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

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On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Michael Karadjis <mkaradjis at gmail.com>wrote:

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> Syrian opposition: 'Jihadists serve Assad's interests'
> By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
> Thursday, 2 January 2014
> http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/01/
> 02/Opposition-group-Jihadists-serve-Syrian-regime-s-interests-.html
> 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 bus.
> 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 civilians.
> (With AFP)
> Last Update: Thursday, 2 January 2014 KSA 08:00 - GMT 05:00
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