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Once the General Command of the Syrian Arab Army announced, in line with our Army human, patriotic, And national doctrines, and in harmony with the Army responsibility to protect civilians, public and private properties, a halt to its defensive operation, the anti-Syria forces, unfortunately some Arab and neighboring countries, sharpened their teeth and ordered their affiliated armed terrorist groups to escalate aggressions against Syrians. The tears of our beloved victims at Daf al-Shouk,  al-Mahata Square, Syriac Church, mostly children celebrating al-Adha Eid, and their bereaved families, are but a testimony to the evil hatred of these countries and their proxies.

One here has right to question the benefit of such a halt, once such fanatic extremists, whose language is only hatred, killing and destruction, are still present as a cancerous cell! Anyway, a fox is never taken twice in the same snare! Two weeks ago, Dr. Jihad Maqdisi, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Spokesman, made it crystal clear that the armed groups in Syria have twice exploited the Syrian Government's commitment to ceasefire, expanded their armed presence in some regions, and escalated their terrorist attacks, causing the more of human losses, civilians and army personnel.

Dr. Maqdisi added that the said two-times declared unilateral ceasefire by the Syrian Government  happened during the operations of Arab Observers' Mission, led by General al-Dabi, and the second one was in effect last  April the 12th  during United Nations Observers Mission, in implementation for Kofi Annan's six-point plan.

Maqdisi called on UN Secretary general, Ki Moon, to put pressure on the said countries: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, which finance, shelter, train and arm the armed groups inside Syria, as to get commitment from these countries, in their capacity as the countries of influence on the armed groups, to cease their terrorist acts.

Thus, the Syrians aren't taken by surprise during their Adha! The majority recognizes that until orders are given by the trouble-makers of today's global village to their proxies as to stop the bloodshed, the Syrians are and should ever be ready to defend their homeland, sovereignty, integrity and unity. The Syrians can't tolerate the crimes perpetrated by the foreign-backed terrorists against them, nor can forget the dear tears and blood- though of the UNSC failure to condemn terrorism against them.


Dr. M.A. Al-Ibrahim




A Message on the Reality of Events





The Ministry of Information in the Syrian Arab Republic extends to your Excellency all esteem and respect, while it encloses with this letter its informational message concerning the events in Syria for clarifying the reality of what is going on, and not what is falsely and untruly presented by certain media for achieving goals that have become well-known, a matter that has made such media, under legal and political concepts, an accomplice in the crimes committed against the Syrian state and the Syrian citizens.

 The Ministry of Information in Syria, in cooperation with regional and international organizations, is seeking to document that through all different documentation means and tools, and it will supplement its message with a copy of the film-documents collected under the supervision of a committee of activists specialized in the field of human rights and information.

 We hope to circulate our present message over those concerned in the career of information, press and television and workers in the diplomatic corps to enable them all to have a true and realistic reading of the scene, away from lies, fabrication and falsification.

 With thanks and esteem.

 Ministry of Information

  Starting from joint legal and moral responsibility of shouldering the sublime message of information embodied in professionally and objectively transferring truth to the public opinion away from the unilateral vision associated with political agendas, and strongly believing in the importance of working together as media institutions which work is regulated by media honor charter and the ethics of profession for a subjective information oriented towards national and nationalistic issues realizing glory and dignity of Arab people, rounding up their views and unifying their stances, it is important to state that Syria, since the beginning of the crisis it is passing through, is subject to a major media misleading campaign assumed by both Arab and foreign information media that have dedicated themselves as an information arm for the armed terrorist groups covering up their terrorist attacks against the Syrian people, both civilians and soldiers, and coordinating with them in fabricating and photographing massacres committed by those armed groups against Syrian citizens with a view to accusing the Syrian Arab army, order-keeping forces and the government, without any consideration of the circumstances, backgrounds and aims of committing such crimes, and to whom interest and within what contexts they have been committed, only for the purpose of defaming Syria and damaging its stances on Arab, regional and international levels.  

