Syrian Rebels May Unite to Counter Former al-Nusra Front Jointly if It Attacks

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahFighters of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the former al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, ride on a pick-up truck in the 1070 Apartment Project area in southwestern Aleppo, Syria August 5, 2016
Fighters of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the former al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, ride on a pick-up truck in the 1070 Apartment Project area in southwestern Aleppo, Syria August 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Syrian armed opposition groups which are taking part in the talks in Astana should counter the ex-Nusra Front terrorist group jointly, should the former attack, Abdulhakim Bashar, the opposition delegation adviser, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, member of the delegation to the talks in Astana Osama Abu Zeid said that the Syrian opposition does not want to discuss fighting against Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militant group as long as foreign forces remain in the country.

"I think that everything is leading to groups, including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [formerly known as al-Nusra Front] could attack the opposition groups which are presently in Astana… These groups should unite to counter Jabhat Fateh al-Sham," Bashar said.

This image posted online on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, purports to show a gunman firing at an unseen target, east of of Palmyra, east of Palmyra city, in Homs provence, Syria - Sputnik International
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At the same time, a draft joint statement by Iran, Russia, Turkey on the Astana talks reportedly reiterates the countries’ determination to fight Daesh and Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham.

An international meeting on the Syrian settlement began in the capital of Kazakhstan on January 23 with the participation of a number of delegations, including armed opposition, Damascus, Russia, Iran and Turkey.

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