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Russian Initiative path to end Syrian crisis

No doubt, the reactions  about  the latest stance of the  Syrian government which welcomed the Russian initiative concerning chemical weapons are  still continuing .Then through days, the  dimensions of the strategy in the current political juncture began to reveal clearly.

We all  as Syrians  appreciate and respect  the  Russian  endeavors to prevent the aggression on  our homeland . Thanks to its great  efforts, Russia has proved that it is committed to  the principles of the  international law. Within this framework and through  his joint press conference in Moscow few days ago, the Russian Foreign Minister stressed that  there are no deals  without Syrian awareness.

No one can deny that  Syria  did not hesitate giving  a quick and decisive  response, which confirms that Syria is not seeking  the expansion of the crisis or causing  a regional and  international war. 

Hence, Syria has been  frustrating all  the conspiracies  of  its  new enemies, who did their best to destroy the country by all  dirty  means.  Also Syrian government   is trying  not to expose its  people to risks of a foreign  intervention . 

It clearly seems that the Syrian crisis had  revealed the hatred  of the Wahhabi of Saudi Arabia, which had  devoted millions of dollars to destroy the Syrian state and  to eliminate the co-existence that has characterized the Syrian society. 

Moreover, Syria is a self-sufficient country which had never depended  on  any aid or subsidies or loans. Thus, the Syrian  people has never been  vulnerable to the political and financial  blackmail .


For this reason, the malevolent States (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey)   did not  hesitate in supporting and financing  terrorism  in Syria , of course, with  the continuous  sponsorship of the US and Israel.


Although Syria has been able to avoid  its people all risks that could increase the crisis, but at the same time it should not forget the sponsors and supporters  of terrorism. 

On the other  hand , Syria  has actually  accepted  the Russian initiative   to end  the crisis and  to stop the US-backed organized  terrorism. Besides,  Syrian government  has  expressed its desire to attend  the conference to be held to end the crisis without preconditions.


Thus, Syria  has proved  to the whole world  that it is seeking peace to  restore  the  security of  the homeland. The Syrian government  is  fully convinced  that the solution in Syria is a political one,  but this  must be accompanied  with  the elimination  of  all kinds of  terrorism in all Syrian territories. 

Ahmed Orabi Ba'aj

E&T: Maysa Wassouf

US delegation talks to wounded soldiers and displaced citizens

DAMASCUS,(ST)_A delegation from the International Action Center headed by the former United States Attorney General, William Ramsey Clark, has visited Syria to express solidarity of the US people with the Syrian people and army in fighting terrorism.

The visiting delegation, according to the official news agency (SANA), underscored the rejection of the US Administration's policy with regard to arming terrorists and causing the death of thousands of Syrians.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a shelter in Damascus, Clark said: "Cooperation is necessary to prevent wars and threats against sovereign countries and to create a world based on justice."

He added that among the goals of the delegation's visit is to convey the real image to the US society about the armed terrorist groups' crimes against Syrians.

Clark listened to the ordeals of some displaced citizens who fled their homes because of terrorist groups' acts.


Mercenaries work to foment sedition

In a meeting held also today between the delegation and the Republic's Grand Mufti, the former US Attorney General said: "the mercenaries, who are supported by the US Administration, perpetrate crimes to foment sedition in Syria and they are responsible for the abduction of two bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji."

He expressed admiration for co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Syria. 

The delegation had a busy schedule today as it also visited a military hospital and talked to wounded soldiers, who were tracking down terrorists.           

The delegation comprised Sara Flounders (Principal leader of IAC),  Cynthia Mackinney (a member of Democratic Party), John Parker, Kenneth Car (anti-war activist).


Al-Moallem :Mutual confidence between Syria and Russia

DAMASCUS, (ST) –"there is a mutual confidence between Russia and Syria, underscored  Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem.

Al-Moalem's  remark came during a meeting he held on Tuesday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov.

Topped the meeting's agenda was discussing  the Russian-U.S. framework agreement based on Syria's joining  to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Al-Moallem highlighted the efforts exerted to face what is hatched against Syria and the Syrian people.

Ryabkov ,for his part, voiced  his country's firm stance on the peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria and rejecting any threats to use force.

"Russia won't  accept any UN Security Council resolution based on Chapter 7 concerning the Russian initiative," stressed Ryabkov.


'Utter cruelty': eyewitness to a beheading

IT was like a scene from the Middle Ages.

There in Syria, al-Qaeda militants returned the country to middle ages.

A conclusion that was drawn by: Time reporter, Patrick Witty.

Under the title, Witness to a Syrian Execution: “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty”, Witty reported:

The mob was gathered in a public square, angry and impossible to stop.

On a cleared patch of ground in the centre was a man, bound and blindfolded.

