IRAQ: ‘ Minister Slams Islamic State for turning Jonahs Tomb into a Park ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:June.20: An Iraqi minister on Saturday slammed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) plans to turn the site of the tomb of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) in Mosul – which it destroyed last year – into a park as a “crime” perpetrated against the country’s heritage, a local news outlet reported.

Qais Hussain, the deputy minister of Antiquities and Tourism told the local al-Sumaria News that “there are reports about ISIS’s intention of transforming the tomb into a park and fun city which is another crime against Iraqi heritage.”

Hussain also said the ministry has “a plan after liberating conquered cities from ISIS,” adding that there is “a committee that is currently working to minimize damages being done to heritage sites.”

The site of the tomb is located in the northern city of Mosul, which ISIS seized in June last year. So far the Iraqi government, already backed with Shiite volunteer fighters known as the Popular Mobilization units, has not been able to recapture the city, which has become the group’s stronghold in the country.

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SYRIA: ‘ Denies rebels took over Army Airport on border with Jordan ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:June.13: Syria denied claims by rebels that they took over an army airport in southern Syria along the border with Jordan on Thursday.

A news flash on state television said the army had so far repelled three attacks on the outskirts of the al-Thala airport, Reuters reported. Rebels said they seized the airbase in a renewed offensive.

The loss of the airport would compound setbacks for Damascus in the area after losing a nearby military base this week.

They also recently denied that a military plane had crashed in southern Syria, according to state television. Rebels said earlier they had shot down a Russian-made MIG jet, Reuters reported. The released video featured what appeared to be a burnt-out plane.

It was shown near the site of fighting around a military airport that rebels have been trying to gain control of since Wednesday.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Russia plans new ISIL Single Strategy under UN Auspices ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:MOSCOW:June.11: Double standards in fighting extremism are not acceptable, the top Russian diplomat stressed, adding that actions of extremists are often ignored for political gain.  Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Russia will promote the creation of a single strategy to counter Islamic State militants in the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

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REPORT: ‘ Over 320,000 people killed since beginning of Syrian Revolution – Monitor ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.09: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented death of 230618 persons since 18/03/2011, which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa, until 08 /06/2015.

The casualties are as follows: Civilians: 108086 civilians, including 11493 children and 7371 women.   Rebel and Islamic fighters: 38592   Defected soldiers and officers: 2524   Arab, European, Asian, American and Australian fighters from the ISIS, al-Nusra Front, Junoud al-Sham battalion, Jund Al-Aqsa battalion, Jund al-Sham Movement.

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EGYPT: ‘ US Secretary John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Gird Support Against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough

plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.

“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.

Iran ruled Out: 

US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.

Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.

“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.

The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.

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‘ Syrian President Bashar Assad Wins Third Term in Office With 88.7 Percent of Votes ‘

#AceWorldNewsSYRIA – July 16  – Syrian President Bashar Assad has won a third term in office, garnering 88.7 percent of votes in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Bashar Assad Wins Third Term in Office

The public took to the polls in government-controlled areas, but not in rebel-held parts of the north and east.

The Supreme Constitutional Court announced that some 11.63 million Syrians went to the polling stations out of a total of 15.85 million eligible voters.

Assad’s main challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, received 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent of the vote.  

Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term on state television on Wednesday following more than three years of civil war that has left tens of thousands of Syrians dead. 

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` President Bashar-Al-Assad Wins Third Term With Landslide Victory ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – DAMASCUS –  June 04 – Incumbent President Bashar Assad has overwhelmingly won Syria’s presidential election, the speaker of the Syrian parliament said Wednesday.

A total of 88.7% of voters (10.2 million people) voted for Assad, he said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a third term in office after securing 88.7% of votes in Tuesday’s presidential election, the parliamentary speaker says.

Earlier, Syria’s constitutional court put the vote turnout at 73.47%.

Voting took place in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east held by rebels.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have died in three years of civil war in Syria, with millions more displaced.

President Assad’s key challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, received 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.

It was the first time in decades that more than one name – outside of the Assad family – had been allowed to stand as presidential candidate.

