"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)
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Russia has promised to support Syria's government "politically, economically and militarily." President Vladimir Putin also called on the Middle East to unite against the 'Islamic State' (IS).
Speaking in the Russian capital of Moscow on Monday, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said he received the pledge of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a surprise meeting with his Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Quashing rumors that Russia would no longer support Assad, Putin said on Monday that his country's policy "which is intended to support Syria, Syria's leaders and its people, remains unchanged."
"We are convinced that in the end the Syrian people will be victorious," Putin said.
KCK yöneticisi Murat Karayılan, Türkiye'nin Suriye'ye olası bir askeri operasyonuyla ilgili olarak, "Onlar Rojava’ya müdahale ederlerse biz de onlara müdahale ederiz; o zaman Türkiye’nin tümü bir savaş sahasına dönüşür" dedi.
Change and Reform bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan held talks Monday with the main Christian parties in a bid to clinch their support for Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun's proposal on carrying out a survey to determine which Christian party or parties are influential in the country.
Following a meeting with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in Maarab, Kanaan said the LF chief reiterated to him “his support for organizing the survey.”
“It is a democratic necessity to explore the choices of Christians whenever the need arises and there is no need to give this issue other dimensions or to claim that it violates the legal norms,” Kanaan added.
“It is unacceptable to keep Christians outside the equation at every juncture. We are supposed to be in a country that respects (sectarian) balance, partnership and the National Pact,” he underlined.
The lawmaker noted that he emphasized during his tour the need to “reach common ground among the Christian parties regarding the issues of the presidency, the survey and what should come next.”
Ya'alon: Israel told rebels not to harm Syrian Druse, and to keep terror groups from border- Jerusalem Post
While some Israeli Druse have called on Israel to aid their Syrian brethren, the Syrian Druse are not keen on getting assistance from Israel, defense minister says.
...Ya’alon, in a briefing with diplomatic reporters, said that contrary to rumors that have circulated among Israel’s Druse, causing a great deal of agitation that led to the “lynching” last week of a Syrian rebel being transferred via ambulance to Israel, the Syrian Druse community was not currently threatened.
That murder, Ya’alon said, has led to calls for vengeance in Syria against the Druse community there.
While some Israeli Druse have called on Jerusalem to aid their Syrian brethren who are fighting the Assad regime, the Syrian Druse are not keen on getting that assistance, he added, as being seen as receiving support from Israel does not serve their interests.
Israel’s policy regarding Syria was to remain outside of the conflict there, but to make sure that Israel’s “red lines” were not crossed, the defense minister said. Among those red lines were the transfer of strategic weapons to Hezbollah and the infringement of Israeli sovereignty.
Ya’alon was careful not to predict the future of Syria, or how long Assad would hold on to control of at least some of the country, saying that it has essentially been broken into a number of different “cantons.”
He said that it was likely that the bloodletting there would continue, and that there was no likelihood of a decisive victory by one side or the other any time in the foreseeable future.
Another Israeli defense official said that while Israel has not refused medical treatment to any Syrian approaching its lines, “later, when it became clear that they were rebels, we made sure that they understood we expected our conditions to be kept.”
The official said he knew of no cases of Israel helping members of Nusra Front, an al-Qaida offshoot in Syria, which has beset the Druse. Rather, the official said, Israel has engaged mainly with non-jihadist rebels like the Free Syrian Army.
Telling apart jihadists from other armed factions “can be difficult,” he said...
President Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria's foreign minister on Monday that there was no change in Russia's support for the Syrian leadership.
Putin said he hoped for an end to Syria's 4-1/2 year-old conflict, adding: “We are convinced that in the end the Syrian people will win.”
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Turkish Foreign Minister: Possible Syria operations to be announced after MGK meeting- Hurriyet Daily News
In response to claims that Turkey would be conducting a cross-border military operation in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said any necessary announcements about the issue would be made after the National Security Council (MGK) meeting, which will be held June 29.
“We have a MGK meeting tomorrow; we will make the necessary announcements afterwards,” state-run Anadolu Agency reported Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying on June 28 in the Black Sea province of Ordu’s Ünye district, neither accepting nor denying any of the claims.
Hürriyet Daily News reported June 27 that Turkey’s government wanted more active military action to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) against the Syrian regime and both Kurdish and jihadist forces in Syrian territory, but the military was reluctant to do so, playing for time as the country heads for a new coalition government.
According to HDN sources, who asked not to be named, the “active support” that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s government seeks from the military ranges from long-range artillery fire (not only in retaliatory terms) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) positions in Syrian territory to air operations, and includes entering Syria with land forces to secure a strip along the Turkish border.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, are due to meet in Moscow on Monday where they will call for an urgent restart of a political dialogue between Damascus and the Syrian opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
"The focus will also be on the priority objective of restarting the political process of Syrian settlement," the ministry said, stressing that the urgency of this task has been recognized by the entire Middle East and the world.
Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from the Syrian border town of Kobane on Saturday, two days after the jihadists had seized several neighborhoods, a monitor and activists said.
IS's bloody attack on the town had left at least 174 civilians dead as well as 70 combatants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) took back control of IS positions in Kobane," the Britain-based group said.