Despite Syria’s respect for its vows concerning the political process aiming at ending the crisis, its persistence in finding a political outlet for it within the framework of political multiplicity and under a comprehensive reform program led by Syrians of all specters and slices, its acceptance of the monitors’ mission sent by Arab League, and up to reaching an agreement on the plan of the UN Envoy, Kofi Annan on 25 March 2012, such armed terrorist groups have continued violating all political plans and endeavors through resorting to terrorism and armed violence against the state, citizens, members of the Syrian Arab army and the order-keeping forces; such violations of the UN Envoy’s plan have exceeded 10600 breaches resulting in hundreds of both civilian and military victims, not to mention the sabotage operations causing damages of infrastructures, such as power nets, oil and gas pipelines, hospitals and schools.

Even schools have not been survived by terrorists holding obscurant thought supported by Gulf oil moneys and the faithless Turkish weapons: more than 1700 schools, with losses of about 500 million Syrian Pounds, have been devastated, besides targeting the teaching staff that has lost 40 martyrs murdered by the treacherous terrorism wanting to take Syrian citizens back to the ages of ignorance and backwardness.   

The health sector, rendering services to the Syrian citizen free of charge, has not been saved from terrorism: hospitals as well as health centers have been robbed, spoilt and burnt out, besides assaulting their medical cadres performing their humanitarian duty. More than 38 hospitals and 132 health centers have been attacked and damaged by armed terrorist groups, of which 25 hospitals have been rehabilitated, and the losses of the health sector have exceeded 3.5 billion Syrian Pounds. The same applies upon the sector of electricity, oil and gas, a matter that has negative influences upon the living conditions of the Syrian citizen and the provision of such services supported by the state by billions of Syrian Pounds each year.

Meanwhile, the suspicious matter lies in the fact that the destructive attacks against the service and infrastructure sectors by terrorists come concurrent with the unjust economic sanctions imposed by Western countries and some Arab states upon economic sectors taking care of securing the daily living needs of the Syrian citizen, including heating fuel, domestic gas, and medicines for some chronic diseases and other necessary needs, with negative effects upon the citizen’s life and the ability to secure his needs, in an endeavor to agitate the Syrian public opinion against its government and to accuse the state of failing to provide such basic services for its citizens. Nevertheless, the Syrian government is persistently keeping on securing such needs and repairing damages inflicted upon the sectors of health and education services, the electricity networks and transport of fuel and gas, in addition to confronting the terrorism it is facing.

Yet, such huge amount of daily terror against Syria and its citizens has not won the due interest of most Arab and international media; and in case of dealing with it, they focus on its effect upon the collapse of the state, and not upon the nature of such denounced destructive and criminal terrorist act, a matter considered as an encouragement for further devastation and terror.

Any one pursuing this matter needs little contemplation to realize the duality of criteria in the political and information dealing with what is happening in Syria on one part, and the involvement of some Arab and Western media in covering up the terror of the armed groups and their participation in shedding more Syrian blood on the other. Recalling all massacres perpetrated in Syria, we find them either concurrent with or preceding the meetings of the UN Security Council, the General Assembly or the Human Rights Council on Syria just for rallying the international society against our country and for politically utilizing them for issuing extreme positions and condemnations against it in the international circles. We have only to remember the dates of those massacres and the international stances against Syria that followed them to be sure of the contexts within which they have been committed and for what purpose, and thus we can reason out the actual perpetrator.

Also the matter that attracts one’s attention is the prompt Western and Arab condemnation of those massacres, especially by states and powers involved in financing and arming terrorists, securing a safe haven for them and facilitating their entry into the Syrian territories; and such statements are ready and coordinated for accusing and condemning the Syrian state, and for moving quickly to get a resolution issued against it under the Seventh Chapter and thus opening the door for military intervention in its internal affairs, while the same countries pass over the terrorist blasts committed by the terrorist groups against the Syrian citizens and the infrastructures and service facilities securing the daily living needs of the Syrian people. This fact raises questions and actual doubts about the link between those states and their media and the terror and sabotage Syria is witnessing.

What happened lately in Al-Traimseh village in Hama Countryside on 12.07.2012 and the cheap utilization of that event by the bloody information media was a springboard for ready international positions, some of which were hastily made without any real scrutiny into that event, but only depending upon what was broadcast by channels sharing in shedding the Syrian blood and channels inciting sedition and violence.

