U.S. to target Ahrar al-Sham and other Islamists in Syria

Islamist fighters of Ahrar al-Sham Movement targeting locations of pro-Assad army in northern Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – The United States included several Syrian Islamic rebel groups on the  terrorist list. The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and al-Muhajireen Army, in addition to ten other active figures in Syria, were recognized as terrorist parties, according to a statement issued by the Department of State on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of State named 10 foreign individuals and two entities in the list of global terrorist groups.

The statement said that those parties will be subjected to punitive measures, including the seizure of their private properties.

According to observers, locations of Ahrar al-Sham Movement and Jaish al-Muhajireen (al-Muhajireen Army) in Syria will be soon targeted by the U.S.-led international coalition.

The International Commission of Inquiry, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, documented in a report in March, 2014, several crimes committed by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham including ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish community in the Kurdish city of Tel Abyad (Gire Sipi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria on July 21, 2013, in participation with other Islamic factions, including the organization of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.

The statement of the U.S. Department of State pointed out that Ahrar al-Sham, led by Moroccan fighters since August 2013, is accused of kidnapping and killing civilians in Syria.

Noteworthy, Ahrar al-Sham Movement had a prominent role in the battles of the Syrian coast against the Assad regime.

Al-Muhajireen Army, on the other hand, was established in Syria in February, 2013, and it is under the command of Chechen militants. The group is accused of involvement in committing atrocities against Syrian civilians.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News


  1. David Johnson
    September 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Ahrar al-Sham is not the group designated as a terrorist organization; the group that has been designated is Harakat Sham al-Islam, which is a separate group.

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