Syrian Arab Army Presses Ahead with Strikes South Damascus and Aleppo

PROVINCES,(ST)_The Syrian army is locked in a fierce battle with foreign-backed terrorists in turbulent areas in southern countryside of Aleppo and Damascus provinces and  has regained control over al-Azezeyeh town outside Aleppo, media and military sources has said.

Following its victory over terrorists in the strategic al-Sfeira town outside Aleppo province, the Syrian army regained control over al-Azezeyeh town to the north of al-Sfeira, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel said.

It noted that the Syrian army is still mopping up al-Sfeira town and hunting down the terrorists who fled the town towards Tal Arn and Tal Hasel areas.

The official news agency said that units of the armed forces destroyed arms-laden cars for terrorists on Tal Arn- Tal Hasel road and on Manbej-alBab road.

"Several rocket launchers and mortars were also destroyed in towns of Kweris and Erbid outside Aleppo," the agency said, confirming the death of all terrorists in the sites targeted by the armed forces.

Terrorists kill each other

On the other hand, it quoted local sources as saying that intense clashes raged between terrorist groups, some affiliated to the so-called the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL), in al-Naqqarin and al-Hedareyeh and Masaken Hanano.

Large numbers of terrorists died in the clashes, sources said.

Confrontations

More terrorists were reportedly mowed down in an attack on an army checkpoint on al-Salam highway, stretching between Qatana and Quneitra , to the west of Damascus.

Around 15 km to the south of Qatana area, the armed forces shelled armed terrorist groups' hideouts in Khan al-Sheih, Bet Jen farms, Hosh al-Abbaseyeh and Heeneh, according to the Syrian TV Channel.

They also foiled armed terrorist groups' bid to infiltrate from al-Hardin town into Knaker area, around 40 km to the south west of the capital [Damascus].

A military sources said: "Passport for terrorists of Jordanian and Tunisian nationals plus leaflets for al-Nusra Front were found with the terrorists." 

It added that the armed forces crushed many terrorists in Rankos area, around 40 km to the north of Damascus.

Other terrorist groups were killed in provinces of Daraa, Homs Der Ezzour and Idlib.

Textile factory ablaze

In a separate incident, it was reported that a conflagration broke out in a textile factory in al-Dwel'a suburb outside Damascus when a shell- fired by terrorists- landed on it.

A police Command source said that the fire spread to nearby shops causing serious damages with no casualties. 

Daily, terrorists launch shells on residential areas in Jaramana and Dwel'a outside Damascus and in Bab Toma and Qassa'a quarters in the capital.

Last month, terrorists killed more than 108 citizens and left around 450 wounded across the country.

The US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar support the terrorists, who systematically work to destroy the country's infrastructure and to enervate the national army, by all means in order to serve Israel's interests in the region. 

B. Qaddour 

Foreign Ministry: Kerry's statements blatant intervention in Syria's affairs

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "US Secretary of State John Kerry's continued statements could abort the  Geneva conference even before it started,and constitute a blatant interference in the Syrian Affairs,"saida source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Sunday

The source added  that Kerry's statements are but  infringement on the Syrian people's right to self-determination.

"had the US been sincere in cooperating  with Russian as regards  sponsoring the Geneva conference, Kerry should have understood that only  the Syrian people have the right to choose their leadership and political future without any foreign interference," underscored  the source.

The source made it clear that  Kerry must realize that the success of Geneva conference depends on the Syrian people's will and their work together  to halt violence and terrorism and achieve the political settlement that would lead to the broadest participation in drawing Syria's future."

 

M.D

Syrian Arab Army Conducts 'Accurate' Strikes Against Terrorists , Advances in Sbeneh Area

 

PROVINCES,(ST)_The Syrian army has recorded new advance in the ongoing battles outside Damascus and Homs provinces and eliminated dozens of terrorist group's ringleaders in Lattakia province and further destroyed tens of weapons-laden cars outside Idlib, Hassaka and Daraa provinces.

In details, the official news agency reported on Saturday that the armed forces made a notable progress in the ongoing battle in al-Sbeneh town in southern Damascus countryside in the wake of wiping out several hideouts and groupings there.

Another progress was scored in Homs countryside where the armed forces imposed control over al-Nahdain Mountain and al-Madhal hill on the outskirts of Sadad town.

On October 28th, the Sadad town in Homs province was declared 'safe' after flushing out terrorists there.

A military source said that the armed forces are hunting down terrorists on Sadad-Mhin town and have killed dozens of terrorists in areas of Hosh alSallom, al-Rastan, al-Dar al-Kabira, and Talaf and in quarters of Bab Hod, al-Warsheh, al-Safsafeh, al-Hamedeyeh and al-Qosor in the city of Homs.

