Press TV – Syrian forces retake full control of Khaldiyeh in Homs
Syrian forces have managed to retake full control of the key district of Khaldiyeh in the western city of Homs after weeks of heavy clashes with the foreign-backed militants.
Press TV – West worries: Threat posed by militants in Syria begins to sink in
Security experts say thousands of foreign fighters – including 600 from Europe, North America, and Australia – have traveled to Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Anti-terrorism experts at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado said many of those fighters in Syria travel first to Turkey, where militant facilitators often link them up with specific groups, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. The fighters are then armed by some Western and regional countries.
Christof Lehmann – Syrian Armed Forces Make Progress but Face Onslaught of Foreign-Backed Mercenaries
A new, major military campaign by foreign-backed insurgents in Syria, which analysts expect in August and September is beginning to manifest. During the weekend, al-Qaeda linked insurgents committed a massacre in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo, killing at least 123 while many are still reported missing.
The campaign in August and September has, according to intelligence reports, been designed to create the conditions which would justify renewed calls for a no-fly-zone, humanitarian corridors and a foreign intervention. The Syrian Armed Forces however, has so far been limiting the onset of the campaign and is making steady progress with counter-insurgency operations throughout Syria.
Christof Lehmann – Growing Inner-European Discord about Lifting E.U. Ban on Arming Syrian Opposition
The Austrian Foreign Minister, Michael Spindelberger and Germany´s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have expressed their opposition against lifting the E.U. ban on arming the Syrian opposition.
Inner-European discord about lifting the ban grows as more details about massacres and chemical weapons use by opposition forces emerge. The inner-European discord also reflects discord with regard to energy-security, regional and international politics.
Christof Lehmann – New Massacre in Khan al-Assal Kills 123, Many Are Reported Missing. Syrian Minister “Terrorists and Countries Supporting Them Will Pay Dearly”
english.ruvr.ru – Russia urges an end to Syria bloodshed
Moscow is calling on all responsible sides in Syria to put an end to the bloodshed unleashed by what it termed ”international terrorists,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
”Over the weekend it became known about the atrocious killing of some 150 people by militants from extremist groups Jabhat al-Nusra and Ansar al-Khilafah during an attack on Khan Assal, a town outside the northern city of Aleppo,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
Both militant groups, which have conducted joint operations in the past, have claimed credit for taking control of Khan Assal on July 22-23 and killing more than 100 soldiers. The Russian ministry expressed deep condolences to the entire Syrian people and strongly condemned the acts by ”terrorists and their accomplices” on Syrian soil.
english.ruvr.ru – Syrian rebels carry out massacre in Aleppo
The Syrian extremists have carried out a massacre in the city of Khan al-Assal in northern Aleppo province to get rid of witnesses of a chemical attack in March, Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
voltairenet.org – Syria: avoid the worst political solution!, Two French deputies (UMP), including the president of the mission for information on the situation in Syria, warn of the dangers of France’s politics in the region.
Consequently, it’s essential to keep a clear head, and admit that for the moment, only a reasonable compromise with the current regime can ease tension and enable a political transition – with the participation of Russia.