The Special Forces of the Syrian National Army’s (SNA) Second Corps carried out military exercises in the outskirts of the town of Afrin in Aleppo province on Monday in the presence of the Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Defense and SNA’s Chief of Staff Major General Salim Idris, Commander of the SNA’s Al-Hamzat Division Saif Abu Bakr, and a number of field commanders.
The maneuvers went successfully and saw the participation of around 500 SNA fighters who received special training over the past few months. They involved the firing of mortar shells and heavy machine guns and climbing a steep hill to eliminate a target.
Major General Idris supervised the maneuvers after field commanders gave a detailed explanation of the stages of the maneuvers and their objectives.
The drills came as part of the SNA’s efforts to raise the combat readiness of its units so as to achieve coordination and harmony among the SNA’s units during the upcoming military operations.
The move came to confirm the determination of SIG’s Ministry of Defense to establish a professional national army meeting the international military standards and working to improve security and stability in the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, said that the fallen hero Meshaal al-Tammo was a shining example to the Syrian citizen who incorporates the Kurdish cause in the overall national framework.
Yahya stressed that Tammo embodied the spirit and goals of the revolution as a revolution for Syrians of all backgrounds and affiliations. He said: “Tammo was at the forefront of the struggle to combine the general and special causes as he refused any separation between them.”
Yahya went on to say that the Syrian people today commemorates the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Tammo, the late Coalition member, in the town of al-Qamishli. He pointed out that the Assad regime sought to stifle the spirit of revolution among the Syrian people, especially the Kurds.
Moreover, Yahya stressed that the Kurds were and are still an essential part of the Syrian people's revolution against tyranny, adding that the positions and ideas of Tammo are becoming clearer day after day. He stressed that the causes of the Syrian people and the Kurds is one project that cannot be separated or divided, adding that the victory of the revolution is a victory for the Kurdish cause as a purely Syrian cause.
He pointed out that Tammo strenuously defended the rights of the Syrian people and stood firm in the face of tyranny and injustice. He expressed confidence in the ability of the Syrian people to produce more of those heroes who act as a guarantee for victory of the Syrian people with all their components despite attempts by the forces of tyranny and occupation to crush the people’s will.
“Tammo stood in the face of discrimination and divisions that Assad regime and its allies sought to sow in Syria unlike others who did not show the wisdom and deep humanitarian vision that Tammo once had.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Office of Turkey in the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations met with the Coalition’s Representative Office in Turkey, the Syrian team in the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee, and the Syrian Interim Government to discuss developing a joint plan of action to strengthen the relationship with the Turkish parliamentary parties and blocs; shed light on the Syrian Revolution; and clarify the reasons that forced millions of Syrians out of their country.
Participants in the meeting agreed to hold meetings with university students and the various Turkish social strata as well as to hold lectures at Turkish universities and local communities to highlight the historical relationship between the Syrian and Turkish people.
They also stressed the need to continue to work on ensuring that the residency of all Syrian nationals in Turkey is legal and to work with the Turkish authorities to reach an appropriate legal formula for all cases.
The participants stressed that the recent facilitations resulting from the work of the Joint Committee helped many Syrian nationals in Turkey, calling for more work to prevent attempts by the Assad regime to sow discord between the two brotherly peoples. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s (SIG) Minister of Health Maram Al-Sheikh Mustafa toured hospitals and health directorates in rural Aleppo to discuss ways to improve healthcare for the population in the liberated areas.
Al-Sheikh Mustafa met with Director of the Free Directorate of Health in Aleppo Hassan Obeid and his assistant, Abdul Basit Al-Shyoukhi to discuss with them the situation of healthcare in the region. He stressed the importance of organizing projects and efforts in healthcare in the liberated areas, adding that these efforts need to correspond with the decisions and recommendations put forward by the Ministry.
Sheikh Mustafa also visited the Association of Health Workers in Aleppo and met with head of the Associaton of Nurses, Technicians and Midwives in Aleppo Branch, Tariq Najjar. The two sides discussed the important role of the associations in improving healthcare and empower the healthcare institutions with qualified staff and improve their working conditions.
He also met with the Head of the local council in the town of Marea, Fouad Abbas, and discussed with him the situation of healthcare in the town.
Sheikh Mustafa also visited a number of hospitals in the region and met with the management and doctors working in them. They talked about the importance of developing health and administrative work in the liberated areas as he thanked them for their tremendous efforts despite the difficult circumstances in the region and the limited resources. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)