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1 Dec 2016, addressing Irish law makers in Dublin: Syria’s Grand Mufti Hassoun:

“When the events started in 2011 in Syria, an Arab Emir called me. He invited me to leave Syria and told me he had a castle for my family and me. I told him, I have to stay in Syria to be the bridge of peace between the opposition and the regime. I represent neither the opposition nor the regime. I represent the Syrian people and when the regime is against the people, I will be with the people against the regime. The response to my answer to this phone call was the assassination of my son five days later, while he stood near the door of his university. He had never held a gun nor a weapon.
Before burying my child, I stood before everyone and said I had forgiven everyone on condition they laid down their weapons. Their answer was that they didn’t need my forgiveness. This has caused me much pain. But what is more painful is that a year after I buried my child, the revolutionaries came and took him out of his grave and I don’t know where they put him. This is the revolution in Syria. If it were a revolution to reform the regime I would have been with them but it was a revolution to kill men.

I came from Syria to Ireland to tell you please do not listen to the media. Come to Syria to see what they have done to us. I have met some of those who were arrested from London, Australia, Belgium, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. I met them in prison. I asked, Why did you come to Syria? They said: The Islamic centers in Europe called us to come and install an Islamic State in Syria and we gathered money. They trained us to fight in Turkey.”

Video from @handsoffsyria

 

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From speech to UN, 24 April 2015

Bashar al-Jaafari:

“I would like to submit to you the 2nd part of a book, the 1st part of which I introduced to you a few months ago, containing the names and photos of thousands of foreign fighters/terrorists who have been killed by the Syrian Army inside Syria. Thousands of names of terrorists who have come from various parts of the world including from all the member states of the Security Council with the exception of Angola and Venezuela. These are “moderate Syrian Opposition”.

Let us imagine that ISIL or al-Nusra Front or any other so-called free terrorist organisation stormed certain cities in the countries that call terrorist groups in Syria, “moderate armed opposition”. Let us imagine that these terrorists started wreaking havoc, killing and destroying these cities. What would the reaction of these countries be? How would they deal with such a situation? A “moderate” situation. Are they going to offer these [terrorists] bouquets of flowers​? … Will they be called American, British,Turkish or French “moderate opposition”? What an irony that these same states turn the world upside down whenever they discover a single terrorist on their own territories. They even use military force in the territories of other states, thousands of miles away from them, under the pretext of protecting their own national security against the threat of terrorism, but at the same time they deny us as Syrians our legitimate right and our duty to fight this very same terrorism that targets own people on our own land in within our own borders, and not in places thousands of miles away from us. To make it even worse the terrorists we target on our national territory, become suddenly in their eyes, innocent civilians exposed to what they call barrel bombs. In the same way the cross-border foreign terrorism, which has been condemned by a UNSC resolution, becomes miraculously the result of the Syrian crisis, not the cause of it.”

video with thanks via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OvTb0ZKzKc

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Syria’s representative to the UN, Bashar Al-Jaafari, 30 September 2014

“She (Amos) is either being misinformed or misinforming the Council members.
Let me give you some examples:
For instance she missed shedding any light on the scandal of poisonous vaccines that were smuggled outside the four official gates allowed to be used by the UN for humanitarian purposes in accordance with the resolution 2165. So these poisonous vaccines were smuggled into Syria by the terrorist groups through Turkish mediators, outside resolution 2165 and didn’t cross the border through official gates and Mrs. Amos failed to mention anything in this regard which led to the deaths of dozens of innocent Syrian children and the suffocation of hundreds of them. It seems, she who is in charge of the humanitarian situation in Syria, wasn’t aware of this vaccine scandal.
Although she is committed according to resolution 2165 to notify the Syrian government of the contents of this convoy of so-called humanitarian assistance in advance, she did not do that. The vaccines did not cross the official border gates and those who brought the vaccines into Syria were merely criminal thugs who wanted to replace the work of the government for propaganda and drawing money from the so-called donors. This is the first example.

