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The Daily Repot 21/10/2017

Ahmed Jarba criticizes raising the image of Ocalan in al-Raqqa: does not bode well.

The head of the Syrian al-Ghad movement, Ahmad al-Jarba, criticized raising the image of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan by the Syrian democratic forces in the center of the city of Raqqa after the takeover.

“This does not bode well for stability, and it is not a justification to impose his image with all respect and appreciation for his character on a Syrian Arab city that has suffered all the scourge of war and terrorism. “Jarba said in an article.

He sent a message to Syrian democratic forces: “Come to a common word between us as Syrians first and foremost, despite our different affiliations and orientations.”


Commander of Jaish al-Islam: We have been and still the obstacle to the project of atonement.

The commander of Jaish al-Islam, Essam Bouhayani confirmed, on Friday evening, that the army is an obstacle to the «machinations», led by the « project of atonement ».

The leader tweeted on his account, mourning two dead members of the faction who were targeted in Dara’a and south of Damascus. He said: “The martyrdom of two of our leaders today in Daraa and south of Damascus, to prove to our people that we have been and continue to be the hurdle in the face of all the machinations, especially the project of atonement.”


Khaled Khoja: There is no difference between Iran and Daesh and PKK.

The previous president of the National Coalition «Khalid Khoja» considered that there is no difference between the Iranian militias and the state organization and the PKK.

Khoja said in a tweet via Twitter that the previous formations do not differ from each other. Neither in speech nor in behavior, pointing out that America rephrased the form in Syrian Democratic forces.


Human rights organization: Russia is extorting the Security Council in favor of the Syrian regime.

Human Rights Watch said on Friday that Russia should not delay the extension of the mandate of the international investigation mechanism which is responsible for identifying those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

In a statement, the International Human Rights Organization accused Russia of “blackmailing the UN Security Council if Moscow vetoed the US draft resolution on extending the mandate of the joint investigative mechanism, which is scheduled to be voted on in the next few days.”


Tillerson: liberation of Raqqa is a huge step in fight against ISIS.

Secretary of State of the United States of America Rex Tillerson said that the liberation of the “capital” of ISIS by coalition forces is a key stage in the struggle against the “Islamic state”.

“We congratulate the Syrian people and the “Syrian democratic forces”, including the Syrian Arab coalition, with the liberation of Raqqa. Our work is far from complete, but the liberation of Raqqa is a key stage in the global war against ISIS, which shows the success of international and Syrian efforts to destroy terrorists,” Tillerson said.


Syria: Rebel groups sign fragile ceasefire for Eastern Ghouta.

Rebel groups in Syria have signed a ceasefire covering Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

The deal is fragile, and the rebels are worried it will be exploited by the government to start a major push to recapture the strategic area.


Raqqa to be part of 'federal Syria', U.S.-backed militia says.

Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the people of the majority Arab city and surrounding province would decide their own future “within the framework of a decentralised, federal, democratic Syria”.


Syrian Coalition Discusses Situation in Idlib, Stresses SIG as its Executive Arm.

Officials of the Syrian Coalition discussed the situation in Idlib province with leadership of the provincial council and representatives of civic bodies in the province at a teleconference on Friday.

In addition to the field situation in Idlib province, participants discussed the reality of civil institutions in the province, most notably the civil defense and medical facilities which have been subjected to systematic bombing by the Assad regime and Russia’s air forces in recent weeks.


Monitoring Group: 1,800 Civilians Were Killed in Battle for Raqqa.

At least 1,800 civilians were killed in the offensive by the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to dislodge the ISIS extremist group from Raqqa city, a monitoring group said.

In a report released on Thursday, the London-based non-profit Airwars.org said that at least 700 victims have so far been locally named. Some were hit in their homes, some as they fled or reportedly tried to retrieve bodies.

The monitoring group pointed out that several thousands of civilians managed to flee Raqqa during the last week of fighting, following an agreement that also saw the surrender and evacuation of around 275 ISIS fighters.


Geagea Slams Calls to Normalize Relations With Assad Regime that ‘Killed Gemayel, Jumblatt, & Hariri’.

