Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

The Syrian opposition delegation to the Geneva talks denounced Bashar Al-Assad’s “killing machine,” saying that 15 civilians were killed and 70 more wounded in airstrikes on a public market in the town of Hammouriya in Rural Damascus on Saturday. Nasr Hariri, lead negotiator of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said after meeting the UN envoy on Saturday that terror in Syria is represented by the Assad regime, militias of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. “I am talking about the killing machine and terror machine of the Assad regime,” Hariri said, reading the names of victims of the … Continue reading Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Buses transport rebel fighters and their families who evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs Hundreds of rebels and their families left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday,as part of an ongoing evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the regime, state media and a monitor said. Heavy fighting between rebel groups and regime forces further north in Hama province over the weekend had delayed their departure from the city’s al-Waer district, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The regime has denied … Continue reading More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Syrian Rebels Defend Eastern Damascus Posts, Lead Major Offensive in Hama

Rebel fighters from the hardline Jund al-Aqsa man a checkpoint in Taybat al Imam town after they advanced in the town in Hama province, Syria August 31, 2016 Beirut – Syrian rebel leaders displayed great content over succeeding with relaying its political views in keep with the ongoing Geneva peace negotiations, all despite having lost grounds in the eastern Damascus to pro-regime forces. Syrian rebels continue to push their political demands in the face of a brutal and unprecedented military campaign led by Russian forces to curb an offensive launched by Syrian opposition factions in Hama. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat … Continue reading Syrian Rebels Defend Eastern Damascus Posts, Lead Major Offensive in Hama

Hariri: HNC Discussed Transitional Governing Body with De Mistura

The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) discussed in detail the question of a transitional governing body during their first meeting with the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, head of the HNC delegation Nasr Hariri in Geneva said on Friday. “We have concluded fruitful discussions with Mr. Staffan de Mistura. We proceeded from the progress, achieved at the end of the previous round especially on the issue of political transition. We elaborated more on the transitional governing body and its structure as well as on all transitional institutions, related to the governing body during the transitional period,” … Continue reading Hariri: HNC Discussed Transitional Governing Body with De Mistura

Syria opposition ‘committed to political solution’

Head of Syrian opposition delegation, Naser al-Hariri (C) delivers a speech during a press conference following a meeting with UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura as the fifth round of the intra-Syrian talks continues in Geneva, Switzerland on March 24, 2017 The head of the Syrian opposition delegation at peace talks in Geneva stressed their commitment to a “political solution” yesterday. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met delegates from the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad, headed by his envoy Bashar Al-Ja’afari, and representatives of the opposition, led by Nasr Al-Hariri. Following his meeting with de … Continue reading Syria opposition ‘committed to political solution’

Syrian Coalition: Political Transition Key to All “Baskets” in Geneva Talks

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that achieving political transition through negotiations in Geneva is key to all other baskets that will be discussed in the current round of talks. “We welcome the focus of the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on UN Security Council resolution 2254 to be the basis of the talks,” Farhan said. “We want to discuss the substance of the negotiations and prevent the regime from disrupting the whole process.” Farhan stressed that defeating ISIS in Syria is impossible without first removing Assad and his regime. A new round … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Political Transition Key to All “Baskets” in Geneva Talks

Fahd Stresses Assad Must Be Held Accountable in Conference on Protection against Toxic Substances

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdel Ilah Fahd stressed the need to hold the Assad regime accountable for the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Speaking at the 8th International Conference on the Protection against Toxic Substances being held in Singapore between Tuesday and Thursday, Fahd criticized the international community for remaining silent on the regime’s crimes and its ignoring of the suffering of the Syrian people. An investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showed that the Assad regime was responsible for chlorine attacks that killed scores of civilians in … Continue reading Fahd Stresses Assad Must Be Held Accountable in Conference on Protection against Toxic Substances