All posts tagged: Homs

Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria

Rick Sterling Introduction In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. The delegates came from many different countries. Among the notables were the Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, a Syrian-British heart surgeon and Julian Assange’s father. We spent time in Damascus, then traveled by bus to Latakia and then Homs. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. In Latakia, I met Lilly Martin, an American woman who married a Syrian and has lived there, raising a family for the past twenty-five years. She told me how wrong the western media coverage was. Contrary to media claims, she said protests in Latakia were violent from the start. After the first outbreak of violence, Syrian police and military were ordered to not carry weapons. Protesters continued to burn and destroy government offices with incidents of knifing and shooting unarmed police. When we visited Homs I was struck by how normal …

In Syria the Entire Nation Mobilized…and Won

Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere.

Yes, there are terrorists and ‘foreign forces’ in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country.

Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced.

But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.

Syria Dispatch: Most Syrians Support Assad, Reject Phony Foreign ‘Revolution’

A boy greets a Syrian Army soldier in Aleppo. Eva Bartlett writes in In April 2014 I first visited Syria, going to Homs and Latakia, in addition to Damascus. On each of my three subsequent trips to Syria, speaking moderate colloquial Arabic, I have been able to interact one-on-one with Syrians there, whether in markets, taxis, on the streets or in areas I visited. In Latakia, many of the the over 1 million Internally Displaced Persons from Idlib, Aleppo and surrounding areas who are being housed and supported by the Syrian government spoke of the same heinous kidnappings, beheadings, and other crimes that most media currently only associate with Da’esh (ISIS), but which were perpetrated (with Turkish support) by the so-called FSA and other terrorist factions. A man from Harem, near the Turkish border, spoke of being kidnapped by FSA terrorists, and of the decapitations of Harem residents, heads sent home in boxes. “The terrorists attacked us, terrorists from Turkey, from Chechnya, and from Arab and other foreign countries. They had tanks and guns, …

Photos from Syria: Life in Homs

 Eva Bartlett, a Gazan writer and photographer, posts from Homs in Syria :   Old Homs: destroyed shops and restaurants re-opened, life returning to the heart of Homs, cleansed last year of the terrorists who targeted civilian and commercial places. Some shops open for a few months now, other more recently–the fruit and vegetable shop opened 5 days ago. Yesterday [December 15], in Homs, I visited the Zahra district where a December 12 car bombing (Red Crescent vehicle) killed 22 residents and injured at least 140 injured–many of whom critically so. This was apparently one of the largest terrorist bombings in Homs in the last 5 years, according to Syrian media. What corporate media failed to report was that it was not just one blast, but 3: the initial car bombing; the explosion of a gas truck which the car had parked near to; the suicide bombing some hours later of the attacker who returned to blow himself up, killing at least 3 police and 2 soldiers who had come to the bombed area. Corporate …

Syria: FSA and Al Nusra militants bussed out of Homs city

Still from the video below Al Masdar News reports: Moments ago inside the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate, 14 buses provided by the Syrian government reportedly arrived at the Al-Wa’er District to transport the remaining Islamist rebels from this city to the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate. In addition to the arrival of the 14 buses, several aid workers from the United Nations arrived in the Al-Wa’er Districr to treat the wounded Islamist rebels and civilians as part of the ceasefire agreement that was put in place last week. The Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” will be transported to the Idlib Governorate in two phases; today marked the first phase of the ceasefire agreement. Video: UN convoy that transported the terrorists from the Al Waer district in Homs to the countryside and Idlib — M Green (@MmaGreen) December 9, 2015 Related OffGuardian post: Report: Syrian government, armed groups discuss political deal in Homs

Video: Homs schoolgirls thank Syrian soldiers

Undated and unlocated photo from Syria. Technically this is a propaganda video, but the feelings expressed by the civilians are likely genuine. It relates to the Al-Masdar December 2 report Syrian Arab Army Officially in Full Control of the Third Largest Syrian City. The city in question is Homs, formerly known as “the capital of the revolution.”  

Report: Syrian government, armed groups discuss political deal in Homs

Syrian army forces stand at the entrance of the old city of Homs, Syria, May 2014. Photo: EPA/STR Al-Masdar News reports: Sources close to Al-Masdar News have revealed an upcoming meeting between the Syrian Government and the armed opposition inside the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate that is geared to discuss the final political settlement for the city. According to a private source in the provincial capital of Homs, the Governor of Homs – Talal Al-Barazi – will meet with the leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their associates from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” on Tuesday, December 1st, in order to finalize a political deal to secure the exit of the aforementioned Islamist groups from the Al-Wa’er District. The time and place of this meeting taking place tomorrow could not be confirmed; however, the source added that the Syrian Government’s reconciliation committees have worked vigorously to implement a permanent ceasefire agreement in order to end the hostilities in the Al-Wa’er District, so that the displaced civilians can return to their …