Russia has always been an ally not an occupier unlike the US, Shaaban affirms
10 December، 2015
Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban stressed that the solid Russian-Syrian relations have taken new a leap after joint work in the fight against terrorism.
“Russia’s role in the region throughout history has always been one on of an ally and not an occupier, unlike the American role in Iraq and the Gulf,” Shaaban said in an interview with the Syrian TV channel aired on Wednesday.
The Russian people, she added, were shocked and angry at the “stupid” Turkish conduct of downing the Russian warplane in Lattakia. “However we in Syria were not surprised at this conduct having experienced five years of continuous Turkish acts of aggression,” she added.
Shaaban pointed out that a new system led by Russia is emerging that is characterized by a strategy built on respecting the international legitimacy and conventions, referring to the Russian veto repeatedly used at the Security Council that has prevented a Libyan scenario in Syria.
She criticized the US-led coalition against terrorism as a clear indicator of the western hypocrisy, dismissing any comparison between Russia and the West as the former is acting upon the request of and coordinating with the Syrian legitimate government whereas the West’s practices are based on double standards.
The Presidential Advisor assured that there is no need to fear for Syria from the West’s plots, including talk about “ground invasion”, stressing that this is part of Syria’s enemies’ psychological war against the Syrian people.
“As long as it is still steadfast and its army and allies are present, there is no fear for Syria,” Shaaban reiterated.
She made it clear that the Syrian government is willing to interact with political dialogue being the only solution in Syria and the one the Russian ally tries to persuade the west into which.
“Our one and only vision is the unity of Syria’s territory and future and that the decision is in the Syrians’ hands,” said Shaaban, adding that the problem is however with “the others who are not sincere about reaching a political solution.”
Shaaban found it strange that Ney York talks on Syria would be scheduled for the 18th of this month when there has not yet been a unified list of the terrorist organizations or a list of the “opposition” names in accordance with what was agreed on in Vienna.
The first and second rounds of Vienna talks could well be built on if there is a decisive will at on the West’s part to abandon supporting terrorism, she added.
Concerning the opposition meeting that the Saudi regime called for in Riyadh in coincidence with holding two other opposition meetings in Damascus and Hasaka, Shaaban said these three meetings don’t have a unified stance and have taken separate courses, while Vienna meeting called for a unified list of the opposition.
Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov held a meeting with the Director General Security Policy of the UK Ministry of Defence Peter Watkins
Today, Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov held a meeting with the Director General Security Policy of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Peter Watkins.
The parties shared their opinions on topical problems of the international security and prospects of military interaction between Russia and Great Britain.
Anatoly Antonov stressed that international terrorism was the common threat and it could be fought only by taking collective efforts of all interested countries. He also confirmed the readiness of the Russian Defence Ministry to resume the military cooperation in the way, which was possible for London. It is to be reminded that military cooperation between the states was frozen on the initiative of the Ministry of Defence of Great Britain.
The delegation of the military department of Great Britain was invited to take part in the V Moscow Conference on International Security held in Moscow on April 26-28, 2016. International terrorism will be the main theme of the conference. The Russian party also informed the military delegation from the UK about data and formation of the “Army-2016” forum and the International Army Games-2016.
Peter Watkins expressed his condolences about the downed Russian military aircraft and deaths of the Russian servicemen in Syria. The British party stressed that they were interested in organizing “operational communication line” between respective bodies of the Russian and British Armed Forces in order to prevent incidents in the air and sea.
In accordance to the decision made by Great Britain about performing air missions on the Syrian territories, Peter Watkins confirmed intention of the British party to follow “code of behavior”, which had been agreed on by the Russian-American Memorandum on prevention of air incidents in the sky over the Syrian Arab Republic (October 20, 2015).
The meeting was held in a business-like atmosphere.
Air force destroys 1375 targets for terrorists during two weeks
10 December، 2015
Military spokesman of the army affirmed on Thursday that 1375 targets for the terrorist organizations were destroyed in 363 sorties carried out by the army’s air force between November 27th and December 10th.
