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Syria Raps Terrorist Attacks in al-Rayhanyeh

DAMASCUS, (ST)_The Syrian government branded the terrorist attacks against civilians in al-Rayhanyeh area in Turkey   as a natural outcome  of the spread of the terrorism's phenomenon in the region.

"blaming Syria over these coward and terrorist acts is categorically baseless ,"'underscored the government in a statement released on Tuesday.

"actually, the said  acts contradict Syria's morale, political and international commitments, "added the statement.

The statement clarified  that the bloodshed of the Syrian and Turkish peoples is a result of the Turkish government's policies  as regards supporting  terrorism.

" These heinous crimes aim at harming the relations between the Syrian and the Turkish peoples," the statement said.

"The Turkish government is responsible for the situation at the border areas through turning them into a haven and passage for the terrorists and allowing gunmen to use the Turkish lands to perpetrate  crimes against the Syrians," asserted the statement.

The government offered sincere condolences to the relatives of the martyrs, wishing speedy and full recovery to the injured persons.


Syria's political decision backs positive efforts, says al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Syrian initiative has been based, since the very beginning of the crisis, on  a political solution and on the launching of a comprehensive national dialogue in which everyone takes part, says Omran al-Zou'bi, Information Minister.

In an interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel on Monday, the minister said the Syrian government has welcomed the result of the US Secretary of State John Kerry's talks in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 7,2013  as to find a political solution to the crisis.

"The Syrian government expressed 'cautious optimism' over the US-Russian accord as there must be further steps and discussion in details... We need to know whether this accord for the US and its allies is a sole option behind closed doors and in public," al-Zou'bi said.

Political developments

He clarified that political and military developments, including Israel's strike on sites in Syria and Turkey's al-Rayhaniya Blasts as well as the rush of Turkish officials to accuse Syria for the blasts, have something to do with the political solution and the US-Russian meeting.

"These developments raise a question about the role of Turkey, Qatar and others in political solution…are they ready to lose their weapons and money without notching up their goals, which are in their dreams, including toppling Syrian state and stance," the minister added.

He underscored that the Arab and regional tools are not decision-makers.

International conference

As for Syria's participation in the international conference which the US and Russia agreed to hold, al-Zou'bi said that the participation is conditional upon having information about details and developments.

He stressed that Syria's 'clear and obvious' political decision is based on backing positive international efforts to bring about political solution to the crisis and at the same time fighting terrorism.

"Syria will never take part in any political meeting that directly or indirectly impinges on national sovereignty."

"The question of the president and constitution comes within the principle of national sovereignty….only Syrian people have the right to make decision in this regard."

"Our national project, as a government, is clear…we want a democratic, free, and sovereign country. The Syrian people do not accept any part of their country to be outside the national sovereignty," he added.

Syrian Arab army's policy

On the other hand, the minister asserted that the Syrian Arab army has not lost the initiative on the ground.

"When the army blockades an area, it addresses armed terrorists groups to lay down their weapons and avoid damaging residential areas….Actually, the existence of gunmen in some residential areas prevents the army from carrying out large-scale operations."

Al-Zou'bi noted that 150 gunmen, in Damascus countryside, have turned themselves in and handed over their weapons, calling on all gunmen to lay down their weapons and give up the idea of confronting state.

The minister appealed to foreign gunmen, who came from other states to Syria, to leave the country with their weapons because they will be eliminated by the Syrian Arab army.

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Syrians Capable to Attain National Reconciliation

Al- SWEIDA, (ST)- Skeikh Akel for Mouhdeen Dorouz Moslems Hakmat al-Hajari has asserted complete rejection of foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs. He also expressed full support for any initiative aiming at putting an end to the crisis in Syria.

During a meeting held recently with members of the international delegation for peace and solidarity, Skeikh Hakmat said that the Syrians are capable to end their ordeal through dialogue, reiterating that the only legal weapon on the Syrian land is the Syrian Arab Army's weapon and any other weapon is illegal and terroristic.

