President Al-Assad Appoints New Lattakia's Governor

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Ahmad Sheikh Abdul Qader  on Sunday was sworn in before President Bashar Al-Assad as the new Governor of Lattakia.

His Excellency President Al-Assad received Governor Abdul Qader, provided him with key directives and wished him success in his new tasks.

Earlier, President Al-Assad  issued legislative Decree No. 186 for 2013 providing for appointing  Abdul Qader as Lattakia's new Governor.

According to the decree, the new governor will replace Suleiman Mohammad al Naser who was appointed as Lattakia's governor in July, 2012.


H. Mustafa 

Army Continue Daring Operations Against Terrorists

PROVINCES,(ST)_In the context of its ongoing operations in pursuit of terrorists in Damascus countryside,  army units on Saturday killed or wounded several terrorists  and fully controlled  both sides of Damascus – Homs road  in Harasta area.

Two machine guns were destroyed and  20 terrorists killed including  leader of the so called free sham brigade, according  to an official source.

In Barada valley , the armed forces killed or wounded terrorists who were terrifying citizens,  while 7 terrorists   and confiscated their terrorists  at the Grand Mosque in Jobar , while other terrorists were left killed or wounded in Barzeh and al-Nabk areas.

Terrorists target civilians  in Dweil'a quarters in Damascus

 Four citizens were wounded and heavy  material damages were inflicted  in residential buildings and property , when terrorists on Saturday targeted with  three mortar shells  Dweil'a  residential area  in Damascus

Army units on Saturday killed scores of terrorists in Quseir and Rastan cities and  countryside  and confiscated their weapons and ammunition including Israeli-made missiles.

In Rastan , one army unit clashed with  terrorists  assaulting  citizens in Kafrnan village and left them killed  or wounded, according to an official source.

The source detailed that  17  machine guns,  two RPG  launchers with fillings , three Israeli –made Lao rockets ,  several Dushka shots,   a blueprint  for the area  and drug pills were confiscated from devastated terrorists. 

Terrorists assassinate 4-member family in rural Quseir

One  armed terrorist group on  Saturday  massacred  a four member family  , including  one woman and three young men in their home between al-Dabaa village and  industrial city  before their looted  the house and then destroyed it.


A military source:  sarin gas found in Hama

In Hama, the  army seized two bottles of poisonous sarin gas in  a hiding in al-Ferraya village, according to a military source, which added  that   automatic rifles, pistols and military explosives and communication devices  were also found, as well as a tunnel , divided into several homes used by terrorists to carry out  their terrorist acts.


Operations  continue against terrorists in  Aleppo

Scores of terrorists  were killed , including  snipers, in clashes with the armed forces  in the surrounding of Khan al-Asal ,the central prison of Aleppo and  al-Shaar quarters , where  two  23 mm caliber anti aircraft artillery  were destroyed  and several  terrorists shelters  in  Handarat , the  industrial area,  east of glass laboratory and  near Blaka restaurant  in the surrounding of the central prison of Aleppo were destroyed. 

Three terrorists were killed when they tried to assault  a military checkpoint in al-Rashedeen area in Aleppo  and terrorist Yahya Shabou, arrested in this operation  acknowledged he belonged to a terrorist group led by Abu Ali Saliba and that he had received training on how to planting improvised explosive devices to target citizens. 

Dozens of  terrorists killed in inter-fighting over thefts 

 Dozens of terrorists were killed when fighting broke out between two terrorist groups in Tenb village  in Azaz area of rural Aleppo following disagreement on sharing property , stolen from citizens and service organizations in the region, according to an official source . 

The source pointed out that another  fighting erupted between terrorists, some of them from al-Nusra front  in al-Maysar  area in Aleppo over leading  terrorist groups and sharing of influence in the region , resulted in killing  most of the terrorists.

More terrorists were  also exterminated  in confrontations with the armed forces  in Deir  ezz Zour and Lattakia countryside.


T. Fateh 

Erdogan Detached From Reality, Says Al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "Recep Tayyip Erdogan's suppression of the peaceful protests in Turkey is illogical and reveals his detachment from reality, "said Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi.

Al-Zou'bi  remark was made during a statement released on  Saturday .

"the brotherly Turkish people do not deserve this barbarity. Erdogan has no excuse to stand against his people's will .We wish stability and tranquility will embrace the Turkish people. We call upon Erdogan to show sanity and not to deal with the Turkish people exactly as he did against Syria, "added al-Zou'bi.

Al-Zou'bi made it clear that Erdogan steers his country to nowhere but to chaos.

"verily, Erdogan relentlessly tries to destroy the civic-life style of the Turkish people. Actually, the Turkish people don't deserve to be treated viciously .Hence, Erdogan has to step down if he is unable to hear the voice of his people ,"concluded al-Zou'bi.



Syrian Arab army consolidates its grip on the Eastern Ghouta

PROVINCES,(ST)_Fresh gains have been made by units of armed forces outside the capital amid reports of inflicting heavy losses upon foreign-backed terrorists in the northern Aleppo province. 

In details, the units of armed forces have impose control over four towns–Sakka, Tal Sakka, al-Delbeh, and al-Mansoura- in the Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus and destroyed a tunnel linking Harasta suburb with the west of Damascus-Homs highway 

The 200 meter-tunnel of the depth 10 meters had been used by terrorists.

This fresh gain coincided with controlling all buildings overlooking the Damascus International Airport road in Bet Sahm area after eliminating many of terrorists.  

Unknown number of terrorists has been also killed in a series of qualitative operations carried out against their groupings in al-Mleha, Harasta, Rima farms areas.

