US, its Allies Have no Evidence on Syria 's Use of Chemical Weapon: Miqdad

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister,  Dr. Faisal Miqdad stressed  that the US  and its allies do not have any evidence that proves their  accusation of  the Syrian government use of  chemical weapons and they are encouraging terrorists to use them , defend them and adopt their attitudes.

In  a statement to reporters yesterday,  Miqdad added  that this  Western policy means that these chemical weapons will soon be used  by the same terrorist gangs  against the peoples of Europe.

He explained  that Syria has provided  the UN investigators  sufficient information with  evidence on the potential use of chemical weapons and sarin by terrorist gangs  in all locations.

On the other hand , Miqdad  said in an interview with the BBC : " We do not trust Western countries that support terrorists in Syria , especially  al- Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front in agreement with its agents in the region such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey", adding  " it is our right to defend ourselves , our dignity and land by using all available means  and our people are ready for it ."

Miqdad pointed out that any military attack on Syria would have  regional and international repercussions and  direct effects on the role of the Security Council  and  the UN , noting  that there will be reactions  that one can not control because Syria has powerful allies .

He reiterated  that Syria did not use any chemical weapon and that it has repeatedly emphasized that if it owns the weapon it will not use it  against its own people .

"  We in Syria, have  always said  we are with any political solution and we will go to Geneva with a political plan and a clear program without any conditions from any party but the problem lies  in the other party and its supporters who do not want a political solution."Miqdad  underscored.


T. Fateh

Al-Halqi: Syria will become graveyard of any invader

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi has asserted that the US, Western states and "Israel" use of lies and false pretenses such as the use of chemical weapons for military intervention in Syria are the upshot of the Syrians' steadfastness and the victories of the Syrian Army over terrorism despite the unlimited financial, military, political and media support offered to the terrorist groups. .

Receiving members of the People's Assembly representing the provinces of Raqqa, Aleppo and Hasaka on Wednesday, al-Halqi renewed his trust that Syria will get out  of the crisis stronger than before and will confront the west's accusations  of using chemical weapons. He pointed out  that the world recollects very well the lies, false pretenses and hoodwinking of the international public opinion of these countries prior to the invasion of Iraq in a bid to justify their colonial aspirations.

Al-Halqi spelled out that the countries who are beating the drums of war against Syria are the same ones who committed massacres in Iraq, Lebanon and other countries, exploited the Arab people's resources, and perpetrated heinous carnages against the Palestinian people since 1948 until now.

The Prime Minister  said that the US and "Israel" are the ones who breed terrorism and Al Qaeda in the world, and that “Jabhat al-Nusra!” and other terrorist groups are utilized as tools by Washington and Israel in the region to execute their plots to keep the Arab people preoccupied with internal conflicts to squelch their progress.

The Premier said that Syria is the land of civilization and history and will ultimately become the graveyard of any invader. Syria will not be terrorized by colonial sabre-rattling asserting that the Syrian people are leading their normal life and  are well- prepared  for all challenges and eventualities.

Al-Halqi underlined the importance of cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities to boost Syria's ability to remain steadfast, confront challenges and ensure citizens' needs, affirming the government's efforts to provide citizens’ needs across the country in concert with restoring security and stability.

The meeting dealt with the status of services, living conditions and development in the aforementioned provinces, means for providing citizens' staples of wheat, flour, seeds, petroleum products, electricity, communications and drinking water.

Members of the People's Assembly appreciated the government's efforts in confronting the war being waged on Syria, beefing up capabilities of the national economy and improving living conditions and services.

O. Al-Mohammad 

US, France and Britain work to justify possible aggression on Syria, says al-Ja'afari


NEW YORK,(ST)_Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council has said that the possible military aggression on his country is to be a 'dangerous precedent' and will undermine the UN inspector's work .

Bashar al-Ja'afari, who was speaking in a press conference, said that the tripartite meeting held among France, Britain and the US in the UN headquarters is illegal and aims at justifying the possible aggression which contravenes the international law.

"There is no consensus in the UNSC on attacking Syria…those who are to perpetrate crimes against a sovereign country must shoulder the responsibility," he said, confirming that "Israel" emboldens the US to launch a 'military aggression'.

Al-Jaafari cited that the US Administration that plans for a military action against Syria is not yet a member at the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Once again, he denied 'strenuously ' using chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

UN Investigators

"I have called on the UN Secretary General to investigate the use of chemical weapons by the terrorist groups against the Syrian Arab army in new three acts…," the diplomat said.

"We do not call for war. We call for peace. The UN investigators must take their time to reach scientific results far away from political interventions."

