Franklin Lamb på Press TV – Assad enjoys more popularity despite US-led pressure: Analyst
I think in the last two to three months I’ve noticed when visiting there – more support – and it’s because of the disappointment with the opposition; it’s because the government is actually doing quite a lot to soften the immoral and illegal US-led sanctions.
“I think there will be a deal and I think the deal will allow for the Syrian people to choose in the 2014 election who they want,” the analyst speculated, noting that Assad’s opponents abroad have realized that a regime change in Syria is not as easy as they supposed.
nyhetsbanken.se – USA förnekar vad terrorister erkänt
”USA är bestört och bedrövat över det syriska regimens blodiga attack igår på Aleppouniversitet”, sa det amerikansk utrikesdepartementets taleskvinna Victoria Nuland på onsdagen.
Men det är allmänt känt att al-Nusrafronten tagit på sig sprängningen i Aleppo. I tolv minuter satt meddelandet uppe på Facebook.
Nulands anklagelser utlöste en ilsken reaktion från Ryssland.
”Jag kan inte tänka mig något mer hädiskt”, sa Rysslands utrikesminister Sergej Lavrov i går, som beskriver morden som en ”terrorhandling”.
Press TV – Syria criticizes UNSC over failure to condemn Idlib, Aleppo attacks
In letters to the UN secretary general and the chairman of the UN Security Council on Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that preventing the Council from adopting stances in condemnation of these “terrorist acts” is “immoral” and encourages terrorism.
Terrorists conduct deadly attacks to silence the voice of the Syrians who oppose the presence of militants in the country, the letters included.
english.ruvr.ru – Russia against handing ”Syrian dossier” to ICC
At the UN Security Council meeting on Syria Russia has spoken against handing over the Syrian dossier to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Russia’s permanent UN representative Vitaly Churkin spoke about this to journalists Friday.
”We believe that this idea is not properly timed and counter-productive for tackling the priority task at this moment – the establishment of a political process,” – said Churkin.
english.ruvr.ru – ”US has no evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria” – Panetta
The US does not have evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its people in domestic armed conflicts, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview with ABC Friday.
Earlier Security Council representative Tommy Vietor made a similar statement denying recent media reports which suggested the use of chemical weapons in Syria, citing a source with the State Department sources.
english.ruvr.ru – Terrorists fire missile at Aleppo living quarter – video
Insurgents have fired a missile in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo which hit a living quarter, killing and wounding civilians, SANA reports from the ground. The number of victims and casualties hasn’t immediately been known.
Dmitriy Sedov – Aleppo: Tragedy Continues
On the eve of New Year the Syrian opposition faced another choice. It had not reached its goals, the government offered a dialogue. The choice was made. Two powerful explosions shock the Territory of Aleppo University on January 14. The UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an information office opposed to the government, reported it was hit by Assad’s air force. It was the first day of examinations, the terrorists hoped for great death toll. Around 100 people lost their lives. The country suffered a painful shock – they did strike young people, the main treasure of the nation. Someone’s perverse, cold blooded mind is behind the efforts to instill the idea the government was the perpetrator of the crime.
The military sources say the rebels used air defence systems from the distance of one and a half km from the University. Last autumn the terrorists admitted to exploding administrative buildings in Aleppo. The death toll was around 40. This time no terrorist group claimed the responsibility.
For the last one and a half year Aleppo has become a scene of large-scale battle, the major part of the city is under control of the so called Free Syrian Army. There is scarcity of food, especially bread; many areas are left without electricity. In a recent mopping up operation in a city quarter a large depot of medicine was found. It had been stolen from a city hospital and medical centers. Many a time “the friends of Syria” resort to provocations while waging an information war. Their main goal is to possibly increase the number of civil casualties and then blame it on the Syrian government. That’s what the Western response to the Bashar Assad’s peace proposals is like…
Syria, an alternate reality. Interview with Anastasia Popova
We were there for 7 months in total, from August of 2011, when there was no war yet, until now when the war in full swing.
From the time when we arrived in August all the way until December, what struck us the most was the difference between what was being said about Syria from the outside and what was actually happening inside the country. Sometimes it would reach the point of absurdity, when we would get calls from our channel asking us about so-and-so square where an anti-government demonstration was being shot at by tanks or artillery. We would get to that square and there was literally nothing — a few pedestrians and a policeman directing traffic.
Despite all our attempts we didn’t manage to find the thousands-strong demonstrations against the government so often talked about by the Western media. We spoke to the opposition, and even they told us that it was very difficult to gather people to protest. The only way to do this was through the mosques, and if they managed to get even 50 people to come out for fifteen minutes and film them, they considered it a victory. The vast majority of the population was just not interested.
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guardian.co.uk – Syria crisis: al-Qaida fighters revealing their true colours, rebels say, A schism is developing in northern Syria between jihadists and Free Syrian Army units, which threatens to pitch both groups against each other and open a new phase in the Syrian civil war
Islamist Nusra Front gives BBC exclusive interview, Paul Wood and cameraman Fred Scott visited the war-torn city of Aleppo
Announcement of the formation of the National Defense Army in Syria Syrian source said earlier in Damascus ”channel Russia today”, on Friday, the Syrian authorities tend to create what might be called ”national defence army” composed of 10,000 young people from the various Syrian governorates, as complementary to the Syrian army to protect neighborhoods from attacks by opposition militants.
Zhao Jinglun – Syria: Proxy War By U.S. And Gulf Monarchies
“Economic Terrorism”: Destroying Syria’s Industry, Turkey Stealing and Looting Aleppo’s Factories
Head of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Industry, Eng. Fares Shihabi, stressed that Aleppo Industry Chamber has decisive evidence on the involvement of the Turkish government in stealing production lines and machines from hundreds of factories in Aleppo city and smuggling them into the Turkish territories in clear breach of the international laws.
In a statement to SANA, al-Shihabi said that robbing factories and facilities in Aleppo aims at destroying the Syrian economy, causing damage to the Syrian industry, the competitor to the Turkish products, and creating a gap between the national business sector and the state in Syria.
Video 2 min – syrianfreepress.wordpress.com – DARAA – Hundreds of missile and grenade launchers, heavy artillery and ammunition, made in Israel and U.S., seized to the terrorists.