"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Army Command: Israeli Warplanes Violated Syrian Airspace and Bombarded Scientific Research Center in Damascus Countryside- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that Israeli warplanes violated Syrian airspace on Wednesday dawn and bombarded directly a scientific research center responsible for raising the levels of resistance and self-defense in Jamraya area in Damascus Countryside.
In a statement, the General Command that this attack came after Israel and other countries that oppose the Syrian people utilized their pawns in Syria to attack select vital and military locations in an attempt to undermine Syria's support for the resistance and just rights in the region, with these pawns succeeding and failing to strike at sites such as air defense systems over a period of almost two years.
The statement said that Israeli warplanes snuck from the north of Al-Sheikh Mountain, flying at a low altitude and below radars, heading to Jamraya in Damascus Countryside where a branch of a scientific research center is located and bombarded the location before sneaking away.
The aggression resulted in considerable material damages and destruction to the building, in addition to a vehicular development center and a garage, martyring two workers and injuring five others.
The statement stressed that the allegations of some media outlets that the Israeli warplanes targeted a convoy headed from Syria to Lebanon are baseless, with the General Command affirming that the Israeli warplane targeted a scientific research facility in blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty and airspace.
The General Command said that it has become clear to everyone that Israel is the motivator, beneficiary and sometimes executor of the terrorist acts which target Syria and its resistant people, with some countries that support terrorism being accomplices in this, primarily Turkey and Qatar.
The statement said that this blatant aggression adds up to Israel's long history of aggression and crime against Arabs and Muslim, putting forth this act of Israeli arrogance and grave transgression upon Syrian sovereignty before the international community.
The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces concluded by affirming that such criminal acts will not weaken Syria and its role and will not dissuade Syrians from continuing to support resistance movements and just Arab causes, primarily the Palestinian cause.

Foreign Ministry Calls on Security council to Condemn Jabhat al-Nusra's mass Execution against Scores of Abducted citizens in Aleppo- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Wednesday sent two identical letters to President of The UN security Council and UN Secretary General on the mass execution perpetrated by terrorist groups of "Jabhat al-Nusra" against tens of abducted citizens in Aleppo on Tuesday and throwing their bodies in Qweiq river in Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.
"An armed group of Jabhat al-Nusra perpetrated a new massacre in Aleppo on Tuesday. The terrorists carried out mass executions against scores of Syrian abducted civilians in a cold blood, throwing their bodies in Qweiq river," the Ministry said in the two letters.
It added that while the competent authorities along with the families are following evidence on this new massacre , the facts indicate that the bodies were found in the side where terrorists present and there is no presence for the army on the banks of Queiq river, as well as there are barbed wires along the stream of the river that separate the region form the centers of the army, and the height of water in the river is very little and it is stagnant.
The Ministry pointed out to the comments of one terrorist who was arrested by law enforcement personnel that the terrorist groups were perpetrating their crimes prior to the meetings of the UN Security Council to stir the local and international public opinion against Syria.
"A number of the families have identified some bodies of their relatives, broadcast by some TV channels which are partners in shedding the Syrian blood as bodies for civilians, as usual, attributing this act to the Syrian Arab army, stressing that these bodies are the same of those abducted by the terrorists who contacted them many times asking for ransoms," the Ministry said. '
It added that the families stated that the abduction of their sons was because of their rejection of cooperating with "Jabhat al-Nusra".
The competent authorities along with the families are working to specify the identities of the new massacre's victims which adds to a series of brutal massacres of that terrorist group against the unarmed civilians.
"Syria which relays the facts of this heinous massacre to the UN Security Council, calls on the Council once again to assume responsibilities and issue a clear, frank condemnation of those terrorist acts which target the innocents.. and to condemn its perpetrators and those who supply them with weapons, equipment, money, shelter, political and media cover, encouraging them to go on with their crimes which seek to destabilize the state," the Ministry said.

'We need more cash & weapons!' - Syrian opposition VP- Youtube

Live update: Syria 'confirms' Israeli airstrike- Youtube

Syrian TV: Israel bombed military site near Damascus- Haaretz

Syrian opposition claims bombed site was used to develop chemical weapons; Syrian army denies report that convoy carrying weapons to Hezbollah was bombed; U.S. official confirms Israel behind attack.


Syria 'confirms' Israeli air strike near Lebanon border- BBC News

The Syrian military has confirmed that Israeli jets have carried out an air strike on its territory, but denied reports that lorries carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit.
It said in a statement that the target was a military research centre northwest of the capital Damascus.
Two people were killed and five injured in the attack, it said.
Lebanese security sources, Western diplomats and Syrian rebels say an arms convoy was hit near Lebanon's border.


