USA does not want the UN security Council adopted the Russian-proposed resolution declaring two terrorists of the Islamist group – “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam”. With the support of a number of countries, including Ukraine, the us diplomat has blocked this project. Though there is a direct reference to the relationship of these groups with the banned ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra”. Why the United States decided to take under the protection of such questionable powers?
The UN Security Council refused to recognize the Syrian group “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam related to ISIS and al-Qaeda, a terrorist. Russia’s proposal was blocked in the UN, the US, Britain, France and Ukraine.
“These groups – just “al-Qaeda” different type”
To make groups in the black list anti-terrorist Committee of the UN security Council should reach a consensus. However, in the UN security Council reacted to the Russian initiative, contradictory, said the permanent representative of New Zealand to the UN Gerard van Bohemen.
This was confirmed by press Secretary of the Russian Embassy Alexei Zaitsev. “Progress has not been achieved,” he said. “Will there be further discussions, while difficult to say,” added another knowledgeable discussions about the diplomat. His colleague added that “Russia has not demonstrated a desire to continue the discussion after four countries voted against it”.
“A devastating impact on the negotiations”
A little later one of the British diplomats explained that “the addition of these groups in the sanctions regime the UN al-Qaida and DAISH (Arabic acronym for ISIS – ed. OPINION) would be extremely counterproductive, destructive impact on efforts to maintain the cease-fire and resumption of peace talks in Geneva.” He said the two groups signed a cease-fire in Syria. Therefore, isolation of these groups from the total of the opposition can also lead to their further radicalisation and lead them aside from a joint search for the political process”, said the representative of the British mission.
What extremist groups are recognized as terrorist in different countries (infographic)However, the Russian permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin stressed that “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam “do not participate in the negotiations and did not participate in the ceasefire”. Therefore, Russia does not believe that the recognition of these terrorist groups will affect the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Syria.
Recall, an application for the inclusion of terrorist groups of “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam” in the sanctions list of Russia made at the end of April. In the document, Russian diplomats stressed that these groups fighting in Syria, closely linked to terrorist organizations, particularly ISIS and al-Qaeda, give them and receive from them the financial, logistical and military support”.
However, the West chose not to comment on this information, and the next day the USA have firmly stated that they will continue to speak out against the Russian initiative. The official U.S. state Department spokesman mark Toner said that “this would have disastrous consequences for a truce… We do not want that to happen. We don’t think it is constructive”, – he stressed.
Recall that all 15 member countries of the UN security Council endorsed the Russia and the United States a resolution in support of the cease-fire in Syria, which began operating on 27 Feb at 00: 00 Damascus time (01.00 GMT).
The truce does not apply to banned in Russia and several other countries of the organization “Islamic state” and “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (Syrian branch of al-Qaida) and other parties, recognized by the UN Security Council as terrorist.
“Al-Nusra” away from retribution
Meanwhile, earlier foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated there is evidence that “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” tried to disguise themselves under new names, combined with the small groups, which are not included in terrorist lists, and thereby trying to leave from punishment”.
According to the Russian diplomatic mission at the United Nations, under the banner “Jaish al-Islam are fighting from 15 to 20 thousand of fighters that are available to small arms, grenade launchers, armored vehicles. “Ahrar al-sham” has a membership of up to 25 thousand fighters.
Russia began work on the preparation and promotion of the application on the recognition of terrorist groups a few months ago. With the beginning of a new round of peace talks on Syria, a decision was made to suspend work. “At present, however, in terms of regular violations by groups of “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam” of the ceasefire in Syria, the Russian side decided to resume the promotion of our application on the summing up of these structures under the sanctions regime against ISIL and al-Qaeda”, – said the Russian diplomatic mission in a statement.
“Why should we go with them happily through a minefield?!”
“British diplomat, claiming that “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam signed the agreement on the truce was a lie”, – said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK President of the Institute of Middle East Yevgeny Satanovsky. According to him, these groups – “simple “al-Qaeda” different type”. Moreover, they did not signed, otherwise Russia wouldn’t be offering to recognize them as terrorist, the expert pointed out.
“Their sponsor is a country that is rich and works well with American, British, French diplomats and politicians, said the source. – How can we not oblige, not to meet a kindred Saudi Arabia, that beacon of democracy that have paid their charges?”.
What made the army of Syria with the help of Russian troops (infographic)”If these groups, which are now heavy fighting near Aleppo, which violated and are violating the peace negotiations in Syria, put into the list of terrorist, what they really deserve, because they are, the Saudis no longer remains”, – said the expert.
He reminded that it is no coincidence that these groups patronized US Secretary of state John Kerry and tried to persuade Lavrov to recognise them as part of the moderate opposition. “We were willing to do their part of the moderate opposition. Does not work only because they are pure al-Qaida. Our eye do not close,” said Satanovsky.
The West, unlike Russia, prefers eyes close, and “about Ukraine and say nothing: the state Department said that it’s good, so good. Each Sherkhan has its Jackal tobacco,” said Satanovsky, mentioning the Jackal from “the jungle Book”, the memorable phrase “And we go North!”. “Ukraine is something there podvyakivaet quietly from the corner, that’s her right. We do not know the value of these people who now govern? Another disgrace of a world scale”, – said the interlocutor.
Russian videoconferencing, meanwhile, will have to destroy militant groups as terrorists “in the moment when they come out of the hole”, without paying attention to how it is described in Washington, London, Paris, believes Satanovsky: “the Americans are free to host September 11 as much as you want, London, and Paris, too, with their terrorist attacks has long become a center of radical terrorist groups. If people do not teach why we should go with them happily through the minefield?” the expert concluded.
“Turns out that the fight against Assad’s only the terrorists”
The former head of the Israeli secret services “Nativ”, specialist on the Middle East Yaakov Kedmi said in an interview with the newspaper VIEW that disadvantageous to the Americans to recognize the group “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam terrorist, because they are supported by Turkey and partly by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“The US simply can’t recognize these terrorist groups, because after that there will be no organization that could be called any legitimate opposition. “Free Syrian army” is non-existent force that has no significant military power. Apart from the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra are just two of these groups are fighting with Assad. So Washington has no choice, they cannot recognize them as terrorist. Turns out that the fight against Assad’s only the terrorists,” said Kedmi.
The source also added that the US cannot ignore the position of another of its allies – Saudi Arabia. “In addition to Turkey “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam” supports Saudi Arabia. Riyadh strongly opposed the recognition of these groups as terrorists. Washington, in turn, in the current environment cannot ignore the opinion of their Arabian ally. In short, recognition of these groups as terrorists completely wrecks the adventure to overthrow Assad. So this one will not go”, – concluded the expert.Related posts: