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PostSun Sep 29, 2013 3:40 am » by handy4321

The next step should be a resolution for Israel to destroy all of their nuclear weapons. Why should one country in the middle east be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction while another is not?
Israel has been known to attack U.S. forces.

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PostSun Sep 29, 2013 8:26 am » by grimghost

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is growing evidence that proves foreign-backed militants in Syria possess chemical weapons.

In an interview with Channel One Russia on Saturday, Lavrov said a phone call between militants discussing the use of chemical weapons had been intercepted, SANA reported.

He said he had asked the United States and other countries supporting Syria militants to "make their students refrain from any new attempts to seize chemical weapons or their components and particularly from using it."

Lavrov said Russia had provided the United Nations with evidence linking militants to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The minister's remarks came one day after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday, ordering the elimination of Syria's chemical arms and condemned the gas attack in Damascus.

On September 16, the United Nations issued a report by its investigators, which said the sarin nerve agent was used in an August 21 attack that allegedly killed hundreds of people near the Syrian capital. The UN team's mandate did not include assigning blame for the attack.

The US stepped up its war rhetoric against Syria in late August, after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition accused Damascus of a deadly chemical attack on the suburbs of Damascus.

Damascus, however, strongly denied the accusation, saying it was a false-flag operation carried out by Takfiri groups in a bid to draw in foreign military intervention.

The Syrian government averted possible US aggression by accepting a Russian-proposed plan to put its chemical arsenal under international control and then have them destroyed.

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PostSun Sep 29, 2013 8:29 am » by grimghost

Your right,,they shouldnt

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handy4321 wrote:The next step should be a resolution for Israel to destroy all of their nuclear weapons. Why should one country in the middle east be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction while another is not?
Israel has been known to attack U.S. forces.

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PostTue Oct 29, 2013 1:12 am » by 99socks

Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Sami Amir is used to the deep echoing rumble of the Syrian army artillery pounding rebel positions on the outskirts of Damascus. It's the thump of mortars launched from an Islamist-controlled neighborhood that scares him to death.

The mortars have repeatedly hit in his mainly Christian district of Damascus, al-Qassaa, reportedly killing at least 32 people and injuring dozens of others the past two weeks.

"You don't know when and you don't know where they hit," says Amir, a 55-year-old Christian merchant. "Life here is often too difficult."

Rebel shelling into the capital has increasingly hit several majority-Christian districts, particularly al-Qassaa, with its wide avenues, middle class apartment blocks, leafy parks, popular restaurants and shopping streets busy with pedestrians.

The shelling and recent rebel assaults on predominantly Christian towns have fueled fears among Syria's religious minorities about the growing role of Islamic extremists and foreign fighters among the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad's rule. Christians believe they are being targeted — in part because of the anti-Christian sentiment among extremists and in part as punishment for what is seen as their support for Assad.

Though some Christians oppose Assad's brutal crackdown on the opposition and the community has tried to stay on the sidelines in the civil war, the rebellion's increasingly outspoken Islamist rhetoric and the prominent role of Islamic extremist fighters have pushed them toward support of the government. Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria's 23 million people.

"When you bring a Christian and make him choose between Assad and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the answer is clear," said Hilal Khashan, a political scientist professor at the American University of Beirut, referring to the al-Qaida branch fighting alongside the rebels. "It doesn't need much thinking."

The rebels have targeted other Syrian minorities, particularly Alawites, the Shiite offshoot sect to which Assad belongs and which is his main support base. Altogether, ethnic and religious minorities — also including Kurds and Druze — make up a quarter of Syria's population. The majority, and most rebels, are Sunni Muslim.

But Christian areas have recently been the focus of fighting.

A week ago, rebels from the al-Qaida-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra attacked the Christian town of Sadad, north of Damascus, seizing control until they were driven out Monday after fierce fighting with government forces. The rebels appear to have targeted the town because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it is Christian.

Still, SANA reported Monday that the rebels in Sadad vandalized the town's Saint Theodore Church, along with much of Sadad's infrastructure.

Similarly, thousands fled the ancient Christian-majority town of Maaloula when rebels took control of it last month, holding it for several days until government forces retook it. With rebels in the hills around the town, those who fled are still too afraid to return.

Two bishops were abducted in rebel-held areas in April, and an Italian Jesuit priest, Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, went missing in July after traveling to meet al-Qaida militants in the rebel-held northeastern city of Raqqa. None has been heard from since.

In August, rebel gunmen killed 11 people in a drive-by shooting in central Syria as Christians celebrated a feast day. Activists said at the time that many of those killed were pro-government militiamen manning checkpoints.

Al-Qaida-linked fighters have damaged and desecrated churches in areas they have seized. In Raqqa, militants set fires in two churches and knocked the crosses off them, replacing them with the group's black Islamic banner. Jihadis also torched an Armenian church in the northern town of Tel Abyad on Sunday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad group that tracks the war through a network of activists on the ground.

