[Marxism] Syrian opposition: 'Jihadists serve Assad's interests'

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 17:20:38 MST 2014

Syrian opposition: 'Jihadists serve Assad's interests'
By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Thursday, 2 January 2014


Syria's opposition National Coalition described on Wednesday 
al-Qaeda-linked group in the country of having ties to the Syrian 
regime, and accused it of serving the government's interests.

The strong criticism against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 
(ISIL) comes after the group reportedly tortured and killed an 
opposition doctor in northern Syria.

"The Coalition believes that ISIL is closely linked to the terrorist 
regime and serves the interests of the clique of President Bashar 
al-Assad, directly or indirectly," Agence France-Presse quoted the 
Syrian opposition group as saying in a statement.

"The murder of Syrians by this group leaves no doubt about the 
intentions behind their creation, their objectives and the agendas they 
serve, which is confirmed by the nature of their terrorist actions 
hostile to the Syrian revolution," it added.

It called on rebels who had joined ISIL to abandon the group and for the 
"prosecution of the leaders of this terrorist organization along with 
the criminals of the regime."

It has also accused the group of abandoning the fight against the regime 
and instead battling other opposition fighters and civilians.

The Coalition has long accused the Syrian regime of hijacking and 
"stealing" the uprising by supporting extremist groups.

'Abu Rayyan'
The opposition group said a rebel doctor, Hussein al-Sleiman, known by 
the pseudonym Abu Rayyan, had been held by ISIL in Maskana in Aleppo 
province, though there were no details on when he was detained.

The statement said he had been shot dead after being subjected to "the 
worst forms of torture."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the doctor belonged to the 
Ahrar al-Sham rebel group and that "one of his ears was cut off before 
he was shot."

"His body was handed over on Tuesday as part of a prisoner exchange," 
the NGO said.

The Observatory said ISIL is fighting in the area around Damascus and 
the north, though it has also been accused of fighting rebels and 
committing abuses against civilians.

While the rag-tag armed opposition initially welcomed the arrival of 
jihadist fighters, who were mostly better-equipped and trained, ties 
soured with the increasing strength of the foreign groups.

In the same time, the Syrian regime has always branded all those 
fighting against it as "terrorists," and labeled the rebels as 
supporters of these radical elements.

Death toll rises
Syria's conflict began with peaceful anti-government demonstrations in 
March 2011, and spiraled into a war after a brutal regime crackdown.

The conflict has killed more than 73,000 people in Syria in 2013, the 
Observatory said.

The Observatory's tally came as renewed regime air strikes in the 
northern city of Aleppo killed at least five people.

The group also raised to 17 the toll in an incident in the Tarik al-Bab 
neighborhood of the city on Tuesday, in which a regime tank shell hit a 

The group said it considered the international community "a partner in 
the shedding of the blood of the Syrian people" because it had failed to 
take "serious action" to stop the war.

The Britain-based group said it had documented the deaths of 73,455 
people between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, including 22,436 

(With AFP)

Last Update: Thursday, 2 January 2014 KSA 08:00 - GMT 05:00

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