Many of So-called "Syrian Opposition Coalition" Members are Corrupt

Leader of the prominent al-Baqara tribe in Syria Sheikh Nawwaf al-Bashir, unveiled Wednesday that the so-called "opposition" figure Riad Hjab had received $47 million from Qatar and gave the amount to the UN-blacklisted Jabhat al-Nusra in order to launch a major attack on Aleppo.

Al-Bashir told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television channel that there is so much corruption among the ranks of the "opposition" staying in Turkey.

"A former head of the coalition stole $ 116 million and went to an Arab country where he formed a party. Another opposition coalition figure embezzled $ 18 million and went to Britain where he obtained British citizenship," the tribal leader asserted.

Army destroys ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor and Aleppo

Provinces – Army and Armed Forces, supported by Syrian Air Force, carried out extensive strikes targeting ISIS gatherings in the surrounding of Deir Ezzor city and in its countryside on Wednesday.

Army units destroyed ISIS vehicles equipped with machineguns, an artillery piece, one BMP vehicle, and two tanks in the graveyards area, in the neighborhoods of al-Hweiqa, Rashedieh, al-Sina’a and Al-Jabileh, and in the surroundings of the Panorama in Deir Ezzor city, and also in the surroundings of the Airport, al-Tharda Mountain, and the villages of al- al-Bghailiye, al-Hassanieh, and al-Geneina, SANA reported.

The garrison of Deir Ezzor Airport destroyed a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber and rigged with a large amount of highly explosive materials before it arrived at a military post in the vicinity of the airport.

Saudi, Qatari Regimes' Participation in Astana Talks Can be Discussed only When They Stop Supporting Terrorism

TEHRAN, (ST)- The issue of the participation of the Saudi and Qatari regimes in the Astana talks on Syria can be discussed only when they stop their support for terrorism, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faysal al-Mikdad said in a statement to al-Mayadeen TV on Wednesday.

"The United States should prove the honesty of its intensions in dealing with proposed solutions to the crisis in Syria by pressuring Turkey to close its borders with Syria, preventing support for terrorism and punishing the parties that fund terrorism, particularly the Saudi and Qatari regimes," al-Mikdad said.

US-led alliance destroys bridge in Raqqa countryside

 

Raqqa – In another instance of targeting Syrian infrastructure, the US-led international alliance destroyed a bridge in the countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

Local and media sources affirmed that the alliance’s aircrafts carried out an airstrike on a bridge located in the surroundings of al-Yamama village in the province’s western countryside, destroying it completely, SANA reported.

The US-led alliance has destroyed several bridges in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS, including one on the Aleppo-Raqqa highway on December 29th 2016, and a number of bridges on the Euphrates and Kahbur Rivers in September and October.

Terrorists threaten international waters: Amir-Abdollahian

TEHRAN– Iranian Parliament's General Director for International Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with Malian Ambassador to Tehran Boubacar Gouro Diall on Tuesday.

“Terrorists in South of Yemen are threatening the international waters,” said Amir-Abdollahian in his Tuesday meeting with Malian Ambassador to Tehran Boubacar Gouro Diall. “Al-Qaede and its expansion in Afghanistan, and ISIL in Iraq and Syria, are the results of military meddling of foreigners.”