Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Calling for Sochi Conference is Aimed at Hindering Political Transition in Syria

The Syrian Coalition and the Free Syrian Army’s General Staff said that Russia’s announcement that it was convening a conference in the city of Sochi represents a departure from the UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations and international resolutions on political transition in Syria. In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition stressed that calling this conference represents an attempt to depart from all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and violates the text spirit of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012. The Coalition underscored that all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 clearly stated that a political … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Calling for Sochi Conference is Aimed at Hindering Political Transition in Syria

Extremist Arrested after Knife Attack Near Tunisia’s Parliament

An AFP file photo shows a policeman in Bardo square in Tunis A suspected militant was arrested on Wednesday after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in the Tunisian Capital, the interior ministry said. The assailant was known to authorities and said after the attack that he considered the police to be “tyrants”, according to the statement. One of the policemen was taken to hospital for treatment after being injured in the neck, while the other was only lightly wounded, it said. Large numbers of police were deployed to Tunis’ Bardo square in the aftermath … Continue reading Extremist Arrested after Knife Attack Near Tunisia’s Parliament

Democracy Flourishes in Eastern Ghouta Despite Assad Regime’s Crimes

Elections were held in the FSA-held town of Harasta Rural Damascus to elect members of the provincial council under the supervision of the Ministry of Local Administration of the Syrian interim government (SIG). Civil society organizations and local media outlets monitored the elections which were attended by various official and revolutionary bodies and residents of the town. Despite the brutal onslaught being launched by the Assad regime and the allied sectarian militias as well as the four-year siege they impose on the area, people of eastern Ghouta insisted on achieving their dream of building a democratic state that guarantees freedom … Continue reading Democracy Flourishes in Eastern Ghouta Despite Assad Regime’s Crimes

Egypt: Osama Morsi jailed for 3 years

Osama Mohamed Morsi, the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen during the trial over the breaking up the Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah protests, at the police academy in Cairo, Egypt on December 10, 2016 A court in Egypt has sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s son to three years in prison over accusations that he allegedly possessed weapons at the time of his arrest in 2016. The Muslim Brotherhood’s lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud told journalists that the ruling against Osama Morsi is not final and that he will appeal it. No evidence was submitted to support the charges except for the … Continue reading Egypt: Osama Morsi jailed for 3 years

Turkish Delegation to Syrian Coalition: We Support Negotiations Process to Reach Complete Political Transition in Syria

The Syrian Coalition urged Turkey, as a guarantor of the “de-escalation zones” agreement to step up efforts to stop attacks by the Russian and Iranian forces on Syrian civilians in Deir Ezzor, rural Aleppo, eastern Ghouta and western Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs. The remarks were made at a meeting between the Coalition’s political committee and a delegation from the Turkish foreign ministry which included Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister Sedat Ünal and the Turkish official in charge of the Syrian file Ayşe Can Karabetri. The Turkish delegation pointed out that Turkey seeks to ensure protection for Syrian civilians, release detainees, … Continue reading Turkish Delegation to Syrian Coalition: We Support Negotiations Process to Reach Complete Political Transition in Syria

Mustafa: Putting Border Crossings Under Unified Management a ‘Positive Step Towards Building New Syria & Serving Syrian Citizens’

Abdel Rahman Mustafa, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, said that putting the border crossings in the Shield of the Euphrates area under unified management by the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is a positive step towards building the new Syria and institutionalizing the state. Mustafa pointed out that the revenues coming from the crossings would be collected in one treasury and put at SIG’s disposal. He described the move as especially important to the efforts to achieve greater unity among the opposition on other levels. The revenues coming from the crossings will be distributed fairly and equitably to SIG, local councils … Continue reading Mustafa: Putting Border Crossings Under Unified Management a ‘Positive Step Towards Building New Syria & Serving Syrian Citizens’

Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Tuesday Veto is ‘Tacit Admission’ of Assad’s Full Responsibility for Chemical Attacks

The Syrian Coalition said that the Russian veto aimed at obstructing JIM’s efforts is a tacit admission of Assad’s total and direct responsibility for the crime of using chemical weapons in Syria. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition strongly condemned Russia’s use of its veto power on the UN Security Council on Tuesday preventing the renewal of the mandate for the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). “It is the ninth time Russia has used its veto power at the UN Security Council to hinder international action on Syria in an … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Tuesday Veto is ‘Tacit Admission’ of Assad’s Full Responsibility for Chemical Attacks