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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.

Hamas Points Finger at the Mossad for Killing Terrorist Leader in Damascus

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

A Hamas leader was assassinated in Damascus on Wednesday night, a member of the party’s politburo announced, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency..

Izzat al-Rishq wrote on his Facebook page that Kamal Ghanaja, also known as Nizar Abu Mujahed, was killed in his home in the Syrian capital.

Hamas is investigating the crime, al-Rishq said, adding that the “cowardly” murder would not go unpunished.

A Hamas source in Gaza said “there were marks of torture” on Ghanaja’s body.

A Hamas official in Lebanon told Agence-France Presse that the group suspected Israel’s Mossad of killing Ghanaja.

Ghanaja had worked as an aide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas leader who was shot dead in a hotel room in Dubai

According to Ma’an, Israel’s Mossad intelligence service was widely believed to have been behind the assassination of al-Mabhouh. Israel never confirmed or denied the allegation.

Asked about reports of Ghanaja’s death, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israeli Army Radio: “He was not really personally familiar (to me). According to all the background published, he was no saint and I don’t want to add anything or comment about this incident.”

Several websites affiliated with the opposition to President Bashar Assad blamed the Syrian regime for Ghanaja’s killing and said Assad’s forces murdered the Hamas leader as a message to the movement not to reject its long-time Syrian ally.

Hamas’ politburo moved to Damascus in 1999 after it was expelled from Jordan, but the party quietly quit the Syrian capital amid the bloody revolt against Assad. In February, Hamas leaders publicly denounced Assad and declared their support for the Syrian rebels.

Hamas: Mossad Killed Senior Damascus Leader

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Hamas official Izzat Al-Rishiq announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday announced that one of its senior members, Kamal Hussein Ranaja, was assassinated at his home outside Damascus.  The perpetrators?  Israel’s Mossad.

Al-Rishiq said Hamas will investigate the death of Ranaja, who was behind the smuggling of arms from Iran to Gaza for use by Hamas against Israel, but Hamas is already pinning the operation on Israel’s famous secret service organization.

The Palestinian-run International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) quoted the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen News Agency, saying that Ranaja’s killer searched his house in the Qudsaya suburb of Damascus before torturing and assassinating him, and that “all indications are pointing towards a planned assassination carried out by agents of the Israeli Mossad.”

In January 2010, assassins believed to be members of the Mossad snuck into Dubai on forged European passports and killed senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud Al-Madhouh, Ranaja’s former superior.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak during an interview with Army Radio on Thursday morning would not take responsibility for the killing, saying there were many parties interested in the death of Ranaja, who he said was “no saint”.

IMEMC also suggested an alternative theory that Syrian President Bashar Assad could be behind the killing.  Hamas has increasingly strengthened its presence in Egypt and Sinai while decreasing its power base in Syria.

Heavy Fighting in Damascus May Mark Beginning of the End for Assad

Monday, March 19th, 2012

A heavy firefight has broken out in a main district of the Syrian capital Damascus, between Free Syrian Army rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported. This may be the beginning of the end for the old regime which has been under attack from within and without for nearly a year.

On Monday the sound of heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades echoed throughout the night from the most heavily guarded neighborhood of the capital, which is home to a number of security facilities.

The latest fighting comes one day after a car bomb in Syria’s second biggest city of Aleppo killed at least three people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Damascus is situated 90 miles from Haifa

The UK-based rights group added it received phone reports from local residents who had seen bodies in the streets after Sunday’s blast near a state security office.

According to Syrian state news agency SANA, a law enforcement officer and a woman died in the explosion, and 30 civilians and law-enforcement officers were injured on Sunday when an armed group detonated a booby-trapped car while the authorities were dragging it out of a residential area in Aleppo province.

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