Damascus countryside  

More terrorists were crushed in restive Barzeh and Zamalka suburbs, just few kilometers away from the capital [Damascus] and in the eastern and western Ghouta as well as in Qalamon area outside Damascus.

Well over 21 terrorists died in a fighting raged in Barzeh and Zamalka suburbs, while 15 others were mowed down in an ambush on Qaemeyeh-Delbeh road in the eastern Ghouta, according to an official source.

The source added that 4 terrorists perished in a clash in Darayya city- in the western Ghouta.

Terrorists kill 13 citizens

The terrorists, at this time, fired 6 shells on al-Jabyeh and Khaled Ibn al-Waled quarters in Damascus and on Jaramana city, around 7km to the south-east of Damascus.

At least 13 citizens were wounded by the mortar attacks which caused serious damages at the scenes, according to a Police Command source. 

Another mortar attack happened later in al-Azezeyeh quarter in Aleppo city, according to the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel.

The attack claimed at least 3 lives and wounded more than 11 citizens, the official news agency said.

Other 10 citizens were martyred in an explosion  when terrorists were booby trapping a car near cultural center in Yabroud city, around 80 km to the north of Damascus. 

Daraa Province

 Regarding results of today's operations in southern Daraa province, the Syrian TV channel said that the armed forces destroyed an arms depot and terrorists' hideouts in the city and in towns of Da'el, Tafas, Abo Ghara, al-Hairan, Ghader al-Bestan, Tal al-Samn, Nawa, Bosra al-Harer, al-Meskeyeh, al-Khawabi, and Em al-Mayaden.

The same province witnessed explosion of a car while terrorists were booby trapping it near a school in Daraa al-Balad.

Lattakia countryside

An unknown number of terrorists were killed in the said areas and dozens of ringleaders were crushed in what has been described by a military source as 'accurate' strikes conducted in northern Lattakia countryside.

The source said: "Well over 25 terrorists were killed and 3 arms-laden cars plus a truck loaded with rockets were destroyed in towns of Berj Zahyeh and al-Alyeh."

It noted that 6 terrorists died as they were trying to sneak into Hakro town and 2 others were mowed down in an attack on an army checkpoint in al-Daghamshaleyeh town.

As for the ringleaders killed in Lattakia countryside, the military source made it clear that they belong to the so-called the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL), 'al-Ansar' Battalion, and 'Ahbab al-Nabi' battalions. But it did not pinpoint where the ringleaders were killed.

The official news agency cited a quarrel between ISIL-linked terrorist groups in Atera town, confirming the death of dozens of terrorists, including two Turkish women, Dagestani, Kazakhstani and Turkish men- in the quarrel.

Idlib and Hassaka provinces

On the other hand, it was said that the armed forces launched at dawn 'accurate' operations in more than 16 flashpoint areas outside Idlib, Hassaka and Qameshli provinces.

Tens of weapons-loaded cars were destroyed on the outskirts of Jabal al-Arba'en and many terrorists died in the turbulent areas, according to a military source.

Attack on Raqqa antiques warehouses

 In a separate incident, a source at Department of Museums and Antiquities was quoted on al-Mayadeen TV channel as saying: "more than 100 gunmen attacked antiques warehouses in Herqala town in al-Raqqa province."

No other details have been reported.         

Basma Qaddour 

Syrian Arab army Imposes Control Over Aleppo Southeastern Gate

 

PROVINCES,(ST)_The strategic al-Sfeira city outside Aleppo province has become under the control of the Syrian army, as  wide-scale operations have been conducted in southern Damascus countryside and in Daraa province, according to military and media sources.

It was officially declared on Friday that the Syrian army imposed control over the strategic al-Sfeira city in southern Aleppo countryside. 

The General Command of Army and Armed forces said in a statement issued today that the fresh achievement is significant due to the fact that al-Sfeira city is the southeastern gate to Aleppo.

"Imposing control over the city will open new supply routes to provide Aleppo locals with foods and medicines. We confirm our determination to go ahead with war against terrorism," the statement read.     

In this context, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel made it clear that the city enjoys a strategic location because the military factories- which are surrendered by air-defense bases- are located to the south-west of the city and it is not far from the Aleppo International Airport, al-Nairab airbase and Khanaser area.

"Another reason for saying that  is the city strategic  existence of a desert area stretching from Al-Sfeira city to Khanaser area which is located around 60 km to the south," the TV channel's presenter said.

Meanwhile, Alikhbaria al-Soreyeh TV Channel screened a video tape from al-Sfeira city following the army entry.

It quoted a military source as saying that engineering units defused more than 700 explosive devices planted by terrorists in the streets of the city and found 6 bomb-making factories.