But the Syrian opposition in rebel-held areas had dismissed the election as a farce, arguing that it has no credibility in the midst of a civil war.

The results of the election were announced by parliamentary speaker Jihad Laham on Wednesday.

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` Moner Mohammed Abu-Salha First American Suicide Bomber in America '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – June 02 – Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were likely surprised to learn that one of their fellow citizens had committed suicide on behalf of al Qaeda in a massive bombing attack last week in northern Syria.

The American al Qaeda recruit’s name was Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, according to the U.S. State Department, and he grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, where he played high school football.

Abu-Salha, who was 22, is the first American suicide bomber in Syria, but he is not the first U.S. citizen to die in a suicide attack on behalf of an al Qaeda-affiliated group. In the past six years, at least three Americans have conducted suicide attacks in Somalia for Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate.

It is cases like that of Abu-Salha that explain why senior U.S. counter-terrorism officials tell me that they are “all Syria, all the time.”

Insurgencies such as the one going on in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad regime can go on for many years.

Indeed, since World War II, the average insurgency has lasted at least a decade, according to an authoritative study by RAND.

The Syrian conflict is now only in its fourth year, so Syria could well prove an important training ground for foreign fighters for many years in the future. Also, al Qaeda-affiliated groups now control territory stretching from Aleppo in western Syria to Falluja in Iraq, 400 miles to the east.

This is a large safe haven for al Qaeda in the heart of the Middle East.

The fact that the Syrian conflict will likely go on for a long time, and that it is already providing a large safe haven to al Qaeda and like-minded groups, deeply worries U.S. administration officials.

And Syria, after all, is an issue that has entirely happened on the Obama administration’s watch, unlike Iraq or Afghanistan.

According to a senior U.S. intelligence official, Abu-Salha is one of around 100 Americans who have travelled to Syria or have tried to do so as the civil war there grinds on.

Not all of these Americans have joined al Qaeda — there are many factions fighting in Syria — but a number have done so.

Four other Americans have been publicly identified as having tried to join al Qaeda in Syria or have fought alongside the group, according to a count by the New America Foundation.

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` Barack Obama Meets Syrian Oppostion Leader Ahmed Jarba ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – May 14 – Both sides said the meeting was productive and marked an important step in the evolving relationship between the United States and the opposition.

It took place however as the Obama administration again voiced concerns that any deadly aid that was provided at the request of rebels in Syria could end up in the hands of extremists.

Obama dropped by a meeting between Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, and his national security advisor Susan Rice.

The White House said Obama and Rice condemned “the Assad regime’s deliberate targeting of Syrian civilians through aerial bombardments — including the use of barrel bombs — and the denial of food and humanitarian assistance to civilians located in areas under siege by the regime.”

Jarba, according to a White House statement, thanked Obama for a total of US$287 million in US aid to opposition forces and noted the US role as the largest humanitarian donor to Syrian refugees with a total aid grant of US$1.7 billion.

But there was no mention in the statement of Jarba’s previous plea to the administration for anti-aircraft weapons to combat the barrel bombings unleashed by Assad’s forces.

US officials privately acknowledged he made the request in talks with Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department last week, but they refused to be drawn on the response.

Washington is worried that such weapons could eventually end up in the hands of groups hostile to the United States or its allies and could even pose a threat to commercial aircraft.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier that Washington had worked hard to “ensure that the aid that we are providing the opposition is getting into the hands of the moderate opposition and not falling into the wrong hands.”

“This is something that has been a concern and an issue, obviously, since the beginning of the conflict there, but it is one that we take very seriously.”

Officials say the non-lethal assistance that is being provided includes communications equipment, body armour and night-vision goggles — but declined to give a detailed inventory of the aid.

The Syrian National Coalition described the talks as “encouraging and productive” and a milestone on the road to a closer partnership between the Syrian people and the United States aimed at ending the suffering in the country and producing a transition to democracy.

A coalition statement also hinted at the need for more robust military help for opposition groups.

“The opposition delegation discussed the need to empower the Syrian people to defend themselves against the war crimes committed by the regime daily and the need for more pressure against Assad to accept a political solution,” the statement said.

