In an exclusive interview with Israel’s i24news, Syrian general-turned-rebel claims Assad didn’t declare his entire WMD arsenal.
In an exclusive interview with i24news, Syrian rebel general Adnan Sello revealed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not declare all the chemical weapons in his possession.
Général rebelle syrien Adnan Sello, – Photo: i24news
Sello served for 40 years under Presidents Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad, and was the head of the chemical unit of the Syrian army until he retired on Sept. 5, 2008. He then joined the rebel forces fighting to unseat Assad.
‘There were chemical weapons in Iraq in 2002’
Sello addressed the issue of Syrian-held chemical weapons and claimed to know the location of every cache. Continue Reading »
Could the continued onslaught by al-Qaida-linked jihadists force Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from the Syrian war? Probably not.
A Free Syrian Army fighter launches a rocket – Photo: REUTERS
Such a withdrawal would seemingly allow the organization to focus on defending itself in Lebanon, but the bombings targeting it and Iran are strongly connected to the sectarian struggle in Syria. Continue Reading »
Syrian Mufti’s Aide gives Syrian army religious permission to rape the women as punishment and to take revenge on rebel forces.
By Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar
Human rights groups report that thousands of women have been raped by Syrian army soldiers in the ongoing war, which is now in its third year and has left 130,000 dead. That trend appears likely to only increase, as a deputy to the Chief Mufti (Islamic scholar) of Syria has given religious permission to rape.
On Thursday, Sheikh Abd al-Rahman Ali al-Dala, aid to the chief mufti of Syria, who is loyal to President Bashar Assad, gave an interview to Sham FM, a radio station that supports Assad. Continue Reading »
About 50 rebel fighters left dead in 3 days of skirmishes between jihadists & mainstream rebels in Aleppo.
Atrocities committed include publicly beheading a Catholic priest.
Almost 50 rebel fighters have been killed in three days of skirmishes between jihadists and mainstream rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo, reports Al Arabiya.
Syrian supporters of the Al-Nusra group – Photo: AFP
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that the violence began on Thursday between members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a battalion linked to the Arab and Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), both of which are fighting to overthrow Syria’s embattled President Bashar Al-Assad. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Security agency says Israeli Arabs are joining rebel forces in Syria operating with al-Qaeda, and whose training may be used later against Israel.
By Tova Tzimuki
A disconcerting Shin Bet assessment warns that Arab Israelis are joining rebel forces in Syria and working with al-Qaeda terrorists.
According to the review, submitted to the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Court, there is a possibility that Arab Israelis who are being trained in Syria may use their knowledge against Israel – both by spreading ideologies and by using intel and military capabilities they’ve learned there.
Another danger is that Global Jihad terrorists will gather valuable information about Israel from Arab Israelis. Continue Reading »
An Al Qaeda faction of the Syrian rebels that’s supported by the Americas, intend to kill the local Christians should they win.
By Raymond Ibrahim
While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,” reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus… In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.” Continue Reading »
Unconfirmed report by Russian Arab-language newspaper claims: ‘armed Syrian militants will use territories controlled by the Syrian regime to perpetrate their provocative plan’
By Roi Kais
Arabic-language Russian news site Rusiya Al-Yaum has reported that Syrian rebels are planning a chemical attack on Israel.
Syrian rebels – Photo: AFP
In the report, it was claimed that “armed Syrian militants will use territories controlled by the Syrian regime to perpetrate their provocative plan.”
The story was quick to spread through pro-Assad outlets, like the Hezbollah affiliated Lebanese stations Al Manar and Al Mayadeen. The Russian site is also known for its pro-Assad bias in covering the Syrian crises, what suggests that there is a possibility the story might propaganda. Continue Reading »
Tragic-comic video shows rural Syrians attempting to safely move an unexploded bomb dropped by Syrian Army helicopter.
A video with tragi-comic qualities posted to Youtube shows rural Syrians attempting to move a bomb that was dropped on them, using improvised means.
Moving the bomb – Screenshot
In the course of its war against rebel forces, explains Arutz Sheva‘s Dalit Halevi, the Syrian army has developed a new kind of bomb that is known as “the exploding barrel” – which is not much more than a metal container that holds explosive and flammable materials. These bombs are carried on combat helicopters and dropped on rebel forces and civilians. Continue Reading »
Rebel video of chopper hit by SA-8 air defense system exposes a direct threat to Israeli, Lebanese & Syrian airspaces.
The video released by Syrian opposition forces which allegedly documents the tracking and interception of an army helicopter shows that rebels have managed to get their hands on Russian-made SA-8, or OSA, air defense system, and now pose a direct threat on the Israeli, Lebanese and Syrian airspaces.
SA-8 in rebels’ hands
However, the system is relatively outdated, and the Syrian army holds a far more dangerous development of the same system, the SA-17, which it purchased from Russia with Iranian funds. Continue Reading »
Explosions rocked several of the army’s ammunition depots just north of Latakia.
Rebels blame the explosions on Israel.
Explosions rocked several army ammunition depots in the western Syrian province of Latakia on Friday, possibly after they were targeted with rockets, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to the AFP news agency.
A Google map image showing Mushayrafet al-Samouk, Syria where the blasts were reportedly heard.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said there were reports of deaths and injuries in the blasts but he had no further details.
“Explosions around dawn today rocked an area… in the east of Latakia apparently as a result of blasts in ammunitions depots near a brigade of regime forces,” the Observatory said in an email quoted by AFP. Continue Reading »
Rebel forces being trained and armed by Washington are mostly radical Islamists, with many of them loyal to Al Qaeda.
By Israel Today Staff
A cousin and outspoken critic of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad warned that if the rebel forces that America is now arming succeed in taking over the country, it will lead to a regional war including Israel and Turkey.
Syrian rebels – Photo from Israel Today
Speaking to Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz from New York, Ribal Assad noted that the rebels making up the Free Syrian Army are primarily Islamic extremists “who are worse than Nazis.” Continue Reading »
Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin criticizes President Barack Obama for his inept handing of the Syrian civil war.
Former United States vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama for his handing of the Syrian conflict, Al Arabiya news reported.
Syrian soldiers – AFP file
“We’re talking now more new interventions,” said the Republican former governor of Alaska. “Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing… I say let Allah sort it out.”
Her comments come as Obama is set to meet the Russian president for tough talks on Syria.
British Prime Minister David Cameron held a press conference with Vladamir Putin on Sunday, highlighting the differences between the West and Russia. Continue Reading »