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The Daily Repot 25/10/2017

Russia uses veto to end UN investigation of Syria chemical attacks.

Russia has vetoed a US-drafted resolution that would have extended by a year an investigation of who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

It was the ninth time Russia has used its veto power at the Security Council to block action targeting its ally, Syria.

Russia opposed renewing the mandate of the joint UN organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) panel before it releases a report on a sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhun expected on Thursday.


Political wing of Syria's democratic militias: Federalism is the Solution.

The Joint Chairman of the Council of Democratic Syria militias, Riad Derar, declared that federalism is the solution and alternative to the central ruling system in the city of Raqqa.

The Syrian Democratic Council, which includes the Syrian Union, the Democratic Union Party, the Assyrian Democratic Party and the Ezidi House, is the political wing ofthe YPGmilitia-led Syria’s democratic militias.

In a press statement, Derar said that the implementation of the federal system in Raqqa is necessary and must be successful and presented as a solution to Syria in order to obtain recognition from the international powers.


Damascus Urges UNSC to Put End to Coalition's Alleged 'Crimes' Against Civilians.

The US-led coalition, whose operation in Syria had not been authorized by the UN or Damascus, has denied that its airstrike resulted in civilian casualties in Deir ez-Zor.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has urged the UN Security Council to put an end to the crimes against civilians committed by the US-led coalition.

“We once again ask the Security Council to take responsibility for preserving international peace and security and take immediate action to stop the brutal crimes committed by the illegitimate international coalition against the Syrian people,” the Damascus statement read, as quoted by the Syrian state news agency SANA.


UN Security Council rejects Russia’s proposal to reschedule vote on Syria.

The UN Security Council rejected Russia’s proposal to reschedule the vote on the draft resolution to extend the investigation into chemical attacks in Syria for November 7.

Four countries backed Russia’s initiative, including China and Bolivia, whereas eight, including the UK, the US and France, voted against.

The proposal was voiced by Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, who warned that Russia will not allow the uncoordinated resolution’s adoption.

“You disrupt the Council’s integrity by introducing the resolution now,” the diplomat admonished.


Russia wants to see how data for report on Khan Shaykhun was collected.

Russia wants to see a report with the results of the probe into the April 4 incident in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday after a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

He said Russia wants to study the report, to see “how they collected data, how they came to the conclusions.” “We hope to see it in a non-politicized way,” he stressed.

Earlier in the day, Russia blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution extending the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism’s mandate in Syria for another year.


Russia’s UN envoy calls UN Security Council vote on Syria mission ‘orchestrated show’.

The UN Security Council vote on extending the mandate of a UN mission investigating chemical attacks in Syria was “an orchestrated show,” Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya said after the vote on Tuesday.

During Tuesday’s UN Security Council session, Russia vetoed the US-initiated draft resolution on the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) established by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate chemical accidents in Syria. The mission’s mandate expires on November 17.

“It is entertaining to see a number of delegations, not just one of them, making ready-made statements condemning the use of veto by certain countries. Did they know in advance that we were going to use the veto right today? This only confirms that today we witnessed an orchestrated show which had only one purpose – to put one nation in the pillory,” he said.


Syrian Regime Seizes Properties of Hundreds of Opposition Members.

Syrian regime could seize over the funds of hundreds of the Syrian opposition members, including politicians, media and activists of civil society organizations, according to leaked documents.

Activists published dozens of leaked documents, proves the seizure of funds for people and families, Syrian regime claims that members are accused for terror events in the state” mostly in Aleppo and Idlib provinces.


Sijary: All the Factions Will Be united Following a Turkish Appeal.

The Chief of political bureau for Liwa Al-Muatasem faction followed to the Syrian opposition forces, Mustafa Sijarysaid on Tuesday that all the factions fighting northern Aleppo will be united, under a Turkish sponsor.

Sijary tweeted “Today’s meeting aims to end the inside fight and conflict, in addition to allowing the Syrian interim government and activating the General staff, sponsored by our Turkish siblings”.


Washington: Russia Has Protected Assad and His Murderers by Blocking the Security Council from Acting.

The Chief of political bureau for Liwa Al-Muatasem faction followed to the Syrian opposition forces, Mustafa Sijarysaid on Tuesday that all the factions fighting northern Aleppo will be united, under a Turkish sponsor.

Sijary tweeted “Today’s meeting aims to end the inside fight and conflict, in addition to allowing the Syrian interim government and activating the General staff, sponsored by our Turkish siblings”.


Rights Group Report Highlights Tragic Consequences of Assad’s Brutal Siege of Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime forces and their allies continue to impose brutal siege on at least 350,000 civilians in eastern Ghouta near Damascus despite the signing off on Russia-brokered “de-escalation zones agreement.”

In a report released on Tuesday, the Network said that the five-year siege has so far led to the death of no fewer than 397 civilians due to starvation and lack of treatment, including 206 children and 67 women. The rights group also said it had recorded many cases of congenital malformations due to severe malnutrition and lack of medical supplies.

“We live in a large prison. Unemployment rate is extremely high while per capita income does not exceed 1,000 Syrian pounds per month, which is below the price of any food item,” said Abdel-Moein Homs, documentation official at a medical center in eastern Ghouta.


Hariri: HNC Seeking Political Transition without Assad, Stresses Assad Must be Held Accountable.