"The YPG were able to take back the town's boys' high school, where the last of the IS fighters were holed up, after setting off explosions."
The jihadist group entered Kobane at dawn on Thursday, seizing several buildings in the town's south and southwest.
Security forces thwarted a plot to bomb an area in Beirut at the order of the Islamic State, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) on Saturday.
It said that two Lebanese suspects were tasked by the IS in Syria's al-Qalamoun region to carry out the attack.
The suspects were arrested in May by the General Security and they have been transferred to the Military General Prosecution.
Friday, June 26, 2015
The Kataeb's second Deputy-President Salim Sayegh Friday stressed the need to rally around the Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi, noting that such a step would consolidate and empower Bkirki's role.
Following a meeting with the Patriarch, Sayegh noted that talks featured high on the presidential vote, reiterating the pressing need to elect a new head of state as soon as possible.
“The main concern is to elect a president of the state and to abide by the Constitution,” he outlined, adding that it is the sole way to safeguard the country and revitalize the state institutions.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
YDH- Fars haber ajansı, Suriye ordusunun Dera kırsalında başlattığı operasyonlar sonucu 9 Haziran’da Nusra Cephesi'ne bağlı silahlı gruplar tarafından ele geçirilen 52. Tugay’a 2 kilometre mesafedeki el-Herak bölgesine ulaştığını bildirdi.
Suriye ordusunun Dera kırsalındaki en büyük askeri üssü olan 52. Tugay’ı kaybetmesinin ardından silahlı gruplar Suveyda yakınlarındaki Sa’la havaalanını tehdit etmeye başlamıştı.
Suriye ordusunun gönüllü halk güçlerinin desteği ile Sa’la havaalanı çevresinde başlattığı operasyonlar sonucu havaalanı çevresindeki Sakkaka, Tel Sakkaka, Dare el-Kebire gibi idari açıdan Dera’ya bağlı bölgeleri tamamen kontrol altına aldıktan sonra 52. Tugayı’a yöneldiği bildiriliyor.
YDH- El Meyadin televizyonu silahlı grupların Dera ilini ele geçirmek için başlattıkları büyük saldırıya ‘Güney Fırtınası’ adını verdiklerini bildirdi.
İdlib’i ele geçiren Nusra liderliğindeki Fetih Ordusu’nun Antakya’da kurulan operasyon odasından yönetilmesine benzer şekilde güneydeki saldırının da Amerika tarafından eğitilen silahlı grupların oluşturduğu Ürdün’ün başkenti Amman’daki komuta merkezinden yönetildiği bildirildi.
Haberde Amman’daki komuta merkezinden önümüzdeki birkaç saat içerisinde başlatılacak olan büyük saldırı için Dera çevresindeki silahlı gruplara hazırlık emri verildiği ve operasyonda yaklaşık 1500 militan, 40 zırhlı araç ve 30 tank kullanıldığı bildirildi.
Güney Fırtınası adlı saldırı konusunda istihbarat alan Suriye ordusunun silahlı gruplara ait mevzilere yoğun topçu saldırısı düzenlerken Suriye uçaklarının da Ürdün-Suriye sınırındaki silahı gruplara ait mevzileri bombaladığı bildirildi.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The head of Syria's Nusra Front militant group mourned the death of al Qaeda's deputy leader in an audio message that underlined the organisations' close relationship and appeared to counter recent reports that it might split from the global network.
Nusra is al Qaeda's wing in Syria, but sources close to and in the organisation told Reuters this year it was considering distancing itself from the parent group so that it could attract funding from a wider range of donors.
The audio message from Nusra's Abu Mohamad al-Golani, posted on YouTube overnight, mourned Nasser al-Wuhayshi who was killed in a U.S bombing in Yemen in June, urged his followers not to despair and advised his successor to be cautious.
Nusra is one of the most powerful forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an increasingly complex conflict.
Parliament failed once again on Wednesday to elect a president after quorum was not met during the 25th elections session.
Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the polls to July 15.
MP Michel Pharaon stated after the meeting: “The paralysis at parliament and at cabinet are spreading to the remaining state institutions.”
Meanwhile, MP Marwan Hamadeh responded to criticism directed by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi against lawmakers, saying: “Why are we being lumped in sermons and statements with those who have been boycotting electoral sessions?”
“We have attended all 25 meetings,” he stressed.
The patriarch has repeatedly condemned the presidential vacuum and lawmakers for failing to elect a new head of state.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.
Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise presidential candidate have thwarted the polls.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army's massive operations against the al-Nusra Front's positions in various parts of the Southern province of Dara'a resulted in the killing or wounding of dozens of the fighters, military sources in the Southern battlefields confirmed.
The sources said that the Syrian army targeted a hideout of terrorist groups’ leaders while they were holding a meeting in the Southeastern neighborhood of Busra al-Sham city, 40 km to the East of Dara'a city.
The hideout was completely destroyed, said the source, confirming that all those who were inside were killed.
A number of al-Nusra Front terrorists were killed and their arms and ammunition were destroyed during an operation by the Syrian army men in the Eastern parts of al-Nueimeh town in the Eastern countryside of Dara'a province.