Such biased stations talked about using heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters and killing about 250 civilians based upon questionable video sections that lasted few seconds as broadcast by armed groups. But the international political circles immediately adopted that story without any verification, while the Syrian state had ascertained that only light weapons and RPG’s were used in chasing terrorists and storming their dens, a matter that resulted in killing 37 terrorists and the death of two civilians, besides finding out large quantities of weapons and ammunitions in the terrorists’ hideouts, ranging between machineguns, RPG’s, automatic shotguns, hand-made rockets and explosives. The UN Observer Mission visited Al-Traimseh village to check what had happened and after examining the place it stated that clashes occurred between the government forces and armed persons situated in the village, but there was no massacre.

The most important question here is the following: Why do such media hasten to speak about a supposed or fabricated massacre simultaneously with the meeting of the Security Council considering extending the period of the UN Observer Mission in Syria? Doesn’t that aim at pressuring the Council and especially those countries that reject external intervention in Syria’s affairs and trying to embarrass them? What is the benefit for the Syrian state from committing such massacres under the sight of the UN observersand while the Security Council is looking into the status of the Mission in Syria? All these are questions needing no much scrutiny to reach their answers.

Al-Houla massacre in Homs Countryside on 25 May 2012 with dozens of victims, children and women in particular, murdered in cold blood also occurred just before a scheduled visit of the UN Envoy, Kofi Annan, to Damascus on 29 May 2012. Some media and the external opposition rushed to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of committing it through shelling the area with heavy weapons and so the victims were killed by that shelling fire. When it became established that most victims were killed through liquidation operations from a near distance, they started to talk about “Shabbiha” and other stories that did not withstand facts revealed later. The conclusive evidence showed that terrorists committed that massacre when they killed three or four peaceful pro-state families rejecting devastation, and some of them belonged to the family of Abdul-Muti Meshleb, member of the Syria People Assembly. Here one may reasonably ask: who is the beneficiary and what is the aim of the massacre? The reason is certainly very clear: it is deranging that visit of Annan and deviating the course of talks in a direction servicing those planning to strike Syria.   

As for Al-Qbeir massacre in Hama countryside committed on 06.06.2012 against civilians, including children and women, it was arranged and planned by armed terrorist groups and their regional and international sponsors to come just before a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on 07.06.2012, and for exploiting the blood of Syrian to the interest of Western political agendas.

The focus of the Western Media and political circles upon those massacres while overlooking all the ugly terrorist operations and blasts committed by terrorists against the Syrian people, besides targeting, devastating and burning infrastructures, such as hospitals, schools and other service facilities, including means of transporting fuel and gas and the electricity networks, is a complicity in the crime and an encouragement for terrorists to go on perpetrating that terror against the state and against the Syrian people for whom those channels and states are pretending to shed tears, while they are trading with their bloods and rights only for achieving political gains to the special interest of those Arab, regional and Western countries.

Here we should stress the active role of some regional countries, especially Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in smuggling, financing and arming Arab and foreign armed persons to fight against the Syrian state under the slogan of “Al-Jihad”. Some of them, bearing various nationalities- such as Libyans and Tunisians- were arrested and they confessed how they entered the borders through Turkey and how they got trained in training camps, besides getting other kinds of support for such terrorists in Syria.

The daily events confirm the involvement of some neighboring countries in the terror Syria is facing through securing a safe haven for armed terrorists, providing them with training camps and financing and arming them under the cover of hosting refugees. Such terrorist set out from those camps and launch attacks against the border-regions in Syria, besides trying to sneak into those borders. Each day, the Syrian border-guard forces deal with several trials of those armed persons to penetrate and smuggle arms from Turkey in a manner that simply denotes the existence of coordination between that country, or through some political or security leaders in it, and the armed groups, in addition to a lot of attempts of infiltration and smuggling arms from Lebanon and Jordan. The border-guard forces in those countries have not prevented many attempts of infiltration and smuggling arms into Syria, a matter that forms a violation of the international law and the anti-terror world laws.

