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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.

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'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."

Source: news.com.au

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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.

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Lavrov: one mind about ending of bloodshed

Russia and France have a common goal of helping Syria on its way towards peace, Russia’s foreign chief Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after a meeting with his French counterpart, LorentFabius. The Russian foreign minister confessed that the two countries didn’t see eye to eye on how this could be achieved, according to Voice of Russia, TASS.

“We had a detailed talk on the situation in the Middle East today, in particular in Syria. We are of one mind about the final goal, which is the end of bloodshed, reconciliation based on the respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity, secular rule and rights of all ethnic minorities,” Mr. Lavrov told the press.

“But there are certain discrepancies between us about the ways to achieve this,” he added.

The Russian foreign affairs veteran also said the parties agreed on the importance of taking chemical weapons away from Syria.

“We are grateful to our French friends for backing the US-Russian initiative, which will be on the agenda of the organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). We are going to adopt the Un General Assembly’s resolution on the OPCW and convene a Geneva-2 conference to put through Geneva-1 agreements. ”

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Hamwi: International Investigation Committee continues politicization , exaggeration

Hamwi: International Investigation Committee   continues  politicization , exaggeration