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Foreign Fighters in Syria Forge Anti-Regime Alliance, Say Ready to Fight

Counterterrorism & Security

Aya Hussein

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 10:34 GMT

A union of foreign fighters reported on Saturday 1st December that they were preparing for battle against Syrian regime forces and plotting ambushes in designated buffer zones, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

Made up of an amalgamation of radical rejectionists of the Russia-Turkey de-escalation zones agreement, the group of foreign fighters stands out as one of the most prominent extremist factions in Syria, the UK-based monitor said.

The group, now called Wa Hared al-Mu’minin, includes fighters from several “jihadi” factions, namely Hurras al-Dien, Ansar al-Dien, Ansar al-Islam, and Ansar al-Tawhid.

Its war room was first formed after the withdrawal of heavy weapons from designated buffer zones on October 15th and sent a clear message that the group is adamant that it will steer clear from any form of political settlement.

“They reject any form of political solution, retain their heavy weapons and reaffirm they are ready for battle against anyone standing in their way, whether it is regime forces or rebel allies,” the Observatory said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reached a deal in Sochi last September to enforce a demilitarised zone in remaining strongholds for Syrian rebels.

These factions include Turkmen, Chechens, Uzbeks, French-Moroccan dual nationals, as well as other Arabs from Egypt, Iraq and Libya.

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