Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Syrian Arab Army Captures Final Oil Well at Al-Sha’ar; Nusra Losing Ground in Idlib

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

In east Homs, the 18th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Infantry Division has continued its success north of Palmyra at the Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields outskirts, capturing the final oil well (Well 105) in the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) possession. The 18th Brigade was assisted by the SAA’s special forces unit, “Liwaa Al-Qalb Al-Suqour Al-Sahra’a” (Desert Falcons) and Mouqawama Souriya (Syrian Resistance) forces during the latest operations at Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields. The remaining ISIS fighters in the area have retreated north towards the Al-Hasakah Governorate after abandoning their heavy weaponry at the gas fields. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Captures Final Oil Well at Al-Sha’ar; Nusra Losing Ground in Idlib

Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?

by Sharmine Narwani, Russia Today

Palestinians didn’t jump into the fray in Syria. They were dragged into it – violently and reluctantly. Here is the story of how and why Palestinians and their 14 refugee camps became strategic targets in the Battle for Syria.

A small UNRWA van delivers boxes of staple foods to Yarmouk camp residents who wait at a pick-up point. Bread donated by the Syrian government lies atop the boxes.

A small UNRWA van delivers boxes of staple foods to Yarmouk camp residents who wait at a pick-up point. Bread donated by the Syrian government lies atop the boxes.

My first visit to Yarmouk took place a few days after 20 people were killed in the Palestinian camp’s first major shelling incident on August 2, 2012. Residents showed me the damage caused by the first mortar – which hit the roof of a small apartment building not far from Tadamoun, a Damascus suburb where rebels and security forces were clashing daily.

As bystanders rushed to investigate the damage, a second shell hit the narrow street outside where onlookers had congregated, killing and injuring dozens.

Foreign media headlines suggested the Syrian government was shelling Yarmouk, but Palestinians inside expressed doubt. Some said these were rebel mortars from adjacent neighborhoods, but it was clear nobody could provide definitive answers for what may simply have been a series of stray shells. Continue reading Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?

Michel Aoun: Decision On Lebanese Presidency Blocked by Saudi Arabia

by Hussein Dakroub, The Daily Star

BEIRUT: A war of words flared up Monday between MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement over the presidential deadlock, threatening to raise political tension in the volatile country and further complicate already stalled attempts to elect a new president.

Coupled with mounting security threats linked to the war in Syria, the political escalation, a norm in Lebanon’s turbulent history, reflected the state of disarray and divisions in the country following the rival parties’ failure to elect a president or hold parliamentary elections on time.

A number of Future lawmakers lashed out at Aoun, accusing him of losing his temper after the FPM leader charged that the Future Movement took orders from Riyadh and accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of vetoing his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading Michel Aoun: Decision On Lebanese Presidency Blocked by Saudi Arabia

Iranian Commander: Syrian Missile-Manufacturing Plants Built by Iran

TEHRAN (FNA) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Syria’s missile-production plants have been built by Iran.

“The missile production plants in Syria have been built by Iran and the missiles designed by Iran are being produced there,” Hajizadeh said in an interview on Tuesday.

He also said that even the resistance front in Palestine and Lebanon has received missile-production trainings from Iran.

“The Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance have grown highly powerful in this field (missile production) now,” Hajizadeh said.

Continue reading Iranian Commander: Syrian Missile-Manufacturing Plants Built by Iran

Ansarullah fighters gain ground in southwest Yemen

Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters in Yemen have succeeded in taking control of a district in the southwestern province of Ibb from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The Houthi fighters captured full control of the Hazm al-Udayn district on Monday after two weeks of intense fighting with the terrorists.

They also seized a training camp belonging to the militants in the area. Continue reading Ansarullah fighters gain ground in southwest Yemen

Activists say five nuclear engineers murdered in Syria

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Utterly deplorable that Al-Arabiya, the most prominent mouthpiece of the House of Saud, would “report” that these nuclear engineers were murdered in cold blood by “unidentified assailants”, when all evidence points to the usurping Zionist entity. As Professor As’ad AbuKhalil bluntly put it back in the summer of 2012, when the first such assassinations had occurred, “The assassination of scientists whose knowledge and expertise bother Israel clearly proves a link between the Israeli terrorist state and Free Syrian Army.  This does not even require analysis.” Then again, as reprehensible as it is, it’s quite typical, as Al-Arabiya has been parroting hasbara for as long as one can remember. Recently, the Saudi royalist propaganda channel echoed “Israeli” language when discussing Jewish aggressions against Al-Aqsa and if we go back to the genocidal nightmare of Operation Cast Lead, Al-Arabiya’s coverage was so horrific and biased towards the illegitimate “Israeli” regime that Arabs began calling it Al-Ibriyya, “The Hebrew”. In military terms, this latest Mossad-Takfiri assassination has clearly been carried out in response to the rapid gains of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies across the country. International Zionism is frustrated over its failure in Bilad al-Sham and is therefore lashing out in the only way it knows how: through pure terrorism. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Activists say five nuclear engineers murdered in Syria

Yet Again: Zionist entity treats injured terrorists fighting in Syria

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA – The Israeli occupation forces transported three wounded terrorists from Syria to the north of occupied Palestine to provide the required treatment to them.

Israeli Walla website said “The Israeli army brought three wounded Syrians to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias on Monday morning,” indicating that the hospital has treated 117 wounded up till now. Continue reading Yet Again: Zionist entity treats injured terrorists fighting in Syria

Takfiri Militants Sustain Heavy Toll in Syria’s Daraa

TEHRAN (FNA) – Foreign-backed militants suffered major losses in Daraa province, as the Syrian Army gained ground in its fight against the armed groups.

The army soldiers made major advances in the areas of Nawa and al-Khuder in the countryside of Daraa, and claimed the lives of scores of the rebels.

Continue reading Takfiri Militants Sustain Heavy Toll in Syria’s Daraa

Hizbullah MP Nawwaf Musawi: Iran arms offer to Lebanon would deter Israel

BEIRUT (The Daily Star) – Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi Monday called for diversifying the sources of arms for the Lebanese Army by accepting an Iranian offer to provide Lebanon with advanced weapons to deter Israel and confront Takfiris.

“We welcome any weapons aimed at boosting the army’s capacities in confronting the dangers eyeing Lebanon, including takfiri terrorism, and call for keeping the Iranian donation on the table and under consideration,” Musawi said at a ceremony in commemoration of the party’s fallen fighters.

He argued that the United States and European countries will refrain from supplying Lebanon with effective arms that might pose a threat to their ally Israel, or lead to a balance of power between the neighbors. Continue reading Hizbullah MP Nawwaf Musawi: Iran arms offer to Lebanon would deter Israel

Syrian Arab Army Repels Terrorist Infiltration in Qalamoun, Advances in Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Arab Army frustrated Takfiri terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate into Assal al-Ward in Qalamoun in the Damascus countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The Syrian Arab Army also regained control over the orchards of Bala town in Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside, killing and injuring a large number of militants. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Repels Terrorist Infiltration in Qalamoun, Advances in Eastern Ghouta