Al Qaeda To Declare Northern Syria Its Own Country

Excerpted from Now:

A high ranking Free Syrian Army official revealed in remarks published Tuesday that the Al-Qaeda organization was planning on declaring an Islamic state in North Syria.

“The FSA has documented information that Al-Qaeda will soon declare an Islamic state in North Syria, after defeating the FSA and controlling the border crossings with Turkey,” the unnamed official told As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The official also said that the Islamic organization “set the zero hour on the first day of Eid al-Fitr [the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan].”

He added that the Islamists planned to target the Bab al-Hawa and Harem border crossings “in order to acquire weapons as well as finances through the smuggling of crude oil.”

The official also noted that Al-Qaeda had begun executing its plan last week.

“The execution of the plan began a week ago after the beheading of [FSA] member Fadi al-Qash and his brother in the town of Al-Dana, and then the assassination of Free Syrian Army Supreme Military Council member Kamal al-Hamami. The plan will continue with a series of assassinations targeting FSA members,” he said.However, the high-ranking official said that after the FSA found out about Al-Qaeda’s plan, “it will seek to avoid any attack or open any new front that could weaken the rebels in the face of the regime.” Keep reading

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