Damascus to declare details on guarantees of opposition's returning home

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Interior Ministry is preparing executive procedures to guarantee opposition forces' participation in the national dialogue to be held in homeland according to President Bashar al-Assad's political plan to resolve crisis in Syria.    

SANA quoted Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar, as saying: "It will be announced soon about detailed information on executive instructions to facilitate and guarantee the opposition political forces' entrance to Syria, residence and departure to take part in the national dialogue to be held in Syria.

Addressing directors of the ministry's central offices, al-Shaar also cited facilities to be offered to the Syrian citizens, who want to return homeland.

In addition, he talked about policemen's role in protecting security, stressing necessity of communication with families of internal security forces' martyrs and providing them with all forms of support.

"There is a big difference between those who are protecting homeland and those who are implementing foreign agendas," the minister said, asserting adherence to national belonging to surpass the crisis.

He added that Syria's enemies, who are serving Israel's interest, are behind the ongoing crisis.




Syrian Official lashes out at former Saudi Intelligence Chief 's Remarks Show Riyadh's Support for Violence in Syria

A senior Syrian official lashed out at former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Turki al-Faisal for his recent remarks about the need for increased support for Syrian armed terrorists , saying that his statements provide a further proof for Riyadh's key role in crisis in Syria ,according to FNA.

Prince Turki has recently stressed that the terrorists in Syria fighting the Syrian government should be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons .

"The statements by the former Saudi intelligence and security chief about the necessity for supplying weaponry aid to armed rebels in Syria show Saudi Arabia's objectives and intentions," Head of the Syrian Information Ministry's Research and Studies Center Meladh Meghdad told the Arab-language satellite television, Al-Alam.

"We should all know that Saudi Arabia has been hit by political crisis and it knows well that victory of the will of the Syrian people is eventually inevitable," Meghdad said.

The Syrian official reiterated that Saudi Arabia and some of its regional allies are fueling crisis in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

On Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prince Turki said that he was no longer in government and did not need to be diplomatic, but "assumed" weapons were being sent to the rebels. He said it would be a "terrible mistake" if they were not.

The Palestinian al-Manar weekly reported that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been financing and supplying armed rebels in Syria with more explosive materials they have recently purchased from the US, Israel and UK in a bid to help the terrorists carry out their anti-government operations inSyria.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have smuggled the explosives to Syria with the assistance of the intelligence services of the Arab country's neighboring countries, including Turkey, the al-Manar quoted informed security sources as saying in December.

The sources also disclosed that there are special terrorist garrisons in Turkey which are administered by the security officers of Israel and western countries.


Daring Operations Continued Against Terrorists

 GOVERNORATES,(ST)_ The armed forces on Friday inflected heavy losses on the ranks of terrorist groups and left them killed or wounded  in Daraya, Duma, al-Husenia, Hujeira and  al-Zeyabia towns in rural Damascus, where terrorists Nimr al-Refai, and the so called Abu Zuheir , leaders of two terrorists groups, Firas Bkheit, terrorist Nasr nicknamed as Abu Mujahid, Mahmoud al-Rai , Bilal Arieda, Yasser Fadloun, Marwan Fadloun and Tieser al-Jelda  were killed .
Three cars for transporting terrorists and weapons  and one  23-caliber anti-aircraft artillery were destroyed, according to an official source.

The source added that the devastated terrorists burned bodies of other terrorists, believed to be  of foreign nationality.

In  Aleppo city and countryside, the armed forces continued pursuing  armed terrorist groups in several areas and caused them heavy material and human casualties.
In Homs, the armed forces  inflicted heavy losses on terrorists and destroyed their equipment, in al-Haidaria, al-Haula, al-Rastan areas, where terrorist Abdul Salaam Taha al-Khatib was killed.

The operation resulted in killing or wounding several terrorists, and the  destruction of rocket launchers which were used by the terrorists in attacking  populated areas, SANA reported .
Meantime, the  competent authorities dismantled  an explosive device weighing 40 kilograms planted by terrorists near the gas station at Aldoah farms in al-Rastan.
Also dismantled  were 4 explosive devices planted by terrorists in Deir Balbe farms and al-Zohour  in rural Homs, prepared to be detonated by remote control.
In Idleb, scores of terrorists were killed  and their shelters were destroyed in the surrounding of Wadi al-Deif, Maaret al-Numan and Idleb- Silqin road.
In Daraa,  scores of terrorists were killed in Daraa downtown while trying to assault citizens and military checkpoints, including  terrorists Muhammad Abdul Rahman al-Mahameed, Amjad Youssef Aba Zeid, Muhammad Kheir al-Shabaan, Bilal al-Masalema, Muhammad Talal al-Sayasneh, Ayman Ahmad al-Radi and Dahi Bajbouj.

More terrorists were also killed  and their weapons confiscated in Tafas and Busra al-Chaam including  Hadi Mamdouh al-Mazeid, Muhammad Marwan al-Ajrab, Youssef al-Shouli and Muhammad Hassan al-Ammar, Hamid al-Ode and Jamal al-Kalash.

