Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia has added Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham to the terrorist list of groups operating in Syria.
Jaysh al-Islam, who’s leader Zahran Alloush was recently killed in a Syrian airstrike, have consistently and indiscriminately shelled Damascus suburbs from their East Ghouta stronghold. The group has also openly praised Osama bin Laden and referred to Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra as brothers.
Ahrar ash-Sham are the main allies of Al-Nusra in northern Syria and constitute a part of the Army of Conquest, an axis of terrorist groups comprising of Ahrar ash-Sham, Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army amongst others.
“It has been also clearly stated that terrorists should have no place behind the negotiating table, and we have questions regarding some participants of the latest round of meetings, as they represent two groups that we believe are terrorist,” Lavrov said.
“Jaysh al-Islam regularly bombs the residential quarters of Damascus – it’s them who hit our embassy by mortar fire. The second one is Ahrar ash-Sham, which directly grows from Al Qaeda, which is banned by the UN Security Council,” he said.