Army Member, 2 Civilians Martyred by Terrorist Groups in Homs and Hama
Oct 22, 2011
DAMASCUS, SANA_ An army member and two civilians were martyred on Friday by the fire of armed terrorist groups in the provinces of Homs and Hama.
An official source in Homs told SANA correspondent that the competent authorities chased a terrorist group and clashed with it, killing two gunmen.
In Hama, a Police leadership source told SANA correspondent that an explosive device planted by armed groups in al-Ta’awouniyeh neighborhood blew up without injury.
Another explosive device was dismantled by a military engineering unit near the Municipal Stadium in the city of Hama.
An information source on Friday denied the news broadcast by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya Satellite Channels on deaths in the Syrian cities and considered such news as “operations orders for the armed terrorist groups.”
In Aleppo Province, an official source refuted as “false and fabricated” the news broadcast by al-Arabiya regarding warplanes flying over the city.
The source said that Aleppo Province has witnessed a normal and calm Friday as it was over the past period.
Aleppo Police Chief told SANA correspondent in Aleppo that broadcasting false and misleading news by such channels aim at spreading chaos and indicate the bankruptcy and failure of all attempts to tamper with the security of the province to complete the conspiracy to which Syria is being exposed.
4 Terrorists Arrested in Homs
Competent authorities arrested on Friday a terrorist group in a Kia truck with two mutilated bodies inside.
An official source told SANA correspondent in Homs said that the terrorist group caught in al-Warsheh neighborhood in Homs includes two gunmen and the truck driver, adding that they confessed to dumping three other bodies near al-Nakhlkeh Mosque in the same neighborhood.
The source added that another terrorist was arrested with a Kalashnikov rifle as he was shooting citizens and law-enforcement members in Bab Dreib neighborhood in Homs.
The source added that fake passports, ID cards and uniforms were found in the house of the terrorist. Ghossoun / H. Said/M.
|Al-Moallem: Syria Determined to Fulfill Reform Program, Preparations Underway for Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference
Oct 21, 2011
DAMASCUS, (SANA) _ Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem has underlined that armed terrorist groups seek to destabilize the situation in Syria, and they are funded by similar organizations from neighboring countries.
Meeting a Russian media delegation on Thursday, the Minister clarified that these groups have infiltrated to Syria through the borders and they belong to Al-Qaeda and similar extremist organizations.
Al-Moallem explained to the Russian delegation, currently visiting Syria, the reality of events taking place in Syria, pointing out that the competent authorities seized big amounts of smuggled weapons, as the law enforcement forces are continuing to fulfill their duty in combating the terrorist groups to protect homeland and citizens.
On the comprehensive reform program announced by President Bashar al-Assad, al-Moallem underlined that the Syrian leadership is determined to go ahead in reform process, as the Minister reviewed the steps achieved including lifting the Emergency Law, issuing a package of regulating legislations on forming political parties, holding free parliamentary and local administrative councils elections and on free media.
The Minister pointed out that President al-Assad has set a timetable for executing the reforms within a maximum of six months.
“Preparations are underway for holding a comprehensive national dialogue conference that will embrace all the spectrums of the Syria people and the national opposition,” al-Moallem said.
He added there is an intention for holding an economic dialogue conference with the participation of the Syrian economic bodies to discuss the Syrian economic situation and means of developing it and overcoming the US and European Union economic sanctions, which negatively affect Syrians.
Al-Moallem thanked the friendly Russian people and leadership for their stances in support of Syria, and using, along with the friendly country of China, the veto in the UN Security Council to prevent exploiting this Council by Western countries to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs.
He added that Syria is working on enhancing and activating its economic relations, trade and investments exchange with the friendly countries such as Russia, China, India, Latin American countries and others.
For their parts, members of the Russian delegation expressed admiration over what Syria enjoys of cultural diversity, amity and loyalty, indicating that the situations are not as they are broadcast by some misleading mass media as all walks of life are normal.
Ping Hails Reforms in Syria…Great Powers Should Respect Sovereignty of Arab and African Countries
Oct 22, 2011
ADDIS ABABA, (SANA)- Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU) Jean Ping on Friday stressed rejection of foreign interferences in the internal affairs of peoples and that the great powers should respect the sovereignty and independence of the Arab and African countries.
