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Pentagon: al-Qaeda Delivered Sarin via Turkey


Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:13pm


Claims made in a US army report relating to sarin use in Syria appear to have irritated Turkish PM Erdoğan, who is supporting pro-Islamist organizations such as al-Nusra and al-Qaeda.

Former intelligence officer and one of the former senior directors of US Department of Defense Michael Maloof has said in an interview that he has taken possession of a report which shows that al-Qaeda acquired and used chemical weapons, going against the the insistence of the US administration that the Syrian administration used these chemical weapons.

According to Maloof, the report was prepared by the US Army, and he took the report from the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), one of the US intelligence agencies. The document is classified as Secret' and 'Not for foreign distribution.'

Salafis in Iraq produced chemical weapons

The report revealed that al-Qaeda has in its possession sarin gas, a type of chemical weapons. Al-Qaeda had produced a bench-scale form of sarin in Iraq and then transferred it to Syria via Turkey and sent it to the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front.

According to the document, assessments stated that primary research and procurement activities continued in spite of the arrests of several key individuals in Iraq and Turkey. A US Military source stated that 50 documents related to the efforts of the ANF/AQI-associated groups to produce sarin gas, adding that This document depicts our assessment of the status of effort at its peak when it was disrupted in late May 2013 with the arrest of several key individuals in Iraq and Turkey."

Used in Aleppo

The report pointed out that the a part of the sarin gas captured in Turkey may have been used in an attack in March in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo, Syria, where 26 citizens and Syrian government forces were killed by what was determined to be sarin gas, delivered by a rocket attack. According to sources, deadly sarin poison gas was manufactured in a Sunni-controlled region of Iraq and then transported to Turkey for use by the Syrian opposition.

Saudis provided the money

Maloof said in his statement to Russia Today, "the document itself was published in August 2013 by the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC). The fact that some of it was actually captured in May along the border in Turkey and it was actually Al-Qaeda, and since it was disseminated my sources are telling me that production has probably increased significantly and sarin gas is being produced quite widely now. That it's actually ongoing and there's actually a Saudi financier whose name Im trying to obtain right now."


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USAID provides humanitarian assistance to the terrorists of Al-Qaeda:

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The CIA link to al-Qaeda in Syria
   
   
   
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The revelation is shocking, even for the CIA given the recent history of their modus operandi and even after we take into consideration the way the USA and its FUKUS Axis friends have behaved over the last few decades: there is a link between the al-Qaeda terrorists fighting in Syria and the USA's CIA. Worse, the link between al-Qaeda and the CIA.

The allegation is made by the former al-Qaeda member Sheikh Nabil Naiim, who has spoken out on a video, claiming that the principal force fighting against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, the one with strong links to al-Qaeda, is led by a CIA operative, Mohammed al-Jawlani.

Firstly, Sheikh Nabil Naiim should know. After all, he was the historic leader of the Islamist Jihadist movement in Egypt, he was leader of the Safwa al-Qaeda training camp; he met Osama bin Laden and he fought with al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Sudan. He was involved in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and was imprisoned for a failed assassination attempt against President Hosni Mubarak. After the Mubarak government was ousted, Naiim renounced violence and is now setting the record straight, saying which of his former colleagues in violence and terrorism are on the CIA payroll.

In the video (link below), he states that "I personally believe that the leader of the Nusra Army (Mohammed al-Jawlani), who declared his support for Ayman al-Jawahiri, is a CIA operative in the Al Nusra".
   
As for Zawahiri, he receives orders from the Americans to make a recording every six months, because he also is a US double agent. Hardly surprising, because who created the Mujaheddin movement in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1960s.1980s, to create a Jihadist movement which could be exported into the southern USSR? Why, the answer links in the connection between the Jihadist Madrassah and the CIA and we all know what the Mujaheddin morphed into: the Taleban.

"The USA has been allowing us to fight in Afghanistan for 18 years and have funded and supported us," claims Naiim, who states to those duped into fighting against President al-Assad: "You are fighting the war in Syria on America's behalf. Eventually you will be called terrorists and you will be killed or put in prison just like what happened to us after Afghanistan".
   
And regarding Syria, he reveals that twenty-nine different FSA fighting groups have sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, an FSA General recently confirmed that the FSA and al-Nusra are fighting together (as the west has been urging the terrorist groups to do); the CIA has been aiding other Gulf States to send arms to the Syrian rebels (contravening the terms of international law which stipulates clearly that it is illegal to become involved in an internal conflict in a sovereign nation).

He claims that FSA fighting groups are defecting to Jabhat al-Nusra, where they receive promises of good money; many rebel groups have vowed to fight against the United States of America once they have finished in Syria, they have been burning American flags, they have been burning Israeli flags; FSA groups sing songs glorifying al-Qaeda and acclaiming the 9/11 attacks.

And the revelations go on. Now, just who are the FUKUS Axis (France, UK, US) involved with in Syria and why do they continue to associate with groups like this? Surely the sensible thing to do would be to abandon them to their fate, which is to be exterminated as the filth they are, and start respecting international law, instead of siding with terrorists?

Source: Infowars.com

"You are fighting the war in Syria on America's behalf"

Article by Paul Joseph Watson


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ISIS hard hit by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, more terrorists killed in various areas

Provinces, SANA With the Russian Air Force involved in the fight against terrorism, the terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS that is being hard hit, are suffering heavy losses in personnel and equipment.

Syrian and Russian airstrikes target ISIS positions

A military source told SANA on Friday that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in various provinces.

A command headquarters and a signal center in Daret Ezza in the countryside of Aleppo were destroyed in the airstrikes, according to the source.

Airstrikes in Idleb, it said, resulted in destroying ammunition, weapons and fuel depots for a field camp and weapons and fuel depots in Maaret al-Nouman and an ammunition depot in al-Hbeit in the countryside of the province.

Dozens of vehicles and a fortified command headquarters were destroyed in Kafr Zita in the countryside of Hama province, the source added.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday in a statement published by Russia Today website that its warplanes conducted in the past 24 hours 18 airstrikes against 12 sites for terrorists in Raqq, Hama and Idleb.

The ministry said the Russian airplanes struck an ISIS training camp near Raqq city. The raids also struck an ISIS command post, a training camp and dozens of vehicles equipped with machineguns in central Hama province.

A Su-25 aircraft struck an ISIS camp in Maaret al-Numan and destroyed it completely.

Russia Today website quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as affirming in a statement that Russian Su-34s have carried out precise strikes against targets from an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, pointing out that the on-board target navigation systems of these aircraft can allow for the strike of ground targets with absolute preciseness.

Konashenkov noted that the Russian air force aims to destroy the infrastructure of ISIS represented by the command, communications and surveillance centers, the weapons and ammunition depots, and the bomb and car bomb factories.

He reiterated affirmation that the Syrian armed forces are carrying out ground operations without participation by the Russian forces.

Konashenkov said that some international media outlets had quoted what he called provocative untrue information about the Russian Air Force operations in Syria, adding that some reports had been published before the Russian operations started.

The Russian Presidents spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the targets of the Russian air strikes in Syria are defined in coordination with the Syrian army, calling for ascertaining any information about the Russia Air Forces involvement in fighting the terrorist organizations in Syria in light of the emergence of much false and fabricated information concerning this issue.

On Thursday, the Russian Air Force carried out more air strikes on 12 ISIS positions in Homs, Hama and Idleb as part of the agreement between Syria and Russia to eliminate ISIS.

Aleppo

The armys air force destroyed two convoys of armored vehicles for terrorist organizations in Aleppo on the road between the villages of Maraset al-Khan and al-Madyouna in al-Bab area, which is a supply route for terrorists across Turkey.

The airstrikes left a number of terrorists dead or injured, mostly from Jabhat al-Nusra, in addition to destroying their vehicles, some of which equipped with heavy machineguns.

In the southeastern countryside of the province, army units killed a number of terrorists as they targeted their positions in al-Salehiyeh, Tal Naam, Treidem, Jeb al-Safa, Hweijineh, Qseir al-Ward, Kabbara, Ein al-Hanash, Tal Faour and Talet al-Shawaya, 25 km away from Aleppo city.

Terrorists hideouts in the eastern countryside of Aleppo were targeted, particularly in the vicinity of al-Nairab airport and in Ein al-Jamajmeh, Hmeimeh al-Saghira, Rasm al-Abboud, Deir Hafer, al-Breij, Tal Istabl, Jaboul and al-Sheikh Ahmad.

The army units defending the Air Force Academy killed a number of ISIS terrorists and destroyed their arms and vehicles as they targeted their movements and positions in the vicinity of the academy.

Army units destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra positions in several neighborhoods in Aleppo city, including in al-Ramouseh, Salah-Eddin, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Jabal and al-Zibdiyeh, while a number of terrorists were killed and their arms were destroyed in Kafr Hamra and Jib Ghabsha to the northwest of the city.

Homs

An army unit destroyed a hideout, several vehicles, a rocket launcher and a cannon for ISIS terrorists in Palmyra in the countryside of Homs province.

Quneitra

Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out operations against Jabhat al-Nusra positions in the northern countryside of the southern Quneitra province.

A number of terrorists were killed as their hideouts were destroyed in al-Hamediyeh and Ufania villages.

Gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were targeted in Abu Shatta village to the south of Jbata al-Khashab town, which is a main fortification for Jabhat al-Nusra.

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Updated-More terrorists positions destroyed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes      
   
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Russian and Syrian soldiers   
      
Provinces, SANA The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, launched on Saturday more air strikes against positions of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist organization, according to a military source.      
      
The source described the air strikes as being pinpoint and highly accurate, directly hitting targets and leading to their destruction.      
      
A fortified command center was destroyed in al-Latamneh in the countryside of Hama province, according to the source.      
      
Air strikes in Idleb province destroyed weapons and equipment depots, a vehicle-rigging center, heavy machine guns and a mortar in Jisr al-Shughour and a training camp and weapons and ammunition depots in Maaret al-Nouman.      
      
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministrys spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced in a press conference that the Russian aircrafts carried out over the past 24 hours 20 sorties attacking 9 ISIS positions in Syria.      
      
Accurate delivery of a concrete-piercing bomb BETAB-500 launched from a Su-34 aircraft near Raqqa destroyed a hardened command center of one of the illegal armed groups as well as an underground bunker with explosives and ammunition depot, he said.      
      
Su-34 tactical bomber engaged an ISIL [ISIS] base near Maaret al-Nouman with a guided air bomb KAB-500 during a pinpoint strike. According to the objective monitoring data, terrorist fortifications, ammunition and POL depots as well as 7 vehicles were destroyed, added Konashenkov.      
      
He went on saying that tactical bombers Su-24M eliminated storage bases for military hardware used by militants for preparation of terrorist attacks in Jisr al-Shughour district in Idleb.      
      
Moreover, an airstrike was made against a base of militants at the same district. It completely destroyed depots with ammunition and equipment situated at the base, he added.      
      
Aleppo         
      
The army targeted dens and cells of ISIS terrorists to the east of Assafira, Job al-Safa, Jaboul, al-ridwaniyah, Ayn Sabeil, al-Baba in the countryside of Aleppo.      
      
The armys operations ended up with the killing of a number of ISIS terrorists and destroying their vehicles, equipped with heavy machineguns.      
      
Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that an army unit carried out a special operation against terrorists in al-Hatab square of al-Jadidah region in old Aleppo, killing several terrorists and destroying their dens.      
      
Deir Ezzor      
      
More than 150 of ISIS terrorists were killed in operations carried out by units of the army and the armed forces in Deir Ezzor province.      
      
Field sources told SANA that units of the army clashed with the ISIS terrorists on the outskirts of the neighborhoods of al-Rasafa, al-Rashidyia, al-Ommal and al-Sinaa in Deir Ezzor City, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the vehicles and personnel.      
      
The sources added that the ISIS extremist organization detonated three car bombs in the eastern part of Deir Ezzor city in the neighborhoods of al-Sinaa and al-Rasafa.      
      
The sources affirmed that more than 150 of the ISIS terrorists were killed in the army operations in Deir Ezzor and its countryside and a number of their vehicles were destroyed with all the ammunition and machineguns onboard.      
      
