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« on: September 28, 2008, 04:02:42 PM »
"Israel Has Most to Gain from Syria Terror Attack"

28/09/2008
http://www.almanar.com.lb/newssite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=58333&language=en



Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Saturday in response to the fatal attack in Damascus that "Israel is one of those who have the most to gain from this criminal act," Kuwaiti news agency Kuna reported.
 
Seventeen people were killed and dozens were injured in the Syrian capital Saturday morning when a booby-trapped car exploded on the road leading to the country's international airport.
 
"Unfortunately, in the years following the American war on terror, terror has spread even further. Such incidents can take place anywhere and do not indicate that there was a security breach. "I can promise you that Syria's security forces will continue to stand guard for the citizens and the state," said Muallem, who is currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
 
At the meantime, counter-terrorist officers in Syria on Sunday hunted for those behind the car bomb.
 
Earlier Saturday, the Syrian foreign minister held a short meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and one of the issues discussed by the two were the Turkey-mediated negotiations between Israel and Syria.
 
WIDE CONDEMNATIONS
The terror attack in Syria was condemned by the US, Europe and the Arab world.
 
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke out against the attack, while a State Department spokesman said the US had closed the consular section of its embassy except for emergency services and would reopen on October 5 after the Eid holiday.
 
The UN Security Council condemned the attack "in the strongest terms" and called for the "perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors" of the attack to be brought to justice.
 
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora issued a statement of condemnation, saying that "the blast which hit one of Damascus' neighborhoods and caused the death and injury of innocent civilians is a disgraced terror crime which we reject.
 
"It must not be accepted under any circumstances, particularly when it takes place in an Arab capital."
 
Hezbollah added its voice to those condemning the attack. "Hezbollah strongly condemns the bombing... and expresses its full sympathies with its brothers in the Syrian leadership, government and people in face of the atrocious attack that only serves the enemy of the nation in creating chaos and instability in the region," it said in a statement.
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi strongly condemned the "terrorist and inhuman bomb blast in Damascus which took lives of many innocent civilians." Qashqavi in a message voiced the sympathy of the Iranian nation and government with the families of the victims and prayed for immediate recovery of those injured in the blast.
 
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, still in New York for the UN General Assembly session, expressed sympathy for the victims of the attack, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said.
 
Earlier, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sent a message of condolences to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad over the victims of the car bomb blas.
 
In Amman, Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday called the bombing an act of "terrorism," a royal court statement said.
 
In a message of condolences to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, King Abdullah also expressed Jordan's solidarity with Syria in its handling of the bombing.
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Re: "Israel Has Most to Gain from Syria Terror Attack"
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 04:59:32 PM »
I assume the "suicide bomber and al Qaeada nonsense" doesn't get much play inside Syria.
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Re: "Israel Has Most to Gain from Syria Terror Attack"
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 05:06:50 PM »
Probably the most obvious Jew hit since they blasted the CIA agents on the Gaza Strip.

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Probably the most obvious Jew hit since they blasted the CIA agents on the Gaza Strip.

That story went down the memory hole quickly...
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 06:04:01 PM »
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Israel is reportedly preparing to strike arms depots and weapons manufacturing plants in Syria, claiming they belong to the Islamic resistance movement Hezbollah, a report says.


Tel Aviv has escalated its military presence in the occupied Golan Heights and the northern part of the Shebaa Farms, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said, citing a report in the Saturday edition of the Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.

The report quoted European sources as saying that recent Israeli reconnaissance flights, which violated Lebanese and Syrian airspace, are indications that Israel is ready to start a war in the area.

The potential targets are located far inside Syrian territory, the report added.

Israel remains technically at war with both Syria and Lebanon since it refuses to return the lands it occupied alongside vast expanses of other Arab territories during large-scale military operations in 1967.

In September 2007, at least four Israeli fighters crossed into Syrian airspace and launched an attack on an alleged nuclear facility, which caused a significant rise in tension.