What ensued was a scene of such "utter cruelty" the photographer who bore witness to it is now desperately trying to erase the terrible scenes from his memory.

The photographer, who has asked to remain anonymous, was on assignment in Syria in the town of Keferghan, near Aleppo in the country's north.

As he recounted in an article published in, Time magazine, he saw a "human being treated in a way that no human being should ever be treated". He said two and a half years of civil war in Syria had "degraded people's humanity".

While perpetrators of atrocities often record the acts on cameras or smartphones - and bloody photographs and videos abound on the internet - the images are often impossible to verify.

It was "very rare" for a professional photojournalist from outside Syria to gain "full and unfettered access to chronicle an atrocity as it unfolds".

This is what he saw: A crowd had gathered around a group of anti-Syrian Government militants, possibly members of ISIS, an Al-Qaeda franchise operating in Syria and Iraq.

The mob had "no control over their feelings, their desires, their anger".

The victim was young, his hands tied behind his back.

"He was forced to his knees. The terrorists around him read out his crimes from a sheet of paper."

The young man uttered something in Arabic in "an innocent and sad manner".

At that moment, the militants "grasped his throat".

"The young man put up a struggle. Three or four terrorists pinned him down," the photographer said.

The young man's attempts to protect himself from the onslaught were futile.

The terrorists overpowered him and slit his throat, decapitating their victim.

They raised his head into the air in triumph and people "waved their guns and cheered".

It was the fourth public execution the photographer had witnessed on one day in the Aleppo region and had him on "the verge of throwing up".

"As a human being I would never have wished to see what I saw. But as a journalist ... I have a responsibility to share what I saw that day.

"I will close this chapter soon and try never to remember it."



An outlet for Obama’s political fiasco

The planners of the war against Syria sought to undermine the resistance axis in the region but failed to achieve that purpose. We have noticed, since the start of the crisis that the US intervened indirectly in Syria in many forms, especially through ordering its regional and Arab tools to train, fund and export terrorist groups to Syria to commit savage atrocities against Syrian people and destroy their public and private properties.

The second phase for the US was to intervene militarily, but all its sinister schemes which aim at undermining the resistant role of Syria and reshaping the map of the region in a way that suits the American Zionist interests went in vain, because of the strong spirit of resistance planted in the souls of the Syrian and Arab people and the high awareness of European and American peoples towards the adverse consequences of the war which will be launched against a sovereign country.

The United States halted its plan to attack Syria because of the resistance movement and the opposition of the world public opinion to such an unjustifiable offensive. Countless of problems will face the US over its decision to attack Syria. The most important reason behind the US backtracking on its decision to launch a military strike against Syria has been the resistance way of thinking.  Moreover, the American and European people do not approve of an attack on Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use, because US officials had also used a big lie earlier that is the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), to attack Iraq. In 2003, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in a flagrant violation of international law under the pretext that Baghdad was in possession of WMDs. However, no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq and the Iraqis are still suffering from the repercussions of this devastating war which destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of the Iraqi people.

The recently conducted Gallup survey indicates that Americans’ trust in Obama’s ability to deal with international issues is at an all-time low, with only 49 percent saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in the US administration. Renowned American intellectual Noam Chomsky said the recent Russian proposal aimed at halting a US strike against Syria has saved President Barack Obama from a political fiasco. The plan is a godsend for Obama and it saves him from what would look like a very serious political defeat.

Obama has not been able to obtain any international support for his reckless military adventure. Even Britain wouldn’t support it, because the British House of Commons did not vote for it. And it seems that the Congress wasn’t going to support it either, and this would leave his military adventure without any support. The wise American lawmakers know well that Obama’s scenario will bring adverse repercussions on the American people as was the case with the previous military adventures launched by Bush’s administration against Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apart from the local and international support the Obama administration failed to recruit, Washington’s threat of force against Syria is a crime under international law, because according to the UN charter, no state has the right to launch a war or threaten to use force against a sovereign state. 

The crisis in Syria should be settled by the Syrians themselves through respecting the Syrian sovereignty, halting the acts of violence and launching the comprehensive political dialogue between the government and the opposition without preconditions and on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué issued on June 30 of 2012.

Syrian government's agreement on the initiative is an important step towards a political settlement of the crisis in Syria. This step indicates the serious intentions of Syria to press ahead in resolving the crisis politically. The agreement on the initiative revives hope in the possibility of driving away the phantom of war in the region. Syria's decision to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) uprooted the U.S. pretext to launch an aggression, and the countries and sides which played the war drumbeats will no more be able to continue their previous policies after this decision. All countries opposing the aggression are victorious and the international circumstances fully support Syria's decision. But providing arms to the illegitimate extremist groups and the reach of chemical weapons to these groups is the biggest threat to peace and security in the region.