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Syria Feature: Claim — US-Led Operations Center Sets Conditions on Support for Rebels

Syria Feature: Claim — US-Led Operations Center Sets Conditions on Support for Rebels
May 02
10:10 2016

PHOTO: Officers in the rebel Southern Front, reportedly hindered by US restrictions on supplies


The pro-opposition Syrian Mirror claims that the US-led Military Operations Center, based in Jordan’s capital Amman, has set political conditions for support to rebels.

According to a rebel commander of a faction based in Idlib Province in northwest Syria, the MOC summoned representatives of all groups except those based in Homs and the Southern region.

The Colonel, who works with the MOC, said the foreign officials stated:

1. Destruction of military and security structures in Syria is a “red line”;
2. President Assad can be removed but the regime structure will remain;
3. The Syrian opposition must not demand a war crimes trial for Assad or 250 regime members who will escort him out of the country — this is a Russian condition for the end of the conflict.

“The representatives of the MOC made it clear that opposition factions must prepare themselves to join the ranks of the Syrian Army in his fight against Jabhat al-Nusra and all the armed groups that refuse to join the Army”, the commander said.

The Colonel said leading rebel factions Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham received the conditions in separate meetings.

He said most rebel factions were concerned by the discussion. They fear that they will be unable to comply with the conditions because of widespread public disapproval; however, this will lead to the cutting of their military and financial support.

The MOC includes representatives of the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan.

Rebel sources say the MOC has continued to restrict support for operations in the south. Last year, the operations center reportedly suspended arms supplies to check an advance by the Southern Front, fearing that moves on Daraa city and Suweida Province could collapse the Assad regime and inflame relations with groups such as the Druze.

Last week, sources said the US also pressed Turkey to block the movement of troops from Ahrar al-Sham and other factions into northern Syria.

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8 Comments

  1. cocokarim199
    cocokarim199 May 02, 13:23

    Interesting …. it may be true; Jordan’s to Russia understanding of Syria….
    In a sentence: army ,security apparatus and bath to stay , Assad to leave and no prosecution.
    …………..
    This “solution” could be available in 2012; now it is too late.
    It will be a big judgement in Syria ,sooner or later ; people must know even the undergrounds of Putin’s support to Assad.
    ———–
    Putin’s name must be changed on tweeter ,,,, WTIN (Where to invade next)

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  2. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv May 02, 15:50

    1) No way they can agree to fight JaN and other Islamists, or join an army they hate.
    2) The south is dealt with differently because it is becoming a de facto buffer / security zone for Jordan and Israel.

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  3. Bs As
    Bs As May 02, 17:53

    “The Syrian opposition must not demand a war crimes trial for Assad or 250 regime members who will escort him out of the country — this is a Russian condition for the end of the conflict.”

    Lol so now it seems that the russian are entitled to get rid of Assad any time they want?, we were told he was a “sovereign” leader. And what will happend if he decides to stay?, he can perfectly ally with Nusra to wipe out the MOC´s puppets.

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    • Mike
      Mike May 02, 18:47

      “so now it seems that the russian are entitled to get rid of Assad any time they want?, we were told he was a “sovereign” leader.”
      .
      Who is coming up with this jabberwocky? This MOC and friends are living in la la land.
      .
      Nostrovia!

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  4. Mike
    Mike May 02, 18:27

    Biggest laugh since beginning of conflict……….. “escort him out of the country”.

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  5. Mike
    Mike May 02, 18:31

    “Last week, sources said the US also pressed Turkey to block the movement of troops from Ahrar al-Sham and other factions into northern Syria.”
    .
    There is your proof that US and Russia are working together.

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  6. Margaret A. Binning
    Margaret A. Binning May 03, 03:44

    This is the craziest idea yet and there have been many since the start of this revolution. Join up with the ones that have been trying to kill you for the past 5 years??

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  7. Les Evenchick
    Les Evenchick May 12, 15:34

    Shows the US is mainly concerned with protecting the existing criminal state.

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