DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:50 P.M.) – In a remarkable turn of events, Ankara has cut salaries to all Syrian rebel groups that are tied to the so-called ‘Syrian National Coalition’.

The falling out is related to the election of Riad Seif, a Kurdish-backed figure who has become the president of the Syrian National Coalition. The Turkish regime had backed other candidates with Islamist sympathies.

Following the result earlier this month, the relations between Turkey and Turkish-backed jihadists in Syria have begun to deteriorate with Ankara reducing pay to its long-standing jihadist allies, citing “bureaucratic reasons”.

On August 22, a delegation headed by President Riad Seif met up in Istanbul with representatives of Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Secretary. At the meeting, financial problems of the jihadists, the Riyadh talks and a possible truce under the guarantor ship of Turkey were put on the agenda.

Following the talks, payments to Turkish-backed rebel fighters have been cut in half, causing much concern for Islamist commanders in northern Aleppo and Idlib whom have heavily relied upon Turkish tax money to fund their militants.

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Daeshbags Sux
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Well, Fatou Bensoussa, the ICC prosecutor, will love to know about this : under international law, funding proxies in a war of aggression or leading a war of aggression is exactly the same thing…
Syria SHALL use UN to make huge noise. If the cases are dismissed, they can always accuse the ICC of being biased…
Nevertheless, Fatou is already suing CIA for tortures…