JNN 23 Dec 2012 Damascus : Around 1,000 members of the Pakistani Taliban have been killed in clashes near the Syrian capital city of Damascus, reports say. Russia says the West has failed to achieve enough control on Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition, warning against the repetition of the military intervention in Libya.
According to recent reports, the bodies of the Pakistani Taliban members, who were killed during battles around Syria’s International Airport near Damascus, have been buried in mass graves.
Reports further indicate that the families of those Pakistani Salafists sent into Syria have been staging demonstrations, calling on the Pakistani government to provide information on their whereabouts.
Many Salafists from Pakistan have been illegally sent into Syria through the Saudi and Qatari intelligence services.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
A recent UN report has revealed that militants from 29 countries have so far filtered into Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, most of whom are extremist Salafists.
Damascus says certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the unrest.
Russia says the West has failed to achieve enough control on Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition, warning against the repetition of the military intervention in Libya.
“I think that the Western sponsors of this coalition are already losing their influence on it,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow on Saturday.
The Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was introduced in November and was soon recognized by Western and Arab governments as well as Turkey as the sole representative of the Syrian people.
Lavrov said he believed the West did not really desire to intervene in the Syrian conflict and that they were even “praying for Russia and China to continue blocking permission for external intervention” in the Arab nation.
“Because if there is such a decision, they will have to act, and no one is ready to act,” he stated.
Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s opposition against any foreign intervention in Syria, recalling UN Security Council resolutions that NATO used as a pretext to launch a military action on Libya in 2011.
“We are convinced that the UN Security Council must not take any more ambiguous decisions, after our partners behaved so abominably over the resolution on Libya,” he urged.
The West has been critical of Russia and China for using their veto power at the Security Council to block three sanction resolutions aimed at tightening the noose around the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On Friday, Lavrov denounced Western countries for supporting the militants fighting government forces in Syria. “Our Western colleagues have started dividing terrorists into ‘bad’ and ‘acceptable.’ That is very dangerous,” he said.
Syria has experienced a deadly unrest that erupted in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
Damascus says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, while numerous reports indicate that a very large number of anti-government militants operating in Syria are foreign nationals.