The Syrian Coalition said that US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the death of the leader of the ISIS terrorist group represents an important chapter in the course of the struggle against terrorism in Syria and the region.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the Coalition said that “for the past several years, the Syrian people have been subjected to numerous crimes at the hands of this terrorist group, including mass murder, execution, and detention.”
“The death of al-Baghdadi represents an important step on the road to eradicate ISIS and begin to undo the devastation it caused and end the utter chaos it spread, taking into account the organic relationship between this terrorist organization since its inception with the Assad regime,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition underscored that the Assad regime is the number one sponsor of terrorism in the region. “Indeed, the Assad regime directly supported this organization and its likes; allowed it to grow and fester; and used it to fight the revolution and the Free Syrian Army and to terrorize and intimidate the whole world.”
The Coalition also stressed that the best way to defeat terrorist organizations in Syria and the region “comes with the end of the Assad regime and the establishment of a just, good governance.”
“The Syrian people strongly reject the existence of any extremist organizations in Syria as they are well aware that they are linked to the Assad regime and that it is responsible for bringing them in just as it has brought the Iranian terrorism into the country.”
The Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to the demands of the Syrian people, the rule of law, and addressing the root causes of chaos in Syria. It said that the restoration of stability to Syria and the region is contingent upon the defeat of tyranny; ending the foreign occupation; and the ousting of all terrorist militias and organizations from Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Communities Office and heads of the Syrian communities councils in Romania, the United States, Qatar and Italy discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria and preparations to participate in the work of the Constitutional Committee at the UN Office in Geneva.
The discussion, which was held via video link, brought together the Coalition Vice-president Dima Moussa, Director of the Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations Abdel Ahad Steifo, Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee Riad Al-Hassan, members of the political body Badr Jamous, Yasser Al-Farhan and Bahjat Atassi, and Coordinator of the Communities Office Yahya Maktabi.
Members of the Coalition praised the effective role being played by the communities councils in pressuring the governments of the host countries to take positive positions in favor of the cause of the Syrian people. They stressed the importance of their role in the current stage and in the future stage of building Syria in view of the influence, expertise these communities have.
The participants stressed the need for cooperativeness and partnership between the communities councils and the Coalition, especially in the next phase containing serious challenges that will shape the future of the country.
Members of the Coalition reviewed the final preparations to participate in the work of the Constitutional Committee. They stressed that the political process cannot be reduced to the Constitutional Committee which they described as an opportunity and a gateway to revitalize the political process which the Assad regime has obstructed over the past several years.
The meeting touched on the importance of activating the Syrian Interim Government and the prospects for its work in the liberated areas as well as the difficulties and challenges facing it. They also discussed the latest developments in Operation Peace Spring. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)