During a meeting at the U.N. Security Council’s 15-member committee, Britain, the United States, France and Ukraine blocked a Russian proposal to blacklist the Syrian Islamist groups, Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam.

These two Islamist groups make up approximately half the manpower of the armed Syrian Opposition.

The Kremlin considers both militias to be terrorist organizations and has repeatedly targeted their fighters since Russia began its air campaign in late September, 2015.

Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam fight overtly alongside Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria; however, their leadership denies having ties to al-Qaeda itself.

Nevertheless, the founder of Ahrar ash-Sham, a man called Abu Khalid al-Suri, underwent training in Afghanistan and has been depicted with Osama Bin Laden himself.

The U.N. Security Council has already blacklisted the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra but has otherwise proven reluctant to add other militias to the list of terrorist organizations.

Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham were the main representatives of the High Negotiations Committee (Syrian Opposition) at the Geneva peace talks.

The High Negotiation Committee is backed by Western nations and Gulf states, thus explaining their unwillingness to blacklist the Islamist militias.

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Amin
Amin
2016-05-12 14:41

Not Islamist, so called Islamist.

ChristianUSA
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ChristianUSA
2016-05-12 18:39
Reply to  Amin

Doesn’t Jaish al-Islam translate into “Army of Islam” and Ahrar al-ash Sham into “Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant”?
That sounds rather Islamist to me.

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-05-12 14:36

Guess they don’t want their valuable assets blacklisted so they can keep on funding them…

Вукашин Јелениђ
Вукашин Јелениђ
2016-05-12 14:29

Who is crazy to blacklist their own soldiers 😀 U.N euro-american suckers.

Florin Ilie
Florin Ilie
2016-05-12 15:53

Then UN is directly responsible for the massacres made by their terrorists a.k.a moderate rebels! To h**l with Jewish organization UN!

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-12 16:43

Disgusting. Jaysh used chemical weapons against civilians! I can’t believe my country is barring them to be listed as terrorists! Especially as, before being elected, F.Hollande clearly pointed some countries which are funding such organisations!
It’s totally stupid, especially as our intel warns the government about all this scum for years. There must be underground pressure and big money stories behind it, especially as public opinion really wants to crack all these organisations… 🙁

Helmut
Helmut
2016-05-12 16:08

the guy on the right should be wearing a Saudi’s flag!

geo del
geo del
2016-05-12 17:53

Western U.N. bloc rejects Russian bid to blacklist Islamist groups in #Syria https://t.co/3Bbc39K5EC

Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov
2016-05-12 18:58

Why does Russia care about what their enemies say? It is obvious that they are protecting their own. Russia is holding back, not giving full support, that is not a tactic.

shah
shah
2016-05-12 19:35
Reply to  Boris Kazlov

In recent times I have often wondered if Russia is serious about this conflict..Russia should be using nuclear weapons in syria..not agreeing to petty ceasefires

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Boris Kazlov
2016-05-13 16:01
Reply to  shah

I agree with you. Don’t know about nukes, too many civilian casualties and destruction, but Russia has enough conventional weapons to annihilate terrorists. This latest strategy from the geniuses in the Kremlin is idiotic, retreat when you are winning? How does that make sense? They want to join the Empire in a ceasefire, that is a dead end. The Empire is using the votes of its lapdogs in the UN to sit terrorists in the so-called High Negotiations Commitee.Ukraine, a sworn enemy, voted against Russia’s proposals. What can you expect? The only solution is military, and the Syrian Army is… Read more »

Tata Soria
Tata Soria
2016-05-12 23:16

Yes