Tim Anderson – The Liberation of the Syrian City of Adra. Held Hostage by US Sponsored Death Squads
On my last day in Damascus our soldier friend Sam joined us for a late lunch. However he could not eat, as his stomach was churning from what he had just seen at the industrial satellite town of Adra.
The Syrian Arab Army had been progressively liberating a huge civilian population held hostage for more than two weeks by thousands of foreign-backed armed fighters, most notably the al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra.
When asked what the armed groups’ motives might be for seizing Adra, Sam and another Syrian soldier told me they wanted to ‘punish the Syrian people’ for not supporting them. Others speculated that, along with the constant mortar attacks on Damascus and attacks on hospitals, schools and power supplies, they could be trying to present an image of a collapsed state, in the lead up to the Geneva 2 talks. This might strengthen the hand of Washington in its ambition for a ‘transition regime’.
The western media barely mentioned the Adra massacre and mass kidnapping. One report from UPI presented it in a ‘violence on both sides’ report (16 December), attempting to counter the Adra ‘accusations’ with claims about the Syrian Army’s bombardment of armed group hideouts in Aleppo.
The Syrian army’s bombing of armed groups in the occupied parts of Aleppo has been portrayed as the bombing of civilians, with many children killed. However the only source for alleged child casualties has been groups tightly allied to the armed gangs, such as the one-man, UK-based ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey – Syria: Who is the west supporting?
Recent reports pouring out of Syria reveal Syrian government advances on all fronts, while the Syrian Opposition/terrorist forces are forced to retreat or are destroyed. Among these stories is the report just in of the final assault on Aleppo, sealed off by the Syrian armed forces, and where allegedly hundreds of foreign operationals, including CIA (USA), Mossad (Israel), MI6 (UK) and French DGSE, are trapped. If this is the case, the countries sending these elements into Syria are guilty of war crimes and a serious breach of international law. Among these reports are also shocking stories of atrocities and human rights violations by the Syrian Opposition forces, about which the western media is silent.
Press TV – Syria militants continue mortar attacks
At least three people have been killed and 15 others wounded in mortar attacks carried out by militants in Syria.
On Wednesday, Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted a source at Damascus Police Command as saying that seven mortar shells fired by the militants slammed into residential areas in the al-Qasa’a neighborhood of the capital. Two people died in the attack.
voiceofrussia.com – Turkey seizes arms in truck bound for Syria – report
Turkish security forces have seized a truck laden with weapons bound for Syria and arrested three people including a Syrian, local media reported on Thursday.
Acting on a tipoff, security forces on Wednesday stopped the truck in the southern province of Hatay on the Syrian border, Hurriyet newspaper reported.