Suriye genelkurmay başkanlığından saldırıyla ilgili açıklama- YDH

YDH- Suriye Genelkurmay Başkanlığı İsrail uçaklarının Şam yakınlarındaki bir araştırma merkezini bombalamasıyla ilgili açıklama yaptı.
Suriye Genelkurmay Başkanlığı, devlet televizyonundan da yayımlanan açıklamasında İsrail savaş uçaklarının alçaktan uçarak Suriye hava sahasını ihlal ettiğini ve Şam yakınındaki Cumarya bilimsel araştırma merkezini bombaladığını belirtti.
Açıklamada, “İsrail, son 2 yıldır Suriye halkının düşmanı olan bazı ülkelerin de yardımıyla Suriye’nin hayati ve askeri tesislerine darbe vurmak için tüm kapasitesini kullanmış; ancak bunda başarılı olamamıştır. İsrail, sapkın grup ve unsurların yardımıyla Suriye’nin bölgedeki haklarını ve direnişi desteklemeye yönelik hayati mevzilerini hedef almış ancak başarısız olmuştur. Bu başarısızlıklardan sonra İsrail savaş uçakları, sabah saatlerinde hava sahamızı ihlal etmiş ve Şam yakınlarındaki Comraya araştırma merkezini bombalamıştır” denildi.


Two killed, five injured in Israeli airstrike on Syrian research center- PRESS TV

The Israeli regime has launched an airstrike on a Syrian scientific research center in Jamraya, near the capital Damascus, killing two site workers and injuring five others.

"Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the Syrian Army said in a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported.

The attack was carried out against the center, which was tasked with boosting Syria’s resistance and self-defense, "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site."


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Syria Opposition Leader Would Talk to Assad Regime- ABC News

Syria's top opposition leader declared on Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with members of President Bashar Assad's regime to bring a peaceful end to the country's civil war, provoking an outcry from opposition groups that insist Assad must step down first.
The remarks by Moaz al-Khatib marked a clear departure from the opposition line, which has been categorical refusal to talk to the government.
Opponents of the Assad regime have been divided among political and military groups, many of them out of touch and at odds with each other. The political groups range from secular liberals to al-Qaida-linked Islamist extremists, while many of the armed rebel units operate independently. The divisions have hampered their progress and deterred potential backers from sending significant supplies of weapons or funds.


Hassoun, Akhtari Stress Need for Conveying Reality of Events in Syria to Islamic World- SANA

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Grand Mufti of Syria, Dr. Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun, reviewed with Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt (AS) World Assembly, Hassan Akhtari, means of bringing the Islamic countries and people together in a way that serves the interests and aspirations of the people in the region.
The two sides stressed the need for conveying the reality of events in Syria to the Islamic world and facing the falsification of facts by some instigative media outlets.
They noted that the clergymen and scientific figures have a pivotal role in enlightenment in light of the misleading media campaign which targets the Islamic and human identity of the Islamic societies.

Netanyahu praises Syria cooperation in meeting with U.S. lawmakers- JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "close cooperation" between the Obama administration and his government, particularly on Syria.
Netanyahu made the remarks in a meeting Monday with a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation -- the second time in a week that the Israeli leader met with U.S. lawmakers.
"We've had very close cooperation on all things, including the developing matters in Syria, very close cooperation between our two governments," Netanyahu told the bipartisan delegation he met Monday headed by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.). "I think this is important for the stability of the region, for the security of Israel and it is much appreciated."


Israelis Order Gas Masks as Syria Deteriorates- Arutz Sheva 7

The number of Israelis ordering gas masks has more than doubled in recent days, the Post Office reports. The increase comes in the wake of warnings from experts that Syria’s chemical weapons could fall into Hizbullah’s hands.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the defense establishment is following the latest deterioration in stability in Syria with concern. In particular, it is monitoring Syria's chemical weapons, he said.
“We must look at our surroundings, at what is happening in Iran and its proxies, what is happening on other fronts, with the deadly weapons in Syria… The Middle East is not waiting for the outcome of the elections and does not pause while the government is assembled,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet this week.
Since his statements were publicized 4,000 gas masks have been distributed, compared to an average of 1,400 per week. In total, 4.7 million gas masks have been distributed. The total population of Israel is nearly 8 million.


Will Syria Bleed Hezbollah Dry?- New York Times

“THE conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.” Henry Kissinger’s observation, made during the Vietnam War, should be haunting Hezbollah, the Middle East’s most capable guerrilla force, as it becomes embroiled in an increasingly costly effort to save the Assad regime.
In a meticulously planned operation in October, units linked to the Free Syrian Army in the city of Qusayr near the Lebanon border killed Ali Hussein Nassif, who was quickly exposed as commander of all Hezbollah forces in Syria. His death shed light on the extent of the group’s involvement in the conflict.


