The Daily Repot 14/10/2017
Alice Mefrej: Russians invoked the fight against terrorism to occupy Syria.
Alice Mefrej, deputy head of the delegation of the Supreme Commission for Negotiations of the opposition, announced on Friday evening that Russia has invoked the fight against terrorism to occupy Syria.
“America made the base in Afghanistan against the Russians and the Russians used terrorism as an excuse to occupy Syria and came back to make agreements on Syrian lands, which has become the victim of its geopolitical position,” Alice wrote on Twitter.
France's defense minister: We will not leave Syria and Iraq.
French Defense Minister Florence Barley said that France would not leave Syria and Iraq after the destruction of Daesh, noting that the region would pose a potential threat in the foreseeable future.
“The relationship between the terrorist threat in our territory and a range of potential threats that the region still represents in the future allows us to believe that we will not leave this region overnight,” Barley told France’s Le Monde newspaper.
Amnesty for 120 elements of the "Free Syrian Army".
According to a statement, 120 gunmen from the Free Syrian Army stopped their armed activity in northern Syria. All of them were pardoned by the committee in Aleppo countryside and returned to their families.
Syrian fighter pilot on trial for espionage in Turkey returns to Syria.
A Syrian fighter pilot who was detained after crashing in southern Turkey in March has returned to Syria after a Turkish court released him on Friday, Syrian TV reported.
The pilot, Mehmet Sufhan, faced trial in Turkey charged with espionage and violating border security after he crashed in the border province of Hatay. He was found by a search team, treated at a local hospital and detained.
ISIL faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syria's YPG says.
ISIL is on the verge of defeat in Syria’s Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the group’s fighters on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said.
“The battles are continuing in Raqqa city. Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is on the verge of being finished. Today or tomorrow the city may be liberated,” YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud told Reuters news agency by telephone.
Turkish forces in Idlib are 'unrestricted' in their operation.
Turkish forces recently deployed in Syria’s Idlib province have their own strategy and are “not bounded by just resistance or defense,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The troops referred to by the president entered Syria as part of a monitoring mission agreed upon by Turkey, Russia and Iran last month.
“We implement our own game plan, step by step… We are not bounded by just resistance or defense,” Erdogan told a meeting of his AK Party on Friday, emphasising Turkey’s close interest in the region’s security due to its shared border with Syria.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces kill over 30 terrorist ringleaders in Syria since early October.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces have killed more than 30 terrorist ringleaders since the beginning of October, the chief of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff, Sergey Rudskoy, said.
“Special attention was paid to destroying the heads of armed groups. Since early October, 31 of them have been killed,” the general said.
According to the general, on October 3, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Julani, was seriously wounded, and its security chief Ahmad al-Gizai and several field commanders were killed.
Buses inside Raqqa to transport IS fighters and families out.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said on Saturday there were buses inside Syria’s Raqqa which would be used to transport remaining Islamic State fighters and their families out of the city.
Russia questions future of Syria chemical weapons inquiry.
Russia on Friday questioned the work and future of an inquiry into who is to blame for toxic gas attacks in Syria and said it would decide whether to support extending the mandate after investigators submit their next report to U.N. Security Council.
The investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) – was unanimously created by the 15-member U.N. Security Council in 2015 and renewed in 2016 for another year. Its mandate is due to expire in mid-November.
U.S.-led coalition says 100 IS fighters in Raqqa surrendered in last 24 hours.
Around 100 Islamic State fighters have surrendered in Syria’s Raqqa in the last 24 hours and were “removed from the city”, a spokesman for the U.S-led coalition against Islamic State told Reuters on Saturday.
“We still expect difficult fighting in the days ahead and will not set a time for when we think (Islamic State) will be completely defeated in Raqqa,” Colonel Ryan Dillon said in an emailed statement.
Islamic State Raqqa defeat "may be today or tomorrow"-
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Saturday that Islamic State was on the verge of defeat in Raqqa, and the city may be finally cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday.
“The battles are continuing in Raqqa city. Daesh (Islamic State) is on the verge of being finished. Today or tomorrow the city may be liberated,” YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud told Reuters by telephone.
WHO says attack on Syria vaccine store leaves children at risk.
The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio.
If confirmed, the WHO said, the attack would put thousands of children at risk of these serious infectious, viral diseases. Both can spread rapidly in areas of conflict.
“We unequivocally condemn these actions. Vaccines are not a legitimate target of war,” the WHO’s representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, said in a statement issued late on Friday.
The store had held 100,000 doses of measles vaccine, 35,000 doses of polio vaccine, plus syringes and other equipment.
De-escalation zones help save lives in Syria.
The de-escalation zones established in Syria with Russia’s participation have made it possible save a large number of lives and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country, leader of Syria’s tomorrow opposition movement, Ahmad al-Jarba, said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday.
“We appreciate your personal efforts in terms of signing the relevant agreements on setting up the de-escalation zones,” he said. “We want to state that these agreements have made it possible to save many lives in Syria and deliver humanitarian convoys to those in need.”
EXCLUSIVE: Negotiations Committee Denies Receiving Russian Aid Northern Homs.
Sources inside the negotiations committee northern Homs denied the Russian claims for receiving humanitarian assistance in Rastan city northern Homs countryside.
The sources confirmed to Qasioun News Agency that until the moment did not enter any assistance from the Russians to the northern Homs countryside.
Syrian Idlib chemical incident ‘likely staged,’ requires real investigation.
Moscow is inclined to believe that the Idlib chemical incident in April, which was used by the US as a pretext to strike Syria’s Shayrat Airbase, was staged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, stressing the need for a thorough and impartial investigation.