Syrian rebels call for unity against Assad forces in Aleppo


Syrian rebel fighters in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The Levant Clerics Front (LCF) demanded all rebel factions in the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria, join the Levant Front (aj-Jabha ash-Shamiya).

The LCF warned in an official statement, of which ARA News received a copy, all the military factions in Aleppo from being drawn into the swamp of Afghan and Somali sedition, pointing to the factions’ commitment to the provisions for the cease-fire between them and paying attention to fighting Assad forces.

“All operating rebel factions in Aleppo must join the Levant Front, which has strictly excluded the extremist group of the al-Nusra Front and the Abu Amara Brigades,” the LCF’s statement read. 

The statement also called for a stop to attacks on the headquarters of other rebel military factions, as well as stealing weapons or any kind of kidnapping attempts.

“Any infringement of one (rebel) faction over another, or accusing one another of apostasy without legislative proof, will force the Front to stop it by force of arms and then put the two sides in front of the law of God.”

The LCF emphasized the need for a fair distribution of weapons from abroad or the spoils of war between all military factions, and to return to the approved religious judiciary as a single reference in these issues. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Imad Hussein said that this move supports the efforts to unify the military factions under one umbrella, and puts all combat efforts in fighting the pro-regime forces, rather than dispersion which weakens those rebel factions and strengthens the position of the Assad regime.

Several rebel factions fighting in Aleppo province announced on December 25, 2014, the establishment of the so-called Levant Front under the leadership of commander Abdulaziz Salama. The most prominent unified factions were the Mujahideen Army, the Islamic Front, the Movement of Nur ed-Din az-Zanki, Asala and Tanmiya Front, and Fastaqim Kama Umirt group.


Reporting by: Muhammad Dilshad

Source: ARA News

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