The apparent deliberate campaign against Christians and other minorities have stoked worries in Washington and many European capitals over providing advanced weaponry to the mainstream opposition Free Syria Army, amid fears the arms will end up in the hands of extremists.

Christians in Damascus are convinced that extremists are deliberately targeting their neighborhoods as rebels battle government forces trying to uproot them from the towns they control outside the capital. Al-Qassaa is close to besieged rebel-held suburbs where Muslim residents have pleaded for international help to save them from starvation and constant government bombardment.

"Recently I noticed that every Sunday, they launch more than 15 mortars a day," Amir said. "They are targeting specifically Christian areas."

The most recent shells in al-Qassaa hit Thursday on the doorstep of a fashion clothing shop and next to a wall of a local hospital, killing three young men and damaging a church and several cars, which were left riddled by shrapnel.

Hundreds of Christians have fled al-Qassaa to other areas of the capital or into neighboring Lebanon. Nationwide, some 450,000 Christians have fled their homes, part of an exodus of some 7 million during the 2 ½-year civil war, according to Church officials.

Almost all the 50,000 Christians in the mixed city of Homs have fled, and another 200,000 have fled the northern city of Aleppo, both battleground cities. When insurgents occupied the strategic central town of Qusair in 2012, about 7,000 Catholics were forced out and their homes were looted.

Thousands who fled Maaloula have found refuge in the al-Qassaa and other Christian districts of Damascus. Maaloula was a major tourist attraction before the civil war, home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria. Some of the residents still speak a version of Aramaic, the language of biblical times believed to have been used by Jesus.

Youssef Naame and his wife Norma, an elderly Christian couple from Maaloula, described how bearded extremist Islamists stormed the northeastern village early last month chanting "God is Great!"

"The jihadis shouted: Convert to Islam, or you will be crucified like Jesus," Youssef said with a shaky voice in his daughter's al-Qassaa apartment.

He said they were trapped with other Christians for three days in a small house next to the town church, without food or electricity.

"There were snipers shooting everywhere, we were not able to move," he recalled. "We were so scared. I lost my speech."

Syrian Church leaders fear that Assad's fall would lead to an Islamist state that would spell the end to the centuries-old existence of Christians on Syrian soil.

"We are not taking any sides in the conflict," Bishop Luka, deputy leader of the Syriac Orthodox Church, said at his headquarters in the historic Damascus Old Town.

"We are standing alongside the country, because this country is ours," he said. "If the country is gone, we have nothing left. Nothing will remain of us. "


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PostFri Nov 01, 2013 10:03 am » by Willease

Israel hits Syrian military base - US official confirms

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An Obama administration official told AP that the attack happened overnight on Thursday, but provided no details. Another security official told the news agency that it took place in the Syrian port city of Latakia, and that the targets were Russian-made SA-125 missiles. For more analysis on the alleged Israeli attack on Syria...http://rt.com/news/syria-israel-attack-latakia-049/

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PostSun Nov 03, 2013 2:45 am » by antidoteman

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PostTue Nov 05, 2013 2:56 am » by grimghost

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Damascus -04-11-2013 - A correspondent in Syria, said the Syrian army controlled the Aziziyah village in the north of the city of Aleppo, after fierce battles with insurgents, while violent clashes between militants "Daash" and armed groups in Anakarin of, Alhaidariya and Hanano in housing Aleppo, which led to the large numbers of dead and wounded.

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PostThu Nov 07, 2013 9:49 pm » by The57ironman

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One of terrorism’s most feared weapons, the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile, has begun to flow into war-ravaged Syria in numbers that alarm the West because they may fall into the hands of al Qaeda, according to national security analysts.
One source puts the count at dozens and growing, saying the missile systems are in the arsenals of Islamist rebels as well as the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.
“It’s at least dozens,” said Matt Schroeder, who tracks the illicit small-arms trade at the Federation of American Scientists. “From what I can tell, it’s in the hands of a wide array of actors, from Free Syrian Army moderates to those with more ideological leanings. Whether al Qaeda-affiliated groups per se have acquired them, I don’t know. It is something we are looking into now.”

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PostFri Nov 08, 2013 1:33 am » by grimghost

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Syrian army forces have continued their battle against foreign-backed militants around the capital, retaking three towns near Damascus.

The government forces drove out militants from al-Sabeineh al-Kubra, al-Sabeineh al-Sughra and Ghazal on Thursday.

Military sources say the three towns were among the most important positions for militants on Damascus' outskirts, and militants in southern capital have practically all their supply routes cut off now.

The operation took nine consecutive days, during which a large number of militants were killed.

The takeover came weeks after the recapture of nearby Hussainiyeh, Ziabiyeh and Bweida areas.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

The UN recently warned against the humanitarian situation in Syria, saying that over nine million people are in need of urgent aid due to the crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

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PostSun Nov 10, 2013 12:33 am » by grimghost

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Syria Army Progress And Move Forward In Homs after killing a number of Terrorist after they were hiding in Ancient sectors.Syria Daily News 11/8/2013


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