Turkey-mediated talks between the two sides fell apart after Israel started the December 2008-January 2009 war on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians.

Israel also started a war against Lebanon in 2006, which killed about 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians.

Israeli President Shimon Peres leveled a whole host of accusations against both countries, saying Damascus had supplied Russian-made scud missiles to Hezbollah, which defended the country during Israel's attacks on Lebanon.

However, the Israeli allegations have been categorically rejected by the governments of Syria and Lebanon as well as by the Hezbollah movement.
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Internet Reportedly Down in Syria

Sarah Kessler January 28, 2011 by Sarah Kessler View Comments

source: http://mashable.com/2011/01/28/internet-down-syria/



On the same day that Egypt has allegedly blocked the Internet, Syria may have made a similar move to silence dissenting voices.

According to Arabic-language website Al Arabiya, the country has suspended all of its Internet services.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Syria had imposed bans on two programs that allow access to Facebook, which had previously been banned in 2007.

The country has a history of restricting media coverage of poverty and corruption, but it’s not clear that it has gone as far as disrupting Internet service altogether. Shorty after Al Arabiya reported that the Internet was down in Syria, a government representative denied the claim. Many who said they were tweeting from Syria also commented that they weren’t having any problems accessing the Internet.

Reports from Egypt, on the other hand, confirm that the government blocked Twitter and then Internet access altogether in response to escalating protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Hillary Clinton addressed the rise of Internet censorship in a speech last week, calling it the “new information curtain.” But Egypt and — if the report is true, Syria — are the first countries to push censorship to the point of completely shutting down the Internet.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2011, 03:02:29 PM »

It's a very badly kept secret that Middbury College is the top school in the US for teaching future CIA agents language skills. This must be the first wave of Indians the Jews have recruited to join the US foreign service. Of course he could be a Jew of India like Alona Abraham who was one of the hijackers on 9/11.


Middlebury student missing in Syria

10:07 AM, Mar. 24, 2011  | 
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John Briggs, Free Press Staff Writer




Middlebury College junior Pathik “Tik” Root, 21, a student of Arabic who had a tense escape from Alexandria, Egypt, amid unrest there in late January, is missing from his studies in Syria.


His father, Tom Root of Ripton, said his son last communicated with the family from Damascus on March 16.

“Others have heard from him as late as Friday morning,” he said. “He disappeared Friday afternoon some time.”

Tom Root said he had no information that his son had become involved in anti-government demonstrations in Syria, but said it would be consistent with his son’s outlook to observe what was occurring. He said the U.S. Department of State was making inquiries at the Syrian Ministry of the Interior to see if Tik Root had been detained.

“That is our scenario,” he said. “He was at a demonstration and was picked up.”

Early Wednesday, Tik Root’s Facebook page had a message to him from a friend, posted Tuesday: “Ahlan, Apparently no one has heard from you since Friday. Can you let me know that you are okay?” That message was later removed. Root’s cell phone was still operating and accepting messages, but he did not answer.

After he and his fellow Middlebury College students left Egypt, Root decided to continue his Arabic studies in Damascus because it seemed at the time to offer stability. But demonstrations against the authoritarian regime of President Bashar al-Assad have flared up in Syria since then, particularly in the city of Deraa, about 60 miles south of Damascus and close to the border with Jordan. Four protesters were killed there last Friday by security forces, and Reuters reported six more were killed in a Deraa mosque Wednesday.

“It was a surprise to him as much as anyone that it’s getting complicated,” Tom Root said, adding that his son had begun an independent study course at Damascus University last week.

Rosemary MacRay, a spokeswoman with the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, said the federal agency was aware of Root’s disappearance.

“We have a report of a missing citizen from Vermont,” MacRay said. “When we are informed a citizen may be mssing, we work with local authorities.”

She said Root’s right to privacy precluded further comment at present.

Tik Root told the Free Press in February that while in Egypt, he had joined the demonstrations there, carrying a PVC pipe at one point as Alexandria residents feared a crackdown by Egyptian police. Excerpts of Root’s video of street scenes in Alexandria are posted at burlingtonfreepress.com.

