International Efforts to Fight Terrorism Should Be Unified: PA Speaker

DAMASCUS- International efforts to fight terrorism and rid humanity of its extremist and bloody thinking should be unified, underscored Speaker of the People's Assembly (PA)  Moammad Jihad al-Lahham.

Meeting a delegation representing the Syrian community in Italy which also comprises a number of Italian political activists, al-Lahham stressed that the countries which sponsor and finance terrorism must uncovered.

"Syria has been exposed to international organized terrorism by armed takfiri groups backed by world imperialist and Western colonialist states in order to distract Syria from its national track which supports resistance and just Arab causes," the PA Speaker said.

He urged freedom-loving peoples to convince their governments to fight the terrorist takfiri thinking, prevent terrorists from persisting in their criminal acts and not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

He affirmed that Syria will continue to be the home of peace, tolerance amity and moderate Islam.

For their part, members of the delegation voiced their support to the Syrian people in the confrontation of the American and Western threats which target their homeland.

They stressed that the US and Western war on Syria aims at guaranteeing Israel's security and dominating the region's resources.

H. Mustafa

Syrian Arab army eliminates 36 al-Nusra Front affiliates outside Damascus and Homs, destroys chunk of weapons

PROVINCES,(ST)_As the Syrian Arab army has its finger on the trigger to face any possible US-led aggression on the country, it goes ahead with achieving victories against foreign-backed terrorists everywhere to restore stability and security across the homeland. 

On Sunday, official sources said that 36 al-Nusra Front-affiliates died in operations outside Homs and Damascus provinces and a chunk of machine guns and mortars were wiped out there.

They made it clear that 16 terrorists from al-Nusra Front were eliminated in Talbisa city outside Homs while  other 20 terrorists were eliminated in Rima farms in Yabroud area outside Damascus.

Terrorists of Saudi, Libyan and Jordanian nationals were among the dead.

Clash in Jobar

The sources, in addition, noted that a ringleader was killed in a clash between units of the armed forces and armed terrorist groups south of the Electricity Company and east of al-Manasher square in Jobar quarter, just 3km away from Damascus.

"The armed forces destroyed weapon-laden cars at al-Thanaweyeh square in Harasta suburb and launched a tailored operation in Alya farms in Doma city where 3 terrorists perished," SANA quoted an official source as saying.

More terrorists were hammered in  southern Damascus countryside- in Hajjira and al-Dyabeyeh-and in eastern Ghouta - in towns of al-Qasemeyeh and Der Salman- as well as in the eastern mountains of al-Zabadani area.


Concurrently, the armed forces continued flushing out terrorists' hideouts and grouping in Kesin town (in al-Holeh) and al-Zara farms ( in Talkalkh) and further in quarters of al-Warsheh, al-Hamedeyeh, al-Qosor, and al-Qarabis in the central Homs province.

A military source confirmed that a host of terrorists died in the said areas, citing that an army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group between al-Salem and Tal Khazneh towns in al-Mesherfeh area.

All the group's members were either killed or injured in the ambush.

Weapons-laden cars

In another development, the armed forces raided weapons-loaded cars belonging to terrorists between Qazhal and Em al-Qasab towns and in Talbisa in Homs province as well as on the road linking Abo Khazaf to Tal Ma'arof town outside al-Qameshli province.

They also defused 6 explosive devices near 'Al Mohammad' Mosque in Aleppo city and an explosive device weighing 35kg near al-Thawra Park in al-Hassaka city. 

Further weapons and ammunitions were destroyed and dozens of terrorists were mowed down in Aleppo, Daraa and Hama provinces.

Shells hit al-Abbaseyen area

In a separate incident, at least four citizens were wounded in a mortar attack and by the detonation of an explosive device in Damascus and Hama provinces.

A Police Command source said: "two citizens were wounded when three mortar shells landed in Bshara Khouri Street in al-Abbaseyen area in Damascus."

While  2 others were wounded as an explosive device blasted on al-Horat-Salhab road in al-Ghab area outside Hama.

The US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey support the terrorists, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the county's infrastructure, by all means.

They are working now in unison to justify an illegal aggression on the country to aid the defeated terrorists, who are receiving unrelenting knockout blows everywhere.   


