Monday, 17 June 2013



UK: Anti-War Groups Rally against US arms to Syria

Large groups of anti-war activists staged a demonstration in London demanding the West to stop arms supplies to Syria and avoid military intervention in the country's domestic conflict. 

 UK: Anti-War Groups Rally against US arms to Syria

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Protesters calling for an end to the conflict in Syria have demonstrated outside the US embassy in London. The Stop the War coalition, said the gathering was also an attempt to raise concerns about American plans to arm Syrian rebels.

Wahhabi Terrorists Target Islam and Christianity in Syria

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On March 23, thousands of Syrians carried the coffin of the leading Syrian Sunni scholar Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti, who had been killed in a terrorist attack in the Al-Iman Mosque in Damascus along with his grandson and other 47 people. Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, whose son was also killed by terrorists several months ago, and Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi also took part in the funeral.

The attack was not only an atrocious crime but also a blasphemous act. It took place when Sheikh al-Bouti was giving a religious speech to a group of Islam students, including his grandson. Al-Bouti, 84, was a retired dean and a professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University and a worldwide reputed scholar.

Following the deadly incident, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned the act of violence, pledging that the crime would not pass without punishment. “A promise from the Syrian people -- and I am one of them -- that your blood, your grandson and the martyrs of today and all the homeland will not go in vain, because we will stay following your thinking to eliminate their darkness,” he said.

Sheikh Al-Bouti was known for his anti-terrorism stances and his criticism of foreign-backed militant groups, whom he described as “mercenaries.”  The previous week to his assassination, the late scholar said during his lecture, “We are invaded in every inch of our land, in our bread, in our lives, women, children sanctities and honor. We are today in front of a legitimate duty…which is the need for mobilization to protect the values, the homeland and the holy sites, and there is no difference, in this case, between the army and the rest of this nation,” he stated.

One week after Al-Bouti´s murder, another Sunni cleric, Sheikh Hassan Saif al-Deen, 80, was brutally beheaded in northern city of Aleppo by foreign-backed militants, who reportedly decapitated him before dragging his lifeless body on the streets. They also planted his head on the minaret of the mosque where he used to preach. Sheikh Saif al Deen also had anti-militant views and spoke out against the ongoing war against the Syrian government.

In a Facebook page belonging to militants, he was called “a collaborator of the chique in power in Syria” and threatened: “We will come to you; you will not escape”.

Sheikh Hassan Saif al-Deen was in fact the last of a list of murdered religious scholars, which includes Sunni and Shia Muslim clerics as well as Christian priests. All these murders have been carried out by bloodthirsty terrorists, who are described as “democrats” by Western governments and media.

The first of these victims was father Basilius Nassar, the priest of the Mar Elias Chapel in the town of Kfar-Baham, near the city of Hama. He was shot on January 25, 2012 by a militiaman sniper in the Citadel area while he was picking a casualty.

The second was a Sunni cleric, Sheikh Mohammad Ahmad Aof Sadek, who preached in the mosque Anas Ben Malek in Damascus. He was one of the first scholars who warned against violence in Syria. He also spoke out against the Takfiri groups saying that they had no place among the Muslims. He was shot on February 25, 2012.

Third on the list was Sheikh Sayyed Nasser, an Alawite cleric and the imam of the Alawite hawze (religious school) Zaynabiyya in Damascus. He died by a gunshot in the face near the Shrine of Sayeda Zaynab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The fourth was a Syrian Shiite cleric, Sheikh Abbas Lahham, killed in May outside the mosque of Rouqayya (daughter of Imam Hussein (PBUH)), where he preached. He was followed by Sheikh Abdel-Koddous Jabbarah, another Shiite scholar, the following month. The latter was shot at the market, near the Shrine of Sayyeda Zaynab.