David Carle, spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Wednesday the Vermont congressional delegation has been in touch with the State Department over the Root case.

“The U.S. Consulate in Damascus is trying to learn anything they can,” he said. “They’re using every lever available. It’s a delicate early point in this process.”

Middlebury College was terse when asked for comment.

“All of us at Middlebury College are concerned about Tik Root’s safety, Sarah Ray, the school’s director of public affairs, said in an email to the Free Press, “but we will have no further comment at this time.”

Root said in February that he planned to resume his classes at Middlebury, unless he could find another language program in the Middle East.

Contact John Briggs at 660-1863 or jbriggs@burlingtonfreepress.com

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2011, 04:22:49 PM »

No fly zone for Syria coming soon.



Lieberman: West Should Deal with Iran and Syria like Libya


Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed on Thursday that Iran and Syria pose a greater security threat than Libya and incited the West to deal with those countries like it's dealing with the Libyan government of Moammar Gaddafi.



In a brief interview with Reuters after meeting his French counterpart, Alain Juppe, Lieberman did not explicitly call for military action against Syria and Iran, but said what goes for Libya goes for them. "These two regimes kill more citizens than the Libyan regime does, and the threat from these countries is much more serious than that from Libya," Lieberman claimed.
Lieberman also called the recent upsurge of violence in the Gaza strip a direct result of "incitement" on the Palestinian side. "I see a lot of efforts in the Palestinian Authority for reconciliation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, but I don't see any readiness for direct talks with Israel," he said. "It is totally unacceptable."

Lieberman said Israel was ready for direct talks with the Palestinians despite the current status quo. "I believe any change in the peace process must be as a result of direct talks and not unilateral steps and not as a unilateral decision even of the international community," he said.

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2011, 04:40:07 PM »
Watch for this woman as Jews escalate their BS inside Syria. In her BBC interview she barely stopped short of saying Jews are behind the demonstrations in Syria.





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Bouthaina Shaaban
بثينة شعبان
1st Minister of Expatriates
In office
2002 – 30 July 2008
Preceded by    Office established
Succeeded by    Joseph Sweid
Political and Media Adviser to the Presidency
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Born    1953
Homs, Syria
Political party    Baath Party
Religion    Muslim
Website    www.bouthainashaaban.com

Bouthaina Shaaban (Arabic: بثينة شعبان‎) (b. Homs, 1953) is a Syrian Politician and is currently the political and media adviser to the President of Syria. Shaaban served as the first Minister of Expatriates for the Syrian Arab Republic, between 2003—2008,[1] and has been described as the Syrian "regime's face to the outside world."[2] Born in Homs and a member of the Baath Party since the age of 16, she was educated in Britain and obtained her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Warwick. Shaaban worked first as an interpreter for the Syrian presidents Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad.[2] Under Hafez she became an "adviser to the Foreign Ministry,"[2] and in 2003 she was named Minister of Expatriates, "a new post created to try to lure wealthy Syrian expatriates abroad — or at least their resources — back home."[2] In 2008 she was appointed political and media adviser to president Bashar al-Assad. Between 1985—2003 she was also the professor of Romantic poetry at the English department of Damascus University.[1]

Shaaban was particularly visible in English-speaking media after the Valentine's Day 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, when she did several television interviews and wrote several oped pieces attacking the United Nations probe into Syrian involvement in the murder and insisted that Israel and the United States were responsible for Hariri's murder.[3]

In 2005 Shaaban was presented with "the Most Distinguished Woman in a Governmental Position" award by the Arab League. She is married with two daughters and a son.[1] In 2008 Bouthaina was the subject of an international feature documentary titled Woman by Ziad Hamzeh. Woman received the Golden Palm award from the Beverly Hills Film Festival and Bouthaina was handed the award in her hometown.



