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Washington and its allies ensure political cover to terrorists in Syria, says Foreign Ministry

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria has blasted the remarks and attitudes of Washington and its allies towards the events in the country, stressing that they aim at providing political cover to the armed terrorist groups and at spurring against the Syrian government  combating terrorism.

An official at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA today: "Whenever the Syrian armed forces perform its constitutional duty with respect to defending the Syrian citizens against terrorism of Takfiri groups and restoring stability and security to the country, the US and its allies  involved in conspiracy against Syria and in shedding the Syrian blood keep issuing remarks and attitudes that aim at providing political cover to the armed terrorist groups."

"These states (the US and its allies) launched a misleading campaign and fabrications aiming to spur against the Syrian government because of the ongoing military operations that seek to restore stability and security to Homs city and to combat the armed groups' terrorism."


It reiterated that these states, which are practicing hypocrisy and claim keenness on the Syrian civilians' safety, have turned blind eye to the crimes perpetrated by the terrorist groups against citizens in Homs city and have offered military and logistic support to the armed terrorist groups to elongate violence and terrorism.

Official request to aid besieged citizens in Homs

On the other hand, the source cited that the Syrian government today officially asked the International Red Cross Committee to dispatch humanitarian aid in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Organization to the besieged citizens, who are being used as human shields by the terrorist groups, in Old Homs City.

The government, according to the source, also asked for evacuating  the citizens from the city through safe corridors.

Army's operations in accord with national responsibility'

"Syria underscores that the efforts being exerted by its valiant armed forces to restore stability and security across the country and to help citizens return to their homes- which they fled because of Takfiri groups' terrorist acts- are in accord with their national responsibilities and come within the framework of the Syrian government's adherence to combating all forms of terrorism," the source concluded.

Basma Qaddour

Morsi's Support for Intervention in Syria Was the Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

 Army concern about the way President Mohamed Morsi was governing Egypt reached tipping point when the head of state attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for" holy war" in Syria, military sources have said.


Morsi himself called for foreign intervention in Syria,leading to a veiled rebuke from the army, which issued an apparently bland but sharp-edged statement the next day stressing that its only role was guarding Egypt’s borders.


    “The armed forces were very alarmed by the Syrian conference at a time the state was going through a major political crisis,” said one officer, whose comments reflected remarks made privately by other army staff. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to talk to the media.


    For the army, the Syria rally had crossed “a national security red line” by encouraging Egyptians to fight abroad, risking creating a new generation of" jihadists", said Yasser El-Shimy, analyst with the International Crisis Group.

    At the heart of the military’s concern is the history of "militants" in Egypt, homeland of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. The military source condemned recent remarks made by “retired terrorists” allied to Morsi, who has deepened his ties with the once-armed group al-"Gamaa al-Islamiya".

Obama had recently sent American troops to prop up Morsi, and the protesters were furious at the U.S. for backing radicals.

Support of Western intervention in Syria was also one of the main causes of the recent enormous protests in Turkey … which came close to toppling the Turkish leadership.

Indeed, the American government has been providing arms, money and logistical support to Al Qaeda in Syria, Libya, Mali, Bosnia and other countries – and related terrorists in Chechnya, Iran, and many other countries.  So moderate Arabs all over the Middle East and North Africa are becoming furious at U.S. interventionist policies.

Source :Global Research


President al-Assad issues Law No. 18

Damascus, (ST)_President Bashar al-Assad issued on Thursday Law No. 18 for the year 2013. The said law provides for amending the Law No. 29 for the year 2012 on the penalties imposed on the persons who are working illegally  in  the currency exchange, and those who transfer local or foreign currencies in and out  Syria without a license.

"anyone who violates the provisions of paragraph (A) of Article 7 of this law and practices the currency exchange profession without a license is punishable with temporary arrest for a period not less than three years and not more than ten years, and the confiscation of the sums seized in cash or any sums recorded on paper or electronic registers and bonds that carry a monetary value, and a fine threefold the confiscated sum, which is not less than SYP five mln,"the law reads.

