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The Daily Repot 19/10/2017

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Analyzes Shirt Containing Names of Detainees in Assad Prisons.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began analyzing a shirt of a former detainee in the prisons of the Assad regime on which the names of other colleagues were scribbled using blood and d flakes of rust.

Syrian human-rights activist and former detainee Mansour Omari managed to smuggle the scraps of cloth out of the prison in the folds and collar of his shirt.

Omari told Inab Baladi newspaper that experts at the Museum and the Lazarus Project are assisting to obtain the faded names of the detainees using multi spectral light to create high quality images in order to read the names.

Omri said that the project is especially important to draw the attention of the world public opinion to the forgotten plight of detainees and ensure that those responsible for torture in the Assad regime’s detention centers are held accountable. He noted.


The Donor Community of the Syrian People Meets In Qatar.

The donor community of the Syrian people met in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Wednesday to boost the international efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

“The international community should do more to end the suffering of the Syrian people,” said Ahmed al-Muraikhi, UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy.


Syrian Opposition Accuses Syrian Regime and Russians for Killing Zahr Al-Deen.

Several political and military figures in the Syrian opposition accused the Syrian regime and the Russian forces of assassinating Brigadier General Essam Zahr Al-Deen in Deir Ezzor.

The head of the Political Bureau in the Mu’tasim brigade, Mustafa Sijary said that his assasination: “Is a message to the Arabs and a gesture of goodwill, and encouragement to the opposition to accept the survival of Assad in exchange for curbing Iran,” pointing out that this is a trap for the Syrian opposition.


Astana talks on Syria to be held on October 30-31.

The 7th international meeting in Astana to resolve the situation in Syria will be held on October 30-31, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said in a statement.

“As agreed by the countries acting as guarantors of the ceasefire, the seventh international high-level meeting on Syria as part of the Astana process will be held on October 30-31, 2017,” the statement said.

The ministry reminded that the sixth round of talks was held in Astana on September 14-15.


U.S.-backed campaign against IS in eastern Syria to speed up.

A U.S.-backed campaign against Islamic State in eastern Syria will accelerate now the jihadist group has been defeated in its former capital Raqqa, a spokesman for U.S.-allied Syrian militias said on Wednesday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which announced the defeat at Raqqa on Tuesday, will redeploy fighters from the city to frontlines with Islamic State in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, Talal Silo told Reuters by telephone.


Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured.

Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health.

The video showed Golani lecturing his fighters and played scenes of militants in battle.

After the reported strike earlier this month, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said Golani had lost an arm and was in critical condition.


Mustafa Sijary: SDF Is The Colorful Terrorism.

The White House has said the imminent liberation of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) group’s last major stronghold in Syria, will open a new phase in the long-running conflict there.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on October 18 that the fall of the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year along with Raqqa’s expected liberation in the coming days made clear that the extremist group’s self-declared “caliphate” is crumbling across Iraq and Syria.

U.S.-allied Syrian forces said on October 18 that they had driven IS from Raqqa and were now removing land mines and clearing roads in the devastated city.



Moscow agrees to a new buffer zone along Israel’s border with Syria in the wake of the harsh exchange between the Jewish state and Damascus.

All eyes are on Hezbollah in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor.

As the war is heating up in eastern Syria, specifically in Deir ez-Zor, the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and allied fighters are vying with US-backed Syrian democratic forces for control of areas liberated from the Islamic State.


US wants quick vote on Syria chemical weapons inspectors.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United States is circulating a resolution that would extend by another year the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Haley told reporters the United States wants a quick vote so the Joint Investigative Mechanism is renewed before its expected report Oct. 26 on responsibility for the April 4 attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 90 people.

She said “there’s overwhelming support” in the Security Council to renew the inspectors’ work for another year. But, she added, “Russia has made it very clear that should the report blame Syria” for the attack “they won’t have faith in the JIM. If the report doesn’t blame the Syrians then they say that they will.”


Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured.

Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health.

The video showed Golani lecturing his fighters and played scenes of militants in battle.

After the reported strike earlier this month, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said Golani had lost an arm and was in critical condition.


U.S., Russia set for likely U.N. row over Syria toxic gas inquiry.

