Syrians reject Islamic ‘Caliphate’


Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa, Syria – Syrian Islamic rebel groups rejected the recent announcement of ‘Caliphate‘ by the al-Qaeda splinter group now calling itself the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’).

Rebel groups linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra issued a joint statement condemning the recent announcement of ‘Caliphate’ by the Islamic State – led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Nine Syrian groups have dismissed the Islamic State’s announcement, according to activists.

“The terms of the Caliphate have not been realized at present, especially in terms of state organizations,” the Syrian rebel groups said in their joint statement on Tuesday.

The Syrian Islamic Rebels (who are in conflict with the Islamic State militants) called on the Syrian people to ignore the “claims” of the group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Islamic State (previously known as ISIL) seized several cities and towns in east and north of Syria, and tries to implement strict Islamic teachings on civilians.

Reporting by: Jamil Salem

Source: ARA News

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