Israel strikes at Syria-Lebanon border, sources say- The Jerusalem Post

Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, after Israelis warned their Lebanese enemy Hezbollah against using chaos in Syria to acquire anti-aircraft missiles or chemical weapons.
"The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon," said one Western diplomat, adding that the consignment seemed unlikely to have included chemical weapons.


UN Appeals for More Aid, Halt to Syria Fighting- VOA

Dozens of men found 'executed' in Syria- Al-Jazeera

The bodies of at least 80 persons have been found along a river bank in Aleppo with single gunshot wounds to the head.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Halep Üniversitesinde Öğrenciler Sınavlarını Sürdürüyor- SANA Türkçe

HALEP – Halep Üniversitesi öğrencileri eli kanlı hain teröristlerin bir süre önce üniversitelerine bulundukları füze saldırısı ve bu teröristlerin sahip oldukları karanlık düşüncelerin bilim ve öğrenimlerini sürdürme azimlerini pekiştireceğini belirtti.


PSP leader warns Druze in Syria against joining paramilitary force- Daily Star

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt warned Syrian Druze against joining a paramilitary force formed recently by the Syrian regime Monday, reiterating his call for them to participate instead in the Syrian uprising.
“Any reckless move such as joining the so-called National Defense Army will endanger [the Druze] political and physical presence in all Syrian districts,” Jumblatt said in his weekly editorial in Al-Anbaa newspaper.
“We call on them once again to participate in the revolution and refrain from joining this destructive project [the National Defense Army],” added the Druze leader.
Jumblatt said that the Syrian regime was setting an example once again in its ongoing attempts to provoke a civil war between Syrians by inciting neighboring areas and sects against each other and was doing it in order to drive attention away from the behavior of the regime.
“The establishment of the so-called National Defense Army would fulfill the goals of the regime and pave the way for the civil war ... and makes it very hard to end it, particularly as there are no signs for an international settlement [for the crisis],” he said.

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Syria: Asma al-Assad 'pregnant with fourth child'- The Telegraph

Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of the Syrian president, is pregnant with her fourth child, according to a Lebanese newspaper.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Israel warns that transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons might trigger attack- Toronto Star

JERUSALEM—Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria’s chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon’s Hezbollah or Al-Qaeda-inspired groups, officials said Sunday.
The warning came as the military moved a rocket defence system to a main northern city, and Israel’s premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran.

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Syria Blast- The Wall Street Journal

BEIRUT—An al Qaeda-linked group fighting alongside Syrian rebels claimed responsibility Monday for a suicide car bombing that reportedly killed dozens of President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists last week.
In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius pleaded for countries to honor their pledges of funding and other aid to the Syrian opposition to keep the country out of the hands of Islamist militant groups.
"If we don't give the means to the Syrian people to go achieve their freedom, there is a risk, and we all know it exists, that massacres and antagonisms amplify, and that extremism and terrorism prevail.
"Chaos is not tomorrow, it is today, and we need to end it. We need to end it in a peaceful way and that means increased and concrete support to the Syrian National Coalition."
Islamic militants have been the most organized fighters battling government troops in the 22-month-old conflict in which more than 60,000 people have been killed. Their growing prominence has fueled fears that Muslim radicals might try to hijack the revolt, and has contributed to the West's hesitance to equip the opposition with sophisticated weapons.


Türkiye İsrail ilişkilerinde ikinci bahara doğru (Alptekin Dursunoğlu-YDH)

Şimdiye kadar krizi kendinden faydalı görüldüğü için tamiri ertelenen Türkiye-İsrail ilişkilerinin yaşayacağı ikinci baharın, “Bahara” uyanan Araplara model oluşturacağından kuşku yok.
Aynı uluslar arası kampta yer almaktan kaynaklanan güçlü karşılıklı bağımlılık ilişkisi, Türkiye ile İsrail arasında yaşanan sorunlarda sigorta işlevi görüyor.
12 Eylül sonrasında maslahatgüzarlık düzeyine düşürülen ilişkilerin 1990’ların ortalarından itibaren “stratejik ittifak” düzeyine yükseltilmesi, 2009’daki Davos, 2010’daki Mavi Marmara krizlerine ve büyükelçilerin karşılıklı olarak çekilmesine rağmen, Türkiye-İsrail ilişkilerinde niteliksel bir değişme olmaması bu sigorta ile açıklanabilir.
Ekonomik düzeyde bakıldığında ikili ilişkilerdeki krizin en şiddetli olduğu 2011 yılında İsrail'in Türkiye’ye ihracatı yüzde 42 artarak 1,85 milyar dolara tırmandı. Aynı şekilde Türkiye’den ithalatı da yüzde 20 artış göstererek 2,1 milyar dolar olarak gerçekleşti. İhracat Enstitüsü'nün 2012 yılının ocak ayında yayımladığı istatistiklere göre İsrail'in son 5 yılda ihracatını en fazla geliştirdiği ülkeler sırasıyla Çin, Hindistan, İngiltere ve Türkiye. Bu dönemde İsrail'in Türkiye'ye ihracatı yüzde 58 oranında arttı.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Worries about a ‘failed state’ in Syria (David Ignatius- The Washington Post)

