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U.S. State Department: "We continue to have dialogue
By Moon Of Alabama
May 13, 2016 "Information
asked the UN to blacklist Ahrar al Sham and Jaish al
Islam as terrorist groups. The U.S. rejected that. "We
continue to have dialogue with them," said
the State Department.
A day later
Ahrar al Sham joins al-Qaeda in breaking the
ceasefire in Syria and in assaulting and ethnically
cleansing a village loyal to the Syrian government.
Meanwhile Amnesty International accuses both groups
of indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including by
use of chemical weapons, and of other war crimes.
Russia's bid to blacklist Syrian
rebel groups at UN blocked by US, others
and other countries at the United Nations
Wednesday blocked Russia’s bid to
blacklist two rebel groups in Syria
saying it would undermine the war-torn country’s
halt in fighting.
reported that Britain, the U.S., France and
Ukraine blocked the bid to blacklist
Jaish al-Islam [(Army of Islam)] and
Ahrar al-Sham. Moscow claimed
the groups should have been excluded because of
their ties to militant groups including ISIS and
State Department Daily Press Briefing
-- on this issue? Both Ahrar al-Sham and
Jaysh al-Islam – I mean, they have
exactly the same bylaw, almost the same bylaws.
They don’t have a constitution. They have what
they call internal document. They espouse the
same dogma, they believe the same thing,
they practice the same practices as Jabhat al-Nusrah
and as al-Qaida. Why shouldn’t they be
designated as a terrorist organization?
TRUDEAU: So we constantly review information. We
are constantly assessing these groups. At this
stage our position is that these groups are
members of the cessation of hostilities.
We continue to have dialogue with them.
If our position changes, we’ll make that
assessment then. But we are in constant review
Syria's al-Qaida branch seizes
central Alawite village
Syria – Syria's al-Qaida branch and
allied fighters from ultraconservative rebel
factions on Wednesday seized a village
of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite
sect in central Syria, following fierce clashes
with government troops.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, an activist group tracking the conflict,
said families disappeared from
Zaara after the militants overran the village.
Along with Syria's al-Qaida branch known as the
Nusra Front, other hard-line factions
that took part in the raid on Zaara included
Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman.
Syria: Armed opposition groups
committing war crimes in Aleppo city
groups surrounding the Sheikh Maqsoud district
of Aleppo city have repeatedly carried out
indiscriminate attacks that have struck civilian
homes, streets, markets and mosques, killing and
injuring civilians and displaying a shameful
disregard for human life, said Amnesty
Two of the armed groups attacking YPG forces in
Sheikh Maqsoud - Ahrar al Sham
and Army of Islam - have sent
their own representatives to the UN-brokered
negotiations over the Syria conflict in Geneva.
The other armed groups have approved other
delegates to represent them at the talks.
international community must not turn a blind
eye to the mounting evidence of war
crimes by armed opposition groups in Syria.
[...],” said Magdalena Mughrabi [interim Deputy
Director of the Middle East and North Africa
Programme at Amnesty International.]