Thierry Meyssan – Saudi Arabia ready to negotiate
The United States solved their internal problems before the Geneva 2 conference, then they eliminated the opposition of Qatar. They now turn to that of Saudi Arabia. However, Thierry Meyssan observes, Riyadh seems more docile than Doha and is offering an arrangement that guarantees both its survival and its ability to save face.
Everything is unfolding as if Riyadh was being more reasonable than Doha and was accepting the principle of the Geneva 2 Conference. Their claim would be satisfied with maintaining Bashar al-Assad in exchange for a symbolic victory in Lebanon, with the return to power of their symbol, Saad al-Hariri. This would be composed of a national unity government, including the ”political wing” of Hezbollah, which would explain the recent decision of the European Union to distinguish two branches within the Party of God.
worldtribune.com – Saudi intel chief in Moscow for talks on ending the war in Syria
Saudi Arabia sent its intelligence chief to meet with the Russian leadership in what could be the first direct talks on ending the civil war in Syria.
“It appears this was an initiative by Bandar, who is in charge of the entire Saudi aid to the rebels,” an official said. “Of course, this was coordinated with the United States.”
english.ruvr.ru – Bomb kills 18 in Damascus suburb – state TV
A bomb killed 18 people in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana on Tuesday, the latest in spate of blasts to hit the mainly Christian and Druze district, state television said.
The car bomb in the suburb’s Siouf square also wounded 56 people, the broadcaster said.
It said three children were among the dead.
The explosion struck at around 7:15 pm (1615 GMT), when traffic was heavy as Muslims headed home for the iftar meal that breaks the daylight fast observed during the holy month of Ramadan.
Press TV – Syria army continues to confront militants in renewed clashes
Press TV – Militants set Syrian Kurds on fire, new video footage shows
A gruesome video has emerged on the Internet, showing foreign-backed militants in Syria setting three Syrian Kurds on fire.
The video, which was posted online on Monday, shows the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Nusra Front militants pouring a flammable liquid on the hand-cuffed, blind-folded men who appear to be Syrian Kurd soldiers.
The militants then push the three into a fire they have made.
Press TV cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video.
almanar.com.lb – Syrian PM Says Killers of Sheikh Bouti Arrested
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said that Syrian authorities arrested killers of prominent Scholar, Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti.Wael Halqi
“The group that assassinated [Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan] al-Buti and tried to assassinate me has been apprehended,” Halqi told the Arabic satellite television station al-Mayadeen.
He added that the confession of the perpetrators “will be soon revealed.”
Sheikh Bouti was martyred last March when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Damascus Mosque. At least 41 people were also martyred during the attack.
Franklin Lamb – Survival Formula Presented to Yarmouk’s Remaining Refugees But Can It Work?
For more than a year, Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, one of nine in Syria, has been a war zone between supporters of the Syrian government and those seeking its overthrow. But the number of camp residents actively engaged in fighting on either side is negligible, according to Dr. Hamed Mouad.
syrianews.cc – Syria: Terrorists kidnap and torture innocent Mufti