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The Guardian: Al-Qaida in Syria is Most Serious Terrorist Threat to UK, West

LONDON- A report issued by the Intelligence and Security Committee at the British House of Common warned of catastrophic consequences should a-Qaeda terrorists get hold of chemical weapons.

The report, which was published by Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper on Thursday, said that Al-Qaida elements fighting with the armed groups and "Jihadists" in Syria constitute the most serious terrorist threat to Britain and the West, and if they were to get their hands on chemical weapons the consequences could be catastrophic.

The warnings, in the latest annual report of the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) published on Wednesday, come amid growing reports that the armed groups are trying to acquire chemical weapons.

Russia said on Wednesday it had proof that the armed groups in Syria used the nerve agent sarin in a missile attack on a government-controlled suburb of Aleppo in March. The British prime minister, David Cameron, said last month that al-Qaida-linked elements had tried to capture chemical weapons for probable use in Syria.

Britain's security and intelligence chiefs "assess that al-Qaida elements and individual jihadists in Syria currently represent the most worrying emerging terrorist threat to the UK and the west," says the ISC.

It adds: "There is a risk of extremist elements in Syria taking advantage of the permissive environment to develop external attack plans, including against western targets. Large numbers of extremist individuals have infiltrated to the country, including significant numbers from the UK and Europe."

They are likely to acquire "expertise and experience which could significantly increase the threat posed when they return home," says the ISC report. Intelligence officials believe about 100 British people have gone to Syria to join extremist groups.

The shape of the terrorist threat is "potentially changing from tightly organized cells under the control of structured hierarchies to looser networks of small groups and individuals who operate more independently," says the ISC.

Armed terrorist groups in Syria fired a rocket carrying chemical materialsat Khan al-Assal town in rural Aleppo on March 19th. As a result, 25 civilians were martyred and more than 100 were wounded most of them had serious injuries. 

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U.N. Accepts Syria's Invitation to Visit Damascus for Consultations over Chemical Weapons

NEW York- The United Nations accepted an invitation by the Syrian government for a visit by UN officials for talks on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

According to Itar Tass news agency,  the United Nations has accepted the Syrian government’s invitation to visit Damascus with a view to completing the consultations on the modalities of cooperation required for the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the United Nations mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said on Wednesday that Nesirky, Angela Kane, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and Professor Ake Sellstrom, the Head of the United Nations Mission to investigate the use of chemical Weapons in Syria, were invited for consultations in Damascus.

On Monday, Russia submitted to the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon evidence proving that the "armed opposition" had used Chemical weapons in Aleppo.

The armed terrorist groups in Syria fired a rocket carrying the deadly nerve gas sarin at Khan al-Assal  town in the west of Aleppo on March 19th. 25 civilians were martyred and more than 100 were wounded most of them had serious injuries in the incident.

In two identical letters to the UN chief and President of the UNSC, Syria called for forming a neutral technical team of experts to investigate the use of chemical weapons by the terrorists in Aleppo.

Yesterday, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov announced that the documents and reports submitted by Moscow to the United Nations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria were true and they will answer all inquiries, stressing that the investigations conducted by Russia on the chemical weapons issue affirms that the Sarin gas bombs used in Khan al-Assal area near Aleppo were made in some areas under the control of the "armed opposition".

Earlier, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari, said Syria has invited Sellstrom and Kane on the use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

He told reporters that the aim of the talks was to "discuss further the mechanism and terms of reference of the mission" established in March.

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Syria-UN Humanitarian Relief to the Displaced Bolstered

DAMASCUS, (St)- Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Kinda al-Shammat underscored the need for co-operation and co-ordination between the executive government organizations in Syria and international organizations to monitor the implementation of the humanitarian response plan signed with the United Nations.

 The plan aims at discussing the hard circumstances for displaced Syrians and to find the best means in delivering humanitarian aid either in Aleppo or in any damaged area.

For his part, Minister of State for Red Crescent, Joseph Swid asserted the need for strategic cooperation between Red Crescent Organization and the Supreme Committee for the delivery of relief aids to beneficiaries.

The United Nations have provided a large number of humanitarian assistance to the affected population in most areas. Two offices affiliated to UN were launched in Homs and Tartus provinces, said Mr. Yousef Abdul Jalil, UN Acting Resident Coordinator.

"We in the United Nations seek hard to provide water, vaccination and all essential medical supplies, especially for children, women and elderly men," he added.

 The main objective of the UN team is immediate access to all Syrians across the country as to provide them with humanitarian assistance.

Today's meeting is to discuss the difficulty of delivering food aid to a number of regions in Syria since the beginning of the year, asserted Mr. Abdul Jalil.

He concluded that the UN organizations and all partners work hard to improve the human response quality by following a method based on Evidences and thus will be done by successive joint organized visits among all sectors to estimate the necessary needs through cooperation and co-ordination with all governmental and non-governmental establishments.

Syria has been exposed to a series of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda affiliates, which has led to the displacement of many Syrian families.

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Russian inquiry to UN:" Rebels', not Army, behind Syria Aleppo chemical attack

“I have just passed the analysis of samples taken at the site of the chemical attack to the UN Secretary General (Ban Ki-moon),” Churkin said on Tuesday,according to Russia Today.

Evidence studied by Russian scientists indicates that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the "rebels", Churkin stressed.

 “It was determined that on March 19 the "rebels" fired an unguided missile Bashair-3 at the town of Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory made and that it contained sarin,” he said.

More than 30 people died in the Khan al-Assal incident in the northern province of Aleppo in March. Damascus was the first to ask for the UN investigation, accusing "opposition fighters" of launching a chemical weapon attack.

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DPRK reiterates full support to Syria

Pyongyang, (ST) –"Being fully aware of what is going on in Syria ,the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)is  reiterating  full  solidarity and support to Syria's people and army, "underscored foreign minister Pak ui-Chun

Pak ui-Chun's remark  was made  during a meeting with Syrian charge d' affaires  in Pyongyang, Haitham Sa'aad.

Chun expressed satisfaction over the victories of the Syrian Arab Army against the armed terrorist groups.

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