The United States said on Wednesday it would push the United Nations Security Council to renew within days an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting the stage for a likely showdown with Russia.

Russia has questioned the work and future of the joint inquiry by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and said it would decide whether to support extending the mandate after investigators submit their next report.


We Talked to Syrians About the 'Liberation' of ISIS Stronghold Raqqa.

The US-backed campaign against the Islamic State notched a key victory this week, when coalition forces retook the key city of Raqqa in northern Syria. But with a halt to a devastating assault on the place often referred to as the capital of ISIS comes time to take stock of the destruction. According to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an award-winning citizen journalist group that has been documenting ISIS crimes since it took over the area in January 2014, more than 95 percent of the once-bustling city is destroyed. “Whole families were buried under rubble, and we are still trying to find people who just vanished,” Abdel Aziz al-Hamza, the group’s spokesperson, told me this week.

Meanwhile, civilians who made it out of Raqqa—surviving both the Islamic State’s brutal reign there, as well as the barrage of attacks from coalition forces targeting ISIS—are stuck in horrible conditions in refugee camps in the countryside. According to Abdel Aziz, the Ain Aissa camp 30 miles north of Raqqa alone currently houses some 100,000 people, dwarfing the population in what remains of the city. The total number of civilians displaced from Raqqa since the campaign to reclaim it began in June numbers around 450,000, according to Hamoud al Mousa, another advocate with Raqqa Being Slaughtered Silently.


Trial for Rifaat al-Assad in Switzerland for murder.

The French newspaper Le Louanne published a report in which it spoke of the presentation of the file of Rifaat al-Assad, the brother of Hafez al-Assad, to the Swiss court and accused him of war crimes against the Syrian people.

According to the newspaper, Rifaat al-Assad was accused of war crimes in Hama in 1982. He has been accused by Switzerland, which has long known neutrality, and has not lifted a single gun in the face of its neighbors since 1515.


The Washington Times: Daesh is over and its culture is getting more widespread.

The beliefs of the “state organization” have moved to new countries in Southwest Asia and North Africa, and have spread to unexpected areas in the Pacific, despite its losses in Mosul and Raqqa, according to the Washington Times.

The newspaper said in a report that the state organization, in the defeat of its main strongholds, will seek to apply “decentralization” and expand its operations in certain areas such as Libya, Afghanistan and the Philippines, in an attempt to compensate for its losses in Iraq and Syria.

The newspaper quoted the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security in Congress, Michael McCall, as saying “Although its territory is still shrinking, the organization is still a feared threat, both at home and abroad, so we must continue to fight against its affiliates and associated networks, which inspire terrorism all over the world.”


Saudi-US understanding for the reconstruction of Al-Raqqa city.

Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for Gulf affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, has visited the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces, north of Raqqa, accompanied by Brett McGork.

The sources said that the minister met with the Raqqa Civil Council and held several meetings with the city’s officials to review the security and economic conditions, pointing out that this came within the framework of the Saudi-American understanding on restoring security and stability to the city.

The sources confirmed in a statement to Okaz that Riyadh and Washington discussed the reconstruction of the city, provided that Riyadh has the largest role in it.


The delegation of the revolutionary forces calls on the international community to stand with the prisoners of Homs.

The Syrian opposition delegation to Astana called on Wednesday the international community to stand with the prisoners in the central prison of Homs.

The statement called on the international institutions concerned to fulfil their responsibilities and not to leave the detainees in prison and others “to the sectarian barbarism that the Assad regime is applying against its opponents, and to stop the threats against the prisoners and to release them immediately after a long period of detention without legal or judicial support and compensation”

The statement pointed out that the detainees of peaceful activists from the people of Homs at the beginning of the revolution carried out a public intransigence after the head of the prison, Brigadier General Bilal Sulaiman, provided elements of the regime as detainees to the Red Cross to say give their testimonies.


Guterich calls for reactivating the political process in Syria.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich said on Wednesday that recent developments in Syria indicate the need to reactivate the political process.

Guterich asked his envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to step up his efforts in consultation with the parties concerned to hold a new round of negotiations in Geneva.

In a statement, the UN Secretary General called on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, abide by international humanitarian law, human rights laws and to allow humanitarian access to those in need without delay.



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