Jarba’s visit came at an inauspicious time for opponents of Assad, after rebels pulled out of the battleground city of Homs and UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi resigned after failing to broker a political solution to the war which has claimed 150,000 lives.

Speaking after meeting Kerry last week, Jarba thanked Kerry for Washington’s support “for the struggle of the Syrian people, for freedom and democracy, and also to lift the injustice and fight oppression and dictatorship that Bashar al-Assad is engaging in.”

But he stressed the Syrian people were looking for more concrete support from “the superpower and country that plays a leading role in the world.” Washington has many times warned that Assad has lost legitimacy and must go, but Obama has been wary of embroiling the United States in another foreign conflict, after spending years pulling US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq.– AFP

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` Israel’s Army Declared Sunday a Closed Military Zone in Quneitra ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 11 – Israel’s army declared Sunday a closed military zone around the Quneitra crossing, part of the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, in case battles fought on the Syrian side spill over the ceasefire line.

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Rebels in southern Syria have set up the so-called Southern Front against President Assad’s Syrian army and have claimed some success, particularly in the Quneitra area. Israel seized a 1,200 square kilometre area of the Golan Heights plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights have been tense, with occasional stray projectiles hitting the Israeli side, sometimes prompting an armed response.

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` Last Rebels Leave ` City of Homs ‘ Handing a Symbolic Victory to Assad Before Start of Election ‘

#AceWorldNews – HOMS – May 09 – The last rebels were leaving the centre of the battleground city of Homs on Thursday, handing a symbolic victory to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ahead of a controversial election.

Rebels hit back in the historic heart of Aleppo, blowing up a luxury hotel-turned-army position after tunnelling under the front line which divides the main city of northern Syria.

At least 14 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the explosion and its aftermath, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Around 1,000 rebel fighters have left the Old City of Homs under the unprecedented negotiated evacuation that began Wednesday, according to figures given to AFP by provincial governor Talal Barazi.

But seven buses carrying the last 300 fighters were stopped because militant fighters were refusing to allow food supplies into two rebel-besieged Shiite towns in Aleppo province, the Observatory said.

Barazi said they were stopped at the northern exit from the Old City, without giving a reason.

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` Canada Making ` Diplomatic and Military Preparations ‘ for ` Intervention in Syria ‘ According to Leaked Documents ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 15 – (PressTV) – The pro-Israeli government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making diplomatic and military preparations for military intervention in Syria, leaked documents show.

Canada’s National Defence has drawn up at least five scenarios for the country’s military mission in Syria, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.

In one scenario, Canada recognizes “a legitimate armed opposition group” fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

To justify a war on Syria, the National Defence alludes to “the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Syria, its impact on neighbouring countries and … the importance of Middle East stability.”

Daniel Blouin, spokesman for the National Defence, has described such plans as “routine to significant international events.”

Separate documents reveal that Canada has been training alternatives to Assad’s government.

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SEA: ` Reportedly obtained Documents that reveal how much Money the `FBI ‘ pay `Microsoft ‘ to view client’s Data ‘

#AceSecurityNews – Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hackers have reportedly obtained documents that reveal how much money the FBI pays Microsoft each time agents try to obtain or view an individual customer’s communication information.

syrian-hackers-reveal-fbi-microsoft.siThe SEA, a group that has made headlines in the past for infiltrating Western media outlets that it perceives to be against Syrian President Bashar Assad, provided a trove of emails and invoices to the Daily Dot http://www.dailydot.com/news/microsoft-compliance-emails-fbi-ditu/, which analyzed the documents before publishing them.

“The documents consist of what appear to be invoices and emails between Microsoft’s Global Criminal compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), and purport to show exactly how much money Microsoft charges DITU, in terms of compliance costs, when DITU provides warrants and court orders for customers’ data,” wrote the Daily Dot’s Kevin Collier and Fran Berman.

“In December 2012, for instance, Microsoft emailed DITU a PDF invoice for $145,100, broken down to $100 per request for information, the documents appear to show,” they went on. “In August 2013, Microsoft allegedly emailed a similar invoice, this time for $352, 200 at a rate of $200 per request.

The latest invoice provided, from November 2013, is for $281,000.”

