Syria's Islamists refuse to talk with U.S. in Turkey

robert Ford in Syria
The U.S. ambassador to Damascus has said a newly formed Islamist alliance in war-torn Syria has refused to meet with American officials, in an interview aired Wednesday on Al Arabiya News Channel.

“The Islamic Front has refused to sit with us without giving any reason,” Robert Ford said, just one day after U.S. State Secretary John Kerry spoke of a “possible” meeting with Syria’s biggest opposition alliance

“We are ready to sit with them because we talk to all parties and political groups in Syria,” Ford told Al Arabiya, speaking in Arabic.

The ambassador returned to Washington in February 2012, after security problems forced the closure of the U.S. embassy in Damascus.

Six opposition groups came together last month to form the Islamic Front, which brings together tens of thousands of fighters and seeks to oust President Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic state in Syria, reported Agence France-Presse.

Washington is already meeting with a broad section of Syrian groups to try to end the nearly three-year war through negotiations. However, it has explicitly ruled out any contacts with those linked to al-Qaeda or designated as terrorists by the United States.

Last month, the Islamic Front said it wanted to set up an Islamic state in Syria, but insisted it would protect minorities and not create an “oppressive, authoritarian system,” AFP reported.

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  • Btru2u

    A good decision not to meet the Kuffar ,to supposedly help you against the munafiqeen.
    A Islamic caliphate state will only be established by the Muslims. Any other forces will only be a hinderance.
    Allah is with those who are steadfast,

    • Hannibal

      An Islamic caliphate will never happen. Stop dreaming.

      • dateam

        Dont bother its not worth it the mentality is fixed.

      • Peaceforleb

        Everybody needs dreams Hannibal. Even delusional people.

  • Btru2u

    A good decision not to meet the Kuffar ,to supposedly help you against the munafiqeen.
    A Islamic caliphate state will only be established by the Muslims. Any other forces will only be a hinderance.
    Allah is with those who are steadfast,

    • Hannibal

      An Islamic caliphate will never happen. Stop dreaming.

      • dateam

        Dont bother its not worth it the mentality is fixed.

      • Peaceforleb

        Everybody needs dreams Hannibal. Even delusional people.

  • Reasonableman

    The more you say NO the more they want you.
    Being the biggest force in syria they have nothing to lose. We have already learned from the FSA talking to the americans wont gain anything either.

    • 5thDrawer

      Need to gain respect … that only comes by word and deed.
      Trying to only ‘gain’ money and weapons doesn’t cut the mustard.

      • Reasonableman

        Sure but it doesn’t take a high iQ to realise they want 2 different things, the group wants sharia law something which americans should not try to infiltrate its too dangerous for them and also too dangerous for syrians it will cause more divisions. It is still too early to talk.
        If they could protect minorities and organise a system which does not oppress then let the deeds do the talking.

        • 5thDrawer

          So far, it’s a big ‘IF’.

  • Reasonableman

    The more you say NO the more they want you.
    Being the biggest force in syria they have nothing to lose. We have already learned from the FSA talking to the americans wont gain anything either.

    • 5thDrawer

      Need to gain respect … that only comes by word and deed.
      Trying to only ‘gain’ money and weapons doesn’t cut the mustard.

      • Reasonableman

        Sure but it doesn’t take a high iQ to realise they want 2 different things, the group wants sharia law something which americans should not try to infiltrate its too dangerous for them and also too dangerous for syrians it will cause more divisions. It is still too early to talk.
        If they could protect minorities and organise a system which does not oppress then let the deeds do the talking.

        • 5thDrawer

          So far, it’s a big ‘IF’.

  • Hannibal

    Good now they will call Assad. lol

  • Hannibal

    Good now they will call Assad. lol

  • The real lebanese

    Obama’s foreign policy is a mess. He refrains from intervening in the worst humanitarian situation in the world possibly in the last 100 years and now he’s trying to talk to terrorist groups?! Assad picked a good time to start a war.

  • The real lebanese

    Obama’s foreign policy is a mess. He refrains from intervening in the worst humanitarian situation in the world possibly in the last 100 years and now he’s trying to talk to terrorist groups?! Assad picked a good time to start a war.