Ping’s statements came during his meeting with Syrian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Fayssal Mikdad at the Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Ping underscored the importance of coordinating work between the Arab and African countries in all fields and at the regional and international levels based on the common history and geography shared by the Arab and African peoples and the challenges they face.
The AU Commission’s Chairman hailed the reforms Syria has started implementing in response to its people’s desire, noting that this is the only way to preserve Syria’s stability and its role in the Middle East region.
Mikdad, for his part, presented a review of the situation Syria is going through and the foreign-funded and backed terrorist attacks it has been subjected to.
He also referred to the misleading campaigns conducted by some media to smear Syria’s image and incite the regional and international public opinion toward the Western countries’ plot against Syria because of its standing in the face of the conspiracies targeted against the Palestinian Cause.
Mikdad highlighted the importance of solidarity between the Arab and African peoples which are facing the same U.S.-Western schemes aimed to loot the resources of the Arab and African regions and impose political domination on their peoples.
He said that Syria, having an observer status at the African Union, supports the causes of the African peoples and wishes the Union success in protecting the African countries and defending their interests.
|Armed Terrorist Group Kidnaps Policeman in Khan Terrorists Thaer Salah Saifuddin and Mahmoud Hussein al-Maleh confessed that they were part of an armed terrorist group that opened fire on demonstrators and committed robbery, murder and theft in Madaya, Damascus Countryside.In confessions broadcast on Friday evening by the Syrian TV, terrorist Saifuddin said that the weapons were brought to them from Lebanon and that a London resident, Anas al-Abdeh, is the person who was paying for these weapons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYOuQEVJ0HM
He mentioned that al-Abdeh sent S.P 12 million to his cousin, adding that disagreements erupted among members of the group regarding the distribution of this amount.
For his part, terrorist al-Maleh confessed to his involvement in shooting demonstrators and armed robbery of cars, affirming that his cousin was injured by the gunfire of these terrorist groups during firing on demonstrators.
Saifuddin, an assistant engineer from Madaya, said that when demonstrations began they started off by calling for reform, and then Mohammad Diab al-Nammous came along and started instructing them to open fire on demonstrations.
“Al-Nammous would stand with his armed group at the back of the demonstrations when they started… after the demonstration passes by, he would give us a command through radio to open fire n the demonstrations and we would do so to accuse security forces of opening fire,” Saifuddin said, adding that they injured Ashraf Saifuddin, Mohammad al-Halbouni and Alaa Jadid in this manner.
He went on to say that al-Nammous would issue them Fatwas permitting them to steal and rob on religious basis, telling them that they could rob any car heading to Madaya with the excuse of buying weapons and supporting the “revolution” and their group.
Saifuddin said that al-Nammous instructed them to draw security forces to a location where the gunmen were stationed on both sides of the road, with Zakaraya Nassif using a motorbike to lure the security forces vehicles to the location. Upon their arrival, al-Nammous gave the order and they opened fire, killing three security personnel and wounding three others.
He pointed out that al-Nammous, Ahmad Sultani and Abdo Mehrez smuggled AK-47 rifles, machineguns, grenades and ammo from Beirut, adding that orders came via al-Nammous from Abu Sleiman Awad from the Islamic Liberation Party which is located in Lebanon, adding that Awad snuck to Syria and visited them at an earlier date, encouraging them to protest and saying that his party supported them wholeheartedly and was prepared to provide money, weapons and more.
Saifuddin added that Anas al-Abdeh sent SYP 12 million and about 30 pistols to his cousin Rashad al-Abda via Lebanon, indicating that al-Nammous was forcing store owners to pay SYP 3000-4000 every week.
For his part, terrorist al-Maleh confessed that his group shot demonstrators upon orders from Ayham al-Nammous and Amer Seeta in order to accuse law-enforcement and army personnel soldiers of shooting the demonstrators.
“One day and while we were shooting at demonstrators, I unintentionally shot my brother Ahmad Hussein al-Maleh. At that time, I accused the law-enforcement personnel of doing so.”
He said that Jawad al-Mansour, a member of the group, had a Thuraya satellite phone which he used to phone al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya channels and tell them that the demonstrations were huge when in fact the number of the demonstrators didn’t exceed 100 persons, adding “he was telling them that law-enforcement and army personnel shot people while he was a member of a group that was doing that.”
