Mortar attack kills six in Barzeh

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Six people killed and 19 injured  Wednesday  after foreign-backed terrorists fired a mortar shell on Barzeh  suburb in Damascus.

"a source at the Damascus Police Command said that the shell landed on  vehicle transporting employees at the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh,"a local media reported.

The terrorist attack also caused material damage in the site.




PM: So-called "Free Army" a Lie to Cover Terrorists' Crimes in Syria

 DAMASCUS, (ST) - Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has asserted that Syria believes in political solution as the only way to end the crisis in the country, but this doesn't mean to give up the mission of the Syrian Arab Army to protect the homeland.

In a statement to the local "al-Watan" daily, al-Halqi said the so-called "Free Army" is "a lie to cover the crimes perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups" and that most of its members are now within the ranks of the "al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda organization."

The Premier pointed out that the Syrian government welcomed the first batch of displaced Syrian families staying in Lebanon, in addition to another batch of the displaced staying at al-Zaatari Camp in Jordan and provided them with necessary care and support, pointing out that the government has ensured more than 830 temporary shelters to house displaced families in different parts of the country.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the government spares no effort to enhance the economic performance and to improve the living standards of citizens.

He asserted that the government follows up the situation in Aleppo and focuses on the details of everyday life of its citizens, noting that the government is sparing no effort to alleviate the suffering of Aleppo people due to the ongoing crisis.

On the Iranian-Syrian relations, he stressed that friendship and cooperation relations between Syria and Iran will be stronger under the leadership of the Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

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Syrian-Russian Party Talks Addressed Pivotal Issues


MOSCOW, (ST)_ Assistant Secretary-General of  the Arab Baath Socialist Party Abdullah al-Ahmar stressed strong  deeply rooted friendly relations between Syria and Russia, pointing out the stability of these relations despite changes taking place on the international arena.

Al-Ahmar added during a meeting with the Special Representative of the Russian President for Middle East Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow yesterday, " Syria was a country of security and stability in the region and what it suffers now is the result of an old-new  international conspiracy  and the so called Arab Spring" .

He pointed out that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have played the worst role in the Syrian crisis  following Turkey's role as the ruling party in Turkey is a Party for Religious Affairs, adding that the Americans  came to the region relying  on what they call  moderate Islam , as an  interface to the organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose  base is in Egypt with  extensions in Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and other countries.

Al-Ahmar stressed Syrian government's readiness for national dialogue, but not  with terrorists because negotiations with the terrorist lead to nothing, noting that the  Americans want the Syrian opposition  to be only represented by external  coalition, which includes the Muslim Brotherhood and some of the parties

"The Syrian government has agreed all the initiatives calling for resolving the crisis by political means, but the other party is refusing to embark on a political solution and  is not politically  ready ," al-AShmar said, adding the Americans postpone the international conference and they do not want a Syrian  opposition that  have a real impact on the internal situation in Syria."

He stressed that Syria's success in its efforts to resolve the crisis is but  a success for Russia and its policy of supporting  international legitimacy ,the United Nations and the  international law. 

Bogdanov stressed that  Russia is  on direct contact with the evolution of events in Syria and pointing out:  "We have  permanent contacts with the Syrian ambassador in Moscow and with our embassy in Damascus,  in order to coordinate joint steps in the fields of diplomacy ,international politics, work at the UN and its Security Council, to  discuss the issue of chemical weapons and counter-terrorism issues, as well as a focus on a political solution ." 

Bogdanov noted  the importance of the Russian -America  initiative on the International Conference on Syria and the need to accelerate its implementation, pointing to the role of the Baath Party, which is very popular as evidenced by the results of the recent elections, stressing the need to continue the fight against terrorism , with broad popular support and not to avail the opportunity for "radical Islamists" to fill the ideological and intellectual  vacuum in contemporary circumstances. 

Bogdanov also stressed that religious, social , discreet and cultural  figures  must be involved in the search for a  peaceful  outlet and political solution to the crisis in the country and to play an active role in the context  of the International Conference on Syria, stressing the need to strengthen cooperation in the area of political diplomacy , and not   to provide any pretext for those who are afraid of the conference and the international players who stand behind them. 

For his part, Andrei Klimov member of the Supreme Council of the United Russia Party member of the Council of the Russian Federation  stressed that all the political parties represented in the Russian parliament supported the Russian leadership and the Foreign Ministry in the principled  positions towards Syria. 

Klimov added during a session of talks in the Russian Duma between the representatives of the leaders of the  ruling United Russia party and the  delegation Baath Arab Socialist Party headed by Mr. al-Ahmar  that his party holds a constructive dialogue with all the parties represented in the Russian parliament to debate  the Syrian issue with the Chinese Communist Party  leadership , noting that Russia and China have the same position  concerning  the Syrian issue.