Sweida         
      
The army air force carried out airstrikes against a convoy of vehicles belonging to Takfiri terrorist organizations in the village of Ghadir Abu Sharshouh on the eastern outskirts of the Badiya desert in the southern Sweida province.      
      
A number of vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes while they were moving from the village of Ghadir Abu Sharshouh towards the Eastern Ghota in Damascus Countryside, and a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured.      
      
Daraa      
      
Units of the army and the armed forces carried out concentrated strikes against positions and dens of the Takfiri terrorist organizations in the southern Daraa province.      
      
Scores of terrorists were killed and their arms and ammunition were destroyed in special operations carried by an army unit against their dens in Enkhil town.      
      
An army unit also destroyed one of the terrorists vehicles to the west of Namer town, 22 km to the northeast of Daraa City after monitoring the movements of the terrorists there, as all terrorists onboard were either killed or injured.      
      
Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed including terrorist Luqman Jamal al-Badawi, terrorist Mohammad Maamoun Issa al-Nasser, and terrorist Ahmed Mohammad al-Nayef.      
      
Homs      
      
Army units targeted gatherings and movements of ISIS terrorists to the northeast of Wadi al-Zakara in the surroundings of Tadmur (Palmyra) city in Homs province.      
      
A number of ISIS terrorists were killed and a mortar and amounts of weapons and ammunition were destroyed as a result of the operations.      
      
In the northern countryside of the province, army units targeted terrorists hideouts near the bridge of al-Tibeh village and in Taldao in al-Houleh and al-Rastan al-Tahtani, leaving many terrorists dead or injured.      
      
SANA      
      
 
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President al-Assad: New anti-terrorism coalition must succeed, otherwise the whole region will be destroyed

Damascus, SANA President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to the Iranian Khabar TV channel.

The following is the full text of the interview:

Question 1: In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful. Mr. President, thank you very much for accepting the invitation of the Television of the Islamic Republic of Iran to give this interview. Thank you very much.

There are many issues which need to be raised; and in this interview, Ill raise a number of them. I hope that Ill get candid and transparent answers from your Excellency. For about five years now, Syria has been suffering from a war waged by armed terrorist groups that inflicted tremendous damage on the Syrian people. According to available statistics, these damages are estimated at more than USD 200 billion to the infrastructure, about 250,000 casualties and about six to seven million displaced Syrian individuals. All this was the result of Western states insistence on overthrowing the Syrian regime. They havent succeeded in doing so. Now we can see a change in positions regarding the situation in Syria. The states which used to call for overthrowing the regime have started to declare that they accept President Assads participation in an interim government. Whats your reading of this change in positions, and why has it happened?

No foreign officials might decide Syrias future, political system or the individuals to govern

President Assad: In the beginning, I would like to welcome you in Damascus; and Im glad to be talking to our Iranian brothers through your TV station. Concerning the changes that you see happening in the Western world, part of this is based on their statements to the media. For us in Syria, we cannot take these statements seriously, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, for many reasons. I believe that our Iranian brothers, including Iranian officials, share our view on this. In other words, both of us do not trust Western officials. As to their recent statements about a transitional period and other issues, I would like to be very clear: no foreign officials might decide the future of Syria, the future of Syrias political system or the individuals who should govern Syria. This is the Syrian peoples decision. Thats why these statements mean nothing to us.
But what is absolutely certain is that Western officials are in a state of confusion and their vision lacks clarity. At the same time, they are overwhelmed by a sense of failure concerning the plans they drew and didnt achieve their objectives. The only objective of course is what you mentioned in your question, i.e. destroying Syrias infrastructure and causing a great deal of bloodshed. We have paid a heavy price, but their objectives were subjugating Syria completely and replacing one state with another. They aimed at replacing this state with a client state which implements the agendas dictated by foreign governments.

We cannot trust Western positions regardless of whether they were positive or negative

At the same time, the lies they propagated at the beginning of the events in Syria, in order to promote their positions to their audiences, have started to unravel. You cannot continue to lie to your people for years. You might do that for a limited period of time. Today, as a result of technological advances in the field of information, every citizen in every part of the world could know part of the truth. These parts have started to come together in the minds of their people, and they have found out that their governments have been lying to them concerning what has happened in Syria. They have also paid the price either through terrorist operations, the terrorism that started to affect those countries or through the waves of migrants coming to their countries, not only from Syria, but from different countries in the Middle East. All these factors started to effect a change, but I would like to stress once more that we cannot trust Western positions regardless of whether they were positive or negative.

Question 2: Mr. President, some countries, like France, used to have good relations with you, between 2008 and 2010. You enjoyed good relations with President Sarkozy. Why have such people moved to the enemies side and started calling for overthrowing the Syrian regime?

President Assad: Because Sarkozy was charged by George Bushs administration to build contacts with Syria. Those contacts had a number of objectives which aimed in general at changing the political line of Syria. But there was an essential objective that the Americans wanted Sarkozy to achieve. At that time there was talk about how the 5+1 group should deal with Irans nuclear file, specifically how to deal with nuclear materials or the radioactive materials which were enriched in your reactors in Iran. I was required to persuade Iranian officials to send these materials to Western countries to be enriched and returned to Iran, without any guarantees of course. That was impossible. It did not convince us, and the Iranian officials were not convinced.

When the West was unable to change Syrian policies, they found an opportunity at the beginning of the events of what is called the Arab Spring, an opportunity to attack the states whose political line they didnt like. That is why the period you are talking about was concerned with appearances. In other words, the West opened up to Syria, but in fact that period was replete with pressure and blackmail. They havent offered one single thing to Syria, neither politically, or economically, or in any other field.

Question 3: What you said was about France. How do you read the positions of other countries, like the UK and the USA?

President Assad: Their positions today?

Intervention: I mean that France wanted to intervene through the relationship that connects you with Iran. How did other countries, like the UK and the USA get involved in dialogue with you at that time?

Western countries have one master, which is the United States

President Assad: Yes. When we talk about these states, we are taking about an integrated system. We use the term Western countries, but these Western countries have one master, which is the United States. All these countries behave in accordance with the dictates of the American maestro. Now, the statements of all these countries are similar. They say the same thing, and when they attack Syria, they use the same language. That is why when the United States gives the signal, these countries move in a certain direction, but there is usually a distribution of roles. At that time France was asked to play that role, considering the relatively good historical relations between France and Syria since independence. There is a big Syrian community in France, and there are economic, even military, and of course political relations. That is why the best option for them was to ask France, and not any other country. But ultimately, Western officials follow the orders of the American administration. This is a fact.

Question 4: Does that mean that you know specifically what the West wants from Syria?

President Assad: They want to change the state. They want to weaken Syria and create a number of weak statelets which can get busy solving their daily problems and internal disputes with no time for development or extending support to national causes, particularly the cause of Palestine, and at the same time ensuring Israels security. These objectives are not new. They have always been there, but the instruments of dealing with them differ from time to time.

Question 5: It seems that some of these countries, working on behalf of the United States, have very close ties with the terrorists, and their policies are identical with those of the terrorist groups. What is the damage that such countries, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, can inflict on regional security and stability?

President Assad: There are, of course, different kinds of terrorism in our region, but they are all overshadowed by what is called Islamic terrorism because these terrorist groups or organizations have adopted Islam without having anything to do with Islam in reality. But this is the term being used now. These groups are promoting sedition among the different components in the region in general. This means that the greatest damage is the disintegration of societies in time. Now, fortunately, there is a great awareness in our society about the danger of sectarian sedition, and the necessity of uniting ranks, particularly as far as the Muslims are concerned. But with time, and with the continuation of sectarian incitement, creating gaps between the different components of society and producing a young generation brought up on the wrong ideas, that will be a very serious danger. This disintegration will become one day a de facto situation, and will lead to confrontations, conflicts and civil wars. This is very dangerous, and it is not exaggerated. It is a fact.

Question 6: Now, it has become common in international forums for states to announce that the Syrian crisis cannot be resolved except through a political solution. But Saudi Arabia and the Saud clan insist that you should step down from your position. What is your response to that?

Neither Saudi Arabia nor Turkey have right to talk about democracy

President Assad: What I said a short while ago: any talk about the political system or the officials in this county is an internal Syrian affair. But if they are talking about democracy, the question begs itself: are the states you mentioned, especially Saudi Arabia, models of democracy, human rights or public participation? In fact, they are the worst and the most backward worldwide; and consequently they have no right to talk about this. As to Erdogan, he is responsible for creating chasms inside his own society, inside Turkey itself. Turkey was stable for many years, but with his divisive language, and his talk about sedition and discrimination between its different components, neither he nor Davutoglu are entitled to give advice to any country or any people in the world. This is the truth, simply and clearly.

Question 7: Mr. President, you said more than once that some states caused the current situation in Syria, and that foreign intervention played a significant role in creating the crisis. However, this crisis happened on your watch. To what extent have you played a role in creating this situation?

President Assad: When there is foreign intervention, it cannot make a significant negative impact unless there were gaps in this country or in that society. That is why we said from the very beginning that there are many things which need to be reformed in Syria. There are gaps; and we are all responsible for these gaps, as Syrians. Of course, the state has its share of responsibility in this regard, and the higher the official, the greater the responsibility.
This is in general terms, but when we come to the facts about what happened in Syria, we cannot deny the importance of the foreign factor. Money was paid to make people demonstrate under slogans related to the constitution, the laws or to reforms. From the very beginning we responded positively to all these proposals, despite the fact that we knew that a large part of it was unreal and not genuine. But it was merely a slogan. Nevertheless, and from the very beginning we called for a political dialogue among Syrian political forces. The result of that dialogue was that the constitution was changed, and the provisions which they claimed, or as some have claimed to be the cause of the crisis, have also been changed. New laws, providing for more freedoms, were passed, new parties established and the media law was changed. All the things which were demanded, or which were used as slogans in the demonstrations, were implemented.

Then, they started in the West and in the regional countries which are subject to the Western agendas, particularly Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, started talking about the issue of the president specifically. Why? Because they wanted to personalize the issue, in order to say that the whole problem in Syria is caused by one individual, and consequently he, and not the terrorists or the regional and Western states which seek to destabilize Syria, is responsible. That is why I say again that the issue of the presidency or other issues are the concern of the Syrian people. I, personally, have said, on more than one occasion that when the Syrian people decide that a certain individual should stay, he will stay; and when the Syrian people decide that he should go, he will go immediately. This issue cannot be subject to any discussion, but if the opinion of the West is contrary to that of the Syrian people, it has no value whatsoever. That is why we say that returning to dialogue and continuing the dialogue which is conducted from time to time is the solution for the Syrian crisis. If there are demands for reform, that shouldnt be the responsibility of the President but the responsibility of the states institutions, because they define the shape of the reform. When there is a national issue, it should be shouldered by the institutions and should be carried out by these institutions, particularly elected ones, foremost among which is the Peoples Assembly.

Question 8: So, you believe that what happened in Syria has to do with institutions and not the person of the president of the republic?

President Assad: Of course, because the president comes to power through institutions and leaves power through institutions. The president assumes power through the constitution and steps down through the constitution, the laws and the elections. Those are the mechanisms. A president cannot assume power through terrorism or step down as a result of terrorism. He does not assume power through chaos and does not step down because of chaos. He does not assume power through foreign intervention or under foreign cover as is the case in most countries in our region. As you know, this is a fact. When he comes to power through a foreign country, he continues in power through a decision of this foreign country and leaves power upon a decision of that country. This, however, is not the case neither in Syria nor in Iran, and will not be the case in the future.

Question 9: If we go back to the beginning of the crisis in March 2011, would you manage the crisis in the same way you did?

From the beginning we decided to fight terrorism, and today we are more committed to this principle

President Assad: In all things in our lives, there are always main titles and small details which constitute these titles. What changes often are the details and not the main titles, except in special cases. This crisis has been a rich lesson. Every national crisis is a very rich lesson to the officials, to the population and to society in general. Every day, you learn a new thing and see things from a different perspective. Sometimes you see things which you dont know even about yourself or the society you live in. That is why it doesnt make sense to say that the crisis is passing by and we will not learn new things from it and will not change accordingly. It is natural to have differences concerning the details, but not the main titles. The reason is that these are basic principles. For example, in the beginning we decided to have dialogue, to respond to dialogue and that the solution should be through dialogue. We still believe in this principle.

