Press TV – Syrian insurgents seize three journalists near Damascus
Armed groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have seized three journalists near the capital, Damascus, reports say.
The journalists, who work for state television, were captured in al-Tal, north of Damascus, on Friday as they accompanied government troops operating in the area.
Syrian News Channel Crew Kidnapped
Al-Akhdar Al-Ibrahimi to Succeed Annan as UN Envoy to Syria
A veteran Alegrian diplomat, al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi is to be named as the new UN envoy to Syria in place of former envoy Kofi Annan.akhdar ibrahimi
Diplomats at the UN said Thursday that al-Ibrahimi would be officially announced as the new envoy early next week.
Mer än 30 länder har samlats i Iran för att diskutera Syrien – Iran proposes formation of contact group on Syria
“When a nation is hit by crisis, it is one of the customary methods of international relations to establish a contact group by impartial countries to manage the parties involved [in the crisis] and to pave the way for mutual understanding, interaction, and dialogue,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said at a press conference after a one-day international consultative meeting on the Syrian situation in Tehran on Thursday.
Participants in Tehran Conference on Syria Issue Final Statement, The following is the full text of the statement issued at the end of the gathering.
Press TV – Syrian troops attack insurgents on Lebanon, Iraq borders
Syrian government troops have attacked foreign-backed armed insurgents on the Lebanese and Iraqi borders, according to the Syrian television.
Press TV – Syrian army foils two bomb attacks in Aleppo’s Bab al-Nairab
The Syrian army has foiled two bomb attacks in Aleppo’s Bab al-Nairab district as a major military operation to clear the flashpoint city of armed groups continues.
Syrian troops also repelled a terrorist attack on Aleppo’s international airport, state news agency SANA reported on Friday.
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey – Aleppo: Conflicting stories and the truth
The Free Syrian Terrorist Force is, sorry to spoil the fun, certainly not composed by Syrians. Around 75 per cent of them are foreign mercenaries, murderers, ”ex-SAS”, ”ex-French special forces”, Libyan rapists, murderers and torturers, and so on, complete with the hierarchy composed of Iraqis and Turks and the token Syrian for the cameras.
For those who wish to make a buck by fighting for this filth murdering civilians and raping girls, it should also be pointed out that they are generally not paid until after the first ten days, after which they are generally dead. Someone point that out to them, will you? Thanks.
And sorry to spoil the fun again, but Aleppo has not fallen to the terrorists. In fact, quite the contrary – it is surrounded on all sides, it is totally cut off and the enclave where the terrorists were concentrated, in Salah al-Deen has been sterilised
‘NATO awaits perfect pretext to enter Syria’, Press TV has conducted an interview with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War’s Ken Stone
I think NATO is waiting for the proper moment. My experience of over 40 years in the Anti-war movement has been that they have time tables, they have schedules, and they like to create pretexts by which to sell their next war.
Bill Van Auken om artikeln – Al-Qaeda’s Specter in Syria – som någon tillhörande Council on Foreign Relations skrivit där man obekymrat konstaterar att Al-Qaeda gör ett välbehövligt jobb på USA’s och de väpnade gruppernas sida i Syrien – Washington’s proxy in Syria: Al Qaeda
Husain predicts that “Al-Qaeda could become the most effective fighting force in Syria if defections from the FSA” to its ranks continue growing and “the ranks of foreign fighters continue to swell.” Recent media reports have made clear that Islamist fighters from as far away as Chechnya are being funneled into Syria across the Turkish border, along with many more from Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan and elsewhere.
The US reaction? “Thus far, Washington seems reluctant to weigh heavily into this issue,” writes Husain. “The unspoken position of policymakers is to get rid of Assad first—weakening Iran’s position in the region—and then deal with Al-Qaeda later.”
Such statements are not made lightly and are based upon intimate knowledge of American policy. The Council on Foreign Relations has the closest ties to the State Department of any Washington think tank. Sitting on its board of directors are two former secretaries of state, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.
What is involved here are political realities that serve to blow up the pretexts for both the war in Syria and the “global war on terrorism” that has served as the touchstone for US policy, both foreign and domestic, for over a decade.
Washington is not waging a crusade for democracy and human rights in Syria. It is involved in a dirty war in which carnage is being unleashed against the Syrian population as a means of toppling a regime that has historic ties to Tehran. This, in turn, is meant to pave the way for a wider war aimed at eliminating Iran as a rival for regional hegemony in the energy-rich and geo-strategically vital regions of the Persian Gulf and Central Asia.
US arms al-Qaeda in Syria, ignores fallout: Analyst, Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Hisham Jaber, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut
as we always said the United States’ administration is in a very critical situation, there is controversy about the behavior of the administration in America at one hand, they always said to the American people that al-Qaeda is the enemy of the American people, on the other hand they are providing directly or indirectly, weapons to the insurgents in Syria and they know, they know very well that there are thousands of elements belonging to al-Qaeda or similar, are fighting in Syria.