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As the conflicting interests increased among factions fighting against the Assad regime in Syria, the majority of Islamic forces declared their total separation from the Syrian National Coalition (SNC)−the largest opposition umbrella.
The Islamists, especially those linked to al-Qaeda, said that any formation outside Syria does not represent the actual rebellion on the ground, including the coalition.
Thirteen Islamic groups in Syria issued a joint statement emphasizing their refusal to the coalition and “deprived” it of the legitimacy to represent all armed forces inside Syria.
The al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) were among the Islamic brigades that participated in issuing the statement. Other Islamic brigades linked to the Muslim Brotherhood has also signed the statement, among them was Ahrar al-Sham and al-Tawheed.
The Islamists also refused the interim government formed recently by the Syrian National Coalition, emphasizing that only the rebels on the ground can determine who can represent the revolution and its goals.”Only then such a representative body can claim legitimacy,” the groups said.
The Islamic formation of the thirteen groups called on the rest of factions that didn’t joined yet to participate with the newly established formation to enhance its position in order to implement of the Islamic law (Shariaa) in Syria “before the SNC and other bodies outside the country steal the revolution and form illegitimate government”.
“All groups formed outside Syria, without receiving their legitimacy from the people inside, are deemed illegitimate and unable to impose their will on the ground,” the widespread statement said.