CDS decries the consideration of Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) decries the consideration of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the international nuclear negotiations.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has listed Foreign Minister Zarif and Federica Mogherini on its shortlist of nominees for this year’s Peace Prize for their involvement in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was intended to limit Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.


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The Syrian American Council condemns airstrikes by Russian and Assad forces on at least 4 different medical facilities in northern Syria on Tuesday, in flagrant violation of a “de-escalation zone.” The airstrikes included targeted attacks on a surgical hospital and civil defense center in Kafranbel town, the Rahma Hospital in Khan Sheikhoun town, and a maternity hospital in Tah town, with deaths reported among the maternity patients. All attacks were in flagrant violation of a Russian-declared “de-escalation zone” in Idlib and northern Hama meant to reduce civilian casualties.


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The Syrian American Council demands that the U.S-backed coalition against ISIS investigate yesterday’s reported massacre on a refugee camp near Jadid Akaidat village southwest of Deir Ezzor City. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strike killed 24 civilians, including 13 children, and was most likely carried out by the U.S-led coalition. Over 50 civilians were killed in Deir Ezzor Province on Thursday by Russian and U.S.-led forces in a dramatic uptick in civilian casualties.

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The Syrian American Council calls upon Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Envoy to Syria, to resign from his post after his statement Wednesday that peace in Syria depends on if the opposition could “realize it did not win the war.” De Mistura’s comment wrongly implies that the opposition wants total victory and that this is the main obstacle for peace. Coming one day after a UN probe affirmed that Assad perpetrated the April 2017 Sarin attacks, de Mistura’s remarks also betray a lack of self-awareness toward his own failures.


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SAC Condemns Attack on White Helmets

The Syrian American Council condemns the brutal killing of seven members of the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets. The cold-blooded attack took place last Saturday at the White Helmet's center in Sarmin, Idlib. The senseless murders were carried out by unidentified gunmen.


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SAC Mourns Bassel Khartabil

The Syrian American Council mourns the death of famed Syrian internet activist Bassel Khartabil, who was arrested without charge by the Assad regime in 2012 and tortured for years before being executed in 2015. Khartabil’s death was publicly announced by his wife Noura yesterday, and we extend our most sincere condolences to her.

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The Syrian American Council received with dismay the news that President Trump has ended CIA support to moderate, vetted anti-Assad rebels. While the CIA program was always too weak to tip the scales, it had symbolic importance as a program designed to aid the fight against Assad and concretely helped pro-democracy Free Syrian Army fighters to defend their neighborhoods and families.


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The Syrian American Council applauds Congress for passing strong bipartisan sanctions legislation on Russia and Iran, the two largest backers of the brutal Assad regime, with a veto-proof majority. This legislation would sanction Russian officials and entities for supporting the Assad regime; place terrorism sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which are on the ground in Syria; and subject the lifting of existing sanctions on Russia to Congressional review.

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SAC Sends Well Wishes to Senator McCain

The Syrian American Council sends well wishes to Senator John McCain and his family.

The Senator has always fought for the good of the world and we know he will be a fighter in his personal battle.

He is a true American hero and an honorable leader.



Steve ‘Safai’ Arkawi

SAC Arizona Chapter, President


Trump Must Ensure Transition From Assad

The Syrian American Council (SAC), a Syrian American grassroots organization, calls upon President Trump to ensure a transition in Syria that removes dictator Bashar al-Assad from power, after a series of contradictory remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson on the matter. On Wednesday, a statement by Tillerson on Syrian negotiations made no mention of Assad's departure and only vaguely described "a settlement that charts a way forward." But Tillerson Friday affirmed that "We see no long term role for the Assad family or the Assad regime."

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