Press TV – 14 killed in bomb attacks in Damascus
At least 14 people have been killed in two bomb attacks that struck near a police station in the Syrian capital Damascus.
The incident took place on Tuesday after explosive devices blew off near Marjeh Square in central Damascus, the Syrian Al-Ikhbariya television said.
Some 31 people were also injured in the incident.
No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack, but the Syrian television blamed “terrorist suicide bombers” for the deadly attack.
Christof Lehmann – Syrian Military readies for major battles as West contemplates war
According to a retired, high-ranking Turkish military officer who consults for nsnbc international and who entertains friendly relations with retired and active duty Syrian military officers, the number of organized, armed insurgents is estimated to be between 5.000 and 10.000, predominantly foreign fighters. The nsnbc source also states, that most of the brigades or terrorist groups have liaison to Special Forces officers from the USA, U.K., France, Turkey, Qatar or Saudi-Arabia who are operating in Syria undercover.
Unless the insurgents either receive massive new supplies of weapons and recruits, the battle for Aleppo may very well become the last major combat operation. Taking into account that the Syrian military will be preparing the logistical encirclement of Aleppo prior to an attack, the only remaining option for the anti-Syrian opposition to prevent a final, decisive defeat of the main combat units of the insurgents may be the enforcement of a “no-fly zone”. The Syria crisis is dangerously close to evolving into a Sarajevo-like situation where events, similar to the situation before the first world war, develop an unstoppable propensity toward a wider war.
Press TV – Russia slams West’s ‘double standards’ in treating Syrian issue
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned Western states’ opposition to the Syrian administration as a policy of ‘double standards’ in approaching the foreign governments they class as ‘dictatorial.’
“You either deny terrorists any acceptance in international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working – ‘I don’t like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country is also dictatorial, but he’s our dictator,’” Lavrov said.
He made the remarks in a recent interview with the US-based CBS channel, which was released on Monday.
Syrian army advances against militants