Leader of Qaeda in Syria: “We won’t monopolize power in liberated city of Idlib”

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Fighters of al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) celebrate control of Idlib. (Activists)

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Abu Mohammad Joulani, the leader of the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria), said Wednesday that the Front will not monopolize power in the city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria.

In cooperation with Syrian rebel forces, Nusra fighters took over the city of Idlib days ago following the withdrawal of pro-Assad forces from the province. 

In a voice message published online, Joulani said: “We, in the Nusra Front, emphasize that we do not intend to rule the city after its liberation, or monopolize power aside from the other forces.”

“Our concern is that the city (Idlib) should be in good hands, aiming at justice,” he added.

Al-Nusra’s Emir confirmed that Idlib must be controlled by “Shura” (delegation) between the rebel factions that liberated the city, referring to the need to maintain the property, public services and facilities in the service of residents.

Joulani also called for staff in government departments in the city to resume their jobs in the service sectors, such as health, electricity, water, communications, bakeries, and cleaning institutions.

Additionally, he called for founding a committee to administratively run the city in order to meet the needs of people and be accountable if failed to perform its tasks. 

Al-Nusra’s Emir in Syria stressed the need to form a “Legal Court” in order to enforce law and justice among people in Idlib. 

He pointed out that al-Fatih Army (main rebel faction that participated in combatting pro-Assad forces in Idlib) “should be merciful yet united in the face of the Alawite regime (Assad’s regime)”.

A number of armed opposition factions and Islamic battalions, in addition to the al-Nusra Front, have formed al-Fatih Army, which was able in few days to control the city of Idlib. Subsequent to fierce battles with the Syrian regime forces, Idlib is now the second province in Syria out of the hands of the regime after the province of Raqqa, which is currently held by the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Malla Ali 

Source: ARA News

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