“The sorties have been carried out on the gatherings of terrorists in the countryside of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Idleb, Deir Ezzor, Daraa and Lattakia where 4 command-centers for terrorists in Aleppo countryside, near Tadmur and a command-center in Latamneh in Hama countryside and 3 convoys of vehicles in Homs and Idleb countryside were completely destroyed,” the spokesman said.
He added that the sorties ended up with destroying fortified dens of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Khan Sheikhoun and Ariha in Idleb countryside and depots in Tal Ayoub in Aleppo countryside in addition to destroying the gatherings of terrorists in Salmin, Zamrin in Daraa countryside and Hweikah in Deir Ezzor and al-Sikhnah in Homs countryside.
“The army expanded its control on areas Harasta and seized a net of tunnels and trenches stretching between Harasta and Douma in addition to uncovering a 350 m tunnel in Joubar in Damascus countryside,” the army spokesman said.
The army also established full control on 14 building blocks to the south of al-Manshiyah neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad and 8 others in Daraa al-Mahata, destroying 2 command-centers for terrorists in the surrounding of al-Hrak town, according to the spokesman.
He added that the army established control on Marhatan village in al-Bayarat, destroyed a car bomb and foiled an infiltration attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists into some military points in Palmyra in Homs countryside.
“Units of the army killed a number of terrorists in an ambush in Talbeisah, destroying 3 vehicles in the area,” the Spokesman affirmed.
The army also established control on height 1112 and foiled many attempts by terrorists to infiltrate into some areas in Hama north-western countryside, according to the Military Spokesman.
He added that units of the army destroyed three vehicles and two command-centers in Kfar Zeita and al-Latamneh, killing more than 150 terrorists and destroying 9 vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns in Hama north-eastern countryside.
The spokesman affirmed that units of the army established control on Nassrallah, Rasm al-Abd and al-Kawthar petroleum station and some farms in Aleppo northern countryside after killing large numbers of ISIS terrorists there.
“The army established control on al-Hamra, Zeitan and other towns in Aleppo south-western countryside, after killing 50 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra,” the spokesman said.
He added that units of the army advanced in Lattakia northern countryside, establishing control on more than 20 towns and strategic hills.
The spokesman concluded by affirming that the army heroic operations caused a state of depression and collapse in the ranks terrorist organizations who fled, along with families of a number of terrorist organizations’ leaders into Turkish borders.
Over 100 terrorists killed in Hama and Idleb, more killed in other areas
10 December، 2015
The army units and air force targeted terrorist organizations’ positions in various areas on Thursday, destroying their headquarters and vehicles and killing dozens of terrorists.
Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, established full control on Um Twenih village in Hama countryside after eliminating the last cell of ISIS terrorists in the area.
An army unit fired on movements of vehicle convoys for ISIS in al-Maakar al-Shamali village, northeast of Salamiyeh city in the countryside of the central Hama province, a military source told SANA Thursday.
At least 35 ISIS terrorists were killed and 9 vehicles, equipped with machien guns were destroyed, according to the source.
Over 18 more ISIS terrorists were killed and a vehicle equipped with a machinegun was destroyed in an army operation against an ISIS site in al-Rahajan village, 95 km northeast of Hama city.
Meanwhile, the army’s air force launched strikes against ISIS movements and hideouts in Qleib al-Thour village in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh, inflicting heavy losses upon them in terms of personnel, equipment and vehicles.
In the northern countryside of the province, a number of terrorists from the so-called Jaish al-Fatah were killed and their vehicles and weapons were destroyed in the towns of al-Latamneh and Kafr Zita.
Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that a leader within “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” named Mohammad Abdel-Qader al-Zaidan and nicknamed Abu Osama was identified among those killed in al-Latamneh and Kafr Zita, along with the terrorist Mohannad al-Hallaq.
The sources also affirmed that a monitor center for the terrorist organization and a mortar launcher were destroyed in army operations in Lahaya al-Sharqiyeh village. Three terrorists operating the mortar were killed.
An army unit targeted terrorists in Latmin village in the northern countryside of the province, killing 5 of them, including Mohammad Khaled al-Shneiwi, and destroying a vehicle equipped with a machine gun and three motorcycles.
