North Syria Federation elections postponed

The High Commissary of Elections of DFNS has announced the postponement of the third phase of DFNS elections, where the Peoples’ Parliament and Peoples’ Congress were to be elected; the co-chair elections of the districts, towns, and canton assemblies.

The Members of the High Commissary of Elections met in the city of Amûdê in the region of Qamishli. The co-chair of DFNS, Hediye Yûsif, and the co-chairs of Cizîr Region, and Firat High Commissaries, were present in the meeting, to analyze and assess the first and second phase of the elections.

The High Council issued a press statement after the meeting announcing the postponement of the third phase of the elections. The statement included:

“The High Council of Elections has held a meeting on January 4, 2018 and has decided the postponement of the elections of the Peoples’ Congress and Peoples’ Parliament due to time constraints.”


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Jan 5, 2018

People heavily returning to al-Raqqa during two months

People heavily returning to al-Raqqa during two months

AL-RAQQA- After liberating al-Raqqa city by Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) fighters from IS gangs, the number of people who have been returning to their homes is increasing a day by day, and the number of the returnees reached 14,500 families in 3 neighborhoods in the city.MIHMED SELIBI

After al-Raqqa city has been liberated from IS mercenaries, and 3 neighborhoods have been cleared of mines, the people returned to their homes again, and the number of the returnee families reached 14,500 families till Monday, and the number is still increasing gradually.

The returnee people to al-Raqqa are distributed to 3 neighborhoods as following: In al-Mushlab neighborhood 8,000 families including 23 orphan families with no father nor mother, in al- Rumailah neighborhood 5,000 families, and

in al-Tayar neighborhood 1,500 families including 60 orphan families. Moreover, the number of the people is still increasing.MIHMED NUR

Hawar news agency obtained these statistics from the local councils formed by al-Raqqa Civil Council, namely the councils of al-Mushlab, al-Tayar , and al-Rumailah neighborhood.

For his part, the co-chair of the People’s Council in al-Mushlab neighborhood Mohammed al-Shebli said, “we in this council serve our people within the available possibilities, and our people in the neighborhood of Mushlab are returning a day after day to their homes after they have suffered during the period of displacement. Al-Mushlab neighborhood has become the main point where the people depend on to insure their needs after the opening of industrial and trade shops there, and because it became safe and free of mines.”

The member of the People’s Council in al-Tayar neighborhood Mohammad Nour said, “after the return of our people to al-Tayar neighborhood, we started working on their service, and we are insuring drinking water through the tanks of the al-Raqqa Civil Council. In the coming days, the fuel will be provided to the people.”

The head of the People’s Council in al-Rumailah neighborhood said in the end of his speech, “a day by day, the number of people in al-Rumailah neighborhood is increasing as it is the third neighborhood where its people returned to. And there is a great pressure by the returnees to al-Rumailah neighborhood every day about 100 families, but we will provide as much as possible.”



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What is Ain Issa camp refugees’ situation, what are their demands?

GIRÊ SIPÎ – Thousands of refugees who fled from conflict and death headed toward Ain Issa camp, they suffered inside the camp facing many problems, and the refugees described the situation saying “every night passes without blankets and mattresses in the tents is like thousand nights for us.”

Ain Issa camp is one of the camps in North Syria crowded with refugees and displaced people fleeing the battles. With the bitter days and the beautiful days their lives continue in the camp.

Ain Issa camp is a shelter for 20,000 displaced people

Ain Issa camp have received 20.000 refugees who fled various Syrian areas that witnessed conflicts, battles, and destruction like Deir ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, al-Raqqa and Iraqi previously. Moreover, Iraqi refugees who fled the massacres of IS gangs existed in the camp. The number of the refugees reached 28,900 families, but after al-Raqqa people returned to their homes, the number decreased.

The Ain Issa camp administration provides all services to the refugees

The camp is administrated by a co- chairman; Jalal Ayyaf and Sherin Moses in coordination with al-Raqqa Civil Council. The administration organizes and manages all tasks and works of displaced persons, and provides facilities for the displaced persons who want to leave the camp for work or treatment in a private hospital. The administration also organizes and detect the displaced families’ records in the camp to provide them with assistances and supplies including tents, blankets, furniture, and household items.

The administration, in coordination with al- Raqqa Civil Council, provides water and electricity services in the camp dividing the distribution of water inside the camp into two sections, a section where large water tanks are installed, each tank can holds 25 barrels of water, and in the other part of the camp, water is daily distributed through tanks. Moreover, all the tents in the camp get electricity through panels that generate electricity on solar energy.

Al-Raaq Civil Council in coordination with the Democratic Syria Council (SDC) in Ain Issa district opened the first school on October 31 in the camp for the children to continue education. The school consists of four large tents, and is currently receiving more than 500 students.

