December 10, 2013
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Syrian Coalition: ISIS and Sister Groups are Desperate Gamble by a Dying Regime
Ahmad Jarba, the president of  the Syrian Coalition stressedl that "ISIS and its sister groups were made by the Assad regime,” during a speech delivered in front of the Gulf Cooperation Council. He added that the Assad regime aims to "distort the image of the Syrian revolution” through creating these groups. Jarba also stated that the regime failed to prove that the revolution is linked to foreign agents such as the Israeli occupation or the United States, or that it was ignited by the Gulf countries. He went on, "this failure made the regime release extremist groups under its sponsorship by releasing them from prisons and arming them." Furthermore, Jarba describes Assad's atrocities against the Syrian people as "criminal genius" that seeks to "evoke the worst of history and deploy it through the ugliest methods with the help of the sectarian mercenaries"and through investing the grudge of the terrorist militias, Hezbollah and Abu al Fadl al Abbas and other sectarian militias. Jarba also stressed "that the Syrian Coalition believes in a fair political solution fair that take out the criminals from the lives of the Syrians once and for all," noting that "participation in Geneva 2 does not mean that we 're going to a political forum alongside a group from the Assad regime , rather it means we are going to spare our country the destruction and crimes and to restore the Syrian state, and the independence of the national decision. We say yes to Geneva 2 according to the principles and the guidelines that were set forth in the vision of the Syrian Coalition, and which we set forth in the last London 11 meeting, i.e., according to Geneva 1 and its Communiqué . (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Coalition News
Syrian Coalition: Assad and Hezbollah Share a Common Madness
The Syrian Coalition renewed its call for the international community to assume its responsibility to stand against the militias of Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran who the Syrian Coalition described as "sharing common madness and whose heads are filled with the thought of death and killing of others without discrimination." The Syrian Coalition remarks were released on the 1000th day of the Syrian revolution. The Syrian Coalition points out that "there are three million refugees registered with the United Nations in the Middle East alone, including one million children. According to the United Nations, 130,000 people were killed." 250,000 Syrians are trapped in Homs, Aleppo and Damascus. The statement adds that Syrians are starving and deprived of water, added to this the eight million Syrians living at the poverty line, with around five million  Syrians living in extreme poverty, and six million people have been forced to leave their homes." The statement goes on to say: "There have been violations against the rights of thousands of disabled people Syria, and hundreds of thousands of people were permanently disabled during the 33-month long revolution, there are more than 250,000 detainees and missing in Syria who the Assad regime declined to give any information about their whereabouts."  The statement added that thousands of detained women were raped, and that hundreds of children have been detained since the begining of the revolution. The statement describs the attack on Ghouta with chemical weapons, where more than 1,400 civilians were killed as "the worst forms of genocide  in the 21st  century." The statement concluded that at least 20 massacres were committed by the Assad regime and terrorist militias of Hezbollah" using primitive where 2,885 victims were slaughtered with knives." (Source: Syrian Coalition)
FSA: The Formation Of The Front Is Not A Message For Those Who Want To Understand This As This Is His Problem
Louay Mekdad, the political and media coordinator of the FSA stressed that the weapons of Syrian Revolutionaries Front, formed by the merger of 15 FSA brigades and battalions, is aimed at Bashar al Assad and his aides. Mekdad denied that the merger has any "other purposes," adding that "the formation of the Front is not meant to be a message to anyone." It is important to note that Miqdad earlier denied the existence of any disagreement with the fighting factions. He said: “There is no disagreement between the FSA’s General Staff and the Islamic Front," and attributed the withdrawal of the Islamic Front from General Staff to differing political visions." Mekdad stressed that "Assad’s injustice and killing of the Syrian people must unite the revolutionaries’ efforts regardless of the differences on the details." In addition, he downsized the media frenzy about the withdrawal and said: "We should not exaggerate this development, especially in light of the massacres committed by the Assad regime against civilians." Mekdad went on: "The coordination on the field between the General Staff and the Islamic Front is at its best, and nobody can deny the sacrifices offered by the Islamic Front and its impact on the ground." By the end of the interview with the Media Office of the Syrian Coalition, Mekdad expressed certainty about reaching a solution that satisfies the Islamic Front, the General Staff and the Syrian people within a "unified political and military framework, especially since all things are dwarfed compared to the goal that everyone agrees upon, which is toppling the Assad regime. Where as the Army of Islam, one of the warring factions united under the revolutionary armed largest conglomerate called the Islamic Front. This united these battalions and fulfillment for the blood of the mujahid AbdulKader Saleh, who is the core of this revolutionary bloc, as reported by the leaders of the warring factions within the military. It is important to note that Jaish al Islam is one of the fighting factions that joined the biggest revolutionary armed conglomerate called the Islamic Front. The merger of these battalions came as a tribute to the blood of AbdulKader Saleh, who was the core of this revolutionary bloc, according to military leaders of these battalions. The Islamic Front is the first conglomeration that includes armed Kurdish factions that seek to overthrow the regime, indicating the unity of purpose among all spectrums of Syrian people and the inability of the regime to fracture freedom seeking factions. For his part, Colonel Qassem Saad Eddin said to Al Arabiya TV that the "formation of this Front came to unite the FSA's efforts, and Front's major goal is toppling the regime. The Front will distance itself from any practice that is considered detrimental to the Syrian people and their revolution, and it will be the nucleus of a national army in the future." (Source: Syrian Coalition)