In a relevant context, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites the death of 37 of their members east of Mourek and other areas on the border between Hama and Idleb.
The army’s air force targeted gatherings and movements of ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs province, destroying their vehicles and equipment in al-Sukhneh, east of Palmyra city.
The army airstrikes on ISIS positions and gatherings north of al-Bayarat area in the western countryside of Palmyra and in al-Qaryatain city in Homs’ southeastern countryside left a number of terrorists dead and their vehicles destroyed.
Positions and arms for ISIS terrorists were destroyed in army airstrikes on their gatherings in the villages of Rahoum, Unq al-Hawa and Um Sahrij, 82km east of Homs city.
The army’s air force targeted during the past 24 hours positions of ISIS terrorist organization in the villages of Jarouf and Njara, north of Sharbaa, and al-Bab city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.
ISIS terrorists suffered heavy losses in personnel, vehicles and equipment in the airstrikes, while army units hit ISIS’s gatherings in the villages of Beijan and Ein al-Safa and al-Bab city.
A number of terrorists’ positions and supply routes were hit in the villages of Ein al-Beida and karah Baba as in Anadan city and its farms in the international road Aleppo/Eintab.
Army units inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and weaponry in Handarat town, located on the international road leading to the Turkish territories.
Other army units targeted the terrorists’ dens and movements in the villages of Dulama, al-Barqoum, Panes, Rasm al-Sahreij and al-Zerbeh town in Aleppo southern countryside, destroying their positions and vehicles, some of which were equipped with machineguns.
In the northeastern countryside of Aleppo province, army units inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in personnel and equipment in al-Ameriyeh village and the surrounding of aL-Nairab airport.
The army destroyed mortar launchers for Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Halak, al-Saleheen, Hanano, al-Ramousa, Saif al-Dawla, Salah Eddin, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zeid, Bustan al-Basha, Beideen, al-Halawaniyeh, al-Rashedeen and al-Sakhour in Aleppo city.
The army killed members of an armed terrorist group who were trying to infiltrate from Jisr al-Ghariya into military points near Kherbat Ghazaleh to the north of Daraa countryside.
An army unit also targeted terrorists between Sour and Hrak towns in Daraa eastern countryside, destroying a den and depot there.
15 civilians killed in terrorist attacks with car bombs in Hasaka, Cabinet condemns
10 December، 2015
15 civilians were killed and scores others injured when three car bombs exploded in Tal Tamer town west of Hasaka city.
A source in the province told SANA that the bombings struck in an area close to a medical center, in Palestine Street and in a crowded market.
The number of victims is likely to rise as many of the injured lie in a critical condition, the source said.
Terrorists detonated the three car bombs which were loaded with large amounts of explosives, causing massive material damage in the area.
Cabinet condemns the terrorist explosions
Meanwhile, the Cabinet condemned the terrorist, coward explosions perpetrated by armed terrorist groups in Tal Tamer in Hasaka and the terrorist attacks on Aleppo which claimed the lives of tens of citizens and injuring many others.
“Those terrorist, brutal acts will not intimidate the Syrian people, but they will increase the Syrians’ determination to go ahead in combating terrorism,” Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said in a statement, holding countries which back terrorism responsible for shedding blood of the Syrians.
He affirmed that the terrorist acts are the result of the bankruptcy and failure of the terrorists in front of the victories of the army.
Al-Halqi offered condolences to families of the martyrs, hoping quick recovery for the wounded.
Syrian Forces to Cut off Terrorists’ Supply Routes from Jordan
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army advanced against terrorists in the province of Dara’a, sources said Thursday, adding the troops are on the verge of capturing a Syrian-Jordanian border crossing.
The Syrian army made huge advances in the city of Dara’a, field sources said.
The sources added that the soldiers are in a striking distance of the old Dara’a border crossing with Jordan which is commonly referred to as the Al-Jamrak crossing.
On Wednesday, sporadic clashes erupted between the army and terrorists on the outskirts of al-Sheikh Meskeen city and Atman town in Dara’a province.