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18 February 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, met with Mr. Joel Rayburn, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria in the U.S. State Department and discussed with him the Assad regime forces’ latest deadly attacks against civilians in several parts of rural Idlib.

President Mustafa stressed the importance of accountability for war crimes as an essential part of the political process that was set out in international resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. He called on the United States and its allies to ratchet up pressure on the Assad regime to force it to respect the Idlib ceasefire agreement and engage in the political process.

“What we are seeing on the part of the regime is continued deadly attacks in Khan Sheikhoun and Ma’aret al-Nu'man. It is important to preserve the de-escalation zones agreement. We hope that our allies will continue to exercise pressure on the regime to force it to respect the agreement and ensure it is implemented in full,” President Mustafa said. He continued: “We oppose all terrorist organizations without exception.”

With regards to the course of the political process, President Mustafa explained that the Syrian Coalition continues to support the formation of the Constitutional Committee as a gateway to the political process. “It is important that the Committee meets the United Nations standards and be fair and balanced,” he added. He expressed the hope that the UN resolution 2254 will be implemented in full.

Furthermore, President Mustafa underscored the need for consensus between Turkey and the United States, noting that the Coalition supports reaching a consensus between the two countries. “We are pleased with this consensus and the developments that have taken place since the latest meeting. What is more important for us is that the Assad regime, the Iranians, and terrorist organizations are not allowed to fill the vacuum that will result from the US withdrawal from Syria.”

For his part, Mr. Rayburn condemned the Assad regime’s deadly attacks on Idlib province as he gave a detailed overview of the meetings the US administration has recently held in Washington with countries of the region on the Syrian issue. He pointed out that the talks went well and were constructive as he stressed that “there is a desire by everyone to reach an agreement.”

Mr. Rayburn pointed out that his country believes that it is necessary to establish a safe area that is free from the Assad regime forces and their allies. He went on to say that the withdrawal of US forces from Syria denotes a change in tactics and not a change in the US overall policy. He also stressed that there will be no progress in the reconstruction issue in Syria without reaching a lasting political solution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

16 February 2019 In Coalition News

The Assad regime forces committed a horrific massacre claiming the lives of nine civilians, mostly children and women in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern rural Idlib late on Friday.

The Syrian Civil Defense said that nine people - six children and three women - were killed and many others were injured as a result of intense rocket shelling by the Assad regime forces on the town. Some of the victims were burned beyond recognition.

Local activists said that regime forces stationed in the town of Abu Dali in southeast rural Idlib carried out the shelling, pointing out that some of the rockets were filled with cluster bombs resulting in large explosions and fires.

Activists pointed out that the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment, adding that some were in critical condition. Similar shelling targeted the towns of Jarjanaz, Tal Minnis, Ma’arshemmarin, Ma’arshamasha, and Al-Tih.

The Syrian Coalition called upon the international community to put an end these crimes, stressing that these massacres prove without doubt that the Assad regime insists on its bloody behavior and on blocking all political processes sparing the country more death and destruction.

The Assad regime and its allied militias continue to violate all conventions in place. The regime’s intensified shelling has killed more that 100 civilians, including 15 civilians who were killed in a week in Khan Sheikoun alone. The shelling continues despite the Idlib Agreement establishing a demilitarized zone and calling for a ceasefire in the province. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

15 February 2019 In Coalition News

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the international consensus among participants in the Warsaw Conference, which considered Iran the biggest threat in the Middle East, should be followed by tough, practical measures twisting the arms of this state sponsoring cross-border terrorism.

Moussa underscored that the Iranian danger is not limited to aiding Assad in the killing of the Syrian people only but also represents a threat to the security of the whole region. She noted that Iran is sending sleeper cells and sectarian militias to many countries in the region.

Moussa said that Iran's sprawling tentacles are aimed at creating chaos and instability in the countries of the region. She noted that Iran is serving its goals through the Houthi militia in Yemen, the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, and dozens of terrorist militias operating in Syria and Iraq.

Moreover, Moussa voiced her support for the US calls for the withdrawal the European countries from the Iran nuclear deal as Iran poses a serious threat to international peace and security.

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, expressed his support to tightening of the sanctions on Iran as he stressed that “the Iranian regime’s terrorist actions in the region are self-evident.”

Moussa stressed the importance of supporting all countries, especially the Arab countries, to take serious steps leading to the isolation of Iran and ending its interference in the affairs of countries of the region and its spreading of terrorism, especially in Syria and Iraq.