Growing chaos in the liberated areas of northern Syria is convincing some members of the Syrian opposition that the country will become a “failed state” unless an orderly political transition begins soon to replace President Bashar al-Assad.
This stark analysis is contained in an intelligence report provided to the State Department last week by Syrian sources working with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Describing the situation in the area from Aleppo to the Turkish border, where Assad’s army has largely disappeared, the report draws a picture of disorganized fighters, greedy arms peddlers and profiteering warlords.


Assad Does not Live Russian Ship; Islamists More Honest and Capable than FSA; Winter Misery- Syria Comment


Kerkük'teki KDP merkezine bombalı saldırı- BBC Türkçe

Irak'taki özerk Kürt yönetiminin başkanı Mesut Barzani'nin Kürdistan Demokratik Partisi'nin Kerkük'teki merkezine yönelik bombalı saldırıda 10'u aşkın kişi öldü.


Ölü sayısı 87'ye yükseldi: Suriye'de üniversiteler yas ilan etti!- Sol Haber

Dün Suriye'de muhaliflerin Halep Üniversitesi'ne düzenlediği saldırıda ölü sayısı 87'ye yükseldi. Yüksek Öğretim Bakanı saldırı nedeniyle üniversitelerde bir günlük yas ilan edildiğini açıklarken, Öğrenci Birliği Başkanı ise Suriye'nin gelişmesi için her zaman en önde yer alacaklarını ifade etti.
Dün Suriye'de muhaliflerin Halep Üniversitesi'ne düzenlediği roket saldırılarında ölü sayısının 87'ye yükseldiği bildirildi. Ölü ve yaralılar arasında, öğrencilerin yanı sıra çatışmalar yüzünden evlerini terk etmek zorunda kalan kadın ve çocukların da olduğu belirtiliyor.
Mimarlık fakültesi ile öğrenci yurdu arasındaki bir alana düzenlenen roket saldırılarının, sınav döneminin ilk gününe denk geldiğine dikkat çekildi. Bununla birlikte üniversiteden yapılan açıklamada, saldırı nedeniyle çarşamba ve perşembe günü yapılması planlanan sınavların da daha sonra belirlenecek bir tarihe ertelendiği bildirildi.
Yüksek Öğretim Bakanı Muhammed Yahya Mualla, üniversitede eğitimlere devam edilebilmesi için hızlı bir şekilde restorasyon çalışmalarına başlanacağını belirtirken, bugün bütün üniversitelerde yas ilan edildiğini ve eğitimlere ara verildiğini açıkladı. Mualla ayrıca, terör saldırılarına rağmen üniversitelerde eğitim ve öğretime devam edileceğini kaydetti.


Suriye muhalefet geçiş hükümetini neden kuramadı?- YDH

YDH- Bazı devletlerin verdiği destek sözünden sonra kurulan Ulusal Koalisyon, desteğin beklenenden daha az olmasından kaynaklanan krizi İstanbul'da masaya yatırıyor.
Suriye Ulusal Koalisyon Başkanı George Sabra, el-Hayat gazetesinin İstanbul'da düzenlenen toplantıya ilişkin olarak yönelttiği soruları yanıtladı.
Geçiş hükümetinin bir ay önce kurulması planlanırken şu ana kadar neden kurulamadığı sorusu üzerine George Sabra "İstanbul'daki toplantıda Koalisyon, geçiş hükümeti konusunu masaya yatıracak. Marakeş Konferansı'nda verilen sözler yerine getirilmedi.Uluslararası desteğin sağlanamaması, geçiş hükümetinin şu ana kadar kurulamamasının önündeki bir engeldir. Çünkü geçiş hükümeti, kurulmasından sonra bazı görevleri icra etmelidir. Suriye halkının, artık kendisinin bir hükümeti olduğunu hissetmesi için "fon"un oluşturulması gerekiyor. Suriye halkı, kendisini savunacak askeri desteğin ve hayatını kolaylaştıracak yardımların ulaştığını hissedebilmelidir" dedi.
 Hükümetin kurulabilmesi için Güvenlik Konseyi'nin uçuşa yasak bölge kararını çıkartmasının zorunlu olduğunu belirten Sabra, "Uçuşa yasak bölgenin sağlanması, önemlidir. Geçiş hükümetinin Suriye içerisinde görevlerini yerine getirebilmesi için uçuşa yasak bölge kararı zorunludur" dedi.


