18 feb

bbc.co.uk – ‘People want Assad to stay’

english.ruvr.ru – Syria war involves foreign-backed terrorists – UN experts

The conflict in Syria increasingly involves foreign-backed mercenaries and Islamist radicals, including Salafists.
A report issued by human rights experts of the United Nations Monday named four Islamist groups operating in Damascus and Idlib province.

english.ruvr.ru – EU extends sanctions against Syria

The EU foreign ministers agreed to extend sanctions against Syria for another three months at an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
They also agreed to extend an arms embargo to prevent the rebels from getting weapons from overseas.
However, the countries split over the issue – thus, the UK and France backed a partial lift while others remained opposed to letting more weapons into the conflict-torn country.

‘Foreign powers stop meddling in Syria’, Ala’a Ebrahim, journalist and political commentator from Damascus, Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Chairman of Arab Media Watch (London), and Mike Harris, financial editor of Veterans Today (Phoenix, Arizona)

Press TV – Assad says confident of winning Syria conflict

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he is confident that the country’s Army will win the conflict against the foreign-backed militants who are fighting the government.
Assad’s remarks, made during a meeting with a number of Lebanese officials in Damascus, were published in Lebanon’s As-Safir newspaper.
”We are sure we will win, we are reassured by the political and military developments,” the paper quoted the Syrian president as telling the Lebanese delegation.

Danny Makki’s, co-founder of Syrian Youth In Britain, interview with Syrian TV (16-2-2013)

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