Concerning fighting terrorism, from the beginning it was clear to us that there were foreign hands behind it, and that it aimed at creating chaos and a terrorist environment to destabilize Syria. From the beginning we decided to fight terrorism, and today we are more committed to this principle. From the beginning we decided to be independent in solving our problems. We want help from our friends; and this is what Iran is offering, and what Russia is offering, together with other countries of the world. But no other country can replace us in solving our problems. I believe that we are more determined today to be committed to these principles; and the events have shown that what we used to say at the beginning of the crisis was right. When we come to the details and mechanisms, there is no doubt that the way we see them now is different from the way we saw them then.

Question 10: You said that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through Syrian-Syrian dialogue. Are you prepared, Mr. President, to sit at the same table with those armed groups fighting on the ground?

President Assad: It is self-evident that no state in the world conducts dialogue with terrorists, because terrorists, like other citizens, should be subject to the laws and should be brought to account. However, the state might conduct dialogue with terrorists in one case, when the objective of the dialogue is for the individuals who carried out terrorist acts to lay down their arms and embrace the state and the law. This has actually happened in Syria; and we held dialogue with many groups within the framework of what we call reconciliations through which the state grants amnesty to those individuals, provided that they go back to their normal lives.

This mechanism or approach has achieved reasonable success in many regions, especially when you know that many of those who carried out terrorist acts did so probably because of certain conditions which pushed them in that direction and not necessarily because they have a genuine conviction or desire to do so. There are those who were deceived and those who were misled.

On the other hand, there are ideological terrorist groups which do not believe in dialogue. They reject dialogue and reject reconciliation. They believe that these killings and these acts of terrorism are part of religion and part of Islam. They believe that when they commit these acts and get killed, they have done a service to religion, and then go to heaven. It is impossible to conduct dialogue with these groups; they do not accept it and we do not accept it.

Question 11: What are the damages caused to security and stability in the region by what happened in Syria through the acts of these extremist Islamic movements which want to declare an Islamic State or an Islamic Emirate? And how should they be dealt with?

President Assad: These terrorist organizations, whether ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra or al- Qaeda are mere manifestations of a long and deep perversion in our region and our society. This perversion is at least five decades old; but it practically started two centuries ago with perverse interpretation of Islam. The main manifestation of this perversion is the Wahhabi movement which interpreted Islam in a perverted and, in most cases, contradictory manner with the import of Islam itself. So, these are mere manifestations.
Dealing with this short term damage, which is related to the terrorist acts, the destruction and killing they are carrying out, is not easy, but certainly possible. Dealing with it will constitute a victory for society, an important victory because it protects it against a disease and a real epidemic.
The big danger is for this treatment to take a long time and for these organizations to become entrenched within society. In that case you will be dealing with a very dangerous, cultural and intellectual situation. You will be before a new generation of ideological terrorists who believe in killing, takfir and discrimination as a basic method for building an Islamic State, as they believe. Then, the whole region will face a huge dilemma. This type of thought has no boundaries. It does not recognize political borders. It spreads, through contagion, very quickly in our region, and even in Europe, as we see today. That is why these organizations are extremely dangerous, but it is not enough to fight them as organizations. More importantly, we should fight the thought which led to the creation of these organizations, the states which promoted this type of thought and the institutions which provide funds for this thought through religious schools and foundations which promote extremism in the Islamic world.
   
Question 12: Mr. President, Western countries tried, in a symbolic move, to create an international coalition against terrorism. But this coalition does not seem to have succeeded. Why?
International coalition failed because the thief cannot be himself the policeman

President Assad: That is true, first because the thief cannot be himself the policeman who protects the city from thieves. Similarly, the state which supports terrorism cannot fight it. This is the truth about this coalition we see. That is why, and after more than a year, we do not see any results. On the contrary, we see that is has been counterproductive. Terrorism has expanded geographically, and the number of volunteers or recruits to these terrorist organizations has increased. Second, because these states which support terrorism from the beginning and which provide cover for it, cannot be serious. Take, for instance, the number of air strikes conducted by the sixty countries together in Syria and Iraq. They constitute only a fraction of what the Syrian air force is doing, despite the facts that we are a small country in the end, and the Syrian air force is not big. Nevertheless, we are conducting many folds the number of airstrikes carried out by those countries.
If the US really wanted to fight terrorism, it would have put pressure on terrorists supporters

There is a more important indicator of their lack of seriousness. How can the United States and its allies fight terrorism or ISIS in Syria and Iraq while their closest allies in the government of Erdogan and Davutoglu are supporting terrorists and enabling them to cross the borders and bring weapons, money and volunteers through Turkey? Had the United States really wanted to fight terrorism, it would have put pressure on those countries. That is why I dont believe that this coalition will do anything except strike a balance between the existing forces in order to keep the fire alive and perpetuate the process of erosion in Syria and Iraq and later other countries of the region, so that we all remain weak for decades and maybe generations.

Question 13: The states which oppose your regime consider your presence in power a pretext for continuing the war. How do you respond to them, Mr. President?

President Assad: If I were a pretext for terrorism in Syria, what is the pretext for terrorism in Yemen. Im not in Yemen. Who is the pretext for terrorism in Libya? Who is the pretext for terrorism in Iraq? In fact, if we take the example of ISIS, you will find that it did not emerge in Syria. It emerged in Iraq in 2006 when the Americans ran most things, if not everything, particularly the security issues in Iraq. It emerged there on their watch; and all ISIS leaders graduated from the prisons which used to be run by the United States, not the Iraqi government. This does not make any sense. Western officials in America and elsewhere acknowledge that they created this extremism through al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the beginning to fight the Soviet Union. ISIS is a by-product of al-Qaeda that came in a different form and in a different region. What they say does not have any value. The West always looks for some other party or person to hold them responsible because they will not say that it was them who supported terrorism and stood against the Syrian people and sought to destroy them together with their culture, heritage and all the basics of their lives.
   
Question 14: The Western coalition failed in its fight against terrorism. Now a new coalition has started to form in the region bringing together Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria. Considering that the terrorists receive a lot of support from the outside, can this coalition succeed?
Putin-proposed coalition must succeed, otherwise the whole region will be destroyed

President Assad: It must succeed; otherwise the whole region, not only one or two countries, will be destroyed. We have full confidence in this. Of course, what you said about the support extended to these terrorist organizations by other countries will make the price of victory for these countries which are fighting terrorism very high indeed. If those countries joined the fight against terrorism in a serious and genuine manner, at least by stopping their support to terrorists, it will hasten the process of achieving the results which we all hope to see. But even if they didnt do that and continued to support terrorism, we as states have a vision and have expertise. All of us have suffered because of terrorism. Iran and Russia have suffered different kinds of terrorism. When these countries unite against terrorism and fight it militarily and in the areas of security and information, in addition to other aspects, this coalition will, no doubt, achieve real results on the ground, particularly that it enjoys international support from countries which do not have a direct role in these crises and in this region. This is with the exception of the West, which has always sought to support terrorism, colonization and stood against peoples causes, most countries of the world feel the real danger of terrorism. There have been recently successive statements from countries which support this coalition. That is why I believe that this coalition has great chances of success.
   
Question 15: Mr. President, your country has suffered a great deal as a result of terrorism. What is your messages to the states which support terrorism?
The most important terrorist leaders in Syria and Iraq are Europeans

President Assad: We wanted to say to them that terrorism will get to you in the end, but it has actually reached them recently. When we used to say this a few years ago, they said that the Syrians are threatening. Today it is no longer a threat. Terrorism has arrived in different European countries in addition to the regional countries which support terrorism and have started to suffer the consequences. There are waves of immigrants from different countries and for causes related to terrorism and other causes which might push others to leave the region. It is known that a large number of terrorists have infiltrated those immigrants, and now they are in those European countries. More importantly, this region has always been accused of exporting terrorism and extremism to Europe.
The fact today is that the most important terrorist leaders in Syria and Iraq are Europeans. Probably the largest number of terrorists comes from Muslim countries, and particularly Arab countries, but most of the leaders come from Europe, and specifically from northern Europe which is relatively far from our region and has a rich and sophisticated society. Nevertheless, terrorism comes from those countries to our region. This means that terrorism knows no boundaries, and that terrorism cannot be used as a political card whenever we want. I always liken terrorism to a scorpion. You cannot put a scorpion in your pocket, because it will sting on the first opportunity. We are repeating this now. They have started to realize this fact, but they do not dare acknowledge it, because if they do, they will have to acknowledge that they were mistaken from the beginning. This is difficult for them domestically and will constitute political suicide. That is why we hope that they will be brave enough one day to acknowledge this error and to say that they acted against the interests of their people in the service of their electoral interests.

Question 16: Mr. President, in addition to the official sources you use in order to get informed about the condition on the fronts and the condition of the Syrian people, do you rely on other unofficial sources?
   
President Assad: Of course, in all aspects of official work, it is wrong for an official to rely only on reports and on the work of institutions. There are always errors in the work of institutions. There are always personal opinions and personal views which might be at odds with reality because of a certain interest, or because of the lack of clarity. That is why the broader the network of relations and the sources of information, the closer to reality the vision is. That is why meetings with relevant individuals who have nothing to do with reports, with ordinary citizens, with any other person might add another aspect of the truth. I believe this is essential, even in times of peace, let alone in a state of war like the one we live in. You need this kind of communication in such situations more than you need it in ordinary times. Paper cannot give you a full picture of reality. This is a general rule for me.
   
Question 17: You follow foreign TV stations, dont you?
   
President Assad: Of course, I do that all the time. We should understand how our opponents think.
   
Intervention: Those media outlets broadcast negative news about Syria. How do you feel when you hear such negative news?
Western media and officials lost their credibilitywhat they say has no value or impact

President Assad: Since the early days of the crisis, this war has been a media and psychological war in the first place. This media war, particularly through Arabic TV stations, since only a few people here watch foreign TV stations, has made a great impact and has been able to distort reality for a large number of Syrians. But if we say that this was the case in the first year, things have started to become clearer gradually. So, these media outlets continue to make an impact in their countries, but they no longer have an impact in our countries, especially when it comes to foreign media outlets. I think that they are deceiving their people, not us. Second, when you have a national cause and you defend your country, you do not pay attention to what others say. You are concerned first and foremost with protecting your country, with achieving the popular interest, the national interest. Everything else has to take a second seat. Since these media outlets have lost their credibility, and since Western officials have no credibility to start with, what they say has no value or impact even from a psychological perspective. I read and listen to such things only to understand how they think, but really it no longer has any impact as far as Im concerned

Question 18: Your heard the news about the immigrants and refugees who went to other countries. When you see images and videos of those refugees, how do you feel?
Western exploitation of refugee crisis is more painful than being a refugee

President Assad: This is painful of course. Syria has always been a safe haven for refugees throughput its history, since before the Ottoman Empire, and even throughout ancient history, because of its geographical location, the nature of its society and culture, and because of many other factors. But recently, at least throughout the last century, it hosted the Palestinians, the Lebanese, and before that the Armenians who fled to Syria because of the massacres perpetrated against them. There were also the massacres perpetrated against the Syriacs during the days of the Ottoman State and in other junctures. We should not also forget the Iraqis after the American invasion in 2003. It is very painful for a Syrian to turn into a refugee; and perhaps this is a black spot in Syrias history which we will remember for decades and centuries. But what is more painful is the exploitation of the refugees problems on the part of Western countries and Western media. They portray it as a humanitarian tragedy from which they feel pain, while in reality they are the greatest contributors to this condition through their support of terrorism and through the sanctions they imposed on Syria. Consequently, in many parts of Syria, and in many situations, the basic requirements of life might not be available. So, terrorism, on the one hand, and these Western countries, on the other, are perpetrating the same act. They attack terrorists, but they are terrorists in their policies, whether by imposing sanctions or by supporting terrorism. This is another painful aspect of the refugees question; they fire at the Syrian refugees with one hand and give them food with the other. This is what the Europeans or the Westerners are doing.