In July 2012, at the beginning of the month of Ramadan, it was Sheikh Abdel-Latif Ash-Shami who was shot and killed in an atrocious manner: during the prayers in a mosque full of faithful by a rifle shot in the eye. A month later, the imam of the mosque al-Nawawi in Damascus, Sheikh Hassan Bartaoui, was murdered as well.

In October 2012, some people found the mutilated corpse of a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church, father Fadi Hadadat, at Katana, in the province of Damascus. He had been kidnapped by militiamen who demanded in exchange for his release a ransom of 15 million Syrian pounds. Patriarch Abdallah Saleh of Antioch and Orient of the Greek Orthodox Church confirmed that he had been murdered by terrorists. In the last day of 2012, another Sunni Imam, Shaykh Abdullah Saleh, was assassinated in Raqa.

In February 2012, Sheikh Abdel-Latif al-Jamili, a cleric of the Achrafiyye Mosque, was killed by shrapnel launched by militiamen in the courtyard of his mosque. In March, it was Sheikh Abed Saab, who led the prayers in the al-Mohammadi mosque, located in the district of Mazze in Damascus, who was killed by an explosive device placed under his car.

It is worth pointing out that all these crimes were actually encouraged by some extremist Wahhabi scholars from Saudi Arabia. One of them, Sheikh Abu Basir al-Tartousi, said he did not regret the death of Seikh al-Bouti. “He was a liar, who all his life supported the rulers”, UmmaNews quoted him as saying. He hypocritically added that he regretted that “other Muslims had been wounded or killed”.

The Imam of Masjid from the mosque al-Haram in Mecca, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, openly celebrated the assassination: “He (al-Bouti) was one of the biggest imams of delusion. He was a Mujahid on Satan's path. And this (the murder of al-Bouti) is a great joy for Muslims”, he wrote on its Facebook site.

Reign of terror

In reality, all the killed clerics were openly hostile to the rebellion or at least did not support it. Their assassinations were intended to terrorize the Syrian population who refuses to support the armed groups. This point becomes clear when someone reads the statements by the terrorists themselves.

Shortly before the attack on the Faculty of Architecture of Damascus University, which killed 15 students, the leader of the Wahhabi group, Liwa al Islam, Haytham Al Maleh, published a statement on his page of Facebook, where he warned that “it is compulsory for the students from the University of Damascus to launch a campaign of civil disobedience. If they do not do so, their University will have the same fate as that of Aleppo”. It should be recalled that in the month of January, 82 students of the University of Aleppo were killed and 160 others were injured by rockets launched by militiamen.

Entire religious groups (Christians, Shiites, Alawites) have been declared as “enemies” by Takfiri Wahhabi terrorists in Syria. Some Shiites, for example, have had to flee their homes in order to save their lives. One of them, Jamal, told LA Times that “these people used to be our neighbors. Now they want to kidnap and kill us.”

Interfaith tensions, which were unknown before the conflict started, are now increasing in the villages along the border between northeastern Lebanon and Syria. People living in these areas speak of an ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by rebels who are trying to set up a Taliban-style state. Some Shiites, who have family ties to Lebanon, have become fighters in order to defend their villages from the terrorists´ attacks. Shells fired by armed groups often land in some of these villages.

Rebels in Syria have also burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in January. HRW revealed that opposition fighters had destroyed a Shiite husseiniya - a religious site devoted to Imam Hussein (S), a great martyr in the Muslim  history. A video published online showed rebels hoisting assault rifles in the air and cheering as the site in the village of Zarzour, taken by rebels in December, burned in the background. In the video, one man announces the “destruction of the dens of the Shiites and Rafida,” a derogatory term used against Shiites by Wahhabi fanatics.

In the western Lattakia province, Human Rights Watch quoted residents as saying that gunmen acting in the name of the opposition had broken into and stolen from Christian churches in two villages; Ghasaniyeh and Jdeideh (in the region of Lattakia). A resident in Jdeideh reported that gunmen had broken into the local church, stolen and fired shots inside.

