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DAMASCUS, Syria – Because of the increasing number of violent deaths of Syrian civilians at the hands of al-Nusra, which is affiliated with al-Qaida of Iraq, the Syrian government had asked the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the group, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Only Britain and France blocked the request.
The United States already has designated al-Nusra a terrorist organization, but there remain questions about whether it should increase aid to include weapons to the Syrian opposition, because it increasingly is being infiltrated by al-Nusra and other Islamist militant fighters from throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Al-Nusra, which has integrated into the Syrian armed opposition of the Free Syrian Army, has pledged allegiance to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani, who recently was wounded in an attack.
Al-Zawahiri is the successor to Osama bin Laden, who was killed two years ago by U.S. SEALs in Pakistan.
Al-Nusra has carried out more than 600 terrorist acts within Syria in the past year, according to Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N.
Al-Jaafari confirmed that al-Nusra continues to attack hospitals and schools, desecrate holy places, assassinate religious figures and abduct U.N. personnel.
Yet, Britain and France blocked any U.N. Security Council action to declare officially that al-Nusra is a terrorist organization, which has vowed to turn Syria into an Islamic emirate.
There are indications that the U.N. Security Council could reconsider if it can persuade Britain and France to rescind their objection. If blacklisted, all of al-Nusra’s global assets would be frozen.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia and some of the other Persian Gulf states have been providing millions of dollars in funding each month to the foreign fighters. With such financing, these foreign fighters have bought many of their weapons on the black market.
The United States and other Western countries, however, are considering arms shipments to the Syrian opposition but have balked until now out of concern that such weapons will fall into the hands of al-Nusra and other Islamist radical fighters.
One idea is to screen who receives the weapons to ensure against them winding up in the hands of the Islamist fighters.
However, Syrian sources tell WND that elements of the Syrian opposition, including the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, would sell the weapons to the militant fighters or later claim they “lost” them. Such a reality, they say, questions the logic of providing weapons to the opposition.
The al-Nusra fighters, who come from various Middle East countries, are considered to be very ruthless but well organized with a disciplined command structure, according to Syrian security sources.
Given the increase in killings of Syrian civilians at the hands of al-Nusra and other foreign fighters, Syria is organizing its own resistance movement within the country similar to the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah, the Shi’ite resistance group in Lebanon.
According to Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, Syria is forming the resistance group against the terrorists and other extreme groups fighting alongside al-Nusra.
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