Meanwhile fighting rages. Dozens or hundreds die daily. On December 31, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) headlined "General Command of the Army: The Armed Forces Continue Operations Against the Terrorist Groups," saying:
Terrorist forces are being effectively confronted.
"In Aleppo, armed terrorist groups of Jabhet al-Nusra and NATO mercenaries tried to attack an air-defense battalion in Tal Hasel in al-Sfeira using rockets, mortars and machineguns."
"Our Armed Forces confronted them and foiled the attempt, killing and wounding large numbers of terrorists and destroying their weapons."
Aleppo International Airport areas are being cleared. Large numbers of terrorist elements were killed or wounded. Their weapons and ammunition were seized.
"In Hama, our Armed Forces completely controlled Morek town and the international highway and dismantled more than 150 explosive devices."
Deir B'albeh neighborhood in Homs, Daraya outside Damascus, and other areas are also controlled.
On January 2, the Free Syrian Press issued similar reports. Routing terrorists from suburban Damascus was discussed.
Voice of Russia headlined "Syrian troops chasing militants near Damascus." Terrorist strongholds were destroyed. Dozens of foreign mercenaries were killed.
Heavy clashes continue. Syrian troops repelled insurgent invaders from Jordan. Border police seized large caches of weapons.
Some were Israeli made. Israel's been involved in arming invaders for months.
On January 1, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "IDF and Syrian rebel officers meet clandestinely in Jordan," saying:
Secret talks preceded "possible Israeli-US operation(s) in Syria to protect the Golan Heights." DF cited unnamed Western intelligence reports.
They suggest "nightly clashes taking place between US, Jordanian, Israeli special forces and Syrian rebels, on the one hand, and Syrian special forces, on the other."
They're jockeying for control of "buffer strips." They want "their opposite numbers (prevented) from establishing intelligence gathering posts there."