Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The Syrian military has begun a major ground offensive on the country’s second city of Aleppo. The advance in northern Syria has been supported by the Russian air force.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that in the past 24 hours, “dozens” of Russian airstrikes had struck the area which is controlled by a various groups including rebels, Islamist fighters and al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, al Nusra Front.
“The Syrian army started a new front on Friday and advanced to take control of the villages of Abteen and Kaddar” about 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Aleppo city,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
According to a senior military source in Syria, the assaults are also being supported by hundreds of fighters from Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
“This is the promised battle,” the source told Reuters news agency.
Several members of the international community have been questioning Russia’s intentions since Moscow launched its aeriel campaign in late September . Some Western officials have described the move as a ploy to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Russia maintains, however, that they are only targeting areas held by “Islamic State” (IS).
The safety of air personnel has also become an issue with the US and Russia both flying combat missions over Syria.
The offensive on Friday followed a similar advance by Syrian and Russian forces on Thursday on rebel-held areas of the central province of Homs.
The Observatory reported on Friday that at least 60 people, including 30 women and children, had been killed during the strikes. Seventeen rebel fighters were also among the dead.
The Syrian conflict has displaced millions and left more than 250,000 people dead since it erupted in 2011, following a government crackdown on people protesting President Assad’s regime.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari has warned the
Security Council of an impending chemical attack that a rebel group is planning to
launch in Damascus.
“The competent Syrian authorities intercepted a wireless communication The
competent Syrian authorities intercepted a wireless communication The competent
Syrian authorities intercepted a wireless communication The competent Syrian
authorities intercepted a wireless,” Jafaari said in his letter.
The ambassador also said that the rebels were planning to attack Jawbar quarter and
blame the chemical attack on the Syria’s Bashar Assad.
Last summer, a chemical attack was carried out in northern Syria that Russian
intelligence asserted was from the Syrian rebels. Shortly thereafter, the West
threatened to retaliate, but aborted the plan after Russia intervened.
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia expressed deep concern over news circulated in
media about Saudi Arabia’s intention to buy anti-aircraft missiles for “the Syrian armed
“Reports published on mass media, based on Gulfnews.com website, on the intention
of Saudi Arabia to buy Pakistani-made anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tanks to supply
them to the armed Syrian opposition, positioned in Jordan, stir big concerns,” Russian
Foreign Ministry said In a statement.
The Ministry added that this bargain would change the balance of power in favor of
“the fighters” during “the Spring’s attack on Damascus by the armed militias from the
southern front”, according to its description, adding that if these weapons find their
way into the extremists’ hands, who are existing in Syria in Large numbers, they can
be used outside this Middle East country.
It pointed out that the news of using Jordanian lands to pass the weapons to “armed
militias” and train terrorists in camps before opening the southern front against the
Syrian regular army, also stir concerns.
The statement referred to an article published on the Middle East newspaper saying
that the coalition’s representative in Washington Najeb Ghadban had said ” the
fighters were trained by CIA experts in camps on the Jordanian territories.”
It concluded by affirming that the crisis in Syria wouldn’t be solved through force,
calling on those who support the armed opposition to reconsider their stance and give
the Syrians a chance to stop violence in the country through Geneva conference.
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday said that his
army will succeed in ending the Syrian war within the next six months.
Assad made the remarks addressing a delegation of representatives of various Arab countries
participating in the Arab Parties Conference in Damascus, according to Al-Alam’s
During the meeting, Assad confirmed that the Syrian army will achieve decisiveness in
its military operations in the next six months. READ FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Opposition fighters are disillusioned by the extremists’
twist of the so-called Syrian revolution, with growing numbers of them are signing up
to a negotiated amnesty offered by the government, a report said.
British daily, the Telegraph reported on Tuesday that “growing numbers of rebels are
signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.”
It said that these militants are “disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the revolution
in Syria has taken,” and “exhausted after more than two years of conflict.”
The Telegraph added that the fighters are feeling they are losing the fight.
“At the same time, the families of retreating fighters have begun quietly moving back
to government-controlled territory, seen as a safer place to live as the regime
continues its intense military push against rebel-held areas.”
The Syrian government has established a “ministry of reconciliation” with the task of
easing the way for former opposition militants to return to the government side.
The minister in charge of reconciliation, Ali Haidar said: “Our message is, ‘if you really
want to defend the Syrian people, put down your weapons and come and defend
Syria in the right way, through dialogue’.”
“Haidar, who has a reputation as a moderate within the regime, has established a
system in which opposition fighters give up their weapons in exchange for safe
passage to government-held areas,” The Telegraph added.
Source: Al Manar TV news
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia says it has information that proves armed groups fighting against the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack on a village in the northern city of Aleppo in which 25 civilians were killed.
“A case of the use of chemical weapons by the armed opposition was recorded early in the morning of March 19 in Aleppo province,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement shortly after the attack.
According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, at least 25 people were killed and many others injured after terrorists fired missiles containing “poisonous gases” into Aleppo’s Khan al-Assal village on Tuesday. Most of the casualties were women and children.
“We are very seriously concerned by the fact that weapons of mass destruction are falling into the hands of the rebels, which further worsens the situation in Syria and elevates the confrontation in the country to a new level,” the Russian statement said.
Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi described the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons as the “first act” by the so-called opposition interim government. He also said that Turkey and Qatar, which support militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, bore “legal, moral and political responsibility” for the chemical attack in the northern city of Aleppo.