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea slammed calls by Lebanese political parties to normalize relations with the Assad regime, saying that “all they care about today is to find a way to weave ties with the Assad regime under the pretext of returning the refugees back to Syria.”

Speaking during a Lebanese Forces festival held in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, Geagea said: “It is a pity how some Lebanese today forgot that the Assad regime had bombed Ashrafiyeh, Zahle, Qannat, Tripoli, Sidon and killed Bashir Gemayel, Kamal Jumblatt and Rafik Hariri.”

Geagea reaffirmed rejection of the return of the Assad regime’s influence in Lebanon, stressing that “the only way for the return the Syrian refugees to their country is to stay away from politicizing this issue, especially by moving away from Assad and cooperating with the countries that will be the corridor for the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.”


Russia: Don’t Veto Extension of Syria Inquiry.

Russia should not block the extension of the inquiry into who is responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today.

The mandate for the inquiry, called the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), will expire on November 17, 2017, even though it has yet to investigate several alleged chemical attacks in Syria. The United States has circulated a draft resolution at the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of the joint UN and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry for another year. But Russia has threatened to block the renewal, citing concerns over the inquiry’s upcoming report on one attack.



The IDF hit three Syrian regime artillery positions Saturday following five projectiles that were launched towards Israel earlier in the morning. Three of the five projectiles landed in open territory in Israel’s northern Golan Heights, causing no damage or injuries.

“Even if this is spillover, this is an exceptional event, and the continuation of such events will only exacerbate Israel’s response,” the army said in a statement, adding that “the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and her citizens. The Syrian regime is responsible for all that is happening in its territory.”


France's Macron says Raqqa fall not end of battle against Islamic State.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that France’s military would continue its fight against lslamic State in Syria, but that the fall of the militant group’s bastion in Raqqa needed to lead to an inclusive political system to restore stability.

“The battle against Islamic State did not end with the fall of Raqqa and France will maintain its military effort as long as necessary,” Macron’s office said in a statement. “The challenges of stabilization and reconstruction will not be less than those of the military campaign.”


AKI: Syria's democratic militias hand over (IS) Group families to Russia.

The Syrian Democratic militia has handed over a batch of (IS) Group families that captured them to a Chechen delegation to be transferred to Russia, the AKI news agency reported.

The agency said a batch of prisoners of (IS) Group fighters detained by the Syrian Democratic militia in Al-Qamishli left the city accompanied by Chechen officials, noting that there are some families with sick fighters. The source added that the families “whose number was not disclosed” left by a special Chechen plane with an official from the Russian Federation Council “Duma”.


Syrian Regime Official: SDF Occupying Raqqa.

The Syrian regime’s deputy head of the Raqqa province council, Mohammad Hijazi, said on Friday that the control of Syrian democratic forces SDF on Raqqa city is a new occupation that replaced the occupation of ISIS, and came at the will of the United States.

Hijazi cleared that “As we are the sons of Raqqa province, we consider that Raqqa went from an occupation to another who put the picture of Abdullah Ocalan on Nuaim square in Raqqa province”.


Syrian Opposition Member: De Mistura Received Orders From Lavrov.

The Syrian opposition member, Muhydin Lazikani, confirmed on Friday that the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, received orders from the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, after a meeting gathered both sides.

Lazikani tweeted “De Mistura received orders from Lavrov and said that Security council will hold a meeting for Syria next Wednesday to announce new ideas for the Syrian talks”.

He continued “But is there anyone still believe that the Security Council’s lie, especially when it hold a meeting according to a Russian request that halted its decisions with the veto for seven years, and used the military force to prevent any political solution in Syria?”.


Syrian Democratic Forces Announce 'Historic Victory' Over ISIS in Raqqa.

On Friday, United States-backed forces in Syria announced that ISIS suffered a “brutal” loss in the city of Raqqa, which enjoyed “total liberation” after more than three years under terrorist rule.

Talal Silo, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said at a ceremony Friday that civilian leaders would control the city as the SDF defended it from future attacks. “The future of Raqqa will be decided by its people,” Silo said, according to CNN.

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