The second example: She (Amos) said that the World Food Programme couldn’t reach the civilians in Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa for three months. She didn’t say why, as if nobody knows nowdays who is occupying Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa. Mrs Amos never heard of the presence of ISIS in Raqqa, she’s not aware of that. She doesn’t know that ISIS is occupying Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa. So she said that for the third month consecutively the World Food Programme was unable to deliver humanitarian assistance to these two cities but she didn’t say why because she doesn’t want to clarify how alarming the situation is in these two cities because of the presence of the terrorist armed groups not because the [Syrian] government is preventing this aid from reaching civilian population in these two Syrian cities. She was highly interested only in telling the council that in two months we will have no money, so please we need money. This is all she cares about. She needs money to continue what she calls humanitarian assistance operations.

She thanked the Turkish government and the Jordanian government and she didn’t thank the Syrian government who affords 75% of the humanitarian assistance in the country and who co-operates with the United Nations agencies for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. No, she doesn’t want to thank the Syrian government she would prefer to thank the Turkish government who allows the terrorists to cross our border from all over the world. By the way the Turkish president protested against resolution 2178. He was not comfortable with this resolution which would prevent the Turkish government from continuing to facilitate the movement of the terrorists of ISIS and others moving through our border with Turkey.

Another loophole in her briefing: she did not mention once the word Jabhat al-Nusra or al-Nusra Front. The Nusra Front doesn’t exist in Syria for Mrs Amos. She only spoke about ISIS without calling it a terrorist organisation. In her entire briefing, I didn’t hear the word terrorist.
For Amos, Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and all these terrorists coming from all over the world are Syrian opposition groups. The terrorists coming from Australia, from the United States and Britain, the terrorists coming from France, Indonesia, from Lithuania – these are Syrian opposition groups, not terrorist foreigners, they are Syrian Opposition groups for Mrs Amos. She is still insisting on misreading the reality of the facts taking place in Syria.

Finally for your kind information (and Amos didn’t mention it), in one month only, August till now, 1,878 mortar shells landed in the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo. Mortar shells against civilian populated areas – these mortar shells have killed hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians. Again, Mrs Amos was not aware of these mortar shells. All she was aware of is, please give us money, to go ahead with this big program of humanitarian assistance including smuggling poisonous vaccines into Syria to kill Syrian children. Unfortunately I’m very sad to see that the Under-Secretary General has not yet realised her mistakes of assessment and is misleading the Security Council.”

(Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JS11wuGalM&feature=youtu.be&a)
Thanks to Nizar Abboud

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We’ve been told repeatedly by western media how Assad is killing his own people but in fact it’s western sponsored terrorists who are intentionally targeting civilians in Syria [a], while the Syrian army has tried to prevent civilian casualties [b]. Below, I’ve listed with images, (where possible), just some of the car bombings, suicide and mortar attacks on civilian areas in Syria by so-called “Syrian rebels”. Thousands of Syrians have been killed or maimed in these terrorist attacks and instead of condemning the attacks western media has helped justify these crimes by reporting that the bombings were in “pro-government” or “pro-Assad” areas, as if people who support the Syrian government deserve to be blown to pieces or injured.

Is this the freedom the west is bringing Syria, freedom to be blown up when going to church or to the mosque, or when filling your car with petrol or walking to school?
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23 December 2011, Damascus’ upscale Kfar Sousa district., twin car bombing, 44 killed, 150 injured [1]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 12:17:26

6 January 2012, a suicide bomb exploded in the Al-Midan district of Damascus, 26 dead, 60 injured (Nusra Front claimed responsibility) [2]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 16:56:22

10 February 2012, 2 blasts outside security compounds in Aleppo, car bomb, 28 dead, 175 injured (Jabhat al-Nusra claimed responsibility) [3]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:01:15

3 March 2012, near the al-Masri roundabout in the center of Dara’a city, car bombing, +7 dead, 20 wounded [4]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:13:21

17 March 2012, central Damascus, twin car bombings, 27 dead, 140 wounded (Jabhat al-Nusra claimed responsibility) [5]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:07:36

18 March 2012, Aleppo (residential area), 2 dead, 30 wounded [6]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:19:52

27 April 2012, suicide bombing near the mosque of “Zein Al-Abideen”, 9 dead, 20 wounded, (Jabhat Al Nusra claims Responsibility) [7]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:37:07

30 April 2012, near a military compound and a hotel in Idlib, 9 dead, 100 wounded [8]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 17:45:36

5 May 2012, Aleppo, car bombing at a carwash in the Al Sukari neighborhood, 5 dead 20 wounded [9]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 19:32:18

10 May 2012, outside a military intelligence compound in Damascus, 55 dead, 400 wounded [10]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 16:30:10

11 May 2012, Damascus, 50 dead , 100 injured, (Nusra Front claim responsibility) [11]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 16:24:07

19 May 2012, Ghazi Ayyash neighborhood of Deir Ezzor, suicide car bombing, 10 dead [12]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 13:07:55

27 June 2012, Al-Ikhbariya TV station, Drousha, south of Damascus, 7 dead
(Nusra Front claim resposibility) [13]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 11:53:09

10 September 2012, Aleppo, car bombing near the city sports stadium, 17 dead (FSA claimed responsibility) [14]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 12:33:33

3 October 2012, Saadallah Al-Jabiri Square, Aleppo, car bombing, 40 dead, 90 wounded [15]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 18:25:52

7 October 2012, Aleppo, car bombing, 17 dead, 40 wounded [16]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 22:21:24

21 October 2012, Bab Touma, Damascus, car bombing, 10 dead, 15 wounded. “The bomb exploded as people were moving to go to Churches for Sunday mass.” [17]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 21:30:35

24 October 2012, Daf al-Shouk, Damascus, car bombing, 6 dead, 20 injured [18]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 21:39:57

26 October 2012, residential area of Damascus, car bombing, 8 dead, 30 wounded [19]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 11:47:34

27 October 2012, car bomb in front of the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Raqqah, two deaths and injuring a woman, all civilians [20]
Screenshot from 2014-04-28 13:06:35

29 October 2012, outskirts of Damascus, car bombing, 15 dead [21]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 19:46:49

4 November 2012, near the Dama Rose hotel, Damascus, car bombing, 1 dead, 12 injured [22]
Screenshot from 2014-04-28 14:30:31

28 November 2012, eastern neighborhood of Jaramana, Damascus, 2 car bombs, 34 dead [23]
Screenshot from 2014-04-28 14:26:23

2 December 2012, Hamra district, Homs, car bombing, 15 dead, 24 wounded [24]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 13:17:01

4 December 2012, mortar attack by Syrian rebels on a school near Damascus killed nine students and their teacher, 20 injured [25]
Screenshot from 2014-04-30 12:56:19

11 December 2012, bomb attacks in village of Aqrab, Hama, 125 mainly Alawite civilians wounded or killed [26]

12 December 2012, near Syrian Interior Ministry, Damascus, car bombing, 5 dead (Nusra Front claimed responsibility) [27]
Screenshot from 2014-04-30 13:28:04

3 January 2013, Damascus’Barzeh al-Balad district at a petrol station, car bombing, 15 dead, 46 injured [28]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 20:12:40

15 January 2013, “blasts hit city squares, killing civilians” in Idlib, car bombings, 20 dead [29]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 12:49:55

15 January 2013, Aleppo University bombing, 87 dead, 150 wounded [30]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 19:34:00

21 January 2013, Hama, car bombing, +30 dead (Jabhat Al Nusra claims Responsibility) [31]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 19:15:36

6 February 2013, Palmyra, car bombing, 35 dead, 30 injured, [32]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 22:16:30

21 February 2013, Damascus, car bombing, 53 dead, 200 wounded – “There were children among the casualties and injuries as the bomb hit near Ibn Al-Atheer school, and at a time students were leaving school” [33]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 21:47:19

15 March 2013, Aleppo, car bomb, 2 dead [34]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 12:39:10

21 March 2013, suicide bombing of the Iman Mosque in Damascus, 42 dead, 84 injured including Mohammed al-Buti, imam of the ancient Ummayyad Mosque [35]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 22:21:15

28 March 2013, rebel mortar bombs lands on the canteen of Damascus University’s College of Architecture, 15 dead, dozens wounded [36]
Screenshot from 2014-04-30 13:03:35

8 April, 2013, central Damascus, 25 dead 45 wounded (children killed) [37]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 19:40:28

29 April 2013, central Damascus, suicide explosion, 6 dead [38]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 11:59:17

30 April 2013, central Damascus district of Marjeh, car bombing, 13 dead [39]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 22:27:01

