Press TV – Syrian army has upper hand against militants, Assad says
“The army has a very large lead on the ground and has achieved significant gains,” Assad said in an interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar published on Monday.
He further said the Syrian army could even win the battle against the militants if Turkey stopped supporting them. “If the Turkish border was closed to tackle the smuggling of arms and militants, this matter would be resolved in only two weeks.”
The Syrian president went on to say that the militants’ “playground is limited to some border areas with Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, and some pockets in the countryside of the capital, which are being dealt with.”
Assad said that the situation in the capital, Damascus, has improved, adding, “The externally-funded armed groups received strong blows recently.”
He also stressed that Damascus will continue to cooperate with the UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to solve the crisis in the country.
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The Syrian opposition urgently needs arms and at least $300mln to build a workable anti-Assad government.
Head of the National Opposition Coalition George Sabra has been speaking about this at a Paris conference convened by the French Foreign Ministry.
almanar.com.lb – France’s Fabius Warns: Extremists Could Gain Ground in Syria
”We cannot allow a rebellion that began as (a) peaceful and democratic protest degenerate into confrontation between rival militias,” Fabius said.
”This conference has to send a clear signal, (that) it has one concrete objective: give the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) the means to act.”
France has led moves to have the SNC recognized internationally. But the ‘credibility’ of the opposition alliance has been damaged by mounting evidence that extremist are playing a central role in the campaign against President Bashar Assad.
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said ”We have to give the Syrian people a clear signal: we are at your side.” Has this man gone absolutely crazy thinking that giving money to terrorists who are killing innocent Syrian people, is going to show that France is on the side of the people? France is supporting the terrorists by funding them and are the enemy of the Syrian people.
Press TV –Syria’s well-trained army will soon defeat US-led militants : Ala’a Ibrahim – video
Obviously the army has the upper hand. We have to put this in context the Syrian government has a strong well-trained army, one of the biggest armies in the Middle East; it’s very well equipped. So it’s obvious that it would have the upper hand. I wouldn’t care much about the media reports about the Syrian army losing ground in some areas. I would say that when the army puts its mind into something, when the army decides to take or retake a certain area they are capable of doing this. We have seen examples in Homs, in Bab Amro, we have seen examples in parts of Aleppo
Press TV – Obama says aware of limitations for military intervention in Syria
In response to domestic criticisms of US administration’s failure to militarily intervene in Syria, Barack Obama says he is fully aware of the limitations the US faces for such an action.
“I am more mindful probably than most of not only our incredible strengths and capabilities, but also our limitations,” Obama said in an interview with the New Republic magazine published on Monday.
“In a situation like Syria, I have to ask, can we make a difference in that situation? Would a military intervention have an impact? How would it affect our ability to support troops who are still in Afghanistan?” the president asked.
In an interview with CBS television program ”60 Minutes” On Sunday, Obama said contrary to the US intervention in Libya to topple Muammar Gaddafi, a similar measure in Syria may “backfire.”
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