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Baath Party Foundation Anniversary Marked with More Determination to Defeat Terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The Baath Arab Socialist Party's 66th Foundation Anniversary comes as Syria is experiencing a terrorist global war in which developed weapons and high-tech misleading media are used aiming to destroy the state and weaken the Syrian army, the Baath Party Regional and National Leaderships said on Saturday.

In a statement issued on this occasion, the Regional Leadership stressed the Syrian people's determination to confront the terrorist aggression which has been targeting Syria's national role and achievements which have aimed to build a strong state that is able to protect its sovereignty and independence.

The leadership statement highlighted the party's eventful history of struggle and its ability to deal with developments through preserving people's interests and embodying their aspirations.

It stressed that the ongoing confrontation with the foreign-backed terrorists and mercenaries aims to protect Syria, build the national Arab project and foil the US-Zionist scheme which aims to fragment and dominate the region.

The statement pointed out that this confrontation necessitates from all parties to unify potentials to overcome the challenges.

It affirmed the need to maintain the achievements attained in Syria by the Syrian people under the leadership of the Baath Party and other national forces within the framework of the country's process of building and development which helped the state be independent in its political decision, economy and social culture. 

The statement asserted adherence to Syria's principled stances, particularly towards resisting the Zionist-US project against the region and stressed the party's current and future role within the framework of the solutions proposed by the new constitution which is based on democracy and pluralism.

According to the statement, the party affirmed the importance of working hard to implement the political solution initiative and to build Syria in accordance with the political program to solve the crisis through national dialogue which leads to an all-out national charter approved by the people themselves.

It highly appreciated the honorable role of the Syrian Arab Army in defending Syria and called for rebuilding the national unity through dialogue, understanding and accepting others' views on the basis of respecting Syria's sovereignty and independence and on rejecting foreign interference in the country's affairs.

"All Baathists, now more than ever, have to enhance their role in urging the Syrian local popular community to defend the homeland and its achievements," the statement said.

For its part, the National Leadership of the Baath Party issued a statement on the Party's Foundation anniversary stressing that since its foundation the party was very much influential and dynamic in the development of Arab countries.

"The party supported Iraq against the American occupation and other colonialist projects. It also fought in occupied Palestine, launched October Liberation War, faced the Zionist occupation army in Lebanon and backed Algeria, Yemen and Sudan's stances at all Arab arenas. In addition,  the party played a great role in building modern Syria," the national leadership said.   

H. Mustafa

Army target terrorist groupings in Idleb, Hama and Damascus countryside


 PROVINCES,(ST)_The Syrian Arab Army continues hunting down foreign-backed terrorist groups everyplace to restore stability and security across the country.

Today, armed forces clashed with terrorist groups in Jobar and Barze areas in Damascus countryside and killed and injured many of their members who affiliate to al-Nusra Front.

It was also reported that a lot of terrorists were eliminated in Adra, Duma, and al-Mleha areas in the same province during qualitative operations carried out by the armed forces.

In addition, the armed forces encircled east al-Ghota (in Damascus countryside) and cleansed the area linking Damascus International Airport to south-west al-Dmir from terrorists. 

Meanwhile, countryside of Hama, Homs, and Idleb saw several qualitative operations ended in destroying several terrorist groupings and their vehicles.

Other units of armed forces reportedly targeted several boats carrying terrorists and ammunitions in al-Holeh lake.

The terrorist groups, who are exported from 40 countries, perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


Mortars hit Kafer Soseh area in Damascus

DAMASCUS,(ST)_A woman was martyred and 13 other citizens , including two children, were wounded by mortar shells on Kafer Soseh area in Damascus.

"The shells landed near al-Refae Mosque, residential alleys, and surrounding area of Tishreen Stadium," SANA quoted a source at the Police leadership as saying.

Several cars were burnt as a result of the terrorist attack which, in addition, left serious damages in shops and homes at the scene.



Interior Minister: Terrorists will be Crushed by the Syrian Army

LATTAKIA,(ST)_ Minister of the Interior Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim  al-Shaar  said that Syria is exposed to a  fierce  war planned by world imperialism led by the US and Zionist circles and implemented by  hirelings in the region  to fragment the Arab region and plunder its resources.

