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al-Jaafari: Activities of Terrorist Groups Reached Dangerous Levels in Syria

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that the terrorist activities committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria have reached dangerous levels in terms of quality and quantity. “The suspicious goals which some countries seek to achieve by supporting terrorism and extremism in Syria have started to appear on the surface,” al-Jaafari said while delivering Syria’s statement during a Security Council session held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister.
He offered thanks to the friendly republic of Pakistan, who presides over the Council in January, for holding this important meeting titled “A Comprehensive Approach to Counter Terrorism”.
Al-Jaafari took the opportunity to express on the Syrian government’s condemnation of the terrorist act which recently hit Quetta city in Pakistan.
“Our feeling of sympathy with Pakistan, government and people, doesn’t only stem from the importance of combating terrorism in a collective and comprehensive way, but also from a common painful reality,” the Syrian Ambassador added.
He referred in this context to the terrorist attack which hit the University of Aleppo on Tuesday targeting students who came to do their exams and claiming the lives of 82 of them, while injuring 162 others.
“We always say that the terrorist groups in Syria seize the opportunity whenever a Security Council session is held to carry out terrorist acts in Syria, and this is what happened today for the 10th or 20th times,” said al-Jaafari.
He highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach for combating terrorism as prompted by the “great similarity between the tools and ways that were and are still used by terrorists in many of the member countries and those now being used by terrorists in Syria.”
“How many foreign terrorists of those operating in Syria from across the border were previously involved in killing and injuring citizens in several other countries, and how many of terrorists operating in Syria would move in the future to other areas just like what happened in the recent past and what is happening today,” al-Jaafari wondered.
“Those who think they could bring the jinni out of the bottle of terrorism and control it are mistaken because those who mess with terrorism will be hit by it sooner or later,” he added.
The Syrian Ambassador lashed out at the countries who are going on with their policies in terms of publicly supporting the terrorist organizations in Syria despite the late international acknowledge of the existence of armed terrorist groups in the country and that some of them are affiliated to al-Qaeda.
Al-Jaafari highlighted those countries’ support to the terrorist groups through supplying them with money, weapons, training and shelter, in addition to issuing ‘fatwas’ and providing political and media support.
He cited in this context a practical example of the kind of media support regarding what happened in Daraa city when terrorist groups attacked houses for families of members from the Syrian army and killed and injured a number of children and women inside.
He highlighted how al-Arabiya channel, “which is playing the role of an operation room” aired the news even before it took place and considered it “a blow dealt to the regime”.
Al-Jaafari underscored how many terrorist operations were carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated organization in response to calls from leaderships in al-Qaeda, citing particularly Jabhat al-Nusra organization which claimed its responsibility for several terrorist operations in Syria.
He referred in particular to a report by the CNN channel and others issued by Western research centers which confirmed that Jabhat al-Nusra organization is responsible alone for more than 600 terrorist operations in Syria over the past two years.
The Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN reiterated that Syria has warned, in hundreds of official statements, meetings and letters which it submitted to the UN and its bodies during the crisis in Syria, against the risks of the flow of terrorists under destructive names such as ‘ethical and sectarian Jihad’ and ‘the sacred war’ against the diverse social fabric characterizing the Syrian people.
Al-Jaafari said that despite Syria’s many calls demanding that the countries which support these groups halt their support and that the Security Council, UN General Assembly and the combating terrorism committees shoulder their responsibilities in this regard, “some influential countries have foiled taking any tangible measures to combat the terrorism targeting Syria.”
These countries, he added, hindered the issuance of 7 press statements condemning the terrorist operations which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians in Syria.
Al-Jaafari went on as saying that some influential countries, moreover, prevented the issuance of some urgent letters which Syria directed to the Security Council to be circulated to the member states as official documents, citing particularly a letter he addressed to the Chairman of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General on November 21, 2012 which included the names of 143 foreign terrorists fighting in Syria.
Al-Jaafari added that letter however has not been adopted as an official document until now, despite that the UN reports have pointed out recently to the existence of foreign fighters in Syria coming from more than 29 countries.
“The terrorist activities of the armed terrorist groups in Syria have reached dangerous levels, both in terms of quantity or quality,” al-Jaafari pointed out.
He highlighted these groups’ attacks against the state public facilities and infrastructure with the aim of causing comprehensive destruction and drying out the citizens’ livelihood resources, including food, medicine and energy sources, in addition to communication and transport means.
“No Syrian can be convinced that what these armed groups, which are prompted by petrodollar and a huge amount of hatred and lack of patriotism, are doing in terms of starving the Syrian people and depriving them of home and security to suffer cold and disease and force them to seek shelter in refugee camps is a ‘spring’ seeking reform and freedom for the Syrians,” al-Jaafari said.
He wondered “how can we interpret the targeting of the international humanitarian assistance presented by the UN and others by these groups, and the assassination of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent cadres and the threats directed facing the international workers and diplomatic missions Syria?”
“What could be the human meaning behind targeting the civil airplanes?” the Syrian Ambassador asked.
He asserted that the aim of this blind terrorist is undermining the Syrian state and society, but not spreading democracy or reforming the governing mechanisms and protecting human rights or combating terrorism, “which are all rightful popular demands”.
“The suspicious goals which some countries seek to achieve by supporting terrorism and extremism in Syria have started to appear on the surface,” said al-Jaafari, highlighting how “Israel is using the existence of armed terrorist groups in the separation zone in the occupied Syrian Golan as an excuse to build a 42 km wall along the ceasefire line.
The question which comes to the mind of any novice in politics, al-Jaafari noted, should be regarding the side which supported the activities of these terrorists and enabled them to reach that area at this special timing, referring particularly to the fact that senior officials at the UN peace keeping operation administration neglected documented data which Syria provided them on the facilitations offered by Israel to those terrorists.
“Don’t we have the right to ask here that isn’t the suspect in any crime the one who benefits from the results of the crime? Isn’t that the rational explanation for the events?” al-Jaafari wondered.
“We are witnessing a terrorism wrapped with religion and media and embodied in the takfiri and jihadi extremist fatwas…broadcast by satellite channels that promote terrorism and ignorance,” he said.
“This leads us to carefully consider the seriousness of the UN efforts with regard to confronting the terrorists’ use of the internet and media to spread their views and mislead the innocent youth,” al-Jaafari added.
Al-Jaafari wondered “For whose interest the al-Qaeda inmates are being released from prisons and sent to Syria with the fund and support of known countries like Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and some political parties in Lebanon?”
Syria’s Ambassador to the UN said that the Turkish government has exploited the sufferings of the Syrian people to commit acts of economic terrorism and piracy in complicity with the armed groups through robbing about 1500 industrial and medical facilities and transferring their equipment and contents from Aleppo to Turkey.
He stressed that such acts demand a firm response from the UN Security Council that should compel the Turkish government to give back all the stolen properties to their Syrian owners and make amends for the affected persons.
“As the Turkish premier called few days ago upon the ‘imperialist countries’ as he called them to give back the resources stolen from Africa, he should also call on his government to give back the things which it stole from Syria and stop its practices which do wrong to the friendly Turkish people and the relations between the two neighboring countries,” said al-Jaafari.
He concluded by saying that the ignoring of the violations committed by some countries has become shameful and the exploitation of the Syrian blood for implementing political terrorist agendas has become flagrant, wondering “How could moves be taken to fight terrorism in Mali while, at the same time terrorism in Syria is being backed, armed and encouraged?”.

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