Head Of Saudi-backed Opposition To Bashar al-Assad’s Government Steps Down

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Head Of Saudi-backed Opposition To Bashar al-Assad’s Government Steps Down

Riyad Hijab

The head of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) resigned on November 20, according to Reuters.

Riyad Hijab, a former Syrian prime minister under al-Assad, did not explain his reasons for stepping down in a statement posted on social media. He was the head of the Saudi-backed umbrella group that brings together the armed and political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad for nearly two years.

The HNC has been the main representative of the Syrian opposition since its formation at a meeting in Saudi Arabia in December of 2015, and has taken part in UN-led diplomacy aimed at ending the conflict that erupted in 2011. A major turnaround in the conflict came after Russia became involved with its air force in 2015. The Damascus government has been steadily regaining control of territory, thanks also to the support of Iran-backed forces such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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  • Barba_Papa

    The first rat to leave the sinking ship?

  • goingbrokes

    Lebanese prime Minister resigns (in Saudi), HNC Head resigns (because of Saudi?), President of Turkey was nearly deposed (because of Saudi?), Barzani of the Kurds is gone. All these people with a stake on the attack on Syria are stepping down. Who is going to employ them now?

    • FlorianGeyer

      ” Who is going to employ them now? ”

      The US Military might in their next project for projecting ‘American Democratic Values’ :)

      • Joe

        Employ losers?

        • FlorianGeyer

          Like does tend to employ Like in most of the world :)

    • Langaniso Mhlobo

      ISIS of USA will employ them to join Satan agbar.