The cold is ruthless

As Winter has come, the refugees in the camp are suffering from extreme cold so that the tents in which they live cannot withstand rain, Winter, storms, and extreme cold as there are no insulation and blankets to protect tents from wind and rain. There are also ruined tents where many displaced people build a wall of mud and stones to protect their small tents and avoid water leakage into them in the coming days that may withstand storms and heavy rains.

The displaced persons and refugees are suffering from the lack of winter blankets and household items in their tents. Many children are suffering from many diseases and facing shortages of medicines at the camp’s medical points.

The displaced people receive their food in places designated for distribution

In the beginning of the food distribution period, thousands of displaced people move to the places determined by the camp’s kitchen where 52 cookers are allocated by the administration. They distribute food equally to all families, and food is provided according to the number of members of each family.

The administration of Ain Issa camp appeals to organizations to provide winter assistances

To provide support and winter assistance to the displaced, the Co –chairman of camp Administration Jalal Ayaf of all humanitarian organizations called for support. “Displaced people in the camp need the most assistance by winter, especially blankets,” he said

“The aid that is being distributed is not enough for the displaced,” Ayaf said. “We appeal to the organizations to build a buffer wall for the camp, which is equipped for the expected winter storms.

Displaced people are asking the world to look into their situation and help them

The displaced people of the camp called on all sides and countries in support of humanity to help them in the camp face cold and their children are suffering from diseases because of the limit of winter clothes and blankets to warm them, and every night pass without blankets and mattresses inside tents, which is about a thousand nights.


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Start of second phase of the DFNS elections

The second phase of the local elections of DFNS has been launched; the elections of the districts, towns, and cantons assemblies.

The second phase started at 08:00 a.m on Friday, 1st of December, in the three Regions of North Syria: “Afrin, Euphrates , and Jazira” which include 6 cantons: “Hasake, Qamishlo, Kobani, Gire Sipi (Tel-Abyed), Afrin, and Shahba”

The electoral process will continue until 20:00, according to the high commissioners.

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Dec 1, 2017


High commission distributed ballot boxes to election centers in Qamishli canton


High Electoral Commission in Northern Syria distributed 209 ballot boxes to 94 electoral centers in the city of Qamişlo, in addition to the towns of Karbawya and Al- Tanouriya

In preparation for the electoral process of the local administration councils, which will begin on Friday, December 1, the Electoral Commission distributed the ballot boxes to all the ballot boxes in Qamişlo canton and the towns of Karabawia and al-Tanouriya.

The number of polling stations in the entire canton of QamiŞlo has reached 94, with 209 ballot boxes distributed.

According to the Electoral Commission, the ballot boxes were sorted as follows:

60 boxes in 20 centers in the town of Karabawiya, 11 boxes on 5 centers in the Al- Tanouriya town, 66 boxes in 33 centers in the east district, and 72 boxes in 36 centers in the western district.


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Societal tradition and gender based violence

al-Shahba – The men and women of al-Shahba canton have pointed out that the violence ongoing against women is the result of the outdated customs and traditions in the society, and what worsened the situation is the mentality of the mercenary gangs who controlled the area and enslaved the women stressing that the system of Free Women Union of al-Shahba includes positive bases to reinforce women’s will and strengthen their personalities.

As the 25th November that marks the International Day of Combating Violence against Women approached, Hawar news agency in al-Shahba canton in Afrin region has observed the views of the Arab men and women in the canton about the phenomenon of violence practiced against women.

In this context , one of the women of al-Shahba canton who preferred to not reveal her name avoiding the familial problems said “I am one of the women who has been subjected to violence by many sides, and in the family, all of our requests are rejected for being women, and we always have to accept what men impose on us, and if we would not obey them, the consequences would be dire.”

While the citizen Khadija Hayyany said “The classic nature of our society that gives in the women to all the orders of men, especially those who are temperamental, or who believe that their masculinity lies in striking women. Even going women out alone is considered a flaw. All of these are the reason of escalating violence against women”.
For her part, Shamsa Ahmed pointed out that women in the society are subjected to humiliation and beatings. The reason for this is the ignorance of customs, traditions and thought prevailing within the society. Shamsa demanded the concerned institutions to work more raising the awareness of the society and defending women’s rights.

The women in al-Shahba have praised the role of Kongra Star Organization and the other women’s organizations that publish women’s laws and defend the women’s rights, and through which, women gradually see the strength of their personalities, and dare to demand their rights concerning equality and freedom.

Environment, customs and traditions and ignorance are the reasons of violence against women

“There is no humane person would agree on practicing violence against women, but the environment in which we grew up in addition to the backward customs and traditions are considered the most important reasons of violence against women noting that even the divine books call for gender equality,” Taha al-Atrash said.