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` Syrian Hackers say they have Compromised US Central Command '

#AceSecurityNews – Syrian hackers say they’ve compromised US Central Command

Published time: March 14, 2014 18:40
 
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A group of computer hackers who are loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad say they’ve accessed hundreds of documents after allegedly penetrating the network of the United States Central Command and other systems.

The Syrian Electronic Army hacktivist group said from their Twitter account on Friday that they were engaged in an operation targeting CENTCOM due to US President Barack Obama’sdecision to attack Syria with electronic warfare.”

Soon after the group claimed to have “already successfully penetrated many central repositories,” and tweeted a screenshot of what is purported to show that hackers have indeed somehow wound up inside of a military computer system of some sorts.

The image suggests that someone from the SEA may have in fact gained access to a military directory called “AKO Home” that contains a number of folders with names relating to the US Air Force specifics command units under that branch.

This is part of an ongoing operation and we have already successfully penetrated many central repositories.#SEApic.twitter.com/DSUzuFHmkN

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) March 14, 2014

In the coming days we will update you with specific details and hundreds of documents that the #SEA has obtained,” the group tweeted.

“AKO,” or “Army Knowledge Online,” is the name of a web-based enterprise information system used by the Pentagon to let military personnel access files from any internet-connected computer, and was called “the world’s largest intranet” in a 2001 Wired article.

“It’s a total aggregation of all the information the Army has, all the documents, manuals and files,” Ryan Samuel, the director of public relations at a company that helped develop the AKO, told Wired’s Louise Knapp for that article.

At the time, Louise said the AKO had room for around 70 terabytes of storage for those files, though that number has almost certainly grown exponentially over the last 13 years.

The AKO website was slow to respond following the hackers’ claim, which could be the result of a surge in visitors prompted by the SEA’s tweets, an attempted denial-of-service attack to momentarily cripple the military’s servers or, also likely, a total coincidence.

Requests for comment made by RT to the Army’s press office were not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

The SEA has engaged in a number of operations in recent months against the websites of western media outlets, and is perhaps best known for claiming to have compromised the Twitter account of the Associated Press last year. Once that account was commandeered, the SEA erroneously reported that an explosion had occurred at the White House.

In January, the SEA gained unauthorized access to the social media accounts affiliated with Skype and posted messages critical of the Microsoft-owned product and the US government’s relationship with Silicon Valley. Last month, the group reportedly accessed the email accounts of Forbes employees and then took control of associated blogs.

The US has not publically admitted to waging any cyberattacks against the Syrian government, although the White House has been linked to waging a digital attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, and leaked National Security Agency documents have shown that the US intelligence community has an arsenal of offensive cyberweapons at its disposal.

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#Homs : ” Besieged `Syrian City of Hom’s’ Evacuates Five Hundred Civilians as Aid is Delivered”

#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports a total of `500 More Civilians have been Evacuated from Homs

Damaged buildings in the besieged area of HomsA total of `500 more people have been evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs’ and aid has been delivered to those trapped inside. The city is a rebel stronghold, but has been under assault from government forces.

The two sides agreed a UN-mediated 3-day ceasefire to extract civilians from the conflict zone.

 

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`Syrian Electronic Army Hacks into Facebook Domain’

#AceNewsServices says `Happy Birthday Mark!’ Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Facebook‘s domain

Published time: February 06, 2014 00:37
Edited time: February 06, 2014 02:14
 
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The Syrian Electronic Army – a hacker group supportive of Syrian President Bashar Assad – claimed Wednesday that it managed to hack into Facebook, just in time for the social network’s tenth anniversary.

The hackers first claimed to subvert Facebook.com in a tweet published at approximately 6:30 EST. A cursory search of the WHOIS domain registrar indicated that the email address tied to Facebook had indeed been changed to a Syrian Gmail account.

Happy Birthday Mark! http://t.co/yWBwvXPGRZ owned by#SEAhttp://t.co/gk8nGxATLtpic.twitter.com/eAeGp1TvBF

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) February 5, 2014

The SEA claimed it can change Facebook’s servers but the process had to be abandoned because it was “taking too much time.” The alleged hack did not impact Facebook’s operations.