8 June 2013, Al-Adawiya neighborhood, Homs, killing at least eight people, including three women and a teen [40]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 22:35:14

11 June 2013, explosive devices blew off near Marjeh Square in central Damascus, 14 dead, 31 injured [41]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 22:38:55

16 June 2013, Damascus neighborhood that houses several embassies and a military airport, car bombing, 20 dead, 16 wounded [42]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 16:38:26

27 June 2013, A suicide bomb hit the central neighbourhood of Bab Touma in Damascus, a famous Christian quarter of the capital’s Old City, 4 dead, several wounded [43]

25 July 2013, Jaramana, Damascus, car bombing, 10 dead, dozens injured [44]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 22:27:12

7 August 2013, Jaramana, Siouf square, Damascus, car bombing, 18 dead, 56 injured [45]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 13:00:03

14 October 2013, Darkush, 27 dead, including three children, car bombing [46]
Screenshot from 2014-04-21 21:54:58

20 October 2013, Hama outskirts, car bombing, 47 dead, 20 wounded [47]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 22:34:41

4 November 2013, Homs, car bombing, 6 dead (including 3 children), 37 wounded [48]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 13:29:43

22 December 2013, Homs, car bombing, 20 dead – “a suicide terrorist detonated a booby-trapped truck outside the schools compound in the town while students were having classes. Most of the victims were students and teachers” [49]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 21:58:46

9 January 2014, Al Kafat, Hama, car bombing, 18 dead, 30 injured (most of them children, women and elderly people) [50]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 22:03:23

14 February 2014, Yadouda near a mosque, car bombing, 29 dead [51]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 22:17:11

6 March 2014, Homs Armenian district, car bombing, 10 dead, 15 injured [52]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 22:11:23

17 March 2014, Zahraa district Homs, car bombing, 6 dead, 20 wounded [53]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 22:23:59

27 March 2014, al-Arman neighborhood in Homs, car bomb. 1 dead, 11 wounded [54]
Screenshot from 2014-04-24 13:20:29

9 April 2014, Homs, car bombing, +25 dead and “scores” wounded [55]
Screenshot from 2014-04-17 21:35:38

15 April 2014, four mortar shells fired by militants landed near the schools of al-Ghassaniyeh and al-Rabei’eh al-Shamiyeh in al-Dekhaniyeh neighborhood in the countryside of Damascus, 2 dead [56]

15 April 2014, mortar shells also targeted an elementary school in Bab Touma neighborhood in Damascus, 2 dead, 60 injured [57]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 21:57:31

19 April 2014, Hama, car bomb targeted 4 trucks carrying humanitarian aid staff of the Syrian Red Crescent – 4 dead, 9 injured [58]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 15:00:36

19 April 2014, Homs, car bomb near Ka’ab al-Ahbar mosque, 14 dead, 50 injured, women and children among the dead [59]
Screenshot from 2014-04-20 15:08:37

20 April 2014, rebel mortars, Arnous Square in central Damascus, 4 dead 8 injured [60]

21 April 2014, rebel mortar fire,Bab Touma neighborhood &Dar al-Salam school and al-Salhiyeh neighborhood in Damascus, 7 dead, 20 injured [61]

25 April 2014, rebel mortar attack on civilians, 2 dead, 16 wounded [62]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 21:40:06

27 April 2014, mortar attacks by rebels in Aleppo, 21 dead, dozens wounded [63]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 21:34:09

29 April 2014, Homs, near the heavily-trafficked al-Abassiyeh intersection, car bombing, 40 dead, 116 injured [64]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 17:39:48

29 April 2014, Damascus, Badr-Eddin al-Hossni Institute for Islamic Sharia Sciences, 14 dead, 86 wounded (mostly students) [65]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 18:02:36

29 April 2014, a car bomb and a rocket attack in the city of Homs, 100 dead, scores injured [66]
Screenshot from 2014-04-29 22:05:43
Screenshot from 2014-04-30 13:58:26

1 May 2014, twin car bombings in Jibrin, a few km northeast of Hama city, and Hamairi, 18 dead including 11 kids, 50 wounded [67]
Screenshot from 2014-05-02 14:42:10

