Three Large Turkish-backed Armed Groups In Northern Syria Merged Into New Faction

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Three Large Turkish-backed Armed Groups In Northern Syria Merged Into New Faction

Hassan Sufan, leader of the SLF

UPDATE: In the evening of August 1, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL), the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) and the Suqour al-Sham Brigades as well as small groups –  Jaysh al-Ahrar and Damascus Gathering – merged into a new faction.

The new group will use the name of the National Front for Liberation but this is a de-facto new faction.

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The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL), the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) and the Suqour al-Sham Brigades are planning to merge their forces in order to form a new armed group in the northern governorate of Idlib, the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi reported on August 1.

According to the pro-opposition news outlet, officials of the three groups are now in talks to organize the unification process. Turkey is reportedly pressuring the three groups to unify away from the former branch of al-Qaeda, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

A week earlier, Syrian opposition sources said that most of the armed groups in Idlib have a new operations room to fend off any possible attack of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies on the governorate. However, HTS was among the key founders of the operations room, opposite to Turkey’s will.

Turkish activists said that the NFL, the SLF and the Suqour al-Sham Brigades will announce their merge soon. In this case, HTS will likely view the new group as threat to its influence in northern Syria and work to eliminate it.

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  • SurfshackTito (TheSecular)

    Must be a result of the Astana Talks recently.

  • anonim

    Let them kill each other before starting any attack.

  • leon mc pilibin

    A Turkism bloodbath on the way.Syria can clean up the mess later.

  • northerntruthseeker .

    I Iook at this report, and I have to howl….

    All of these so called “rebel” groups are all paid operatives, mercenaries, and thugs, that are controlled by the US/Israel/NATO criminal cabal and NOW we find them “unifying” under one umbrella group?

    I have to laugh my ass off that people still do not get it that they have been nothing more than tools and fools for criminal interests that still want to see Syria carved up!

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      you forget the ones who created this groups and been financing and arming them, receiving all the syrian stolen oil from them, not so long ago. Until the Syrians and allies stop them. And that is none other than turkey. What part have you missed?

      Have you read the article before posting?

      • northerntruthseeker .

        I did mention NATO, correct? Turkey is of course a NATO member!

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          that is very lame kid try again.

  • Michał Hunicz

    Great news, 2 massive gangs are going to brawl.

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    So now the masks will drop. I am curious if turkey suddenly become again the loving bastard child of UK/Usrael and forget all about wanting to be part of russian/iranian alliance.

    • John Whitehot

      or if it just does what it can before the inevitable occurs and Idlib returns to Syria.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        they already doing it. They introduce the turkish lira every where and are changing the demographics of the area. Now is uniting all the groups they created and send into syria into one as well uniting them with his army he send there. una faccia, una razza, as the saying goes.

    • Cheryl Brandon

      Turkey wants to pursue a Sunnisectarian/ Wahabhist agenda!

      • jorge

        And are asking to be a member of the BRICS.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          not according to erdogan and putin, who is bringing him in.

          • jorge

            The takfiri agenda of the Turks will be so possible as the buffer zone in southwest Syria of the Israelis. Neither Russians nor Chinese, at least, would consent: 1- in the execution of such agendas; 2- in the integration of a country with such kind of agenda in the BRICS.

  • Barba_Papa

    These guys change names more often then Lady Gaga changes her looks.

    • Bill Wilson

      I think quite a few of the moderate militias in Hama and Idlib will drop their monikers to join up with the SAA once their forces are in position to start a major offensive.

  • IvanVB

    again and again since 2011.

  • jorge
  • Blucross

    I ask only one thing: Does Assad approve? Please answer if You think You know the truth. Thank You

    • Cheryl Brandon

      Not sure?

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      NO.

  • Cheryl Brandon

    No matter how many name changes: They are 100% wahabhist minority entity/intolerant/sectarian with very few supporters! wahabhism/Zionism/American imperialism= Angel’s of death!

  • Bill Wilson

    Erdogan must be waving his checkbook at the moderate groups so they won’t feel compelled to reconcile with Damascus.

  • Gary Sellars

    All I see is a bunch of terrorists I wish to kill.

    • Bill Wilson

      That’s easy to say from a PC keyboard.

      • Gary Sellars

        Yep, just like the Murican girlie-boy “soldiers” who drone innocent people to death from their keyboards?

  • Rob

    The plunderer Trump is a pirate in international water and should be kept 1000 miles away from the water of every country.

  • Alexis Goldwasser

    The guy wearing the multicam looks pretty well fed lol I wonder how fast his legs can carry him in the event of an airstrike

  • World_Eye

    “HTS will likely view the new group as threat to its influence in northern Syria and work to eliminate it”
    Oh please massacre each other I will have my popcorn ready immediately for this.