The citizen Mustafa al-Doctor said that the reasons of practicing violence against women rely in the ignorance of the thought of the environment in which the individual grew up, as well as the practices of some mercenary gangs that have controlled their area in the recent years such as IS and other mercenary gangs who have deepened the mentality of slavery to women. Mustafa also said “women and the current system that is being applied by the Free Women Union of al-Shahba canton must be respected. That system shows positive foundations for strengthening women’s will and strengthening their personalities to stand against the obstacles that oppose women in our society and to change its minds positively.”

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Reuters: Syrian leaders back longer U.S role in Syria

(Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish leaders voiced support on Wednesday for a longer-term role for U.S. forces in Syria once Islamic State is defeated, after the United States signalled it would not pull out before there was progress towards a political solution.

Comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday have drawn heavy criticism from the Iran-backed Syrian government, which says Washington is making up a new excuse for keeping its “illegal occupation” forces in Syria. Limiting Iranian influence in Syria and Iraq is a key U.S. aim.

Syrian Kurdish groups have emerged as the main partner on the ground for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria, areas which the Syrian state and Iran have vowed to take back.

Kurdish fighters, with Arab allies, U.S. advisers and coalition jets, have driven Islamic State from swathes of territory including their former headquarters in Raqqa city.

The Kurdish YPG forces and its political allies have carved out autonomous cantons in the north, and now control nearly a quarter of Syria. Their influence angers neighbor Turkey, which considers the Kurdish forces a terrorist organization.

The main Syrian Kurdish political party, the PYD, welcomed a longer-term U.S. role in Syria. The U.S. presence should continue until there was a political solution to the Syrian crisis which erupted in 2011, it said.

In a written message to Reuters, the PYD’s co-chief, Shahoz Hasan, agreed this would be beneficial.

“Without achieving a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and with the continuation of the Turkish and Iranian intervention in Syria, and with the continued presence of al Qaeda groups in Syria, the continued operation of the coalition is better,” Hasan said.

Senior Syrian Kurdish politician Fawza Youssef said a U.S. role would be very important for the future.

“The United States and the coalition forces played a major role in fighting Daesh, and to reach a fair political settlement, we see a need for international guarantees,” said Youssef, a senior member of the Kurdish-led authority running the cantons in northern Syria.

She pointed to an increase in humanitarian aid to northern Syria by Washington and the coalition since the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured Raqqa – a sign of a widening U.S. role.


Turkey said on Monday the United States had 13 bases in Syria and Russia had five.

As all sides in Syria battled Islamic State, the U.S.-backed forces have mostly avoided direct confrontation with the Syrian government, backed by Iran and Russia. But Iranian and Syrian officials are now signalling their intention to take back areas captured from IS by the SDF.

Syria’s main Kurdish groups say they want a federal system for the whole country, and hope for negotiations with Damascus to shore up their autonomous rule. Their territorial grip has expanded since joining forces with the United States to fight IS, though Washington opposes their autonomy plans.

Mattis described this week a role for American troops long after Islamic State militants lose control of all the territory they hold.

Mattis said the U.S. military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0”.

But he also suggested that U.S. forces aimed to help set the conditions for a diplomatic solution in Syria. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction”, he said, a reference to U.N.-backed peace talks.

The U.S.-led coalition has repeatedly said it does not seek to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military.

In response to the Mattis comments, the Syrian government said on Tuesday that Washington was presenting a new excuse to keep its forces in Syria by linking this presence to a political settlement, having previously said its goal was to fight IS.

Foreign ministry comments affirmed the government’s position that the presence of U.S. and other forces in Syria without government approval was an act of aggression.


Tom Perry, Ellen Francis

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MSF: Syrians in Ain Issa camp tell us their stories.

After four months of fighting and thousands of airstrikes, on October 17th the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they had took control of Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold that the group had held since 2014. Then, on November 3rd, the city of Deir ez-Zor was retaken to the IS by the Syrian army backed up by Russia.

Some 60 kilometres away, Syrians who succeeded in fleeing the bombing and fighting in the towns of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor are attempting to rebuild their lives in Ain Issa camp. Médecins Sans Frontières runs a primary health centre in the camp, referring the most serious cases to hospitals in Kobane and Tal Abyad.

The Syrians Médecins Sans Frontières has talked to in Ain Issa camp have told us of the trauma they endured: the fighting, the atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State (IS) and the massive bombing raids carried out by the international coalition.


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Raqqa: Charities demand urgent help for Syrian city’s refugees

Around 270,000 refugees believed to be in critical need of help


Isis’s so-called capital has fallen but aid organisations warned that help was urgently needed for people forced to flee the fighting.

The battle for Raqqa, the terrorist group’s Syrian stronghold dubbed the “head of the snake”, was entering a mopping-up phase with work to clear land mines and any Isis sleeper cells.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said it was “clear that the end is near” for Isis in the city but stressed that operations would continue against the group in both Syria and Iraq.

