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Saudi-US… terror running amuck: Academic

The terrorist al-Qaeda group, a creation of the US and Saudi Arabia, has now expanded into “diverse offspring” that vie in an “implosive rift” for power in the Middle East, says an academic, Press TV reports.

“Originally established by Washington in Afghanistan during the military occupation of the country by Soviet Union, it was called al-Qaeda, meaning ‘base’,” wrote Dr. Ismail Salami in an op-ed titled “Deconstructing al-Qaeda: A force in periphery” on Press TV’s website on Thursday.

“Soon, the group was expanded under the aegis of the CIA and Saudi-funded Pakistani intelligence agency (ISI) in order to oust the Soviet forces from the region and safeguard the interests of the US government,” he added.

“Following a secret long-term agenda,” Salami went on to explain, “Washington recruited militants from different parts of the region including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jordan, Yemen and central Asian countries with the ultimate goal of disseminating and instilling an ideology of perversion in the name of Islam in the world.”

Salami pointed out that the terrorist group “al-Qaeda was introduced into the region to play as a new actor in the periphery rather than in the center.”

“Extremism was their goal and intellectual perversion was what they utilized in order to sow the seeds of extremism and dry up the roots of true faith.”

Salami referred to the diverse groups born out of the original al-Qaeda, “including Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Taliban, Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Syria.”

The Middle East expert then explained how two such groups, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and Jabhat al-Nusra, sought to merge with one another to form what is referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) “immediately after the crisis began to simmer in Syria.”

However, Salami wrote, the heads of the two groups, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi AKA Dr. Ibrahim (AQI) and Abu Mohammed al-Joulani (Jabhat al-Nusra), emerged as rivals vying “in manslaughter and inconceivably ruthless acts such as beheading and mutilating.”

“The problem is that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proves to be a more formidable rival for the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra and that the latter does not wish to be a second-rate leader compared to the former in the eyes of the al-Qaeda leader [Ayman al-Zawahiri].”

“Further to that, Zawahiri feels threatened by Al-Baghdadi, who has frequently disobeyed him. The master and the minion are apparently shifting places and there is a powerful force at work to thwart the realization of this nightmare for Zawahiri.”

The ensuing infighting has resulted in things going haywire for the US and Saudi Arabi – the original creators of al-Qaeda – and the terrorist group itself, Dr. Salami explained.

“In the final analysis, the center cannot hold and the Saudi-US lovechild of terrorism is running amuck and falling apart,” Salami concluded.


Damascus Appeals for Stopping Politicizing Chemical File

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria has called for stopping politicizing its Chemical file and take the complicated security circumstances the country is going through into account.

The call was made in a letter sent by Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Saturday to the United Nations Security Council about the outcome of the council's meeting held on February 6th 2014 after a briefing given by Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The ministry said that Syria was exposed to unjust campaign by some member states of the UNSC, on top of which is the United States and its allies, during the discussion of the Syrian chemical file in February 6th-meeting.

It clarified that those states turned a blind eye to Syria's commitment to its obligations under the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention (PCWC) and to the current circumstances caused by the international and regional-backed terrorist war on the country.


"The unjust campaign synchronized with the convention of the Geneva 2 meeting and Syria's positive stances in the meeting… This clear-cut escalation is an evidence of putting pressures on Syria to produce an effect on the Geneva2 talks," the ministry's letter read.

It added: "Those states that accuse Syria of failing to be committed  have not carried out their obligations after destroying their chemical weapons arsenals despite the fact that 10 years have elapsed since the deadlines and there are no security circumstances in those states."


The ministry asserted that the armed terrorist groups targeted the sites of Chemical weapons and the second cargo transfer on January 27, noting that many states refused to offer security equipment to Syria.

"Despite its humble capabilities, Syria bought some devices from nearby countries to implement measures related to transferring chemicals," the ministry said. 

Nonobjective charge

It affirmed Syria's keenness to complete the process of transferring a big quantity of chemicals as soon as possible.

