Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The Syrian army has made more gains in its fight
against foreign-backed militants operating inside the country establishing full control
over the town of al-Nabek. Units of the armed forces on Monday took the town after
a series of successful operations, an unnamed military source told official SANA news
The town was captured after government forces seized a key highway near it, which
passes through the strategic region of Qalamoun. The highway is extremely valuable
to both sides of the battle because it serves as an important link between Damascus
and the country’s north.
The latest gain paves the way for the start of overland shipment of Syria’s chemical
weapons to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad.
The crisis in Syria has created an obstacle for the implementation of an agreement
between Damascus and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) to remove chemical weapons from Syria.
On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal under which Syria
would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out
planned strikes on the Arab country.
The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces
accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack
on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the capital Damascus on August 21.
Damascus has vehemently denied the accusation, saying the attack was carried out
by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media MOSCOW—As various news source report that Barack Obama
could start bombing Syria as early as Thursday, Russia has warned against military
action and said the West is acting like a monkey with a grenade. Moscow has
continuously condemned any strick on Syria, and strongly criticized the United States
and its allies’ aggressive behavior against Assad’s regime. “The Western Countries are
acting like a monkey with a hand-grenade in response to the Islamic world,” wrote
Dimitry Rogozin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister on his twitter account.
Robert Ford, senior US official leading negotiations, the Syrian opposition was told
that military strikes are imminent.
“The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical
weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days, and that
they should still prepare for peace talks at Geneva,” a source told Reuters.
According the Guardian, Russia warned that Western military intervention in Syria
would have “catastrophic consequences” for the Middle East as divisions widen
between Moscow and Washington.
“Attempts to bypass the security council, once again to create artificial groundless
excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria
and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North
Africa,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.
“We are calling on our American partners and all members of the world community to
demonstrate prudence (and) strict observance of international law, especially the
fundamental principles of the UN Charter,” said Alexander Lukashevich, a ministry
According to news sources, Obama could start bombing Syria as early as Thursday,
and the bombing would last for three days. Russia is evacuating its citizens from
Syria in preparation for the impending war.
Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria have been unable to defeat the Syrian regime, and for
months have been requesting military reinforcements.