by Amer Mohsen, Al-Akhbar English
Israeli strikes against Syria and its army are not new. It is rather a tradition that began in the late 1990s with strikes against Syrian army locations and radars in Lebanon. These strikes shifted to the inside of the country after the war in Iraq through attacks on sensitive targets in the Syrian interior, down to direct and repeated assaults since 2012, and the intensification of the war which has exhausted the national army and weakened its defenses.
After each strike, Arab voices emerge rebuking the Syrian regime over Israel’s attacks against it and the lack of response on its part. It is as if these assaults were a war on the regime itself, rather than a war on Syria, and as if it is shameful to be targeted by Israel, rather than to ally and cooperate with it. Continue reading On Syria and ‘the right to respond’ to Zionist aggression
Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to “Paris Match” Magazine, following is the full text of the interview:
Question 1: Mr. President, three years into this war, and considering how things have turned out, do you regret that you haven’t managed things differently at the beginning, with the appearance of the first signs of the revolution in March 2011? Do you feel that you are responsible for what happened?
President Assad: Even in the first days of the events, there were martyrs from the army and the police; so, since the first days of this crisis we have been facing terrorism. It is true that there were demonstrations, but they were not large in number. In such a case, there is no choice but to defend your people against terrorists. There’s no other choice. We cannot say that we regret fighting terrorism since the early days of this crisis. However, this doesn’t mean that there weren’t mistakes made in practice. There are always mistakes. Let’s be honest: had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists at that time, and had Turkey not supported them logistically, and had not the West supported them politically, things would have been different. If we in Syria had problems and mistakes before the crisis, which is normal, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the events had internal causes. Continue reading Full Paris Match Interview With President Assad: Syria won’t be Western puppet state
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) has launched an offensive in the isolated villages of Al-Zahra and Nubl, with the intention of taking control of this Syrian Government stronghold located in the Aleppo Governorate. Al-Zahra and Nubl are two of Syria’s most densely populated Shi’i Muslim villages that are located in the northern part of the country – they have been under siege by the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and the Al-Nusra Front on numerous occasions since the inception of the armed conflict in Aleppo.
Over 80 mortar shells have been indiscriminately fired by the Al-Nusra Front on the villages of Al-Zahra and Nubl in the last 2 days, creating multiple civilian casualties as a result. Unable to infiltrate into the 2 villages, Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen – an Al-Nusra Front ally – withdrew their forces from east Al-Zahra after sustaining heavy losses from their attack yesterday. Many of the mortar shells were fired by Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen; however, since their absence from the battlefield, the number of mortar shells has dissipated. Continue reading Full Report from Al-Zahra and Nubl: Jabhat Al-Nusra Unable to Infiltrate
by Yahya Dabouq, Al-Akhbar English
Tehran’s announcement that it provided Hezbollah with the most advanced model of the Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missile adds to the “nightmare of the Israeli army,” as Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth wrote on Saturday. What kind of missile is it, and what does it mean for the Israeli theory of “breaking the balance?”
The most advanced model of the Fateh-110 is a fourth generation missile of this system (Fateh-110-D1) unveiled in 2012. The model is characterized by high speed and accuracy. It has a 300-kilometer range and is equipped with a 500-kilogram warhead with the possibility of increasing the range if the weight of the warhead is decreased. The missile is also equipped with a new guidance system and is able to strike with 100 percent precision. Continue reading Iranian missiles give Hizbullah advantage in war of deterrence with Israel
Iran says the Israeli regime, through its impudent actions, has caused the groundwork for the Third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) to be laid.
“The Zionist regime [of Israel]’s impudent actions of continuing settlement construction in Palestinian lands and Judaization of the al-Aqsa Mosque have caused the groundwork for the third Intifada to be laid,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
“What is going on in this region is the reaction of the people of Palestine to the Zionist regime’s daily encroachments,” he noted.
A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the First Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in 2000s, both fiercely confronted by Israel. Continue reading Iran: Groundwork being laid for the Third Intifada
A senior Iranian diplomat has praised the resistance of Palestinians in the face of the Israeli occupation, saying the occupied West Bank will soon emerge as an anti-Zionist hub.
The Israeli-occupied West Bank will soon turn into a center for resistance against the Zionist regime, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Ahed news website on Wednesday. Continue reading West Bank to become anti-Zionist hub: Iran diplomat