Does any state accept its neighboring countries to become centers for training armed persons associated with Jihadist organizations adopting the ideology and thought of Al-Qaeda, such as Al-Nosra Front which had acknowledged carrying out several terrorist blasts in Damascus and Aleppo? (Al-Nosra Front acknowledged carrying out the two blasts at Al-Qazzaz in Damascus on 11 May 2012 resulting in more than 55 martyrs and 300 casualties, the two blasts at Al-Qassa’a and the Customs Circle in Damascus on 17 March 2012 resulting in martyring 27 citizens, the blast at Al-Midan Quarter in Damascus on 27 April 2012 resulting in the death of 9 persons, and the two terrorist blasts in Aleppo on 10 February 2012 resulting in martyring 28 citizens, besides adopting blasting off the site of the Syrian Al-Ekhbariya Channel (Syria News) near Damascus on 27 June 2012)? Doesn’t that form a kind of partnership with terror which those same countries claim having fought it throughout years, besides having waged wars and occupied countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, under the slogan of fighting it?

Moreover, each day we see how some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, backed by US and the EU countries, rush to legitimize the terror Syria is facing in the international circles and platforms of the UN and the General Assembly; thus, Saudi Arabia presented a draft resolution on 3 August 2012, under Clause 34 of the General Assembly Charter on preventing the outbreak of armed conflicts, a matter that forms a clear contradiction between what those countries are practicing, secretly and in public, in kindling the crisis in Syria and transforming it into an armed conflict, through financing and arming the armed terrorist groups, and their claims in putting forth that resolution. We much regret that those countries, through misleading and the lies practiced by its media, have been able to pass the draft resolution in the General Assembly, a matter forming a violation of the principle of the sovereignty of countries for which the international organization was created to defend, besides transforming the UN General Assembly, under the political, financial and information pressure of those countries, into a cover for spreading the terror culture in the world and wrecking stability and security in it.

The terror Aleppo is recently facing and the plans laid for it by regional and Western countries truly unmask those pretending concern and interest in pretending the Syrian people and their rights, and that comes within the political context adopted by anti-Syria countries. Thus, Aleppo is being punished today for its non-uprising against the state, and for that purpose thousands of armed persons, terrorists and Jihadists of all different countries of the world have been massed across the Turkish borders and supplied with advanced and heavy weapons- as stated by the spokeswoman of the UN Observer Mission, Sawsan Ghosheh, who has admitted that the “armed opposition” has heavy weapons in Aleppo- for striking the Syrian state and creating a pretext for external military intervention in it, as those countries have already consumed up all their internal tools in the face of the Syrian people’s determination to preserve their state and reject the culture of ravage, murder and terror. 

Despite revealing and disproving a lot of the information fabrications made by armed groups about false shelling operations or even about committing massacres- the method of fabricating and devising such events against the state and the Syrian Arab army has been later revealed through details and real photos derived from cameras of those armed persons, those information channels and their sponsors keep on practicing information misleading, sectarian instigation and calls for killing, especially targeting the Syrian media workers doing their jobs in the state media.   

All remember the story of the young Syrian, Zeinab Al-Hosni, reported murdered by those biased media that bade farewell to her and specified pages for her on the social communication sites, thus making her a symbol of those calling for freedom. Later and by concrete evidence, that Zeinab appeared alive on the information media telling how she had run away from the cruelty and oppression of her brothers. We also remember the story of the child, Sari Saoud, and the famous video section showing his mother embracing him while passing away after being shot dead by terrorists who photographed that scene and claimed that the Syrian Arab army did that. Later and as proved by his own mother’s sayings, the  terrorists themselves killed her child and photographed her while crying out in grief for him. Such fabricated stories are not everything in the sphere of information misleading adopted by the channels of sedition and terror; rather, they are only samples sufficing anyone resorting to sound reason and insight to take a stand for history.  

Recalling the story of the French reporter, Gilles Jacquier, working for France 2 TV, who was killed by a mortar shell fired by armed terrorist groups on media teams while making a field tour in Homs city on 11 January 2012, we remember how the Arab and Western media and their political sponsors in France rushed to accuse the Syrian state and the Syrian Arab army of killing him, despite the fact that the initiative of the Syrian government to form an inquiry committee with the participation of a representative from France 2 TV where Jacquier was working. Neither that channel sent its representative, nor the French government wanted to reveal the truth about his death; the French President then, Nicolas Sarkozy, only was interested in utilizing that crime for making more international pressure upon Syria. The report of the Arab monitor’s mission confirmed that Jacquier was killed by the “armed opposition”, and that was reconfirmed by the French Le Figaro which stated, according to sources in the French Ministry of Defense, that intelligence information and the study of the motion of the shell that killed Jacquier showed that it was fired from an area where the “armed opposition” was based.