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[2] http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/3108
[3] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/feb/10/syria-violence-aleppo-blasts
[4] http://presstv.com/detail/229756.html
[5] http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/17/us-syria-idUSBRE8280G820120317
[6] http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/18/us-syria-idUSBRE8280G820120318
[7] http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/cba872804b0a10e699e6bfbe5c250d92/Nine-dead-in-Damascus-suicide-bomb—Syrian-TV-20122704

[8] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-04-30/Syria-bombings/54635134/1
[9] http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/car-bombing-kills-5-in-aleppo-in-latest-blow-to-syrian-truce.html
[10] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/world/middleeast/damascus-syria-explosions-intelligence-headquarters.html?_r=0
[11] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/12/syria-suicide-bombings-al-nusra-front_n_1511433.html
[12] http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/05/19/215083.html
[13] http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamists-claim-responsibility-for-attacks-in-syria/
[14] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-19539410
[15] http://www.globalpost.com/photo/5721476/aleppo-bombing-10-03-2012
[16] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012/09/10/syria-car-bomb-kills-17-in-aleppo/57719036/1
http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2012/10/8/syria-and-beyond-live-coverage-car-bomb-outside-damascus-pol.html
[17] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9624753/Syria-car-bomb-kills-10-in-Christian-quarter-of-Damascus.html
[18] http://rt.com/news/damascus-blast-truce-rebels-176/
[19] http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/58592
[20] http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2012/11/st-marys-syrian-orthodox-church-in-dair-al-zor-destroyed-exclusive/
http://www.news.va/en/news/asiasyria-car-bomb-outside-a-church-in-northeaster
[21] http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/syrian-car-bomb-kills-ten-1407336
[22] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/nov/04/syria-crisis-opposition-key-meeting-doha
[23] http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121128
[24] http://www.thejournal.ie/car-bomb-syria-698685-Dec2012/
[25] http://rt.com/news/syria-students-killed-rebels-255/
[26] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/20121211102930540995.html
[27] http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/12/al_qaedas_affiliate_in_syria_c.php
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/syria-interior-minister-wounded-in-damascus-bombing-lebanese-officials-say-1.485900
[28] http://rt.com/news/damascus-petrol-station-blast-casualties-310/
[29] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-21048592
[30] http://rt.com/news/aleppo-syria-blast-university-040/
[31] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/hama-car-bombing-jabhat-al-nusra_n_2566395.html
[32] http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/06/287564/twin-car-bomb-attacks-injure-in-homs/
[33] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9886495/Damascus-bomb-one-of-deadliest-of-Syrian-civil-war.html
[34] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyl21676KxY
[35] http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-syria-crisis-blast-idUSBRE92K0X520130321
[36] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9959454/Syrian-rebels-attack-Damascus-University.html
[37] http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/08/Damascus-car-blast-kills-at-least-12-and-injures-45-medics-.html
[38] http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/syrian-prime-minister-survives-bomb-attack-in-central-damascus.premium-1.518164
[39] http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/2013/apr/30/obama-putin-call-syria-chemical-weapons-live
[40] http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/08/307847/car-bomb-kills-8-syrians-in-homs/
[41] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-capital-damascus-rocked-by-bomb-blasts-killing-at-least-14-according-to-state-media/
[42] http://www.timesofisrael.com/car-bomb-kills-20-in-syria/
[43] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/damascus-suicide-bombing_n_3509490.html
[44] https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/10-citizens-killed-many-injured-in-car-bomb-explosion-in-jaramana/
[45] http://en.alalam.ir/news/1502725
[46] http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/syria-27-including-three-children-killed-in-car-bomb-explosion/1182481/
http://www.globalpost.com/photo/5747441/syria-damascus-car-bomb
[47] http://fox2now.com/2013/10/20/37-killed-in-syrian-car-bombing-as-fighting-rages-nearby/
[48] http://news.malaysia.msn.com/tmi/car-bomb-kills-six-in-central-syria-says-state-agency
[49] http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2013/12/22/syrian-children-killed-in-terrorist-attack-on-homs-school/
[50] http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2013/12/22/syrian-children-killed-in-terrorist-attack-on-homs-school/
[51] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/14/deadly-car-bomb-mosque-yadouda-syria
[52] http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/06/world/meast/syria-civil-war/
[53] http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-17/250512-explosion-in-zahra-square-in-homs-casualties-reported-syria-tv.ashx#axzz2zB2hshMa
[54] http://syria360.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/terrorist-car-bomb-and-mortar-attacks-in-homs-and-damascus-countryside-claim-one-life/
[55] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26966612
[56] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/20/359392/militant-mortar-shells-kill-4-in-damascus/
[57] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/20/359392/militant-mortar-shells-kill-4-in-damascus/
image via @ProSyriana
[58] http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/04/19/539803.htm
[59] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27079555
[60] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/20/359392/militant-mortar-shells-kill-4-in-damascus/
[61] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/21/359503/seven-syrians-killed-in-militant-attacks/
[62] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/25/360059/mortar-fire-injures-18-syrian-civilians/
image via @ProSyriana
[63] http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/27/360347/mortar-shells-kill-21-in-syrias-aleppo/

