JNN 28 Dec 2013 Beirut : A large explosion has shaken the downtown area of the Lebanese capital, killing former government minister Mohammed Shattah. Lebanese television showed footage of dead bodies lying near the wreckage. Continue reading
JNN 13 Dec 2013 London : Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz has told a friend to ask Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to prevent circulation of an anti-Saudi movie in his war-torn country. Continue reading
JNN 13 Dec 2013 Riyadh – Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned suicide bombings as grave crimes, reiterating his stance in unusually strong language. Continue reading
JNN 05 Dec 2013 : Within minutes of opening a Twitter account this past week, the leader of Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group received an onslaught of criticism. Continue reading
JNN 27 Nov 2013 GENEVA – Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organization said. Continue reading
JNN 25 Nov 2013 London : A report by a group of British MPs says that the government should no longer ignore claims of hypocrisy over its relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Continue reading
JNN 20 Nov 2013 Beirut : At least 22 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Continue reading
JNN 12 Oct 2013 Istanbul : The poison of sectarian hatred is spreading to Turkey from Syria as a result of the Turkish government giving full support to Wahabi Terrorists in the Syrian civil war. Continue reading
JNN 02 Oct 2013 London : A British daily has broken reports on secret talks between Syrian government and members of the so-called free Syrian army (FSA). Continue reading
JNN 30 Sept 2013 Damascus : Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists operating inside Syria have reportedly given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among the extremist groups in the country continues to widen. Continue reading
JNN 21 Sept 2013 Tunis : Tunisian women who under the Influence of Wahabi / Salafi Jihadist have traveled to Syria to wage “ Jihad al Nikah” or ‘sexual jihad’, which is performing sexual intercourse with dozens of Islamist fighters are returning home pregnant, Tunisia’s Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told MPs. Continue reading
JNN 16 Sept 2013 Damascus : In the country’s first response to the U.S.-Russia deal on Syria, a Syrian minister has declared the agreement a “victory” for his country and thanked Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept.2013 MOSCOW — Syria will not fulfill agreement on chemical weapons control until the U.S. stops threatening it, President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 14 Sept 2013 Istanbul : Clashes have erupted once again between Turkish riot police and anti-government protesters who were on the streets for the fourth consecutive day to condemn the recent killing of a young fellow demonstrator in a tense border region with Syria appears more complex, sectarian and volatile. Continue reading
JNN 6 Sept 2013 Washington : Some Arab nations have offered to help pay for any US military strikes on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday as he sought support for missile strikes. Continue reading
JNN 05 Aug 2013 Baghdad : An Iraqi Shi’ite militia group said on Friday it would attack U.S. interests in Iraq and the region if Washington carries out a military strike on Syria. Continue reading
JNN 03 Sept 2013 Hague : There is Strong sense of the Majority of the World against the US War Hysteria of a Possible Attack or Strike on Syria , on the Pretext of the Chemical Weapons attack on the Civilians , as till now this could not be even Proved that the forces loyal to Bashar Al Asad have Used the Chemical Weapons , as at a time when they were in the Win Win Situation , and why should they use the Chemical Weapons , to create a chaos and to put the World against them , while as the Independent source has even provided Proofs that the Saudi Government has provided the Chemical Weapons used by the terrorist on the Civilians to set a Pretext for a Strike against Syria By US.
Any possibility of British involvement in a military campaign in Syria has been effectively ruled out after British lawmakers voted down the prospect in parliament, costing the U.S. the nation’s closest ally in a potential strike.
By a 285 to 272 margin British MPs rejected the government’s motion to support in principle military action against Syria. A second vote was due to be held on committing to action following the report by United Nations weapons inspectors, who are currently investigating claims that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on civilians.
British MPs also voted down an opposition Labor amendment calling for more information about the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria.
The Labor amendment was defeated Thursday by 332 votes to 220. “A number of Tories in the no lobby with Labor,” wrote Labor MP Jon Trickett.
The vote could be a blow to Cameron’s authority after he has advocated UK military action in the event U.S. forces deploy missiles in the Middle East.
Cameron, while advocating limited attacks against the Assad government, admitted he was not “100 percent certain” that Assad was behind a recent chemical attack, but that it was “highly likely”.
