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    Russia Contacts Free Syrian Army, Asks Third Countries for Verification

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    Moscow has established contacts with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and called on third countries to verify whether its dialogue partners truly represent the so-called moderate opposition, the head of the Russian upper house of parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it was informing foreign partners of its readiness to establish contacts with the FSA, an armed Syrian opposition faction considered moderate by Western countries.

    "Such contacts exist, but we're still not entirely sure that those responding to phone calls, figuratively speaking, are in fact the liberation army," Konstantin Kosachev said in an interview with Russia’s Rossiya-24 television channel.

    According to Kosachev, the FSA may join Russia in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.

    Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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    • avatar
      FSA "moderate rebels"= Moderate arsonists, moderate thieves, moderate foreign mercenaries, and moderate sex offenders.
    • Lubos Vokoun
      Give US 24h for confirmation, then officially pronounce the FSA as nonexistent and move on
    • vargus
      All Russian calls were redirected to Rami Abdulrahman's home phone.
    • avatar
      Now everybody says they are FSA. Me, me, me, I'm FSA, don't shoot. There is no armed domestic opposition. They are all foreign terrorists, hired by the US and NATO.
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