Klimov  affirmed that that the state , government, the ruling party and the parliament of the Russian Federation stand against interference by any outside forces in Syria , adding that  what is happening in Syria is an internal Syrian issue, and that Russia opposes any decision of the UN Security Council authorizing foreign intervention in Syria.

In turn, the Syrian ambassador in Moscow Dr. Riad Haddad highly appreciated the Russian deep understanding of the situation in Syria and Moscow  attempts  to find a viable solution based on the correct understanding, pointing out the large role of the Russian Federation in world politics.

Ambassador Haddad  added that "the issue of Syria is not a regional but is a universal issue, and that solving this issue  depends on determines the fate of international law and international relations in the contemporary world," pointing out that the hypocrisy of the West and the use of double standards hinder the convening of an international conference on Syria.

Representatives of the United Russia Party and the Arab Socialist Baath Party  agreed to activate the cooperation agreement between the two parties ,and increase number of exchanged delegations and visits .


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Decree No.51 cements human unity in charity works, says al-sayyed

Almsgiving, well known as Zakat, is one of the main five pillars of Islam and it is a wise way to stave off poverty and financial pinch. It is called Zakat because wealth grows by virtue of giving it away and because it purifies those who donate it from sins and shows augmentation  in good deeds.

Had everyone, who is capable of paying the Zakat, done so and the channeling of (the Zakat) is done correctly (i.e. given to those who are in need), there would be no destitute people in the world.

There is also another way to help poor people through paying Sadaqah which means giving voluntary charities.

The noble meaning of these two acts (giving the Zakat and sadaqah) was part of a speech given by al-Awqaf Minister, Dr. Mohammad AbdulSattar al-Sayyed, in a news conference held today at the T.V. and Radio center in Damascus to shed light on the legislative decree No.51 issued by President Bashar al-Assad for setting up al-Zakat and al-Sadaqat Fund.

He, in addition, talked in details about the goals of the 17-article decree issued on July 24th, making it clear that it (the decree) aims at enhancing social solidarity and human unity in the field of developing charity works and helping those who are in need under the Islamic Sharia.

The mechanism of delivering money to those who are in need and achieving all goals of the decree are being studied by the Board of Directors of the Fund and its Director General.

"The Syrian Nour al-Sham TV channel will telecast soon the bank account numbers and places of funds in each province to pay the Zakat and Sadaqah," al-Sayyed said.   

Terrorists blasted Khalid Ibn al-Walid's tomb  

In a separate incident, the minister confirmed that the terrorist groups had destroyed Khalid Ibn al-walid's tomb inside the mosque of Khalid Ibn al-walid in Homs by an explosive device, citing that President al-Assad has ordered to rehabilitate the mosque.

Al-sayyed said: "It is the Syrian state that has built mosques and it is keen to protect tombs as Syria respects human rights. Only the mosques entered by the terrorist groups  were desecrated and damaged during the crisis."

He added that the Takfiri Wahhabi thinking calls for destroying tombs.

"Islam is the religion of mercy, equality and justice. It does not call for killing," the minister said.

In all, the decree is a significant step since it calls for reviving the obligation of paying Zakat in Ramadan month (Fasting month) while the country is facing a global war supported by Takfiri fatwas that aim at destroying the country in the service of Israel's interest.

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Syrian Army Continues Mop-up Operations

PROVINCES, (ST)_ The Syrian Arab Army   is pushing ahead with mop-up operations against terrorist groupings  across the country wiping out and wounding countless number of gangsters.

In Aleppo/countryside, the armed forces killed and wounded a number of terrorists  and foiled the terrorists' attempts to sneak  into safe areas.

Another unit of the armed forces made a daring raid on terrorists who had been committing acts of looting and blocking roads were killed on the roads of al-Raqqa and al-Bab-Aleppo and in Ein Daqna, Tall Raf'at, Deir Hafer and Mar'anaz.

The operation also resulted in  destroying their weapons and equipment .

Units of the armed forces eliminated terrorists' gatherings in the following areas:

Hilan, al-Jbeili farms, Talet al-Madafeh and al-Khoulandi gas station ,al-Alqamiyeh and Minnegh .

In Damascus Countryside, the armed forces clashed with terrorist groups in several areas in Harasta ,Misraba,Irbin ,Adra al-Balad ,al-Ghezlaniyeh, al-Sayyeda Zainab, al-Ziyabiyeh and Hijjeira ,Deir Salman and al-Ziyabiyeh .

Thwarting Infiltration attempt from Lebanon

An army unit foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt from Arsal in Lebanon into the Syrian territories through Khirbet Hamam site in the southern countryside of al-Qseir in Homs,a local media reported.