He also added that the current developments in Syria target the Syrian people's existence and national unity in order to serve certain foreign agendas, asserting complete rejection of foreign interference in the country and expressing full support for national dialogue as the only way out of the crisis.

Skeikh Hakmat also called on all the Syrians to adopt the language of logic and dialogue to reach national reconciliation .

Members of the delegation, for their parts, spoke about Syrians' coexistence and national unity. They stressed that the current war on Syria neither related to religious causes nor to a sectarian conflict.

They also asserted that the Syrian people is capable to reach national reconciliation due to their civilized position and education.

The international delegation comprises 16 personalities, including media men, activists from the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Lebanon, in addition to members of the Syrian Popular Committee for National Reconciliation.

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Syrian Arab army impose control over strategic areas

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces have taken control of three strategic sites in al-Qsir countryside in the central province and confront foreign-backed terrorist groups' attacks on military positions in northern and southern provinces.

In details, a military source stated that security has been restored to towns of the western al-Dmeneh, Esh al-Warwar, and al-Haydareya in al-Qsir countryside after eliminating all terrorist groups there in a fighting lasted for three hours.

These towns are strategic sites as they had been used to supply armed terrorist groups inside al-Qsir city with arms.   

In Homs city, units of armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon armed terrorist groups in al-Khaledeyeh, Wadi al-Sayeh, and al-Qarabis alleys and killed unknown number of terrorists.

Other terrorists were reportedly eliminated in Em Jrin village, south Abo al-Dohor military airport outside Idleb province, to the north-west of the country.

In addition, units of armed forces confronted terrorist groups' attacks on Abo al-Dohor airport, Youths camp, and backed bricks factory. All terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.

Clashes in Aleppo 

The foreign-backed terrorists were also inflicted heavy losses in al-Msallameyeh town in the northern Aleppo province where three mortars and rocket launcher were destroyed by the armed forces.

The same province saw clashes broke out between units of armed forces and terrorists in Bestan al-Qaser, Sheikh Maqsod and al-Layramon areas resulted in killing and injuring a lot of terrorist, according to SANA.

Syrian-Jordanian border

Meanwhile, the armed forces confronted an armed terrorist group when it tried to attack a military post outside the southern Daraa province amid reports of pounding terrorists' hideouts in Seson, al-Shapraq, Jamleh, al-Naf'a, Sahem al-Golan, al-Shajarah, and Kawyeh villages.

The Syrian TV channel aired a report on the Syrian-Jordanian border, stressing that the Syrian Arab army impose full control over the border including Nasib crossing point.

3 non-Syrian terrorists killed

In Lattakia countryside, a field hospital and several al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists' hideouts were shelled in Salma, Beit Hlebeyeh and al-Tefaheyeh villages.

A Saudi, Libyan and Egyptian terrorists were killed inside the hideouts.

In Hama city, an explosive device detonated when a terrorist was planting it in al-Qosor alley causing his death.

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


Syrians Determine to Knock out terrorism: Al-Halqi


DAMASCUS, (ST) –"the Syrian people have chosen their path and set their minds to ensuring the success of an-all out national dialogue as it is  the only exit to leave the crisis behind. The Syrian people are determined to knock out terrorism and consequently to restore security and stability to Syria,"said Prime Minister Dr.Waelal-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark was made during a meeting held on Monday between the  ministerial committee, entrusted with  materializing  the political program for resolving the crisis in Syria ,and the Democratic Socialist Unionist Party(DSUP) politburo led by the party's Secretary-General Fadllalah Nasser-Eddin.

Denouncing the bombings hit al-Rihaniya city which  targeted the friendly people of Turkey, al-Halqi affirmed that  '' Erdogan's government-affiliated agents  are to blame for the  coward terrorist attacks as  this government has become a source of instability and concern for the neighboring countries and the entire region,'' due to its  hostile policies following the major defeats that the armed takfiri groups sustained at the hands of the Syrian army.''