Al-Maleh pointed out that Abu Ayham al-Nammous gave me an AK-47 rifle with 5 magazines and a handgun, and that he and the group committed 3 armed robberies, stopping cars and stealing their passengers’ possessions. The first victims were a man and his wife in a white Lada from whom they stole two mobile phones and SYP 25000. The second car was a pickup truck from which they a mobile phone and SYP 15000. In the third robbery, they stole SYP 175.000, jewelry and two mobile phones from a Saudi man and his wife.
“Abu Ayham al-Nammous ordered these operations; he told us that these people are infidels. He, himself, was addicted to drugs and gambling,” al-Maleh pointed out, adding “Amer Assaf, nicknamed Amer Seeta, gave the group members and the demonstrator’s drugs for free. All of us were taking drugs”. He concluded
Oct 21, 2011
IDLEB, (SANA)_Policemen Rabah Ghanem, a member of a law-enforcement unit in Khan Sheikhoun, Idleb governorate, related how he was kidnapped by an armed terrorist group on Tuesday and forced to record a footage of him as splitting from the unit, after being brutally beaten and tortured.
In an interview to the Syrian TV, Rabah said ”On October 18th, a white Pickup car stopped close to me and three gunmen, armed with automatic rifles, got off the car and forced me to get into the car. They blindfolded me and took me to a room where they beat me with sticks and rifle butts.”
”Later, they ordered me to announce my defection from the law-enforcement unit and wrote for me what they wanted me to say. Then they videotaped me at gunpoint and beat me again, before taking me to another room. At night, they blindfolded me again and carried me to a place close to where I am serving my duty in Khan Sheikhoun,” added Rabah.
”They left me there, threw me off the car after taking away my military ID card and stole all the money I was carrying, in addition to a ring and a golden necklace,” he concluded.
Franjieh: Syria will not be weakened in Face of Conspiracy…Abdul-Karim Ali: Syrian People is committed to National Dialogue
Oct 21, 2011
BEIRUT, (SANA) – Leader of the Marada Movement, Suleiman Franjieh, reiterated on Thursday his confidence that Syria will not be weakened or defeated in face of the international conspiracy targeting its leadership and people.
In an interview with LBC channel, Franjieh pointed out that the huge marches witnessed in the Syrian cities to support President Bashar al-Assad are evidence on the people’s support to their leadership.
He said that the US Administration is riding the wave of some Arab countries to achieve its goals of dividing the Arab countries to serve Israel, particularly after the failure of the US military options in several countries.
Abdul-Karim Ali: Syrian people is committed to national dialogue in face of foreign conspiracy
In the same context, Syria’s Ambassador in Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, stressed that the Syrian people is committed to national dialogue in face of foreign conspiracy.
Ambassador Abdul-Karim pointed out in a statement after meeting leader of the Change and Reform Bloc, Michel Aoun, that the majority of the Syrian people believe that the crucial role of Syria is represented through supporting resistance and rejecting foreign options.
The Ambassador noted that the competent authorities in Syria are now dealing with the terrorist groups, stressing that Syria is restoring stability and emerging out of crisis.
He added that the Syrian leadership is serious in progressing in the comprehensive reform process under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.
Chinese Researcher: It Is Impossible to Restore Peace in the Mideast without Active Participation of Syria
Oct 21, 2011
Beijing, (SANA) – Professor Wang Jinglie, a researcher in the Middle East Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Syria plays a big role in the Middle East and enjoys an important geographic location, adding that “it is impossible to restore peace in the Middle East without active participation of Syria.”
In an analysis published by the China Daily newspaper, Jinglie said no wonder that Syria has become the target of the US and western powers’ schemes with every possible means – supporting opposition groups, imposing economic sanctions and several intervention attempts.
Jinglie stressed that the US and the western powers seek to turn the Mediterranean into a “NATO’s internal lake”; and for this purpose they tried weakening Syria and Iran to establish a “Great Middle East” through their selective intervention policy which serves the western interests and ambitions only.
He noted that foreign intervention attempts were confronted with the wide popular support of the Syrian leadership, pointing out that the Russian-Chinese veto against foreign intervention in Syria’s affairs saved the Middle East from rushing into chaos and its people from greater suffering.
