19 | 09 | 2019

The Chief of the General Staff of Syrian Army and Armed Forces, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub said following the Russian airstrikes against the »Islamic State« (IS) and other terrorist organizations, which have reduced the combat capabilities of the terrorists, the Syrian armed forces have taken the reins of military operations and formed well-armed and equipped human forces, mainly the »4 th Corps Storming«.

In a statement on Thursday, Gen. Ayoub announced that the Syrian armed forces started today a large-scale assault aimed at uprooting the gatherings of terrorists and expelling them from the areas and towns which have been suffering of the woes and crimes of terrorism.

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo. Screenshot: YoutubeArchbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo. Screenshot: Youtube»US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA.« This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias.

Destroyed hospital in Kunduz. Screenshot: BBC/MSFDestroyed hospital in Kunduz. Screenshot: BBC/MSFIn Kunduz, at 2:10 am local time on Saturday October 3, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Trauma center was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged. The organization confirms so far the death of nine MSF staff members during the bombing. Latest casualty figures report 37 people seriously wounded, of whom 19 are MSF staff. Some of the most critically injured are being transferred for stabilization to a hospital in Puli Khumri, two hours’ drive away. There are many patients and staff who remain unaccounted for. The numbers may grow as a clearer picture develops of the aftermath of this horrific bombing.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that the Russian warplanes only target the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” and other terrorist organizations in Syria. In a press conference in New York Wednesday, Lavrov said that Russia is conducting strikes against the “ISIS” and other terrorist organizations because if it doesn’t do that the flow of fighters into Syria will increase, indicating that this decision came upon a request by the Syrian Government.

Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed his country’s support to the Russian efforts for combating terrorism in Syria by launching airstrikes against terrorist organizations. »We in Venezuela support Russian Federation’s decision as a way for undermining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist
organization«, Maduro said in a radio and TV interview on Wednesday.

Mahmoud Abbas. Foto: UN Photo/Cia PakMahmoud Abbas. Foto: UN Photo/Cia PakIn the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly,
H.E Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Excellencies, Heads of Delegations
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing A1-Haram A1-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin reiterated that the only solution to the crisis in Syria lies in supporting the effective government structures and helping them in fighting terrorism.

Putin has recently called for establishing a wide coalition against terrorism in cooperation with the Syrian government, stressing that Russia continues supporting Syria militarily to that effect and in accordance with the military contracts signed between the two countries.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, speaking with Russian journalists. Foto: SANASyrian president Bashar al-Assad, speaking with Russian journalists. Foto: SANAPresident Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to the Russian media outlets, following is the full text of the interview, published by official Syrian news agency SANA:

Question 1: Mr. President, thank you for giving us all, from the Russian media, from RT, from Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Channel 1, Russia 24, RIA Novosti, and NTV channel. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to talk to you during this very critical phase of the crisis in Syria, where there are many questions that need to be addressed on where exactly the political process to achieve peace in Syria is heading, what’s the latest developments on the fight against ISIL, and the status of the Russian and Syrian partnership, and of course the enormous exodus of Syrian refugees that has been dominating headlines in Europe.

An imposing statute of Queen Zenobia, the 3-rd century queen of Palmyra, and her regal wagon arrived in the Umayyad Square in Damascus where it will stay for four days. The statue has arrived in Damascus as part of »From Palmyra to Damascus« activity within the 5th Forum of Arts and Innovation organized by the Ministry of Tourism.

Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that Russian, US consultations on the level of envoys will be conducted on settling the crisis in Syria.

Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson of the Russian foreign Ministry said that Special Representative of the Russian President, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov will meet on Friday the US Special envoy for Syrian Affairs Michael Ratney who is on a visit to Moscow nowadays.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced terrorist acts of armed groups in Syria, Iraq and the region, and expressed his country’s support of Syria and Iraq in facing terrorism.

The Zionist entity was established on the basis of terrorism and the killing, and the region is now witnessing terrorist acts committed by terrorist organizations as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist ones which should be fought, Rouhani said in a speech at the opening of the 2nd International Congress of 17,000 Iranian Terror Victims held in Tehran Monday.

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