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President Al-Assad Reassures About Bouteflika's Health

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday sent a cable to Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to reassure about  his health.

President Al-Assad wished President Bouteflika speedy recovery calling the Almighty God to bless him so as  to return to the homeland with good health and continue the process of giving, construction and the wise leadership of the brotherly country of Algeria.


Al-Laham reelected PA Speaker

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Mohammad Jihad al-Laham reelected as speaker of the People's  Assembly during a regular session on Sunday.

Addressing reporters after his reelection, al-Laham asserted  that ''the reelection ceremony happened amid a democratic and transparent atmosphere and active participation of the majority of members, according to the Assembly's statute.''

"the Assembly will extra further  efforts to address all walks of life  in the interest  of the homeland and citizens and in appreciation of the Syrian Arab army's sacrifices for restoring security and stability," underscored al-laham


Syrian Arab army advances in al-Qusayr, kills 131 terrorists

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces is advancing in al-Dab'a military airbase outside al-Qusayr city amid reports of fierce fighting in the northern and middle quarters of the city ended in killing head of the so-called "al-Farouq" battalion and 100 gunmen.

The Syrian alikhbaria al-Soreyeh TV Channel asserted Sunday the death of Belal Idris (who is called Ben Laden 2), head of the "al-Farouq" battalion with 100 of his men in fighting broke out between terrorists and the Syrian army in al-Qusayr city's northern area.

The Syrian TV channel cameraman in al-Dab'a town was injured as terrorists opened fire on him while covering clashes there.

al-Hamedeyeh town under army's control

Outside al-Qusayr city, the Syrian Arab army has imposed control over al-Hamedeyeh town after cleansing it of terrorists.

 This fresh gain, according to al-Mayadeen TV Channel, will help cut off supplies for the terrorists and prevent them from moving between al-Dab'a, al-Qusayr and al-Hamedeyeh areas.

In Homs city, intense clashes broke out between Syrian army and terrorists in Joret al-Shayyah, al-Hamedeyeh, al-Warsheh, al-Qarabis and a-Waer alleys resulted in eliminating more than 20 terrorists.

Other terrorists were reportedly killed and injured during army's operations against terrorists' hideouts in towns of al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Ghanto, Talbeseh, al-Amereyeh and al-Nasereyeh outside Homs.

Fighting outside capital  

The army's achievements in the central Homs province coincided with a series of operations carried out against foreign-backed terrorists in Harasta, Erbin, Doma, Eastern Ghouta, Jobar and Barzeh areas outside the capital.

At least 11 terrorists including non-Syrian ones were killed in the today- operations.

In Hama province, 209 Km north of Damascus, a unit of armed forces confronted yesterday an armed terrorist group that tried to attack town of Qebbet al-Kerdi in al-Salameyeh area outside the province.

An official source told SANA that the armed forces prevented the terrorist group form entering the town and killed many of them, adding that the group's arms were confiscated.

To the northwest of the capital, a quarrel broke out between two terrorist groups over sharing loots in Maarretmesrin town outside Idlib province.

Most of the two groups' members were killed or injured.

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.


Al-Moallem: Syria Agrees in Principle to Take Part in Geneva International Conference

BAGHDAD, (ST) – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem announced on Sunday that he informed the Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hoshyar  Zebari about Syria's decision in principle to participate with an official delegation in the international conference scheduled to be held in Geneva in June.

Al-Moallem , who is on a visit to Baghdad, was speaking today during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Zebari, following his talks with Iraqi senior officials.

Al-Moallem said he discussed with al-Maliki and Zebari ways of enhancing the Syrian-Iraqi ties and coordination as regards international developments.    

"Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, we have believed in dialogue among the Syrian parties as the solution to this crisis," al-Moallem said, stressing that  no power in the world can decide Syria's future on behalf of the Syrian people who alone have the right to do that," al-Moallem said.

He pointed out that the forthcoming international conference on Syria is an opportunity to attain a settlement to the crisis in the country.

For his part, Iraq's Zebari said the crisis in Syria is no longer purely Syrian, as all Syria's neighboring states have begun to be affected by the crisis repercussions on the entire region's security and safety.

He added that it is necessary to adopt political solutions, that are agreed upon by all the Syrian sides without any kind of dictates imposed on the Syrian people to choose the kind of  political leadership which represents them.

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Media Source: Saud al-Faisal is insignificant to talk about Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ A media source has said failed states and regimes shoulder responsibility for the Syrian bloodshed during the aggression which Syria faces, stressing that the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal is insignificant to talk about Syria and Syrians. 

"The Saudi Foreign Minister is not authorized to give lectures about nationalism, Arabism, and Islam as he lacks these values," the source said, adding that only Syrians have the right to decide the future of their country.

"It is a shame that the Qatari Hamad dictates the kingdom's policies to the Saudi Foreign Minister," the sources concluded.


Syrian Arab army makes fresh gains in Homs, Idleb and Aleppo

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces impose control over Homs-B'albak road and restore security to three towns in the northern provinces.

In details, an official source declared Saturday that the armed forces have imposed control over Homs- B'albak road and eliminated several terrorist groupings in the west and west-south quarters of al-Qsir city in the central Homs province.

It added that fierce clashes broke out between units of armed forces and the terrorist groups in the northern and middle quarters in the same city ended in killing and injuring many of terrorists.

