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Iran: Syria Faces a Western-Zionist Conspiracy

TEHRAN,(ST)_ “One of  the western, Zionist and reactionary plots in the region was devoted  to create differences and unrest in Syria  in order to weaken resistance, “ said the Secretary-General of the  Iranian World Academy of Islamic Awakening  Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati .

In a press conference under the title : “ Muslim scholars  and the Islamic awaking “, held in Tehran, Velayati  stressed  the importance of defending the Syrian people , Iran ‘s dedicated  effort  to this effect and   backing to  reforms in Syria.
Meantime,  Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, Saeed  Jalili,  condemned the acts of violence carried out by  armed groups in Syria, describing the destruction of  Syria ‘s infrastructure as  damaging  for Syria ‘s future  and serving the  Zionist entity.

“ Countries that interfere in the affairs of Syria have become  part of the problem,” Jalili added during a meeting  with the  chief of  the Syrian national coordination for  peaceful change in the Diaspora Haitham Manaa ,  pointing out that the only solution to stop the violence in Syria is through  dialogue to resolve her crisis.”
He indicated  that the dignity  and strength of the Syrian people are but subject to  the  Syrian people to decide their own destiny, stressing that maintaining Syrian  people's interest should be the  priority of any initiative to halt violence in Syria.
For his part, Manna stressed that a Syrian solution  away from foreign interference  is but the  right and principled solution.

He continued  that the interest of the  Syrian people lies in halting  violence by all sides and initiating a  dialogue between the Syrians . He expressed appreciation for Iran efforts to restore  calm to Syria.

In a similar meeting  with Manaa, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for  Arab and African  Affairs   Abdul Ameer  al-Lahyan  stressed his country ‘s continued  efforts to halt  violence and pave the ground to resolve the crisis in Syria by peaceful means.

“The irresponsible  measures of  the armed groups in Syria , backed by some countries led  only to more destruction of the infrastructure and the  increase  of material and human losses in Syria, " the Iranian official underscored.

He indicated the positive results of the  meetings of the Syrian national dialogue in Tehran, noting that the second round of the meeting of the Syrian  national figures  will be held with the participation of  representatives of the Syrian government.
"Iran does not want to decide  on behalf of the Syrian people for their fate,  rather seeks to provide the conditions through consultation among  all Syrian governmental, nongovernmental  organizations and NGOs to enable  the Syrian people to  maintain self-determination under cessation of Violence and holding of free and fair elections. "
For his part Manaa  said :  "It is time to put pressure on the parties engaged in violence and pave the way for the start of the political process in Syria."
He stressed  identical views with the Iranian side concerning  halting  violence and finding  a peaceful political solution to the crisis in Syria , adding  "We consider Iran as a strategic partner to our principled objectives in the region and  invite her to mobilize her powers to provide a success for a political process in Syria”.


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Qatari poet jailed for life

A Qatari poet has been sentenced to life in prison for writing  verse that officials claim insults Qatar's emir and encourages the overthrow of the nation's ruling system, his defence attorney says.

It was the latest blow in a widening clampdown on perceived dissent across the Gulf Arab states.

The verdict in a state security court is certain to bring a fresh outpouring of denunciations by rights groups, which have repeatedly called for the release of the poet, Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami. It also marks another example of tough measures by judicial and security officials in the Gulf against possible challenges to their rule .

The poet's lawyer, Najib al-Nuaimi, said he planned to appeal.

"This judge made the whole trial secret," said Nuaimi. "Muhammad was not allowed to defend himself, and I was not allowed to plead or defend in court. I told the judge that I need to defend my client in front of an open court, and he stopped me."

Qatari officials charged Ajami with "insulting" the Gulf nation's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and "inciting to overthrow the ruling system". The latter charge could have brought a death sentence.

Nuaimi said Ajami, a third-year student of literature at Cairo University, had been held in solitary confinement since his arrest.

Gulf regimes have stepped up crackdowns on a range of perceived threats to their rule, including Islamist groups and social media activists. Earlier this month, Kuwaiti authorities arrested four people on charges of insulting the emir with Twitter posts, and the United Arab Emirates imposed sweeping new internet regulations that allow arrests for a wide list of offensives, including insulting leaders or calling for demonstrations.

