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Friday, February 23, 2018

Under pressure from the Syrian army, the Islamists betray each other

Caught in the grip of the Syrian army in the streets of Aleppo movement “dzhebhat an-Nusra” announced that it renounces al-Qaeda, and even changed its name. However, in the hands of “al-Nusra” still remain and other areas of Syria. Experts believe that the “rebranding” of militants forcing not only the defeat in Aleppo, but also fears that Russia and the United States will now begin to act against them together.

Terrorist group “dzhebhat an-Nusra”(“Front for the people of greater Syria”) stated on Thursday about breaking with al-Qaeda, whose Syrian unit she still called herself, and the renaming of jabhat al Fatah al-sham,” reports Reuters and Agence France-Presse, with reference to its leader Abu Mohammed al-Dzhulani. The group banned in Russia, USA and other countries. The former name means “the front for the support of the people of the Levant),” new – like “Front the conquest of the Levant.”

“Together with the former “An-Nusra” create new group “al-Jabhat al-Islamiya al-Suriya”, in order to escape from the mites, which they cooked together Russia and the U.S.”

“Al-Qaeda”, also banned in Russia, on Thursday afternoon announced that the gap will be purely a formality. You can without hesitation to sacrifice organizational and party connections, if it interferes with your unity and cohesive action”, – announced on Thursday afternoon, Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda. His audiotape to Al-Nusra” quoted Reuters.

About the upcoming renaming in the early weeks written Russian edition EADaily.com with reference to . Twitter’s new media center “the Center of al-sham”, which appeared only on Monday and during the day managed to get more than 500 readers. Citing its sources, the “rebranding” was announced and the newspaper El-Dorar el-Shamia. “Sources inside al-Nusra confirmed that the leaders of the organization are going to announce the release of “al-Qaeda”, but the announcement is delayed, as some influential members of the Majlis against the decision, which insists the military commanders,” said a media portal.

In the network appeared the pictures printed flags with a new name and even emblem updated “An-Nusra”. And her Union, the Chechen grouping “Ajnad al-Kavkaz” reported that welcomes the new “Council of scholars of sham, which is gathered in Syria to create a unified Sharia court for all jihadists. It is curious that the Council was just listed the other leaders of “al-Nusra” Abu Maria al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Muheisen.

On Wednesday it became known that the units “EN-Nusra hit Aleppo in the boiler. To complete their environment in the city the Syrian army left to go less than a kilometer. “The balance of power and the configuration of the front is now such that neither al-Nusra nor the other caught in the cauldron part of the jihadists will not be able to take effective attempts to escape – their message with their own kind in the valley of Anadan, and in the region of Idlib permanently interrupted. And if five–six days ago, they have actively attempted counterattacks in the Central areas of the city around the railway station, now not seen anything like it,” wrote the newspaper VIEW.

Bandit rebranding

To rename the group decided not only purely military but also political reasons, says the President of the Institute of religion and politics Alexander Ignatenko.

“She’s under this name appears in the list of the UN security Council. As al-Qaida, a branch of which “al-Nusra” once proclaimed. Even on its banner it is written “al-Qaeda in the country of sham”. That is, it is doubly subject to sanctions imposed by the international community. Now in Syria begins reformatting the terrorist movement. The group “Ahrar al-sham”, which is not contained in the list of the security Council, is also, to my knowledge, is going to be transformed and to declare a break with al-Qaeda, confirming that the relations were such. And here some more parts together with the former “an-Nusra” will create a new group, called al-Jabhat al-Islamiya al-Suriya” (“the Syrian Islamic front”), in order to escape from those ticks, they and similar groups are preparing together the US and Russia”, – said the expert newspaper VIEW.

“The second goal is to portray itself as a moderate and purely Syrian national opposition. In fact, a significant part of the militants “an-Nusra” is the foreigners who arrived from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other countries. The same – and “Ahrar al-sham”. And so the world will be submitted to national non-extremist, not associated with “al-Qaeda” movement, which can and negotiate,” – said Ignatenko.

“But they mean the negotiations are not about how to politically resolve the crisis in that sector of the front on which they fight, and about how to gain a foothold as a spokesman of the local Sunni population in areas they still control. And as such, the group agrees to participate in the negotiations on a final solution to the Syrian crisis. And in this case they are trying to imagine themselves as “white and fluffy” – syroniziroval the analyst.

Ignatenko is not yet ready to predict whether there will be the head of the movement’s current leaders or will move in the other figures. It also does not exclude that during the “transformation” movement in General is going to crack. “Maybe even stay in the units, which will carry the same banner of “al-Qaeda”. View” – suggested the expert.

As recalled by TASS, “dzhebhat an-Nusra” (“Front of victory”) was established in 2011 in Syria. It announced itself in February 2012 to include a video message and taking action against government forces. Their main objectives this radical organization called the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, followed by the creation of the Emirate on the Syrian territory. Its militants are fighting against the army and militia of the country. She was behind numerous terrorist attacks, mass killings and hostage-taking.

“There is no truce in Aleppo will not be

We will remind, on July 19, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said he and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov there is an understanding about in what direction the Syrian settlement and what goals you need to achieve. “We both (Lavrov) believe that we have an understanding in what direction we are heading, what goals you need to achieve and our team will meet soon to give impetus to the cessation of hostilities in order to increase our ability to combat al-Qaida(jabhat al) an-Nusra” and “Islamic state**” – said the head of American diplomacy at the end of the meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain Boris Johnson.

On Monday, the US expressed the hope that Russian influence on the Syrian government on the issue of accession of the authorities to the humanitarian truce in Aleppo. This was stated by the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Samantha Power. But on Tuesday, Lavrov said after new talks, Kerry said: US say they can dissociate the opposition from terrorist groups in Syria, but while Washington is not.

“No truce, no silence mode against terrorists, against those who are fighting on the side of the Islamic state and “Dzhebhat-EN-Nusra, declaring it officially or not saying, can not be”, – said on Thursday Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov. According to Ryabkov, the Russian side is permanent says the American colleagues about this.

“Unfortunately, until now, despite our efforts, they have not taken measures to disengagement of terrorists and so-called moderate opposition with which they, the United States, working closely, they do not hide,” – said the diplomat.

“So there is an element at least of political guile. To suspend operations, without explaining at the same time, who the United States sees the moderate opposition, whom they consider terrorists is to allow the terrorists to regroup, to allow them to re-gather her strength for the new shots, in fact – to continue this massacre, which has already led to the tragedy of the Syrian people,” – said Ryabkov. He stressed that Moscow has here a different approach, namely that “we need to bring the fight to the terrorists in Syria to the bitter end.”

“We are in favor of deepening cooperation with the United States and other partners. We are working with the Syrian government. This is the main condition for ensuring the necessary progress in political negotiations. Need to deal with the supply routes of terrorists. The Northern border with Syria remains porous enough, it is necessary to block,” – said the Deputy Minister.

* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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