english.ruvr.ru – Syria: al-Qusayr in government hands
According to television reports in Syria, the army is mopping up the remaining pockets of rebel resistance in al-Qusayr near the border with Lebanon.
Earlier on Saturday, it foiled an attempt by rebel forces arriving from the environs of Damascus to break its stranglehold on the Qusayr terrorists.
It also destroyed a rebel supply base located near an airfield six kilometers north of al-Qusayr.
The victory in the Qusayr battle has already enabled Syria to reopen the main road connecting Homs with the Lebanese city of Baalbek.
Press TV – Syria army seizes al-Daba’a airport north of Qusayr
The Syrian troops took control of al-Daba’a military airport north of Qusayr in Homs province on Saturday, the latest reports from the town said.
Press TV – Assad has upper hand in talks with militants: Mark Dankof
english.ruvr.ru – Syria: conference of good hope
This week official Damascus and the Syrian opposition, supported by international intermediaries, continued consultations on holding an international conference on Syria. This conference will possibly take place in June.
The main aim of the conference has not been defined yet. It still remains to be seen if the conference would manage to form a government of national unity capable of stopping the bloodshed. There is no consensus between Russia and the West on another key issue, which is the fate of Bashar al-Assad. However, all this should not be an obstacle on the way of building up dialogue, expert of the Institute of Strategic Assessment and Appraisal Sergei Demidenko says.
“The major international participants, such as the US, Russia and the EU, slowly start to find common ground on this issue. Another satisfactory development is that now Russia, the EU and the US see more eye-to-eye about the nature of the Syrian opposition. It stands to reason that the opposition would not be able to take power if Bashar al-Assad’s regime fell and would not take the country out of the crisis in the future. These are two important points from which further dialogue should proceed.”
Why We Oppose U.S. and Israeli intervention in Syria, Statement by ANSWER Coalition
Having overthrown the Governments in Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011, the U.S. government has sought to topple the Syrian government during the past two years. The CIA has been the coordinating agency for massive weapons shipments from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to armed groups fighting to topple the Syrian government.
The conflict in Syria that began more than two years ago was fueled by a wide range of grievances, some legitimate, some reactionary. But the armed rebellion inside the country is today inextricably bound to imperialism and the most reactionary regimes in the Arab world. Its aim is to destroy a secular, nationalist government that U.S. leaders view as an obstacle to their goal of dominating the entire Middle East.
The United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been funneling vast quantities of arms, money and supplies to the Syrian opposition, and training thousands of anti-government fighters in Turkey, Jordan and elsewhere. On May 5, Israel heavily bombed an area close to the capital, Damascus.
Press TV’s Documentary- Aleppo:From Resistance to Victory, The present documentary portrays the events of the siege of Aleppo in 2012 from the viewpoint of its residents