Rus­sia asks United Na­tions to black­list Syria rebel groups

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Moscow: Rus­sia has asked the United Na­tions to black­list two ma­jor Syr­ian rebel groups, one of which is play­ing a key role in talks to end the con­flict.

Vi­taly Churkin, the coun­try’s am­bas­sador to the UN, on Tues­day asked the world body to list Jaish al-Is­lam and Ahrar al-Sham, on a black­list that in­cludes the al-Nusra Front and the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) group. Mo­hammed Al­loush, a lead­ing fig­ure in Jaish al-Is­lam (Army of Is­lam), is the chief ne­go­tia­tor for the High Ne­go­ti­a­tions Com­mit­tee (HNC), the war-torn coun­try’s main op­po­si­tion group, at UNbro­kered peace talks in Geneva. Mr Churkin said that the two groups are “closely linked to ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, pri­mar­ily ISIL and Al-Qaeda.” The groups “both give (ISIL and Nusra) and re­ceive from them fi­nan­cial, ma­te­rial, tech­ni­cal and mil­i­tary sup­port,” he said. Both Jaish al-Is­lam and Ahrar al-Sham have fought along­side the al-Nusra front against As­sad forces but all are at war with ISIL (also known as ISIS). Al Jazeera

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