West-sponsored Syrian rebels condemn airstrikes against Islamic State

RT
September 24,2014

Rebel fighters from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) are briefed before heading towards the frontline in Aleppo's Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014 (Reuters / Hamid Khatib)
Rebel fighters from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) are briefed before heading towards the frontline in Aleppo’s Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014 (Reuters / Hamid Khatib)

The West-backed Harakat Hazm rebel group in Syria has denounced airstrikes conducted against the militants of the Islamic State by a US-led coalition.

The group of an estimated 7,000 fighters, which has reportedly received weapons from the United States, lashed out at the anti-IS coalition – consisting of the US, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – for launching an offensive against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Syrian territory, AFP reported.

“The sole beneficiary of this foreign interference in Syria is the [President Bashar] Assad regime, especially in the absence of any real strategy to topple him,” the group tweeted, describing the strikes as “an attack on national sovereignty that undermines the Syrian revolution.”

The statement came as the US and allies were in process of preparing for a new wave of airstrikes against the IS and an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq and Syria.

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