Flip side of media freedom


Bouthaina Shaaban writes: It is difficult to understand why Arab satellite TV stations deny what is happening in their countries while providing extensive coverage of protests in neighbouring countries

    * By Bouthaina Shaaban, Special to Gulf News
    * Published: 00:03 March 22, 2011


If there is a name for this age that everyone agrees on, it is the ‘media age'. Information, the speed of passing it and the ways of presenting it, which details are highlighted and which are ignored, the way it is sometimes even fabricated in a dramatised or cinematic manner do not fit well with the perception that some media outlets want us to naively have about their being completely free or the voice of the voiceless.

At a time that the electronic media have taken the lead, questions of competence, professionalism, technology and persuasion techniques informed by psychological or sociological knowledge and public relations add to the credibility of media coverage.

The media coverage of recent events in the Middle East and Japan shows an acute awareness, on all sides, of the importance of the media. The manipulation, exaggeration or moderation of what is happening is driving viewers who reject the hegemony of the media to seek other narratives from other different and diverse sources and then take the difficult position about where the truth lies.

Various calculations are made when passing a certain local or international piece of information through ‘free' and ‘official' media alike. Political, economic or even social and cultural news stories are structured and phrased according to specific positions and in response to certain interests and pressures.

The same applies to talk shows and interview-based programmes which appear to give diverse views and provide a platform for opposed politicians and personalities and claim that they are absolutely ‘free'; for here, it is about which questions get asked, about what, and who is answering what question.

News stories about the series of national disasters which hit Japanese civilians differ greatly from one media outlet to another. News of the hard and bloody events happening in Arab countries like Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and which have started to touch on Syrian cities, after events in Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and all the countries of North Africa are striking examples.

While the Japanese authorities have been trying to provide information in a carefully studied manner that does not cause panic to the population, they seem to forget that those who seek the truth can use other channels to see a different picture of the suffering and danger engulfing survivors and the rest of the population threatened with nuclear radiation.

While one understands the Japanese authorities' handling of the disaster in a manner that does not cause more horror and panic among civilians, it is difficult to understand why Arab satellite TV stations adopt the typical position of absolutely denying what is happening in their countries while carrying on with the coverage of political activity calling for change in neighbouring Arab countries. Some seem to support a popular revolution in a far away Arab country while ignoring a similar one in a neighbouring Arab country.

Violence in many countries takes the shape of a full-scale war between authorities which got used to, and relished, absolute power and people calling for change and have nothing but their voices.
 
All these events are described in the concerned country's media as caused by ‘rioters' and ‘subversive elements' and other terms aimed at dodging reality, while they are shown clearly and in great detail in other official and private Arab and foreign media.

These, again, do so for their own purposes while ignoring other similar events in their own countries, or in some other Arab countries.

Challenges

In this sense, it seems that everyone understands that the media is ‘free' ‘to cover' or ‘not to cover' a certain event and ‘free' to cover it ‘wholly' or ‘partially'.

The West interferes in this or that situation at will; but the dynamic this time has internal and accumulated causes; and in any case, it seeks to find a reason to interfere to secure its interests and nothing else. Even when some Arab countries get into civil war, it waits for the right moment to interfere and co-opt the winning side.

The main objective is of course that the US continues to dominate the Arab region, control Arab freedom and their unity, which the West saved no effort, throughout the past century, to tear apart while at the same time arming Arab regimes with the latest technology for mass oppression and control through the media and other means.

Two months after the popular dynamics calling for individual freedom, political participation and overthrowing totalitarian regimes, it has become clear that this is the age of Arab change, particularly the political frameworks which have been frozen for so long in forms which do not meet the needs and aspirations of the Arab people.

All Arab governments must reform, guarantee individual rights and rectify their relationship with their people by building government patterns which allow for popular and pluralistic participation.

It is good that some governments have taken the initiative and started political reform and abandoned many of the authorities of the ruler to elected popular institutions, because the Arab people's reclamation of their right to express their aspirations is in the best interest of all.

Arab peoples are charting today the future of their political systems; and it is clear that they are seeking a new system characterised by plurality, freedom of speech and the rule of law. This is a tried and tested system worldwide and has proven to be the most stable and the one which best meets people's aspirations.