President Al-Assad: Syria is able to confront any aggression

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ "thanks to the Syrian people's steadfastness and the solid cohesion they showed with their noble army,  Syria is definitely able to overcome  any outside aggression  as it is already  facing an inside- daily aggression by the armed terrorist groups," underscored President Bashar Al-Assad.

President Al-Assad was speaking during his meeting on Sunday with Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi.

President Al-Assad underlined  that Syria is achieving one victory after another until restoring security and stability to the homeland.

Both sides  discussed the situation in the region and the latest developments as regards  the US threats of launching a military aggression against Syria.

"Undoubtedly, the US threats will not distract  Syria from commitment to its principles and firm stances, and combating regional and Western countries- backed terrorism, especially the US, "affirmed  President Al-Assad.

Dr. Boroujerdi, for his part ,voiced  the Iranian leadership and people's  support to Syria in the face of aggression, stressing that the honest people in the region will not allow foreign schemes that are targeting Syria's role and the security and stability of the region's populations to pass.

"any external aggression on Syria will be a failure and will backfire on the aggressors as the US and its agents in the region, especially the Zionist entity, will be the main loser in this adventure, "asserted Boroujerdi.

"Washington's false pretexts  are but  to justify its threats, Boroujerdi said, calling on  all people across the globe  to press  US to make  the region and the world out of the risks of inflaming wars that no one can control.

It is to be noted that the Iranian delegation, headed by Boroujerdi ,held two separate meetings with Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Foreign and Expatriates Minister Waleed al-Muallem on Sunday.

The delegation arrived in Syria on Saturday as part of efforts by Tehran to support the Syrian government .


Al-Lahham, Boroujerdi Urge Action to Prevent aggression on Syria


 DAMASCUS- US threats won't frighten Syria or force it to give up its war on terrorism, Speaker of the People's Assembly (PA) Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham said on Saturday.

Al-Lahham, who was speaking during a meeting with Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Iranian Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi, stressed that Syria is ready to confront any aggression and that it will emerge victorious thanks to the Syrian people's unity, the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army and the support of Syria's friends, particularly Iran, Russia and China.

"The US threats will be a reason for more cohesion and readiness to confront the aggression, pointing out that aggression on Syria targets the axis of resistance in the region of which Damascus is the main base," al-Lahham said.

He added that the U.S. is garnering the support of its allies to launch a military strike on a UN member state in a blatant violation of the International Law and Charter. The US also finances and provides weapons to the armed terrorist takfiri groups including al-Qaeda-linked Jabhet al-Nusra, which have been blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the US itself.

Al-Lahham urged urgent action to prevent the aggression and apply the international legitimacy in order to attain international peace and security.

The PA speaker stressed that the United States, who accuses the Syrian government of using chemical weapon, knows well that the armed terrorist groups are the party who used the weapon and knows also from where such weapons came to kill the Syrian people.

He affirmed the importance of parliamentary and diplomatic action to attain a political solution to the crisis, hailing Iran's efforts to support Syria and implement the international law.

For his part, Boroujerdi reiterated Iran's full support to the Syrian people, army and government and its readiness to provide assistance necessary for the Syrians to withstand the global war.

In a statement to journalists following the meeting, Boroujerdi asserted that "war on Syria will have dangerous repercussions not only in Syria, but in the entire region."

"Iran had submitted an official document to the United States informing it that the armed terrorist groups in Syria possess chemical weapons, but the US administration didn't show any reaction to this." Boroujerdi said, expressing his country's condemnation of the use of chemical weapon by the terrorists against the peaceful Syrian people.

"We are visiting Syria to affirm our support to the axis of resistance and to reiterate our rejection of any aggression on Syria," Boroujerdi said.

 H. Mustafa  

Jaafari: Obama, Cameroon Climbed the Tree and do not know how to get down

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Syria 's permanent representative to the UN Dr.  Bashar Jaafari  said that U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron " Raised  themselves to the top  of the tree and do not know how to get down ," in reference to their  involvement regarding the military intervention in Syria.

In a Telephone Intervention with the Syrian TV yesterday, Jaafari explained  that "Obama is subject to enormous pressure from the extreme right ,  neo - Zionists and Israel, Turkey and some Arabs ," adding that Obama did the  best when he  emulated  what Cameron had done in terms of  assigning the decision of  the aggression on Syria to the Congress."

