Turkish lawmaker: Taliban Militants use Turkey to Infiltrate into Syria

The leader of the Turkish Democratic Party says 10,000 Taliban militants have been using a camp in Turkey to infiltrate into Syria via the two countries’ common border.

Namik Kemal Zeybek recently said that the Taliban militants were using a refugee camp in Turkey’s Hatay (Alexandretta)  Province on the border with Syria as their base. The militants infiltrate into Syria and attack Syrian targets and then return to the base, he noted.

Turkey’s border is widely believed to be used to transfer foreign militants and weapons into Syria.

In July, Turkish lawmaker Refik Er-Yilmaz said that many CIA and Mossad agents were in Hatay, and that the spies carry various types of identification.

The Turkish government also recently secured NATO’s approval for the deployment of surface-to-air Patriot missiles on its border with Syria.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.


Arslan calls for stopping campaigns against Syria

BEIRUTE,(ST)_Lebanese Democratic Party Leader MP Talal Arslan says the solution of Syria's crisis is based on dialogue and political reform as it is a significant step.

Speaking during  a news conference broadcasted by the Lebanese al-Manar  TV channel, Arslan underscored that dialogue among Syrians have to be held far away from intervention of foreign parties that have certain interests.

"Dialogue between Syrians doesn't deny and doesn't contradict with the fact that there is a conspiracy hatched against Syria for shedding its internal social and national unity," Arslan said.

He sees that it is necessary to control Syria-Lebanon borders and prevent smuggling of weapons, noting that boats have been seized to protect Lebanese people's unity.

Arslan stressed that controlling borders has nothing to do with borders demarcation file.

Moreover, he clarified that self-distancing policy includes controlling borders and arresting armed terrorists under the constitution, calling on the Lebanese to translate this policy into action. 

"All avoid confronting a real political system crisis which Lebanon is going through," the Lebanese MP said.

On the other hand, Arslan offered condolences to Syria on the death of Sheikh Aql (leader) of the Muslim Muwahhideen community in Syria, sheikh Hussein Jarbou' who had played a pivotal role in protecting Syrian national unity and civil peace and rebuffing colonial custody.

"Sheikh Jarbou was keen on enhancing resistance in the occupied Golan through preserving Syria's unity," The MP added.

He appealed for stopping campaigns being launched against Syria before it is too late.

Arslan warned that the Israeli occupation is seeking to destroy Arab countries through internal wars that entitled "constructive chaos for occupation and destructive one for the Arab countries".

He noted that external parties are partners in the internal war in Syria.


Attacking al-Yarmouk Camp targets the Cause of Palestine: Arab scholars




OCCUPIED PALESTINE, “  Because Palestine is the compass , it is always targeted   and the  Yarmouk camp represents  Palestine in Syria,” stressed  the People's Committee  in defense of Syria in occupied Palestine .

In a statement, the Committee noted  that since the beginning of the conspiracy against Syria, the enemies  tried to drag the Palestinians  of al-Yarmouk  camp and trading them  for the interests of  the forces of resistance and opposition.

" Targeting al-Yarmouk camp is not limited to using  it for stabbing the Syrian army, but to displace the Palestinians," he said, adding "if the  Palestinians of  Syria are forced  to implement  the alternative homeland conspiracy , the ruler of Qatar is, for his part,  adapting rulers of Gaza and Ramullah by money  .” the statement indicated.

It continued that “ History did not witness  intellectuals and leaders who  sell their people, homeland  and even the refugees   among those people  for money,” adding  that  the most  dangerous is that  at a time when Syria  defends the Arab nation causes, the  Egyptian regime demolishes  tunnels into Gaza , so as  to leave them  by no other options but  surrender or death. "

"The onslaught against  al- Yarmouk  will be foiled as it was foiled in southern Lebanon and  Gaza before  and Syria will be victorious.”  The statement concluded.

Meantime, the Lebanese scholar  Afif Nabulsi  stressed the  terrorists attack  against al- Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus  was  deliberate  and falls in the course  of targeting Syria and  the Palestinian question.

For his part, Senior   Jafaari Mufi in Lebanon  Sheikh Ahmad Qabalan  warned against the  danger of the sliding  and deteriorating conditions in Lebanon   due to  problems and complexities it has been witnessing  . He criticized  certain Lebanese political groups especially  March 14 group  on betting  and maneuvering  over the crisis in Syria, warning  against the  consequences of the fall of  Syria.


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Students detained following protest against Turkish PM




Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) students are being taken into custody in increasing numbers following clashes that occurred during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit to the school, daily Hürriyet has reported.

 According to hurriyetdailynews twelve students have been detained so far, but the number will reportedly increase in the coming hours.

 Police forces launched raids at students' housing units early in the morning, terming the action “DHKP/C operation" in reference to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).

 A group of ODTÜ students had protested the Dec. 18 visit of Erdoğan, who came to the university to attend a ceremony for the launch of Turkey’s Göktürk-2 satellite.

 Police used pepper gas and water cannon against the protesting students, who were not allowed to approach the ceremony hall.

 A total of 26 students were detained while five were injured due to police’s use of tear gas.

 Erdoğan reportedly attended the ceremony with 105 guard cars, 20 armored cars, one intervention tank and 2,500 police officers.

 The Dec. 18 action against the students has drawn widespread condemnation, including reaction from ODTÜ’s rector. One student, Barış Barışık, remains in serious condition in hospital after being struck at close range by a police gas canister.






UN Reaffirms Palestinian People's Right to Self-Determination

The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination received another overwhelmed support at the United Nations and showed the isolation state of Israel and the United States about the Middle East issues,according to Prensa Latina.

The UN General Assembly adopted a new resolution yesterday on that matter reafirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including its right to an independent Palestinian State.

The resolution was passed by 179 votes in favor, seven against ('Israel', U.S., Canada, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Micronesia) and three abstentions (Honduras, Camerum, and Tonga).

The UN urged all world nations, agencies, and UN organizations through that resolution to continue giving their support and aid to the Palestinian people for the prompt fulfillment of their right to self-determination.

The resolution highlighted the need of respecting and preserving unity, and the closeness and integrity of the whole occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.