Half an hour after the SEA tweet, the domain name returned to domain@fb.com, indicating that Facebook and MarkMonitor – a domain management firm – had rectified the error and prevented any serious impact.

MarkMonitor took down the management portal after it was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army #SEApic.twitter.com/FSsAFZAwoz

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) February 5, 2014

In August 2013, amid US consideration that it would join the ongoing Syrian civil war and attempt to remove Assad from power, the SEA hacked The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and other news entities the hackers perceived to be hostile towards Assad.

 

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#Syria : UN Report Asserts `Children are being Recruited to Fight with Opposition’ and are `Used’ as Civilian Shields”

#AceNewsServices says a new report by United Nations investigators asserts that children in Syria are not only actively recruited to fight with the opposition but are also tortured and used as civilian shields by the rebels.

child-soldier-with-rebelsThe report, the first to assess the impact of the nearly three-year-old Syria war on children, was quietly presented to the Security Council last week, as Syrian government and opposition representatives met in Switzerland for peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is scheduled to brief the Council next week on the report, which was not released publicly until Monday.

“The suffering endured by the children in the Syrian Arab Republic since the outset of the conflict, as documented in this report, is unspeakable and unacceptable,” Ban said in the report, dated January 27, which was posted online on Tuesday.

“Ill treatment and acts tantamount to torture reportedly included beatings with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons; electric shocks, including to the genitals; the ripping out of fingernails and toenails; sexual violence, including rape or threats of rape; mock executions; cigarette burns; sleep deprivation; solitary confinement; and exposure to the torture of relatives,” the report said.

Notably, the government denies it detains children. In Geneva, Fayssal Mekdad, the deputy foreign minister, said in response to a question last week, the day before the report went to the Security Council: “I categorically deny any children being detained. Those are rumours.”

He accused opposition forces of abducting and killing children.

Investigators were also able to chronicle abuse by opposition forces, including summary executions of children. It received two reports from Hasakah Province, in north-east Syria: a 16-year-old boy fatally shot last April by the Nusra Front, which is aligned with al-Qaeda, and a 14-year-old boy killed by a Kurdish group.

The Syrian government told United Nations investigators that at least 130 children had been killed by opposition forces.

The report said the Free Syrian Army, the main opposition force, had recruited children in military and support roles. While there seemed to be no policy of doing so, the report said, there were no age verification procedures.

“Many boys stated that they felt it was their duty to join the opposition,” the report said.

A loose alliance of moderate rebel groups form the Free Syrian Army, which is run by the Supreme Military Command. Western and Arab powers have tried to build it into a force to topple President Bashar al-Assad, but the group has lost the support of rebel brigades to an Islamist alliance.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have backed the Supreme Military Command with weapons, training, money and intelligence, while the United States and Britain have given non-lethal aid, such as like communications and transportation equipment.

The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria in December after reports that Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in hostile hands.

But the United States is supplying light arms to moderate Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according to security officials.

Courtesy of:  Voice of Russia, AFP, Reuters

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`Government and Opposition in Syria Has Failed to Agree List’s for Exchange of Prisoner’s’

#AceNewsServices says `Lists for Exchange of Syria prisoners not agreed upon yet’

Unrest in DamascusThe government and the opposition in Syria had failed to agree on the lists for the exchange of prisoners, Gatilov said.

“The opposition has handed the list of persons detained by the government. But the government has also requested the opposition to produce a list of persons who are detained by them. So far, the opposition has not presented such a list. But we believe that this issue could be resolved with the good will of both parties,” the senior diplomat said.

Exchange of prisoners between the government and opposition forces is considered as one of the stages at the negotiations of the parties. This issue was discussed at the first round of the inter-Syrian discussions in the framework of the Geneva-2 conference. Russia, the USA and the UN took part in this work, too.

Voice of Russia, RIA

 

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#Syria : ” Kerry Apologises or there will be `No Direct Talks’ with Opposition”

#AceNewsServices says ‘No direct US Syria talks unless Kerry apologizes’according to Syrian FM.

