Islamists release two detainees of Local Council in Tel Abyad




ARA News

Tel Abyad, al-Raqqa, Syriaــ On Sunday, the Shariah Council (founded by Islamist groups in Raqqa, based on Islamic legislation of religious law)  has released two members of the Local Council in Tel Abyad −Ahmad Haj Saleh and Wael Ahmad.

Both members were arrested for more than a month by the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham group (ISIS) on charges of taking over the council after it has been resolved by “Abu Musab”, the emir of the ISIS.

The council, based in the city of Mansoura in Raqqa’s suburb, has handed over a signed paper sealed by the names of the two members proving their guiltlessness as no evidence was provided to confirm their involvement in manipulating the council.

In another development, the armed groups of Ahrar al-Sham Movement, Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and the battalions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) −who are fighting in Tel Abyad− issued a statement on in which they denied agreeing on any truce with the Kurdish forces  in the area, represented by the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −the military wing of the Democratic Union Party− and the brigade of Jabhat al-Akrad which works under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) but cooperated recently with the YPG against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. 

As no explicit truce has been reached between both sides, the Kurdish-Islamists conflict seemingly continues to pull the Kurdish areas into the devastating circle of violence that resulted in more than 100,000 casualties so far in Syria.


Report by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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