almasdarnews.com – Latest battlefield update from west Palmyra shows Syrian Army approaching city: map

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had another productive day in the western countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur), liberating several points from the Islamic State (ISIS) militants amid another big push on Sunday.

The Problems With the Amnesty International Report
”The release of the – at face value – damning report by Amnesty International on human rights abuses at the Saydnaya prison in Syria has caused huge controversy in the past week; but are its claims based in fact? John Wight speaks to former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford.”
Amnesty Report on Syrian Prison Deaths Questioned by Ex UK Ambassador to Syria
Storbritanniens Syrienambassadör anser att Amnesty-rapporten ohållbar

Growing up with War: Children of Syria (RT Documentary)
Since war broke out in Syria almost six years ago, a whole generation of kids has never known life in peaceful times. They’ve witnessed family members being killed and their houses destroyed. Many were wounded and war has robbed them all of their childhoods. With no end in sight to the bloody conflict, their futures remain uncertain.

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11 feb

globalresearch.ca – Iran has been “Implacable in the Rejection of Washington’s Destructive Role in Syria”

Professor Tim Anderson is a distinguished author and senior lecturer of political economy at the University of Sydney, Australia. In an interview with Khamenei.ir, he answers questions about the Syrian crisis, the Astana peace talks as well as the role of Iran, Russia and Turkey in the peace process.

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8 feb

Igår kom Amnesty och västmedierna med en våldsam offensiv med en rapport om fruktansvärda förhållanden på ett fängelse utanför Damaskus.
Det är ett krig som pågår mot Syrien och både Amnesty och medierna deltar i det på angriparnas sida. Det har de visat i flera år. Bara det gör ju att man måste förhålla sig avvaktande till ett sånt här utspel. Vad vill de uppnå med att gå ut med detta nu? Tidigare har de velat ha ingripande av Nato-länder, men det kan det väl knappast handla om nu. Är det ett försök att störa fredsförhandlingarna?
Som vanligt dröjer det någon dag innan någon oberoende granskare hinner ta en titt på det som påstås, och när det då visar sig att påståendena är tveksamma eller helt felaktiga så är inte västmedierna närvarande, de tiger. Men syftet med deras utspel är uppnått, de flesta har registrerat påståendena och tagit dem för sanna. Det är ju svårt att undgå budskapet.

Moon of Alabama har tittat närmare på den aktuella rapporten. Det är som med tidigare Amnesty-utspel, de har intervjuat motståndare till regeringen, och gått på deras uppgifter, och har därefter gjort en uppskattning på hur många som kan ha dödats. En mycket tveksam metod.

Amnesty Claims Mass Executions In Syria, Provides Zero Proof

The claims in the Amnesty report are based on spurious and biased opposition accounts from outside of the country. The headline numbers of 5,000 to 13,000 are calculated on the base of unfounded hypotheticals. The report itself states that only 36 names of allegedly executed persons are known to Amnesty, less than the number of “witnesses” Amnesty claims to have interviewed. The high number of claimed execution together with the very low number of names is not plausible.
The report does not even meet the lowest mark of scientific or legal veracity. It is pure biased propaganda.

Den syriska regeringens kommentar – presstv.ir – Syria rejects Amnesty ‘false’ report of mass jail hangings

The Syrian Justice Ministry, in a statement published on Tuesday, rejected the account of mass hangings at Saydnaya prison near Damascus between 2011 and 2015 as bogus and false, saying such claims are meant to ruin the government’s reputation in the international community.

presstv.ir – Tide of Syria conflict turning in favor of Damascus, Moscow: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the tide of events in the Arab country is changing in favor of Damascus and Moscow, which are both engaged in a battle against foreign-backed terrorists.

Ian Sinclair – The Media is Ignoring Leaked US-Government Documents on Syria

For example, liberal journalists and commentators have repeatedly stated the US has, as Paul Mason wrote in the Guardian last year, “stood aloof from the Syrian conflict”. The leaked audio recording of a meeting between President Obama’s second Secretary of State John Kerry, and Syrian opposition figures last year shows the opposite to be true.
Challenged about the level of US support to the insurgency, Kerry turns to his aide and says: “I think we’ve been putting an extraordinary amount of arms in, haven’t we?” The aide agrees, noting “the armed groups in Syria get a lot of support”.

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1 feb

rt.com – Trump doesn’t seem to want another Libya in Syria – Lavrov

US President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to want to repeat the Libyan scenario in Syria when he proposes setting up ‘safe zones’ in the war-stricken country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that the Libyan case had been “tragic.”
“We understand that Donald Trump’s administration is yet to specify its approach [on Syrian ‘safe zones’],” Lavrov said at the Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

journal-neo.org – Middle Eastern Analysts Evaluate the Astana Meeting Results

Unlike all the meeting that were held in Doha, Istanbul and Riyadh over the last three years, in Astana, Syria’s opposition forces were represented by field commanders, thus breaking a sort of a monopoly on the negotiations that was held by the so-called Supreme Commission for Negotiations sponsored and controlled by Saudi Arabia.
For a long time it would be believed that no negotiator could bring the representatives of Damascus and the militant warlords under one roof to negotiate the situation. However, once this goal has been achieved the sky is the limit for the Syrian peaceful settlement, notes a well-known Arabic columnist, A. Atwan.
The most influential Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram, has expressed its hope that the meeting in the Kazakh capital Astana will strengthen the determination of the Syrian army and the Syrian people.

