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Cabinet reviews fuel and gas items

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The cabinet has reviewed situation of fuel and gas and procedures of stopping illegal trade and smuggling of these two items (fuel-gas) to the neighboring countries, SANA reported.

Today-meeting also revolved around means of combatting corruption to ensure the said items. It endorsed a bill stipulates for setting up a social care center and accepted two bills related to working system in the Syrian Telecommunication Company.

The government has exerted, over the past year, every possible effort to confront challenges and remove obstacles that are facing Syria, Prime Minister said in the meeting.

Dr.Wael al-Halqi added that the efforts aimed at limiting the obstacles' negative impacts on the citizens' life, SANA reported.

He underscored that the national economy is steady, appealing on ministers to intensify their communication with citizens and meet their basic requirements.

Regarding political situation, the Premier said: "we are moving in the right direction to solve the current crisis. We are open to any initiative based on dialogue and peaceful ways to bring about a solution."

He hailed the Syrian Arab army's sacrifices and the Syrian diplomatic efforts as well as the people's steadfastness and support to their political leadership.

Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem briefed the cabinet on the latest political developments.

At the beginning of the meeting, the cabinet congratulated President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people on the occasion of the New Year wishing that 2013 would be the year of security and stability all over Syria.

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Several Norwegian Nationals Join Terrorists in Syria


The "Jabhat Al-Nusra" group, which is on the United States' list of terrorist organizations, has recruited Norwegian citizens to fight against the Syrian people, reports said,according to FNA.

According to the NRK TV channel, between 10 and 20 Norwegian citizens have travelled to Syria to participate in the fighting there.

Meantime, the VG newspaper also quoted security sources as saying that" Jabhat Al-Nusra" is one of the groups under scrutiny by the Norwegian intelligence service and Secret Police (PST).

A member of the terrorist Free Syrian Army had earlier informed that 13 Norwegian citizens have joined Jabhat Al-Nusra's ranks in the war in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.



Awqaf Minister, Patriarch Yaziji: Moderate Policy, Islamic-Christian Fraternity Protect Homeland against Dangers

DAMSCUS, (ST) - Minister of Awqaf Mohammad Abdul Sattar Assayed and Patriarch John X Yaziji of Antioch and All East for the Greek Orthodox have underscored that Syria's moderate policy and model of Islamic-Christian fraternity will keep the homeland safe from dangers.

Meeting Patriarch Yaziji at the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus on Tuesday on the occasion of assuming the Patriarchate seat, the Awqaf Minister said "Arab civilization was built by both the Moslems and Christians of the nation. Syria will continue to be an example to be followed by other nations as regards enhancing religious fraternity."

The Minister pointed out that the awareness of the Syrian people will be the guarantee of Syria's inevitable victory over conspiracies.

The meeting was attended by several Islamic scholars.

Funding and arming the "opposition"in Syria is but a conspiracy ,says Mehmanparast

TEHRAN, (ST) _" Funding and arming the "opposition"in Syria is but a conspiracy against the Syrian people,"Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast stated at a press conference he held on Tuesday and aired by al-Alam news channel .

" the best solution to the crisis in Syria is supporting the Syrian people's right to decide their future themselves without foreign interference,"added Mehmanparast.

Mehmanparast also  reiterated his country's stance which supports the democratic track in Syria through national dialogue.


Algerian Daily: Tunisia Training Syria-Bound Terrorists in Three Army Bases

Tunisia has three military bases which are specially used for training armed rebels who are sent to Syria and Iraq to carry out terrorist operations, an Arab-language newspaper disclosed,according to FNA.

The Algerian army has identified three military bases in Tunisia's Jendouba province near the country's border with Libya, the Algerian newspaper al-Khabar wrote. Jendouba is located 60 kilometers from Algeria-Libya borders.

Early information shows that military trainers come from Libya to these bases to train the terrorists, it said.

Commander of the National Gendarmerie of Algeria Major-General Ahmed Boustila and a team of his inferior commanders have reportedly shifted their focus on this issue to prevent the flow of terrorists into Algeria.

Earlier this month, a Tunisian newspaper revealed that an organized terrorist network in Tunisia recruits and dispatches young people to Syria via Turkey after training and mobilizing them, adding that the Tunisian government is fully aware of the crime.
According to a report by the internet-edition of Tunisian al-Jaridah daily, the family of Omayah bin Mohammad Noureddin, one of the Tunisian terrorists, had called the newspaper and revealed the details of the crime.

"It is a phenomenon which has extensively spread across Tunisia," Noureddin's family members said.

They said their son, 25, and a junior of history at college left home on December 12, sent to Syria via Turkey and has not returned yet.

The report came after three Tunisian terrorists were arrested by the Syrian army in October. The three militants belong to a group of foreign terrorists supporting the so-called Free Syrian Army, dubbed 'Jibhat Nosrat El Shem'.

It is estimated that hundreds of Tunisian terrorists are currently fighting against forces of the Syrian government as West-led foreign fighters who seek to destabilize Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian terrorist groups battling the Syrian  government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.