Question 19: Mr. President, the Syrian refugee crisis has become a regional and international issue. Who, do you think, should address this issue? What do you expect of international organizations?
Every refugees demand is for countries to stop supporting terrorism

President Assad: Before talking about the services that should be provided to them. We should deal with the cause; why did these Syrian citizens emigrate? Most of those emigrants do not wish to live one single day outside their country, but there are certain circumstances which forced them to do so, on top of which are terrorism and the support of terrorism from outside Syria. So, if we ask anything of the international organizations or of the states and I believe every refugee will ask for the same thing It would be for them to stop supporting terrorism, and to put pressure on countries, especially Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to stop sending terrorists to Syria and providing them with weapons and money. When they do that, there will be no problem. Solving the problem in Syria is not complicated at all. The Situation will be better, and the larger part of the refugees will come back to their country immediately, because regardless of the services provided to them in any country in the world or through whatever organization, it will not be the same as for this person to be in his country and environment and among his family and friends, neither materially nor morally.

Question 20: Mr. President, this is the second time I visit Syria this year, and I have talked to the Syrian people. They are concerned about how long this war might last. How do you, Mr. President, assess the situation in Syria? How long will this situation last?
We pin great hope on Putins coalition and on international changes

President Assad: The war will continue as long as there are those who support terrorism, because we are not fighting terrorist groups inside Syria, we are fighting terrorist groups coming from all over the world with the support of the richest and the most powerful countries. We are a small country, but when you defend your country, you do not have a choice, and you cannot ask how and how long unless you have decided to give up on your country. In that case you as a citizen will not have a homeland. This is out of the question in Syria. That is why I believe that the new atmosphere which has started to emerge in the international arena although once again I exclude the West started to push towards finding a real solution to the Syrian crisis. It is true that this is proposed under the title of a political solution, but there cannot be a political solution while there are states supporting terrorism. This is one package. We hope that this new direction started to put pressure on the governments which support terrorism. And this has actually started to exert pressure on these states in order to reduce their support. The second cause of optimism is President Putins initiative to form a coalition which includes Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. All these steps have been the natural answer to this question. For how long this war will continue? This war will continue until either terrorism defeats the people or the people defeat terrorists. So, we pin great hope on this coalition now and on these international changes.

Question 21: Mr. President, what are your own proposals to find a solution to this crisis?

President Assad: Of course, we support any political move in parallel with fighting terrorism. But this needs a number of factors to succeed. When we talk about dialogue among the Syrians, this dialogue has two aspects: there is a dialogue on the future of Syria, and it includes all Syrians. Every Syrian has the right to express an opinion in this dialogue in order to know the shape of the Syria we want. Later, there are institutions, there is the public opinion, there is a referendum on a constitution which might be produced by this dialogue. Whatever the people decide, then, will be binding to us as a state and for me as an official. But there is also a dialogue which is specific to the crisis: how to put an end to terrorism and how to restore security. If we talk about political reform, it does not concern the terrorists, because terrorists do not fight for political reform. They fight because they receive money or because they have a perverted doctrine, or because they want to have a role in a state that becomes another states client.
This dialogue requires an answer to the following questions: If we agree on something, what is our impact in reality? If we conducted a dialogue and reached the best possible ideas but without being able to implement them because the opposition we are conducting dialogue with has no influence on the terrorists, what do we get? On the other hand, shall we conduct dialogue with an opposition tied to foreign powers? From a national and patriotic perspective, this is unacceptable. You in Iran have political opposition, but you cannot call it an opposition if you knew, as Iranian citizens, that they receive money from a foreign country, or that they implement policies which are at odds with the interests of the Iranian people, and that they serve the interests of a foreign country. These factors do not exist so far. We have conducted dialogue with a number of groups, some of which were patriotic, we are not saying otherwise, but they told us that they have no influence on the terrorists. So, dialogue with them might be useful for the future of Syria, but not for solving the problem of terrorism. That is why the only option for us now is to destroy terrorism, because implementing any solution or any political ideas that might be agreed on will need a state of stability. Otherwise it has no value. Consequently, destroying terrorism is the foundation of any action in Syria. Political ideas can be implemented later.
   
Question 22: Your Excellency, Dr. Bashar Assad, you studied ophthalmology. How did you make the move to politics?
   
President Assad: This question cannot be raised when somebody enters the world of politics. It is legitimate when someone moves from medicine to engineering, lets say. But politics is not a sector, its not economics or science. It is the outcome of all aspects of life: the economy, the military, security, peoples culture and all daily problems. All these things create something called politics. Politics is not a profession or an academic specialization. It is your link to the life you live. And in this region the complicated details of politics affect our daily life, and one cannot be but interested in politics. It is part of our lives in this region as a result of circumstances we live under and which influence us continually. So, I havent moved from one specialization to another or from one sector to another. I moved from place of work to another in the same public field.
Question 23: Going back to our earlier question about reforms in Syria, I read your biography and found that you made a good start with the reform process in 2000. Why havent you continued with these reforms?
Developing the economic situation was the basic challenge to reforms since 2000
President Assad: No, Syria has proceeded in a continuous development process, but there were priorities. For us, the basic challenge was the economic situation, which has always suffered from different problems, even before the crisis, and even under the relatively good circumstances. That was our priority. When I used to meet the citizens before the crisis complaints were always about the living conditions and the conditions of the economy. Political reform was linked to a certain extent to political elites in certain sections of society. It did not include everyone. As I said, the comprehensive issue was living conditions. Our basic challenge was how to develop the economy in addition to facing outside pressure because of different political reasons. That was our priority as a state. But if you talk to a large number of people, you will hear different views about priorities. Every person has his own view depending on their culture and problems. Some people might not have economic problems, so their priorities become different. For us as a state, we used to take the most common problems for the population. The state was moving forward, probably not quickly, but carefully and steadily.
   
Question 24: Mr. President, you have repeatedly said that important decisions need to be taken inside Syria, and that the dialogue must be among the Syrians themselves, but now we see that there are negotiations and discussions outside Syria, for instance like the negotiations between America and Russia. There are those who say that they are interfering in drawing Syrias future. Does not that constitute a red line for you?
The Russians have never tried to impose anything on us

President Assad: We have old relations with the former Soviet Union and later with Russia, for more than six decades now. They have never tried to impose anything on us throughout the history of this relation, particularly during this crisis. The dialogue between Russia an America is not about interfering in Syria, the dialogue is happening between two sides: one which believes in interference in other states affairs, i.e. America and the West, and the other seeks to prevent such an intervention, prevent hegemony and violation of Security Councils resolutions and UN Charter, i.e. Russia, the BRICS countries and a large number of other countries. It is not true that this dialogue is about intervention. They are not discussing the nature of the political system in Syria, or the identity of the next president, or how to solve the problem of terrorism in Syria. They are discussing the principle of the independence of the Syrian peoples decisions. That is why I believe that this dialogue is in the interest of Syria and the interest of the peoples of the world. When there is a strong power with allies defending the independence of peoples, this is in the interest of all of us, in the interest of the sovereignty and independence, which we have been so proud of for decades.
   
Question 25: Mr. President, do you know the substance of the negotiations between the Russians and the Americans?
The Russians and Americans are continuing contacts between us and the Russians

President Assad: Yes, there are continuing contacts between us and the Russians. They talk to us about all the details concerning the Syrian situation, including anything raised with the Russians by any other country, or any discussion between them and those countries, whether they were allies, opponents or enemies. There is complete transparency in this relationship

Question 26: Going back to the negotiations with the opposition, in your interview with the Russian media you said that you are looking forward to Moscow 3. Now, there have been two discussions or meetings in Moscow and also in Geneva. I attended the Geneva meetings and saw that the opposition was divided and incongruent. In your opinion, can you reach a serious agreement with such an incongruent opposition?
We will reach nowhere with Geneva 3,4or10 if the mechanism is the same as in Geneva 1 and 2

President Assad: No, if work is done using the same mechanisms, i.e. opposition groups formed in the West and in regional countries hostile to Syria which have been part of the bloodshed like Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey, such an opposition cannot but implement the agendas of those countries. The simple question is: do these countries seek a solution for the situation in Syria or achieve stability? These countries are hostile to the Syrian people. They created the problem, and consequently, for them Geneva 1 and Geneva2 were merely a stage through which they wanted to achieve through politics what they could not achieve on the ground through terrorist acts. That is the objective.
Moscow conferences mechanism is different

If Geneva 3, 4, and 10 continue with the same mechanism, i.e. for us to talk to individuals who are agents of other countries, we will certainly not reach any result. This is self-evident. We reach a result only when we conduct a dialogue, as Syrians, with each other. Hence the importance of the Moscow conference, because its mechanism is different. It includes different groups from inside and outside Syria. There are individuals who are agents of foreign, Arab or regional countries, independent individuals and patriotic individuals. The Geneva conference was based on one provision of the Geneva communique, which is the interim governing body, which we categorically reject. They wanted the Geneva conference to discuss only this point and to impose this provision on the Syrian government, or the Syrian state or the Syrian people.
The Moscow conference discusses everything. It discusses the whole of the Geneva communique which includes clear provisions like Syrias independence, territorial integrity and the Syrian-Syrian dialogue. Everything in the Geneva communique contradicts the interim governing body provision. When we reach a consensus as Syrians in the Moscow conference, any other conference, or any other dialogue will be bound by the consensus that we will reach in Moscow. That is why we said that Moscow 3 is essential for the success of Geneva 3.

Question 27: There are many initiatives for solving the Syrian crisis, including the Russian initiative, the de Mistura initiative and the recent initiative made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. What is your assessment of this last initiative?
   
President Assad: When Mr. Zarif visited us a few months ago, the visit was on the background of proposing ideas for an Iranian initiative. Before the visit, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced the basic principles for this initiative, principles with which we totally agree. But as you know, the success or failure of any political action is bound to be linked to the many details which might be included in such an action. When Mr. Zarif visited, we discussed with him all these details, and the meetings continued later between officials in both foreign ministries in order to come out with the final draft of this initiative. What has changed during this period was the announcement of President Putins initiative, particularly in his speech in the Collective Security Treaty Organizations Collective Security Council in which he identified basically his perception of the initiative, especially in relation to fighting terrorism.
Syrian-Iranian discussion continues, with the new Russian initiative taken into account

Now, the discussion continues between us and our Iranian brothers at the foreign ministry in order to take into account this important change, so that it becomes not necessarily part of the Iranian initiative, but to make the initiative compatible with these important and positive changes on the Syrian arena, and probably on the Syrian-Iraqi arena. That is why I say that this initiative is very important and necessary, particularly after signing the Iranian nuclear deal, and with European officials starting to communicate with Iran. We believe that the Iranian role has become important for us in Syria through this initiative. Of course, when it is complete the details are integrated, it will be announced.

Question 28: We heard recently that a Chinese warship arrived in Lattakia and that a Russian warship also arrived in the Lattakia port on board of which there are two thousand Russian soldiers with advanced equipment. Military operations and airstrikes against terrorists have started. Why have they come now and got involved in the conflict, and what will the results be?

President Assad: Concerning China, it does not take part militarily in fighting terrorism. It has announced a clear position. It supports the Russian role and the Russian efforts in this regard, and supports President Putins initiative concerning fighting terrorism, which includes the recent Russian presence in Syria and which has started operations recently. As to the Russian aircraft carrier, Russia has a presence in Syrian airports, and there is no need for an aircraft carrier. When operations started in Syria recently, the Russian Defense Ministry announced officially the start of these operations. So, everything is clear and public, and there is nothing hidden. Russia announced that these operations are in the form of airstrikes, but without any land operations as the media tried to depict. The military assistance comes exclusively within this framework.
   
Question 29: Mr. President, do the military personnel have a specific frame of reference in Syria?

President Assad: As for the timeframe, it has not been set yet. This depends on the development of events. But if you mean the plans and details of these plans, yes, the plans have been drawn in cooperation between Syrian and Russian officers a while ago when preparations started for the reception for Russian forces in Syria.

Question 30: Going back to cooperation relations between Iran, Hezbollah and Syria, these three parties enjoy strategic relations in the region. Do you believe that these relations can stand up to Zionist American plans?
   
President Assad: I believe that without this relation, which you described as strategic, which dates back for decades, the situation in the region would not have been the same in terms of independence. At least, therere would not have been an independent state, or independent government and consequently an independent people. This axis distinguishes itself by defending its rights and adhering to independence. There is no doubt that it is capable of doing so, because it was able to do so in the past. God willing it will be able to defeat terrorism which is a new instrument for subjugating the region. It will certainly be able to do that. Once again, I say that there are no other options for this region if it wanted to be independent and to prosper and develop. What enabled you scientifically to make your achievements in the nuclear field was independence. Without independence, Iran would not have been able to achieve this. It would not have been allowed to reach this level. So, independence is the foundation of development, the foundation of prosperity in all development areas: economically, culturally, intellectually and in all other areas without any exception. So we should maintain this relationship, consolidate and develop it.
   
Question 31: What are the impacts which will be made by the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West on the political equations in the region in your opinion?

President Assad: It has a tremendous impact, not in the way some people see it in terms of Irans technical, scientific or political capabilities. It has a great and extensive impact on all developing countries, because Iran is a developing country which has broken the knowledge blockade imposed on developing countries in order for the West to monopolize knowledge in certain areas, particularly that oil resources are being exhausted, and the future becoming dependent on nuclear energy.
All what has been said about this issue concerning the nuclear bomb was merely an illusion and fake marketing on the part of the West, because the real nuclear bombs they fear are the brains which now exist in Iran. This is the challenge. Iran is a developing country that provided a model. It emerged from a destructive war that lasted eight years, but the people were united and provided patriotic models. It provided a model of independence and that is why it achieved this result. This is the model which worries the West, and it is the model which concerns us as a developing country, as a country which maintains a strong relationship with us.
On the other hand, you and we are strategic allies; so if Iran is stronger, Syria will be stronger, and vice versa. From another perspective, had Iran abandoned its rights in the nuclear file, that concession would have been used as the new standard which will be applied to other countries, regardless of the legitimate international right of all countries to obtain nuclear energy. In the future, Syria or any other similar country might need nuclear energy. What Iran has won by its steadfastness and through the intelligence of its negotiators will be applied to all these other countries in the future. What you won, we have won as a developing country. That is why this is a very important aspect.
The final aspect is that related to the crisis. Acknowledging the real weight of Iran and its regional role will give it an opportunity to use its increasing influence to persuade the West that their policies are wrong. Of course, I do not pin, nor do you I believe, great hopes on the West changing its colonialist world view and moving in the right direction, but any effort made by Iran must have its impact. This impact, even if it were limited, would accumulate in time in order to mitigate the damage inflicted on our country by the colonialist West, practically now in relation to the situation in Syria and through your renewed relation with the European countries
   
Question 32: Mr. President, as you know Iranian strategic relations have their roots in ancient history, and these relations have been strengthened and developed based on mutual regional interests. Can we have your take on the areas around which these mutual interests revolve?
   
President Assad: As I said a short while ago in the area of the independence of national decision making which covers all the other areas. When we are independent, we cooperate first politically, economically and militarily. Of course, we have been able to achieve the best in cooperating politically during the past three and a half decades, since the success of the Iranian Revolution. But I believe that we have not done enough economically, despite the conditions in which Syria lives. I believe this is an important area, and this is what I discussed with Iranian officials. The crisis itself might be an opportunity, particularly in light of the Western sanctions against Syria, for economic relations to develop between us and Iran. There are also military relations which are old and go back to the same period. They are advanced relations and we cooperate in detail with Iran on military issues. So, it is a comprehensive cooperation in all areas, but as I said, priority is given to the independence of decision-making in the region and preventing more countries from falling under Western hegemony.
   
Question 33: Mr. President, how do you see the role of his imminence, the Supreme Leader, in achieving stability in Syria and enabling the Syrian people to defend themselves against terrorism?
   
President Assad: First, the relationship between his imminence, the Supreme Leader, and me is a brotherly relationship despite the difference in years between us. It is a genuine brotherly relationship. He is possessed with special attributes in terms of clarity and adherence to principles. These are the things you look for in any politician; and I believe these are the attributes which are in harmony with Iranian policies and the Iranian peoples adherence to principles. They provided a new model in the possibility for states to maintain their principles and interests at the same time based on principles and not on short term political tactics or opportunistic political tactics.
This is what his imminence, the Supreme Leader, provided during the Syrian crisis. Im also talking about Iranian policies before that; because the current policy is a continuation of the policies of Imam Khomeini who also embodied the adherence to principles. This has been the shape of Iranian policies since the revolution, with one difference only: the fact that they developed continuously to meet the needs of the times. They are based on the same principles but they always have more developed manifestations. In fact Irans support to Syria is based on a popular position now; but his imminence, the Supreme Leader, has an essential role through his directives to Iranian institutions; and we are familiar with the details of these directives in terms of the mechanisms of supporting the Syrian institutions in order to support Syria in her ferocious war against terrorism and the countries which support it.
   
Question 34: How do you define or explain to us this Iranian position in support of the Syrian people during this crisis?
   
President Assad: It can be summarized in two words: First, what I said about adherence to principles. The Iranian people are principled. And the second word is loyalty, for the Iranian people have been loyal to Syria which supported Iran when it went through war for eight years. That war had the same objectives which they want to achieve in Syria today, but in a different form, using different tools and under different international circumstances. The Iranian people and leadership have not forgotten Syrias position at that time. When most countries of the world tried impose sanctions against Iran, Syria was, I dont want to say the only state, but one of the few states which stood by Iran, but it was the clearest in its position.
Today, whenever we meet any Iranian individuals they talk about Syrias role at that time. Today, Iran pays back loyalty with loyalty, truthfulness and transparency. On the other hand, the Iranian people have a certain vision and a certain methodology which actually led you to the nuclear deal. When you see things clearly, enemies and opponents cannot deceive you. This vision for the region in general, including Syria, and including Irans future and also the future of the region is very important for the stability which we seek in the coming decades.
These characteristics are very important, and I talked a short while ago about patriotism, about the patriotic model provided by the Iranian people. I cite a simple example: when they started their attempts to stir unrest in Iran, it was the first country in which they wanted to implement the regional model through the 2008 elections. I met a number of European officials who told me that the Iranian state will fall soon. Of course they say regime and not state, because they do not recognize our states or peoples. I used to say no, these movements will fail. And Iran, the Iranian society, people and state were able to isolate this limited attempt, and all other attempts failed. Unfortunately, this succeeded in other countries of the region. These are patriotic models: the Iranians uniting around the nuclear file despite the different political currents in Iran. There are national issues around which you unite. I believe that all these attributes represent the Iranian people.

Question 35: Recently, there was a human disaster in Mina. The Saud clan government evaded stating the truth and tried not to uncover the facts. How do you describe this irresponsible Saudi behavior?

President Assad: First of all, I offer my sincere condolences to the Iranian people for this human catastrophe. The chaos we saw in managing the Hajj rituals isnt the first. Far from the political aspect, there is a difference between having the holy sites within the sovereignty of a state and dealing with these sites as if they were their personal possession. This is a painful incident for many countries of the world which lost their citizens in the incident. At the same time the Saudis have prevented the Syrians from making the Hajj for the past four years for purely political reasons, which is very dangerous. That is why the issue of how to manage the Hajj and who manages it started to be discussed throughout the Muslim world. The Hajj is not a Saudi event, it is a Muslim and global event. I believe that this issue needs to be discussed seriously at the level of the Muslim states.

Question 36: Once again, we go back to internal Syrian affairs. The opposition calls for you to step down. If you believe that stepping down will restore security and stability to Syria, what would you do?
   
President Assad: This is decided only by the people. That is why I say to them: if you believe that you are right why dont you convince the Syrian people, and the Syrian people will decide, through their institutions or the elections, who the president should be. There were elections last year. Where were you? What did you do? What is your impact on the street? Nothing. Their impact is nothing. Every person who lends his decisions to another country is despised by the Syrian people, and his influence will be zero. He becomes a mere talking head in the media. All those who believe in such a proposition should take part in the elections and try to prove their viewpoints. We have no objection. As for me personally, I say once again that if my departure is the solution, I will never hesitate to do that.
   
Question 37: This interview will be translated into a number of languages and many members of your opposition will watch this. What is your message to them?
   
President Assad: The real opposition is that which belongs to the people. If any person is convinced that he opposes the government, we tell him to speak out for the concerns of the Syrian citizens. If you speak out for the concerns, aspirations and desires of this citizen and act in his best interest, he will consider you his representative, and you will have a role in your country whether others wanted that or not. No one can stand against the people. But dont call yourself a member of the opposition if you are an agent for another country. To be in opposition means to be patriotic. There is no unpatriotic opposition. Any unpatriotic individual is not a member of the opposition, he is a foreign agent
   
Question 38: what is your message to the leaders of the countries which oppose you?
   
President Assad: I ask them to tell their people the truth one day. They always say the truth after they leave politics, because they act for their electoral interests. I tell them briefly: work for your national not electoral interests. Supporting terrorism is not only aimed against our peoples but against yours as well. This terrorism has started to bite back. What you have seen so far is only the beginning or the tip of the iceberg.

Journalist: Thank you very much for availing us of this opportunity to talk with you. If there is any other points you want to make, please go ahead.
   
President Assad: Thank you for coming to Syria; and I would like to send, through you, to the brotherly Iranian people my best greetings and all my love. The main part of the history that will be written in Syria after victory, God willing, will be dedicated to Irans support to Syria in all economic, political, and military fields. Thank you once more.
   
Journalist: Thank you very much, Mr. President.

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Minister: Effectiveness of Russias raids in Syria worries the West

Damascus, SANA Minister of information Omran al-Zoubi said the effectiveness of the air raids carried out by the Russian army in Syria have driven the armed terrorist groups and their backers crazy, while they remained silence when the US announced its coalition which supposedly aimed at targeting ISIS in Syria.

In an interview on the Syrian TV on Sunday, Minister al-Zoubi said the U.S.-led coalition is not serious and all of its raids on ISIS brought no tangible results because the real purpose was not destroying ISIS but on the contrary preserving it for as long as possible with the aim of achieving certain goals.

He said the terrorist groups in Syria are the legitimate offspring of the western countries and their intelligence agencies, stressing that the Gulf-promised bargains and investments in the western countries are the only reason derailing the West from changing its positions regarding Syria.

On the dialogue issue, al-Zoubi said Moscow 2 meeting has brought promising outcome and proved that there is a room for Syrian-Syrian dialogue with those who reject terrorism, highlighting that Of course we do not believe the statements of the western officials in this regard.

He underlined that there will not be any political solution if President Bashar al-Assad was not the key, guarantee, reference and way for such solution.

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Update3 - Russian and Syrian air forces tighten grip on terrorists in several areas

Provinces, SANA- Units of the army and the armed forces, backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces, on Monday launched wide-scale military operations against the terrorist organizations across the country, killing scores of their members and destroying their equipment and vehicles.

Aleppo

The Syrian army air force carried out air strikes against the terrorist organization of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles in   several areas in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA that the raids caused the destruction of terrorists dens and vehicles, some of which equipped with machineguns in the villages of Ain al-Jamajima, Jeb al-Safa in Kweiris area, and in the towns of Deir-Hafer and Maskana.

The source pointed out that the army carried out strikes against terrorists gatherings in al-Bab city where many terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.

Idleb

The Syrian army air force targeted hotbeds and movements of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in Jisr al-Shugour city in Idleb province , killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles with all arms and ammunition onboard.

The army air force launched also strikes on the terrorists dens and gatherings in al-Hbeit in Maaret al-Nouman area at the southern countryside of the province.

The strikes resulted in destroying a number of dens and vehicles for the so called Jaish al-Fatehterrorists.

Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations admitted on their social media sites to killing a number of their members including a self claimed leader from the so called Jaish al-Fateh terrorist organization.

Later, a military source told SANA that the Russian air force, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, destroyed in airstrikes a terrorists artillery base, ammunition depot and 30 vehicles including armored ones in al-Ghabat area.

The source added that a training camp, a launching pad for Grad rockets and a store of ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour.

Hama

In the eastern countryside of Hama province, a number of terrorists were killed and injured and their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the army air force raids against their hideouts and gatherings in Khatmalo village.

Homs

A military source told SANA that Russian air force, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, conducted a series of
precise air strikes against a number of ISIS terrorist targets resulting in the destruction of a weapons warehouse and a communication center in Talbiseh at the countryside of Homs province.

Meanwhile, concerned authorities seized two cars loaded with 700 kg of explosives in Sadad area in the countryside of the central Homs province while they were coming from al-Qaryatain city and arrested those who were onboard.

Deir-Ezzor

Syrian army air force destroyed ISIS terrorists vehicles and hideouts in al- Jafrah, al-Mraeyeh and Hatlah in the countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

Lattakia

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Army Airforce, destroyed a command headquarters belonging to the terrorists in airstrikes on Beit Manifa in the countryside of the coastal Lattakia province, a military source told SANA.

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Updated-Russian and Syrian air forces tighten grip on terrorists in several areas

Provinces, SANA - Units of the army and the armed forces, backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces, on Monday launched wide-scale military operations against the terrorist organizations across the country, killing scores of their members and destroying their equipment and vehicles.

Aleppo

The Syrian army air force carried out air strikes against the terrorist organization of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles in   several areas in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA that the raids caused the destruction of terrorists dens and vehicles, some of which equipped with machineguns in the villages of Ain al-Jamajima, Jeb al-Safa in Kweiris area, and in the towns of Deir-Hafer and Maskana.

The source pointed out that the army carried out strikes against terrorists gatherings in al-Bab city where many terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.

The airstrikes resulted in the death of many terrorists and the destroying of their vehicles and weapons.

Army units killed a number of ISIS members, injured many others and destroyed their vehicles and weapons during accurate operations against their movements and gatherings in the area surrounding Air Force Academy.

Many terrorists were killed, others were injured and vehicles equipped with machineguns were destroyed during armys concentrated operations against ISIS in Tal al-Naam, Deir Hafr, al-Sheikh Ahmad, al-Jabol, al-Rayan, Tal Faour, Tridim and al-Salhia in accordance with armys airstrikes in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Another army unit launched concentrated strikes against terrorists in al-Jabria village to the south of Aleppo city and the area surrounding al-Nairab airport.

In Aleppo city, army destroyed terrorists dens in al-Sheikh Said, al-Ramosa, al-Amria, al-Nanayi square, Bani Zaid, al-Liramon, Bustan al-Basha, Suliman al-Halabi, al-Kastilo and al-Shakir, killing many of them and destroying their weapons and ammo.

In turn, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian air force carried out 15 raids against 10 ISIS targets in Aleppo countryside, adding that ISIS training and command centers were destroyed in the process.

Idleb

The Syrian Arab Armys Air Force targeted hotbeds and movements of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in Jisr al-Shugour city in Idleb province.

A military source told SANA on Monday that the airstrikes resulted in killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles with all arms and ammunition onboard,.

The Air Force also launched airstrikes on the terrorists dens and gatherings in al-Hbeit in Maaret al-Numan area at the southern countryside of the province, which resulted in destroying a number of dens and vehicles for Jaish al-Fateh terrorists.

Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations admitted on their social media sites to killing a number of their members including Abdelrazzaq Khanfoura, a leader from Jaish al-Fateh terrorist organization nicknamed Abu Azzam.

In the same context, a military source told SANA that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, destroyed in airstrikes a terrorists artillery base, ammunition depot and 30 vehicles including armored ones in al-Ghabat area.

The source added that a training camp, a launching pad for Grad rockets and a store of ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour.

Hama

In the eastern countryside of Hama province, a number of terrorists were killed and injured and their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in airstrikes by the Syrian Arab Armys Air Force on their hideouts and gatherings in Khatmalo village.

The Air Force also targeted terrorists hideouts in the towns of al-Latamneh and Kafr Zita, destroying a number of vehicles along with the terrorists, weapons, and munitions on board. Field sources said airstrikes resulted in killing 5 terrorists who were holed up in a hideout in al-Latamneh and in destroying two 4WD vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns in Atshan village.

Homs

A military source told SANA that Russian air force, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, conducted a series of precise air strikes against a number of ISIS terrorist targets resulting in the destruction of a weapons warehouse and a communication center in Talbiseh, al-Saan al-Aswad and al-Ghajar in the northern countryside of Homs province.

Meanwhile, concerned authorities seized two cars loaded with 700 kg of explosives in Sadad area in the countryside of the central Homs province while they were coming from al-Qaryatain city and arrested those who were onboard.

The Syrian Arab Armys Air Force destroyed ISIS weaponry caches, killed many of its members and injured many others during airstrikes in the area surrounding al-Shaer gas field in Homs.

Numbers of ISIS members were killed, others were injured and their vehicles were destroyed during Armys raids against their gatherings in al-Qaryatain city to the east of Homs city.

An army unit carried out special operations in al-Hadath village in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing many terrorists, injuring many others and destroying their equipment.

In the countryside of Tadmour city (Palmyra), an army unit foiled ISIS attempts to attack military checkpoints to the northeast of al-Makalaa area.

Many terrorists were killed or injured in the attack while others fled in addition to destroying amounts of weapons and ammunition.

In the northern countryside of Homs, many terrorists were killed, others were injured and a number of their vehicles were destroyed during a series of airstrikes against their gatherings in Deir Fol in Talbeisa area.

The competent authorities dismantled on Monday two cars loaded with about 700 kg of explosives in Sadad area in the southeast countryside of Homs.

A source in Homs province told SANA reporter that the authorities seized a Kia Cerato and a Hyundai on Sadad Mahin Road in the southeast countryside of Homs which were loaded with around 700 kg of C4 and TNT and arrested those who were inside the two cars.

According to the source, the engineering units neutralized the explosives in the cars which were equipped with electric wires and signal receivers to be detonated remotely.

The Armys Air Force killed a number of terrorists to the east of Palmyra and in al-Qariyatain, Talbeeseh and al-Ghajar in Homs countryside.

Deir-Ezzor

The Syrian army air force carried out a series of operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists organizations gatherings and hideouts and their
movement axes in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

The operations in the villages of al- Mraeyeh, al-Jafrah and Hatlah resulted in the killing of a number of ISIS terrorists and the destruction of their machineguns-equipped vehicles, weapons and ammunition.

Field sources told SANA that an army unit destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle for ISIS terrorists before arriving one of the military posts in al-Howaiqa neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city.

Meanwhile, terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of a so -called security official of ISIS terrorists Omar Turki al-Salem al-Hamdan, of Saudi nationality, nickenamed Joban and Lybian terrorists nickenamed
Abu al-Dahdah al-Libi.

Lattakia

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Army Airforce, destroyed a command headquarters belonging to the terrorists in airstrikes on Beit Manifa in the countryside of the coastal Lattakia province, a military source told SANA.

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, conducted airstrikes against dens of the terrorist organizations in the villages of al-Durra and al-Rihanyia in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, destroying a number of terrorists cars and vehicles and killing all terrorists onboard.

Damascus Countryside

Army units targeted terrorists hideouts and concentrations in a number of areas on the western side of Douma in the eastern al-Ghouta, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Daraa

A unit of the army clashed with an armed terrorist group in the surrounding of Bilal mosque in Daraa al-Balad. The clashes ended up with the killing of all members of the terrorist group while their weapons were completely destroyed.

The armys operations targeted dens of terrorists to the north of old Customs, in the surrounding of Technical Institute and in al-Bajajeh in Daraa al-Balad, killing a number of terrorists.

Meanwhile, another army unit destroyed dens of Takfiri terrorists and killed several terrorists in al-Ghariyeh al-Ghrabeyeh, 17 KM to the Jordanian borders.

Quneitra

Army units destroyed a 23 mm machinegun and another 14.5 machinegun in Taranja village in Quneitra countryside and killed and injured a number of Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in the process.

An army unit in cooperation with the popular defense groups thwarted terrorists attack on Hafer village and killed and injured scores of the assailants and destroyed a number of their vehicles.

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More ISIS positions destroyed by Russian and Syrian airstrikes in Aleppo and Homs

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Provinces, SANA The Russian Air Force and the Syrian Air Force conducted a series of precise air strikes against ISIS positions.

A military source said a headquarters for ISIS leaders was destroyed in Deir Hafer and al-Bab in Aleppo province.

Air strikes also targeted ISIS hideouts in Palmyra city in Homs, destroying 20 armored vehicles, 3 ammunition depots and 3 rocket launching pads, according to the source.

Meanwhile, more terrorists are being killed and many of their weapons and equipment are being destroyed as the army units continued to target their positions in various areas.

Aleppo

At least 180 terrorists were killed and a training camp and a gathering of vehicles were destroyed in a series of air strikes carried out by the Syrian Air Force in Qubtan al-Jabal, Daret Ezza, al-Rashidin, Hreitan and Bashkoi in Aleppo countryside, according to a military source.

Earlier, the army units targeted ISIS terrorists hideouts and gatherings in Kafkif, Ain al-Hanash, Queires, al-Jaberiyeh, al-Jadideh, Erbid, Sharba and in the vicinity of the Air Force Academy, 40 km east of Aleppo city.

The operations resulted in destroying a number of vehicles, some of which equipped with heavy machineguns, while many terrorists were killed.

More terrorists were killed or injured others during army operations in Ein al-Jamajmeh, Deir Hafer, Maskana and al-Khafse in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

Army units also targeted terrorists movements and supply routes across the Turkish side in Qasr al-Breij and al-Bab city, 38 km northeast of Aleppo city.

Terrorists were also targeted in Rayan, Ein Sabel, Kabara, Tal Istabl, Hweijineh, al-Mfalseh, Jib al-Safa and al-Radwaniyeh in the surroundings of al-Sfeira in eastern Aleppo.

A number of the terrorists were killed and several of their vehicles, some equipped with machine guns were destroyed.

The army killed many terrorists and destroyed their arms and ammunition in al-Naanaie Square and the neighborhoods of al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid and al-Shaar in Aleppo city.

In the western countryside of Aleppo province, an army unit killed many terrorists and injured others and destroyed their vehicles in the vicinity of Scientific Research Center.

Homs

Army units fired at and destroyed dens and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in al-Ghajar village in Talbiseh and al-Rastan in the northern countryside of Homs province.

Another army unit targeted terrorists positions east of Kiseen village to the south of al-Rastan Lake, killing a number of them and destroying their arms and ammunition.

Lattakia

12 terrorists were killed and a car and a vehicle equipped with a heavy machine gun were destroyed in army air strikes in al-Farz, Salma, Ikko and Droushan in the northern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.

Turkish, Saudi and Palestinian terrorists were among the dead.

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More casualties and losses inflicted among terrorist organizations ranks

Provinces, SANA The army operations going on in various areas and provinces are resulting in more deaths within the terrorist organizations ranks, as the army units have been striking hard on terrorists positions, destroying also their heavy armaments and equipment.

Aleppo

The armys air force destroyed 11 vehicles with terrorists on board on Hreitan-al-Lairamoun road and at Castello-Youth Housing axis in the countryside of the northern Aleppo province.

Damascus Countryside

Army units killed terrorists of the so-called Islam Army, Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union and Al-Rahman Legion in the farms and villages of Eastern Ghouta.

Field sources told SANA on Tuesday that an army unit destroyed three vehicles, one equipped with a heavy machine-gun, for Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union in Zibdin village, killing many of terrorists.

The Saudi terrorist Jazza al-Shommari and the terrorists Zuhair al-Durra, Mohammad Diqmaq, Aziz al-Dalati, Nidal Dabbas and Ahmad Obeido were identified among the dead.

The sources pointed out that three pickups were destroyed and the terrorists Jihad Shashit, Marwan Sokkariyeh, Nader Taha, Jamil al-Naasan, Fouad Kouka and Naeem al-Makari were killed during army operations against Islam Army positions in Saqba town.