After the defeat in the parliament, Cameron admitted it was clear that Britons did not want action and said he “will act accordingly.” One MP shouted “resign” as Cameron pledged he would not order an attack.
Phillip Hammond, the UK Defense Secretary, said the U.S. “will be disappointed that Britain will not be involved”, however he did not think it would halt the process, “I don’t expect that the lack of British participation will stop any action,” he told the BBC.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel commented on the UK’s decision, explaining that a concerted international effort is the way forward in this matter.
“It is the goal of President (Barack) Obama and our government … whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort,” he said on a trip to the Philippines.
The vote came just before U.S. President Barack Obama met with congressional lawmakers and other key leaders to brief them on possible military action in Syria. White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that the U.S. was prepared to “go it alone” in Syria to protect American “core national security interests.”
“The president of the United States is elected with the duty to protect the national security interests of America,” he said. “The decisions he makes about our foreign policy is with our national security interests front and center.”
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded Wednesday for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict, even as US appeared to be moving toward punitive military strikes against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Ban said Wednesday a United Nation team investigating the alleged chemical attack must be given time to establish the facts. The investigators left their hotel Wednesday, and two anti-regime activists said the team was expected to visit an eastern suburb of the capital, Damascus, affected by the Aug. 21 strike that the group Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people.
Syria has denied it was behind the alleged attack and challenged Washington to present proof to back up its accusations
Ban said the team already has already “gathered valuable samples and interviewed victims and witnesses.”
He also urged the United Nations Security Council, whose permanent members are bitterly divided over Syria, not to go “missing in action” as the Syria crisis deepens.
Without explicitly referring to moves apparently preparing for military action by Washington and its allies, Ban urged a peaceful resolution to Syria’s civil war.
“Here in the Peace Palace, let us say: Give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance. Stop fighting and start talking,” Ban said.
NATO’s secretary-general says he does not foresee a major role for the bloc regarding the crisis in Syria except deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey.
“I don’t foresee any further NATO role,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a press conference on Monday. However, he said the bloc still conducts “closed consultations between allies.”
Rasmussen added that he had seen concrete evidence that made him convinced a chemical attack was carried out in Syria.
He stated that he could not discuss evidence presented to him thus far. “I do not comment on intelligence reports,” he affirmed.
EH also said he thought the Syrian government was responsible for the attack; an allegation that has been vehemently rejected by the Syrian government.
Yet he believed any subsequent strikes against the country were fully up to the discretion of the constituent states, adding that it could take time to build internal support.
UN chemical weapons inspectors left Syria on Saturday, and it will likely be three weeks before they provide the public with their analyses.
However, the US is pressing ahead with its claims of concrete evidence.
The US, backed by Israeli intelligence elements, claimed they had evidence that showed the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack near Damascus.
Russia dismissed US documents as not convincing and called on the US to stop its military plans and follow with the political solutions and negotiations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that a ‘regime of secrecy’ by the West is unacceptable with regards to evidence on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. “If there truly is top secret information available, the veil should be lifted. This is a question of war and peace. To continue this game of secrecy is simply inappropriate,” Lavrov said in an address to students of the Moscow State University of International Relations.
Support in the ‘democratic counties’ being referred to by Rasmussen is sparse.
A BBC poll published on Monday found that 71 percent of people thought the British Parliament was right to reject military intervention in Syria, while 72 percent said they did not think the move would negatively impact UK-US relations. A further two thirds said they would not care if it did hurt the bilateral relations.
French opinion is also heavily weighted against the move, despite French President François Hollande stating in the wake of the UK Commons vote against military action that he supported a “firm” response.
Fifty-nine percent of French voters oppose involvement in an airstrike by their nation, according to IFOP poll results published on Saturday.
China said there should be no rush to force UN Security Council action against Syria until a probe by UN experts into suspected chemical weapons use is complete.
In remarks reported by the official Xinhua news agency on Friday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone call that China fully supported an independent and objective inspection free from outside pressure, Reuters reported.
“Before the investigation finds out what really happened, all parties should avoid prejudging the results, and certainly ought not to forcefully push for the Security Council to take action,” Wang told Ban, Xinhua reported.
Military force would not help resolve the Syrian issue and only worsen turmoil in the Middle East, Wang said.
“A political resolution is still the only way out,” he said.
Wang said in separate conversations with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby that whoever used chemical weapons had to accept responsibility.
