Syrian opposition to back U.S. against IS militants


Leader of the Syrian National Coalition Hadi al-Bahra (c). File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – The President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Hadi al-Bahra, said that launching air attacks against main strongholds of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria “will help minimizing the power of the terrorists and cause them great damage”, pointing out that the United States needs to increase support to the Syrian opposition fighters on the ground “as a success factor for the anti-IS operations”.

Sources close to the SNC (main body of the Syrian opposition) told ARA News that al-Bahra emphasized during a meeting with the SNC members the willingness of the opposition to fully cooperate with the U.S. “by providing key information about the IS headquarters and its military plans”.

Noteworthy, the Syrian opposition intends to establish a ‘Center’ for military coordination in the city of Rihaniyya on the Syrian border in southern Turkey, including representatives from each of the countries supporting the “Syrian Revolution”, the opposition is seeking this center to become the operations room which will receive information and plan operations against IS militants.

However, it’s noted that the American Administration has not responded to the intention of the Syrian opposition so far.

Mounting Fears of the Regime Regaining Areas

In a linked context, military advisers of the American President excluded extended air strike against the Islamic State in Syria, arguing that such a step might pave the way for the Syrian regime to regain control of areas which currently falls out of its control. This would make President Obama appearing to present a golden opportunity to the regime to restore its power and rearrange its cards.

Regarding a potential coordination between the U.S. and the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, observers have determined that defeating the IS extremists does not need any cooperation with the Assad regime.

According to Syrian opposition activists, the U.S. will also be able to destroy the Syrian air defences quickly if they should launch air strikes in Syria.

Noteworthy, the Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Muallem, said in a previous press conference that “launching any military operation against terrorists by any foreign power in Syria will require coordination with the Syrian government”.


Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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