[64] http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/04/29/541678.htm image via @ProSyriana
[65] http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/04/29/541678.htm
[66] http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/death-toll-from-attacks/1090798.html
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/29/360615/attacks-kill-60-in-two-major-syria-cities/
image via @ProSyriana
[67] http://rt.com/news/156348-syria-bombing-alqaeda-deaths/
image via @ProSyriana
[a] http://justpaste.it/fa1k
[b]http://www.voltairenet.org/article172928.html
http://www.examiner.com/article/syrian-rebels-toast-civilians-ovens-murder-families-outside-of-damascus

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In July 2011 the spokesman for the Libyan government, Dr. Moussa Ibrahim warned about the consequences of U.S. and NATO supporting al Qaeda in Libya. Neither the U.S. nor its allies listened and instead went on to support and arm al Qaeda in Syria; and now they are supporting neo-nazi fascists in Ukraine.

“The West needs to wake up, the United States of America need to wake up – the same organisation killing your children in Afghanistan and Iraq, they are the ones you are co-operating with in Benghazi…. The world needs to wake up, al Qaeda exists so powerfully from Mauritania up to the borders of Libya. Now they are very well established in the east part of the country, all they need is for the central government in Tripoli to collapse so they can link the crescent of terror together from Mauritania to Egypt and then to Syria and Iraq.

You can say the Libyans are trying to play the al Qaeda card but it’s being proven every day. We kill dozens of rebels every single day in all different fronts and yet they keep coming. No-one else goes to death in such a glorious way except al Qaeda. We kill a hundred of them, they keep coming. We kill another hundred, they still keep coming. No-one does this except al Qaeda because they believe they are martyrs and once they are killed they go to heaven. Other people, normal volunteers, the so-called “freedom fighters” don’t have this vigour, this determination, especially against their own people, their own tribes, their own countrymen. It’s only al Qaeda that goes beyond nationality, beyond language, beyond tribes and they believe in death and destruction for everyone that says no to them.

The world needs to wake up to this otherwise Europe and the states will pay a very heavy price.”
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(video via WolkenZwemmer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLPpHrVxwTM )

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On 4 August, 2013, foreign-backed “rebels” in Syria attacked Latakia countryside. Militants overran Syrian government army positions guarding the area and entered into and occupied more than 10 villages. The Syrian government launched an offensive to retake the area regaining full control on 18 August.

More than 190 civilians were killed, “witnesses described how opposition forces executed residents and opened fire on civilians, sometimes killing or attempting to kill entire families.”(1) Over 200 civilians, mostly women and children were kidnapped.

“We are not just talking about a few rogue actors, we’re talking about a pre-planned, pre-meditated pattern of abuse that was intentionally undertaken. These abuses amount to crimes against humanity. The individuals or countries that support these groups are now on notice about the types of violations that they are committing and could be complicit in crimes against humanity and war crimes if they continue to support them” (1)

At least 20 distinct armed opposition groups took part in the operation called, “Campaign of the Descendants of Aisha the Mother of Believers,” the “Barouda Offensive,” or the “Operation to Liberate the Coast,” which lasted from 4 – 18 August.