"actually, there are only  two options for the mercenary terrorist groups; either to return to where they came from, or be killed by the Syrian armed forces, indicating that the government's doors are wide open to whoever wants to return to the right path, al-Halqi added.

Al-Halqi hailed  the Syrian Arab army's resolve  in harmony with  people to crush  the conspiracy and pursue whoever holds  arms against the Syrian state, army and people.

"the government is serious, honest and open to all political and social and opposition forces inside and outside Syria which believe in the national solution, indicating that the Syrian gunmen are becoming convinced that a major conspiracy occurs  in Syria," Al-Halqi reiterated.

Nasser-Eddin ,for his part, voiced  his party's support to the political program for solving the crisis proposed by President Bashar Al-Assad, hailing the government's national stances and its exceptional competence manifested in getting the first stage of the political program successfully accomplished.


Syria Continues Fighting Terrorism – Interior Minister

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Shaar, also  Chairman of the Parties Affairs Committee  stressed in a meeting with  members of the  Arab Democratic  solidarity party' Political Bureau  that political parties are  designed to confirm national integration and ensure  the country 's political, cultural, social and economic development .

He stressed the committee 's care  on the parties continued  performance of national  functions based on legal rules and regulations , consistent with the law of parties to enhance confidence entrusted by people in these parties. 

The Minister noted the achievements  of the army and  Internal Security Forces and competent authorities against  terrorism, which is a  coalition between the armed Takfiri  terrorist organizations and  Zionist enemy manifested  in the Israeli attack of  sites in Syria, stressing that Syria is steadfast and persistent in counter-terrorism efforts of the  army and Syrian people 's loyalty to the leadership until victory is achieved.

The Committee reviewed regulatory issues and problems related to the work of the  Arab Democratic Solidarity Party and addressed  observations on its performance to settle conditions according to enforced laws and regulations  to play its due  role in political life. 

Worthy mentioning,  the Arab Democratic Solidarity Party is licensed under the Political Parties Law No. 100 of  2011.


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Syrian Arab army pound terrorists' hideouts outside the capital

PROVINCES,(ST)_Intense fighting flared up on Sunday between units of armed forces and the foreign-backed terrorist groups outside Damascus, Aleppo and Idleb provinces amid reports of morning-shells fell on Mazzeh suburb in the capital.

The armed forces clashed with terrorist groups in Jobar and Doma suburbs outside Damascus and pounded the terrorists' hideouts in Harsta, Barzeh al-Balad , al-Qabon, and Zamalka suburbs.

Dozens of terrorists have been reportedly killed in the said suburbs.

An official source told SANA that a unit of armed forces has destroyed tens of explosive devices and weapons which the terrorists stored inside factory of cork in Jobar suburb.

The area was shrouded in dense smoke as fire was broken out.

The Syrian alIkhbaria al-Soreya T.V. Channel aired today a report on the current situation in al-Yarmouk camp in which fierce clashes are breaking out between popular committees and armed terrorist groups.

The report stressed that the armed terrorist groups had stolen hospitals and shops inside the camp.

North and west provinces

Meanwhile, units of armed forces eliminated many terrorists near Meneg military airport in Aleppo countryside and in Sheikh Maqsod area in Aleppo city.

In Idleb countryside, it was reported that al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group was targeted south Sermin city and their weapons, including mortars, were destroyed.

A military source in the province said the terrorist group was killing citizen and stealing their properties.

It added that a massive damage was caused by detonation of an explosive device planted by terrorists on Sermin-Idleb road.

In Hama city, the armed forces confiscated various types of weapons and ammunitions of terrorists affiliate to al-Nusra Front in al-Fayha'a alley.

In a separate incident, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel reported that 4 mortars landed today morning on Mazzeh 86 and Mazzeh Vellat areas in the capital leaving serious damages at the scenes.

It quoted a well-informed source as saying that the units of armed forces targeted armed groups in M'addameyeh and Darayya, to the south-west of the capital.

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