Syrian Islamist opposition group: Nusra breaking ties with al-Qaeda is not enough to gain trust

Syrian rebels of Jaish al-Islam. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Captain Islam Aloush, the official spokesman for the Syrian rebel faction of al-Islam Army, said Saturday that the decision of the Nusra Front to split from al-Qaeda “is not enough” for the group to get closer to the Syrian people. 

“Our national revolution is to liberate people oppressed by the criminal sectarian regime in Syria. Therefore, any group’s link with any global organization would hinder achieving the goals of the Syrian people’s revolution,” Aloush said.

“Such links would make Syrians responsible for the faults and errors of these global organizations. However, this step from Jabhat al-Nusra is not enough to get closer to the Syrian people,” he said in a public statement.

The spokesman of Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) stressed the need to unite all Syrian rebel factions. “Unfortunately, many internal and external obstacles stand against this unification at all levels,” he added.

“I do not think that the disengagement of Jabhat al-Nusra from al-Qaeda will have an effect on the military ideology of the fighters of Fath al-Sham [new name for Nusra Front]. We will be waiting and watching the behavior of the new formation with its new name in order for us to pass a fair judgment,” Aloush concluded.

The leader of Syria’s Nusra Front Abu Muhammed al-Joulani announced on Thursday that they would break ties with al-Qaeda. “We declare the complete cancellation of all operations under the name of Jabhat Al Nusra [Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda], and the formation of a new group operating under the name “Jabhat Fath Al Sham,” noting that this new organization has no affiliation to any external entity,” Joulani said, while for the first time appearing with his face uncovered last Thursday.

The US-led coalition said they will continue to target the group, despite of the name-change.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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