Calm and restraint were also needed, Wang said.
“Taking unilateral action will make it hard to resolve the issue, and its legality will attract doubts,” he said.
“All sides should be urging peace and pushing for talks.”
U.S. officials acknowledged on Thursday they lacked conclusive evidence that the Syrian government ordered the August 21 poison gas attack, and some allies have warned that military action without UN Security Council authorization risks making the situation worse.
French President Francois Hollande said the British vote would not affect France’s will to act to punish the Syrian government for the apparent chemical weapons attack.
On Thursday, a meeting of the UN Security Council’s permanent members ended without reaching an agreement to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China met on Thursday afternoon at the UN headquarters in New York for the second time in two days, but the meeting broke up after less than an hour, with the ambassadors steadily walking out.
The diplomats made no comments about the Security Council’s session. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant looked gloomy as he walked past reporters.
The previous meeting on Wednesday also abruptly ended with the Security Council deeply divided over a British-proposed draft resolution to authorize military action against Syria.
The Western members of the council have been pushing for a resolution on the use of force while Russia and China are strongly opposed to any attack on Syria.
The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said on Wednesday that the West is seeking to turn Syria into a second Iraq and that the issue of chemical weapons use is only a pretext for war.
On Tuesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said there is “no doubt” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable, appearing to prepare the ground for the military offensive against the Arab country.
U.S. allies, notably Britain, France and Turkey, have also accused Syria of using chemical weapons.
During a news conference on Tuesday in Damascus, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem challenged the United States and its allies to present evidence that the government had used chemical weapons.
“We are hearing war drums around us. If they want to launch an attack against Syria, I think using the excuse of chemical weapons is not true at all. I challenge them to show what proof they have,” Muallem said.
He also stated that any military action against Syria would serve the interests of Israel and al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting against the Syrian government.
“The war effort led by the United States and their allies will serve the interests of Israel and secondly al-Nusra Front,” the Syrian foreign minister noted.
Russia urged the West not to jump to conclusions on the chemical weapons attack, and await the findings of a UN inspection team, which will leave the Arab country by Saturday morning.
All countries should wait for the results of the probe and “show prudence and avoid tragic mistakes” by jumping to conclusions about the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on August 25.
“Our American and European partners must understand what catastrophic consequences this kind of politics would have for the region, for the Arab and Islamic world as a whole,” Lukashevich said, advising the West to avoid military action against Syria.
JNN 2nd Sept 2013 Moscow : The Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) is reporting today that President Putin’s orders this week to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria has“stunned” the Wahabi Takfiri Groups around the world as they are being sponsored and funded by Saudi Arabia and could not survive without their support and forced the Saudis to go on “full war alert.” Continue reading
JNN 25 Aug 2013 Moscow : Despite President Obama cautioning against intervention in Syria, the Pentagon is making “initial preparations” for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces, according to a new report. Continue reading
JNN 22 Aug 2013 Gaza : Stunned by turmoil in neighboring Egypt and starved of funds, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party. Continue reading
JNN 16 Aug 2013 BEIRUT — Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday that they planted explosives that hit an Israeli convoy last week and injured four soldiers who had infiltrated into southern Lebanon.. It was the Lebanese Shiite Resistance movement’s first claim of an operation against its southern neighbor since its 2006 war with Israel. Continue reading
JNN 9 Aug 2013 Damascus : Foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists have attacked the holy shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab near the Syrian capital, Damascus, reportedly killing at least five people. Continue reading
JNN 8 Aug 2013 Moscow : Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to buy arms worth up to $15 billion from Russia, and provided a raft of economic and political concessions to the Kremlin – all in a bid to weaken Moscow’s endorsement of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Continue reading
JNN 03 Aug 2013 Damascus : Rocket attacks struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, setting off successive explosions in a weapons depot that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens, an opposition group and residents said. Continue reading
JNN 28 July 2013 Damascus : The Syrian army has gained ground in the key Khalidiya district in Homs after ousting foreign-backed militants in fierce clashes in the flashpoint city, a watchdog says. Hundreds of disillusioned militants who took up arms against the Syrian administration are defecting back to the government side, a report says. Continue reading