With the centenary of the two most ominous events in Arab recent history, Sikes-Picot and the Balfour declaration, approaching, we should not be cheated once again by a West which has declared its hostility to the Arabs by continually declaring its strategic alliance with Israel, arming it, supporting and funding colony-building and waging wars on us.

Today, too, it is seeking to interfere in Arab countries in order to achieve its well-known objectives of robbing Arabs of their resources, persisting in the occupation of Palestine and supporting repressive regimes.

Bouthaina Shaaban is the political and media adviser to the President of Syria

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2011, 05:47:56 PM »
Yes the west should fight israels wars,well maybe not,give that guy a uniform and a gun and parachute him in there.

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2011, 06:17:45 PM »
Yes the west should fight israels wars,well maybe not,give that guy a uniform and a gun and parachute him in there.

We owe it to the Jews after what happened to them in the gas chambers.
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2011, 06:59:36 PM »
Watch for this woman as Jews escalate their BS inside Syria. In her BBC interview she barely stopped short of saying Jews are behind the demonstrations in Syria.



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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2011, 07:14:34 PM »

She's pretty articulate, so I don't expect Diane Sawyer or any other jew owned media in the US to be interviewing her any time soon. That's actually a pretty good picture though. This is the picture the BBC used. The BBC says she's nuts for not accepting that this is a people's revolution; she suggested there was foreign intervention.



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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2011, 07:24:52 PM »
She's pretty articulate

I'm not sure about either compliment.
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011, 12:32:00 PM »
I'm not sure about either compliment.

She looks a bit better in the second pic.

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« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2011, 04:19:00 AM »
Dozens killed in fresh Syria violence

Sat Apr 9, 2011 6:34AM

source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/173828.html


In this image made from television, protestors are seen near a barricade in Daraa on April 8, 2011.


Dozens of people, including significant numbers of security personnel, have lost their lives in a fresh round of violence that has ripped through Syria, reports say.

According to the reports, at least 24 people were killed and several others injured in several cities, including Daraa and Homs, in a fresh spate of violence that erupted Friday.

“Armed groups opened fire on citizens, policemen and security forces in Daraa, 101 km south of Damascus, on Friday, martyring 19 policemen and security forces in addition to several civilians,” state SANA news agency quoted an official source at the Interior Ministry as saying on Friday.

The source added that at least 75 security personnel were also injured, “along with many civilians by the armed groups' gunfire, stressing the existence of documented evidence about these assaults.”

The Daraa attacks occurred as Muslim worshipers, who had attended Friday prayers, were leaving al-Omari Mosque and heading downtown, the source said.

State TV also released footage showing masked gunmen open fire on mass gatherings.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Homs, where “a number of them burned police cars and fired on policemen and security forces while a number of masked men on motorcycles opened fire randomly on citizens, causing injuries,” SANA said.

Anti-government protests have been held in several Syrian cities over the past weeks. The demonstrators are demanding governmental reform. Dozens of people have been killed during the recent protests.

The opposition accuses security forces of being behind the killings. But the government denies the allegation and blames armed gangs and agitators of foreign powers, especially Israel, for the unrest and the bloodshed.

LW - Now this would be the work of the usual suspects. Nothing revolutionary about armed agitators firing indiscriminately at worshipers and security personnel. Most definitely a move by the chosen to disrupt Syria, a long time target of Israel.
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LW - Now this would be the work of the usual suspects. Nothing revolutionary about armed agitators firing indiscriminately at worshipers and security personnel. Most definitely a move by the chosen to disrupt Syria, a long time target of Israel. [/i][/color]

Men in black.  Either you or sushi had a post of them busted at G-7.   I saw some once in a land of brown skin, white skin protruding between glove and sleeve holding a firing AK-47.

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Syria pardons protest detainees

Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:31PM
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/174802.html


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued amnesty for all detainees that have been captured in the aftermath of the recent protests in the country.