"Several terrorists in the city's northern and middle quarters have surrendered themselves to the army," the source said, noting that the units of armed forces have pounded a number of terrorists' hideouts and weapons in al-Dab'a and al-Hamedeyeh town outside al-Qsir.

The armed forces, in addition, have taken control of northern and western sides of Tal a-Safeneh near al-Hamedeyeh town in al-Qsir countryside.  

They arrested three terrorists and confiscated a big quantity of weapons and vehicles during breaking into terrorists' hideouts between al-Hseneyeh and al-Hamra areas.

On the other hand, a unit of armed forces killed and arrested members of an armed terrorist group, which was trying to enter al-Qsir city, during clashes broken out near salt factory on Damascus-Homs road.

Army takes control of 3 towns

 The army's advance in al-Qsir city coincided with making fresh gains in Idleb and Aleppo provinces through restoring stability and security to towns of al-Shamateyeh and al-Hamedeyeh in Abo al-Dohor countryside (in Idleb) and town of Dahret Abd Rabbo in al-Layramon area  (in Aleppo) after cleansing them from terrorists.

Moreover, the units of armed forces targeted terrorist groupings and their weapons near Meneg military airport, Kweres, and central prison in Aleppo.

33 terrorists eliminated

Outside Idleb province, a unit of armed forces destroyed a cache, killed 19 terrorists, and injured 11 others in a qualitative operation in Jabal al-Arba'en mid reports of killing and injuring unknown number of terrorists in Saraqeb, Bennesh, and Sermin areas.

In Der Ezzour province, more than 14 terrorists have been eliminated in al-Mar'eyeh town while three terrorists from al-Nusra Front have been arrested in al-Masrab town.

Adra grain silos under army's control

Meanwhile, the armed forces in Damascus countryside continue carrying out qualitative operations against terrorist groups in Harasta, Adra, Zamalka, Erbin, al-Dyabeyeh, Doma, Jobar, Barzeh, Rankos, and Darayya areas.

At least 5 terrorist leaders and their men were eliminated in the operations, according to SANA.

In addition, the armed forces imposed control over grain silos and grinders in Adra area.

Other operations were carried out by units of armed forces against terrorist groupings in towns of Jasem, al-Hrak and Em al-Mayaden in the southern Daraa province.

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.


May 25th "National Resistance Victory Day"

The Israeli army's humiliating defeat from south Lebanon on May 25, 2000 after 22 years of occupation has been described by the Israeli "yediot Ahrronot" newspaper as "the day of humiliation" while it was  justified by the Israeli General Shaul Mofaz as "a withdrawal that doesn't impinge on dignity".

Actually, national resistance had vanquished Israel's occupation forces and its agents without negotiations and without conditions on May 25th which has been designated as "Day of National Resistance' Victory and Liberation of South Lebanon".

On 1978, the Israeli occupation forces, which invaded south Lebanon under the pretext of removing the threat of armed Palestinian existence in south Lebanon, had expanded its occupation of the Lebanese territories and reached Beirut, Lebanon's capital, in 1982.  

Israel had occupied 125 Lebanese villages and subjugated 33 of them to dictations of militias which were called "Lebanon Free Army" under command of Saed Haddad before calling it "Lebanon South Army" under command of Antwan Lahd.   

So, the Lebanese youths carried weapons and formed what is called later "Lebanese National Resistance" to fight what was described then as the "legendary army that can not be defeated".

How resistance defeated Israel

During the first half of 2000, The Lebanese national resistance had carried out hundreds of qualitative operations against the Israeli occupation forces' sites and forced them to withdraw from south Lebanon.

Several months ahead of Liberation Day, sites of occupation forces and militias were stormed and a decisive blow was delivered to the Israeli occupation forces in January 2000 as Israel's agent Aqel Hashem was assassinated.

Few hours after the assassination, the resistance fired two missiles on a military convoy causing the death of three Israelis and injuring others.

In February, the Israeli TV unveiled an urgent plan to evacuate the Israeli soldiers from south Lebanon within few days after the resistance targeted an Israeli patrol near Blat town in which 9 soldiers were dead and injured.

In April and May, the resistance inflicted heavy losses upon the Israeli occupation forces through destroying the Armata site and killing 6 Israeli agents as well as carrying out al-Bayada operation.

Day of victory

On May 25th at 6:43 a.m(local time)the Mercedes of the Israeli General Benny Gants crossed the Fatima gate 93 on the Lebanese-Israeli border and followed by vehicles and soldiers carriers to the occupied Palestinian territories leaving a barb wire for which they had paid souls and money.

One minute later, Israel closed its border with Lebanon after withdrawing its last soldier from there.

As many as 1200 Israeli soldiers had been killed during the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon which lasted for more than two decades. 

The Liberation of south Lebanon and west Beq'a from Israel under leadership of Sayyed Hasan Nasrullah, secretary General of Hezbollah, and in cooperation with national resistance groups that formed in 1982 to resist occupation is not enough to the Lebanese resistance as it seeks to complete victory through liberating Shab'a Farms and hills of Kfar Shouba from Israeli occupation forces.    

The May victory, in fact, is a result of integration between resistance and some political forces in the region including Syria which protected the resistance from internal and external conspiracies.

Basma Qaddour