The agreement between the UN General Secretariat and the Syrian government provides that the duration of investigation is 14 days and it could be extended if both sides agree. 

He asserted that Syria has the right to self-defense and the military leadership is to define the way of retaliation on the possible aggression.

Basma Qaddour

Syrian Arab army vanquishes terrorists from new area outside Damascus, raids hideouts in 4 provinces

PROVINCES,(ST)_Heavy gun-battles have remained unrelenting on all fronts, as units of the armed forces made a progress in  southern Damascus countryside, media reports have said.

The Syrian TV channel said on Wednesday that the armed forces controlled part of al-Sharqatli quarter in al-Sbeneh town to the south of Damascus countryside a day after they tightened control over al-Shorta quarter and Saed Bin Mo'az" Mosque in the same area.

It added that a ringleader and many gangsters were extirpated near "Saed" tomato paste factory in al-Sbeneh area and in Hajjira, Darayya and al-Moaddameyeh areas outside Damascus.

More terrorists were hammered to the east of Tishreen Hospital in Barzeh quarter and in Zamalka and Erbin suburbs, according to an official source.

15 mines found in Harasta suburb

The source confirmed that the armed forces found 15 mines and several explosion devices inside a hideout in Harasta suburb and pounded an arms depot in al-Eb farms in Doma suburb where many terrorists were crushed.

However, in al-Nabk, Ma'alola, and Yabroud areas outside Damascus, a host of al-Nusra Front-affiliates were reportedly eliminated when the armed forces raided their hideouts there. 

Terrorists from "al-Tawhed "brigade killed

The armed forces, in addition, shelled hideouts and groupings of terrorists in towns of al-Ghasebeyeh, Kesin, Basatin Zara, al-Rastan, al-Hesn, Ma'asaret al-Zaiton, and al-Sa'en and in quarters of Bab Hod and Bab Sba'a in  central Homs province.

The death toll of terrorists in the shelling wasn't reported but it was said that 10 terrorists from the so-called "al-Tawhed "brigade were among the dead in Ghasebeyeh town.

Infiltration attempts

Around 193km to the north of Homs, precisely in  northern Aleppo province, the armed forces warded off terrorists' bids to infiltrate into Khan al-Harir area in the old city and into Hanano barrack.

They also destroyed rocket launchers and heavy machine guns used by al-Nusra Front in more than 14 areas in Aleppo city and countryside.

In Daraa and Quneitra

Elsewhere, the armed forces bombarded terrorists' hideouts and groupings in towns of al-Na'emeh, al-Harra, Nawa and the western al-Mleha outside Daraa province and in towns of al-Breqa, al-Bassara, al-Abdali, and al-Bakkar outside al-Quneitra province.

Explosions kill terrorists

An unknown number of terrorists perished in the said areas, while dozens of them died in a rocket blast as they were trying to launch it from a hideout in Ein Husain town outside Homs.

Other 40 terrorists also died in an explosion  as they were booby trapping a car in Ma'adan area in Der Ezzour province, alikhabaria al-Soreyeh TV channel said.


Panthers Party's Solidarity with and Support to the People of Syria

NEW DELHI, (ST)_ The situation in the Middle-East is totally different than it was in 2003 when USA with the help of its ally NATO attacked Iraq in 2003 and succeeded in demolishing one of the greatest civilizations of the world in Iraq in the name of bringing democracy in Iraq under the accuse of cleansing weapons of ‘mass destruction’ in Iraq. The situation is not that smooth for Mr. Obama as it was flouted in 2003 by the Bush Administration against President Saddam Hussein.” This was the quick reaction of Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo of the National Panthers Party who has ground knowledge of the emerging situations in the Middle-East for the past 40 years.

Prof. Bhim Singh who is also Chairman of the Indo-Arab Solidarity Council expressed hope that the Arab League State Countries shall mind the interest of the Arab World which is the need of the 21st century so that the oils, strategic lands and waters are not allowed to be taken under the control of the White House and its hawks. He questioned the intervention of the USA in Iraq, Sudan, Libya and other Arab territories saying that the USA wanted invoking democracy in Iraq. What has been happening today there is being witnessed by the entire world? Hundreds of innocent people die every day in violence. There is no security for any human being. Let the world, he pointed out, compare the present bloody regime with the governance under President Saddam Hussein. What happened to the oil-wells and reserves in Iraq? What happened to the physical security of its citizens? What happened to the trade and tourism in Iraq as compared to the days of President Saddam Hussein? Where are the weapons of mass destruction, an excuse espoused by the Anglo-American Bloc, to invade Iraq? Why the United Nations failed? What was the situation in Russia after the demise of the USSR? These questions deserve in-depth study and understanding.