The ministry appealed to the international community to shoulder its responsibility with respect to providing help to Syria to overcome the serious challenges that trigger delay in transferring the chemicals instead of charging the Syrian government in a nonobjective way.

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Jafaari : We will Go to Geneva with the same National Message

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the Syrian delegation will go to Geneva with the same message concerning internal, Arab, Regional and international levels in order to involve the other side in a multi-faceted dialogue that meets the expectations of the Syrians.

In an interview to the Lebanese NBN TV yesterday , Jaafari expressed satisfaction over the first round of talks during which the Syrian official delegation mastered an excellent dialogue, acknowledged by western media, political analysts, and the UN delegation.

"We're looking forward to dialogue with a national opposition , with whom we share common denominators to maintain Syria's independence, sovereignty and unity, rejecting foreign interference, violence and terrorism and demanding the liberation of our occupied lands," Jaafari stressed.

He pointed out that the coalition delegation of the so-called "opposition" rejected all the papers submitted by the official delegation in the first round even before reading or discussing them and had an incorrect interpretation of what was proposed and therefore they reached wrong conclusions.

Al-Jaafari indicated that regardless to any transitional or permanent governing body , the current Syrian constitution will be in effect during any transitional period until elections or any other constitution submitted to be approved by the Syrian people.

"Each side interprets the Geneva communiqué in the way they desire… the Russia interpretation is different from the American interpretation which is also different from the interpretation of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, while Syria has an objective interpretation,” he continued.

Al-Jaafari branded the new Saudi approach towards Saudi terrorists fighting in Syria as misleading and lacking seriousness as it only tackles one aspect of the issue, noting that this approach is similar to the statements of the British Prime Minister and Interior Minister who said they will withdraw the nationalities of 500 British terrorists fighting in Syria, describing such statements as motivating terrorists to "stay in Syria to kill Syrians as you have no other choice."

He asserted that Saudi Arabia, other Arab Gulf countries and the US must stop funding, arming and supporting terrorists in Syria and should comply with the Security Council's counterterrorism resolutions, adding "it cannot be understood how the US includes “al-Nusra Front” and the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham on its list of terrorist organizations while announcing it will continue arming terrorist groups in Syria."

Al-Jaafari pointed out that since the crisis began in Syria, the Syrian government sent around 500 letters to the UN and to the UN Security Council, , with almost 269 of these evident letters are related to counterterrorism, adding that these letters made the countries which support terrorism to change their position from denial of the existence of terrorism in Syria to acknowledging this very presence.

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Chants ring out in support of Syrian army in several provinces

 Damascus Countryside, (ST)- Citizens of al-Ghizlaniyeh village, Naher Eisha, Biyader Nader and al-Dahadil neighborhoods in Damascus and its Countryside on Saturday staged a huge mass rallies in support of Syria’s firm national principles and the Syrian army against  terrorism.

Elsewhere, families of al-Qawas neighborhood in al-Wa'er in Homs took to the streets to show support to the Syrian army in fighting the armed terrorist groups.


Mikdad reiterates Syria's readiness to offer facilitations to aid the Palestinians

DAMASCUS, (ST) _Faisal Mikdad,the Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister ,reiterated Syria's permanent readiness to offer every possible facility to aid the Palestinians in the Yarmouk camp and solving the crisis the camp is experiencing  only to pave the way  for all families ,who have been displaced by the armed terrorist groups ,to return to the camp.

This came during a meeting Mikdad held on Saturday with the PLO director of  the Political Department Ambassador Anwar Abdul-Hadi .

Topped the meeting's agenda were the situation in the Palestinian refugee camps under the crisis in Syria 

"Syria appreciates  the Palestinian leadership's  support of Syria's unity and stability and non-interference in the Syrian internal affairs, "affirmed Mikdad.

Ambassador Abdul-Hadi, for his part, expressed gratitude for the Syrian government for the facilitations it offered in the field of relief aid to al-Yarmouk residents.

Abdul Hadi  reiterated call for solving the crisis in Syria through an inter -Syrian dialogue without foreign interference.