Syrian Pastor: US Congressmen Blast Obama's Foreign Policy While Visiting Aleppo

A group of US lawmakers visiting the Syrian city of Aleppo has slammed the outgoing president administration's policies of interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the head of a local Evangelical church, Pastor Ibrahim Nasser, said Wednesday.

DAMASCUS– A delegation of former and incumbent US lawmakers visited the Syrian city of Aleppo and voiced their disagreement with the present US administration’s policy, Nasser, said, according to Sputnik.

"During the meeting [with the church officials] as members of the US Congress they confirmed that they oppose the policy of their administration, especially with regard to the issue of support of terrorists and they will try to convey the real picture to the US people," Nasser told RIA Novosti, adding that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former Rep. Dennis John Kucinich were part of the US delegation.

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.

Syria Reiterates Principled Position on Supporting Palestinian People

NEW YORK – Charge d’ Affairs of the Syrian delegation to the UN Munzer Munzer affirmed that Syria has a principled position to support the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, to the establishment of their sovereign independent state with al-Quds  as its capital, and to guarantee the right to return of the Palestinian refugees, SANA reported.

During a UN Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East held on Tuesday, Munzer said “We strongly condemned the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov’s ignoring of the Israeli continued violations in the occupied Syria Golan.”

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.

Eight people injured by terrorist rocket attack in Idleb

 

Idleb – Eight persons, one of them a girl child, were injured due to rocket shells fired by terrorists at the residential neighborhoods of the terrorist-besieged al-Fouaa town in northern countryside of Idleb province.

Local sources said that terrorist groups positioned in Binnish and Tu’oum towns fired on Wednesday rocket shells at al-Fouaa neighborhoods, inflicting wounds of varying severity on 8 people including a girl child, in addition to causing material damage to private and public properties, SANA reported.

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.