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Syrian Opposition Forces Show Concerns over a Syrian 'Kandahar' - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Beirut- The regions of north Syria are witnessing a clear race between two parties that adopt the “unity” slogan in the face of Aleppo collapse consequences.

The first part has an Islamic impression and its’ main components are: Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Fath al Sham and they both are in a pursuit to establish a state-like entity, to terminate actions of all military factions and to dominate the decision of the Syrian opposition outside Syria.

On the other hand, the second party is composed of factions that fall under Free Syrian Army troops. These factions aim to form a united force in light of concerns over the new Islamic entity that it might be the final nail in the coffin of the Syrian revolution and might introduce a Syrian Kandahar.

Syrian opposition sources told Asharq al-Awsat that following a series of intensive meetings, an integration structure has been reached with regards to the north of Syria — factions will dissolve itself and merge with a new entity called the Islamic Authority in Syria.

According to the sources, the dissolving of factions will be applied within a maximum of one week — all names will be canceled and a new entity will be present in the liberated regions. Factions’ leaders will let go their positions then a head of liberated regions who enjoys good morals, qualifications, courage and management skills will be selected.

Salim al-Nashar from Aleppo told Asharq al-Awsat that what happened in Aleppo might have caused a turbulence amidst opposition forces — he actually added that this collapse is likely to trigger more extremism.

A Syrian opposing researcher described this project as a “coalition to manage the crisis” while Free Syrian Army board member Ahmad al-Asemi viewed it as a “rescue to the Syria revolution.”