Suicide car bombers kill at least 22 people in northern Syria- The Washington Post)

DAMASCUS, Syria — Suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives blew themselves up near security targets Wednesday in northern Syria, killing at least 22 people, state-run media and activists said.
The near simultaneous attacks in the city of Idlib brought the carnage of Syria’s civil war to a second major urban center in northern government-held areas in as many days. Massive blasts devastated the main university in the commercial hub of Aleppo a day earlier, killed 87 people.


FSA Terrorists Target Aleppo University Killing Students on Exam Day- Youtube

6 Months Of Combat, And No Victor In Syria's Biggest City- NPR

Some six months after Syria's rebels tried to storm the country's largest city, they can claim the eastern part of Aleppo and perhaps 60 percent overall. In the west, the government army has the remaining 40 percent of the city.
The line dividing these two areas is supposedly the front line in Aleppo's war. But lately the front has gone cold, as people here say in Arabic.
You can still hear shots. But peering through a tiny little hole in a stone wall separating the two sides, this particular part of government-held Aleppo looks like a no man's land. There's a lot of trash, abandoned buildings, a mosque that looks like it's been abandoned.
The shots are from a government sniper, posted on top of one of those abandoned buildings. Although there's not much fighting here anymore, government soldiers sometimes try to pick off rebel fighters or civilians who cross from one side to another.


Al-Shihabi: We Have Decisive Evidence on Turkey's Involvement in Robbing Factories in Aleppo- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Head of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Industry, Eng. Fares Shihabi, stressed that Aleppo Industry Chamber has decisive evidence on the involvement of the Turkish government in stealing production lines and machines from hundreds of factories in Aleppo city and smuggling them into the Turkish territories in clear breach of the international laws.
In a statement to SANA, al-Shihabi said that robbing factories and facilities in Aleppo aims at destroying the Syrian economy, causing damage to the Syrian industry, the competitor to the Turkish products, and creating a gap between the national business sector and the state in Syria.
He added that the industrials in Aleppo accuse the Turkish government of practicing terrorism, criminality and robbery in a deliberate and methodical way against the Syrian industry and they call for forming a neutral international committee to investigate the reality of robbing factories in Aleppo.
Al-Shihabi called upon the current Turkish government to compensate for damage caused to the industry sector in Aleppo since it facilitated the passage of terrorist gunmen through its borders to Syria and harbored them and they are the same ones who stole and smuggled the machines and production lines in Syrian factories.
He said that the terrorists robbed around 1,000 factories with all their equipment and machines in Aleppo city, indicating that the initial estimate of damage caused to industrial facilities and factories in Aleppo due to the terrorist acts exceeded SYP 200 billion.

Halep'teki terörist saldırıda ölü sayısı 82'ye yükseldi- YDH

YDH- Suriye'nin Halep şehrinde bugün meydana gelen bombalı saldırıda ölü sayısının 82'ye yaralı sayısının ise 160'a yükseldiği bildirildi.
 Breaking News''in haberine göre Halep Üniversitesi Mühendislik Fakültesi ve üniversite öğrenci yurdunun yakınında meydana gelen bombalı saldırıda ölü sayısı 82'ye yükseldi.
 Halep valisi Muhammed Vahid Akkad, çoğunluğu öğrencilerden olmak üzere saldırıda ölü sayısının 82'ye yaralı sayısının ise 160'a yükseldiğini söyledi.
 SANA haber ajansı, öğle saatlerinde meydana gelen patlamaya, el-Yarmun bölgesindeki silahlı grupların fırlattığı füzenin yol açtığını bildirdi.
 Bombalı saldırı üzerine üniversite yönetimi, 16-17 Ocak tarihlerinde yapılması planlanan sınavları, ileri bir tarihe ertelediğini ilan etti.
 Saldırının sorumluluğunu üstlenen henüz olmazken Suriye Ordusu'nun bölgedeki güvenlik tedbirlerini artırdığı öğrenildi.

