Syria reserves right to respond any violation to territorial unity of country

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem stated in his address to UN General Assembly that the country reserves the right to respond to any violation of its territorial unity.
De-escalation Zones

He also underlined that creation of de-escalation zones in Syria is a temporary measure.

“Notwithstanding its commitment to the memorandum on the ‘de-escalation zones,’ Syria reserves the right to respond to any violation by the other party. Syria also stresses that these zones are a temporary arrangement that must not violate the territorial unity of Syria,” the minister said.

He stated that the victory over terrorists in Syria is possible after the Aleppo, Palmyra, Deir ez Zor liberation.

“My country, along with its steadfast people and its brave army, supported by our loyal allies, is marching steadily towards the goal of rooting out terrorism. The liberation of Aleppo and Palmyra, the lifting of the siege of Deir Ez-Zor and the eradication of terrorism from many parts of Syria prove that victory is now within reach,” Muallem said.

“For more than six years, Syrians have endured the worst and have made great sacrifices to defend their country in the face of a terrorist war of unprecedented brutality, which has spared no one and no-thing, targeting innocent people, services, the infrastructure and cultural heritage. Despite it all, Syria is determined, more than ever, to eradicate terrorism from every part of the country, without exception, thanks to the sacrifices of our army and the steadfastness of our people,” Muallem said.

Damascus will increase its reconciliation efforts in order to restore stability in the country, Syrian Foreign Minister stated.

“Syria is determined to scale up reconciliation efforts, whenever possible, because it is the best means to alleviate the suffering of Syrians and restore stability and normalcy,” the minister said, adding that the efforts undertaken so far “have allowed tens of thousands of IDPs [internally displaced persons] and refugees to go back home” and helped improve the living conditions of a great number of Syrians who had fallen victim to terrorist crimes.

In August, Syrian government forces, backed by Russian aviation, liberated the town of Al-Sukhnah, overlooking the strategic M20 highway which connects Deir ez-Zor with Palmyra, and are now moving northeast methodically flushing out jihadist militants on both sides of the highway.

Meanwhile, the Russian Aerospace Forces and warships in the Mediterranean are clearing the way for the advancing Syrian government forces with airstrikes and cruise missile attacks.

US-led Coalition Actions

Walid al-Moualem expressed hope that Astana process will help the country to reach ‘actual cessation of hostilities’.

“We are encouraged by the Astana process and the resulting ‘de-escalation zones’ and hope that it will help us reach an actual cessation of hostilities and separate terrorist groups, such as ISIL [Daesh], Al-Nusra [Nusra Front, both terrorist groups banned in numerous countries] and others, from those groups that have agreed to join the Astana process,” Muallem said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

According to him, the US-led coalition against Daesh achieved no result in the fight against terrorism in Syria, killing more civilians than militants. He noted that the anti-terror fight in the country impossible without the coordination with the Syrian government, claiming that any foreign presence without its permission is illegal.

“We have declared more than once that it is impossible to combat terrorism without coordination with the Syrian government. This is the only way to make real gains in the war on terrorism. Any presence of foreign troops on Syrian grounds, without the consent of the government, is considered a form of occupation, a wanton aggression, and a flagrant violation of international laws and the Charter of the United Nations,” Muallem said.

“While the coalition failed to make any meaningful progress against the terrorist group of ISIL [Daesh], the Syrian Army, along with its allies and friends, has been able to secure real and significant gains and drive out terrorists from large parts of the Syrian Desert,” Muallem said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

“The so-called ‘International Coalition’ led by the US, which was created three years ago to allegedly fight terrorist groups such as ISIL [Daesh], has killed much more innocent Syrians, mostly women and children, than terrorists and has destroyed vital infrastructure that Syrians have worked for years to build. It has also used phosphorus bombs and other internationally-prohibited weapons before the eyes of the whole world,” Muallem added.

The United States, Russia, Iran and other players are running out of room to avoid direct conflicts as territory ruled by the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) shrinks and fighting becomes more intense, the private intelligence firm Soufan Group warned in a report on Friday.

The report cited last week’s shelling of Syrian government units, including Russian special forces, by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as well as the bombing of SDF forces and embedded US special-operations units, by Russian planes as one example of conflicts that are likely to intensify.

On September 21, Russian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov warned US commanders that Russia would target SDF and US personnel operating near the city of Deir ez-Zor, if Russian and Syrian forces continued to come under fire from those areas, according to the report.

Chemical Weapons

The foreign minister also confirmed Syria’s commitment to Geneva process, intention to achieve progress in these negotiations.

“The Syrian government reaffirms its commitment to the Geneva process and further progress on that track. This process has yet to bear fruit in the absence of a genuine national opposition that can be a partner in Syria’s future, and as countries with influence over the other party continue to block any meaningful progress,” Muallem said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

He reaffirmed Damascus’ readiness to accept UN experts for investigation on reports about chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

“And as was the case after every accusation of this kind, we confirmed our readiness to receive and cooperate with UN investigation teams,” Muallem said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces announced that several dozen people had been killed in a suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s province of Idlib. Four days later, the United States fired missiles at a Syrian government airbase in Idlib in response to the alleged attack, which the White House blamed Damascus for, albeit without providing evidence.

Syrian authorities have refuted any involvement in the incident, saying that the complete elimination of the Syrian government’s stockpile of chemical weapons was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in January 2016. Russia considers US claims of having evidence that Damascus used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun unfounded.