Meanwhile, units of armed forces have repelled an armed terrorist group's bid to sneak from Lebanon into al-Sarhaneyeh town in al-Qusayr in the central Homs province, according to a military source.

It was also reported that the units of armed forces carried out a qualitative operation in the eastern al-Dmeneh town and confronted armed terrorist groups' attempt to attack some military posts in al-Dar al-Kabira outside Homs.

Qualitative operations in northern provinces

In the northern Aleppo province, the units of armed forces continue targeting hideouts of terrorists in the industrial area in al-Sheikh Najjar area and near Meneg airbase and central prison.

As many as 12 terrorists were killed during operations against terrorists in al-Bakkara area and on Aleppo-Idlib road.

Other operations were, in addition, carried out against terrorist groupings in Idlib province resulted in killing unknown number of al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists.

An official source stated that the operations targeted terrorists in Maret al-Noaman city, Jer al-Shogor countryside, on Idlib-Maaretmesrin road, Sermin-Idlib road, and near Ram Hamdan junction.

It added that 3 explosive devices have been dismantled on al-Mastomeh-Idlib road while a mine was detonated near Abo al-Dohor airbase caused the death of the terrorist who was planting it.  

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure.


Efforts to Ensure Medicine Security Stressed

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Health minister Dr. Saad al-Nayef  and economy minister Muhammad Mhabek discussed  in a meeting on Thursday mechanisms to facilitate the import of raw materials and supplies for the pharmaceutical industry in order to ensure pharmaceuticals security .

Minister of Health stressed close cooperation  with sides concerned   to simplify necessary procedures necessary to import raw materials and supplies for the pharmaceutical industry and drawing  new mechanisms to  export medicines  and licensing new drug factories  to meet local market needs.

Economy minister said  that the pharmaceutical industry has proven over the past years high efficiency , with  increased demand for Syrian  medication both for the local market  and exportation, indicating the importance of developing  these industries to serve health, social, economic and political objectives.


Chairman of the Scientific Council of the National Pharmaceutical Industries in Syria  Dr. Zuheir Fadloun  said that the pharmaceutical industry over the past years created an economic labor force of  25 - 30 thousand workers , providing  main   drug needs of the local market , and contribute to the implementation of health policies and incubating  technology.

He pointed out that in the beginning of the crisis a charter of honor was signed  by owners of pharmaceutical factories  provided for not increasing prices  nor to sack workers and maintain production and distribution  levels.


T. Fateh

Political plan-committee holds talks with Artisans Federation

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister has said conspirators and betrayers as well as enemies of homeland and people have no place in the new Syria.

Dr.Wael al-Halqi, who chairs the ministerial committee entrusted with the implementation of the political plan to resolve the crisis in the country, was speaking as the committee met members of the General Artisans Federation's Executive Bureau spearheaded by Yassin al-Sayyed Hasan, the federation's head.

The premier reiterated that only Syrian people decide the future of their country.

According to SANA, today-gathering dealt with the artisans' role in development process, political and economic situation in the country and the common viewpoints upon with the committee and the political and social parties have agreed to pave the ground for launching a comprehensive national dialogue.

In addition, the attendees praised the final statement of the "Syria's Friends" conference held in Tehran, stressing need for adherence to resistance approach as a sole option to liberate the occupied lands.

On January, 9, 2013, the cabinet endorsed the political plan outlined by President Bashar l-Assad in his speech delivered on January 6th.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

Basma Qaddour  

Syrian Arab army scores strategic success in al-Qusayr countryside

PROVINCES,(ST)_For the second day in succession, units of armed forces have continued to score success in al-Qusayr battle and target al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists' hideouts outside Lattakia province.

Today, towns of Arjon, al-Brak and al-Jawadeyeh outside al-Qusayr have become under the Syrian Arab army's control after cleansing them from foreign-backed terrorists.

This advance comes a day after cleansing al-Dab'a airbase in the same area from terrorists.

An official source declared that the units of armed forces have pounded all terrorists' hideouts in Arjon town and dismantled tens of explosive devices in it, noting that a vehicle loaded with ammunitions and stolen medical items has been confiscated when the army ambushed a terrorist group trying to flee from al-Qusayr city through Shamsin village near Damascus-Homs road.

All members of the terrorist group were eliminated, according to the source.

"In fact, a number of terrorist groups have fled to the al-Jawadeyeh town's farms abandoning their weapons and ammunitions," an official source said, adding that a unit of armed forces carried out a qualitative operation in al-Rastan area during which an arms cache and a hideout were destroyed.

Other hideouts of terrorists were reportedly pounded in Hajjera and Bet Sahm areas and west Harasta city in Damascus countryside amid report of clashes broke out near Kfer al-Zait town in Wadi Barada area and Jobar suburb.  

12 terrorists killed outside Lattakia

Meanwhile, as many as 12 terrorists from al-Nusra Front were eliminated as the units of armed forces targeted terrorist groupings in the northern countryside of Lattakia, according to a military source.

4 citizens martyred in separate terrorist attacks

In a separate incident, four citizens were martyred in terrorist attacks outside Damascus and Daraa provinces.

The first attack occurred when terrorists fired a mortar shell on a residential area in Daheyer Harasta area outside the capital, leaving a citizen martyred and serious damages at the scene.

While the second one happened today morning on Bosra al-Sham road (in Daraa countryside) when two explosive devices detonates at the passing of a private car carrying five members of a same family.

The blast claimed lives of two citizens (the car's driver and a woman) and left four others wounded.

The third terrorist attack targeted a member of the General Sport Federation's Der Ezzour branch, Shahnaz Abdulwahhab.

A terrorist group shot her dead near Harsta area outside Damascus as she was returning from Damascus to Der Ezzour.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure.