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12 April 2014 @ 06:07 pm
West's lawbreakers acting against Syria  
Thousands of Terrorists Cross Turkish Border to Join Rebel War Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of foreign-backed militants have entered Aleppo city in Northern Syria via Turkish borders, informed sources disclosed on Saturday.
"We have witnessed the arrival of around 5,000 foreign-backed terrorists fully equipped with various types of military equipment, including heavy weaponry, in the city of Aleppo after crossing the border at Bab Al-Hava crossing in the Northern parts of Aleppo province," an informed military source told FNA today.
He said according to the intelligence gained by the Syrian army, the militants have received trainings and then dispatched to Aleppo from a military base in Turkey near the borders with Syria.
The source added that a total number of 3,000 militants have also entered Al-Rashedin region in Al-Atareb town.
Last week, Syrian troops repelled repeated attempts by the terrorist groups to infiltrate into the old city of Aleppo from the Eastern part of Umayyad Mosque, and killed a large number of anti-government fighters.
A military source said that apart from militants' heavy death toll due to Army's Sunday operations, a large convoy of weapons and ammunitions were also destroyed in the Aleppo's battlefields.
The source added that Syrian soldiers attacked the rebels' dens and gatherings in Kafar Hamra, al-Shwiehneh, Icarda, Babis, Injara, Kafarnaha, Atareb, Khan Tuman and Jub Ghabsha in Aleppo countryside, adding that too many insurgents were killed, so many were wounded and the rest fled the battlefields.
The source went on to say that other army forces targeted militants' gatherings in the vicinities of the Central Prison, Khan al-Assal, Maaret al-Artiq, Anadan, Handarat, Bishqatin, Kafar Saghir and al-Lairamon and killed scores of terrorists.
Army units clashed with rebel groups in the old city of Aleppo, al-Mashad, Dahrat Abd-Rabbu, al-Mansourieh, Sheikh Said, the industrial city and al-Kastilo whose people witnessed army's might and power in the battle fronts.
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930123000419

US asks Israel to hit Syrians fighting CIA-trained militia
Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Tel Aviv to halt the advance of Syrian army troops against US-trained insurgents in the Golan Heights area.
The sources said the US-veted militants, trained in an American base in neighboring Jordan before deployment into Syria, reached the divided Golan Heights last month.
The Americans want Israel to stop a Syrian column from reaching militant-held areas of the Golan, particularly where the Jordanian-based extremists are located, a source told Middle East Newsline.
The sources further elaborated that this marked the first US request from the Israeli military to intervene in Syria. They noted, however, that Obama and his aides had previously warned the Israeli regime to refrain from striking Syria.
CIA operatives in Joradan have been training more than 1,000 Syria-bound insurgents in a program financed by Saudi Arabia. The rebels, facing resistance by pro-government militia forces in southern Syria, have failed in two operations to establish strongholds inside Syria.
The US-trained militants were said to have captured a Syrian Army outpost at Tel Al Ahrar in the Golan Heights. The sources said the outpost contained 250 Jordanian-based militants, with another 250 militia members in the rest of the Golan Heights.
With the exception of Quneitra, the US-trained insurgents were believed to have control over most of the Syrian portion of the heights, which amounts to 600 square kilometers.
At this point, according to the report, the Israeli regime has not responded to the US request.
The sources said Israel’s military and intelligence community did not want a confrontation with Syrian government forces as they have eliminated rebel strongholds throughout central and western Syria.
NTJ/MB
http://en.alalam.ir/news/1584464
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clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
The Syrian Army seems competent to handle anything
Syria troops inflict crushing blows on insurgents
Syrian military forces have delivered crushing blows on foreign-backed insurgents across the country, inflicting heavy losses on armed elements around Aleppo, outskirts of Damascus and suburbs of Daraa and Homs.
Details http://en.alalam.ir/news/1584572

Edited at 2014-04-12 05:44 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
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#Syrian Arab Army update for April 12, 2014 in #Aleppo, #Homs, #Daraa
Army foils terrorists' infiltration attempts in different areas and repels them across the country
Apr 12, 2014 - Provinces, (SANA) The Syrian Arab Army on Saturday continued upholding its national duty of pursuing armed terrorist groups in different regions, carrying out successful operations against their hideouts and foiling infiltration attaempts.
Military source refutes media claims of terrorists seizing Air Force Intelligence building in Aleppo
A military source refuted reports circulated by some biased media outlets claiming that armed terrorist groups seized control of the Air Force Intelligence building in northwest Aleppo city.
The source said that army units continue to deliver crippling blows to terrorists in areas near the building in Kafr Hamra, al-Lairamouns and near the Artisans Society, crushing them and inflicting heavy losses upon them.
-Army foils inflitration attaemp by terrorists in Aleppo
Army unit foiled terrorist group’ s infiltration attempt to al-Ameriyeh in Aleppo city, killing and injuring a number of them.
A military source told SANA that army units killed and injured a number of terrorists and destroyed their tools in Hritan, Alliramoon, Bani zaid, al-Mislmiyeh, Khan Touman, al-Rashidin, al-Haidariyeh, Tal Rif’at, Oroum al-Kobra, Kibtan al-Janal, Kafr Hamra, surrounding Aleppo Central Prison and al-Sukari in Aleppo city and its countryside.
-Army thwarts terrorists’ infiltration attempt in Daraa
Army units foiled infiltration attempts by armed terrorist groups’ from al-Yadoudeh village to the safe areas in al-Yarmouk area and from al-Nazihin camp to the consumption company in the camp in Daraa, a military source told SANA.
The source added that the army killed and injured all members of the armed groups and destroyed their tools.
The army units also destroyed terrorists’ gatherings in Boser al-Harir, Mehajjeh, Enkhil, Kahil, al-Ghariyeh al-Sharqiyeh, Um Darej area in al-Bajabijeh neighborhood , Jordan street, surrounding al-Ma’asara in the old customs in Daraa al-Balad, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
-Army eliminates terrorists in Homs countryside
A military source told SANA that army units killed and injured a number of terrorists in al-Misherfeh, Talbiseh, to the east of Masa’deh and al-Ghasbiyeh in al-Dar al-Kabira in Homs countryside, and destroyed their criminal equipment . http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/04/12/538519.htm
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Why flood N. Syria with mercs?
Simple. The planned Qatar - Europe gas pipeline. The various concerned gov'ts don't want it inside Russia/Iran's sphere of influence.
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
RT Op-edge items
'Is it Europe for the banks or Europe for the people?'
Huge debt and unemployment in Greece are the result of the extreme neo-liberal policies pursued by the Troika that are just aimed at saving the banks but not the people, Kostas Isyhos, a member of the political secretariat of Syriza party, told RT
http://rt.com/op-edge/greece-austerity-measures-bailout-928/

Poppy revolution in Afghanistan to follow the elections?
http://rt.com/op-edge/afghanistan-poppy-revolution-elections-925/

Corrupting norm: UK fails to notice the beam in its own eye
Rather than the exception, corruption is now the norm within the key institutions at the heart of the British establishment.
The latest reminder of it is the recent story to dominate British newspapers and the broadcast media involves the UK Culture Secretary and member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, Maria Miller, who is the latest in a long line of politicians to become embroiled in scandal over their expenses.
It comes as a reminder that for a country whose political leaders, intelligentsia and media commentators have made a habit of pointing the finger at governments, countries, and political systems around the world, adjudging them to be corrupt and morally deficient, the scale of the hypocrisy in this regard is astounding.
In recent years we have witnessed scandals involving the City of London, the main driver of the UK economy, surrounding the greed and recklessness responsible for an economic crisis that has delivered thousands of people into destitution. Yet at time of writing not one British banker has been prosecuted or faced any legal sanction for the economic chaos that has engulfed the country. Worse, the bonus culture that is prevalent in the City of London, and in corporate boardrooms in general, rather than being curtailed, has remained in place, thus ensuring that an emphasis on short-term profits and personal enrichment continues to take priority over long-term investment and sustainability when it comes to the UK economy.
http://rt.com/op-edge/uk-corruption-establishment-norm-105/
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
RT Newsline
http://rt.com/news/line/2014-04-12/

Woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton freed
The woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during her speech on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, Las Vegas, was released from jail but faces possible charges of disorderly conduct. Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, has been booked at the Clark County jail, according to the police arrest report. She was aware of what she had done despite her agitated state. Ernst was not authorized to be in the hall, security said. The former Secretary of State ducked and was not hit, joking about the incident.
There are reports that the activists in Slavyansk have taken up weapons. However, one of the members of the Donbas people’s militia told media that no one was hurt during the storm of the police HQ, adding that the government building will be under their control until a referendum is held.

Syrian govt blames rebels for gas attack in Kfar Zeita
Syrian government has blamed the rebel forces of using poisonous gas in an attack on the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama on Friday. State-run Syrian television blamed members of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas, killing two people and injuring more than 100. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens were injured, while people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems as heavy smoke rose in the area after the attack.

Germany: NSA spy scandal should not thwart the EU-US free trade deal
The NSA spying scandal should not undermine plans to create a transatlantic free trade zone between the EU and the US, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Nordwest-Zeitung. He said that “it would be absurd to consider any sanctions against our most important partner”, adding that Germany is interested in the deal between Brussels and Washington. But, at the same time, Germany wants a “solid and effective” deal between Europe and the US on data protection.
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Why The Standoff At The Bundy Ranch Is A Very Big Deal
Submitted by Michael Krieger of The Liberty Blitzkrieg blog

If you haven’t been following the unfolding drama at the Bundy Ranch about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas you need to start now. The escalating confrontation between irate local residents and federal agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has the potential to take a very dangerous turn for the worse at any moment, as hundreds of militia members from states across the country are expected to descend upon the area and make a stand with 67-year-old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Before I get into any sort of analysis about what this means within the bigger picture of American politics and society, we need a little background on the situation. The saga itself has been ongoing for two decades and the issue at hand is whether or not Mr. Bundy can graze his 900 head of cattle on a particular section of public lands in Clark County. Cliven Bundy has been ordered to stop on environmental grounds to protect the desert tortoise, but he has stood his ground time and time again. As a result, the feds have now entered the area and are impounding his cattle. According to CNN, Between Saturday and Wednesday, contracted wranglers impounded a total of 352 cattle. The Bundy family, as well as a variety of local residents have already had confrontations with the BLM agents. Tasers have been used and some minor injuries reported. Most significantly, militia members from across the country have already descended upon the area and it seems possible that hundreds may ultimately make it down there.
To me, the argument of who is right and who is wrong in this situation is the least interesting part of the story. I have noted time and time again that the feds are becoming increasingly out of control and belligerent to American citizens. We know the stories (think Aaron Swartz) and we know the overall trend trend. However, the reason the Bundy Ranch confrontation is so interesting, is that for whatever reason this particular incident seems to be striking a chord of dissent. It is often times the most random, unforeseen and innocuous things that spark social/political movements. This standoff has it all.
More http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-12/why-standoff-bundy-ranch-very-big-deal
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will

Andrei Illarionov, a Putin advisor turned critic, has been predicting the twists of the Ukraine crisis. Now he says Putin will be able to achieve his goals without firing a shot.
A former top advisor to Vladimir Putin says the Russian president probably thinks at this point he can whip Ukraine back into line without having to resort to a full-blown invasion. Although it appears no Western power is willing to take military action to defend Kiev, overt Russian military action would risk deeper and more disruptive Western economic sanctions. So Putin’s willingness to play a longer-term game rests on his “cynical recognition” that he has three years to accomplish his objective before there is a change of leadership in the White House and the possibility of a more resolute American response.
Continues http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/12/putin-can-take-ukraine-without-an-invasion-and-probably-will.html
clothcapclothcap on April 12th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Syria - toxic chem attack
Armed men of al-#Nusra Front strike Kfarzeta in #Hama countryside with the toxic Chlorine liquid.
The attack of Kfarzeta has claimed two lives and more than 100 were suffocated.
http://breakingnews.sy/en/

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clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 09:34 am (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 10:29 am (UTC)
The Way Frozen Bank Accounts are used by the West

By 2005, thanks to the recommendations of international organizations for combating economic crime, Transparency International and the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), as well as of the UN, the OECD, and the European Union adopted the relevant directives, allowing to freeze bank accounts of the so called “politically exposed people” (PEP). The main task was to combat tax evasion and other financial frauds.
Since accounts of PEPs are usually registered in the name of nominees in offshore jurisdictions, sometimes it is very difficult to track the real beneficiaries officially (i.e., true owner of the accounts). The UK was the first to address this problem in 2012-2013, by ordering its banks to disclose all real beneficiaries in their corporate registries. By the way, Britain has always been a favourite place for concealing illegally acquired funds of foreign PEPs. Soon, other EU countries followed its example. It is because of these new rules that daughters of Uzbek President Islam Karimov lost over $1 billion in 2013. Since they are hardly able (even through the efforts at the government level) to prove the legality of such huge amounts of money, we can think that this amount will stay on the accounts of European banks forever. Moreover, this case was not a single instance after the introduction of the new rules.
Being inspired by the success of appropriating illegally acquired wealth of foreign PEPs (who believed in the inviolability of their deposits in safe European banks until recently), Europe did not stop at that, and went further. Following the successful example of the UK, in February 2014, the European Union also adopted provisions for the establishment of registers of ultimate owners of companies and trusts in the EU countries. Given that, according to the Bloomberg agency, more than $1 trillion is concealed from taxes in Europe annually, the “cash crop” is going to be rich for European banks. The rules have been tightened so much that the funds on the accounts are frozen in case of “suspicious transactions” at first, and then an investigation is conducted from what source – legal or not – the money was received.
To understand whether there is a chance to return the frozen assets to their countries of origin, we should turn to the recent past. The most glaring example is blocking the assets owned by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by banks all over the world in 2011. According to official estimates, the amount did not exceed $150 billion, but new players on the political field in Libya claimed that it was a matter of at least $1 trillion, and they would like to see it in their country (or in their pockets, depending on the circumstances). Be that as it may, the U.S. retained a considerable part of Gaddafi’s assets – $30 billion, calling it the largest freezing of foreign assets in its history.
However, soon the Netherlands, which had blocked $3 billion of the “Libyan Treasure” in their banks, “assigned” $100 million to Libya as a part of the WHO program, aimed at supplying medications and humanitarian aid to the country. The U.S. unblocked $1.5 billion; France unblocked $260 million, Italy promised to return $350 million for the restoration of the country. Meanwhile, the assets of $2.4 billion in Canada, $1.7 billion in Austria, $1.5 billion in the UK, and modest $2.8 million in Germany remained untouched. This is not to mention Libyan accounts in other banks around the world.
However, after a simple addition of all these sums, it becomes clear that the lion’s share of Libyan funds remained in foreign banks. A number of foreign media publications called such a situation as “thoughtful plundering of the entire state”. We need hardly mention that the death of the real beneficiary, M. Gaddafi, came in handy for the banks that had blocked Libyan money, as he would never be able to prove in what way – legal or illegal – he got these funds, and certainly, he would not be able to get even a small part of them.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2014/03/05/rus-kak-zamorozhenny-e-bankovskie-scheta-ispol-zuyutsya-zapadom/
clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
The Middle East within the anti-Russian plans of the White House

The real failure of President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia is shown by their refusal of his attempt to initiate an energy war against Russia in retaliation for the annexation of Crimea. The war would have been undertaken by means of compelling a sharp reduction in oil and gas prices and ejecting Russia from the EU’s energy market. However, the failure of the President’s visit has compelled Washington to open a dialogue with the Russian leadership based on the idea of federalising Ukraine. However, this does not signify that the Americans, whether we are looking at the current Democrat administration or the powerful Republican presence in the legislature, are wavering in their intention to strike against Russia. This strike is in the form of a primarily economic plan to weaken the Russian Federation and its impact on world politics. In the USA, people are well aware of what is the weakest link within Moscow’s power, its heavy reliance on income for the supply of hydrocarbon based fuel to the European market. This weak link can only be affected via the Arab countries and Iran which, along with Russia, are the main suppliers of oil and gas to the European market. Therefore, we should expect an intensification of Washington’s efforts in the Middle East to weaken the position of Russia within the region and to create an “energy coalition” on an anti Russian basis.
Now, following the failure of Obama’s mission to Saudi Arabia, America has begun making moves on Qatar which is a large scale gas supplier and a competitor of Gazprom. However, there is a serious obstacle here, Doha cannot increase the production and supply of LNG to Europe and, furthermore, it has to fulfil its long term contractual obligations to the Asian countries. These include India, Japan, Pakistan, China, South Korea, and South East Asian countries, which pay a higher price by comparison with what the country receives for its European exports. In addition Qatar cannot supply gas via a pipeline at this time, when Syria presents an obstacle to laying a gas pipeline from the North field in the Persian Gulf along the route through the territory of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria to the Mediterranean coast and subsequently the EU. In order to realise the project, it is necessary first to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. Therefore we should expect an increase in the subversive activities directed by the USA and its allies in the CCASG against Damascus.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2014/04/12/rus-blizhnij-vostok-v-antirossijskih-planah-belogo-doma/
clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
Western media is carrying the original stories ... They are that insulated from the real world
NATO’s Death Throes in Ukraine
There can be no other explanation for NATOs recent actions. In a recent series of acts, some dangerous, almost terrifying, others absurd and almost comical, NATO has done more than lose credibility.
Were NATO an animal, one would have to put it out of its misery.
BRAIN DEAD
Today, General Philip Breedlove, the American Air Force General currently commanding NATO “Tweeted” a website link to satellite photographs of what he has told the world’s media is the Russian military buildup currently threatening the Ukraine.
Breedlove’s satellite photos, dated only two weeks ago, show masses of combat aircraft and armor that he claims are currently moving toward the Eastern Ukraine. Breedlove has even told the media that he, on his personal authority as “NATO commander,” plans to move additional US troops to Europe “to reassure America’s allies.”
There is only one problem. Breedlove faked the satellite photos. Worse still, he was caught. The satellite images are eight months old, from the summer of 2013. They depict a joint operation, Combat Commonwealth 2013. It gets worse.
NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen has claimed that these troops, the imaginary ones from the faked satellite images, are “not training but ready for combat.” What Rasmussen and Breedlove kept from the press and their Twitter followers was not the simple fact that they lied or that they exceeded their authority. There is also, as is so often the case, an interesting aspect of irony.
Many of the troops in the satellite photos are Ukrainian. You see, the Ukrainian army participated in Combat Commonwealth 2013 and the photos Breedlove and Rasmussen have been spreading around the internet aren’t just eight months old, the depict joint Ukrainian/Russian military exercises.
As American humorist, Jim W. Dean so often says, “You just can’t make things like that up.”
MIXED MEDIA
At the same time Russian media is documenting the insanity of Breedlove/Rasmussen accusations, the Western media is carrying the original stories and the faked photographs. They are that insulated from the real world.
From a USA Today story dated April 10, 2014, exhibiting a total break with reality:
“NATO made public to reporters satellite photographs that showed Russia has not removed any of the 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier it said it would reduce, and that those forces are now sharing space with lines of tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and aircraft.
“This is a force that is very capable, at high readiness, and, as we have illustrated through the imagery, is close to routes and lines of communication,” British Brigadier Gary Deakin said at a briefing at the Belgium military headquarters for the European-U.S. defense alliance.
“It has the resources to be able to move quickly into Ukraine if it was ordered to do so,” he said of the Russian forces stationed at more than 100 sites near the Ukraine border.”
I see an early retirement in Brigadier Deakin’s future.
PATTERN OF INSANITY
On March 15, 2014, the Russian journal, New Eastern Outlook published a series of intercepted emails between the US embassy in Kiev and military liaison officials in the Ukraine. These documents outlined a series of planned false flag attacks to be blamed on Russia.
These attacks were to be executed by a combination of former US military and Chechen jihadists, all wearing Russian military uniforms. The intercepted documents even included photographs of targets with specific areas for planting explosives circled in red.
This is what they mean by “being caught ‘red handed.’” These were also satellite photographs, this time “on the cheap,” copied from Google Earth.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2014/04/12/nato-s-death-throes-in-ukraine/
An alternative is that Breedlove, Deakin etc fooled themselves with Google Earth that never shows current images except to subscribers with special programs.
clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
Syria Online 1
https://www.facebook.com/Syriaonline.sy

Turkey/ Military officer detained in Syria-bound truck investigation.
A military officer brought to Ankara for questioning over his role in the interception of a Syria-bound truck in early January of this year has been detained.
A noncommissioned military officer who took part in the operation to stop and search a truck belonging to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in the southern province of Adana was detained by local police on Thursday as part of an investigation into allegations of espionage.
He was then transferred to Ankara for broader questioning by MİT officials as well as prosecutors. The officer was jailed pending trial on Friday.
Security forces led by the Adana chief public prosecutor intercepted several Syria-bound trucks on suspicion of supplying arms. The move triggered a row between the judiciary and the government, drawing anger from the latter, which then claimed that neither the prosecutor nor the gendarmerie forces had the authority to stop a truck under orders of MİT. The government also claimed that the trucks had been carrying humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian Turkmens in northern Syria.

Syrian Air Forces kill the founder of al-Fajer Islamic movement in Aleppo
Al-Fajer Islamic movement announced the death of the legitimate prince of the movement Abu Abdullah al-Shari due to a raid carried out by the Syrian Air Forces yesterday.
Al-Akhbar Lebanese newspaper said that Abu Abdullah was killed in an aerial raid targeted his house in Daret Ezza in Aleppo western countryside while he was holding a meeting with members of the forensic body of the movement.
The newspaper quoted a jihadist source closed to the movement as saying that the raid also killed the brother of a member of the body.
The source supposes that the target relays on leaked data about the place and the time of the meeting.
Abu Abdulla is one of the founders of al-Fajer movement and served as the Legitimate prince of the movement.
http://breakingnews.sy/en/article/36972.html

Retweeted Syria Deeply (@SyriaDeeply):
"When rebels need weapons, they make their request at an 'operations room' in Amman staffed by agents from Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the U.S."

‘Syrian army in control of 90% of Lebanon-Syria border area’
http://t.co/saXXQzofg6

#US asks #Israel to hit #Syrians fighting #CIA-trained #militia - See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1584464

#Chechens is the right hand of #Erdogan...the "syrian" rebels in Aleppo.
#Aleppo. Pledge allegiance to the #terrorist Salahuddin the Chechen, leader of the "army immigrants and supporters", to succeed Saifullah Chechen who was killed on the front of the central prison of Aleppo.
clothcapclothcap on April 13th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Key Chechen Commander Killed in Northern Syria Apr 12, 2014
Army units killed a key Chechen rebel commander in the Northern parts of Syria, while their comrades killed several al-Nusra Front commanders in the Eastern parts of the country, informed sources announced on Saturday.
Abu Mohanad Checheni, commander of Mohajerin and Ansar Army which mostly consists of Chechen militants was killed two days ago in fierce clashes with the army in Aleppo in Northern Syria, rebel sources said.
Meantime, government sources said the army troops have killed several Al-Nusra commanders, including commander of Jafar Al-Tayar and Katibeh Shahid Abu Dajaneh and Katibeh Abideh Ibn Al-Jarrah in Kabajeb town in Deir Ezzur in Eastern Syria during the last 24 hours.
As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.
Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.
According to reports, the western powers and their regional allies, specially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria
Source: FNA

#Syria opposition calls for #Israel ties to oust #Assad http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/12/358314/syria-opposition-calls-for-israel-ties/

Retweeted ??? ??? ???? (@KeepingtheLeith):
Received news from my family in #Aleppo that the SAA has regained much of ground lost in west Aleppo. The SAA is on the move in Sheikh Najar

#Terrorist mortar attacks claims 3 civilian lives in #Damascus and #Idleb
Apr 13, 2014 - Provinces, (SANA) A girl was martyred and 22 citizens were injured Sunday in two terrorist mortar shells fired on Beirut Street in Damascus.
A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that terrorists fired two mortar shells on Beirut Street in Damascus, adding that one of the shells fell on a bus, causing the martyrdom of a girl and the injury of 22 other citizens and big material damage to a number of cars.
Two martyrted 22 others injured in terrorist rocket attacks on Idleb
A woman and a child were martyred and 11 other citizens were injured, most of them are children, on Saturday in terrorist rocket attacks on al-Na’ourah neighborhood and near the municipal stadium in Idleb city, a source at Idleb Police Command told SANA.
The source added that terrorists fired rocket shells on the city, claiming the lives of a woman and a child, injuring others and causing material damage to the citizens’ properties.
Terrorist rocket shell in Karm Ellouz in Homs causes injuries and huge material damage
An armed terrorist group fired on Sunday a rocket shell that hit the Comprehensive Clinics Building in Karm Ellouz neighborhood in Homs city.
Initial information confirmed that the rocket shell caused injuries and huge material damage.
Last Wednesday, 25 citizens, including women and children, were killed and more than 107 others were wounded by two car bombs in al-Khudre Street of Karm al-Loouz neighborhood in Homs.

The missile has been fired by the #FSAmoderate rebels criminals in#Damascus alTijarah #Syria killed the Family

Edited at 2014-04-13 12:13 pm (UTC)