JNN 24 July 2013 Damascus : Many Palestinian refugees have joined the Syrian Army in its fight against the foreign-sponsored militants at the Yarmouk refugee camp near the capital Damascus. Continue reading
JNN 24 July 2013 Brussels : The European Union placed the military wing of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah on its terror list on Monday in a major change of its policy toward the region. Iran Condemns EU decision to Black list Hezbollah . Continue reading
JNN 20 July 2013 Damascus : Several mortar shells fired by foreign-backed terrorist groups have hit the holy shrine of Hazrat Zaynab (AS) near the Syrian capital of Damascus, Media reports. Continue reading
JNN 16 July 2013 Damascus : The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has demanded more weapons from the international community to fight Al-Qaeda-linked groups, a day after one of its top commanders was killed by fighters from a rival group. Continue reading
JNN 12 July 2013 Mossow : Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov says hundreds of militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad come from the United States and European countries including Russia. While The Pakistani Taliban have visited Syria to set up a base and to assess “the needs of the jihad”, a Taliban official has told the BBC. Continue reading
JNN 10 July 2013 London : Anti-terrorism police are investigating claims of sectarian attacks on Shia By Wahabi Radical Groups , after an Iraqi refugee was attacked in a suspected hate crime in central London. Continue reading
JNN 04 July 2013 Damascus – The Syrian army made major advances in the Central city of Homs and purged armed rebels from the area on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 27 June 2013 Damascus : The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, declared victory over a second city in the central province of Homs, Al Arabiya television channel reported on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 26 June 2013 Beirut : Three Lebanese army officers and a soldier were killed on Sunday in a clash with supporters of a radical Wahabi sheikh opposed to the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, an army statement said. Continue reading
JNN 25 June 2013 Damascus : Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah resistance fighters clashed on Wednesday with foreign-backed militants south of a Damascus suburb that is home to a major Muslim shrine, in an attempt to secure the area surrounding the revered site, activists said. Continue reading
JNN 23 June 2013 Tel Aviv : The following report by the Israeli Intelligence news outlet Debka (quoting Turkish police sources) acknowledges that Al Nusrah rather than Syrian government forces have chemical weapons in their possession. Continue reading
JNN 19 June 2013 Lebanon :Terrorist shot Martyred Shi’ite Muslim men in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in an ambush on Sunday, security sources said, in the latest sectarian violence close to the border with Syria. Continue reading
JNN 18 June 2013 WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama authorized his administration to provide arms to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials said Thursday, a major policy shift after the White House said it had confirmed that Damascus used chemical weapons in the country’s civil war. Continue reading
JNN 15 June 2013 Doha : The decision made by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to cede power in Qatar was not a personal decision to be justified by ‘health reasons’ suffered by the man who plays serious roles in recent years, whether at the Arab level or at the international level, Lebanese Assafir daily reported Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 10 June 2013 Brussels : The European Union’s interior ministers have convened in Luxembourg to address the emerging threat of the European militants who return from Syria after gaining experience in the ongoing fight against the Syrian government. Continue reading
JNN 10 June 2013 Syrian troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters, pressed on with their offensive on Friday in the country’s militant heartland, taking two small villages near strategic town Qusayr that was captured by the government this week. While on the other side Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing – situated between Syria and the Golan Heights – after heavy clashes with the terrorist of anti-government gunmen. Continue reading
JNN 6 June 2013 Damascus : Syria’s army has taken full control of the strategic town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border after an offensive against foreign-backed militants that lasted almost three weeks. Continue reading
JNN 4 June 2013 Damascus : Syrian Government forces are continuing their assault on Qusayr. Syria army on Saturday continued to bombard rebel-held areas of the city bordering Lebanon, activists told Al Jazeera, as clashes raged between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters on several front lines. Continue reading
JNN 3 June 2013 BAGHDAD – More than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Iraq in May, making it the deadliest month since the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, the United Nations reported on Saturday, stoking fears of a return to civil war. Continue reading
JNN 23 May 2013 Damascus : Syrian Prime Minister Wael al- Halqi hailed on Tuesday the army’s “big achievements” and stressed that the “victory is nearing,” the state-run SANA news agency reported. Continue reading
JNN 17 May 2013 Dubai : The Arab League handed Syria’s seat to the opposition group in March, but now it seems to have backtracked on its previous stance. Continue reading