Press TV – Al-Qaeda attacks Syrian Kurdish town, kills 18
At least 18 people have been killed after al-Qaeda militants attacked the Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria.
The incident took place after the foreign-backed militants assaulted the strategic border town, clashing with the Kurds in the area, reports said on Saturday.
Most of the dead are militants. The attack forced a large crowd of civilians to flee into villages in the neighboring Turkey.
Al-Qaeda-linked militants started attacks on several Kurdish-majority areas in northern and northeastern Syria on Friday.
Press TV – ‘UN inspectors to arrive in Syria Sunday’
A UN team of chemical weapons inspectors is to arrive in Syria on Sunday to investigate allegations of use of chemical weapons in the Arab country, a report says.
Citing unnamed official, Reuters news agency said on Friday that the team would contain inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
sana.sy – Saudi Arabia sends news arms shipments to terrorist groups in Syria
Sources form the so-called ”Syrian opposition” and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources admitted that Saudi Arabia, in direct coordination with the U.S. intelligence, has recently provided new amounts of weapons to the armed terrorist groups spread in areas in south Syria.
Reuters quoted a source in an armed terrorist group linked to the Western-backed Supreme Military Council as saying that the armed groups have started using Konkurs anti-tank missiles they recently acquired from Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-financed missile shipments arrived in the last few weeks through Jordan after months of quiet Saudi pressure to prod Amman to open a supply route, according to Reuters.
Intervju med Manuel Ochsenreiter, tysk journalist och krigskorrespondent i friatider.se 4:e aug – Krigsförbrytelser vardagsmat för västs ”moderata rebeller”
Det är viktigt att komma ihåg att det som pågår i Syrien inte är ett inbördeskrig, utan snarare vad jag vill beskriva som ett ”proxykrig”. Främmande stater förser rebellerna med vapen, träning och proviant så att de kan fortsätta angripa civila och landets säkerhetsstyrkor. Den syriska armén lyckas ganska bra på marken. Under de senaste månaderna har de vunnit flera viktiga strider. Men så länge som väst och arabmonarkierna upprätthåller sitt stöd till rebellsidan kommer kriget att fortsätta. Ingenting tyder på att den blodiga utvecklingen kommer att brytas snart. Samtidigt har Syrien stått emot angreppen i två år. Under mina besök i landet har jag fått se ett starkt samhälle, en armé med hög stridsmoral och en civilbefolkning som anpassat sig till en fruktansvärd situation på ett beundransvärt sätt.
aina.org – Turkish NGO Recruiting Muslim Albanians for War in Syria
Turkish charity organization, IHH, has recruited hundreds of Muslim Albanians and sent them to Syria after military trainings in Turkey to take part in the armed struggle against the Damascus government, informed sources said.
”The IHH, which operates under the cover of relief and charity activities and acts in full coordination with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and extremist Saudi Wahhabi groups, has so far recruited and transferred a number of 769 Albanians to Syria to join the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA),” an informed source who asked to remain anonymous for fear of his life, told FNA on Wednesday.
The source, who has defected the program after two weeks of war in Syria, added that those recruited by the IHH ”have been transfered to Turkey via Tirana and undergone military trainings by retired US officers stationed in Reyhanli military base in the Southern Turkish province of Hatay”.
Franklin Lamb – Seven of Syria’s Thirteen Palestinian camps now controlled by Salafi- Jihadists
Jihadists are entering Syria at an accelerating pace, according to Syrian, UNWRA, and Palestinian officials as well as residents in the refugee camps here. For the now-estimated 7000 imported foreign fighters, Palestinian camps are seen as optimal locales for setting up bases across Syria.