by admin | January 3rd, 2013
The violence and on-going internal conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of over 40,000 thousand people to date. Clashes between military and rebel combatants reached a point wherein more than 63,000 Syrians — who’ve survived the series of battles taking place within various parts of the country over the past 21 months – have decided to seek refuge in neighboring country Iraq, although this hasn’t impacted the value of dinar.
According to a report made by the UN, 63,496 Syrian refugees are in Iraq as of December 5. Approximately 54,550 of these individuals are residing in the three-province autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, while 8,852 chose to relocate in the Anbar province, and 94 within other provinces.
With the situation escalating, Syria’s new opposition coalition recently announced the establishment of a military council, which was designed in part to help unify the ranks of fighters. National Coalition Secretary General Mustafa Sabbagh says that the group “will announce the creation of a supreme military council before the Friends of Syria meeting in Marrakesh.”
During a meeting held in November at Qatar, opposition forces agreed to establish the National Coalition, unify rebel fighters under a supreme military council, and create a judicial commission for fighter areas.
“The council will be exclusively responsible for receiving military aid which we obtain from outside Syria,” said Sabbagh to AFP.
The organization is to be comprised of “commanders of the various military councils on the group and forces battling the regime, namely the Free Syrian Army,” says Sabbagh.
While the intention of this military command is to bring together rebel fighters, radical groups are not to be included in the roster. Moreover, rebels who rejected the formation of the opposition National Coalition will be excluded as well.
Al-Nursa Front – currently one of the most formidable fighting forces – is a group comprised of extremists behind most of the suicide bombing attacks which claimed the lives of victims numbering by the thousands.
Roots for the armed Syrian conflict are traced backed to protestors demanding for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the Ba’ath Party rule which lasted nearly five decades.
Back in April 2011, the Syrian Army was sent in to neutralize the uprising, and soldiers were order to use lethal force and open fire upon the protestors. Months of succeeding military sieges provoked civilians, rebels, and foreign mercenaries to fight back with weapons.