Terrorists Fire Rocket Shells on Aleppo University and Bani Zaid Area, Causing Casualties- SANA

ALEPPO, (SANA) – A terrorist group on Tuesday fired two rocket shells from al-Lairamoun area on Aleppo University, causing casualties and material damage.
An official source told SANA that the rocket shells caused the death and the injury of a number of students on the first day of exams.
It added that there were also causalities among displaced people whose areas were affected by the terrorist acts and who are staying at the University dormitory.
In a relevant context, SANA reporter was informed that terrorists fired two rocket shells on Bani Zaid area in the city, with the initial information indicating victims and injuries among the citizens.
Minister of Higher Education: President al-Assad Gives Drectives to Rehabilitate Damaged Areas in Aleppo University
Minister of Higher Education Mohammad Yahya Mu'ala said that President Bashar al-Assad gave directives to rehabilitate, as soon as possible,  what has been destroyed in Aleppo university at the hands of the terrorist killers today.
Mu'ala added that the President gave his instructions to rehabilitate what has been destroyed in Aleppo University as soon as possible to ensure the process of the education and exams at the university, and rehabilitate all universities and institutions affected and damaged at the hands of terrorism which targets Syria and its people.
Exams Suspended on Wednesday
"The Ministry issued a decision to suspend study and exams at the Syrian universities on Wednesday to mourn the souls of the students martyrs of Aleppo university who were assassinated at the hands of low terrorists today," Mu'ala added.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Slovenia propose Taking Syria to the ICC (Michel Chossudovsky- Global Research)

A new media disinformation campaign with regard to Syria, together with a political initiative is in the making.

The foreign ministers of four small seemingly “neutral” EU countries are now proposing to take president Bashar Al Assad to the the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, for alleged crimes committed against his own people.

The text of this proposal is entitled Time to refer Syria crisis to ICC. The authors are Michael Spindelegger, Karl Erjavec, Eamon Gilmore and Villy Søvndal, respectively the foreign ministers of Austria, Slovenia, Ireland and Denmark.

The text, published as an “Oped” by CNN, is apparently being put forth by these four distinguished statesmen who are freely expressing their views in a “personal capacity”. One would expect, however, given the position that they hold within their respective governments, that this proposal has the support of Austria, Slovenia, Ireland and Denmark.

The proposal in itself is highly convoluted. Realities are turned upside down.The Syrian government is identified as responsible for committing atrocities, when in fact the killings of civilians including extrajudicial assassinations have in large part been conducted by foreign supported death squads.

The existence of “opposition” terror brigades integrated by mercenaries and funded by NATO, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia is not mentioned. Nor is the existence of the Al Nusra Front, affiliated to al Qaeda in Iraq, supported covertly by the CIA.

The text is largely based on the report of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council...


“Merkez ülke” paradigmasının çöküşü (Alptekin Dursunoğlu- YDH)

Erdoğan yönetiminin krizlerde üstlendiği arabuluculuk rolleri, “sıfır sorun” vizyonuyla Türkiye’ye bölge hamisi bir “merkez ülke” pozisyonu değil, müttefiki olduğu uluslar arası takımda en aktif “pivot ülke” pozisyonu kazandırdı.

Bölgeyle karşılıklı bağımlılık üretebilecek hiçbir nesnel planlama içermemesine rağmen 2011 yılı ortalarına kadar bölgede büyük heyecan yaratan “komşularla sıfır sorun” söyleminin, artık mazide kalan “bir hoş seda” değeri bile taşımadığı kabullenilmiş gözüküyor.
Halbuki başlıca hedef AB üyeliği olarak konulsa da “komşularla sıfır sorun”, Ankara’nın yakın vadede bölgesiyle “azami işbirliğini”, uzun vadede ise “entegrasyonu”[1] öngören “yeni” dış politika stratejisinin mottosuydu.

Bir zaman dillerden düşürülmeyen ve hem içeride hem de dışarıda büyük kabul gören bu sloganın şimdilerde ağza dahi alınamayacak hale gelmesi öngörülen hedefin hayalciliğiyle değil, planlama ve uygulamanın fırsatçılık temelinde yönetilmesiyle ilgili gözüküyor.

Türkiye’ye bölgesinin hamisi merkez ülke pozisyonu kazandırmayı hedefleyen “komşularla sıfır sorun” vizyonunun, bölgeyle karşılıklı bağımlılık ilişkisi kurmaya dönük bir uzun vadeli planlama ve takvim üzerine değil, krizlerde arabuluculuk dinamiği üzerine kurulduğuna işaret eden birçok veri söz konusu.