Therefore, a reign of terror has been implemented in all the places that the Syrian and foreign armed groups control in Syria. Due to their incapacity to trigger a popular revolution against the government, these groups have resorted to massacres and murders. This explains why local residents flee their homes when their village or street fall under their control, or increasingly join the National Defense forces fighting the terrorists throughout the country.

 Canada Backs US Decision to Start Arms Supplies to Syrian Armed Groups

Canada supports the US decision to start weapons supplies to the Syrian opposition, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said. 

 Canada Backs US Decision to Start Arms Supplies to Syrian Armed Groups
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The United States seeks that the Syrian opposition will be able to counter the government on equal conditions. This fact will allow both parties to start talks in Geneva, Baird told CTV on Sunday. 

A month ago Canada came against arms supplies to the Syrian opposition. It said the number of radical extremists grew. Baird said the only way to stop the conflict in Syria was to settle all disagreements by political means. Weapons supplies can only aggravate the situation, the Canadian foreign minister said at the time. 

On May 7, he told parliamentarians that the more weapons would be supplies to Syria the severer reaction will be. 

The minister declined to answer the question if Baird's statements meant that Canada's position on this issue changed, Itar-Tass reported. 

On Sunday, a report said that The US spy agency is gearing up to send weapons to insurgent groups in Syria through secret bases in Turkey and Jordan. 

The bases are expected to begin conveying shipments of weapons and ammunition within weeks, the US daily, The Washington Post, reported Saturday, quoting unnamed American officials as saying. 

"We have relationships today in Syria that we didn't have six months ago," US President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes said during a White House briefing Friday. The United States is capable of delivering material "not only into the country," Rhodes said, but "into the right hands". 

US officials announced on Thursday that Obama had authorized sending weapons to the militants in Syria 'for the first time'. 

On Saturday, American newspaper USA Today quoted Christopher Harmer, an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War, as saying that the US is vetting to use Turkey's Incirlik Air Base, which is technically a NATO air base, as a hub for supplying militants in Syria with weapons. 

Also on Sunday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the US troops temporarily in neighboring Jordan will leave behind fighter jets and a cache of Patriot missiles. 

Early in March, a ranking member of the US marine troops deployed in Afghanistan told FNA that the Pentagon made the decision to send a major part of its light and semi-heavy weapons systems and military equipment to the Syrian rebels along with its pullout from Afghanistan when the former US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, was still in office. 

"The decision to send our arms and weapons systems in Afghanistan to the rebel groups in Syria was originally made when the former US Secretary of Defense was in his final days of office, yet the Pentagon has also received the approval of the new Secretary, Chuck Hagel, as well," said the source who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information. 

"One of these cargos consists of the light and semi-heavy military tools, equipment and weapons that the US army has gathered and piled up in Kandahar Base and plans to send them to the rebels in Syria in the form of several air and sea cargos and through Turkey and specially Jordan," he explained. 

"These weapons and arms systems include anti-armor and missile systems, rocket-launchers and rockets and tens of armored Humvees," the source added, explaining that senior war strategists in the Pentagon believe that they can change the scene of the war in Syria in the interest of the rebel groups with the help of these cargos, specially the shoulder-launched missile systems and the multipurpose Humvee vehicles. 

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), commonly known as the Humvee, travels as fast as 150 kilometers per hour under different weather conditions and in various geographical climates, and various types of machineguns, rocket-launchers and weapons systems can be mounted on this vehicle. 

As the US continues its pullout from Afghanistan, rebels in Syria have failed to make any more advancement and the US, EU, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were forced to soften their tone on the future of the almost two-year-long conflict in the country after they found that the war of attrition has rather worked in the interest of President Assad and his troops. 

This, military experts say, has apparently made the US change the war strategy in Syria and open new fronts in the country. 

The US and its allies have been sending most of their arms cargos to the rebels through Turkey, which neighbors Northern Syria. Just last week a Libyan member of the al-Qaeda disclosed that France has supplied the rebel and terrorist groups in Syria with Russian Igla anti-air missiles and even trained them how to use these systems. 