The attack comes hours after Syria’s opposition National Coalition elected Ghassan Hitto, a former US-based IT executive, as prime minister for what it called an interim government. Foreign-backed militants, who had threatened to use chemical weapons against the army government forces and Assad supporters a few months ago, have denied using chemical weapons and accused government forces of being behind the attack.
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The United Nations said that a video showing militants executing Syrian soldiers was evidence of war crimes. “It is very likely that this was a war crime, another one,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, told reporters in Geneva.
He was reacting to a video posted on YouTube of showing insurgents beating around 10 soldiers before lining them up on the ground and executing them with automatic rifles.
According to Al Manar TV news, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that rebels had killed 28 soldiers during attacks on three army checkpoints.
Colville said he and his colleagues had only just seen the video and that it was difficult to verify who was involved. However, he stressed, the perpetrators should be under no illusion they could get away with their crimes.
“Accountability will follow,” he said. “The video could well be used as evidence in legal proceedings. We call on all parties to the conflict in Syria to respect international law,” he added.
These are the same western-supported rebels that are referred to as Friends of Syria. Before the Syrian conflict, these atrocities were a rarity. Syria was a tourist attraction due to its biblical and historical sites. Yet the West continues to encourage and support these rebels in their quest to overthrow Bashar Assad.
What satisfaction can anyone derive from this? Each and every slain soldier above is someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s father or someone’s husband.
These are nothing but human sacrifices, and the blood that is being spilled is crying out to the Most High God, who sets rulers up and brings them down.
Newscast Media LEXINGTON, Va—In a speech to demonstrate his grasp on foreign policy, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told an audience at the Virginia Military Institute that the incumbent Barack Obama was passive in dealing with the Middle East crisis.
“The greater tragedy of it all is that we’re missing an historic opportunity to win new friends who share our values in the Middle East,” Romney said. “Unfortunately, so many of these people who could be our friends feel that our president is indifferent to their quest for freedom and dignity.”
Romney said he would work with allies in the Middle East and the rebels who refer to themselves as Friends of Syria, in order to bring stability in the region.
“Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them. We should be working no less vigorously through our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran — rather than sitting on the sidelines,” Romney added.
In regard to the Libyan attacks, Romney once again criticized Obama and said, “As the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others.”
However, Romney may not be familiar the ramifications that could come out of attempting to impose western democracy in the Middle East. The possibility of sleeper cells being activated around the world, and Hezbollah’s close proximity to Israel will complicate any attempts to arm one side of the current battle in the Middle East.
The next presidential debate will be held on October 16, in New York, covering foreign and domestic policy. http://newscastmedia.com/romney-syria.htm
Newscast Media DAMASCUS, Syria—Turkey has set up a secret base near the Syrian border to send military and communications supplies to armed groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
According to a Qatari source, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sending weapons and communications equipment for Syrian rebels via the base, which is located in the southern Turkish city of Adana, about one hundred kilometers from Syria’s border, Reuters reported on Friday.
“Three governments are supplying weapons: Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” said the unnamed Doha-based source.
“It’s the Turks who are militarily controlling it (the base). Turkey is the main coordinator/facilitator. Think of a triangle, with Turkey at the top and Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the bottom,” the source said adding that Qatar has a key role in directing operations at the base with Qatari military intelligence and state security officials involved. The US intelligence is also believed to be involved in the secret anti-Syria “nerve center” and that they are working through middlemen.
According to the source, the base was set up after Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Saud visited Turkey and requested it.
Adana is home to Incirlik, a large Turkish-US air force base, but it was not clear from the source whether the secret anti-Syria center was located inside Incirlik base or in the city of Adana.
Ankara has vehemently denied involvement in the Syrian unrest and supplying rebels with weapons, but the presence of the secret anti-Damascus center in Turkey may explain how the Syrian rebels are staging their deadly attacks such as the devastating bomb attack in Damascus on July 18 which killed at least four high-profile security and military officials, including the defense minister and his deputy who is also President Assad’s brother-in-law.
Syria has been the scene of violence by armed groups since March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces. Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John McCain has once again urged the White House to arm Syrian rebels after a ceasefire went into effect in Syria in order to end more than one year of turmoil in the country. It is clear that McCain is not interested in a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict, that’s why he continues to advocate war.
“Over there (in Syria), they’re waiting for American leadership. We have announced that we are now providing them with non-lethal equipment — that doesn’t do very well against tanks and artillery,” said McCain who has recently returned from a trip to Turkey where he met with members of the anti-government group of Free Syrian Army.
“We need to get a sanctuary for the Free Syrian Army, we need to get them supplies, we need to get them weapons. And there are many ways to get weapons to them. We showed that in Libya, we showed that in Afghanistan,” he added.
This is not the first time McCain has called for providing Syrian rebels with weapons.
On February 23, McCain said the US “should consider every option ranging from sanctuaries to seeing that weapons are brought to the hands of those who are resisting [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad.”
On April 13, US President Barack Obama approved providing Syrian rebels with non-lethal aid, including communications equipment and medicines.
McCain’s remarks come while a ceasefire, which is part of a six-point plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, went into effect as of April 12.
Annan said on April 11 that he had received a written pledge from the Syrian Foreign Ministry to “cease all military fighting throughout the Syrian territory.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on March 6 that the Syrian people have “proven their capacity to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms along with the fight against foreign-backed terrorism.”