are playing with millions of peoples’ lives.
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SAA PURSUES DEFEATED TERRORISTS IN ALEPPO

Syrian army attacks militant-held areas in Syria
SCORES OF RATS KILLED BY SAA AND SAAF IN NORTHERN ALEPPO: SyrPer has confirmed that 63 rodents have been killed and 181 wounded in a new effort by Erdoghan to breathe life into his catastrophic plan to revive the old Ottoman Empire.  At the following locations, the rats met death:
  • Jubb Ghabsha
  • Baabees
  • Icarda
  • Al-Shuwayhna
The majority of the carcasses were foreigners, many from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia.  SAA used a different technique in this area with much success.  Note: There are credible reports that the number of rats coming in from Turkey toward Aleppo is in the area of 4,000 to 7,000.  Just more fertilizer. Obama is a war criminal, just like Erdoghan, Hollande and Cameron.
Coming on the news of the SAA’s breaking the siege of the Central Prison, we have a situation described by Syrian State TV as “pure hysteria” among the propaganda mills like Aljazeera, Al’Arabiyya, Daily Star, Al-Bawwaaba and the like. They are going insane with preposterous reports trying to shore up the sagging morale of terrorist cannibals defeated in every front in Syria.

Addenda et. Corrigenda:

We want to apologize for a report about Al-Zahraa which one of our readers caught. We reported that the Al-Zahraa, whose residential area was liberated, was the “town” of Al-Zahraa, a largely Shi’i locale next to Nibbul. Both these towns are still besieged by the Obama-rodents, but, remain in the hands of both the SAA, NDF and specialized units from Hizbollah.  The Al-Zahraa we should have showcased, was the suburb to the west of the City.  If we caused any confusion, we are sorry.  Place names in the Near East, like other places, are often duplicated and sources sometimes take for granted one’s ability to know specifically which place the source is writing about.  In this case, there was a mistake.  Al-Zahraa refers to pinkish colored flowers or to the Planet Venus if the ending is in the regular feminine.  Here is the Al-Zahraa that should have been covered:
 Central Prison:
Desperate to cling to any morsel suggesting durability, the rodents attacked from Al-Jubayla trying to establish a presence sufficient to harass supply convoys coming into the prison.  Our source inside the prison tells his family that he is planning to leave soon and that the area to the south, north and east are rat-free.

Industrial Zone: 

  • Al-Layramoon
  • Castillo
  • Dhahrat ‘Aabed Rabbuh
  • Al-Marja
  • Khaan Toomaan
  • ‘Irbeed
  • Al-Jandool Roundabout (a flatbed with 23mm cannon confiscated) 
  • Maare’
  • Kafr Hamraa
  • Daarat ‘Izza
  • ‘Anjaara
  • Tal-Rif’aat
  • Al-Ataareb
If you will look at the map, you can see that the brunt of the battle for Aleppo is now in the north with the SAA in control over 85% of Aleppo proper.

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