"With Knifes." A Report That Exposes Assad's Massacres With Primitive Weapons
The Syrian Coalition issued a report that documents 20 massacres committed by the Assad regime using knives and sharp tools. The report pointed out that the 2885 civilians were victims of thesemassacres, including more than 200 children and 120 women, and that the perpetrators didn't spare the old, the young,  women or babies. The report added that "the victims of the 20 massacres carried out by the Assad regime were slaughtered with knives or burned to death, and that a variety of weapons and ways of killing were used in carrying out crimes, including the sword, the knife, the cleaver, burning to death and summary executions. The massacres goes beyond mere human rights violations to systematic and organized genocide." The report also cited the massacres as follows: Six in Homs, four in Hama, three in Damascus, two in Baniyas and one in each of Aleppo, Dara'a, Idlib and Deir Ezzor. The report also said that the Assad regime "formed death squads in early days of the Revolution, specialized in the implementation of bloody massacres with knives. These squads were composed of forces of the Republican Guard, elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Shabiha and the terrorist militias of Hezbollah. They were later joined by the Iraqi militias of Abu al Fadl al Abbas and others. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

Jarba: Moscow Visit Delayed
Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian Coalition, attributed the failure to meet Moscow's invitation to visit it to for "already scheduled dates," adding that "I will be visiting Russia to convince them that their interest lie with the Syrian people and not with the Assad regime." Jarba stressed that the Syrian Coalition is ready to participate in Geneva 2, but "within the principles of the revolution and the vision agreed upon by all components of the Syrian Coalition." Furthermore, Jarba pointed out that the Syrian Coalition presented to the London 11 Group premises that were approved by the Ministers of these countries. On top of these premises are opening humanitarian corridors although no positive development was achieved thus far, and I believe opening corridors will open the way for the success of Geneva. Jarba went on: "The talks in Geneva 2 will be in a specific period of time, to lead to the formation of a transitional ruling body with a real presidential executive body and with powers that include the security, military, intelligence services and the judiciary. Bashar Assad will not have any role to play in the transitional phase or in the near future for Syria." (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Local News
Syrian Doctors Create The Foundation Stone Of Their Association
A group of Syrian doctors  held a constituent conference in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey to elect the Association of Free Syrian Doctors. The doctors said that the association will coordinate with the Syrian National Council and the Syrian Coalition, but will work independently. The aim of this association is developing medical work in liberated areas. Several sources reported that the medical work, field hospitals, and the situation of medical students will represent one of the main axes of the work of the association in order to invest in the national effort for the benefit of Syria. Dr. Anas Sayyed Issa, member of the Health Office of the Syrian National Council, said to Al Arabiya TV that "there is no disagreement between the medical bodies. Rather, there is integration in their work, which is providing medical services for our people who are exposed to daily violations by the Assad regime such as bombing, destruction and displacement." Issa added that medical centers are constantly targeted by regime forces, where dozens of medical centers and field hospitals in the liberated areas are attacked by the Assad regime, just like any other military position of the FSA, and makes it too dangerous to continue working in these hospitals." Issa went on: "This conference would have a role in supplying medical facilities with doctors. There are doctors who are being subjected to great pressure to force them to leave Syria, so the association seeks to appoint doctors to work inside Syria and reduce the number of those who leave the country." (Source: Syrian Coalition)

Sabra: Fighters against Geneva II
The Syrian National Council chief George Sabra said that "the Western-Iranian agreement on Iran's nuclear file is a source of concern to us." Sabra also said in an interview with Al Hayat newspaper that he "is now making serious and fervent discussions on the subject of participation in Geneva 2, whose outcome is difficult to predict. There are conflicting opinions between a team that supports participation according to the current conditions set forth by the opposition, and the other team that does not see any benefit towards the Syrian revolution or the Syrian people." He pointed out that those "discussions are taking place within the Syrian Coalition, and inside its components and institutions, as well as with other political forces. However, the most important discussions are the ones being made with the forces of revolution and armed battalions at home." Sabra also stressed that "most of the fighters are against participation in Geneva 2, although they favor political solutions. In addition, they do not believe what this conference raises does not meet their hopes." Sabra added that the fighters also have reservations on "inviting parties that cannot cannot play any role as an intermediary between the Syrian revolution and the regime, namely inviting Iran. Moreover, the Russian policy didn't move toward meeting the objectives of the Syrian people. Iran took a hostile position towards the Syrian people, and Syrian territories are being occupied by terrorist militias of and the Abu al Fadl al Abbas." Regarding the intention of certain figures like Rifaat al Assad, Qadri Jamil to take part in the negotiations, Sabra said: "I think that Russian stands behind this, because they want to find a foothold within the Syrian opposition," stressing that "it was a bad joke that somebody states that Rifaat al-Assad is dissident who can take part in any negotiations, as he is the one who bequeathed to Syria a heavy burden, and should be tried by the ICC in the Hague for the many crimes he committed. As for Qadri Jamil, I do not think the Deputy Prime Minister of the Assad Regime can be considered the opposition during the negotiations at Geneva 2. The Russian policy is behind this proposal, but it will not work." (Source: Syrian Coalition)