Other terrorists from the same group were killed in operations in Erbin town, including the terrorist Abdul-Yassin Tab.

In Mesraba village to the south of Douma city, sources said that an army unit destroyed dens of Al-Rahman Legion terrorist organization, killing many of its members, including the Iraqi Moustafa Nouri al-Saadoun, Ghassan al-Mofti, Faissal al-Shaar, Ayman al-Rawasi and Abdul-Jalil Kharouf.

The sources confirmed the death of the terrorists Ayman Dibbane, Mostafa Zabadne, Ali al-Doumani, Asaad al-Semadi and Adib Mayyaseh from the so-called Liwa Fajer al-Ummah organization in a hit on one of their hideouts to the south of al-Hassan Mosque in Harasta.

On the western outskirts of Douma city, army units intensified strikes against dens of Islam Army terrorists, killing many of them including the terrorists Samer al-Gharbi, Ibrahim Jarada and Abdul-Razzaq al-Dali. Vehicles were also destroyed in the operations.

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Updated- Gen. Ayoub: Syrian armed forces start a large-scale assault against terrorists, Russian airstrikes continue

Lattakia, SANA - Chief of the General Staff of the Army and Armed Forces, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub said following the Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations, which have reduced the combat capabilities of the terrorists, the Syrian armed forces have taken the reins of military operations and formed well-armed and equipped human forces, mainly the 4 th Corps Storming.

In a statement on Thursday, Gen. Ayoub announced that the Syrian armed forces started today a large-scale assault aimed at uprooting the gatherings of terrorists and expelling them from the areas and towns which have been suffering of the woes and crimes of terrorism.

Russian Air Force started conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria on September 30.

Russian and Syrian air strikes target more ISIS positions, killing hundreds of terrorists in Aleppo

Hundreds of ISIS terrorists were killed in Russian airstrikes that targeted their positions in the countryside of Aleppo province, a military source confirmed on Thursday.

The source explained that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, conducted a series of precise airstrikes on several ISIS targets in Andan, al-Atareb, Deir Hafer, al-Mansoura and al-Bab in Aleppo.

Hundreds of terrorists were confirmed dead, and tens of armored vehicles, two Grad rocket launchers and a huge ammunition depot were destroyed as a result of the airstrikes, the source added.

In the same context, 27 Jabhat al-Nusra targets in Lattakia province were destroyed in Russian and Syrian air strikes.

The targets included fortified positions for Jabhat al-Nusra in Tertiah, Dourin, al-Mgheiriyeh and Salma, Tao rocket launch pads near al-Sifsafeh, fortified shelters near Arafit, training camps near al-Mgheiriyeh, Tertiah and al-Sindian and Dweirkeh and facilities and shelters in al-Ghabat.

Aleppo

Coinciding with the air strikes, the army units continued operations in various areas in Aleppo, with the armed forces defending the Air Force Academy in the countryside destroying vehicles for ISIS terrorists equipped with machine guns in the Academys vicinity.

A number of ISIS terrorists were killed or injured, and several machine guns, an armored vehicle and a depot were destroyed during army operations last night in the villages of Huweijineh and al-Salehiyeh in the eastern countryside of the province.

Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist organizations suffered heavy losses at the army units hands in the surroundings of the Scientific Research Center and in al-Mansoura village in the western countryside.

Scores of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed during army operations in the neighborhoods of Salah Eddin, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Jabal, al-Zibdiyeh and al-Ashrafiyeh in the city of Aleppo.

In the town of al-Bab, 38 km northeast of Aleppo city, local sources confirmed to SANA that hundreds of ISIS terrorists have been fleeing the city under the armys strikes.

Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that operations against terrorists over the last 24 hours resulted in the destruction of 11 armored vehicles and 35 cars transporting terrorists, weapons and ammunition in Deir Hafer, al-Atareb and al-Bab areas.

The sources added that a heavy machine gun for ISIS terrorists was destroyed in the surroundings of Kweiris Airport, in addition to the destruction of a homemade Hell cannon in Saif al-Dawleh neighborhood and a heavy machine gun in al-Ashrafiyeh neighborhood.

Homs

Army units killed ISIS terrorists and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a machinegun in operations carried out against their dens in the villages of Bir Hafar and al-Hadath in the eastern countryside of Homs central province.

Lattakia

20 terrorists killed while rigging a car bomb in Lattakia, includign a Saudi officer

SANA reporter in Lattakia province said 20 terrorists were killed as a car they were rigging with explosives exploded in Rabiaa area in the northern countryside of the province. A Saudi officer, who was an explosives expert, was identified among the dead.

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Updated-Over 100 terrorists killed in stepped-up crackdown, reconnaissance drone shot down

Provinces, SANA Army operations continued on Friday in the framework of stepped-up crackdown on the terrorist organizations in various areas, particularly in Hama where the army is advancing, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists there.

Hama

Around 77 terrorists were killed or injured in the course of the wide military operation which the army launched two days ago to eliminate terrorist organizations in the northern countryside of Hama province.

A military source told SANA on Friday that 5 vehicles, including one equipped with a 23 mm machine gun, were destroyed and 5 terrorists were killed and 12 others were injured during operations in Kafr Zeita town, one of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists most important strongholds in the province.

More terrorists were killed and over 30 others were injured in the armys operations on the outskirts of Kafr Nabbouda. A leader of a terrorist group was identified among the dead.

An army unit also killed 30 terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles to the north of Tallet al-Sayad.

Aleppo

An army unit killed 50 terrorists who attempted to infiltrate towards al-Breij area in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a heavy machine gun used by the terrorists.

Another army unit destroyed three vehicles, one of which equipped with a machine gun, in the vicinity of al-Nairab airport, 10 km east of Aleppo city.

Meanwhile, field sources said the armys operations in the vicinity of al-Nairab airport resulted in destroying two armored vehicles.

A number of terrorists were also killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood on the western sides of Aleppo city.

Deir Ezzor

The armys air force killed a number of terrorists and destroys their vehicles in al-Jafra, al-Mayadeen and al-Mreiiyeh in the eastern Deir Ezzor province.

Daraa

KSA provides anti-air missiles to terrorists

A car exploded in Heit town in the western countryside of the southern Daraa province after Thursday midnight, resulting in the death of three terrorists, including Ghassan al-Saffouri, Hussien al-Nemri and a terrorist nicknamed Arour Heit.

Later on the day, army units targeted terrorists gatherings and hideouts in a number of areas in Daraa al-Balad, killing and injuring scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

The army also killed a number of terrorists in operations in Ataman and Kherbat Ghazala in Daraa countryside.

Meanwhile, multi-sourced information said that Saudi Arabia has sent anti-armor and anti-air missiles through the Jordanian borders to a number of terrorist groups in Daraa.

Lattakia

Reconnaissance plane for terrorists shot down

An army unit shot down a reconnaissance drone for terrorists in Beit Hleibiyeh in the northern countryside of Lattakia.

The armys air force killed a large number of terrorists in strikes on their hideouts and gatherings in Rabiaa area.

The strikes left a number of terrorists dead, including Mohammad Manla, Mohammad Qabaji and Mohammad Jamal Qabji.

An army unit clashed with a terrorist group in al-Mreij district in Salma area, killing all of its members.

Homs

An army unit destroyed three pick-up vehicles equipped with machine guns for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Izz Eddin village on the border between Homs and Hama provinces.

Another army unit killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their arms to the west of al-Msheirfeh village, 18 km north of Homs city.

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Commander of Iran Revolutionary Guards Martyred in Syrias Aleppo

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The so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group killed a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards in Syria on Thursday, the elite branch of the Iranian military announced Friday.

General Hussein Hamedani was martyred by ISIL terrorist operatives "during an advisory mission" in the northern region of Aleppo, a Guards statement said.

Hamedani had been playing an "important role... reinforcing the front of Islamic resistance against the terrorists", it added.

Iran is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supporting him with military expertise to defend the country against the operating takfiri groups.

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Military source: Two F16 aircrafts violate Syrian airspace, target infrastructure in Aleppo

Damascus, SANA - Two F16 aircrafts belonging to the so-called US-led coalition violated the Syrian airspace on Saturday, targeting the infrastructure and destroying two power plants in al-Rudwaniya area to the east of Aleppo city, a military source said.

According to the source, the two aircrafts violated the Syrian airspace at 10:00 AM Saturday morning.

The source considered the incident a breach of the international law.

The attack caused power outage in the targeted area, the source added.

Qabas/Manal, SANA

 
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Two villages in Hama and strategic hill in Quneitra back in the Syrian Armys hands

Provinces, SANA-Units of the Syrian Arab Army continued on Saturday their military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, killing large numbers of them and destroying their weapons.

Hama

Army establishes control over two villages in Hama countryside

Army units established control over Atshan and Tal Skeik villages in the northern countryside of Hama, after al-Bahsa village came in their hands yesterday.

The army personnel swept the two villages for explosives, dismantling scores of explosive devices that terrorists planted prior to their retreat.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army air force and artillery killed more than 125 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS within a large-scale military operation against the terrorist organizations in the northern countryside of Hama province.

A military source told SANA that the army air force conducted intensive strikes against positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS terrorists in the villages of Atshan, al-Latamneh and Tal Skeik in the northern countryside of the province.

The source added that 50 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS were killed in the strikes and hundreds of others were injured, in addition to destroying a number of their armored vehicles and a store of ammunition.

In the same context, 75   Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed and a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles and Tao rockets launching pads were destroyed in bombardments carried out by the army artillery against their dens in Um Haratain village in the northern countryside.

The armys air force also conducted a series of air strikes on Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists positions in Kafr Nabboudeh town and the villages of al-Kassabiyeh, Moghr al-Hamam and al-Ziarah in the fartherst northwestern countryside of Hama province.

The air strikes left many terrorists dead or injured and destroyed their vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, and amounts of weapons and ammunition, according to the source.

Sources said that army units are making headway in their military operations in al-Ghab and Hama northeastern countryside after destroying fortifications for terrorists and striking their TOW missile systems.

Idleb

In the southern countryside of the neighboring Idleb province, the armys air force conducted precise air strikes on terrorists positions in Khan Sheikhoun city and in the towns of al-Hbeit and al-Tamanaa and Tal Merei, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Homs

Precise army operations were conducted against ISIS terrorists hideouts and movements in the eastern countryside of Homs province, mainly in the villages and towns of Rasm al-Abd, Habrah al-Gharbiyeh, Um Tweineh and al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh.

The operations in those areas left a number of ISIS terrorists dead and caused the destruction of their weapons and ammunition.

Army units in Homs northern countryside inflicted heavy losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the villages and towns of Um Sharshouh, al-Hilaliyeh, Housh al-Zabadi, al-Ghanto, al-Ashrafiyeh and Tal Abu al-Sanasel.

The army units defending al-Rastan Dam clashed with an armed terrorist group that attempted to attack a number of military posts in the dams surroundings, killing and injuring some of the groups members, while the rest fled away.

Aleppo

Army units killed a number of terrorists, most of them from Jabhat al Nusra, and destroyed their machinegun-equipped vehicles in the surroundings of the Scientific Research building and al-Mansoura village in the western countryside of Aleppo province.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured and their equipment and ammunition were destroyed in operations carried out by the army against their dens in al-Wadihi village in the southern countryside of the province.

A unit of the army also carried out concentrated bombardments against dens and positions of the terrorist organizations in Hraitan town to the north of Aleppo City, destroying a number of the terrorists vehicles with all the arms and ammunition inside them.

Meanwhile, units of the army carried out intensive operations against dens and positions of the ISIS terrorist organization to the east of al-Sfera city, Tal Riman and Shamer in the eastern countryside, killing scores of the ISIS terrorists.

Dozens of the ISIS terrorists were also killed and their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in strikes conducted by the Syrian army air force on Saturday morning against their dens in al-Baqjia, Qasir al-Ward, Tal al-Naam and Tal Estabil in the eastern countryside.

On the other hand, the artillery of the Air Force Academy destroyed vehicles belonging to the ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of the Academy on the international road leading to Raqqa province.