The Panthers Party Supremo said that Obama is facing a totally different situation in the Middle-East. The Russian Federation has potential leadership and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most experienced persons to deal with the CIA operating from the White House in Washington.

Prof. Bhim Singh regretted that Indian leadership has not been able to carry the legacy of Indo-Arab friendship after Mrs. Indira Gandhi nor the NAM countries have performed their obligations towards the third world the fact is that the USA has become a sole surviving master of the world. This has been rightly and farsightedly challenged by the Kremlin leadership as on date. The USA shall not be able to sail through the Arabian seas so easily as they could have done in 2003. The world has appreciated Putin for his timely warning to the USA warning them not to plunge into the Zionist game plan.

The Panthers Party National Working Committee has expressed solidarity with and support to the people of Syria led by its President Dr. Bashar-al-Assad in their just struggle for the safety, security and integrity of Syria. The Panthers Party also accused the Security Council for playing double standards vis-à-vis the Middle-East. Any misadventure by the Obama Administration shall bring disaster not to peace in the Middle-East but also to the entire Anglo-American Bloc. The Panthers Party Chief Patron also hoped that India plays its destined role for preserving the integrity, unity and sovereignties of the Arab Nations. Let the people of the world and the entire international community condemn US misadventure in the Middle-East. The role being played by the Republic of Iran also deserves commendations by the international community.

Sd/-Sudesh Dogra, Political Secretary

Terrorist Groups Used Chemical Weapons to Bring in Foreign Intervention: Jaafari

NEWYORK ,(ST)_ Syria's permanent representative to the UN Dr. Bashar Jaafari,  stressed that everything that is happening in the region is  entitled "Israel's interest" , all who are  involved in the aggression on Syria  only serve  "the Israeli interest" and that much of the data confirms  that chemical weapons were used by  armed terrorist groups in order  to bring in outside military intervention and aggression on Syria.

Interviewed by the Syrian al-Ikhbaria TV  last night al-Jaafari disclosed  Saudi attempts   at the UN General Assembly   to pass  a draft resolution against Syria , with  a series of secret meetings Saudi Arabia held  with representatives of the US, France, Britain, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Germany and some other countries to adopt a draft resolution on chemical weapons specifically,  prior to  the results of the delegation of UN  investigators ,  that holds the Syrian government  responsible in advance, according to statements made  by the Saudi ambassador himself in some secret meetings "to push  opportunities for the use of military force against Syria,  ahead."

Jaafari stressed that this  Saudi move indicates the immersion  of Saudi  decision-makers in  escalating  the crisis in Syria and in pushing  things toward more confrontation and to enhance the  possibilities  of  using  the aggressive  military solution against Syria.

"The course of events at the UN is focused on availing  the investigators to complete their  mission in cooperation with the Syrian government,  on the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the UNGA." Jaafari said . 

He regretted  how the three permanent members states at the UN  deal positively with the report of the UN  investigators while they are involved in providing   qualitative and quantitative weapons to armed groups, including chemicals. 

He indicated that jamming  on the UN investigators was greatly intensified when the  Syrian government started  understanding with the UN  General Secretariat , wondering what  is the Syrian government interest in using  chemical weapons at a time when UN investigators  are in Damascus.

"  Westerners do not want to know who used  chemical weapons,"  Jaafari said noting  the existence of a lot of data proving   the Syrian government  not guilty and holding the armed groups accountable for the use of chemical weapons in order to bring in outside military intervention and aggression on Syria. 

Syrian-Russian cooperation at the UN is Close 

Jaafari  explained that Syrian –Russian cooperation at the UN is close and that Russia  understands the situation very well and provided a lot of assistance throughout the crisis, as well as China, pointing a global vigilance and growing awareness and understanding among many UN members to  that everything is being plotted against Syria falls in the  political agenda to undermine its stability ,  change of its rule  and placing it by  force into the regional instability to eliminate  the Palestinian cause in the service of Israeli interests ,  stressing that all what is happening in the region  is entitled to serve  "Israel's interest."

He also  noted many  regional groups at the UN that  become resentful of Western policies and the behavior of some Arabs toward Syria and  that many Western ambassadors reached the conviction that Western policies are not principled and their vision is  blurry and unethical. 

Victories of the Syrian Army scared who bet on what they call a re-balance of power between the government and terrorist groups 

Jaafari said  that the victories achieved by the Syrian Army on the ground greatly  scared those who are betting on what they call a rebalancing of powers between the Syrian government and the armed terrorist groups so they had to use the file of  the chemical weapons , being a very sensitive subject. 

