7 feb

Det verkar som att de väpnade grupperna försökt en ny offensiv mot Damaskus, bl.a. vägen mot flygplatsen.
Press TV – Syrian military making headway against militants

Syrian army forces are making significant gains against foreign-backed militants as the two sides remain engaged in fierce clashes near the capital, Damascus.
Military sources said on Thursday that the Syrian army had managed to rout extremists affiliated with the terrorist al-Nusra Front in areas surrounding Ghouta, close to the eastern part of Damascus.
Troops have also reportedly retaken control of neighborhoods in the capital’s southern suburb of Daraya.

Syrian troops regain two areas near Damascus airport

Syrian troops regained control of two areas near the international airport of the capital Damascus, the state-TV said.
”The army has restored security to Haran al-Awamid and Kafreen, ” the state-TV said, adding that the operation has also resulted in destruction all of the rebels’ command centers.
The army had been poised to enter the Haran al-Awamid since last week in order to secure the road to the airport.
The news came as the military showdown continued in the southern and eastern outskirts of Damascus between the army and the armed rebels.

Syrian P.M. Al-Halqi: Government Open to Political Forces, Welcomes Efforts to Make Dialogue a Success

Prime Minister, Wael al-Halqi, stressed the importance of the government’s consultative meetings and openness to all political forces who want to engage with the political process and contribute to reaching joint visions in order to make the political program for solving the crisis in Syria a success as it is the only and objective way out of the crisis.

Press TV – Iran, Egypt, Turkey presidents meet to discuss Syria crisis

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has met with his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria and find solutions to end the unrest in the Arab country.
In their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday, the Iranian president and his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts Mohamed Morsi and Abdullah Gul called for an immediate settlement of the crisis and an end to the bloodshed in Syria.

Press TV – China says open to ‘widely accepted’ solution on Syria crisis

China says it is open to any solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria as long as it is “widely accepted” by the Syrians.
“China holds an objective and justified position on Syrian issues and is positive about and open to any solution widely accepted by Syrian parties,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday.

UN studies the possibilities of sending peacekeepers to Syria

UN peace-keeping chief Hervé Ladsous has announced about studying the possibilities of sending a delegation to deploy the stability in Syria in the future.
Ladsos said in Media conference hold in New York that ”The current situation in Syria does not permit to deploy a delegation for peacekeeping”, adding that ”The security factor will be for, of course, the main key because the level of the violence is very high, but we study the Scenario that may invite us to help for deploying the peace forces in the country and to support the political operation, and to do what is possible to provide the safe feeling for some groups that feel threatened”.

Russia Today – Pentagon in favor of arming Syrian rebels

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers in Washington Thursday morning that he supports an initiative introduced by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that would have equipped anti-Assad rebels with American weaponry. The plan, hatched by Sec. Clinton and endorsed by both Sec. Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was opposed by Pres. Barack Obama, who instead has sought more diplomatic solutions to the Middle East uprising.
Mrs. Clinton, Pres. Obama’s secretary of state since 2009, retired from that role earlier this month. Former Senator John Kerry was confirmed as her replacement on February 1, and Mr. Panetta is expected to walk away from his DoD position in the coming days.
More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the Arab Spring began nearly two years ago. For Pres. Obama, though, an intervention by way of weaponry could only increase the instability into the region and spawn further violent responses.

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