almasdarnews.com – Aid only coming from Russia and Syrian government, says Aleppo resident

almasdarnews.com In pictures: Kurdish forces receive US armored vehicles

almasdarnews.com – US-led Coalition airstrike targets Carlton Hotel in Idlib city

The US-led Coalition has carried out an airstrike over the militant-controlled city of Idlib, targeting the Carlton Hotel and the area around it.
The accommodation centre was believed to be an asset of the Jahbat Fateh al-Sham terrorist group used both for troop housing and as a meeting point for its prominent commanders.

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31 jan

presstv.ir – Intra-Syrian Geneva talks delayed until Feb. 20: Diplomats

globalresearch.ca – Astana Peace Talks on Syria are Over, What Next? Syria’s Draft Constitution. Russian Influence in the Middle East

Adam Garrie asked Syrian journalist Afraa Dagher to reflect on the recent Astana Peace Conference and how this impacts on Syria’s long-term future.

presstv.ir – Syria warns uncooridanted ‘safe zones’ would pose risks to civilians

The Syrian foreign minister has warned that plans to create safe zone in the Arab country, proposed by the new US administration, would pose serious risks to civilians’ lives if enforced without coordination with Damascus.
Walid al-Muallem said Monday that any attempt to impose safe zones without coordination with the Syrian government will be an “unsafe act.”

zerohedge.com – US Sends Military Supplies To Syrian Alliance In First Under Trump Admin

Confirming that the US role in the Syrian conflict is likely to expand in the coming months, Reuters reported that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has supplied its Syrian allies with armored vehicles for the first time, expanding support since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office.
The armored vehicles and troop carriers had arrived four or five days ago, said Talal Silo, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG militia.

almasdarnews.com – Video: Assad appears alive and well after false rumours of psychological stress, stroke

almasdarnews.com – Video + Brief Analysis: Syrian Arab Army captures ISIS car bomb intact in East Aleppo countryside

Robert Roth – What’s Really Happening in Syria: Who Started the War, Who Can You Trust to Tell the Truth?

If you try to follow events in the mainstream media (MSM), you may have noticed that they routinely refer to Syrian president Bashar al Assad as a “brutal dictator”. Assad is supposed to have responded to peaceful protests with repressive violence and by “killing his own people”. The U.S., UK, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar continue to maintain that “Assad must go”.
I disagree with all of that, as I’ll explain in this article.

Watch Press TV’s full interview with Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria.
The interview, conducted on Press TV’s Face to Face program, was aired on January 28, 2017.

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28 jan

presstv.ir – Geneva talks on Syrian crisis postponed to February end: Russian FM

Russia says the next of round peace negotiations, which were planned to be held between the Syrian government and opposition groups early in February, have been postponed to the end of next month.
“The date of February 8 has been put back until the end of next month,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a meeting with Syrian opposition groups on Friday.
The upcoming negotiations, which are to be hosted by the United Nations, will follow two-day talks held between Syria’s warring sides in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this week with the mediation of Iran, Russia and Turkey.
At the end of Astana talks on January 26, Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in Syria and monitor possible violations.

almasdarnews.com – Syrian Army takes control of main water supply to Damascus after more than 4 weeks of fighting

The Syrian Arab Army has officially taken control of the Al-Fijeh Springs of Wadi Barada after more than 4 weeks of fighting with the jihadist rebels in this rural Damascus valley.
Syrian TV reported directly from the Al-Fijeh Springs today, showing images of the Syrian Arab Army raising the flag over this strategic site that is responsible for supply water to an estimated 5 million people in Damascus.

Vanessa Beeley – Child-Beheading-Terrorist Supporter Wins Getty and Sunday Times “Defining Images” Award 2016

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25 jan

Förhandlingar i Kazakstan. Annars rapporter om strider fram och tillbaka, ibland framryckningar för syriska armén ibland för de väpnade grupperna. Utanför Aleppo, Palmyra och Deir Ezzur.

Kazakhstan: Damascus will do ‘whatever it takes’ to rescue Syria – Jaafari

Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, stated that Damascus was ready to do ”whatever it takes” to ”stop this bloodshed” despite it being ”extremely painful” for Syrian government officials to sit in the same room as other Syrians allegedly ”linked to foreign agendas and working for foreign powers.”

sott.net – ”Rebel” infighting breaks out as Russia finally manages to separate the ”moderates” from the terrorists in Syria

On the last days of the Obama administration the U.S. military hit a large Al-Qaeda training camp in Idleb governate in Syria. The camp was known as a training area for European fighters. B-52 strategic bombers dropped a large amount of bombs on the camp. Over 100 people were killed in the attack. The camp’s existence, though probably not the exact location, was known since 2013 but the U.S. had not touched it before. Some suggested that the attack had the purpose of destroying evidence of U.S.-al-Qaeda cooperation in Syria.

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