He continued  that the Western countries and the Turkish government grossly violate the UN Security  Council resolution on preventing terrorists from acquiring  mass destruction weapons ,  by allowing the armed terrorist groups in Turkey  to establish a laboratory for the manufacture of chemical weapons  with Turkish ,Saudi Arabia and Qatari materials , to sneak  the Turkish-Syrian border and the introduction and use  of this  chemical weapon in  Syria .

 On the Western threat to launch a military aggression against Syria, al-Jaafari  noted that the aim of what has been  promoted in the media on the preparations for  the aggression is  a sort of political pressure on Damascus to get concessions,  noting that " this type of western Hollywood movie  is intended to raise  intimidation and  is, in deed  a form of media terrorism." 

Jaafari noted  two possibilities that this scenario  aims to dramatize and get concessions and another scenario saying that  armies chiefs of staff met in Amman and approved secret decisions ,  noting what was stated by the  Jordanian Foreign Minister  when he said that the meeting was  planned in advance. "  This is to throw dust in the eyes, even if  the meeting  was innocent , a final statement would have been  declared" Jaafari underscored.

" We are trying our best to convince our brothers in Jordan that their interest at least lies in  self distancing from getting involved in the quagmire which some are trying to create  in the region and damage  Syrian-Jordanian interests",  Jaafari added ,  referring to the list signed by hundreds of  Jordanian intellectuals and politicians against any involvement of the Jordanian government in any aggression on Syria, because this  adventure only serves Israel 

Everyone involved  in the aggression on Syria only serves the Israeli interest 

Jaafari reiterated  that everyone involved  in the aggression on Syria , only serves Israeli interests , noting "  from this point I want to focus on that  the issue of counter-terrorism  was first debated at the UN by  Syrian diplomacy when we launched the first initiative to convene an international  conference aimed to define terrorism and distinguish between  it and  the right of peoples to resist foreign occupation and the initiative was rejected  by the  West and decisions taken on the fight against terrorism had become a dead letter and many  UN Member States do not apply  them in the case of Syria.

He wondered how Saudi Arabia  opened a center for counter-terrorism at the UN  in New York, and is  a sponsor to combat terrorism while it  is engaged in it in  Syria and in  more than one place through the promotion of Wahhabi , Salafi and  takfiri fundamentalist movements  and how Turkey can be a sponsor of the so-called Alliance of Civilizations  with Qatar and the two countries are engaged in the  shedding of the Syrian blood.

"The situation is very complicated, but we are not alone in the arena. We have many friends who understand what is taking place  on the ground and the battle now  is not only Syria." Jaafari said.


T. Fateh 

Syrian Arab army goes ahead with defeating terrorists in al-Ghouta battle

PROVINCES,(ST)_The Ghouta battle in Damascus countryside is reportedly a preemptive tactic that aims at protecting the country's capital [Damascus] from the foreign-backed terrorists who have wreaked havoc in all areas they entered.

The fact that all the shells which target residential areas in Damascus are being fired by terrorists from the Ghouta could summarize the importance of the ongoing decisive operation there.

Since August 21st , the armed forces have started a large-scale operation against terrorists in Damascus countryside where dozens of al-Nusra Front-affiliates have been killed and big quantity of weapons was destroyed.

Today's reports on the latest developments on the ground confirmed that many terrorists, some of Jordanian and Iraqi nationalities- were hammered as the armed forces bombarded their hideouts in areas of Barzeh, Harasta, Doma, al-Hseneyeh Hajjira, al-Sbeneh, and Darayya on the outskirts of Damascus.

Reports also talked about a clash between an army unit and an armed terrorist group in Jobar quarter- just 3km to the east of Damascus- which ended in mowing down many of the group's members.

Heavy machine guns destroyed

On the other hand, it was said that the armed forces wiped out several terrorist groupings, a rocket launcher and heavy machine guns in quarters of Bab Hod and Joret al-Shayyah in Homs city and in areas of al-Rastan, Talso, al-Sa'en outside the city.

More terrorists were crushed outside Aleppo, Hama, al-Hassaka and Idlib provinces in today's operations.

A missile attack kills 3 citizens in Hama

In a separate incident, a missile attack on al-Sqelbeyeh city outside Hama left three citizens martyred and 4 others wounded in addition to serious damages to citizens' homes and shops at the scene.

An official source made it clear that the armed terrorist groups in towns of al-Hamameyat and al-Hbit fired the missiles on al-Sqelbeyeh city.