Full Story: The Military Factions of Syria in Seek to Integrate ..

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 23 December, 2016

#ElDorar AlShamia:

Islamic Ahrar al-Sham movement joined to the rejecting camp of factions that deny the terms of JFS’s commander  "Abu Mohammed Joulani," where Shura Council in the movement voted two days ago on the idea of ​​integration with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS)  Sham and the movement of Nur al-Din Al-Zanki as well as Ajnad al-Sham, under the name of Al-Haya’t al-Islamiya al-Souriya (or the Syrian Islamic Commission; SIC) would be led by “Abu Ammar al-Omar” , the Leader of Ahrar al-Sham, while the military leadership would go to “Abu Mohammed Joulani”, and the presidency of the Consultative Council for “Tawfiq  Shahabuddin” the commander of al-Zanki.

The sources familiar with the meetings of the merger between the factions in an advisory capacity confirmed to ElDorar that a meeting between the four factions leaders (al-Zanki - Ahrar al-Sham - Fatah al-Sham – Ajnad al-Sham), which included a consensus in principle on the merger of these factions, as a prelude to join the other factions in the coming new body, but that bumped the many factions disapproval, as they were shown the idea, most notably factions are Jaysh al-Islam ,Soqur al-Sham ,Faylaq al-Sham and Jayshal- Mujahideen. According to sources, the reason for disapproval is due to launch an already project without taking the opinion of the factions, the conditions set by “Joulani” to receive the weapon of all factions within one week from the date of the merger announcement as a military commander, in addition to being deputy of the general commander, and assigning  political body members will  be made only by Joulani, and its requirement that to cut the relationship with existing groups north of Aleppo, which is battling IS group in the operation of the Euphrates Shield , as should anyone who wants to return from there has to decide within three months, after which it will be prevented to be any switch operation between the existing military groups held areas of the new entity and the areas north of Aleppo.

The second reason made the factions objected according to the same sources, they believe that there  should be a Syrian formation taken the banner of the revolution as a symbol, because they believe that the current phase needs such requirements, while the word of "Syrian" of the new formation name  has been the subject of controversy , which JFS opposed it.

Insisting  on a national project symbolizes the Syrian Revolution confirmed by Jaysh al-Mujahideen’s Lt. Col. "Abu Bakr" in a tweet a few days ago in which he said:

"Wait for us, God willing, a merger soon heal your hearts and damage your enemy, a national project represents a revolution of the grieving people and restores our revolution emitted again."

“Zi Qar’” commander in  Jaysh al-Islam, operating in northern Syria, "Abdulwahab Abu Ali" recounted on his account in Twitter the first breakthrough details of the talks for union factions, supported by a senior leader of Ahrar al-Sham "Hussam Salama", who attended the preliminary hearings.

"Abdul Wahab" confirmed that the revolutionary factions has been invited by Ahrar al-Sham movement, as “Hussam Salama” , former leader “Abu Yahya al-Hamwi” and the prominent leader of “Abu al-Bara’” attended from the movement, , where they suggest the integration project for the factions, where they agreed to unconditionally, and the approvers Jaysh al-Islam ,Suqor al-Sham , al-Jabha al-Shamia and Jaysh al-Mujahideen, and Abu al-Bara’ at the end of the session suggested to show this idea for JFS too, which was agreed with by the other factions, stipulating one condition only, that is to have the Syrian revolution banner as a flag for the new body, agreeing on Fateh al-Sham to be dissolved upon the new formation’s ranks to evade the international classification.

"AbdulWahab" added in his testimony: " Abu al-Bara’ went to meet Joulani, and wait for a reply from him, everyone is surprised that on the same day at night that another merger includes Ahrar al-Sham, al-Zanki and Fateh al-Sham taking the leading positions for themselves, and made themselves guardians of the factions , this happened due to being the movement divided into two camps, and this led us to proceed with the project with the factions mentioned, except Ahrar al-Sham, we still hope to be with us in this entity, which is desired by the street and assume their responsibilities. "

Suqor al-Sham official spokesman "Mamoun Haj Moussa" strengthened AbdulWahab’s tale in his official telegram channel where he stressed the factions’ agree to the project, but it turned completely after Ahrar al-Sham’s representatives went to JFS, where the delegates of the factions bought a ready project for them with the distribution of leadership positions, with the omission of the role of other factions.

"Haj Moussa"added : "We can never accept a pre-conditions merger, and this was the agreement of the factions, and we sent a paper that we do not mind we have to sit down with them, provided to reset the project and move it from the beginning unconditionally, but later Fateh al-Sham agreed to through al-Zanki, we informed al-Zanki and Ahrar al-Sham of this, so we went and factions to the meeting, to be surprised that Joulani was not aware of it at all"

Haji Musa confirmed that the factions after meeting with Joulani have determined that the objection to the quadrilateral project between the Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Zanki and Ajnad al-Sham and Fateh al-Sham did not reach the Joulani, suggested a new proposal is the project starting from scratch, and the appointment of the Shura Council of the faction leaders, as well as independent figures, then this Council election of the commander, but Joulani insisted quadrilateral project to come out after factions of the meeting without an agreement.


"Then we suggested that we go back to zero and start the project immediately and choose the Shura Council of the faction leaders as well as to the owners of expertise from outside the factions then be selected via the Shura leader, he insisted on his project Joulani then we came out of the meeting and he did not agree."

According to leading sources within Ahrar al-Sham, that the movement, despite its refusal to the quadruple integration ,at the same time they have not taken a decision to return to the basic project yet, which has committed and coincided with other revolutionary factions, which prompted some figures to mediate with the nine factions headed by "Suqor al-Sham" and "Jaysh al-Mujahdeen" those are intending to announce theirown integration in order to suspend the case, may these figures manage to make Ahrar al-Sham goes back to the main integration.