Rif Dimashq Province: A man from the village of Hryra in Wadi Barada died under torture in Syrian security prisons, while the regime forces continue the intensive shelling on areas in the city of Darayya in the Western Ghouta, also it rose to 76 at least the number of barrel bombs dropped by regime’s helicopter over areas in the cities of Darayya and Muadamiyat al-Sham and their vicinity, amid continued clashes between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the rebel and Islamic Factions on the outskirts of Muadamiyat al-Sham city in the Western Ghouta, amid constant bombardment by the regime forces on the clashing areas and other areas in the city, and information about casualties among both parties, also clashes continue in al-Marj are in the Eastern Ghouta, between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the rebel and Islamic Factions in conjunction with renewed aerial bombing on the clashing areas, in addition to shelling by the regime forces, while warplanes bombed areas in the farms of Khan al-Shih in the Western Ghouta, also the regime forces targeted using artillery shells and heavy machine guns places in town Al-Mqylyba in the Western Ghouta. Read more
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Regime’s Helicopters target Darayya and Muadamiyat al-Sham by about 80 barrel bomb and clashes in the Eastern and Western Ghouta
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The Kurds under the leadership of their political party – PYD, which represents the interests of many Kurds in Syria have been working together with other peoples in the area – Arabs, Christians and others who are willing to join forces – to protect their area.
Their armed protection units the YPG have been a remarkable and effective force, resisting the advance of ISIS in the area despite the tactics of the Turkish State which has enabled and actively supported ISIS/Da’esh to take a hold in Syria, with the intention of weakening the Kurdish area there – Rojava – through heavy and sustained military attack.
Kurds have taken a position of not actively fighting or supporting the Regime in their area, and have been attacked by Regime forces, and by other Syrian groups. They have nevertheless been able to build a relatively safe haven for those who live in the area as well as internally displaced people from other parts of Syria, with minimal support from the outside world. The Kurds have demonstrated that their democratic structures, respect for the abilities of both men and women, and ability to work together with other like-minded groups has enabled the creation of a strong society that provides a place of safety in the midst of war.
Kurds have traditionally been treated like a political football, and this clearly continues. Despite their expertise, and the sacrifices made in controlling the spread of ISIS/Da’esh influence, the major Kurdish political group PYD has not yet been given a seat at the Geneva 3 table to appease the demands of the Turkish State.
People are dying daily and living horrible lives because of the continuing inability of the international community to focus on the interests of the Syria people.
We urge UN’s Stefan de Mistura to make a place for Kurdish PYD at the Geneva 3 Table from the outset of the talks.
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The Geneva-3 Conference aimed to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria has been postponed once again.
Democratic Syrian Assembly co-president ?lham Ehmed, who spoke to ANF, has confirmed the postponement of the meeting which was due to start on 29 January. Ehmed said the Rojava delegation which includes PYD (Democratic Union Party) co-chair Saleh Moslem has left Geneva after yesterday’s meetings with US and Russian delegations.
Democratic Syrian Assembly co-president Heysem Menna who received a UN invitation to the conference, rejected participation due to the non-attendance of others from the Rojava delegation; PYD co-chair Saleh Moslem and other co-president of the Assembly, ?lham Ehmed.
The Democratic Syrian Assembly had previously announced that it would not participate in Geneva-3 unless the PYD is also invited.
The Rojava delegation met a US delegation in Geneva yesterday, during which they voiced rejection to the attitude of the US that made an effort to obscure the unjustness against Kurds. The delegation also had a meeting with a Russian delegation.
During the talks, Kurdish representatives criticized the US and EU for considering Kurds in Rojava as a military ally alone, and not adopting the required stance when it comes to their political status.
