Assad regime an 'enemy of God'

The former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has called President Assad's regime as an "enemy of God", in his first public appearance since defecting. The UN humanitarian chief Baroness Amos is in the country to increase emergency aid to civilians

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US lifts sanctions on former Syrian prime minister

The United States has lifted financial sanctions against former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab after his decision to leave Bashar al-Assad's government.

The US Treasury is ending its freeze on assets Hijab may have held under US jurisdiction, the department said in a statement.

Nearly 30 senior officials in Assad's government are on the US Treasury's list of people targeted with asset freezes, including Syria's new prime minister, Wael Nader Al-Halqi.

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Former Syrian PM: Assad only controls 30% of country

Oh devoted revolutionaries, your revolution has become a model of effort and sacrifice for the sake of freedom and dignity.

I assure you, from my experience and former position, that the regime is collapsing, spiritually and financially, as it escalates militarily.

It no longer controls more than 30 percent of Syrian territory... So let the shining revolution be completed by preserving the unity of the country.

– Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab

UN aid chief arrives in Syria

United Nations humanitarian chief Baroness Amos has arrived in Syria at the start of a three-day regional trip to discuss aid for civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict.

Amos, who entered Syria on a land convoy from Lebanon, is scheduled to meet Syrian authorities including deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad, as well as officials from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

Spokesman Jens Laerke said: "They crossed the border and were welcomed by officials from the ministry of foreign affairs".

Reuters: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt against Assad

Fighters from last year's civil war in Libya have joined the frontline in Syria, helping to train and organise rebels, a Libyan-Irish fighter has told Reuters.

Trained sniper Hussam Najjar, from Dublin, was part of the unit that stormed Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli a year ago, ledby Mahdi al-Harati, a powerful militia chief from Libya's western mountains. Harati now leads a unit in Syria.

Najjar said he was surprised to find how poorly armed and disorganised the Syrian rebels were:

I was shocked. There is nothing you are told that can prepare you for what you see. The state of the Sunni Muslims there - their state of mind, their fate - all of those things have been slowly corroded over time by the regime.

I nearly cried for them when I saw the weapons. The guns are absolutely useless. We are being sold leftovers from the Iraqi war, leftovers from this and that. Luckily these are things that we can do for them: we know how to fix weapons, how to maintain them, find problems and fix them.

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