The Thursday decree does not pardon common criminals, AFP reported, citing the state television.

"The president has decided to free all those held against the backdrop of recent events, except those who committed criminal acts against the homeland and its citizens," the television said.

Since mid-March, Syria has been faced with weeks of protests that have left scores of people dead, including a number of security forces.

Also on Thursday, a group of snipers opened fire on Syrian soldiers in western part of the country, killing one serviceman and injuring another.

The government has blamed the protests on armed gangs and foreign powers.

Lebanese security forces detained two individuals attempting to drive two vehicles, laden with weapons and ammunitions, into Syria earlier in the day.

On Wednesday, Syrian State TV broadcast pictures of what it described as confessions by members of a terrorist group. Security forces say the group's members received money and arms from foreign elements to carry out terrorist operations and incite unrest.

Syrian authorities have also announced the arrest of foreign elements that have played a role in provoking the recent tensions in the country.

Damascus has repeatedly denied allegations that its security forces were responsible for shooting at protesters, insisting that officers were given specific orders not to harm civilians.
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Unidentified snipers kill Syrian soldier

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source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/174780.html


Syrian soldiers shout slogans in support of the country's President Bashar al-Assad in the capital, Damascus on March 25, 2011.

A group of snipers have opened fire on Syrian soldiers in western part of the country, killing one serviceman and injuring another.

"A group of snipers opened fire on soldiers as they were on patrol in [the city of] Banias,” reported the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Thursday.

Since mid-March, Syria has been struggling with weeks of protests that have left scores of people dead, including security forces.

The government has blamed the protests on armed gangs and foreign powers.

Also on Thursday, Lebanese security forces detained two individuals attempting to drive two vehicles, laden with weapons and ammunitions, into Syria.

On Wednesday, Syrian State TV broadcast pictures of what it described as confessions by members of a terrorist group. Security forces say the group's members received money and arms from foreign elements to carry out terrorist operations and incite unrest.

Syrian authorities have also announced the arrest of foreign elements that have played a role in provoking the recent tensions in the country.

Damascus has repeatedly denied allegations that its security forces were responsible for shooting at protesters, insisting that officers were given specific orders not to harm civilians.
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« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2011, 09:56:51 AM »
Driving back from the airport yesterday I had NPR on.  Along with the traffic, it didn't help my demeanor.  They were saying that the Syrian military was in civilian clothing to blend in with the crowd in order to snipe the protesters.  To my surprise, NPR also reported that the Syrian gov't had called the snipers foreigners.  Over 70 Syrians were sniped yesterday alone.  Jewish prophesy has the Palestinians moving to a weakened Syria.

PressTV is giving a different take on Syria compared to the other jew backed revolts.


Snipers, attackers kill five across Syria

Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:27AM


Syrian state television shows weapons, ammunitions and wads of cash, belonging to an 'armed group.'

At least five people have been killed across Syria during attacks on the crowds heading to bury the victims of the recent unrest in the country.


On Saturday, unidentified snipers gunned down three mourners and wounded another in Douma, a Damascus suburb, AFP reported.

Two others died and several more sustained injury during an attack on a procession, which had departed from the southwestern city of Daraa.

Since mid-March, Syria has been struggling with protests that have left around 200 people, including security forces, dead.

Syrian authorities blame armed groups and foreign elements for the violence.

The tension comes despite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent introduction of a new package of reforms, which he has said would meet the demands of the protesters.

Assad has also granted amnesty for all those detained during the recent protests, aside from those who Damascus says have committed criminal acts against the homeland and its citizens.

Earlier in the month, Lebanese security forces intercepted two vehicles carrying weapons and ammunitions to Syria.

The Syrian interior ministry has pledged to suppress the 'armed revolt' undermining security in the country.

"The latest incidents have shown that... armed Salafist groups, particularly in the [western] cities of Homs and Banias, have openly called for armed revolt," the ministry said.

The term Salafists refers to the Saudi Arabians, who practice Wahhabism -- an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam.

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