Jaafari  indicated that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used the term " evidence of high credibility  " when he accused the Syrian government of  using chemical , recalling that the same  expression  was used by " Colin Powell at the Security Council in 2003 to justify the invasion of Iraq when he said that he had" high credible signs  " , and therefore  the one who made a mistake against Iraq repeats  the same mistake and uses the same terminology ."

 Jaafari  made it clear that the US  , France and Britain opposed the Syrian  request to the UN to  determine the identity of the side  which  used chemical weapons in Khan al-Asal  incident , hinting that  " they  delayed dispatching  investigators to Syria  for more than five months because they know who did that."

Jaafari  cautioned the need to differentiate between the " use of a  chemical weapon of mass destruction, and  the use of chemicals  that can be put together  and combined by armed groups and gangs ," pointing out that the investigators mission  should  give the impression whether the used chemical used is a  locally manufactured rudimentary  material or a weapon of mass destruction because this will be conducive to  a completely different result . "

Jaafari  also recalled to mind the subway  incident in Tokyo when a  Japanese extremist  group used  few grams of sarin gas that led to the deaths of hundreds , while the  Turkish authorities  announced a time before the arrest of 12 people from the "al-Nusra Front  " having two  liters of sarin gas they brought  with them from Libya on a  civilian plane , a matter which can kill  hundreds of thousands of human beings.


Miqdad: US ignores UN when its Interest Requires Attacking Sovereign States

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Dr. Faisal Miqdad  considered  that risks imposed on  Syria of escalation and threat of aggression by the  US and its allies in  Western and  regional countries , especially Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the result of  Syria 's adherence to its dignity , sovereignty ,independence and commitment to its people.

During  his meeting with the delegation representing  the Syrian community in Italy , including  Italian economic, religious and political activists yesterday , Miqdad added  that the purpose behind this aggression ,is the  destruction of Syria and shedding the blood of its people , to  cover up the crimes of armed terrorist groups and al Qaeda and encourage them to commit more terrorist crimes against the Syrian people .

Miqdad  continued that statements issued on Friday by US and European politicians demonstrated the size of the plot hatched against Syria and the evil  intentions against the  civilization achievements of its  people, noting  that the attempt to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical  gas is but  a pretext for aggression against Syria and its people in  the service of terrorist  and takfiri organizations especially al-Qaeda and "al-Nusra Front".

Miqdad explained that  Syria has  fully cooperated with the UN  Mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons and that the  UN Secretariat praised Syria's full cooperation with the mission , stressing that Syria did  not and will not use chemical gases , if  any ,

He thanked the delegation for its solidarity and support for the motherland  Syria, pointing to the depth of historical relations between the Syrian and Italian peoples .

Members  of the delegation expressed their full solidarity with Syria's leadership and people in light of the threat of aggression and continuous attempts to destroy and kill the Syrian people.

Former Italian Senator Fernando Rossi said the visit is but a sincere expression of the Italian people 's support for the Syrian people under these difficult circumstances experienced by Syria , stressing that any European position that supports the US  aggression on Syria is a service to Israel , wishing Syria to achieve victory  over its enemies.

Italian artist Jovalesa stressed  that the delegation maintains  solidarity with the Syrian people, who have been withstanding  a scheme aimed at destroying Syria , stressing confidence that the Syrians will continue their steadfastness to thwart this scheme.

President of the " European front in solidarity with Syria Giovanni Faleguela  said that the  Front  is composed of   a group of young European volunteers will work to support the Syrians in confronting the Western and US aggression  against Syria and its people , stressing that their commitment to supporting  Syria and its people stems from their deep  awareness on the  need that Syria to remain  an example  in maintaining sovereignty, independence and steadfastness.

Head of the Syrian community in Italy Dr Jamal Abu Abbas   said that the legendary  steadfastness experienced by  Syria's leadership and people during the crisis is a proof that "we are on the right track  in  confronting  the  aggression and conspiracy aiming to destroy our country and kill our people" , stressing on behalf of the delegation , the  Syrian community stand  with the Syrian people by all means to face this aggression .