Targeting intellectual and human qualified persons, such as media-persons, university teachers, physicians and enlightened religious scholars, is part of the nature of armed terrorist groups that adopt the obscurant Al-Qaeda thought which refuses others, whether a native living in the same homeland or a foreigner living far away, only for being intellectually disaccord. Those armed terrorist groups have killed a lot of physicians, university teachers, enlightened religious scholars and creative Syrians; yet, such criminal acts have not affected the feelings of those in charge of the foreign policy and decision-makers in the Western countries and Arabs under their command, a matter that forms connivance denoting complicity in the crime.  

Such informational misleading has not been enough for those planning to target Syria; thus, they have resorted to try to silence Syria’s voice and conceal any image or scene disclosing their plans and ugly acts. So and in the meeting of the Arab League Council in Al-Doha on 02.06.2012, some Arabs decided to ask the administration of the Arab Satellite (Arabsat) and the Egyptian Satellite Company (Nilesat) to take the necessary measures for stopping the broadcasting of the official and non-official Syrian satellite channels, following the steps of the US and European sanctions against the Syrian media (the broadcasting of Addounia TV Channel through Nilesat and Arabsat was stopped on 19.07.2012).

That decision and other Western decisions against our national information have been as an operational order for the armed terrorist groups to target the Syrian information media and media personnel, a matter carried out through the terrorist attack against the location of the Syrian Al-Ekhbariya Channel (Syria News) near Damascus City on 27.06.2012 resulting in its complete destruction, the death of three media persons, four employees and the place guards, not to mention several assaults against the Syrian media persons while carrying out their professional duties, in an attempt to silence Syria's voice and erase the actual scene.

Those armed groups also have targeted the Syrian press personnel: a terrorist group assassinated the press photographer, Ihsan Al-Bunni, working for Al-Thawra Daily on 12 July 2012 while heading home at Darayya area from his job; the team of the Syrian Al-Ekhbariya Channel (Syria News) also was attacked by a terrorist group at Al-Heffeh area in Lattakia Countryside on 11 June 2012, resulting in injuring the channel correspondent, Mazen Mohammed, in his hand and the photographer, Fadi Yacoub, who got a shot in his chest and underwent a surgery.

Such decisions and sanctions against our national information, besides being a complicity in terror, flagrantly contradict the principles of information freedom and the document regulating the Arab Satellite Broadcasting adopted by the Arab information ministers in 2008 requesting commitment with the principle of freedom of receiving broadcasting and re-broadcasting. Moreover, the method of dealing with what is going on in Syria on the part of some Arab and Western media is an outrageous violation of the information work principles and the media honor charter.

Along with such massacres and crimes committed by armed groups against the Syrian citizens and their state institutions, those Arab and Western media convey the scene through sections broadcasted by terrorists on the social communications sites which validity is difficult to ascertain, while ignoring what is broadcasted by the official and private Syrian media, in contradiction with media honor charter which obliges the various information media to ascertain the validity of the news item from more than one source before releasing it.

The claim of some channels of using shots from the social communications sites on the plea of being unable to enter Syria is completely unacceptable, especially as the Ministry of Information, since the beginning of events in March 2011 and up to this date, has granted entry visas for more than 600 information teams representing all various Arab and foreign media, such as TV stations, news agencies, papers and radio stations, in addition to about 100 media approved in Damascus, all of which are covering the daily events.

The government of the Syrian Arab Republic has affirmed being committed to the UN Envoy's plan, Kofi Annan, as it welcomed the mission of his successor Lakhdar Ibrahimi and finding a peaceful outlet for the crisis under the leadership of Syria in a way permitting the participation of all the people of our homeland in making the future of Syria. Thus, we call upon Arab and international media to shoulder their moral and professional responsibilities, abide by the media honor charters and adopt objectivity in conveying the events from Syria while avoiding unilateralism in covering them.