Krizlerde arabuluculuğun bölgede “sıfır sorun” hedefine ulaşmadaki güven oluşturucu etkisi elbette inkar edilemez; ancak Ankara’nın bölgesel merkez olma adına arabuluculuk rolü üstlendiği konuların ve bu rolün niteliğinin bölgede sadece kuşkulu bir iyimserlik algısı yaratmaktan öteye gitmediği de görülüyordu...


Monday, January 14, 2013

Inside Syria - Making heads or tails of Bashar al-Assad- Youtube

News Round Up (13 January 2013)- Syria Comment

Syrian foreign ministry in a letter to UN claims that more than 1000 factories have been dismantled in Aleppo and sold to Turkey by rebels and gunmen. I have asked an Aleppine factory owner if this is true. His answer:

“I don’t know about the numbers, but many factories have been stripped and sold. Of course, Assad is responsible for this by not offering to step aside and setting in place a process for a smooth transfer of power.” My own factory has not been stripped, but the safe box with all operating expenses was taken by the local militia commander. My foreman negotiated with him and he has since protected the factory building. It is closed and all employees have been dismissed. A factory near to mine, which is owned by a Christian who was known to be close to the regime, has been stripped...


The Endgame in Syria: Strategic Stage in the Pentagon’s Covert War on Iran (Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya- Voltaire.net)

The ultimate goal in Syria, this pundit argues, is not regime change per se, but to do whatever it takes that will result in Iran’s isolation in the region. Believing that they have succeeded in neutralizing Tehran’s allies in the Levant: Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, the opponents of Iran will be concentrating now on subduing her supporters in Iraq. Revealing the endgame behind the plans for Syria, an Israeli intelligence report has signaled that Iran can now be attacked without coordinating a regional response. Meanwhile, there is a clock ticking in Washington which may be chiming a different tune.

Suriye Başbakanı İran'a gidiyor- Sol Haber

AA'nın haberine göre, İran'ın resmi haber ajansı IRNA, el-Halaki'nin çeşitli temaslarda bulunmak üzere yarın Tahran'a geleceğini duyurdu.

İran Cumhurbaşkanı Yardımcısı Muhammed Rıza Rahimi'nin daveti üzerine gerçekleşecek ziyarette ağırlıklı olarak iki ülke arasındaki ekonomik ilişkilerin daha da geliştirilmesi konularının ele alınacağı belirtildi.

İki ülkeden ekonomi heyetinin bugün Tahran'da yaptıkları toplantıda da ekonomik ilişkileri güçlendirmek için atılacak adımları görüştükleri kaydedildi.


Nusra Cephesi: el-Faruk Tugayı komutanını biz öldürmedik- YDH

YDH- Suriye Ordusu'na karşı silahlı eylemler düzenleyen Nusra Cephesi, el-Faruk Tugayı komutanlarından Sair Vakkas'ın öldürülmesiyle bir alakalarının olmadığını açıkladı.

Önceki gün Reuters haber ajansının yerel kaynaklara dayanarak yayınladığı el-Faruk Tugayı komutanlarından Sair Vakkas'ın öldürülmesiyle ilgili haber, Nusra Cephesi tarafından yalanlandı.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Turf war feared after Syrian rebel leader killed- Reuters

(Reuters) - The killing of a senior Islamist rebel commander near Syria's border with Turkey could indicate a turf war between armed groups that will hamper their struggle to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sources told Reuters.

Thaer al-Waqqas, northern commander of al-Farouq Brigades, one of Syria's largest rebel groups, was shot dead at a rebel-held position in the town of Sermin, a few kilometres from Turkey, early on Wednesday morning, rebel sources said.

Al-Waqqas, they said, had been suspected of involvement in the killing four months ago of Firas al-Absi, a main jihadist leader in al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, which Washington dubbed a terrorist organization in December.

In addition to chronic supply problems and a shortage of financing and heavy weapons, the lack of unity among Syria's rebels has held back their efforts to dislodge Assad's forces.

"The assassins came in a white car, disembarked and riddled Waqqas with bullets as he was at a food supply depot," one of the rebels said.

He said suspicion immediately turned on Nusra.

"Absi's brother is a commander in (the city of) Homs. He vowed revenge for Firas, and it seems that he has carried out his promise," the rebel said.

"Farouq is in a period of mourning now. But it seems a matter of time before the clashes with Nusra erupt in Bab al-Hawa," he added, referring to the rebel-held border crossing with Turkey where Absi was killed.

The crossing is controlled by Farouq and its Sham Hawks Brigade ally. Nusra fighters are also present in the area, along with Muhajireen al-Sham, another rebel brigade allied with Nusra, according to rebels and opposition activists on the border...


