SYRIA. Has American bet on Islamic Front failed?

26 December 2013

The Americans tried to bet on the Islamic Front (IF) in Syria, but failed. Interest in this movement has recently begun to arouse in America, when it became clear that the IF move away the Free Syrian Army (FSA), associated with the pro-western “national coalition”.

On November 20, 7 large groups of Mujahideen announced the creation of a coalition – the Islamic Front – which included about 45,000 fighters.

They stated that the Islamic Front was an independent political, military and social entity, whose main objective was to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic order in the country, writes UmmaNews.

According to reports, the movement includes Ahrar al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Sukur al-Sham, The Army of Islam, Ansar al-Sham and The Kurdish Front.

The Islamic Front withdrew from the Supreme Military Council of the FSA which acted in coordination with the pro-western puppet National Coalition. A few days later, the Mujahideen took over the bases and warehouses of the FSA in the province of Idlib, where weapons and military equipment, delivered to Syria from Turkey, had been stored.

Mujahideen took over the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the FSA in the town of Atma. Its head – brigadier general Salim Idris – left Syria

Media started writing about the Islamic Front and leaked information that “the IF leaders oppose groups associated with Al-Qaeda”.

Following this, American foreign minister Kerry said Washington was ready to bet on the Islamic Front as “its player” and to start negotiations:

“The United States has not yet met representatives of the Islamic Front. There has been no discussion. It’s possible that it could take place”, said Kerry.

But very soon, a senior US diplomat admitted that “Islamist rebels” rejected talks with America.

“The Islamic Front has refused to sit down with us without giving any reason”, said the American emissary to Syria Robert Ford.

Pro-Assad media condemned Washington attempts to talk with Mujahideen and stated that the Islamic Front “in its principles, strategies and objectives is the same as Jabhat al-Nusrah”.

The Islamic Front includes one of the largest Syria’s movements, Ahrar al-Sham, which has close relations with Jabhat al-Nusrah. These days, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Front seized together a large Alawite base in Aleppo.

Moreover, as reported, Mujahideen brigades, included in the Islamic Front, not only cooperate with Jabhat al-Nusrah (Al-Qaeda in Syria), but also fight under its leadership.

For example, in the area of Qalamoun, an operational headquarters has been established under the leadership of Jabhat. It includes Ahrar al-Sham, Liwa al-Haqq, which are members of the Islamic Front, and Ahrar al-Sham – a core group of the IF.

It is obvious that in Syria, the west is trying to repeat the scenario of Mali. It is to be recalled that in 2012, vast areas of northern Mali (Azawad) were under the control of Islamic movements, where Mujahideen established the rule of Sharia. In Azawad, there were three major groups: Ansar al-Din, The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The West flatly refused to talk to AQIM and MOJWA but was ready to negotiate with the Ansar al-Din. In exchange, infidels demanded to cut ties with al-Qaeda and abandon “terrorism”.

After a meeting between the representatives of Ansar al-Din with emissaries of regional movements, western media wrote that the movement “renounced all forms of terrorism and extremism” and almost agreed to democracy.

But it was all lies.

In his interview with Sahara Media, Emir of Ansar al-Din, Iyad Ag Ghaly, emphasized that it would be mandatory in Mali to set the rule of Sharia, and as for the Al-Qaeda, there were no plans to break ties with it. In an interview to Al Jazeera, the spokesman of the movement, Sanda Ould Bouamama, also stressed that the relations between Ansar al-Din and Al Qaeda had been based on Muslim brotherhood:

“Everyone knows that we are a local independent Islamic group. Our relations with al Qaeda and other groups are the same as our relations with any other Muslims. We share the same faith – that is all. Nothing more, and nothing less”, said the representative of Ansar al-Din.

The same policy of disinformation was tried half a year ago, when the Mujahideen of the IEA opened a political office in Qatar for possible talks with US.

In the press, there were the same information leaks about a supposedly moderate wing of the IEA, which, they said, was almost ready to give up “terrorism” and agree to democracy.

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

Source: Kavkaz Center.

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