New Coalition for the Establishment of an Islamic State

We are the representatives of the fighting formations in Aleppo and we declare our rejection of the conspiratorial project, the so-called national alliance. We have unanimously agreed to urgently establish an Islamic state.”
“We agreed on establishing an Islamic state in Syria and rejecting foreign projects, including coalitions and councils imposed on us inside [the country].”

Ahrar Al-Sham [The Freemen of Syria Battallions], Liwa Al-Tawhid and Al-Nusra [al-Qaeda in Syria] issued a joint statement rejecting the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and affirming the establishment of an Islamic State.

But the FSA downplayed the statement.

Col. Malek al-Kurdi, the FSA deputy commander, talked to the Daily Star:

“We are trying, along with many battalions, to achieve the unity of arms against the regime of Bashar Assad. We do not support any talk of formation of [Islamic] emirates … the people will decide the type of regime [that should be established if the Assad government falls].”

“We support the National Coalition […]”

UPDATE: Al-Jazeera reports that the salafists retract their previous rejection of the Syrian National Coalition!

Opposition commanders in the Syrian city of Aleppo have voiced their support to the Syrian National Coalition, a day after a video emerged showing fighters from at least 14 brigades announcing their rejection of the opposition bloc.

“We call on [the Coalition] to increase the representation of the revolutionary forces and to activate their role in the coalition’s offices and apparatus,” Tuesday’s statement, read by Abdel Qader Saleh, the head the Liwaa al-Tawhid Brigade, said.

Al-Nusra did not retract though…


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