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Heavy Snow Falling in Damascus- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Damascus is witnessing heavy snow on Wednesday as the country is influenced by polar low pressure.

Syria: Rebels Reportedly Free 48 Iranians Held Captive Since August- Huffington Post

DAMASCUS, Syria — A group of 48 Iranians freed by Syrian rebels after months in captivity have arrived at a Damascus hotel.
Officials say they were released after President Bashar Assad's regime promised to free hundreds of detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the country's civil war.
The men arrived Wednesday at the Sheraton hotel in several vans escorted by Syrian security forces.
Iran's ambassador in Damascus Mohammad Riza Shibani greeted them with flowers.


Terrorists Assassinate Lawyer Hatem Deeb in His Office in Damascus- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – In the framework of targeting national cadres, an armed terrorist group on Tuesday night assassinated Lawyer Hatem Deeb in Damascus.
A source at Damascus Police Command said that the terrorists opened fire on Deeb while he was at his office in Ein al-Kirsh area.

Suriye’nin Muhtelif Bölgeleri Kar Yağışlarına Tanık Oluyor- SANA Türkçe

ŞAM – Vatanın muhtelif bölgeleri son 24 saat içerisinde kar yağışlarına tanık oldu. Şam Kırsalının Arneh bölgesinde kar kalınlığı bir metreye ulaşırken Suveyda’da 15 cm Lazkiye’nin Slunfah bölgesinde 12 cm ulaştı.   


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Vatan Herkesindir, Herkes Elinden Geldiğince Onu Savunmalıdır- SANA Türkçe

ŞAM – Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el-Esad bugün Şam’daki Opera Merkezinde Suriye ve tüm bölgenin gündemini ele alan bir konuşma yaptı.
Konuşmasında Cumhurbaşkanı el-Esad; tüm bu acının kara bir bulut gibi vatanın üstünde dolaşması halince tüm önemiyle vicdani durumun tek başına sevdiklerimizi kaybetme acısını telafi etme, vatan güvenliğini sağlama ve her yerinde vatandaşların ihtiyaçlarını sağlamak için yeterli olmadığını belirtti.


President al-Assad : Out of Womb of Pain, Hope Should Be Begotten, from Suffering Important Solutions Rise- SANA

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_ President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said if pain is pervading like a dark cloud over the country, the emotional state only, with its sublimity, is not enough to compensate the loss of the loved ones or the restoration of security and peace to the country or providing bread, water, fuel and medicine nationwide.
Delivering a speech on the latest developments in Syria and the region at the Opera House in Damascus, President al-Assad added "out of the womb of pain, hope should be begotten and from the bottom of suffering the most important solutions rise, as the dark cloud in the sky conceals the sun light, but it also carries in its layers rain, purity and hope of welfare and giving."
President al-Assad said "These feelings of agony, sadness, challenge and intention are huge energy that will not get Syria out of its crisis unless it turns this energy into a comprehensive national move that saves the homeland from the unprecedented campaign hatched against it."
"This national move is the only balm for the deep wounds which affected our society and were about to divide it as it is the only way that is able to keep Syria geographically and making it politically stronger," the President added.
"At the beginning they wanted it a fake revolution but the Syrian people rebelled against them, then they tried to impose it by money, media and arms secretly and when they failed, they moved to the second phase through dropping the masks of a "peaceful revolution" and unveiled the cover of the weapons they were using secretly to use them openly starting their attempts to occupy cities as to pounce upon other cities," President al-Assad said, adding that "their brutal behaviors didn't deter our people, thanks to their awareness and steadfastness, to unveil their lies and reject them. Therefore they decided to take revenge on the people through spreading terrorism everywhere."
The President stressed that the Takfiries were working at the back rows through bombings mass killing leaving the armed gangs at the front line but the unity of the Syrian people and army obliged them to move for fighting at the front lines where they led the rudder of the blood, killing and mutilation ship.
"Each citizen is responsible and able to provide something even if it is tiny or limited as he/she may consider, because the homeland is for everyone; we all defend it each with his/her capacity and capability, because the thought is a way of defense, the stance is a way of defense, construction is a way of defense and protecting people's properties is a way of defense," President al-Assad added.
"Since the attack is launched against the homeland with all its human and material components, the mindful citizen has certainly known that passivity, waiting for time or others to solve the problem is a sort of pushing the country towards the abyss, and not participating in solutions is a kind of taking the homeland backwards with no progress towards overcoming what the home is going through...


Assad Speech – December 6, 2012- Syria Comment


تلفزيون الدنيا - خطاب السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد 06/01/2013