Syrian rebels name new military commander

BEIRUT — After losing ground to Syrian forces and Islamic extremists for months, the Western-backed rebel movement announced Monday it was replacing its military chief with an experienced, moderate field commander from the south.

The move is part of a broader restructuring aimed at persuading the U.S. and its allies to provide more sophisticated weapons to confront President Bashar Assad’s army after diplomatic efforts to end the war failed to take off.

The Full article http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syria-says-us-created-negative-climate-in-geneva/2014/02/16/d19b6128-977d-11e3-ae45-458927ccedb6_story.html

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#Syria Syria Rebel Commanders Reject Leadership Shakeup http…

#Syria: Syria Rebel Commanders Reject Leadership Shakeup… http://fb.me/UHps7r1a

The former leader of the Western-backed Syrian opposition’s military wing on Wednesday rejected his recent dismissal, and along with more than a dozen senior insurgent commanders severed ties with the political opposition-in-exile, further fragmenting the notoriously divided rebel movement.

The statement from Gen. Salim Idris comes two days after the opposition Syrian National Coalition announced that Idris had been sacked as head of the Supreme Military Council and replaced by Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir — an experienced, moderate field commander from southern Syria. The move was widely seen as an attempt to restructure the military council and to persuade Western allies to boost their support for mainstream rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad.

Moderate opposition fighters have been eclipsed over the past year by ultraconservative Islamic groups and extremist factions that have emerged as the m

The full article : http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-drives-rebels-site-alleged-killings-22573899

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Syrie. La Coalition nationale réaffirme les bases de sa participation aux pourparlers de Genève 2 @Ignace Leverrier

Plusieurs hauts dirigeants de la Coalition nationale des Forces de la Révolution et de l’Opposition syrienne ont rappelé, le 21 novembre, sur quelles bases et à quelles conditions celle-ci entendait participer aux négociations de paix de Genève 2.

Farouq TAYFOUR (3)

Vice-président de la Coalition, Farouq Tayfour a d’abord confirmé que la délégation de l’opposition aux négociations de Genève 2 sera “unique et unifiée”. Il a affirmé que “la déclaration de Londres des Etats Amis du Peuple syrien constituera la référence de base de la Coalition à Genève”. Il a indiqué que “la Coalition a constitué deux équipes pour préciser sur quelles bases elle entend participer aux négociations. L’une de ces équipes sera chargée d’expliquer sa position et les principes qui la sous-tendent à l’Armée syrienne libre, aux Conseils locaux et aux autres organisations révolutionnaires en Syrie. L’autre dialoguera avec la communauté internationale pour lui exposer en détail ce que le peuple syrien attend et exige de cette conférence”.

Selon lui, l’Iran ne peut jouer aucun rôle à cette occasion. Il considère en effet que “l’Iran, qui est associé à l’assassinat des Syriens, fait partie du problème et ne peut donc en aucune manière contribuer à la solution”. Il a par ailleurs critiqué l’indifférence manifestée par la communauté internationale face à la mort des Syriens et dénoncé le refus des Russes d’entendre les autres points de vue sur la Syrie.

Badr JAMOUS

Pour Badr Jamous, secrétaire général de la Coalition, “c’est exclusivement à cette dernière que revient la responsabilité de constituer la délégation de l’opposition à Genève 2. La Coalition n’ira pas en Suisse pour y faire de la figuration, mais pour parvenir aux objectifs des négociations tels qu’ils figurent dans les conditions de la Coalition”.

Lou'ay SAFI

Louaï Safi a insisté de son côté sur le fait que la Coalition, dont il est le porte-parole, “n’acceptera la présence d’aucun autre organisme lors des négociations de Genève 2”, considérant que celle-ci est “la seule partie habilitée à choisir les membres de la délégation de négociation à la conférence”. Il a averti la communauté internationale que “la décision de la Coalition de participer n’est pas séparable des précisions qui l’ont accompagnée, à savoir la nécessité d’un abandon du pouvoir de Bachar al-Assad, le transfert du pouvoir à une structure de gouvernement intérimaire dotée de la totalité des prérogatives présidentielles, militaires et sécuritaires“. La Coalition a également conditionné sa présence à Genève à “l’accès des caravanes de secours à la totalité des régions actuellement encerclées et à la libération immédiate de tous les détenus“.

De son côté, l’Armée syrienne libre a salué “toute solution politique fondée sur le principe du jugement des criminels et à la mise en place d’une structure intérimaire disposant de toutes les prérogatives”, y compris l’exclusion de Bachar al-Assad et de son entourage de l’avenir de la Syrie.

Source: http://syrie.blog.lemonde.fr/2013/11/22/syrie-la-coalition-nationale-reaffirme-les-bases-de-sa-participation-aux-pourparlers-de-geneve-2/

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#Syria The speech of Syrian opposition leader Ahmed…

#Syria, The speech of Syrian opposition leader Ahmed al-Jarba. Good and candid speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6hFTZekGRI&feature=youtube_gdata_player …

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#Syria Tomah Announces Interim Government Ready to Go…

#Syria, Tomah Announces Interim Government Ready to Go: Unsatisfied with International Response on Recent Massacre.

The President of the Interim Government, Ahmad Tomah, expressed his dissatisfaction with the international community’s negative attitude towards the massacres committed by Assad and the terrorist Hezbollah militia against unarmed civilians in Syria. He expresses that Syrians are having difficulty in the international community’s position, as they are witnessing murder and destruction and doing nothing. Tomah said, “The international community has betrayed us, delayed a political solution and this will open the door for bigger problems that will arise in Syrian society.” Tomah announced his readiness to take the reins once the international community decides to oust Assad from power. Furthermore, Tomah pointed out that, “ISIS does not have the popular support in Syria to protect them.” Tomah closed with announcing that “he was close to finishing the formation of the interim government, stating that he would announce the names of his ministers after Eid Ul Adha and present them at the Syrian Coalition meeting on October 25th of this month to get the confidence needed and to begin with the government’s work. The Prime Minister discussed the likelihood of recognition for the interim government from the Friends of Syria Group and support they would provide the interim government. He also confirmed the interim government’s role in the Geneva conference being a powerful card that strengthens the Syrian Coalition and other revolutionary groups’ positions during negotiations. PM Tomah added that he is constantly seeking to consult with the revolutionary and civilian powers. He described some of the difficulties faced by the government and recent developments near the northern border, and the plan to overcome these difficulties. Tomah guarantees government commitments from Friends of Syria nations who will provide funding for the operation of the interim government, as well the studied plans for the management of liberated areas. “This is an austere government aimed at working and not gaining celebrity.” The Prime Minister also confirmed that the names circulating are possibilities for ministerial positions were incorrect. He does not accept any force from parties, adding that “he will not tolerate any demands from any official source, whether it is a western or Arab nation containing any sort of demand.” Tomah closed by saying, “I have not finished my consultations with the political blocs and powers,” adding, “I will not be able to finish my consultations in the time provided and I request more time for consultations, because I cannot present a trustworthy government without consulting with all national, political, and revolutionary groups.” (Source:Syrian Coalition)

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