almasdarnews.com – Assad vows to retake all of Syria, no matter who controls the area
The Syrian president held a meeting at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday discussing the internal, regional and international political situation and Syria’s foreign and domestic policy objectives.
Damascus will “liberate the territories of all Syrian provinces, no matter whose control they are under,” Assad said, as cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency.
“The process of Syria’s post-war reconstruction is our biggest priority, and we will engage in the restoration of the national economy alongside the ongoing anti-terrorist operations,” Assad added.
The seven year war in Syria has had a severe impact on the country’s economy. In May, Assad estimated that the country may need up to $400 billion and over a decade to rebuild.
almasdarnews.com – VIDEO: Syrian Army showcases spoils from Daraa offensive
Aside from the liberated territories and impressive military gains, the Syrian Army has seized unbelievably huge quantities of weapons handed over by militants after entering into surrender agreements with the Syrian government.
almasdarnews.com – Syria calls on refugees to return home
Syria has called on all refugees to return home after the government declared most of the country free of terrorism, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported today.
Citing an official from the Syrian Foreign Ministry, SANA reported that “the Syrian state calls upon Syrian citizens who were forced by war and terrorist attacks to leave the country to return home in light of the successive achievements of the Syrian Arab Army and the liberation of many areas from terrorism.”
“Syria stresses that the international community and international organizations who pretend to care about the interest of the Syrian people are also called upon to lift the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people, the source said, stressing that these measures were an additional reason for the Syrians to leave their country in search of decent life,” SANA continued.
theantimedia.com – Sen. Lindsey Graham Makes Surprise Visit to Syria, Calls for US Military to Stay
Hawkish Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday, stopping off in the city of Manbij, which is held by US and Turkish forces. Graham delivered a speech clearly designed to attack the idea of a US pullout from Syria.
War of Annihilation: Amnesty’s Investigation into the Siege of Raqqa: US, UK and France Committed War Crimes
During 2017 the Isis Caliphate was finally overthrown in Syria and Iraq. Its capital in Raqqa, Syria was captured by Kurdish led SDF forces strongly supported by massive air and artillery strikes provided by America and its French/British allies. During the siege of Raqqa (July-October 2017), while SDF troops slowly captured district after district from Isis forces, the international community ignored warnings from Amnesty International and other human rights groups about the large number of civilian casualties being caused by the massive and indiscriminate air and artillery strikes by Coalition forces.
It was only after the city was fully recaptured by SDF troops in mid October 2017 that the full horror of the American led war of annihilation came to light. This article will draw very heavily from the research provided by Amnesty investigators who went to Raqqa and interviewed hundreds of survivors. Their investigation has produced a very harrowing report entitled – “War of Annihilation – Devastating Toll On Civilians, Raqqa – Syria’’
The war of annihilation waged by America and its allies is best described by the civilians who survived this horrific war crime. The amount of bombs and artillery shells fired into Raqqa by the U.S. led coalition is highly reminiscent of the extermination campaigns waged by American imperialism during its war in Vietnam.
moonofalabama.org – On Sources And Information – The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (SOHR) claims to be a one person shop in Coventry, Britain. But that is only the front story. It is part of a larger organization and the intelligence infrastructure used to wage war on Syria.
almasdarnews.com – One year overlook of Syrian war – (maps)
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made remarkable progress across Syria over the last 18 months, liberating a large chunk of the country from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
almasdarnews.com – Russia: Putin, Assad discuss next steps towards political settlement in Syria (video)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad held talks in Sochi on Thursday on the importance of creating further conditions for resumption of a full-fledged process of political settlement in Syria.
almasdarnews.com – OPCW announces fact finding mission in Douma has been completed
“The analysis of the samples may take at least three to four weeks. Meanwhile, the FFM will continue its work to collect more information and material. At this time, it is not possible to give a timeframe for when the Douma report will be issued to States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the OPCW statement concluded.
Syria: Hundreds of mines found with NATO origin – Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria
”A mine-clearing operation saw hundreds of explosives being laid out in Douma on Wednesday, following the city’s liberation from Jaysh al-Islam militants.”
presstv.com – Syrian govt. forces discover Israeli-made arms smuggled to terrorists
Syrian government forces have discovered considerable amounts of Israeli-made munitions, including chemical warfare, digital equipment and drugs, destined for foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants and Daesh terrorists in the country’s central province of Homs as well as the southwestern province of Rif Dimashq.
Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Moscow, 28 April 2018
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in Syria, held the second meeting in Moscow on 28 April 2018. They discussed the development of the situation in and around Syria and its impact on the regional peace and security.
rt.com – Military targets in Hama & Aleppo, Syria hit by missiles – state TV
Powerful explosions have been heard in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces, the Syrian state news agency reports. The state media says military bases there were hit by rockets launched by an unspecified enemy.
almasdarnews.com – Suspected Israeli attack completely destroys Syrian missile base in Hama (photos)
A powerful attack was carried out last night against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Hama countryside that killed more than 30 soldiers.
The attack completely destroyed the Brigade 47 Base, causing a massive explosion that could be heard throughout much of the country.
According to a Syrian military source, the attack was carried out by the Israeli Air Force; however, the latter has yet to comment on the allegations.
The military source added that the attack was believed to have been carried out by an Israeli F-35 fighter jet, as the remnants of glide bombs were found at the site.
rt.com – No attack, no victims, no chem weapons: Douma witnesses speak at OPCW briefing at The Hague (VIDEO)
Witnesses of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, including 11-year-old Hassan Diab and hospital staff, told reporters at The Hague that the White Helmets video used as a pretext for a US-led strike on Syria was, in fact, staged.
medialens.org – Douma: Part 2 – ‘It Just Doesn’t Ring True’