On The Ground Development
Death Toll: 28 Killed Today, 83 Yesterday
The Local Coordination Committees documented 83 people killed yesterday, while documented 28 people killed as of press time of today, including 7 children and 3 women. Deaths were cited as follows:11 in Daraa, 8 in Aleppo, 6 in Damascus, 2 in Idlib, and 1 in Raqqa. (Local Coordination Committees)
Fsa Downs A Fighter Plane Near Damascus
The Free Syrian Army shot down a MiG military aircraft near Rahibh in rural Damascus after it made airstrikes on the region. Meanwhile, regime forces shelled with heavy artillery the districts of Jobar, Qaboun, Hever Fawka,and Adra, with reports of civilian casualties and material damage. In the meantime, the FSA destroy a regime tank during violent clashes with regime forces in the town of Yabroud. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Local Coordination Committees)
Violent Clashes in Rural Dara'a
The Free Syrian Army clashed with regime forces on many fronts of northwest Dara'a, with reports of heavy regime losses. Meanwhile, regime forces shelled the town of Hirak and the villages northwest of Dara'a,with heavy artillery, killing two children and injuring many others. A civilian was killed and dozens wounded by aerial shelling on the village of Laqit. In addition, civilan casualties were recorded in the towns of Inkhil, Jasem and Tisil. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Local Coordination Committees)
Barrel Bombs kill four in Aleppo
Four civilians, including two children, were killed and dozens wounded after Assad's warplanes dropped barrel bombs on the neighborhood of Qadi Askar in Aleppo. In addition, a child was killed and dozens wounded by aerial shelling on Tadef, Al Bab and al Salihin in rural Aleppo. The Free Syrian Army fired mortar rounds on the ammo depots in Kwers airbase near Aleppo. Al Tawhid Brigade together with the Syrian Red Crescent recovered 9 bodies of civilian killed one year and three months ago in Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Local Coordination Committees)
International & Arab Positions
Jordan And Russia Stress The Need To Implement Geneva 1 Communiqué
Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov discussed with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh the situation in Syria in light of efforts to convene Geneva 2  with the aim of implementing Geneva 1 Communiqué issued on June 30 of last year. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "the meeting emphasized the need to stop the bloodshed as soon as possible as wells as to solve the pressing humanitarian issues, including the issue of Syrian refugees in Jordan, while ensuring the sovereignty and integrity of Syrian territory." (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Fabius: Iran Must End Its Presence In Syria
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he held dialogue with Iranian officials in Geneva about their support of the Assad regime, either directly or through Hezbollah's militia. Fabius said: "They have to abide by this principle and end their presence in Syria." Fabius said that Geneva 2 will take place, but in very difficult circumstances, adding that "it is very hard to imagine that the positive results of this conference will be quick, since Assad says he will send his representatives, and to send representatives to discuss how to exit from power looks odd. As for the opposition that we support it says it is ready to go to Geneva provided that it leads not confirm the survival of Bashar al-Assad in power." Fabius stressed that "the long-term goal for Syria is to reach free and democratic Syria, but in the short term we want to improve the humanitarian conditions." He went on: "No one can imagine that Assad stays in power after he killed more than 125,000 people Syria and after the catastrophic situation he caused. The French official added that Geneva 2 must be based on Geneva 1 communiqué. In this context, international diplomatic sourced confirmed that the U.S. administration confirmed it to its friends "its commitment to Geneva 1 Communiqué,” which calls for the transition of power in Syria without Assad. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Hague: Assad Cannot Exist in Future Syria
British Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed the need to bring about a negotiated political transition in Syria, in order to end the conflict and alleviate the humanitarian crisis. Hague added: "This clearly means that Assad, who is responsible for the worsening conflict, cannot be part of the future of Syria." The British official went on: "Today marks the anniversary of a thousand days since Syrians took to the streets for the first time in large numbers to demand political and economic freedom, and instead of responding to their demands, Assad's government resorted to brutal violence." Hague added that "more than 100,000 people died, and more than 5.8 million people were forced to flee from their homes, of whom two million have become refugees in neighboring countries. 3.9 million people depend on humanitarian aid since the outbreak of the revolution in Syria," in mid-March of 2011. The British foreign minister described what is happening in Syria as "the largest humanitarian disaster in the 21st century." He added that the Syrian people "want and deserve peace, but this will not be achieved unless they get freedom and dignity. For this reason Geneva 2, which is scheduled in January, is vital." (Source: Syrian Coalition)