BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Several Syrian tribal leaders met in Aleppo on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in northern Syria and to reaffirm their support to the government and Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the tribal leaders pledged their support to the Syrian Army in their ongoing fight against terrorists.

The tribal leaders also rejected the presence of uninvited foreign troops on Syrian soil.

They rejected any illegitimate foreign presence in Syria, particularly in the northern and northeastern regions, saying that all troops that entered Syria illegally are occupation forces.

The tribal figures said that any external intervention in the domestic affairs is unwanted and that the borders of the Syrian Arab Republic are protected in line with the international laws and conventions.

“We will not allow any side to change or draw maps that substitute the official national map and the Syrian people are the only ones who can determine their future,” the statement said.

The tribes called for lifting the economic and coercive measures imposed by the U.S. and western countries on the Syrian people, demanding the international community help return the Syrian displaced.

They would conclude the meeting by reaffirming their support for the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

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Ahmed Al Khalid
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The same meeting was held in Ithriya town of Hama province on January 25, 2019. Representatives of all Arab tribes, Kurdish community, Druze sheikhs and even members of Chechen and Circassian minorities participated in the summit and highlighted the urgent need to unite to protect Syria from foreign threats and assaults stressing the support of the Syrian army in its struggle with terrorists.

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Karel Vd Geest

Seems Assad did not want to be outdone by SDF , gatheting 5.000 people, somewhat better than the ” several” of Assad.

Maybe indicative of different levels of support?

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SDF are paid mercenaries who have former ISIS goons onboard. Don’t understand why you are so enchanted with them. Locals are against them which should be your first clue.

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Karel Vd Geest

In fact local are very supportive asyou shown by the fact that they got a large, not an assadist 95%or so, real percentage at free local elections.

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On top of yhat, they are the the only multi ethnic party and completely feminist and secular.

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Let me enlighten you Karl, Syrian women are scientist, engineers, pilots, snipers etc. Seems like Kurds must have a very backwards society compared to women in other parts of Syria. Syria is a secular society.

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Women have rights in Syria so it is not Assad’s fault these Kurdish women have families which do not respect them.

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bullshit. kurds only in power because of US help ($$$) and larger kurdish population in N. syria. elections you say but who actually runs anything ? the SDF military does and the puppet civilian government is at the beck and call of USA (as a favour to Israel). the day the US leaves is the day they fall. thats why the US is giving billions of dollars of free MILITARY equipment (nothing democratic here) for when they leave because american ppl are too stupid to make Israel pay for anything.

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Unlike some countries, SDF military do n ot run the region, but the local civilian councils, elected by the people. Perfect? Likely not, but better than Damascus dictatorship where even a building permit must be approved by bureacrats in the capital.

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Assads government is secular too and without COMMUNISTS/MARXISTS. dont see how the baath party is bad for women either and Assad is supported by multi ethnic groups – assyrians, armenians even circassians, more so than the SDF.

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Syrian law based upon sharia, polygamy allowed as well as child marriages.

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Most of the Muslim world has similar laws, Syria not particularly worse than any other country. US allies have worse laws so Im not sure what you’re trying to say.From what I saw online polygamy is not easy to do in Syria and limited. War is main reason its popular. child marriages recently banned too. war made that worse too. There are also conservative Kurds in many areas of the ME who do arranged marriages with young girls too. Kurds are not always just a block of similar thinking ppl, some more, some less conservative (esp. in Turkey, Iraq, Iran… Read more »

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Well stated abec.