In a statement to reporters following his  meeting with the Italian delegation Mikdad stressed that many  world countries began to realize the reality of the  American aggressive schemes  and that Washington does not care about the UN  when its interests  and those of Israel  require  attacking  sovereign and independent states.

Miqdad added that  values expressed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in his remarks on  Friday did  not reflect the  American and European values , pointing out that Kerry , together with  a number of U.S. officials are talking   as if their countries   did not play any role in the killing of Arabs and support of  Israel with  all chemical, nuclear and biological  weapons of mass destruction, though  they know very well that  the Israeli arsenal is even worse than  any dirty arsenal in the world

" Kerry ignored in his  statement, his country's  devastating role in Afghanistan , Iraq and Libya and the killing of hundreds of thousands of people of these countries ", Miqdad added.

 He indicated that Syria has fully cooperated with the UN investigation team on  the use of chemical weapons in a timely manner ,  adding " but that the  US Secretary of state ignores  or forgets the truth in the context of his Machiavelli thinking   to justify the aggression " , warning that using the UN  to launch attacks on Syria is a grave  threat to the international system .

He reiterated  that any U.S. aggression on Syria will not be a picnic , and  that Syria is steadfast and will address any aggression emerge victorious as before , expressing  Syria 's appreciation for solidarity positions with her steadfastness by a lot of people in the world. 

T. Fateh 

Syrian Arab army wipes out rocket launchers in Lattakia and Aleppo, mows dow host of al-Nusra Front-affiliates

PROVINCES,(ST)_ Large numbers of foreign-backed terrorists, mostly linked to al-Nusra Front, have been eliminated in operations targeted their hideouts outside Damascus, Daraa, Aleppo, Homs and Lattakia provinces, official and military sources say.

The sources said the Saturday operations carried out in areas of al-Qabon, Jobar, Doma,  eastern Ghouta (towns of al-Qasemeyeh and al-Bahhareyeh), Hajjira, al-Dyabeyeh and Darayya outside the capital (Damascus) ended in killing and injuring a host of terrorists.

They added that a large chunk of machine guns and various sorts of ammunitions were destroyed in the said area, noting that an army unit mowed down a terrorist group from al-Nusra Front while trying to infiltrate into al-Qasemeyeh town in  eastern Ghouta.

 Terrorist group arrested in Damascus

On the other hand, it was said that the competent authority nabbed an armed terrorist group in Masaken Barzeh area in Damascus. One of the bandits had assassinated several civilians and cadres in Barzeh and Rekneddin areas.

"Guns, bomb belts and ammunitions were seized with the group," an official source told SANA.

Three bags of C-4 seized

Another official source said three bags full of C-4 substance were confiscated and a terrorist group was eliminated while trying to sneak into Qazhal town in  central Homs province. 

It noted that the armed forces pounded many hideouts of terrorists in quarters of Bab Hod, al-Qosor, and al-Waer and in areas of al-Dar al-Kabira and al-Rastan in the same province (Homs) as well as in Mnokh town outside Palmyra.

An unknown number of terrorists died in the said areas and in Daraa al-Balad as well as on the road linking  eastern Ghareyeh and Kherbet Ghazaleh outside Daraa province.

Squads of Jordanian and Moroccan nationals

Further losses were inflicted on the terrorists in Lattakia countryside, precisely in towns of Rabe'a, Akko and al-Taffaheyeh, as the armed forces raided four rocket launchers and a truck loaded with Grad rockets besides weapon-laden cars there.

At least two ringleaders and dozens of gangsters, some of  Jordanian and Moroccan nationalities, perished in the said towns, according to a military source.

More terrorists were hammered and another quantity of mortars and rocket launchers was destroyed in al-Sfera, al-Rashedin, al-Mansoura, al-Ashrafeyeh, al-Jadedeh, Khan al-Assal, Kweris areas and north of al-Nairab airbase in  northern Aleppo province.

Shell hits al-Qazzaz area

In a separate incident, at least one citizen was wounded in a mortar attack targeted al-Qazzaz area in Damascus.

A Police Command source clarified that the mortar shell- fired by the terrorists- landed on the southern highway in al-Qazzaz area leaving one citizen wounded.