[Marxism] Syrian opposition: 'Jihadists serve Assad's interests'
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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.
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
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
Last Update: Thursday, 2 January 2014 KSA 08:00 - GMT 05:00
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