Cuban Magazine Releases Special Issue on Syria and Its Army's Victories

The Cuban 'Resumen' magazine has released a special issue on Syria and the recent victories achieved by Syrian Arab army over terrorism, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency made it clear that the issue entitled ' Syria.. The Great Victory for Syrian People' contains articles, news and interviews conducted with Latin American writers, who are specialized in Syria's affair.

Gilles de Kerchove: 2500 EU terrorists still fighting alongside ISIS in Syria, Iraq

The EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove has declared that 2500 terrorists from the European countries are still fighting alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

He warned- in an interview with the German 'Die Welt' newspaper which published excerpts from it- against the return of a lot of those terrorists to Europe.

World Media Stress Syria Declares Victory with Damascus International Fair Return

All eyes have turned to the 59th session of the Damascus International Fair which kicked off today under the Patronage of President Bashar Al-Assad after a five-year hiatus.

The 10-day event underlines President Bashar Al-Assad's increasingly confident position following significant military gains on the ground in the past year, the Associated Press said in a report entitled "Syria Claims Business Come back With International Trade Fair".

US-Led Coalition Perpetrating Heinous War Crimes in Syria-Czech Website

The Czech ''Světkolemnás website has asserted that the so-called the 'US-led coalition against ISIS' repeatedly perpetrates heinous war crimes  in Syria.

It reported in an article published Wednesday that the said coalition targets Syrian citizens and destroys infrastructures instead of targeting ISIS terrorists.

"This is a shock," the website said, stressing that the coalition's members do not only violate International law through using Syrian airspace without Syrian government's approval  or international authorization, but also use internationally banned weapons such as white phosphorus in bombing residential areas in Raqqa province.

Syrian-Lebanese Military Coordination for the Battle of Jorud al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek

The Lebanese 'al-Joumhouria' newspaper has referred to a direct military coordination between leaderships of Syrian and Lebanese armies to fight against ISIS terrorists in Jorud al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek.

It reported Saturday that the leaderships of the Syrian and Lebanese armies put maps and militarily divided the area of Jorud al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek during joint meetings held over the past days.

"Time spent on direct coordination and the final touches to the military plan are behind the delay of announcing the start of the battle," the paper added.

Proud to Represent My Country in International Competition

Hafez Bashar al-Assad, son of the Syrian president, from Brazil during his participation in the International Olympiad of Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, spoke about his positions on the current Syrian crisis and his scientific and professional future.
In an interview with the Globo news group, Asad Jr. insisted that he was not the best player in the Syrian team to participate in the Olympics, which will last until Saturday.
The organizers of the Olympics confirmed that Hafiz Bashar al-Assad has been in Brazil since last Thursday, "amid a secret security operation." But the son of the Syrian president made a comfortable interview with journalists and spoke to them in fluent English. Hafez stressed that he was "a young man like any other young man" and would never leave his country.
He added that he was proud to represent his country in this international competition for youth, stressing that he fought local competitions to win the right to join the Syrian team at this international event. He insisted that he was a Syrian citizen like everyone else, living in his country and seeing all the horrors of war.
He denied that the war in Syria was civil, insisting that it was a battle for the return of the homeland. He stressed that hope was never lost in his country and that the people and the government were united in the face of the forces intervening to seize the country.
"From my own point of view, I hope the war will not last long, but such problems need time to settle them. It is more difficult. The crisis has been going on for 6 years and I hope it is coming to an end
Asked if he wanted to leave Syria, the president's son stressed: "No, never."

Hafez said that while participating in international competitions across the world, he sometimes faces questions about his political positions, but people quickly understand that he is a perfectly normal young man. "I have always lived like a normal child, and my friends see me as a normal person. I'm as ordinary as others. "
On his career, Hafez said he wanted to be an engineer, but he did not choose his future competence.
Asked how he felt when people said his father was a 'dictator', Hafez stressed that he knew very well what kind of man his father belonged to. He pointed out that people say many things about the president, but many of them are blind and their words not true.
As for the participation of the Syrian team in the Olympics, Hafiz said that the aim is for young Syrians to show the world that their country will be much better and that the new generation is capable of bringing peace.
In a message to the youth of Syria, Hafez said he was counting on the hope that no young man would die, and stressed that tireless efforts would allow everything to be achieved.
"The most important thing, even in the most difficult times, is hope. The Olympics show that. "
As for his impression of Rio, Hafez said the city resembled Damascus a little, stressing that most areas of the city are safe, but there are dangerous neighborhoods. He stressed that there is always a possibility to end the violence and impose control over the situation.

Oksana Shvanjuk


 Syrian president's son: I know what kind of man my father is

RIO DE JANEIRO — The son of Syrian President Bashar Assad said people who call his father a dictator don’t understand the reality of his country and that the population is united with him in fighting “invaders,” Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported.

Hafez Assad, 15, is part of Syria’s delegation at the International Math Olympiad, a two-week event being held in Rio de Janeiro organized by the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, or IMPA. During his time in Rio he reportedly visited Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statute and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Hafez Assad, who was named after his grandfather, had kept a low profile until he was interviewed by an O Globo reporter who asked him how he felt about people calling his father a 'dictator'.

“I know what kind of man my father is. As president, people say a lot of things (about him). Many are blind. But this (what they say) isn’t reality,” Hafez Assad responded in Monday’s report.

“I live and see the horror that is happening in my country,” he said. “The population and the government are united against the invaders that are taking the country.”

Brazil in recent years has received more refugees from Syria’s conflict, over 2,300, than any other country in the Americas, and it has a large Syrian diaspora dating back to early twentieth-century migration.


Syrian teams participating in the International Olympiads of Mathematics and Physics won two medals and seven certificates of appreciation.

At the competitions of the International Mathematical Olympiad which was held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Syrian student Mark Jabour won a silver medal and students Ahmad Abu Dan, Ahmad Khamis, Elia Eshua, Hafez al-Assad and Ali Deib won certificates of appreciations, said Imad al-Azab, Head of the National Commission for the Syrian Science Olympiad, SANA reported.

 He added that student Juan al-Sheikh Mohamed won a bronze medal at the International Physics Olympiads which was held in Indonesia, while Heif Ismael and Ahmad Mustafa won appreciation certificates.


Earlier this month, Syria participated in the competitions of the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad which took place in the Thai capital of Bangkok, in which Syrian team won a bronze medal and appreciation certificate.

During summer of 2017, Syria has gained 3 international medals and 8 appreciation certificates till now.

During the upcoming days, Syria will take part in a number of upcoming international Olympiads, including International Informatics Olympiad in Iran, and the International Biology Olympiad in UK.


 Dr. Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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ISIS Indoctrinated Children: Western Countries’ Moral Responsibility or Danger to Society?

The rehabilitation of children indoctrinated by Islamic State should be a priority for the countries responsible for the rise of the group, says Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director at Peace Action. It is a potential danger, argues conservative activist Lauren Southern.

Despite Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) losing its hold in Iraq and Syria, there is still huge concern over the legacy it is leaving behind.