March 19, 2013

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria condemns in the strongest possible terms the chemical weapons attack in Aleppo and calls on the international community to act to prevent further use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to Aleppo University Hospital dozens of people were affected by this attack and are experiencing symptoms including asphyxiation, bronchospasm, hypotension, Dyspnoea, Pinpoint pupil, and pulmonary edema. One hospital confirmed 54 cases, mostly women and children; 14 cases were pronounced dead on arrival, and one doctor helping the victims has died of the same symptoms.

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February 15, 2013

SETF is excited to announce the launch of our Adopt a Village Project. Adopt a Village is designed to allow average Americans help and support average Syrians. The campaign's goal is to support freedom, democracy, and the civilian administrative councils in liberated Syria to provide food, infrastructure, and basic services to the people in these communities.

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January 15, 2013

The Syrian Emergency Task Force condemns in the strongest terms possible, the brutal attack on Aleppo University that has reportedly left at least 52 students and civilians dead and an unknown number wounded. At least two missiles struck the campus, one hitting the square in front of the Architecture Faculty Building, and the second behind Dormitory Building #8. A number of people who were driving in the main street next to the university burned to death in their cars as a result of the missile explosion. Students had returned to university campus for the first day of semester exams when the attack occurred, and Dormitory #8 was housing an unknown number of internally displaced persons from ongoing fighting in the city. Aleppo University has been the city’s epicenter for peaceful non-violent resistance to the Assad Regime and is a purely civilian area. This dreadful attack further underscores the Assad Regime’s continued targeting of civilian areas with lethal airpower and other heavy weapons.

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The Adopt a village campaign is designed to allow average Americans help and support average Syrians. The campaign’s goal is to support freedom, democracy, and the civilian administrative councils in liberated Syria to provide food, infrastructure, and basic services to the people in these communities. We work with the Civilian Administrative Councils of Khirbet Al-Joz, Adhar, Miskina, Bdama, and Sarmada. 

On his last trip to Turkey and Syria, Political Director Mouaz Moustafa arrived in Khirbet al-Joz two days after its liberation from Assad forces. He visited with refugees who were returning after over a year to repopulate Khirbet al-Joz. While they returned to find that their houses had been looted and burned, Moustafa commented on the remarkable positivity of these people who only wanted to rebuild and move forward to a free and democratic Syrian society. Our goal is to further facilitate these civilian administrative councils until they can function on their own or until an international actor can take over with funding.


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Political Advocacy

SETF established a rapport and maintained productive a productive working relationship with the diplomatic corps around the world. Closest relationships include those with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Qatari Acting Foreign Minister Khaled Bin- Muhammed Al-Attiyah, Qatari Ambassador to the U.S. French Ambassador to Syria Eric Chevallier, the Italian Envoy to Syria, the Kosovo Delegation, and many others.

Washington, D.C. and the United States

Our D.C. team conducted meetings with over two-thirds of the House and ninety percent of the Senate over the past year. In concert with the Coalition for a Democratic Syria, SETF continues to advocate for greater U.S. action in Syria and is currently meeting with Freshman Congressmen to educate them on the current situation in Syria. The D.C. team meets regularly with the Department of State.

In 2011, SETF successfully lobbied for Temporary Protected Status. In cooperation with the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, SETF drafted a formal request for the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status for Syrian nationals living in the United States.

On November 8, 2012, Executive Director, Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff spoke at a Harvard Arab Weekend event entitled "Syria: How will the World Community Engage in the Syrian Revolution?"

In June 2012, the Syrian Emergency Task Force signed an agreement with the Cuban-American Community and Representatives in Congress creating an alliance against the dictators of Cuba and Syria. The Cuban-American community sent 1 million in humanitarian and medical aid to Syria.

International Advocacy

In November 2012, Political Director Mouaz Moustafa traveled to the Friends of Syria Meeting in Paris, where he was the only non-diplomatic delegate present to offer his analysis evaluating the best way to support the local governance structures on the ground in the liberated areas of Syria in a constructive manner. Executive Director Sasha Ghosh- Siminoff wrote a position paper on the subject, which was also presented by Mouaz and has subsequently been used as a staple document when discussing the local councils with various donor governments.

Mouaz Moustafa presented on Syria before the Chatham House at the prestigious Revolutions conference and at House of Commons in England in November 2012.


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