Louay al-Mokdad, the political and media coordinator for the Free Syrian Army, confirmed that the rebels have procured new weapons donated from outside Syria, rather than bought on the black market or seized during the capture of government facilities. But he declined to say who was behind the effort. 

Another coordinator for the Free Syrian Army, whose units have received several cargos of these new arms supplies since in mid-February, said "the goal of the supplies also is to shift the focus of the war away from the North toward the South and the capital, Assad's stronghold".

 Terrorists killed in large numbers, including leaders

The Syrian army says it has eliminated large numbers of militants in the country, including many Saudi insurgents in the city of Aleppo. 

 Terrorists killed in large numbers, including leaders

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Units of the Syrian armed forces on Sunday carried out a series of special operations against terrorists in several areas in Damascus and its Countryside and destroyed their weapons, in addition to killing a number of terrorist groups' leaders.

An official source told SANA that an army unit killed a number of terrorists in the farms surrounding al-Ahmadiyeh town in Eastern Ghouta, which the army seized control of yesterday, including Nazhat al-Doukhi and Muhammad al-Abtah.

A 23mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon was destroyed in the town, according to the source.

The source added that other army units destroyed a terrorists' den in Alia farms in Douma area, while another army unit killed Muhammad Kahal, leader of an armed terrorist group, and a number of his group's members, including Khalid Alloush. 

Another army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the western district of al-Zabadani city, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Ali Abu Dha and Suleiman Tinawi, leader of an armed terrorist group.

Other army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in Babila town and killed Amer Rashwan, leader of an armed terrorist group, and a number of his group's members, including Maher Assoud.

In al-Hajar al-Aswad, another army units destroyed a terrorists' gathering and killed a number of "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists. Units of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near a soap factory in Joubar in Damascus Countryside that had been committing acts of looting in the area, an official source told SANA reporter.

The clashes resulted in killing a number of terrorists and seizing their weapons, which included automatic rifles, grenade launchers and heavy machineguns.

The source also told the reporter that army units chased members of armed terrorist groups in the farms to the east of Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus, killing many of them, including Ahmad al-Kheshn.

The terrorists' weapons, including automatic rifles and heavy machineguns, were seized.

Terrorists' dens destroyed in Lattakia countryside, a Tunisian killed

Units of the armed forces targeted "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorists' gatherings in Jib al-Ahmar and al-Kbeir villages in Lattakia countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

A military source told SANA that the army operation resulted in the killing of several terrorists, including Muhammad Khalid Ahmad, Mutaz al-Shamat and Aref al-Dumyati and the Tunisian Saif Allah al-Sufi, in addition to destroying their equipment.

Operations target terrorists' dens in Daraa, explosive devices dismantled

Units of the armed forces carried out several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Daraa and its countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army units targeted terrorists' dens in al-Shabraq, Heit, Sahim al-Goulan, Saisoun, al-Lwaihiq, Tssil, al-Shajara, Jillein, Nafaa, al-Alia and Tafas, killing and injuring several terrorists, including the non-Syria Muhand Abdullah al-Dbaish.

The source added that another army unit targeted a terrorists' gathering in Tall Shhab in Daraa countryside, killing and injuring several terrorists, including Mu'yead Mahmoud Amyan, Muhammad Aba Zaid, Abdullah Younis Aba Zaid and Khalid Amyan.

The source pointed out that an engineering unit dismantled two explosive devices weighing between 30-40 Kg planted by terrorists on Damascus-Daraa highway.

Another army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group' members who were driving a minibus and two cars in Mahajja town in Daraa, killing all terrorists, in addition to seizing their weapons.

Manuals and CDs that promote Takfiri mentality of Jabhat al-Nusra were seized with the terrorists.

Other army units dismantled two explosive devices planted by terrorists in Mahajja.