Jinglie added that China will continue to cooperate with the region’s countries, enhance economic relations and to achieve peace and stability which will help eliminate terrorism and extremism.
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Mahmoud al-Akkari, member of an armed terrorist group in Talbiseh, Homs, confessed that his group carried out attacks and perpetrated acts of killings, abductions, rape and thefts in Talbiseh, Homs governorate.Al-Akkari said the terrorist group opened fire at protesters and killed a number of them, and set fire to shops to frame the security forces for the terrorist acts.
He also said the terrorist group attacked the political security headquarter and the district building before setting them on fire, blocked the international road several times, kidnapped five girls and killed them after raping them, in addition to a string of thefts and abductions.
Al-Akkari, who was born in Talbiseh in Homs governorate in 1978, said in confessions broadcast by the Syrian TV ”Two days after a protest took place in Talbiseh, Abdulhadi al-Akkari and Sheikh Zakariyya al-Dakka, from Talbiseh, agreed to join the protesters. Next Friday, the three of us met. Abdulhadi and Maher al-Oueijan held automatic rifles and Alaa al-Basha had a pump-action rifle. Later, we headed to Talbiseh.”
”While the protest was in progress, Abdulhadi and Maher went to al-Qalaa, an elevated place, where Sheikh al-Dakka and his gang were based,” says al-Akkari.
”At the protest, there had been shooting coming from al-Qalaa. A young man called Omar al-Oueijan was killed and we came to know that Abdulhadi was the one who opened fire to accuse the security forces of killing protesters.”
Al-Akkari confessed to attacking an ambulance which rushed to the political security burnt headquarter which was set on fire by protesters. ”We also attacked the district building and set fire to a part of it before fleeing.”
Al-Akkari said that an arms dealer in Talbiseh used to provide weapons for the group, adding that Abdulhadi told him that an amount of money wouldl be coming through Lebanon.
He also confessed that Abdulhadi related to them how he attacked a security car using RPG launchers, adding that the group used to block roads by tires. ”We blocked the international road near Talbiseh about five times, and opened fire at a Turkish bus in order to stir chaos.”
”500 gunmen used to threaten people before Friday prayers to compel them to take part in the protests. When the protest was over, shops were attacked and burnt to accuse the security forces. Once we shot at protesters from behind and killed ten of them for the same purpose,” said al-Akkari.
He admitted that Abdulhadi gang kidnapped girls before taking them to farms and murdering them.
Al-Akkari said that the group kidnapped someone called Suhail Mesto and asked for SYP 1 million as a ransom, adding that they also stole 25 sheep from al-Makramieh area
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ call for an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League on the ministerial level to discuss the situation in Syria is a conspiracy against Syria and not for finding solution to its problems, Director of Yafa Center for Studies and Researches in Cairo Rifaat al-Sayyed Ahmad said.In an article entitled “To Dr. Nabil al-Arabi…the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Wants to Slaughter Syria and Not Helping the Syrians” published in the Egyptian Ad-Dustour Newspaper on Monday, al-Sayyed Ahmad asserted that these countries don’t work for the freedom of the Syrian people but to disengage their ties with the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance to serve the US interests.
He said: “Syria, like most Arab countries, needs a political reform and combating corruption,” accusing the Gulf Council of seeking to issue a resolution justifies no-fly zone over Syria then occupying it as it did before in Libya under the pretext of protecting it.
Al-Sayyed Ahmad described the meeting as “a conspiracy” to besiege Hezbollah Party and Hamas movement and the Arab resistance to whom Syria has ensured the protection and support, saying that the Israeli-Western alliance and its traditional allies do not want this resistance, but a new Middle East devoid of it.
He addressed the Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil al-Arabi by saying “the approval of the GCC’ request to condemn Syria is an attempt to pave the way for its occupation and it is shameful for that to be done during your term in office,”
The writer added the Syrians without doubt want reform without any foreign interference in their country’s internal affairs, pointing out that the GCC called for this meeting according to the desire of Washington and Israel.
Al-Sayyed Ahmad advised Dr. al-Arabi not to imbrue his hands with the Arabs blood, calling him to lead, along with the honest Arab Ministers, the ship of dialogue and reconciliation and not that of war, aggression and internal disturbances.
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Grand Mufti of the Republic: Syria is Targeted Due to its Commitment to Resistance
Oct 16, 2011