During his meeting  with police units commanders in Lattakia on Friday, the Minister noted that the US is trying  through the Syrian gate  to implement the new Middle east project after its failure in partitioning Lebanon, in achieving  its  objectives  of   the occupation of Iraq and  in liquidating  the Palestinian cause.

The Minister indicated that the  West is funding and arming terrorist groups and extremist forces which carried out  crimes and  acts of murder and sabotage against the Syrian people  in order  to undermine the components of the State, emphasizing Syria 's  right and duty to safeguard the interests of its people and  their property, public and private, and  that  the armed terrorist groups will be crushed by the Syrian  army.

He called on Ministry 's  units commanders  for more awareness  of the risks of the conspiracy planned against the country, to improve their performance  to ensure safety and comfort for citizens and communicate with citizens  to identify their concerns and  solve them  appropriately.

He noted the  issue of displaced Syrians abroad , as a way to blackmail Syria  by recruiting  some of them  against their Syrian brothers in coordination and supervision of the U.S.   and Saudi and Qatari support, calling on citizens who were forced by armed terrorist groups to leave their homes to return to return back , stressing the Ministry 's  readiness to provide  necessary facilities in this area.

He pointed to the importance of Legislative Decree No. 20 of 2013 on the crime of kidnapping people and affiliated penalties and its significance in  suppression of such crimes which are ode  to the ethics  of the Syrian people.

Al-Shaar, on the other hand,  met with parliament members in Lattakia  on issues of concern to citizens concerning  police services.

He toured the central prison in Lattakia  and asked for following up prisoners 's issues  according to enforced laws and regulations.

 T. Fateh

5 mortars rock Jaramana suburb, leaving causalities

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)_ For the third time in around 10 days, the foreign-backed terrorists target residential areas in Jaramana suburb in Damascus countryside.

The Terrorists fired on Friday five mortar rounds on Jaramana suburb causing martyrdom of a citizen and wounding other 11 ones, according to SANA.

The mortars landed in al-Talalih alley and left serious material damages in homes at the scene.


Army bombards terrorist hideouts in Homs countryside

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces have bombarded many terrorists' hideouts and vehicles  in countryside of Homs and Idleb, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

A military source told SANA that the armed forces destroyed terrorists' groupings in al-Qarabis, Jeb al-Jandalin, al-Rastan, al-Dab'a, Abel, and Kifin areas in Homs countryside.

It added that other hideouts were shelled in 11 sites in Idleb countryside.

Dozens of al-Nusra Front terrorists killed

In the same province (Idleb), explosive devices factory was blasted when terrorists from al-Nusra Front were producing an explosive device in a farm in Ma'aret Masrin.

"The blast caused death of dozens of the terrorists", SANA quoted a military source as saying.

Elsewhere, the armed forces clashed with terrorist groups in Jobar and Barze areas in Damascus countryside, killing and injuring a lot of terrorists.

Meanwhile, engineering units dismantled 4 explosive devices planted by terrorists south 'al-Bolman' garage between Qabon and Jobar suburbs in Damascus. 

Syria is in a state of war and its army is doing its duty as regard defending homeland and citizens, and fighting terrorist groups to restore stability and security to the country.

The terrorist groups, who are exported from 40 countries, perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


Syria Continues Educational Progress Despite Crisis- Minister

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Minister of Higher Education Dr.  Mualla  stressed the key role of educational institutions in withstanding  the crisis in Syria  and the persistence to continue the educational process.

During his meeting on Thursday with Assistant Secretary General of the Arab Lawyers Union Samih Khreis, Dr. Mualla stressed  continued  development of  scientific and cultural relations between Syria and Jordan, pointing the large number of Jordanian students who graduated from Syrian universities.

Khreis expressed solidarity with Syria as the only castle in the region that resist imperialist projects,  noting  the voiced support of a large number of Jordanian parliamentarians for  Syria 's  steadfastness.

T. Fateh