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: About 15 casualties and injuries in an airstrike targeted neighborhood controlled by YPG in Aleppo
Aleppo Province: The rebel battalions targeted using TOW missile a bulldozer for the regime forces on the front of Handarat in the northern countryside of Aleppo, which damaged it, and information about casualties in the ranks from the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, while warplanes carried out several raids on areas in the city of Manbej in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, which is controlled by the “Islamic state”, also violent clashes continue between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against members from the “Islamic State” in the vicinity of Wadi’aa village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, amid advancement for the regime forces and taking control of the village, while three people at least were killed (and information about another casualty) in addition to injuring about 10 others when warplanes bombed areas in Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood which is controlled by YPG in Aleppo.
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The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has invited the Democratic Syrian Assembly, the largest component of which is the PYD, to the Geneva-3 Conference aimed to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
According to sources from Geneva, a UN invitation to the conference has been conveyed to Co-President Heysem Mena, while it has not reached the other co-chair Îlham Ehmed yet.
The Rojava delegation to take part in the Geneva-3 Conference is expected to be comprised of PYD (Democratic Union Party) co-chair Saleh Moslem, Democratic Syrian Assembly co-chairs Ilham Ehmed and Heysem Mena, Democratic Syrian Assembly Member Rende Qesas and Qerdi Cemil.
Qedri Cemil and Rende Qesas have also received the invitations.
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Kobanê Democratic Autonomous Administration has organised a celebration to mark the first anniversary of liberation of the town from ISIS.
The celebration event is taking place at the Newroz Square on the symbolic Mishtenûr Hill. Thousands from Kobanê Canton have started to flock to the area as of early morning hours. Representatives of institutions from Gire Spi are also joining the event.
The event began with a military ceremony by combatants of YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units), which was followed by YPJ commander Rehîme Kobanê’s opening speech.
Speeches on behalf of the Kobanê Democratic Autonomous Administration and Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) will also be made. Security in the area is ensured by Asayish (public security) forces.
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A huge explosion has occurred near the Miami Cafe in Rojava’s Qamishlo city Sunday evening.
The explosion which was reportedly caused by detonation of explosives placed on a motorbike hit Necmê Cafe in Wusta neighborhood of Qamishlo city. Three civilians have died and seven others were wounded in the explosion. Casualties have been taken to Selam Hospital in the city.
While Kurdish Charity Heyva Sor has undertaken the treatment of the wounded, asayish units have taken security measures at the scene and started an investigation.
A previous bomb attack in the mainly Christian neighborhood of Wusta hit Miami and Gabriel restaurants on 30 December 2015, leaving a total of 11 people dead.
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[Turkey has its feet under the table!]: Reuters: U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria
ISTANBUL U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement
The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation.
Syrian armed rebel groups said on Saturday they held the Syrian government and Russiaresponsible for any failure of peace talks to end the country’s civil war, even before negotiations were due to start.“We do know it would better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared …, if that’s not possible, to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh,” Biden said at a news conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Daesh is the pejorative Arabic acronym for Islamic State insurgents who hold parts of Syria.
A U.S. official later clarified that Biden was talking about a military solution to Islamic State, not Syria as a whole.
The Saudi-backed Syrian opposition ruled out even indirect negotiations unless Damascus took steps including a halt to Russian air strikes. Read more
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Reliable sources told ANF that Geneva 3 Conference has been postponed for a few days due to some unresolved problems and Turkish state’s ongoing efforts to hinder the participation of Kurds.
According to information obtained by ANF from reliable sources, Geneva 3 Conference has been postponed for a few days due to some unresolved problems and Turkish state’s ongoing efforts to hinder the participation of Kurds. Read more
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RIYADH A Syrian opposition council backed by Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it will not attend next week’s peace negotiations with the government if a third group takes part, a reference to a Russian bid to widen the opposition’s team.
Riad Hijab, who heads the council formed in Riyadh last month, accused Russia of impeding negotiations, and also told a news conference in Riyadh that the opposition could not negotiate while Syrians were dying from blockades and bombardment.
He also announced the names of opposition figures that would negotiate on behalf of the council in any talks. Read more