Retired British spies recruited to hack into Syrian governments's communication network

British intelligence chiefs are recruiting retired spies to help terrorists in Syria beat the Syrian government forces by hacking into their communication systems.

Dozens of former ­technicians, expert signals analysts and code-breakers have been approached,according to Daily mail.

An intelligence source said: “Britain has had an arm’s-length policy towards helping the rebellion in Syria but aiding the rebellion in listening into regime force plans will be a huge help.

“The battles being fought in Syria are localised, therefore the communications between local commanders are fairly basic.”

The former spies will set up base in Turkey and teach Syrian rebels how to crack the systems, which the Russians helped to set up.


Rahimi: Iran supports Pres.Al- Assad's recent crisis solving plan

First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi  has said that  Iran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recently proposed plan aimed at crisis solving in Syria, considering it an appropriate, logical, and practical plan.

According to IRNA, Rahimi made the comment during a meeting between the high ranking delegations of the two countries at the Islamic Republic of Iran Presidential Palace, further reiterating that no foreign interference in Syrian internal affairs is acceptable.

Rahimi while condoling with the Syrian delegation on the sad explosion event in Aleppo University, added, 'Nowadays we are witnesses to sorrowful events in Islamic countries, which are led by the Zionists and the western powers with the money of some Arab countries.'

Rahimi pointed out that the intimate relations between the Iranian and Syrian nations are as old as the life of the Islamic Revolution, arguing, 'The two countries' relations have been constantly expanding during the course of the recent years and this process would continue also in the future.'

The first vice president added, 'The Iranian nation feels deeply sorry about the emerged situation for the Syrian nation and we would under any conditions remain by the side of the people of Syria.'

Rahimi expressed hope that Syria would as soon as possible get rid of their notorious enemies, and regain peace and stability.

He also referred to the negotiations between the experts and ministers of the two countries, stressing the need for broader comprehensive Tehran-Damascus cooperation.

The top Iranian official said, 'The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to abiding by the entire reached agreements between the ministers and experts of the two countries and we would try to implement all of them.'

The Syrian Prime Minister Wali Nadir al-Halqi, too, in the meeting appreciated the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation's supports, saying, 'The oppressed Syrian nation is not alone in its campaign against the global oppression, and relies on the support of its friends, atop all there is the Islamic Republic of Iran.'

Prime Minister al-Halqi emphasized that these problems and the existing widespread unrest do not dissuade the Syrian government from its duty of trying to establish peace and security in the country, reiterating, 'We believe the enemies of the Syria, which is the axis or resistance, would not achieve their objectives, including violating the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.'

He said that the main concern of the Syrian government today is reconstruction of the country and restoration of peace and stability in the country, reiterating, 'We are after implementing the political plan of the Syrian president through  holding national and international dialogues to enable us to pave the path for materializing the ideals of the nations, including safeguarding their security.'

Al--Halqi added, 'The Syrian government intends to implement reforms, provide welfare and peaceful coexistence for the Syrian people, but the enemies and ill wishers take steps aimed a staging greater bloodshed and ruining the real Islamic values.'

Referring to the numerous sessions and negotiations between the two countries' ministers and technicians, he said, 'Iran and Syria have reached agreement in all commercial, economic and development fields, and we hope the two countries' comprehensive cooperation, including in electricity, health and banking fields would bear fruit as soon as possible.'


Syria calls on UNSC to condemn 'terrorist attack' on Aleppo University

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has appealed to the UN Security Council to blast the foreign-backed terrorist groups' recent attack on Aleppo University.

According to SANA, the ministry addressed two identical letters to the International Security Council's Head and the UN Secretary General stressing that the victims of the terrorist attack on the campus took place on the first day of exams are innocent students, who are studying to take part in developing their country and building their future.

"On January, 15th, 2013, the armed terrorist groups fired two missiles from al-Lairemonarea towards Aleppo University, killing 82 students and injuring hundreds and demolishing part of the Aleppo's Halls of residence . ," the letters read.

The ministry cited that part of the halls is hosting displaced citizens, who fled their homes, few months ago, because of the armed terrorist groups' acts in Aleppo city.

It noted that the armed groups have razed a lot of economic and historical sites in the city.

"The attack on Aleppo University is one of the terrorist groups' acts that target educational institutions," the letters said, pointing out that the criminals (armed terrorist groups) have destroyed 2362 schools and killed dozens of innocent children and teachers.

The ministry called on the UNSC members to slam the massacres perpetrated against Aleppo University's students, workers and displace people, adding that there is no justification to reject this.

It underscored that some countries are supporting terrorism in Syria and denouncing it in another countries, noting that Syria is  combatting terrorism everywhere.

"Some parties, particularly in western countries, which claim combatting terrorism in Mali, are supporting terrorism and terrorist groups in Syria. They (parties) harbor the terrorist groups ignoring the Syrian people's suffering caused by the terrorists' acts," the FM said.

It added that the terrorist groups have destroyed infrastructure built by the Syrian people.