Published time: February 02, 2014 11:36
 
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (AFP Photo / SANA)Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (AFP Photo / SANA)
The Syrian FM claims to have rejected a US offer of direct talks without the involvement of the opposition “tools” during the Geneva conference over John Kerry’s refusal to apologize for his biased speech. US officials denied seeking such a meeting.

On his way back to Syria, the country’s foreign minister Walid Muallem was asked why hadn’t the Damascus delegation spoken directly with the US without intermediaries from the opposition delegation. 

“Frankly, the Americans have asked for that in Montruex and I refused unless Kerry apologizes for the speech he made in the conference,”
 Walid Muallem told Syrian state media on board a plane bound for Damascus. 

Syria’s foreign minister was apparently referring to the opening remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech made in Montreux, Switzerland on January 22, who said that President Bashar Assad lost all legitimacy and cannot be a part of any transitional government. 

“There is no way, not possible in the imagination, that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain legitimacy to govern,” Kerry said in that speech. Walid Muallem rebuffed him at the time, saying no outside force had the right to “withdraw legitimacy” from the president or government except for the people of the country.

The US officials were quick to deny claims by Syria’s foreign minister that US diplomats were seeking direct negotiation with the Syrian delegation. 

“At no point did the United States offer to negotiate directly with the Syrian regime,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, though clarifying that the US indeed offered to connect with Syrian officials “on a staff level” through the United Nations and Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.

Psaki added that the State Department will never apologize for the views expressed by the top US diplomat. “At no point will Secretary Kerry ever apologize for speaking the truth about the brutality the Assad regime has inflicted on the people of Syria,” she said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

The peace talks that ended in Geneva on Friday producing no concrete results and no official commitment from Damascus delegation to return to the negotiation table on February 10. The government and opposition were unable to bridge their differences on cease fires, humanitarian corridors or the question of a transitional governing body. 

In a security conference in Munich, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he urged Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry “to use their influence to ensure the talks proceed as scheduled on February 10.”

Lavrov insisted that “Russia can do nothing alone” as he asked the US to apply their influence on the Syrian opposition

Muallem, meanwhile, warned the opposition will eventually suffer a “reality shock” unless they abandon their “illusions” and drop unrealistic demands. 

The Assad delegation has sought to focus the discussions on brutal acts of terrorism, and Muallem accused the opposition delegation for refusing to sign a declaration condemning such activity in Syria. 

“This rejection is a smirch on the forehead of the coalition’s delegation, and as I said yesterday that any person in the world who suffered from terrorism would adopt this draft statement,”
 Muallem said, adding that the foreign-based coalition who “live in 5-star hotels” knowing nothing about the Syrian reality.

The Syrian foreign minister also lashed out against the “unjust” international community that impose sanctions on a war-torn country. 

“It is an ‘international community’ that adopts double standards policy and mostly dominated by the US… they dominate the UN Security Council and the UN,” Muallem said. 

“When they say ‘international community’ we laugh as they do not represent the international community, for if we consider the population of Russia, China, India and the BRICS countries, we find that they are the international community.” 

Muallem questioned how could the West want to be involved Geneva dialogue and at the same time “impose sanctions on the Syrian people and children?”He asked European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton to explain how can the West can sanction a ban on food products yet at the same time discuss the issue of humanitarian aid shipments.

The foreign minister concluded by saying that in the negation process, Syria will refuse anything that contradicts the constitution. 

“This constitution was reached by a referendum and no one can reach or even think that the presidency is a topic of discussion.”

 

 

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#US & #Syria : “Kerry Say’s `No Compliance with Disarmament Obligations of Chemical Weapons’ may lead to Mandated Military Force”

Sergey Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceNewsServices says `US Should Not Set Ultimatums to Syria over Disarmament Lavrov has said`

The US should not use the language of ultimatums over the implementation of Syria’s program of chemical weapons disarmament, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“Well, they can’t meet a phase of the chemical disarmament exactly to the date, so let them know we can use force,” he said, citing an example of an ultimatum. “Does this really help?”

The comment comes after several US officials voiced concerns that Syria may miss a deadline under the current disarmament plan. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Syria has “no legitimate reason” for a delay and threatened that non-compliance with disarmament obligations may lead to the UNmandated use of military force.

 

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