Last year, Bahrain issued a royal pardon for some protest-linked suspects, including a 20-year-old woman sentenced to a year in prison for reciting poetry critical of the government.


Hariri and Sakr Caught Red-Handed

The exploits of Future MP Okab Sakr have not been limited to providing arms to Syrian opposition fighters. The recordings obtained by Al-Akhbar have also shed light on his pivotal role in closely following up on military operations in Syria, even personally leading military operations rooms spread throughout Turkey and Lebanon.

The source who provided Al-Akhbar with the incriminating Hariri-Sakr phone recordings – a former associate who worked in one of Sakr’s military centers in Turkey – had one condition for releasing the rest of the recordings: “publish [what you get] to receive more.”

The first batch of recordings contained enough evidence to establish the involvement of former prime minister Saad Hariri and Future Movement MP Okab Sakr in the ongoing bloody conflict in Syria. As Al-Akhbarrevealed earlier this week, Sakr and Hariri have not only been providing weapons and logistical support to the armed Syrian opposition; they have also been directing military operations remotely, and allegedly using the Syrian civil war to pursue their own interests with little or no thought for the collateral damage.

While the source confirmed that he remains in the Syrian opposition camp “fighting against the oppressive regime,” he said, “I am now wanted by both sides,” referring to both the regime and the opposition.

The source backed up his claims of association with Sakr by providingAl-Akhbar with private photos of the Future MP taken in several locations, and spoke in detail about events he witnessed over the span of more than a year working with Sakr in the so-called “revolutionary operations rooms” in Turkey.

The source explained the nature of these rooms, and the kind of people who are often present there or who oversee them, pointing out that leaders from the armed Syrian opposition meet periodically there with Sakr, as well as with representatives from Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

The representatives, according to the source, often provide input and sometimes even instructions and general guidance. For example, a representative could weigh in on the need to deliver the appropriate type of ammunition to a certain location, especially since many mistakes have been made in this regard.

On one occasion, for example, ammunition for Russian-made “Val” assault rifles was sent to combatants who were only equipped with Kalashnikov rifles. For this reason, shipments were double-checked to ensure that the right consignment went to the right place, and that the ammunition dispatched matched the weapons sent previously.

Later on, instructions were given to rig supply trucks transporting weapons with explosives that can be detonated in the event they are captured or ambushed. The strict measures in place include disciplining anyone responsible for losing a single bullet or shell.

The source then revealed the presence of operations rooms in Lebanon as well, which he said were “actively involved in the Syrian revolution” and are directly linked to Turkey. He added that six Syrians, in addition to a number of Lebanese, run one such room in north Lebanon.

Syrian leaders who come to Lebanon, the source said, are usually received at a villa in the Mount Lebanon area of Faqra. On one of his visits to Lebanon, along with other young men, the source stayed at the villa in question. They all received cash payments, and, according to the source, it was common to say that one was “going to or coming back from Faqra” each time they were going to get paid a large sum.

Whenever [Sakr] got angry with anyone, he would send them to a combat battalion in the front lines, whether in Homs or Aleppo.He pointed out that a retired Lebanese officer who had visited Turkey on a number of occasions is in charge of running this office. This same officer would often contact the operations room in Turkey to inquire about arms shipments dispatched to certain areas in Syria. Furthermore, the source maintained, MP Sakr “instructed us” to do whatever this officer asked.

For wire transfers, the source told Al-Akhbar, MP Sakr uses S., a money transfer company that conducts most of its transactions in an illegal manner and therefore cannot be tracked.

Concerning Sakr’s ties to the Lutfallah II, a ship seized in north Lebanon carrying weapons from Libya, the source confirmed that members from the Syrian National Council (SNC) were involved in the smuggling in agreement with Libyan figures and Colonel Malik al-Kurdi.

He denied any involvement by Sakr or the retired officer mentioned above, however, and said that Sakr was “furious” that day and accused the SNC of having been infiltrated by the Syrian government.

The source also distinguished between the head of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces Information Branch, the late Wissam al-Hassan, and Sakr, over the manner in which each man treated others.

Hassan, he said, “gave so much to the revolution,” and “often intervened to help and release those who were arrested for smuggling weapons.”

