Commander of Shabab al-Sunnah faction denies supporting Syrian government forces in Northern Syria

تحرير محمد الحاج | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 3 سبتمبر، 2018 11:20:14 م خبر عسكري قوات النظام السوري

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Ahmad al-Awdah, the commander of the Shabab al-Sunnah Brigade, which was founded in 2013 and used to belong to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) operating in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria, denied news of sending reinforcements to support the Syrian government forces in Northern Syria.

In a video published on Monday, al-Awdah said, "How can a sane person think that we would raise our weapons against our free brothers in Northern Syria? We pledge our souls to them. They carry their righteous weapons to support us, and we will carry ours to shield and protect them."

The military commander sent a message to those who accused him of betrayal after he signed a reconciliation agreement with Russia in Daraa, saying, "Syria bled a lot of holy blood and millions were displaced as the whole world watched in silence (…) countries made deals on our account."

Al-Awdah confirmed that his faction will continue to "fight terrorism and sectarian militias until Syria is rebuilt by its people." Al-Awdah thanked those who contribute to protecting Syria, save the Syrian people, and maintain the unity of Syrian territory, and threatened those who "wish evil upon Syria."

Al-Awdah did not address the Syrian government forces and Russia directly, and did not provide information about the result of the reconciliation agreements in Daraa.

Local activists accuse al-Awdah of signing an individual agreement with Russia and handing over border locations to the Syrian government forces. The activists believe that al-Awdah's actions caused Russia to impose similar agreements, with harder conditions, on the opposition factions.

Earlier, local sources said that fighters from the Shabab al-Sunnah Brigade participated alongside the Syrian government forces in the battles against the Islamic State in the al-Suwayda desert, Southern Syria. Activists said that Russia coordinated the participation.

In July 2018, the Shabab al-Sunnah Brigade, which used to be one of the FSA's largest factions in Southern Syria, reached an early reconciliation agreement with Russia and the Syrian government forces, handing over the faction's heavy weapons. The faction's agreement came before any other reconciliation agreements were signed in the cities and towns of Daraa and Quneitra.

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