Five groups were the key fundraisers, organizers, planners, and executors of the attacks.
These are:
– Ahrar al-Sham
– Islamic State of Iraq and Sham
– Jabhat al-Nusra
– Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar

Western backed General Salim Idriss, who leads the “rebel” Supreme Military Council, visited Latakia on 11 August 2013 to see the “important successes and victories that our revolutionaries have gained on the coastal front.”(2) It must also be noted that Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar and Suquor al-Izz are all part of the Islamic Front which US continues to arm and support as “moderates”. This makes Washington, in the words of HRW, “complicit in crimes against humanity and war crimes”.

These are photos via @ProSyriana of some of the children and adults kidnapped from Latakia in August 2013, and still missing:
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Razan Saleem, 22 yr old, was kidnapped from her home in Balouteh Latakia by FSA in Aug 2013 – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:06:20

Jawa Saleem, 4 years old was kidnapped by “rebels” from her home in Balouteh, Latakia on 4/8/2013 – Still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-03-05 18:42:05

Safaa Saleem, 11 years old kidnapped from Balouteh
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:19:46

Rahaf Saleem, 9 years old, was kidnapped by “rebels” from her home in Balouteh Latakia in August 2013 – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:18:51

Haneen Talal Saleem 9yrs old was kidnapped by “rebels” from her home in Baloutah, Latakia on 4/8/13 – still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-03-06 19:31:41

Salem Ramez Saleem, 8 years old, was kidnapped from his home in Balouteh – Latakia by the FSA back in August 2013, he’s still missing
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:31:01

Lujain Saleem 14 yrs and Wajed 4,5 yrs were kidnapped by “rebels” from Balouteh, Latakia on 4/8/13 -Still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-03-06 20:09:13

Thuraya Dergham, 17 years old was kidnapped from her home in Balouteh village – Latakia
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:19:11

Amjad Ghadeer Deeb, 17 years old, from Balouteh – Latakia was kidnapped by the moderate rebels back on 4/8/2013
Screenshot from 2014-02-12 10:50:16

Ziad Ghadeer Deeb, child, was kidnapped by “rebels” from his home in Balouteh Latakia in August 2013 – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:17:05

Zeina Deeb, 14yrs was kidnapped from her home in Balouta, Latakia by “rebels” on 4/8/13 – still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-03-27 15:58:57

Rehab AlTezeh, 30 yrs old nurse, was kidnapped by FSA from her home in Balouteh Latakia in August 2013 – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:13:08

Yosef Shehadeh, 17 year old, was kidnapped by the FSA from Inbateh, Latakia in August 2013, he’s still missing
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:42:45

Mohamad and Nasr Kamal Shehadeh, 9 years old and 7 years old, were kidnapped by FSA in Aug from their home in Inbateh, Latakia – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:16:10

Fahima Khalil, a 57 years old wife and mother was kidnapped from her home in Inbateh – Latakia by the rebels on Aug 2013, she’s still missing
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:32:32

Badra Ftiemeh, 85 yrs old, was kidnapped from her home in Inbateh, Latakia on Aug 2013 by FSA in their crusade to rid Syria of Alawites
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:38:42

Reem Saleem was kidnapped from her home in Inbateh Latakia by FSA in August 2013 – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:08:10

Lemar Ramez Saleem, 4 years old, was kidnapped from her home in Inbateh, Latakia on 4/8/2013 by the moderate rebels
Screenshot from 2014-02-12 10:48:18

Ahmad Ibrahim, 4 yrs old, from Inbateh Latakia, kidnapped from his home in August by FSA – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:32:02

Jaafar Ibrahim, 8 yrs old, from Inbateh, Latakia, kidnapped by the “rebels” in August – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:39:49

Bashar Ibrahim, 15 yrs, was kidnapped from his home in Inbata #Latakia by the “rebels” on 4/8/13 – Still missing
Screenshot from 2014-03-27 15:55:30

Amer Ghassan Yehya, child, from Inbateh, Latakia, kidnapped by FSA back in August – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:47:10

Sham Darwish was kidnapped from her home in Latakia on 4/8/13 during FSA’s Free the Coast Battle – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:10:33

Abeer Darwish, kidnapped by the FSA from her home in AlHambosheh, Latakia in August – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:27:13

Munzer Darwish, 35 yrs & Bana 4yrs were kidnapped by FSA from their home in Hambosheh on 4/8/13 – still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-02-24 20:59:02

