Istanbul, Turkey – The leader of the Syrian rebel group of the Islamic Front in Aleppo, Mohammad Abu Saad, stated that the ongoing U.S.-led air strikes in Syria are primarily targeting anti-Assad groups.
“It’s not only about the extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), but rather to eliminate other anti-Assad Islamic rebel groups in Syria,” Abu Saad told reporters in Turkey on Saturday.
According to Abu Saad, the international coalition also announced targeting the so-called Khorasan group “only to hit the Syrian rebel groups”.
“The Western Coalition used the name of Khorasan group at the start of its air strikes against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) -al Qaeda offshoot- as an excuse to target Islamic factions that fight the Syrian regime,” Abu Saad said.
The leader of the Islamic State also blamed the U.S.-led air strikes for the death of dozens of civilians in the province of Idlib, in northern Syria.
“In northwestern Syria, the militant fighters of IS are mainly located at the eastern countryside of Aleppo, but the air strikes hit other anti-Assad rebel groups in Idlib in northern Aleppo. This is a clear anti-rebels operation,” Abu Saad added.
He also blamed the U.S.-led coalition for turning a blind eye to the headquarters of the pro-Assad forces.
“I am surprised that the US-led coalition does not target al-Assad forces that have been committing atrocities and massacres against the Syrian people for four years,” Abu Saad argued.
On social media, Abu Ammar al-Halabi, former leader of the Islamic Front in Aleppo, expressed his condemnation of the coalition’s strikes because they do not target the regime “which used chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta -southern Syria- in 2013, killing 1400 people in one day”.
Before launching its operations in Syria, the U.S. announced its intention to target all terrorist groups that may constitute a threat to the U.S. and its allies.
It also mentioned that Khorasan group in Syria includes al-Qaeda veterans who came to Syria from Afghanistan and Pakistan, adding that the group was about to carry out attacks against the U.S. and some western countries, starting from Syria. Why
Reporting by: Mohammad al-Nasir
Source: ARA News
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