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Al-Jarba to Asharq Al-Awsat: ISIS is Legitimate Child of Iran’s Project | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Then-Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba makes a statement after the conclusion of talks on Syria, in Geneva, Jan. 31, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

London- Ahmad al-Jarba, the head of al-Ghad al-Souri Movement (Tomorrow Movement), said on Sunday that ISIS was the legitimate child of the Iranian project and the “Shi’ite Crescent” in the region.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, al-Jarba said: “Iran is in conflict with its surrounding and the world. Iran is trying to control the Iraqi-Syrian border to facilitate the arrival of its linked-militias to the Arab region with a mission to promote and incite wars.”  

According to the Syrian opposition official, “the birth of ISIS is one of the outcomes of Iran’s surge in Iraq.”

Al-Jarba said that the project of the Shi’ite Crescent is similar to that of ISIS, which faces a dead end.

“This project will only lead to fighting, destruction and deportation,” he said.

Also, al-Jarba said that “Hezbollah” constitutes a threat to its neighboring countries (Syria) similar to both Al-Qaeda and ISIS organizations. “The same rule applies to the rest of the Shi’ite militias,” he added.

The Elite Forces of Syria’s Tomorrow Movement currently fight alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces in the battle to liberate Raqqa from ISIS.

Speaking about his country’s war, the former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, said that the division of Syria was “impossible.”

Al-Jarba said he was confident that decentralization should be implemented in Syria’s future.

Speaking about the Kurds, al-Jarba said they were an integral part of the Syrian social fabric.

“It is essential that we rehabilitate their presence as a second force in the country,” he added. 

The Syrian opposition figure also said that any political solution in Syria would naturally lead to the departure of Bashar Assad.

“However, we cannot put the cart before the horse,” he said.

Al-Jarba said that the Russians know well that the rules of the game would not allow the clock to turn back in Syria.