In Homs,a number of terrorist groupings were mowed down in Qarabis, al-Warsheh, Bab Hood, al-Abraj, Jouret al-Shayah, al-Waer, Wadi al-Sayeh and al-Hamidiyeh in the city of Homs.

The armed forces also annihilated  a number of terrorists' groupings  in Talbiseh, al-Rastan, al-Ghanto and al-Dar al-Kabira.

In a separate incident, engineering units foiled an attempt by an armed terrorist group to detonate 13 roadside bombs in Hannoura area in the city of Palmyra.

In Daraa,an armed unit clashed with terrorist groups in Daraa, resulting in the killing or a number of terrorists including Mohammad Khalil al-Hussein al-Mahamid, the leader of a terrorist group called "Liwa'a Tawhid al-Janoub."

In Deir Ezzor,a unit of the armed forces  clashed with a terrorist group affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra in the salt mine area in Deir Ezzor, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.


NPF Meets on Enhancing Syria Steadfastness

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The central leadership of the Baath Party National Progressive Front (NPF) stressed that Syria's steadfastness in the face of the global war is but an example to that people who own the free political will and independent decision can overcome the mightiest challenges.

Chaired by its deputy chairman Dr. Suleiman Qaddah, the front reviewed yesterday the Arab and regional political scene and latest developments in various arenas of political activities, noting that thanks to Syria 's steadfastness people of the region were endowed to confront the conspiracy hatched to subjugate them to the will of foreign powers ,seeking to implement the project targeting the entire region.

The party's central leadership highly appreciated the heroic role played by the army and the armed forces in the face of terrorism, trying to destroy Syria's land and people.

The Party 's central leadership listened to an economic report by prime minister Wael al-Halqi in which he reviewed measures taken to address the economic war against Syria.

In his review, Dr. Halqi confirmed that Syria is able to address this war through self- reliance and the support given by her friends, pointing out the multiple policies adopted to alleviate the suffering of the citizen ,providing the requirements of living , working on anti-monopoly and price- increase , and developing the necessary plans for the reconstruction of what had been destroyed by terrorists 's devastated hands.

The Party's National Progressive front members also listened to a political report submitted by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Muallem in which he addressed a number of issues related to the current political scene , which revealed that the policies adopted to face the war on Syria envisaged a strategic vision capable of dealing with the enemy, no matter how many forms its has to force Syria to obey the incompatibles with its national interests and the supreme national interests of the Arab nation.

The Party Front's Central leadership considered that the forces of terrorism, are but part and parcel of Arab and regional countries trying to prevent Syria from exercising its national and regional role, confirming that all Front's national parties and forces will continue to work with all forces and national parties in order to protect Syria and preserve her dignity and enhance her capabilities so as to emerge victorious from this unprecedented  war which expressed the extent of hatred that the enemy has against Syria.


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Al-Jaafari asks the UN International Commission of Inquiry on Syria to view Syria’s crisis more comprehensively

New York (ST)-Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari called on the Chairman of the UN International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro to view the current crisis in Syria more comprehensively by calling the spade a spade and tackling the real causes of the problem, instead of approaching it from a one-sided perspective.

 Speaking during a UN General Assembly session to discuss the human rights in Syria, Dr. al-Jaafari said '' The Commission of Inquiry on Syria is still deliberately exaggerating when displaying its findings, also fully disregarding or downplaying core issues.''

''There are scenes that flagrantly violate the Syrians' dignity and human rights such as the crimes of the armed terrorist groups, ranging from eating human flesh, killing innocents, slaughtering and mutilating bodies, beheadings on sectarian and ethnic grounds, throwing bodies from rooftops to committing hundreds of suicide bombings using car bombs in populated areas, recruiting children, kidnapping and slaughtering clergymen, assassinating scholars in mosques, issuing misleading fatwas on 'sexual jihad', killing children on the charges of infidelity, robbing factories and transporting them to Turkey,'' al-Jaafari said.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that the world followed with great interest the testimony of member of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Carla del Ponte, in which she confirmed the use of Sarin gas by the armed terrorist groups in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo and then hours later, pressures had been exerted on the Commission's chairperson that pushed him to issue a statement contesting del Ponte's findings. So, after this how we can trust the Committee's work and professionalism? criticized the western governments supporting the radical terrorism in Syria in cahoots with Saudi Arabia and Turkey. ''Saudi Arabia's latest achievement  in Ramadan was the purchase of Israeli arms worth USD 50 millions to be shipped to the armed terrorist groups in Syria…which we hope will be the last one during Ramadan,'' Dr. al-Jaafari added.

By I. Abdulkareem