As for media campaign being launched against Syria, the ministry clarified that a group of western and Gulf countries are taking part in this 'immoral' campaign that aims to mislead the Syrian people and the world public opinion as regards the events going on in Syria.

"The criminals' terrorist acts would never prevent Syria from defending its people, students and schools. Syria would go ahead in combating terrorism and implementing the political program based on dialogue among all Syria's components to surpass the crisis," the ministry concluded.

Last year, the FM also sent letters about all the terrorist groups' crimes against Syrian people in all sectors.

Basma Qaddour

Austrian President Calls for Dialogue to Find a Solution to the Crisis in Syria

VIENNA, (ST) - Austrian President, Heinz Fischer, called all influential forces in Syria to sit at the negotiating table to find a solution to the crisis so that the Syrian people can achieve their wishes and desires.

In a speech marking the new year in front of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in his country, President Fischer  confirmed that all those who wish to stop the violence and interested in the future of the Syrian people have to support the sitting of influential forces on both sides of opposition and the government to the negotiating table and dialogue to reach a permanent solution to the crisis .

President Fisher stressed that attempts to replace the regime in Syria with another system through military force can't be the solution that achieve the wishes of the Syrian people.

As far as the Palestinian side, President Fisher  addressed barbs to the Israeli occupation authorities which continue the policy of settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories and called on them to respect international resolutions concerning the halting of settlement.

Austrian President pointed out that the majority of the world voted in favor of the accession of Palestine as an observer at the United Nations, adding that the international community doesn't  allow to expand Israeli settlement in reaction to the approval of the majority of the world on the accession of Palestine to the United Nations.

Sh. Kh.


Al-Jaafari: Turkish Government Carries out Piracy, Economic Terrorism against Syria

NEW YORk, (ST) - The criminal acts perpetrated by armed terrorist groups in Syria have reached a dangerous level and the suspicious goals, which some states have been keen to achieve through backing terrorism and extremism in the country, have been uncovered, underlined Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.

In the statement of the Syrian Arab Republic at the UN Security Council's session held on Tuesday under the chairmanship  of Pakistan's Foreign Minister, al-Jaafari said 'the terrorist groups in Syria seize the chance of holding the Security Council's meeting every time to commit their crimes against the Syrians and this is what happened today when a horrible terrorist attack hit Aleppo University claiming the lives of 82 students and wounding more than 162 others, who were there to do their exams.

During the session, which was held under the title "Adopting an all-out Policy to Combat Terrorism", al-Jaafari had the opportunity to express the Syrian government's condemnation of the terrorist attack which targeted the Pakistani city of Quetta. He pointed out that the tools being used by the terrorists in many countries member in the UNSC are very similar to those used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Al-Jaafari added that the terrorist groups in Syria targeted the vital utilities and the infrastructure in several areas to cause an-all out destruction and undermine all living sources of the citizens. They also targeted international humanitarian assistance provided by the UN, assassinated Syrian Red Crescent volunteers, attacked civil planes, threatened international workers and diplomatic missions in Syria and committed all kinds of crimes against the Syrian people aiming to destroy the Syrian state and society not to disseminate democracy and make reforms as they allege. 


Terrorism Support

The UN Syria Permanent Representative said that despite the late international recognition of the existence of armed groups and al-Qaeda linked terrorists committing horrible crimes in Syria, some countries openly keep financing, arming, sheltering and training these terrorist groups and providing them with political and media support.

He pointed out that al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group of "Jabhet al-Nousra" has announced responsibility of committing many terrorist crimes in Syria, pointing out that the US Channel (CNN) and some western research centers have recently stressed that " Jabhet al-Nousra" is responsible for 600 terrorist acts committed in Syria during the past two years.

"We repeatedly warned at UNSC meetings of the danger of extremist terrorists being smuggled into Syria to undermine the state and target the diversity and strong cohesion which distinguish the Syria society," al-Jaafari said. "We also called on the countries, which back terrorism, to stop their support and urged the Security Council and the parties concerned in fighting terrorism to shoulder their responsibilities in this respect, but certain influential states have blocked the adoption of practical steps to put an end to the terrorism being practiced in Syria and even prevented the issuance of some condemnation statements," he added.


Turkish piracy

Al-Jaafari affirmed that the Turkish government has exploited the suffering of the Syrian people to carry out acts of piracy and economic terrorism represented in its collusion with armed groups to steal some 1500 industrial and pharmaceutical facilities and move them from Aleppo to Turkey. He stressed that such criminal acts, which target the living of the Syrian citizens, necessitate a decisive response by the Security Council aiming at forcing the Turkish government to bring back the stolen properties to their Syrian owners and provide compensation to the victims.

He pointed out that these Turkish piracy practices constitute an insult to the Turkish people and negatively affect neighborhood relations between Syria and Turkey.

"Regional and international intervention in Syria's internal affair has become blatant and ignoring some countries violations of the simplest principles of international legitimacy has become shameful, Al-Jaafari concluded, wondering how  terrorism can be fought in Mali while the same terrorism in Syria is being supported and encouraged.


H. Mustafa