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Syrian Says Prime Minister Survived Car Bomb Explosion

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Rebels, termed “terrorists” by the Assad regime, killed six people in a car bomb explosion in Damascus that failed to claim the life of its main target, Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi.

Official state media broadcast the report of the car bomb, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed it.

The apparent suicide attack was carried out as al-Halaqui’s convoy was passing by in a government-controlled area that includes a key military airport.

Information from Syria is extremely unreliable from both the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition groups.

Nearly 100 Massacred near Damascus

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Nearly 100 bodies were counted by rebels in the streets of a Damascus suburb after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army allegedly executed men, women and children.

The report was not verified, but the official Syrian SANA news agency reported, “Armed Forces units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in the town of Jdiadet al-Fadl in Damascus Countryside.”

At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $123 million in “non-lethal” to rebels as the Obama administration, plays it safe in what has clearly become a “lose-lose” war not only for Syria but also for the Middle East, if not the entire world.

Jamal al Golani, a member of the Revolution Leadership Council, said he counted 98 bodies in the streets. “There are almost no wounded because they were shot on the spot,” he added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included three children and six women.

Meanwhile, the West still is scratching its head over the civil war that threatens to spread to neighboring Lebanon.

It took too long for the Obama administration to understand it was backing the wrong man when then-US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after the beginning of the rebellion two years ago, “Assad is a reformer.”

The United States already has suffered two major diplomatic disasters in the past two years.  It backed the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has been replaced by an equally corrupt regime that promotes fundamental Islam. In Libya, the truth still is not known about the events leading up to the brutal murder of the American ambassador.

The West realizes that the civil war in Syria is not just a struggle of the “rebels” against Assad but is prime turf for terrorist organizations, not the least of them Al Qaeda, to stake out a power base.

Kerry, who as Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman frequently shuttled back and forth Syria to “engage” Assad, cannot do much more than try not to look helpless and offer humanitarian aid. The $123 million aid, which also is for non-lethal weapons such as armored carriers and communications equipment, is double the previous amount of assistance.

His hope is that the Syrian rebels will unite and live up to their pledge made on Sunday that it rejects extremism and is committed “not to use chemical weapons.”

Hamas Brings Tunnel Smuggling Know-How to Syrian Rebels

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hamas has joined the Syrian rebels and has introduced its tunnel smuggling expertise while training rebels and fighting with them against its former ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, The London Times reported Friday.

Quoting anonymous Western sources, the newspaper stated, “The Qassam Brigades have been training units very close to Damascus. These are specialists. They are really good.”

Hamas reportedly is helping rebels build tunnels for weapons to be used on an assault on Damascus, Assad’s stronghold.

Syria hosts half a million Arabs classified by the United Nations as “Palestinian refugees,” whose support for Hamas would bolster its strength against its rival Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas denied the report and explained that one of its members who was killed outside Damascus last summer had left the terrorist organization.

Hamas’ London-based official Osama Hamdan stated, “We don’t interfere in the internal problems of Syria. Our members there are normal civilians, Syrian Palestinians, who live with their families there.”

However, it is “common knowledge” that Hamas agents are fighting with he rebels in refugee camps, according to a source in Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp

Sources also told the London newspaper that Qatar, which has donated a quarter of a billion dollars to Hamas in Gaza and has promised more, may have persuaded Hamas to join the civil war.

De facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Cairo in February, almost at the same time the Emir of Qatar paid an historic visit to Gaza, “I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.”

Assad’s Rockets Kill EU Diplomat on Humanitarian Mission

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A European Union policy officer whose group was giving humanitarian aid to victims of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s suppression of rebels was killed by an army missile near Damascus on Tuesday.

EU policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, “I have learned today with great sadness of the tragic death on 12 March of Ahmad Shehadeh, a policy officer at the EU delegation in Syria, [who died] “while providing humanitarian help to the community.”

The diplomat lived in an impoverished suburb of Sunni Muslims, and was part of a local delegation of the European Union, which has removed its international diplomats from Syria.

Alleged Secret Israeli-Saudi Alliance against Syria

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Israeli and Saudi-backed intelligence agencies are behind Syrian rebel suicide bombings, according to a Syrian website that is loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The accusations are a new twist on Syrian government accusations that Israel and the United States are behind the suicide bombings.

Quoting “informed” sources in the Syrian opposition, Dam Press said a join operation room in northern Lebanon serves as headquarters for coordinating attacks on Assad’s security forces.

The website stated that “Ayman Abdel Nour, a well-known Zionist hireling,” provided logistical support for a recent suicide bombing in Damascus.

He supposed received explosive devices “from Mossad-affiliated Hungarian agents and delivered the Israeli and Hungarian made lethal materials to the Nusrah Front, which is backed by the Saudi intelligence service.”

Iran’s regime mouthpiece Press TV added its own re-writing of history, stating that six months after the Arab Spring uprising began, “Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means.

It added that the Palestinian al-Manar weekly reported that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been financing and supplying armed rebels in Syria with more explosive materials they have recently purchased from the US, Israel and Britain.

Russia, Syria Blast Turkey for Forcing Plane Landing to Search for Arms

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Relations between Russia and Turkey have been strained by the forced landing of a Syrian passenger plane which Turkey said it need to inspect for smuggled military equipment.

Moscow has said Ankara endangered the lives of Russian passengers when it commanded the Syrian plane to land, and Damascus said the interception was akin to piracy.

Moscow has been providing military assistance to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey and Syria’s border has been heating up, with Syria attacking Turkish border towns and Turkey offering asylum to Syrian nationals associated with the opposition.

Turkey issued military jets to escort the planes after receiving intelligence that “non-civilian cargo” was aborad the Airbus A0320 bound for Damascus.  There were 30 Russian passengers aboard the plane, 17 of whom were denied requests to meet with Russian diplomatic services.

No arms were found aboard the plane.  Some cargo was seized and the plane and passengers continued to their destination.

1 Day after Kochavi’s Prediction: Suicide Bomb Kills Assad’s #2 Man

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Syria’s defense minister and several other government officials were killed or hurt by a suicide bomber in Damascus Wednesday, a day after Israel’s Director of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi had said that President Bashar al-Assad’s days were numbered.

Also killed in Wednesday’s blast was Assad’s brother-in-law, who was Syria’s deputy defense minister. The bomber, who struck during a meeting of government and security heads, reportedly was a bodyguard.

The blast comes after four days of clashes in Damascus between government troops and anti-government activists.

“Assad has removed many of his forces that were in the Golan Heights to the areas of conflict (inside Syria),” Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi told a Knesset committee Tuesday.. “He’s not afraid of Israel at this point, but mainly wants to augment his forces around Damascus.”

Here’s the full report by Sana, the official Syrian news agency:

Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Gen. Dawood Rajiha and Deputy Minister of Defense Gen. Asef Shawkat were martyred on Wednesday in a terrorist explosion targeting the National Security headquarters in Damascus.

The terrorist blast happened while a meeting of a number of ministers and authorities senior officials was taking place, causing injuries among the attendees, some of them critical.

Martyr Rajiha was born in 1947 in Damascus, and he graduated from  the Military Academy in 1968, specialized in artillery. He took several military training courses, including Leadership and Staff course and Higher Staff course. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1998, ad he was made General in 2005.

He occupied various military posts including battalion and brigade commander and director of a number of directorates and departments at the Armed Forces, and he was appointed Deputy Chief of General Staff in 2004 and later Chief of General Staff in 2009.

He was awarded several military medals during the course of his career, and he was married and left behind four children.

JTA contributed to this report.

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