The Warsaw Conference convened on Wednesday bringing together foreign ministers and officials from more than 60 countries, most notably the United States and Saudi Arabia with the aim of ratcheting up pressure on the Iranian regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

14 February 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, expressed his support to tighten the sanctions on Iran as he stressed that “the Iranian regime’s terrorist actions in the region is self-evident.”

President Mustafa’s remarks came as Warsaw Conference began on Wednesday bringing together foreign ministers and officials from more than 60 countries, most notably the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The conference aims to ratchet up pressure on Iran and bring an end to its crimes in neighboring Arab countries through dozens of sectarian militias operating in Syria, the ‘hashd’ militias in Iraq, the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, and the Houthi militia in Yemen.

“The Iranian regime’s terrorist activity and its repression of the Iranian people are all self-evident,” President Mustafa said as he expressed surprise at the lack of firm stance towards these crimes.

“What surprises us is the international community’s lukewarm response to the actions of the Iranian regime as well as the insistence of some countries to tolerate the mullah regime in Iran and providing it with lifelines.”

Head of the Coalition’s Department of Media and Communications, Ahmed Ramadan, said that there is considerable support to the efforts aimed at increasing the pressure on Iran. He continued: “Any serious step to isolate Iran and end its interference in the affairs of other countries and its spread of terrorism will gain Arab support, especially in Syria and Iraq which are the number one victims of the Iranian militia.”

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News that the international summit would focus on “the stability, peace, freedom, and security in the Middle East.” He pointed out that this requires ensuring that Iran does not exercise its “destabilizing influence.” (Source: Syrian’s Coalition Media Department)

13 February 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mishat on Wednesday signed the Hajj policy handling the applications of intending Syrian pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj season.

President Mustafa said that the Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee was able to secure an increase in the pilgrimage quota for Syrians by 3,500 to a total of 22,500, up from 19,000 pilgrims for last year’s season. He expressed appreciation and gratitude to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for the services it provides to the pilgrims.

President Mustafa, who also presides over the Committee, stressed “the continuing coordination with the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to ensure all services and care are provided for Syrian pilgrims.” He said that he was certain that the Hajj season for this year would be a success thanks to the considerable efforts and constant development in the provision of services and the effective organization.

The Committee has taken on the supervision of the Syrian hajj for the seventh consecutive year and provided services to all Syrian pilgrims.

Last week, the Committee announced the requirements for the application for the upcoming Hajj season. It said it would begin the reception of applications for Hajj soon in its offices in Syria and neighboring countries.

Head of the Syrian Hajj pilgrimage, Samer Birqdar, said that the Committee is working for all Syrians in all Syrian regions “without any discrimination and regardless of any regional, ethnic or even political considerations.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

12 February 2019 In Coalition News

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Badr Jamous, said that the Transitional Government Body should be the cornerstone of the comprehensive political transition process as was set out in the international resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communiqué and UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

In a special statement on Tuesday, VP Jamous pointed out that the Syrian Coalition is seeking to find a sustainable political solution under the auspices of the United Nations and in accordance with the international resolutions forming the basis of the negotiating rounds in Geneva.

Jamous explained that the new international envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, talked about the need for a comprehensive political process early in his mission. Jamous described Pedersen’s remarks as “encouraging,” noting that the Coalition supports such vision as it corresponds with its vision of a political solution.

Furthermore, Jamous said that the Coalition’s vision is based on the demands of the Syrian people and the enormous sacrifices they have made over the past eight years. He added that constitutional process, elections and the Transitional Governing Body together form a comprehensive package that in turn constitutes a process of a comprehensive political transition.

“We are well aware that the Assad regime is trying to empty the political process of any meaning by evading to engage in the process of political transition," Jamous said. He stressed that such tactics will not result in a lasting, real political solution serving the interest of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 February 2019 In Coalition News

Syria was ranked the least free country in the world on the 2019 Freedom House’s list. President of the Syrian Coalition pointed out that the ranking should prompt the international community and those who are trying to rehabilitate the Assad regime to shoulder their responsibilities.

In its annual assessment of fundamental freedoms, the Washington-based rights group Freedom House singled out Syria as “worst of the worst” on its list of the least free countries.

President Mustafa said that supporters of the regime and those seeking to rehabilitate it are to blame for the ranking of Syria as worst of the worst. He said that this situation “should prompt everyone to shoulder their responsibilities.”

President Mustafa also criticized “the countries that have kept silent about the crimes and terror of the Assad regime as well as the massacres being committed by the regime and its allied militias against those who are demanding freedom.”