In the same context, another army unit destroyed terrorists' weapons and equipment in Mzeirib town, killing several terrorists, including Murad Naeem al-Natour affiliated to the so called "Osoud al-Aqsa Battalion".

Terrorists ambushed in Homs Countryside

Authorities killed two terrorists and arrested 2 other in an ambush while they were attempting to plant an explosive device in one of the residential neighborhood in Palmyra city in Homs countryside.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the dead terrorists were Muhammad Ali al-Joufi and Ahmad Khalid al-Rashid.

Army units eliminated terrorist hideouts and gatherings in two farms located between the towns of al-Ghanto ald Talbiseh, destroying the weapons and equipment inside them and restoring security and stability to the farms.

Authorities seize trucks smuggling diesel in Homs

The source pointed out that the authorities seized two trucks without license plates loaded with large amounts of diesel set to be smuggled to the east of the industrial city of Hasya in Homs.

The authorities killed 3 terrorists inside the trucks, which were heading from al-Kashf town in Homs countryside to Qara in Damascus Countryside, and arrested 2 other.

Army eliminates Saudi terrorists in Aleppo countryside

Army units eliminated large numbers of terrorists, most of them Saudis, who had been holed up in a mall in the area of Kafr Hamra in Aleppo's northern countryside.

Army units also clashed with terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra near Kilikia association, Maaret al-Artik, and Einjara school, leaving most of the terrorists dead or injured and destroying two 23mm anti-aircraft guns and a number of heavy machineguns.

Another unit carried out an operation targeting a hideout in the village of Daret Azza used by terrorist for training, eliminating all the terrorists inside it and destroying large amounts of ammo and weapons, while a second unit clashed with a terrorist group which had been committing robberies on the road between Einjara and Kafrnaha, destroying the terrorists' weapons and equipment and eliminating most of them.

A mortar cannon was destroyed and three terrorists were killed on the Maslamiya road, while a number of terrorists were killed and others injured on the Aleppo-Idleb road.

In Aleppo city, an Army unit destroyed a gathering of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Bustan al-Basha, eliminating 12 terrorists and destroying a 23mm anti-aircraft gun.

12 terrorists killed in clash between two terrorist groups in Aleppo countryside

A clash between two terrorist groups following a fight over dividing stolen industrial machinery and equipment left twelve terrorists dead in Deir Hafer in Aleppo countryside.

An official source said that the fight that erupted in a terrorists' den dragged on for several hours and different weapons were used, including machineguns and grenades.

The source said that 12 terrorists were killed in the clash and scores were injured, adding that the den was totally destroyed.

Terrorists eliminated in Hasaka countryside

Army units eliminated and injured  a number of terrorists in the areas of Tal Hamis and Tal Barak in Hasaka countryside, in addition to eliminating terrorists who had been committing robberies and stealing oil on the road leading to Raqqa.

Another Army unit destroyed terrorist hideouts in al-Khamael and near al-Bassel dam, leaving the terrorists inside them dead or wounded.

Army eliminates terrorists in Idleb countryside

An Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists and injured others in the villages of al-Buwaiti and Qern al-Ghazal in Idleb countryside, destroying the terrorists weapons and munitions.

Another unit eliminated 11 terrorists who had been committing thefts and robberies in al-Shaghr village and al-Sejari quarry in Jisr al-Shughour area, destroying three heavy machineguns the terrorists had been using.

In al-Arbaiyeen mountain, the Army set an ambush for a terrorist group, resulting in the elimination of an entire terrorist groups and the destruction of their weapons, munitions and equipment.

 Saudi extremist cleric's controversial trip to London following his call for "jihad" in Syria

Controversial Saudi Salafist cleric Muhammad al-Arifi takes a trip to London, following his call for “jihad” in Syria. 

 Saudi extremist cleric
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Controversial Saudi Salafist cleric Muhammad al-Arifi takes a trip to London, following his call for “jihad” in Syria.