A unit of the army inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorist organizations in the personnel and the equipment in the surroundings of al-Nayrab Airport, 10 km to the east of Aleppo City.

A number of the terrorists hotbeds were also destroyed with all the arms and ammunition inside them and all the terrorists inside them were killed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4 and al-Laramoun and on al-Castelo Road in Aleppo City.

Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed, including terrorist Mohammad Tabshou, the self-claimed vice-chairman of the Sharia Office of al-Jabha al-Shamiya , and terrorist Ali Hayyani.

Lattakia

A number of the terrorists vehicles, mortar launchers and an artillery were destroyed in intensive air strikes carried out by the Syrian army air force on Saturday morning against their dens in the northern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.

The airstrikes targeted dens of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in the towns and villages of Salma, Jib al-Ahmar, Abu Risha and Rwaiset al-Tanbour, 50 km to the east of Lattakia City.

Scores of terrorists were killed in the airstrikes and a number of their vehicles, mortar launchers, and artillery and Grad rockets were destroyed.

Meanwhile, civil sources in the northern countryside told SANA reporter that Turkish ambulances entered through the borders to transport the wounded terrorists to the Turkish hospitals.

Daraa

The army artillery bombarded Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists gathering to the north of Kafer Shams village in the northern countryside of the southern province of Daraa.

Various kinds of vehicles for the terrorist organizations were destroyed in an army operation in the village of al-Sheikh Miskin , 22 km north of Daraa city.

Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of a number of their members in various areas of Daraa, among them Abdullah Ahmad al-Khatib, Laith Khaled al-Haj Ali of the so-called Liwa Jisr Horan.

Quneitra

Army reasserts control over strategic hill

Field sources said that an army unit backed by popular defense groups reasserted full control over Tal al-Qaba hill in Qunietra countryside after eliminating the last gatherings of terrorists in the area.

The sources said that the army unit carried out a series of concentrated operations targeting the gatherings of terrorists that had infiltrated earlier the strategic hill near the town of Arnabeh, and that the operations resulted in establishing full control over the hill after eliminating many terrorists, including one leader in the Liwa al-Furqan terrorist group, while the surviving terrorists fled towards Jebata al-Khhashab.

The military source said that the terrorist organizations received heavy losses in personnel and equipment in an army units military operation in Nabaa al-Sakher village in the southeastern countryside of the province.

The terrorist organizations also acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of scores of terrorists, among them Ibrahim Mohammad al-Ghazali, Mohammad Abdullah al-Dnaifat, Omar Joudeh al-Ghothani, Abdel Hamid al-Naser, Ahmad Muwafaq al-Nasser, Mohammad Yaser al-Naser, Diyaa Mohammad Saleh Eqbal, Rafat Abdel-Aziz al-Saleh of the so-called Jund al-Malahem.

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The Syrian army and air force continue fighting terrorists in different areas

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Provinces, SANA, The Syrian army and air force continued their fighting against terrorist organizations in different areas of the country, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their hideouts.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday the Russian Air Force bombed 63 ISIS positions during the last 24 hours in Hama, Lattakia, Idleb and Raqqa.

Aleppo

Syrian army air force targeted in intensive strikes ISIS terrorists dens and supply routes in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA on Sunday that the strikes resulted in destroying positions and movements axes of ISIS terrorists in the villages and towns of Qseir al-Ward, al-Baqjiyeh, south of al-Nasriyeh, Jeb al-Safa, al-Sheikh Ahmad, Tal al-Neam, Tal Istabl, al-Salhiyeh, al-Hwaijeeneh, al-Jaboul and Tal Sabeen.

Homs

In the central province of Homs, the Syrian army air force morning conducted a number of airstrikes targeting dens and positions of the ISIS terrorist organization in the eastern countryside.

The air force carried out a number of airstrikes based on accurate intelligence information about the movements and
positions of ISIS terrorists in al-Qaryatain village, 85 km to the east of Homs City.

A number of machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the strikes with all the arms and ammunition inside them.

The army air force also carried out airstrikes against dens and hotbeds of the ISIS terrorists in Jibab Hamad village, 70 km to the east of Homs city, destroying a number of varied machinegun- equipped vehicles and an amount of arms and
ammunition.

Meanwhile, heavy losses were inflicted upon the ISIS extremist organization in personnel and equipment in airstrikes carried out by the army air force against their dens and vehicles in al- Tafha village, 70 km to the east of Homs City.

A unit of army carried out special operations against dens and gatherings of ISIS terrorists which resulted in killing a number of terrorists in Rahoum village, the largest gathering of the organization in the far eastern countryside of Homs near al-Raqqa.

A vehicle for ISIS terrorists with all arms and ammunition on board was destroyed between Hawareen and al-Hadath villages in the south eastern countryside of Homs.

In the northern countryside of Homs, continued army operations against dens of terrorists under the leadership of Jabhat al-Nusra in Abu al-Sanabel hill and the area surrounding al-Rastan and Talbeeseh left a number of terrorists dead and a bulldozer, arms and ammunition were destroyed for them.

An army unit killed 3 terrorists and injured 5 others in Kafr Laha village in al-Houla area in Homs countryside.

Hama

The armys air force killed terrorists in Latmin, Lahaya, al-Latamneh and Kafr Naboudah in Hama countryside.

A military source affirmed that the terrorist organizations have been inflicted heavy losses in personnel and equipment in the wide land military operation carried out by the Army under a support of the Russian air force and in cooperation with the Syrian air force in Hama northern countryside.

The destroyed 20 vehicles loaded with ammunition in Tal Skik in the northern countryside of Hama.

The source added that a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed in the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that the army units also inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in its artillery on their dens in Tal Wasit and al-Zyarah villages in addition to al-Mansoura town in which the army have achieved great progress.

Lattakia

The armys air force conducted airstrikes against terrorists positions in Kitf al-Ghadr, al-Mallouha, al-Ghuneima and Rweiset Khandaq Khamou in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia province.

Numbers of the terrorists were killed and several of their vehicles and equipment were destroyed in the airstrikes.

Army units also destroyed 7 of the terrorists vehicles in Rabiaa area, that were heading to al-Khadra village, killing a number of Chechen terrorists.

Idleb

The armys air force destroyed dens for terrorist organizations in al-Tamanaa, Khan Sheikhoun and al-Habeit in Idleb countryside.

Daraa

An army unit targeted terrorists movements and positions in Tal al-Sheikh Hussien and Tuloul Khleif area in the eastern countryside of the southern Daraa province.

All members of a terrorist group were killed or injured, and their vehicle was destroyed.

Six vehicles were damaged in a precise army operation against terrorists positioned in Daraa al- Balad neighborhood in Daraa city.

Later on Sunday afternoon, an army unit killed and injured all the members of a terrorist group in al-Abazid neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad.

Another Army unit killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons to the south of Syriatel Building in al-Manshia neighborhood.

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The Syrian Arab Army establishes control over areas in Hama, Lattakia, Aleppo

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Damascus, SANA The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement on Monday that the Army and Armed Forces established control over the Free Zone in Aleppo and 13 towns and villages and one area in Hama and Lattakia provinces.

The statement said that the various divisions of the Army and Armed Forces, and under concentrated cover fire from the Air Force and artillery and missile units, army units made remarkable achievements in its operations in the northern countryside of Hama province.

The General Command said that the Armed Forces established control over the towns and villages of Kafar Nabouda, Atshan, Qubeibat, Maarakaba, Oum Harten, Sekik, Tal Sekik, Tal al-Sakher, and al-Bahsa in the northern countryside of Hama province.

The statement said that operations on both sides of the administrative line between Hama and Idleb provinces resulted in the elimination of many terrorists, the destruction of a number of armored vehicles and ammo depots in al-Tamanea, Sekik, and Tal Sekik, in addition to five machinegun-equipped vehciles three US-made TOW missile launch pads in Oum Harten.

The General Command said that operations also resulted in destroying terrorists command centers and weapon and ammo depots in Maaret al-Numan, Saraqeb, Haish, Muhambel, Tal TeraI, east and north of al-Tamanea, west of Sekik, south of Khan Sheikhoun, al-Latamneh, and Habbit, and Kafar Nabouda, while 20 vehicles transporting terrorists, weapons, and munitions were destroyed and large amounts of terrorists weapons, equipment, and ammo were seized east of Tal Sekik.

In the northern countryside of Lattakia province, army units established control over the towns of Jub al-Ahmar and Kafar Delbe, in addition to Katef Jouret al-Batikh hills and Ruwaiset Khandaq Jamo, the statement said, adding that army units continued to advance and established control over the southeastern outskirts of Salma town.

The General Command said that the army also targeted command centers and concentrations of terrorists in Tal Aas, Ruwaiset al-Qubour, Sama and Melouhet Katef al-Ghadr in the countryside of Lattakia province.

The statement went on to say that army units established full control over the entirety of the Free Zone area in Aleppo province after inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS terrorists and directing concentrated strikes on terrorists concentrations in the surroundings of Kuwairis Airport, confirming that this resulted in destroying terrorists command centers, weapon and ammo depots, and vehicles equipped with weapons.

The General Command stated that the successes achieved since the beginning of the wide-scale ground operation conducted with air and artillery support have resulted in inflicting heavy losses upon terrorist organizations, causing their morale to collapse and prompting large numbers of them to flee towards Turkish borders.

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More terrorists killed, including Turks, new areas under the armys control

The army operations targeting the terrorist organizations gathering and hideouts resulted in the killing and injuring of scores of terrorists and establishing control over many areas across the country.

Quneitra

Tal Ahmar under Armys control

A unit of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, on Tuesday established full control over the strategic Tal Ahmar to the north of Khan Arnaba in the northeastern countryside of the southern Quneitra province, according to field sources.

The sources added that heavy losses were inflicted upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in personnel, equipment and vehicles adding that among killed terrorists the self-claimed leader of the so- called al-Sabtain Brigade Mouatasem al-Tahan nicknamed Abu Mamoun.

Meanwhile, Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed including terrorist Alaa Fathi al-Wadi, Omar Nader al-Saaid, Ayuob Najim al-Darawsha, Mohannad Hussein al-Tarshan, Bilal Ftaihand Ahmed Mohammad Sweidani.

Sweida

An army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, killed a number of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists in Tal Ash-heeb in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

A military source told SANA Tuesday that the army unit targeted an ISIS terrorist groups gathering and movement axes in the area.

The source added that the army operation resulted in the killing and injuring of all members of the terrorist group and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Homs

Army units destroyed, in operations against ISIS Gatherings, their vehicles with terrorists on board, at the south side of Bayarat area in the countryside of Palmyra, Homs Province.

Lattakia

34 terrorists, including 3 Turks, killed in army operation

34 terrorists, including 3 Turks, killed in an army unit operation in the town of Rabea in the northern countryside of the coastal province of Lattakia.

Raqqa

The Syrian army air force destroyed dens of ISIS self-claimed leaders, 30 km to the northeast of Raqqa City.

Deir Ezzor

The Syrian army air force destroyed vehicles of ISIS terrorists in al-Mreiiyeh and to the east of Deir Ezzor Military Airport.

Aleppo

The Syrian army air force targeted ISIS terrorists hideouts and vehicles in Jeb al-Safa, Tal Istabl, al-Dakouneh, Tal Naam and Tal Faouri in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

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Syrians appreciate Russias supportive stands towards Syria

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Damascus, SANA Thousands of Syrians expressed, in a stand held on Tuesday in front of the Russian embassy in Damascus, appreciation over Russian, leadership and people, supportive stances to Syria in its war against terrorism.

The participants thanked Russias seriousness in fighting terrorism, expressing confidence that the Syrian-Russian cooperation will achieve victory and eliminate the armed terrorist organizations in a way that protects Syria, the region and the
world from their increasing danger.

They renewed support to the Syrian Arab army which has been offering big sacrifices in defending the homeland and maintaining its security, sovereignty and stability.
Raising banners condemning terrorism and the Arab and regional countries supporting it, the participants in the event voiced commitment to the national principles and rejection of any foreign interference in their internal affairs.

H. Zain/ Barry

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