The same province (Aleppo) witnessed mortar attack targeted citizens in areas of al-Ismaeleyeh and al-Fed in the city.

The shells which were fired by terrorists left casualties.

 

Terrorists' command center targeted  

In another development, al-Mayadden TV Channel said that the Syrian army made an advance in the ongoing battles in areas of Ghazaleh and al-Sbeneh in southern Damascus countryside.

"The Syrian army wiped out the command center of opposition gunmen' in al-Sbeneh town," the TV channel said, adding that opposition activists declared that 27 members from the 'Free Army' were killed in the battles.

As for result of operations in other provinces, Alikhbaria al-Soreyeh TV channel said that many terrorists were killed in Daraa and Idlib province as the armed forces targeted their groupings there.

It noted that several members of an armed terrorist group died and weapons, including 54 shells, tow mortars, RPGs, and telecommunication devices, were seized in an ambush in al-Mastomeh area in Idlib province.

More terrorists perished in a quarrel which erupted among them in al-Reffeh area in northern Hama province over splitting loots, according to the TV channel.

On the other hand, the TV channel said that 66 wanted people turned themselves in to competent authorities in Damascus and its countryside.

Basma Qaddour  

Al-Zou'bi: Brahimi should be impartial and honest

DAMASCUS,(ST)- "UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi should be diametrically an honest and impartial mediator and not posing ideas of his own or upon others' request that are out of his duty, " underscored Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi.

Al-Zou'bi's remark came during a phone interview with Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV on Friday.

"despite the fact that he (Lakhdar) had a good opportunity to point at the matter but he failed to do so, considering that the Syrian government was very positive affirming its participation on Geneva without pre conditions  as it is faultlessly cooperated as regards this matter," underlined al-Zou'bi.

The minister further explained that Brahimi seemed as if he doesn't understand the reality of what is going on, or he intends by one way or another not to call things by their names.

"Brahimi does not name al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra or the armed gangs. He didn't even have the courage to name any of those countries which are supporting these terrorist groups, on top of course being Saudi Arabia," added al-Zou'bi.

"I don’t think that he will ever have that courage at any time," the Minister said.

"Brahimi stated that Geneva conference is to be held for Syrians and not for countries. Hece, if the said conference is not for the countries, what is the purpose of his tour to those countries especially to Turkey and Saudi Arabia which spare no effort to undermine the Syrian government," wondered al-Zou'bi.

On the change of Brahimi's tone, al-Zou'bi clarified that Brahimi, while in Syria, he speaks to the delight of everyone and when he leaves Syria, he speaks differently.

The minister made it clear that Brahimi's attempt to "equate between the government and certain opposition groups" during his press conference earlier today "reflects his lack of understanding of the situation in Syria".

"When the Syrian government employs the armed forces inside to defend the country and the borders, it is acting according to the constitution," said the Minister, stressing that defending the country is a constitutional and national duty.

"Brahimi also stuck his nose in things he was not authorized to by the UN, al-Zou'bi said referring to Brahimi's talk on humanitarian issues in Syria.

Al- Zoubi affirmed that the Syrian government, through the ministries of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Social Affairs, Health and others, are doing what is necessary in relation to the humanitarian situation in cooperation with the relevant international organizations.

The Syrian government is performing its duties based on both its constitutional duties and national role.

M.D

Syrian National Opposition: Success of Geneva Conference lies in Drying Terrorism Sources

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The UN Secretary General Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met  yesterday with a delegation representing  Syrian opposition nationalist parties at the Sheraton Hotel  on the sidelines of preparations for the convening Geneva Conference 2 .

Secretary- General of the Solidarity Party Mohammad Abu Qasim, chairman  of the National Democratic Alliance bloc  said  in a statement to reporters after the meeting that the bloc parties presented to Brahimi a unified vision to be debated  at Geneva Conference 2 , stressing the need  that the delegation to  include broader spectrum of their parties so as to contribute to highlight  all  visions and ideas .

Secretary General of the  National Youth party  for Justice and Development Brewin Ibrahim said that the "Doha coalition " , " the Higher  Kurdish Commission  " and " the coordinating body " only  represent part of the internal opposition and the Syrian street is demanding   " expansion  the circle of participants in the Geneva Conference 2 , and to include all oppositions and independent, religious  and  tribal figures " so as to  ensure "  non-failure of Geneva Conference . "
Ibrahim pointed out that  talks with Brahimi touched upon the need for urgent solutions concerning  the humanitarian aspects of the affected people in Syria.
For his part, Secretary General of the Syrian Democratic Party Ahmed Kosa  stressed support for  all efforts to convene the conference  in order to launch the political process and bring all Syrian parties together  to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Kosa stressed that " the success of the conference lies in  drying the sources of terrorism and the closure of the border to prevent the flow of insurgents who come from all parts of the world to implement foreign agendas in Syria."
Secretary General of the Syrian National Youth Party Maher Merhej said that internal opposition  has " different points of view about the crisis in  Syria and prospects for the solution , " a matter  which requires " to have  representatives from all spectrums of the opposition " to have a  solution satisfactory for all  Syrians.
leader in the Syrian  Democratic Party  Firas Nadim  said that the delegation stressed to Brahimi the need to lift the sanctions imposed on Syria to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, noting  that the national opposition is working within the framework of  launching an inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva under the ceiling  of the homeland and " to alienate  all who called for foreign intervention in Syria .

