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6 armed groups form new umbrella grouping in Syria

The move follows a military campaign against opposition factions that took part in last week's peace talks in Astana

29.01.2017
6 armed groups form new umbrella grouping in Syria

By Mohamed Misto

IDLIB, Syria

Six armed opposition groups on Saturday joined ranks to form a new grouping in Syria.

The umbrella group brings together Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement, Liwa al-Haq, Jabhat Ansar al-Din, Jaysh al-Sunna, and Mujahido Ashiddaa, according to a statement released by the six groups.

The move came a few days after JFS, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, launched a military campaign against opposition factions that took part in last week's peace talks with the Syrian regime in Astana.

The Hai’at Tahrir al-Sham grouping will be chaired by Hashim al-Sheikh, who is also known as “Abu Jaber”, who had served as the commanding general of the Ahrar al-Sham group.

No details are yet available about the military lineup of the new body.

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

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