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Freed UN peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria & Saudi Arabia funds al-Nusra terrorists

Freed UN peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria

Press TV

A group of 21 UN peacekeepers held hostage by foreign-sponsored militant groups in Syria have crossed the border into Jordan after their release, Jordanian officials say.

Jordanian government spokesman Samih Maaytah said Saturday that Filipino peacekeepers “arrived in Jordan, they are on Jordanian land now.”

On March 6, the militants in Syria detained 21 soldiers, who are part of a 300-strong Filipino peacekeeping unit stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Olivia V Palala, the Philippines Ambassador to Amman, confirmed the release of the peacekeepers, saying they had arrived in Jordan from Syria.

The hostages were held in the village of Jamlah, in southwestern Syria, near the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights.

Following the hostage-taking, the armed groups circulated a video on the Internet, showing a number of militants with the peacekeepers.

The militants had said they would not free the hostages until Syrian government forces withdraw from the area surrounding the village…


Saudi spy agency funds al-Nusra terrorists in Syria: Report

Press TV

The Saudi intelligence agency has provided financial support for the terrorist al-Qaeda-linked group of al-Nusra Front in Syria, a report says.

Citing foreign intelligence sources, the Intelligence Online Newsletter said Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), which is led by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, took advantage of its communications with terrorists in Iraq to help establish al-Nusra Front.

“Thanks to funding from the General Intelligence Presidency and support from the Saudi intelligence in Lebanon, al-Nusra was able to swiftly arm its forces,” the report stated.

The Intelligence Online Newsletter also confirmed Saudi confidential documents indicating that the Saudi Interior Ministry had sent a military official into Syria in line with Riyadh’s plans to provide the militants with money and weapons…


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