Hasna Abd AlKareem Issa, 45 yrs old was kidnapped from AlHambosheh
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:44:50

Dalaa Mariam, 11 years, (old photo) was taken from her home in Hambosheh Latakia on 4/8/13 by FSA – Still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-03-05 18:47:33

Nadra Mas’oud, 60 years old, was kidnapped from her home in AlHambosheh by the FSA on 4/8/2013; never seen again
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:33:58

Wesal Naser, kidnapped by FSA from AlHambosheh, Latakia in August – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:42:21

Sisters Do’aa and Alaa Wael Maryam, 4 and 3 years old, were kidnapped from their home in AlHambousheh Latakia back in August 2013 by the rebels, they’re still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-02-12 22:18:01
Screenshot from 2014-02-12 22:18:25

Tamer and his brother Tim AlShakouhy, taken from their home in Latakia in August by the FSA – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:36:30

Blind Muneer Shableh kidnapped by rebels from Latakia in August – still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:44:03

Weqqar AlQusseiby, 13 yrs old, from Baroudeh, Latakia, kidnapped by the FSA in August, still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:44:46

Wedad Maryam kidnapped in Aug in Latakia by FSA, still missing
Screenshot from 2014-01-16 18:49:57

Bushra Saqour, 27 years old, kidnapped from her home in Barmseh village – Latakia by the rebels on 4/8/13
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:20:20

Samia Bdour was kidnapped from her home in Latakia countryside by the FSA on August 2013, she’s still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:20:51

Hatem Shebly was kidnapped, his mother killed his father injured during FSA’s battle to annihilate Alawites
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:21:19

The family of Talal Saleem was all kidnapped from their home by the FSA back in August 2013, all are still missing.
Screenshot from 2014-02-11 22:21:54
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(1) HRW – “You can still see their blood” http://www.hrw.org/node/119645/section/2
(2) Syrian rebel commander visits front in Assad’s home province http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE97B0MM20130812

Here’s a video of Latakia women and children held hostage by militants in August 2013. Everyone is still missing.

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The goal of the war on Syria has never been to help Syrians, it’s always been about removing a government not compliant with Washington. On 21 October 2013, the New York Times, as usual, helped spread US regime change propaganda:

“A principal goal of the peace conference, which is expected to be held next month in Geneva, although no date has been set, is the establishment of a transitional government “by mutual consent” of Syrians that would not include Mr. Assad.” (1)

This statement from NYT is simply not true – the removal of President Assad has never been accepted as a goal of Geneva II. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed this in January:

“Assad’s departure could not be a prerequisite for the solution of the Syrian crisis …
our partners look at Assad’s leaving office as a crucial prerequisite. However, such a condition was not placed on the Geneva agreement.” (2)

In January 2013, data relayed to NATO asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support the Assad Government (3). Ignoring this, and ignoring the presence of an internal opposition in Syria, Kerry, yesterday, continued with regime change rhetoric:

“Now I don’t know anyone who believes the opposition will ever consent to Bashar al-Assad being part of that [transitional] government,” Kerry said. “And if he [Bashar al-Assad] thinks he’s going to solve problems by running for re-election I can say to him, I think with certainty, this war will not end as long as that’s the case or he [Assad] is there.” (4)

So, according to Kerry the war against Syria “will not end” unless Assad goes.
Syria has a government, a government which has managed, with the help of the Syrian people, to fend off an invasion of foreign extremists backed by the world’s most powerful nations. Elections are going to be held in Syria in 2014 when the Syrian people, not the US, will decide who they want as president.

It’s the US administration’s insistence on regime change which is the biggest obstacle to peace in Syria, not the Syrian Government who have emphasised their willingness to attend Geneva II “without preconditions”. (5)

(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/world/middleeast/qaeda-affiliate-in-syria-is-undermining-peace-efforts-us-official-says.html?_r=0
(2) http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/121456–russia-no-precondition-on-assad
(3) http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/05/31/nato-data-assad-winning-the-war-for-syrians-hearts-and-minds/
(4) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/22/330655/kerry-syria-face-more-war-if-assad-stays/
(5) http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/10/02/505543.htm
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Pro-government demonstrations in Damascus, March 2011

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