Source: Sputnik

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BREAKING: Syrian Army liberates Ma’adan, entire western Euphrates bank north of Deir Ezzor from ISIS

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:09 P.M.) – The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have liberated the entire western bank of the Euphrates River north of Deir Ezzor city from ISIS terrorists following a massive upriver offensive launched several days ago.

About an hour ago, reports – backed by photo evidence – came in from military sources stating that the strategic town of Ma’adan, thought to be an ISIS stronghold along the western Euphrates bank was liberated.

By securing the entire western bank of the Euphrates north of Deir Ezzor city, the Syrian Army has de facto besieged any ISIS forces which may remain in the desolate inland desert spaces of southeast Raqqa and northwest Deir Ezzor Governorates, although it is hard to believe that the terrorist group left behind militants to defend such valueless areas.

Given the general pattern of ISIS strategic withdrawals, it appears that the jihadist faction has completely withdrawn either to the eastern bank of the Euphrates and/ or south of Deir Ezzor city.



These map provides a general look in at the military situation in the countryside of Deir Ezzor city following the liberation of Maadan town and the nearby areas by Syrian government forces.

Earlier today, government forces, led by the Syrian Army Tiger Forces, liberated the town of Maadan and reached its counterparts deployed in the southern Raqqah countryside.

They also entered in the rest of the area southwest of Maadan from ISIS, according to pro-government sources. The area is repotedly empty and government forces are now working on removing IEDs there.

At the same time, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pushing towards Jafra oil and gas fields east of Deir Ezzor city, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.




On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and allied pro-government factions liberated the strategic town of Maadan and the nearby village of Suwayda located on the administrative border between Raqqah and Deir Ezzor provinces from ISIS terrorists, according to pro-government sources.

Reports also appeared that the Tiger Forces met with government troops deployed west of Maadan but this still has to be confirmed.

If the SAA and its allies really take control over the road heading west from Maadan, the entire ISIS-held pocket north of the town is likely empty.

Earlier no Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued advancing against ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, near Deir Ezzor city, facing a little resistance from ISIS. The SDF goal was to seize Jafra oil and gas fields.

Government Troops Capture Key Village On Eastern Bank Of Euphrates – Reports


Syrian government forces have repelled an ISIS attack on the villages of Marat and Mazlum and once again advanced on Khusham village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, near Deir Ezzor city.

According to pro-government sources, government troops, led by the 5th Assault Corps’ ISIS Hunters, established a full control over the village.

If true, government forces took control of a key road linking up the area held by US-backed forces and the Omar oil fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

An alleged military situation in the Deir Ezzor countryside before the recent government advance (the SDF advanece in al-Isba and Tabiye fields still has to be confirmed):

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US-made Bomb Killed Civilians in Yemen Residential Building, Says Amnesty

September 22, 2017

Yemen strike

A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more – including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike – was made in the US, Amnesty International has said.

The assessment was based on an examination of the remnants of the weapon used in the 25 August airstrike.

The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition admitted carrying out the attack, blaming civilian casualties on a “technical error”.

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, said: “We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthaina’s parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition. Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured or martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

The coalition has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of his aggression which is aimed at restoring power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.


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The World’s Only Undeclared Nuclear Weapons State

Global Research, September 22, 2017

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports that developments in North Korea’s nuclear program “contributed to international political instability with potentially serious knock-on effects.”

SIPRI says that as of January 2017 the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea together had an estimated 15,000 nuclear weapons.

Out of the above nine nuclear weapons states, only one is undeclared – that is the state of Israel, which is estimated to have built-up a secret arsenal of up to 400 warheads – all unidentified by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Should that figure be substantiated that would place the Israeli state as either the 3rd or 4th most powerful nuclear state in the world, after the US and Russia and the highest nuclear weapons state, per capita, anywhere on the planet.

However, the vital fact is that Israel is not a party to the IAEA and therefore not subject to inspection or report by the UN’s international Agency and is also not a party to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and that makes the global situation fraught with danger for future peace.

It is seriously complicated by the fact that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is determined to shift the global spotlight away from Israel’s massive, covert, nuclear weapons program to that of Iran which, of course, has no nuclear weapons whatsoever but which is a party to the NPT and, furthermore, subject to inspection by the IAEA.

These facts would appear to indicate the most dangerous military confidence trick ever perpetrated on a naive international community.

Report on nuclear weapon programs and inspection of nuclear weapon stocks should be a mandatory requirement for participation in international trade, failing which there should be economic sanctions against any recalcitrant state that poses a nuclear threat to world peace.

North Korea today reminds us that the world is no longer a safe place for anyone, anymore.

Sayyed Nasrallah: We Are Ready to Confront All Enemies When Duty Calls


Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on Thursday that the Muslims must follow Prophet Muhammad’s sample of carrying out all the religiously assigned missions, adding that sticking to one’s assignment is the standard of propriety.

During Hezbollah central Ashura ceremony on the first Eve of the Hijri Month of Muharram, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “We are ready to confront US, Israel and all the enemies when our duty calls.”

Source: Al-Manar Website

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A common comment I’ve gotten on the fraction of photos/videos I’ve posted from North Korea (as I continue to sift through hundreds of them) is the lack of people on the streets. Bearing in mind that I haven’t yet posted videos and photos from busy places like the metro/subway system and public places, I’m sharing these screenshots from a video of a busy public square near the train station, a square that was filled with people, mostly sitting, each time I passed it.

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See: Yes, People Exist in Pyongyang

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