Images on Twitter show the Takfiri mufti’s arrival at a hotel in the British capital on Sunday. 

The trip has sparked hot debates online, with many Twitter users slamming the radical Saudi cleric for journeying overseas while making divisive comments against Muslims and calling for action in Syria.

Arifi recently came under fire for his contentious remarks, with a senior Egyptian sheikh calling for a ban on such radical preaching.

Sheikh Mansour Mandour told Al-Alam on Sunday that the Saudi cleric’s comments should be judged by the criteria set in the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah (sayings and teachings of Prophet Mohammad PBUH).

70 Saudi fighters dead bodies back from Syria

The bodies of 70 Saudi nationals fighting against the Syrian government have returned to Saudi Arabia. 

 70 Saudi fighters dead bodies back from Syria
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to a report by published on Friday, a Saudi source said the bodies were delivered to the country in King Fahad International Airport. 

The source said the Saudi regime had sent a number of diplomats to Turkey in order to facilitate the transfer process. 

According to the source, the Saudi regime did not dispatch anyone to fight in Syria, and that the 70 people had been fighting on their own will. 

The source added that there were four women among the 70 killed. He also said there are currently about 8,000 Saudi nationals fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country. 

According to the report, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence sources help with transferring fighters to Syria through Jordan. 

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. 

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants. 

In an interview broadcast on Turkish television in April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades. 

“If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control… the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” he stated.

Army Kills Notorious Al-Qaeda Ringleader in Northern Syria

The Syrian army killed a notorious al-Qaeda terrorist ringleader and tens of his men in Northern Syria on Monday. 

 Army Kills Notorious Al-Qaeda Ringleader in Northern Syria
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The army today killed Ahmad al-Jarrad who was the al-Qaeda ringleader in al-Reqqa. The Syrian army also killed 36 of al-Jarrad's companions in Reqqa city today. 

Meantime, the Syrian army repelled attacks by the armed rebels on the army's Reqqa Battalion killing 30 of the rebels and injuring dozens more. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against Syrian forces and civilians being reported across the country. 

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States. 

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States. 

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure. 

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said last May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

 Syrians Stage Mass Rally in Solidarity with Syria in Sydney, Australia

The Syrian community in Australia, activists from friendly countries and "Australians for Syria" Group staged a mass rally against the fierce attack imposed on Syria. 

 Syrians Stage Mass Rally in Solidarity with Syria in Sydney, Australia
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The mass rally flooded the streets of Sydney city, as the marchers waved the Syrian Arab flag and photos of President Bashar al-Assad. 

They carried several placards demonstrating their condemnation of the attack on Syria and the desperate attempts to undermine its steadfastness. 

They roundly denounced the crimes committed by the foreign-backed armed groups against the innocent citizens of Syria, lauding the sacrifices of the Syrian army for the sake of restoring security and stability to Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country. 

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes. 

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad. 

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies sought hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr warns al-Qaeda ringleader 'Ayman al-Zawahiri' over Syria

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has issued a stern warning to the ringleader of al-Qaeda against the terrorist group’s further intervention in Syria. 

 Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr warns al-Qaeda ringleader
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) -  Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has issued a stern warning to the ringleader of al-Qaeda against the terrorist group’s further intervention in Syria.

Sadr said Monday that Ayman al-Zawahiri needs to stay away from Syria’s affairs and allow Sunnis and Alawites to live peacefully in Syria as they always did. 

He condemned al-Qaeda’s killing of Muslims and said the group and its extremist ways have no place in Islamic nations.

Zawahiri recently said that the notorious Al-Nusra Front in Syria “is an independent branch of Al-Qaeda". The militant group has carried out a range of atrocities in the Arab country.

The remarks by the influential Iraqi cleric come a day after a spate of violent bomb attacks that killed scores of people across Iraq.

Sunday's blasts began with a parked car bomb which exploded in the city of Kut -- 60 kilometers southeast of Baghdad. Six people were killed and 15 others wounded in that attack.