Hassan sometimes also met with Syrians who were sent to Lebanon, according to the source, and had a role in smuggling out the French journalists who were trapped in Homs.

Sakr, meanwhile, dealt vindictively with those around him, said the source.

“Whenever he got angry with anyone, he would send them to a combat battalion in the front lines, whether in Homs or Aleppo,” two of the most dangerous areas, he said, adding that three young men who were working with him ended up dying on these missions.

Another account he gave to Al-Akhbar involves Hussam Qaddour, also known as Abu-Fadel, a young man who acted as an arms procurement officer for rebels in Latakia. Presumably, the Lebanese MP sent Qaddour to test some rockets, “but he came back carried on a stretcher, and remains to this day in intensive care,” the source said.

What happened was that Sakr asked Abu-Fadel to bring back footage of rockets being fired in the Haffa region, “bearing in mind that Okab knew full well that the regime troops in the area had radars and guided missiles and immediately responded to the location of rocket fire,” the source insisted, accusing Sakr of “sending the young man to his death.”

The source even claimed that Sakr “withheld ambulances which usually respond within half an hour,” but on that day, he said, “it took them three hours to arrive.”

In today’s installment, Al-Akhbar has published the transcript of a phone conversation with an unidentified man who inquires about anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons, in addition to requesting the delivery of machine guns, machine gun bullets, and RPG rounds.

Audio experts could not confirm the identity of the second person. While one expert affirmed it was Saad Hariri, others disagreed.



Iraq Voices Support for the Syrian People

BAGHDAD,(ST)_ "As a government, we  are bound  to prevent the passage of weapons, according to our Constitution and as necessitated to the interests of our people", said the Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki, stressing  Iraq 's commitment to prevent the passage  of weapons to Syria across the Iraqi territories.

: "We are with the Syrian people, and being so , we do not prevent the delivery of food, medical or humanitarian aid, but we made a decision at the cabinet to provide the Syrian side with material assistance",  al-Maliki added  in a press conference on Saturday.
"Every citizen who lived in Iraq and tasted the bitterness of blockade should not accept siege to any other state.  I do not mean military siege because we do not interfere in it and we are dedicated to it internationally and legally... But we are against any sanction on any people because it destroys people, as happened earlier to the people Iraqi. " al-Maliki added.
He warned against smuggling weapons by some states to Iraq, noting that "qualitative weapons began to get into Iraq. A matter which poses a threat to Iraq, because it means that al-Qaeda owns qualitative weapons and would probably have mass destruction weapons".
al-Maliki expressed Iraq's concern over the international silence about Israel's nuclear weapons, explaining that it is not logical to talk about rejecting any armament  or any move towards nuclear weapons, while  "Israel is full of  nuclear weapons and no one says to the Israelis : Let 's search your  nuclear institutions".
He made it clear  that Iraq will continue calling on the UN and International Atomic Energy Agency to pressure Israel to stop nuclear armament , adding  he follows up talks  with Iran and  the International Atomic Energy Agency and works  within regional effort to evacuate the area from nuclear weapons,  pointing to ongoing contacts to inspect all  nuclear institutions in the area and  prevent its production and exportation  to any region in the world , as  a technology.
He denied any possibility for the deployment of U.S. troops in areas under dispute noting: "the Iraqi constitution states no presence for foreign troops on Iraqi territory and this is part of the responsibility of both the Iraqi regional and central government to find a solution to their problems without the interference of a third party.

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Iran: Palestinian Success at UN to Help Restore Rights

The recognition of Palestine''s statute as a non-member observer state in the United Nations is an opportunity to restore the rights of Palestine, Iranian Foreign Minister Ramin Mehmanparast said here on Saturday,according to Prensa Latina.

As the president of the Non-Aligned Movement, Iran expresses its solidarity with Palestine, said Ramin Mehmanparast.
The non-member condition gives Palestine the possibility to denounce the war crimes committed by the Israeli regime before the international community, said the Iranian Foreign Minister.
He added that the Iranian government thinks the statute is "the first step for Palestine to earn complete sovereignty over its occupied lands, the return to their homeland and maintaining the resistance against Israel.
On November 29, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) was supported by 138 UN members in its initiative to become a non-member observer state, despite an intense campaign by the United States and "Israel".