Terrorist Abu al-Hareth al-Maani of a Jordanian nationality and  terrorist Abd Mansour al-Hariri were killed in Bosr al-Harir.
The  competent authorities clashed with a number of terrorists in the  surroundings of Heit and Abdeen towns in Daraa  countryside, where scores of them were eliminated and their weapons confiscated including machine guns, automatic rifles,  thermal rockets and  two  service cars  carrying terrorists.
Also destroyed by  the competent authorities were three  Van cars in Daal town  with terrorists inside them  and  two cars leaded with ammunition and  explosive devices . Muhammad Qasem Barghouth and Ahmad Jamal al-Jamous were among the killed terrorists.


Reconciliation minister raises thorny questions in Daraa




DARAA,(ST)_National Reconciliation Minister restates that Syria is to surpass the crisis according to international, regional and internal data, stressing the Syrians' first priority must be homeland's interest.

Dr.Ali Haidar, on Wednesday, appealed to all Syrian to take part in dialogue and achieve national reconciliation, SANA reported.

Addressing popular and official individuals in Daraa province, Haidar talked about steps being taken to reactivate dialogue and form committees across Syria to brief the ministry on each Province's demands.

"Strength of the Syrian Arab Army and economy has foiled plots against Syria," the minister said, adding that the crisis is almost over.

He asserted that only the Syrian people have the right to draw up a Syrian political project.

As for armed groups, Haidar sees that it is a bravery to lay out weapons and to start talks with the government.

The first step in dialogue includes dealing with social security network, kidnaped and displace people file and prisoners issue, the minister said.

Commenting on reconciliation topic, Daraa Governor, Mohammad Khalid al-Hanos, cited popular meetings held in the province, adding that armed terrorist groups are targeting governmental establishment and infrastructure causing big damages.

Secretary of the Baath Arab Socialist Party's Daraa Branch, Hussien al-Refaee, said: "We hope that national reconciliation forum would be a first step to realize reconciliation and to settle rows among Syrians".

A number of participants in the meeting underscored need to adopt principle of tolerance and forgiveness, form popular committees in all areas to protect public and private properties from terrorists' attacks, and repelling the terrorist groups from all cities and towns.





Greek Orthodox Patriarchate incubates voluntary project

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The Non-Governmental Organizations in Syria have shown their ongoing activities in an exhibition to encourage volunteers to join them in building society. 

The exhibition mounted on January 20that Cross Hall in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Damascus included simple shows about the NGO's activities in serving society during the ongoing crisis in Syria.

It is the first activity of 'Sabah al-Amal' project [ sabah al-Amal is a slang item means: morning full of hopes]which is incubated by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate within the program of 'building society' capabilities'.

This project aims to empower youths to be active in several experiences, which are necessary in the current circumstances Syria is gong through.

These experiences contain relief management, first aid, and scouting skills. They are supervised by the Syria Trust for Development, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent,the Syrian Civil Defense Establishment, and the Syrian Scout.

The best 20 volunteers are to join advanced courses in first aid and civil defense.



Syrian community in Czech condemns Al- Salamieh explosion

PRAGUE,(ST)-The Syrian students in Czech and the Syrian community have strongly condemned the terrorist explosion in Al- Salamieh carried out by the armed terrorist groups which claimed the lives of a number of martyrs and innocent people.

The Syrian students and the community renewed in a statement their support for the political program to come out of the current crisis in addition to the national dialogue among all the Syrian sides to keep the homeland's unity, security and sovereignty.

"this barbaric act expresses the failure of the foreign-backed armed terrorist groups to target Syria's steadfastness, "concluded the statement.

Rawa Ghanam

Syrians To Crystallize Vision to Eliminate Crisis - Minister

HOMS, (ST) _ Minister of State for National Reconciliation, Dr. Ali Haider said that during the next two months a clear vision will be crystallized to eliminate the crisis in Syria, pointing out that local, regional powers and international forces began to mature towards finding an objective environment for a political solution in Syria, getting it out of the vicious cycle of violence.

During the first session of social dialogue hosted by the National Reconciliation Commission in Sahara Complex Homs on Thursday, the minister added:" the crisis we are facing is linked to the extent of our understanding of what President Bashar al-Assad put in his last speech on the political program to resolve the crisis in Syria."

"As Syrians, we have to tackle lot of responsibilities that permit us to be the first country to market democracy for the world that claims democracy," the minister said, adding that the Syrians are also concerned   to develop a purely Syrian political action matured in our meetings and dialogue.

The participants called for facilitating the return of the displaced to their homes and to provide  them with utmost  assistance , the release of detainees whose hands were not  stained with blood and the restoration of  security, safety and amity to all parts of Syria.

They stressed that the dialogue can be better achieved with the enforcement of law and security that are conducive to a healthy dialogue and promote the principle of citizenship.

The participants also emphasized secularism that does not mean the exclusion of religion, rather stimulating reason and logic.

All debated interventions were submitted to the ministry for endorsing proposals.

The meeting was attended by governorate's officials, cultural and social activists and a crowd of citizens.

T. Fateh