Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Okab Yahya, said that Russia is trying to achieve military victory by throwing its troops into the battlefield in Syria after the Assad regime failed to achieve the objectives of the ongoing military campaign in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northern Syria.
Yahya said that Moscow is hastily seeking to finish the fierce battles in northwestern Syria before returning to the political process which the UN envoy Geir Pederson announced will be resumed in the next few days.
Russia is once again seeking to impose a new reality on the ground and subjecting the international community to its demands by acquiring new pressure cards. These cards are today represented in attempts to capture new areas in northern Syria and placing them under the control of the Assad regime.
Yahya said that Moscow has only one option: murder, destruction, more crimes against civilians, and the targeting of residential areas and civilian facilities as well as civil defense centers and medical facilities. These acts ended any semblance of life with the aim of forcing the civilian population to flee, Yahya added.
Moscow's denial of the deployment of ground troops in the ongoing battles in northwestern Syria indicated that it was not certain of victory and afraid that its forces may be defeated by the Free Syrian Army.
Since the beginning of their military campaign in northwestern Syria, the Assad regime and Russian forces have so far failed to achieve significant progress in the face of the FSA fighters, which is contrary to Russian expectations.
Reuters quoted Naji Mustafa, spokesman for the National Liberation Front (NLF) as saying that Russia has not only failed but has been defeated. Jamil al-Salih, commander of the FSA al-Izza Army, said that the Assad regime found itself in trouble so it asked for the deployment of Russian ground forces. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Designate-head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdurrahman Mustafa participated in the opening of a grain mill in the town of Ayn al-Baida in the Jarablus region in northern rural Aleppo. Heads of the local councils in northern rural Aleppo and the Governor of Aleppo, Abdel Moneim al-Mustafa also participated in the opening ceremony.
The mill is designed to meet the needs of the residents of four major towns in northern rural Aleppo, which are Jarablus, al-Bab, al-Raie, and Qabbasin.
The local council in Jarablus published photos of the opening ceremony as it said that the mill had already begun producing flour with a capacity of up to 45 tons every day.
The council pointed out that the Ain Al-Baida Mill belongs to the Branch of Grain in Aleppo province, which is part of the plan of action of SIG’s Ministry of Finance and Economy, noting that the mill is one of the most important projects in the region.
According to the Grain Institution, the mill was built with an estimated cost of 500,000 euros which were provided by the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), a multi-donor trust fund initiated by the Group of Friends of the Syrian People and its Working Group on Economic Recovery and Development to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people affected by the ongoing conflict.
With the opening of the mill, the purchases of grain by the Grain Institution is expected to reach a new record level of up to 15,000 tons in 2019, up from 9,000 tons in 2018. The move will reflect positively on the prices of bread in the region.
The move came as Abdurrahman Mustafa continues to hold consultations about the formation of a new SIG cabinet that will be submitted to the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly for approval at the end of this month.
Mustafa held several meetings in different areas of northern rural Aleppo, including with representatives of provincial councils and local councils as well as representatives of committees and civil society organizations operating in the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)