Middle East

Rebel ‘salvation’ alliance announced in Idlib

BEIRUT: Twenty rebel groups from Idlib province have announced a new coalition they say is focused on toppling the regime, according to a video statement posted Wednesday. 

The “Syrian Salvation Front,” the rebels said, was dedicated solely to bringing down the regime of President Bashar Assad and did not involve a specific ideological orientation. 

The “rebel,” or pre-Baath regime flag featured prominently in the video, a sign that the group is nominally loyal to the mainstream Free Syrian Army. 

Charles Lister, an analyst on the Syrian conflict, tweeted that the alliance “could be another new moderate player to watch.” 

While Islamist fighters are dominant in Syria’s uprising, several mainstream, non-Islamist rebel alliances have emerged in recent months, such as the Syria Rebel Front, also originating in Idlib.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 30, 2014, on page 8.




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