The attack was followed by another car bomb outside the city which targeted construction workers, killing five and wounded 12 others, police officials said.

One of the deadliest attacks took place in the Shia-populated neighborhood of al-Ameen in southeastern Baghdad. Police said a bomber blew himself up inside a cafe, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others.

Other attacks were carried out in the cities of Hillah, Madian, Aziziyah, Mahmudiyah, Nasiriyah, Tuz Khurmatu, Najaf, and Basra on Sunday. Reports said that most of the car bombs hit Shia-majority areas.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, but al-Qaeda-linked militant groups, which seek to destabilize the central government of Iraq, frequently carry out such coordinated attacks.

There has recently been an upsurge in violence across Iraq, and the authorities say Qatar and Saudi Arabia have had a hand in some of the deadly incidents.

The United Nations says a total of 1,045 people were killed and nearly 2,400 were injured in violent incidents in Iraq in the month of May.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime are responsible for the latest wave of violence.
Elbaradei Severely Condemns Egyptian President Morsi Calls Millions of Shia Muslims Unclean and Impure

Addresing a rally of people who staged a sit-in protest outside the Egyptian ministry of culture, ElBaradei said a regime which insults the opposition and calls millions of Shia Muslims ‘najis’ (unclean and impure) has no way but to relinquish power immediately. 

 Elbaradei Severely Condemns Egyptian President Morsi Calls 150 Million Shia Muslims Unclean and Impure
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Egypt’s prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has condemned the recent anti-Shia comments made at a pro-government conference in Cairo.

Addresing a rally of people who staged a sit-in protest outside the Egyptian ministry of culture, ElBaradei said a regime which insults the opposition and calls 150 million Shia Muslims ‘najis’ (unclean and impure) has no way but to relinquish power immediately.

The leader of the Addustour party said Egypt’s revolution has not ended yet and Egyptians will continue their revolutions to achieve their objectives.

His comments come a day after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi severed the country’s relations with Syria over the conflict in the country.

Morsi also called for foreign support for insurgents in the country.

In addition, Morsi called on Western states to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Morsi urged the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria. "Hezbollah must leave Syria -- these are serious words. There is no space or place for Hezbollah in Syria."

Putin: Russia Arming Legitimate Gov’t in Syria, West Arming Organ-Eaters

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the Western countries for arming foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government, warning that such move contradicts basic human values since the armed groups are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

 Putin: Russia Arming Legitimate Gov’t in Syria, West Arming Organ-Eaters
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the Western countries for arming foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government, warning that such move contradicts basic human values since the armed groups are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday, Putin said: "You will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras. Are these the people you want to support? Is it them who you want to supply with weapons? Then this probably has little relation to humanitarian values that have been preached in Europe for hundreds of years."

Putin was referring to video footage surfaced on the Internet last month of a militant eating what appeared to be the heart of a dead Syrian soldier. 

In an interview with Time magazine on May 14, the cannibal militant, known by his nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, confirmed that the video is real and that he did indeed take a bite of the soldier’s lung. Human Rights Watch said it was a war crime.

Putin said that Russia by contrast was arming the legitimate government of Syria
"We are not breaching any rules and norms and we call on all our partners to act in the same fashion," he said.

Speaking after a difficult meeting with Putin in Northern Ireland, Cameron claimed both men were in agreement on the need to end the human catastrophe of the Syrian crisis. But there was little to suggest the two men made progress on how to convene a fresh Syrian peace conference in Geneva, let alone who should attend, or its agenda.

"There are very big differences between the analysis we have of what happened in Syria and who is to blame but where there is common ground is that we both see a humanitarian catastrophe," Cameron said.

"What I take from our conversation today is that we can overcome these differences if we recognize that we share some fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria breaking apart, to let the Syrian people decide who governs them and to take the fight to the extremists and defeat them," he said.


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