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Syria Direct: News Update 01-07-2014


January 7, 2014

* Fayez Sara, a political and media adviser to the Syrian National Coalition, said Monday that the Coalition has compiled a list of regime figures that the opposition would accept as part of an interim governing body to be discussed during Geneva II peace talks, al-Arabiya reported. Sara added that, although the names have been decided, “it is not wise to announce them now, in order to prevent any harm to these figures.”

* Forty members and representatives of the Syrian National Coalition have resigned in protest over the organization’s handling of the revolution, hinting at the possibility of forming a new political alliance, reported the Syrian news site Zaman al-Wasl Monday. Khalid Khoja, one of the resigned members, told Zaman al-Wasl that “the Coalition is being guided more by political funding than by the demands of the revolution.”

Kheld Khoja

Khalid Khoja. Photo courtesy of hurriyetdailynews

* Clashes took place Monday between the Islamic State of Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS) and other opposition factions in the Outer Aleppo city of Jarabulus, with ISIS losing control of large portions of the city, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, Halab Today reported that ISIS members surrendered to Jabhat a-Nusra forces in Kafr village Tuesday.

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