Syrian opposition leaning towards abandoning peace talks following Aleppo conflict
Apr 18, 2016 06:06 AM EDT
The peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian opposition groups and its government are in troubled waters. Senior Syrian opposition negotiators now urge the rebels to strike back against the Syrian army.
Chief negotiator Asaad al-Zoubi said in an interview that there are limits to how long he will negotiate if the government continues to advance their forces. Zoubi believes that there is still no progress on the opposition's demand for a political transition with the absence of President Bashar al Assad, as per Reuters.
Telesur noted that Zoubi will not stay for a long negotiation. Zoubi added that in the event of a missile attack, the rebels should retaliate with ten missiles in order to exploit the truce like what the regime did. The Saudi-backed opposition group of Zoubi has been accused by fighters of being divorced from developments on the ground.
Assad's opposition consist of the mainstream group which includes political and armed members. The groups consist of the Jaysh al-Islam and a number of Free Syrian Army rebel factions to which some have received military support from the Presidents foreign enemies.
According to the Daily Mail, Mohammed Alloush of the Jaysh al -Islam group said that anyone should not trust the regime and expect for their pity. He recited a passage from the Koran on dealing with the war that says they should strike them at their necks and strike them anywhere. Alloush's group operates in the suburbs of Damascus and he consistently reminds his members to retaliate against the Syrian army attacks on civilians.
The Geneva negotiators believe that there is a big possibility that the mainstream opposition is leaning towards leaving the peace talks and the conflict near Aleppo has not been helping in the peace process either. Government forces, backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah together with other militias, have been waging battles with the Nusra Front rebels. The five-year conflict has claimed more than 250,000 lives.