 

T. Fateh 

Terrorist Kano : Coordination with Turkish, Gulf , Lebanese sides for Terrorism in Aleppo

 

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Terrorist  Wesi Sami Kano , a member of the so-called " North Storm Brigade "admitted to have had communicated with Turks and Gulf  officers, and  with parliamentarian for  the Lebanese " Future Movement," Oqab Saqr  for  coordination of terrorist acts that they carried out  in Aleppo , transporting   chemicals from Kalles  city  to Azaz and stealing Aleppo factories and  transferring them to Turkey.

In confessions  aired  by the Syrian TV yesterday , Kano said he was born in Azaz in 1973 and worked as a director of Omar ibn al-Khattab school  , adding that after the beginning of the events in Syria he worked with Ahmed Obaid commander  of " Amr ibn al-Aas "  group in the "North Storm  Brigade " at the request of   its leader Ammar Dadykhi .

He added he was requested by  Dadykhi  to join " Amr ibn al-Aas "  group because it was  weak and that he  was in coordination with Tariq Ojeili and Mohammed al-Shesh  to attack the Syrian  army checkpoints,  located at the entrances of Aleppo, at the request of Dadykhi , who carried out  orders  from Turkey , Lebanon and any sides funding his operations.

He continued that his group  attacked the army checkpoint in the Haritan , by  about 30 gunmen , and cars  fitted with Dushka machine , adding that  the  attack lasted about three quarters of an hour , and resulted in  killing five members of his  group , and they returned to Azaz after  the failure of their mission.

He went on  that two days after they received the order to attack at Bustan al-Basha checkpoint in Aleppo with the participation of the  "  strangers battalion " that included fighters  from Libya and Turkey , Chechnya, noting  that Samir Amuri security official for " North Storm Brigade coordinated and planned  the implementation of the operations.
He went on  that after Bustan al-Basha operation he quitted armed work  and joined  the political council with the task  to meet with foreign donors and officers including  Saudis , Turks ,Qataris and all nationalities .
He said he  met three Turkish officers , including two  army Maj.  Murad and Iskan  , in the presence of Dadykhi,  al-Shesh  , Ojeili , and the  Turkish language interpreter Mohammed Ismail, a group of" militants"  of Tel Refat and  Meyer , and they were asked to attack Meng military  airport .

He detailed that 700 gunmen attacked the airport , but the attack failed after 2 hour of fierce fighting  resulted in killing 60terrorists, adding  that after the failure of the occupation of Meng airport  Turkish  and Gulf officers intensified visits  to Azaz, calling on  insurgents to control of the airport at any price because of its military importance .

He said that  they met  with Oqab Saqr who had strong ties with Dadykhi  and all insurgents leaders in Kalles city and that  he gave them  USD 200,000  and conveyed to them  support of Saad al-Hariri  and the Saudi prince Bandar Bin Sultan.

"Ojeili  asked me to do kidnap  pilgrims from Iran , Iraq and Lebanon if they  passed Azaz  and Dadykhi was  assigned to  kidnap a  group of Lebanese  pilgrims  who will enter Syria , at the  order of Saad Hariri.

He said  after  a later meeting in Kalles city for leaders of insurgent groups , " we went to Azaz , to a laboratory for the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, rockets , along with a box brought  from Kalles , which contained  chemicals in  four containers of sarin gas," adding  that only group leaders entered  the lab and we stayed outside and  they came  out after they  put containers inside the lab  .
Terrorist Kano  said  that  one Turkish officer, asked Dadykhi  to steal Aleppo factories and  that the latter  notified  the group leaders of  the idea in order to earn money and weapons from Turkey .  He proceeded that they  were helped  by engineer mechanical Ahmad Wardeh 's  experience in this area and went to Allirmon mills and textile factories in Sheikh Najjar and photographed  them and displayed  the  images to  the Turks , who asked them to transport the factories  by large trucks to Antioch and then " Dadykhi  got  the money  and distributed them to us and gave me 6 million Syrian Pounds."

 

T. Fateh