Nasr Hariri, head of the delegation of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Geneva talks, said that “the survival of Bashar al-Assad risks hindering political solution in Syria,” stressing that “the Syrian opposition is capable of leading political transition in Syria.”

Hariri, who is visiting the United States to meet with officials of the US Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration, said the visit will include several states, most notably New York and Washington D.C.

“The war on terror as well as the situation in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Deir Ezzor currently dominate the Syrian scene,” Hariri said. He added: “In addition to these key issues, we will also discuss Russian’s dominance of the efforts to reach a solution and the latest developments in Syria with the US administration.”


Iraqi Forces About to Launch Final Offensive against ISIS near Syria Border.

Iraqi forces are about to launch an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraq’s territory still in the hands of the Islamic State militant group, a military statement said on Wednesday.

“Your security forces are now coming to liberate you,” said leaflets dropped by the Iraqi air force on the western border region of al-Qaim and Rawa, according to a statement from the Joint Operations Command in Baghdad.



A LOOSELY KNIT collection of Syrian rebel fighters set up positions on March 18, 2013, and fired several barrages of rockets at targets in the heart of Damascus, Bashar al-Assad’s capital. The attack was a brazen show of force by rebels under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, targeting the presidential palace, Damascus International Airport, and a government security compound. It sent a chilling message to the regime about its increasingly shaky hold on the country, two years after an uprising against its rule began.

Behind the attacks, the influence of a foreign power loomed. According to a top-secret National Security Agency document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the March 2013 rocket attacks were directly ordered by a member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Salman bin Sultan, to help mark the second anniversary of the Syrian revolution. Salman had provided 120 tons of explosives and other weaponry to opposition forces, giving them instructions to “light up Damascus” and “flatten” the airport, the document, produced by U.S. government surveillance on Syrian opposition factions, shows.

The Saudis were long bent on unseating Assad. Salman was one of the key Saudi officials responsible for prosecuting the war in Syria, serving as a high-ranking intelligence official before being promoted to deputy minister of defense later in 2013.


'They can easily die': UNICEF warns of vicious cycle if Syria's starving children are ignored.

The aid agency has called for the lifting of a blockade on food and medical supplies in the region near Damascus, which was imposed more than five years ago by the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The calls come as shocking images of starving children have emerged from the besieged region.

The blockade was imposed in efforts to reduce the violence, despite a deal declaring Eastern Ghouta a ‘de-escalation’ zone.

More than 1100 children in the rural suburb are suffering from malnutrition as aid organisations are struggling to access hard to reach places, according to UNICEF nutrition specialist Dr Rajia Sharhan.

UNICEF reported up to 232 children were acutely malnourished, meaning they were in urgent need of medical care. A further 882 children were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.



The Syrian Foreign Affairs Ministry sent two letters to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday accusing Israel of faking an attack on its own territory following the IDF’s aerial attack on Syrian military positions in Quneitra on Saturday morning.

The Israeli military struck the Syrian targets in retaliation after five projectiles were launched at Israel from Syria, with three landing in an open area on the Golan Heights.

“Israel asked terrorists to launch projectiles at its own territory, so it could justify its own attack,” the letters to Guterres reportedly charged.

“This new Israeli aggression against the outskirts of Quneitra is a new chapter in the connection between the Israeli occupation and the armed terrorist organizations, and a desperate attempt to support those organizations,” the letter read in a blatant accusation but did not specify which terror groups Israel is allegedly collaborating with.


"Al-Kiam" Movement calls for the spectrum of the Syrian people to stand in the face of separatist parties.

The newly formed Al-Kiam movement, led by unidentified armed men, called on the Syrian people to stand against what they called “separatist parties” in reference to the militias of the Kurdish Protection Units (YPG).

The movement said in a video: “on behalf of our movement of Al-Kiam, we call on all the spectrums of the Syrian Arab , Kurds and Turkmen people to stand against the terrorist separatist and betraying parties and against all their projects; to keep Syria on all its components and unified in its people without the support of any outside party.


"We will regain control of the province of Raqqa", an official in the Syrian regime says.

“The province of Raqqa will return to the control of the Syrian regime.” Hilal Hilal, the Deputy Regonal secretary of the ruling Baath Socialist Party in Syria said.

Hilal statement came days after Syria’s Democratic militia declared control of the city of Raqqa as part of the decentralized democratic Syria.

Hilal said during a tour on the spread sites of the regime forces that the latter will regain control of the city of Raqqa, without specifying how to do this, whether through military confrontations or political agreements.


Is America Now Fighting on the Side of the Terrorists in Syria?

Thre are two international coalitions fighting against terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq. One of them consists of Russia, Turkey and Iran, and the other one is made of a variety of actors under the leadership of the United States.

Technically, the two coalitions pursue at least one common goal: the destruction of the Islamic State terrorist organisation (banned in Russia). Like Russia, the USA considers the destruction of the terrorist organisation its first priority goal in Syria and Iraq, and Donald Trump outlined this goal clearly in the very beginning of his presidency.


Kremlin: Syria peoples' congress being "actively discussed".

A proposal to convene a congress of all Syria’s ethnic groups is a joint initiative which is being promoted by Russia and others and is now being actively discussed, the Kremlin said on Friday.

It is premature, however, to discuss the time and venue for the congress, which is seen as a mechanism to assist Syria’s post-war development, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

Putin mentioned the idea of holding such a congress at a forum with foreign scholars on Thursday.



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