We also call upon those in charge of the Arab information to bear their legal and moral responsibilities as regards obliging the information media to observe the media honor charter and conventions signed by the Arab states concerning news exchange, adoption of the true and reliable information item validated from more than one source for achieving the basic principle in the press profession based upon neutralism and objectivity and away from the policy of agitating feelings, inciting sectarianism and kindling sedition among the countrymen of the same homeland to the interest of the purposes and aims of the enemy of the nation and the homeland.   





American Book: A New Approach to the Definition of Terrorism




For a long time, the cultural and media scene in the USA remained closed to any writing dealing with the Zionist entity as a  structure and behavior,  by virtue of the media , political and economic influence  of the World Zionist Movement and its  practiced falsification of Western  consciousness on the reality  of what happened and is happening in the region.

There are few academic writings that dealt with that Zionist entity.  An important precedent in this area indicates a significant shift in this direction,  was a book published recently by  Columbia University, one of the most famous  American universities , authored  by  two Israeli writers: Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, entitled "Jewish Terrorism in Israel".

 Forwarding the book, the prestigious university  indicated that  the book more than a  best seller, as it took  a ten-year academic effort   of specialists in terrorism and national security issues.

According to critics, the importance of the book does not only  stem from its  ever " untold" theme, nor of the fact that the authors are Israeli Jews, but because the two authors  were able after several years of research and investigation to have access to thousands of important  and secret documents of the Israeli  governments pertinent to Zionist terrorism since even before the creation  of the Zionist entity,  and how this helped in creating the conditions  to implant  this entity  in occupied Palestine.

The book includes dozens of interviews with former terrorists who were  known to Zionist and American  intelligence services , with persons  who cooperated with them  in the West,  as well as with politicians and security officials involved.

The two authors also held more than six opinion polls came across  over 4800 people representing  different scientific and academic levels and segments who embraced and backed the terrorists throughout several decades.  The two authors expressed a point of view about the relationship between terrorism and religion, considering  that terrorism is not confined to religion or ideology, rather a phenomenon  which is growing, wherever generating environments,  incubating it , are available.   They depict parallelism and similarity in the movement between the terrorist groups  in all religions.

The new philosophy that the two authors added was  that the doctrine itself is not generating violence, but the  militancy within any culture , which considers itself  the target or exposed  to envision a defensive front  against an external threat contributes to generate violence. The two authors introduced a new approach to the definition of terrorism centered on  some points: The use of violence;  a stimulation by   political motive;  the intention to spread fear and terror among victims, the victims  are to be civilians .

Perhaps, the most notable in the book is giving numbers and dates about the Zionist terrorism in Palestine and abroad. The  book included 3 databases covering  309 terrorist  Jewish attacks  in Palestine since 1932 until 2008, i.e. before barbaric aggression against  and about 224 of different  figures of  various ranks  involved in these attacks,  with a detailed explanation of the mechanism of action of the Zionist  terrorist networks,  their interdependence and inter- coordination .

The two authors went deeply into the history, shedding   light on the far-in time  record  of terrorist operations carried out by  the Jews. They started from the Jewish  Hasmonean family , whose members launched attacks against the Roman rulers in Palestine and poisoned the rivers and wells – which was by the way the first terrorist acts recorded in history –This early terrorist act shows  us the similarity between yesterday and today and how terrorism and extremism nested  within the structure and ideology  of this  entity.  A fact revealed on the lips and  pens  of  the entity 's two  countrymen, namely the two Jewish authors.

Worthy mentioning that all Jewish organizations in USA  ignored the book , with a clear objective not to highlight it  or create the motivation among readers to buy it. A matter, which will eventually influence  the  attitude of the American  cultural and academic circles  and  the American public opinion, altogether. 

From here emerges  the  important role to be played by Arab media , the  Arab communities in America and  sides concerned in the Arab League and embassies, so that efforts should be  materialized for a   remarkable  presence  and outstanding writings    of prominent  Arab writers and analysts  to be published in open  American and  World  media.  Such a presence can be maintained by explaining the content of the said book to the American Public opinion  and in making  it available at various levels of media means  as well as on the internet , where   the Americans constitute a large segment of its users.

  However, carrying out  such an activity, is  not only a moral, national and  humanitarian duty, but  also an opportunity to unmask  the history of Zionism in an environment,  which for  long period of  times remained outside our academic and  media  activities outreach , when Zionist media  proceeded in fabricating lies ,  deceiving  and distorting  the truth , portraying  Arabs, especially the Palestinians  as criminals and the Zionists as a victim!


