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The Daily Report 5/10/2017

UN official: ISIS is preparing a transfer of its elements and funds to Southeast Asia.

ISIS is preparing to leave Syria and Iraq for Southeast Asia, according to international media sources quoting the UN Security Council on counter-terrorism measures.


Paris and Washington call for continued investigation into the chemical case of the Assad regime.

Paris and Washington considered that the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, issued on Wednesday, stating that the sarin gas was used in a village in northern Syria, five days before the chemical attack on the city of Khan Sheikun last March, confirms the need for continued international investigations in this country.


"Adib Shishakli: There is no convincing leadership in the opposition and the survival of Assad is impossible regionally.

The representative of the Syrian National Coalition in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, “Adib Shishakli,” said in a statement  that there is no convincing political leadership in the Syrian opposition in general, which can be wrapped around by the Syrians, noting that the political class in the opposition wanted to reap the gains of the revolution carried out by the Syrian people.


Sheikh "Mahdi": Yes to opening the fronts... This is my message to the revolutionarie.

The Syrian preacher Sheikh Abdul Razzaq al-Mahdi announced on Wednesday, his support for the opening of fronts again against the forces of Assad and the Iranian militias loyal to it, and the Russian occupation forces, while directing a message to the revolutionaries.


Ahmed Rahal: We have been threatened to either accept Astana or Russian bombing:

Brigadier-General dissident of the Syrian regime «Ahmed Rahal» revealed the options available to the Syrian opposition at the moment.

“Either to accept the humiliating results of Astana or to have our people murdered at the hands of Russian aviation,” Rahal wrote in a tweet, denouncing the options imposed on them.


Baath party warns returnees to Syria after the war.

The Assistant Secretary-General of the Baath Party in Syria, warned on Wednesday, Syrians returning to their country after the war, that they won’t be given priority in any area.


Amid Syria's horrors, a desert massacre passes unnoticed as survivors claim dozens killed by government forces.

In the early hours of Tuesday September 26, hundreds of men, women and children were making a perilous trek through the Syrian desert by night.

After weeks of trying, they had finally managed to escape a small Islamic State-held pocket in Syria’s Hama province near the town of Oqeirbat.

They were attempting to make their way across regime-held territory and into rebel held north-western Syria.


Chemical weapons watchdog found sarin used in March Syria attack.

An inquiry by the global chemical weapons watchdog found sarin was used in a March attack in Syria on an opposition-held town, just days before the banned nerve agent killed dozens in a separate attack nearby, sources told Reuters on Wednesday. The March 30 air strike in the northern Syrian town of Latamneh injured around 70 people who suffered nausea, foaming at the mouth and muscle spasms.

Russia says IS attacks in Syria come from location near U.S. forces.

A spokesman for Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that a series of attacks launched by Islamic State in Syria on government forces had come from an area near the border with Jordan where a U.S. military mission was located.

The spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement the attackers had the precise coordinates of the Syrian government forces, which could only have been obtained through aerial reconnaissance.

Syrian opposition says Russian jets kill civilians fleeing across Euphrates.

Military jets believed to be Russian killed at least 60 civilians trying to flee heavy fighting in the oil rich Deir al Zor province of Syria when their small boats were targeted as they sought to cross the Euphrates River, opposition activists, former residents and a war monitor said late on Wednesday.

They said the jets targeted makeshift rubber dinghies and boats carrying dozens of families fleeing the town of al Ashara along the western banks of the Euphrates that lies south of Deir al Zor city, the provincial capital.

Rights Group: 33 Detainees Died Under Torture in Assad’s Prisons in September 2017.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that it had documented the death of 34 detainees under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime in September 2017. The victims included a university student and two women.

In a report released on Tuesday, the Network said that 195 people had died under torture in Syria since the beginning of 2017, including 33 who died in the Assad regime’s custody in July alone and one in the prisons of Hay’at Tahrir Alsham militant group.


Around 400,000 People Flee Deir Ezzor in Past Month as Fighting Heats Up.

Up to 380,000 people have fled their towns and villages in Deir Ezzor due to the intensifying aerial bombardment and battles between the Russian-backed Assad regime forces and ISIS as well as between ISIS and the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Omar Abu Laila, director of Deir Ezzor 24 media campaign told Smart News Network that “over 180,000 people, mostly children and women, fled their homes in the ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzor to areas under the control of SDF militias in the provinces of Raqqa and Hassaka in the month of September alone.”


Russia & Iran Dominate Assad Regime's Institutions & are Partners in its Crimes.

Officials in the Syrian Coalition said that Russia and Iran completely dominate the Assad regime and its institutions, adding that Russian and Iran are partners in the war crimes being committed against the Syrian people.

The Coalition officials made these remarks during a teleconference with leaders in the town of Dumair the Qalamoun area on Wednesday.

“Haitham al-Maleh, head of the Coalition’s legal committee, said that they are documenting and collecting evidence about all crimes being committed by the Assad regime, Russia and Iran against the Syrian people.” He added that the Coalition regularly addresses the United Nations and the UN Security Council to use these crimes in evidence at the ongoing investigations and to ensure that those responsible are held to account.


Moscow wants US to coordinate actions with Syrian army, Russian air group.

Russia would like the United States and the anti-terrorist coalition it leads to coordinate its actions in Syria with the government army and Russia’s aerospace group, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at an international conference of heads of secret and security services and law enforcement agencies.

“We would like the United States and the coalition it leads to feel free to coordinate its operations with the Syrian army and the Russian aerospace group,” he said. “Also, it is necessary to ensure the coalition should fight not only against the Islamic State, but also against Jabhat al-Nusra, which for some reason remained untouchable back under the Obama administration”.


ISIS wants to create ‘new global terrorist network’ – Russia’s FSB chief.

The leftovers of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) could try to form a new terrorist network after its eventual defeat in the Middle East, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov warns. The terrorists have been “almost defeated while attempting to build their caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” he noted.

Yet, “the leaders of IS and other international terrorist groups have defined their global strategic objective as the creation of a new, worldwide terrorist network,” Bortnikov stated at a meeting of security services and law enforcement agencies from Russia and 73 other countries in the Russian city of Krasnodar.


Pentagon Denies US-Led Coalition Works With Daesh Terrorists in Syria.

The Pentagon has denied that the US-led coalition is working with Daesh terrorists in Syria in the wake of the statement by the Russian Defense Ministry that said that Washington’s support for terrorists is the main obstacle to the complete elimination of terrorists in the war-ravaged nation.



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