Author: SHAAM NETWORK (Opposition website)

Local media outlets in Sweida have reported that families of Syrian fighters caught in the Russia-Ukraine conflict have taken a stand. They submitted a letter to the Russian Ministry of Defense via the Russian embassy in Damascus, demanding the termination of their sons’ contracts with the Russian army. Alleging fraudulent recruitment, the families claim their sons were deceived into tasks they were not prepared for. According to Sweida 24, seven young men from Sweida are currently stuck in the Ukraine war. Their families have requested Russian authorities to facilitate their return, citing three instances of fraud where scammers exploited their…

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The newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat highlighted the hesitant response of the Assad regime towards the Turkish rapprochement, indicating a lack of enthusiasm from Assad to meet with Erdogan. The Syrian-Turkish issue remains unresolved due to various complex factors like the return of refugees, relations with Kurdish factions, and stability concerns in northern Syria. Recent friendly gestures from Turkey towards Damascus were met with opposition in northern Syria and demands for the withdrawal of Turkish forces. The possibility of a meeting between Assad and Erdogan in Ankara, Baghdad, or Moscow is still uncertain, with geopolitical motivations at play. Russia’s role in mediating…

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Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), emphasized the importance of national dignity and independence in Syrian decision-making, stating, “No matter how different we are, these goals unite us all.” The recent protests in northwestern Syria against Turkish forces have reaffirmed this sentiment, highlighting the unity among Syrians in these crucial matters. Mazloum Abdi welcomed all “patriotic” Syrians to join forces in areas controlled by the SDF in northeastern Syria. He condemned the attacks on Syrians in Turkey and called for the protection of their lives and dignity. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) also expressed support for Syrian…

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Ozgur Ozil, the head of Turkey’s largest opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), expressed his willingness to mediate between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar al-Assad to kickstart the normalization process between Ankara and Damascus. In an interview with Turkish channel Halk, Ozil stated his readiness to engage in dialogue with Assad and emphasized positive developments in this direction. He urged the Turkish government to solely communicate with the Syrian state, avoiding contact with other parties. Ozil vowed to secure funds from the EU to assist in the repatriation of Syrian refugees currently in Turkey. Read more: Syrians…

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Syrian refugees stuck in Algeria are pleading for help from the Kurdistan Regional Government to secure visas for their return journey to northern and eastern Syria. After their boat broke down at sea while trying to reach Europe, 19 migrants were detained by Algerian authorities and urged to seek financial aid for deportation to Lebanon. The refugees are wary of being handed over to the Assad regime without proper documentation. Reporters Without Borders and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression have warned against the deportation of Syrian journalists from neighboring countries to areas controlled by the Assad…

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Justice Served: Three Criminals Sentenced to Death for Assassination of Activist Abu Ghannoum and Wife In a landmark ruling, the Military Criminal Court in al-Ra’i, located in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, has handed down a death sentence to three individuals involved in the brutal assassination of activist Muhammad Abdul Latif Abu Ghannoum and his pregnant wife in 2022. The perpetrators, identified as Muhammad al-Mughayir, Anwar al-Salman, and Muhammad al-Aqal, were found guilty of carrying out the heinous crime under the directive of a leader known as Abu Sultan al-Dairi. Despite their affiliation with the Hamza Division of the Syrian…

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In a recent Israeli airstrike in southern Syria, two Syrian officers, Lieutenant Ahmed Adnan Shaqar and Lieutenant Hassan Kamal, were tragically killed. Loyalist news outlets paid tribute to the fallen officers, highlighting their origins and honoring their memory with solemnity. The strike was said to be in response to provocations, with Israel citing previous shelling towards the occupied Syrian Golan. The SAM account, known for disseminating updates on Assad’s forces, confirmed the officers’ deaths in this attack. Further unrest arose when an airstrike targeted a building in Damascus countryside belonging to the Iraqi group Harakat al-Nujaba, an affiliate of the…

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