President al-Assad issues law no. 17 on establishing solar water heater support fund

President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued Law No. 17 for the year 2013.

The law provides for  establishing a fund to support the domestic solar water heater at the Ministry of Electricity.

The fund aims to make citizens aware of the importance of renewable energies and their role in sustainable energy resources, environmental protection and rationalizing the use of traditional energy sources, and encouraging the use of solar energy in water heating for domestic purposes.


Official Source: Collapse of Moslem Brotherhood Type of Leadership Affirms Failure of Political Islam in Leading the State

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Egypt yesterday witnessed a historical turning point indicating the Egyptian people's awareness and stressing their adherence to Arabism and rejection of foreign interference in their national affairs and of any attempt to violate Egypt's sovereignty, a  Syrian official source said on Thursday.

In a statement, the source added "Our people in Egypt have reiterated Egypt's leading nationalist role and affirmed their ability to defend the country's interests, civilization and humanitarian history."  

"The collapse of the Moslem Brotherhood type of leadership has once again stressed the disability of political Islam forces to lead the state,  preserve the cultural diversity and freedoms and build a national state that expresses and maintains Egypt's  history," the source said.

It stressed that the Syrian people, leadership and army deeply appreciate the popular national move in Egypt as it attained a great achievement.

"Syria asserts that what happened in Egypt is a deep and historical turning point which unfolds a deeply rooted will to preserve democracy, diversity and political pluralism, and to reject Moslem Brotherhood type of leading the state not only in Egypt, but also in the entire region and the world," the source added.

The source pointed out that Egypt has for long been an example to be followed." We think that countries of the world need to make such a change to entirely eliminate failed leadership experiences which have been transgressive to Islam, nations, history and human beings."

The source extended the congratulations of the Syrian people, leadership and army to the Egyptian people,  army and national forces on this victory and urged the brotherly Egyptian people, Syria's partner in building , development and destiny, to keep this victory and defend it.

 The source also stressed Syria's complete support for the brotherly people of Egypt.       

H. Mustafa

American Democracy!

The United States of America has a right to enter in the  European mind to know what  it thinks about. So,  It will be very angry if the European countries as France, Germany, England tried to say : we  refuse this action from the American side .

This fact has changed its place from darkness to light when all the world discovered that the American authorities spied on the telephone calls of European leaders and business men.

Now we have a big desire to see the reaction of the old continent.  The French president François Hollande spoke about future results to leave their effects on the relationship between the two sides , and we understood that the situation will be very dangerous especially when he said : we cannot accept this kind of behavior between partners and allies.” the spying should “immediately stop .

Here we have short comment and we have courage to tell Mr. Hollande that the spying will resume its quite journey soon after a short pause .

After these sharp words, the American president Barack Obama felt  that he was very afraid of the French position. Further,  in Berlin, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Steffen Seibert, echoed Mr. Hollande’s anger over the eavesdropping. “We’re not in the cold war anymore,” he told the anger overshadowed efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to play down concerns about American surveillance, telling reporters at a conference of Southeast Asian nations in Brunei on Monday that “every country in the world” involved in international affairs engages in activities to protect its national security porters.

Now we are facing real problem concerning both the place and the time .

The first problem is our looking for ourselves ,because we do not know if we are living in the cold war epoch or in the hot war epoch.

The second problem is related to the form of this war , and we are able to give many examples ; what had happened in Afghanistan and Iraq ,what are happening in "the Arab spring" countries , the Iranian nuclear file , the tense situation in Korean peninsula.

The American administration persists to name this epoch "the American Democracy"  and under this term we have to expect many surprises : constructive confusion , ethnic conflicts in many places , continued arms race between Russia and the western block , universal economic and financial crises.

It seems that the road of human suffering with the results of this  American democracy will be very long and very hard at the same time .


Dr. Jihad Taher Bakfalouni