The heavy fighting led to tens of thousands fleeing, creating the potential for a humanitarian disaster, Save the Children warned.

The US-led military coalition has supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conducting the operation to clear IS – also known as Daesh – out of the Raqqa.

As part of the offensive the RAF struck 213 targets in and around the city, including taking out sniper positions and Isis-held buildings.

Sir Michael said: “It is clear that the end is near for Daesh in Raqqa but there is no room for complacency. RAF strikes will continue to hit terrorist targets in order to ensure Daesh loses its capital in Syria as it did so in Iraq over the summer.

“We will stay the course as part of the global coalition battling the evil of our time ensuring the death cult is flushed entirely out of Syria and Iraq.”

SDF spokesman Brigadier General Talal Sillo said the US-backed forces were now in control of the former “capital of terrorism” although a formal declaration has not yet been issued.

Save the Children said 270,000 people who have fled the Raqqa fighting are still in critical need of aid, with refugee camps bursting at the seams.

Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s Syria director, said: “The military offensive in Raqqa may be coming to an end, but the humanitarian crisis is greater than ever.

“Fighting still rages nearby and thousands more children are streaming into already overcrowded camps every day. Conditions in the camps are miserable, and families do not have enough food, water or medicine. But it is not yet safe for them to go back, and many of their homes are now turned to rubble.

“These children have suffered for years under ISIS and must not be forgotten once the fighting subsides. We must ensure that they have a future to look forward to.

“The international community invests vast amounts of money on military action, but only a fraction of that for helping the children and families who suffer the consequences.”

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned “the humanitarian situation inside Syria remains dire”.

The importance of targeting Raqqa was highlighted by former prime minister David Cameron when he pushed for British military action in Syria in November 2015.

“It is in Syria, in Raqqa, that IS has its headquarters and it is from Raqqa that some of the main threats against this country are planned and orchestrated. Raqqa, if you like, is the head of the snake,” he said.


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Statement of Raqqa Forum on Social and Tribal Activities

We, the elders and representatives of the tribes in the province of Raqqa, from all components, announce to the public that we have held this extensive and important meeting in the name of the Raqqa Forum on Social and Tribal Activities, as we are passing through a historic and fateful stage in liberating our city from the abomination that is international terrorism, and looking forward to liberating the so-called capital of the Caliphate. We are pleased to announce this meeting, held by the representatives of all Arab tribes, including sheikhs, dignitaries, scholars, women, and youth, in preparation for the joy of liberation and the final victory over global terrorism.

On this occasion, we would like to thank the guests from all regions of North Syria for supporting us, as well as those who stood with us through difficult times, highlighting the unity of the Syrian people.

We also thank People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and all other components of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who have sacrificed their lives for the liberation of our region from forces of darkness. In addition, we thank the Global Coalition Against Daesh, which has supported the Syrian Democratic Forces. Our thanks also go to the Syrian Democratic Council, which supported and continues to support us in the fields of politics, services, and logistical aid. Our thanks also go to the efforts of the internal security forces, who have kept their promises to ensure and maintain the security and safety of all citizens.

In the end of our deliberations and discussions, and after reading the letters of the political, social, and civil institutions, as elders and dignitaries of the tribes we have reached the following declaration:

  • We continue supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that have liberated our regions from the terrorist Jihadist groups, and maintain that theirs is the only guarantee for securing our regions now and in the future.


  • We continue supporting the Raqqa Civilian Council that has worked so effectively to make all possible efforts in all fields to enable the organization of hundreds of villages and towns, as well as taking a political role in delivering our voice to the world. We will administer our region through this civilian council following full liberation from Daesh terrorists.


  • The tyrant Ba’ath regime, some regional forces, and the terrorist armed groups that are intervening in the Syrian people’s affairs, are working hard to plant sectarianism, racism, and hostilities among the diverse peoples of the region. Therefore, we declare our commitment to the policy of pardon and tolerance so that our province, Raqqa, becomes an example and a model of coexistence and brotherhood of peoples.


  • We will memorialize the great sacrifices of youth and women in the battle of the liberation. Those heroes, with their great determination in fighting terrorism, have proven to be the examples of leadership that we need to lead a free society.


  • We call on our people abroad to come back to the province to operate and build it together to create a free and democratic way of life.


  • We will do our best to reconstruct our city by ourselves. But due to the massive devastation of the city, some of the reconstruction lies beyond our capabilities, and so we call on all countries that love freedom, peace, and countering terrorism, including the countries involved in the Anti-Daesh Global Coalition, to support and provide aid to the people of Raqqa, either directly or through governmental and civil organizations.


  • We continue to communicate and work jointly with all Syrian provinces, especially the provinces of North Syria to consolidate the concepts of coexistence and brotherhood in a democratic pluralistic decentralized federal Syria.