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Syria rebel leader killed in bomb attack


Hassan Abbout, the leader of Ahrar Al-Sham


Hassan Abboud, the leader of Ahrar al-Sham group, among top commanders killed in bombing at meeting in Idlib.


The leader of one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups has been killed along with dozens of other commanders in a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province.


Hassan Abboud, the head of the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, was among up to 45 people killed on Tuesday at the meeting in an underground bunker near an ammunition dump outside Ram Hamdan.


The Idlib meeting brought together Ahrar and a number of other brigades fighting as the Islamic Front alliance, such as Ahrar, Abdallah Azzam and the Iman brigades, to discuss a strategy to fight the Islamic State.


Activists named others killed in the attack: Abu Yazan al-Shami, a member of the Ahrar's shura council, military field commanders Abu Talha al-Askari and Abu Yousuf Binnish, and Abu al-Zubeir, the head of the Iman brigade.


Abu al-Mustafa al-Ambsi, a member of the political bureau of Ahrar, told Al Jazeera that the group was investigating the attack.


"There is a possibility that the meeting was infiltrated and an explosion happened first in the bunker," he said. "Maybe someone planted a device inside because the bunker is at a secret location”. 


He said that killing of such an elite group "will only make us more resilient to fight and continue the fight until we liberate our homeland". 


It is not known who staged the attack but Islamic State sympathisers hailed the death of Abboud on social media.


Another of Ahrar's leaders, Abu Khaled al-Souri, a close associate with al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by the Islamic State earlier this year.


That assassination caused the schism that pitted the Islamic State group against other rebel factions in Syria.


Ahrar has about 20,000 fighters and is the main force in the Islamic Front alliance, which was formed earlier this year to oppose the Islamic State group.


Ahrar advocates for a state run on Islamic principles, which protects the rights of women and religious and ethnic minorities, and disagrees with the approach of the Islamic State group.


In an interview with Al Jazeera in December 2013, Abboud said he would fight for his rights and dismissed talks in UN-brokered Geneva between the Syrian government and the exiled rebel umbrella Syrian National Coalition


"We see Geneva as a tool of manipulation - to derail the Syrian revolution away from its goals and objectives ... whatever outcome the conference may yield, will be binding on the Syrian National Coalition only.


"For us, we will continue to fight for our revolution until we restore our rights."


However, the rise of the Islamic State after the Geneva talks gave the civil war a new dimension, with Ahrar fighting not only the government but other rebel groups. Aljazeera







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I assume it was Israel, ISIS is helping Israel by diverting the attention of the world, and are giving us a really bad name, these groups were going to try to take down ISIS but Israel is not going to allow it's closest ally to suffer.


these groups were also more moderate and which is why they were against ISIS.

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^I don't think so... it wasn't Israel or ISIS... it was totally some other side, that is what I think.


Plus, Ahrare Sham isn't any moderate group at all... just like Nusra front or ISIS, it is a Sharia and Khelafa based group affiliated with Alqaida and backed by Kuwaiti, Qatari, Bahraini, Turkish and Saudi funding and western-Zionists planning. They were receiving training from western military units in Jordan and at the meantime as it mentions above, they rejected the Syrians in exile their future plans for the so called democracy ... they have differences with ISIS because ISIS rejected them and it has its own group plans, does not want to live under Alqaida leaderships rules or orders.. that is the only difference! 

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Great. Now ISIS, Ahrar Al Sham who had committed crimes against humanity and other "rebels" are all in same basket. Who would Obama arm and aid to fight a proxy war against …ISIS?


Ahrar Al Sha leader was the delegate of AlQaida to Sham. After this defeat, Ayman Al Zawahiri announced that he is seeking to operate in India.

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^It is all the same smell, doesn't matter how many groups they create and how many names they change!


The new names to Alqaida affiliated groups like Ahrare Sham, Jabatul Nusra, ISIL, and Free Syrian Army (mainly the Syrian wing of Muslim Brotherhood) were given by Saudi-Turkey-Qatar and Lebanese anti-Assad coalition. They came up with the idea of new name tags and their western partners agreed and oked it... so they could use them against Assad, against Hizbullah and Iran, and possibly against Iraq... and in broader aspects even against some super powers.


Of course they were not going to call them Alqaida or Taliban, or any of the banned groups that they were at war with a few years ago. That way, with the new tags and new identity, the west/dictator Gulf states could publically fund, organize, and arm them and publicize them as "freedom fighters" as they did in Libya.. and the ignorant the masses are in the west, especially in the US, they would not know the difference... and even today, after all these new bans and U-turns from the west, many in the public are ignorant and the media only goes within the same lines as the government policies... to sugarcoat everything, vague and let it unclear.


The US knew it, west knew it, and most countries including the UN new that all these groups belong to the same cult and are sister-groups of Alqaida and part of larger Wahabi fundamentalist terrorist organizations..


But, they failed to pull another Libya and bring down Assad... the west plus the Gulf states were going after these groups eventually and would called them terrorists as soon as the Syrian government was fallen, and Lebanon, Syria, Iraq were divided and thousands of civilians were killed on daily basis.. then NATO entered Syria under the pretext of saving humanity from terrorists, and that list also included the so called Free Syrian Army. But, thanks God, Hizb in Qusayr changed the entire regional politics and the Syrian gov. backed by its regional allies ruined their plans... so now, the west+Gulf states are after plan-B. As nowadays they are drumming to enter both Iraq and Syria to catch some ISIS and fry them within the same pan as the Syrian government, and train and militarize the 'good terrorists' aka moderate rebels in Saudi-Turkey or elsewhere.

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