Dr. Khalaf Al-Moftah




Syria’s Salafists Getting stronger?




Salafists are on the rise but have not dominated the opposition—so far. SOME ban cigarettes, sport the short trousers of the type worn by the Prophet Muhammad’s companions, and send suicide-bombers to blow up government checkpoints. Others joke about growing beards to butter up rich conservative donors from the Gulf. Welcome to the eclectic world of Syria’s Salafists, so far only a minor strand of the rebel forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime, but one that is growing.

Salafists have been on the rise in Syria since the start of the year, when Jabhat al-Nusra (The Support Front) presented itself. The group, which sees Syria’s struggle as part of a global jihad, is the only one explicitly recognised by al-Qaeda. It marks itself out with suicide-bombings that often cause civilian casualties and has a slick media operation. With its forces on the front line in the raging battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second city, its impact is getting stronger.

Ahrar al-Sham (Freemen of Greater Syria) is another slightly more moderate Salafist network, operating mainly in the north-west province of Idleb…. The two groups’ numbers are probably relatively small….

Cash from Gulf benefactors who favour religious fighters has given the Salafists a high profile. Some fighters exaggerate their religiosity. “We grow beards and act more religious to get money,” admits a fighter- terrorist- with al-Farouq, an Islamist group. “But many of us drink beer.” Although the opposition in general has failed to present a clear vision of Syria after the Assad regime has fallen, Salafism, with its glorification of death in the cause of jihad, has provided its fighters with an identity.

Whether Salafist groups will emerge on top, as some Western governments fear, is another matter. They will certainly want a share of the spoils in a future Syria, especially if they provide a disproportionate share of fighters and weapons.

Yet the rest of the opposition has urged them to hold back, arguing that their presence is already playing into the hands of the regime, which has long portrayed the rebels as Islamist terrorists tied to al-Qaeda.

So far, Islamist rebel coalitions such as the Syrian Liberation Front, which is composed mainly of Saqour al-Sham (Falcons of Greater Syria) and al-Farouq, both based in the province of Idleb, have failed to win support among Syrians at large, many of whom are secular-minded, especially the good quarter of Syrians who belong to non-Sunni minorities, including Christians, Alawites and Druze.

One argument being heard more loudly among Western and other governments wanting to help the rebels is that funds should be unified and channelled so that jihadist and Salafist groups do not benefit disproportionately from the largesse of Islamist-minded Gulf sponsors…. " But as the bloody stalemate persists, 19 months after the start of the uprising, Salafist groups may get stronger.

The Economist, Oct 20th 2012 | ANTAKYA AND BEIRUT |




Information Minister: Syrian-Iranian Media Cooperation Reflects Historical Relations

 DAMASCUS, (ST) _ Minister of Information,  Omran al-Zou'bi,  underlined the importance of cooperation between Syria and Iran and the development of  work mechanisms, so as to reflect the historical relationship between the two friendly peoples in the two countries.

During a meeting with the Director of the Iranian Faris News Agency (IFNA), Sayed Mousawi, the  Minister called for joint  action between IFNA and SANA   through holding  meetings and  workshops  as means to exchange views on matters of mutual concern .

The Minister expressed   readiness to cooperate with the Iranian media, especially in light of the critical conditions and challenges, the Syrian media faces of terrorist groups' attacks against its cadres and infrastructure.

For his part,  Mousawi stressed that IFNA through its newly opened office in Damascus  will devote attention to  the events in  Syria and  convey the facts, as they are,   to the Iranian public  and to its  offices  in 30 countries, referring to the role of  his Agency in refuting disinformation  on what is happening in Syria.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and the (IFNA)   inked an initial program of cooperation which provides for the exchange of information services between the two countries.

According to the program, which was co-signed by SANA and IFNA directors, the two news agencies ensure free of charge exchange of information services;  each agency would have the right to use these services and provide them to its subscribers .

The cooperation program includes bilateral coordination and consultation in international media forums and conferences .

Two days ago, FARS News Agency opened an office in Damascus; the Director General of FARS asserted, in press statements, that  the Agency will cover the events in Syria objectively, in support of  the Syrian people against misleading media.


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