The Assad regime came first in terms of the violations against media workers over the past year, according to the annual report by the Syrian Centre for Journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association.

According to a report the Association published on late January 2019, the violations included murder, physical assault, detention, torture, preventing journalists from working freely, confiscation of the equipment of media institutions, and shutting down media institutions.

Moreover, the Assad regime was found responsible for killing US journalist Marie Colvin in 2012.

The US district court for the District of Columbia on late January ruled that the Assad regime was liable to pay $302m in damages to Colvin’s family who filed a lawsuit against the regime for its responsibility for her death when regime forces shelled a media center in the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs back in February 2012. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 February 2019 In Coalition News

Syria was ranked the least free country in the world on the 2019 Freedom House’s list. President of the Syrian Coalition pointed out that the ranking should prompt the international community and those who are trying to rehabilitate the Assad regime to shoulder their responsibilities.

In its annual assessment of fundamental freedoms, the Washington-based rights group Freedom House singled out Syria as “worst of the worst” on its list of the least free countries.

President Mustafa said that supporters of the regime and those seeking to rehabilitate it are to blame for the ranking of Syria as worst of the worst. He said that this situation “should prompt everyone to shoulder their responsibilities.”

President Mustafa also criticized “the countries that have kept silent about the crimes and terror of the Assad regime as well as the massacres being committed by the regime and its allied militias against those who are demanding freedom.”

The Assad regime came first in terms of the violations against media workers over the past year, according to the annual report by the Syrian Centre for Journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association.

According to a report the Association published on late January 2019, the violations included murder, physical assault, detention, torture, preventing journalists from working freely, confiscation of the equipment of media institutions, and shutting down media institutions.

Moreover, the Assad regime was found responsible for killing US journalist Marie Colvin in 2012.

The US district court for the District of Columbia on late January ruled that the Assad regime was liable to pay $302m in damages to Colvin’s family who filed a lawsuit against the regime for its responsibility for her death when regime forces shelled a media center in the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs back in February 2012. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

09 February 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee published the requirements for the application for the upcoming Hajj season of 2019/1440. The Committee will receive applications for Hajj soon in its offices in Syria and neighboring countries.

Head of the Syrian Hajj pilgrimage, Samer Birqdar, said that the committee is working for all Syrians in all Syrian regions “without any discrimination and regardless of any regional, ethnic or even political considerations.”

Birqdar pointed out that it had already received applications from Syrian pilgrims from all regions, adding that the offices of the Committee is working to serve the intending Syrian pilgrims in the regime-held areas.

The Committee will receive applications beginning from next week, Birqdar said, pointing out that the intending pilgrims can communicate with the offices of the Committee in Syria and neighboring countries, which number 13 offices.

The Committee has taken on the supervision of Syrian hajj since 2013. Around 19,000 Syrians performed Hajj last season. The Committee is seeking to increase Syria’s quota of Hajj for the current season.

The Syrian Coalition earlier thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the care and services they are providing to the pilgrims and for facilitating their affairs and meeting all their needs to perform the hajj rituals smoothly and with ease.

The Coalition added that it was certain that the Hajj season for this year would be a success thanks to considerable efforts and constant development in the provision of services and the effective organization.

The Coalition noted that it highly appreciates the constant efforts being exerted by Saudi Arabia to take care of the pilgrims, stressing that the Coalition is continuing to coordinate with the Saudi Ministry of Hajj to ensure the provision of services to Syrian pilgrims. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

08 February 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition denounced the international community’s total inaction towards what is happening on the ground and the tragic reality caused by the constant, indiscriminate shelling by the Assad regime and Iranian militias with Russia cover and in violation of the Idlib agreement.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition condemned the Assad regime and its allies’ targeting of unarmed civilians in Idlib province. It said: “As the this situation continues, the crimes continue and civilians continue to be targeted as if it became a new norm and as if there was no agreement in place or guarantors who need to be concerned about its durability.

The Coalition reiterated its condemnation of attacks and actions violating the agreement which was reached in Sochi.

“The world is required not to waste more time; exert pressure on the Assad regime and its supporters to force them to commit to stopping crime and shelling; and push the political process forward in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Communique of 2012,” the Coalition said.

The Coalition called on parties and guarantors of the Idlib agreement as well as the international community to closely follow the situation on the ground and not to let civilians be subjected to indiscriminate shelling aimed at killing or displacing them.

“It is imperative that the international community realize the dangers of the escalating attacks by the Assad regime and the Iranian militias as well as to realize their real objectives and to work to stop them and to spare the region its catastrophic consequences.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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