Assad is the terrorist not al Nusra: Syria opposition tells US


Syria’s influential opposition Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement on Wednesday that US blacklisting of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front as a “terrorist organisation” was “wrong and hurried,”and the US should have instead listed the Assad regime since it is the only terrorist in Syria.

“We in the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria believe that some states’ decision to add revolutionary movements in Syria to their lists of terrorist organisations was a hurried, wrong move that should be condemned,” the Brotherhood said.

President “Bashar al-Assad is the only terrorist in Syria,” the statement added.

The blacklisting of Al-Nusra Front “contradicts the idea of supporting the project of freedom and human dignity.”

The international community has “watched the Syrian crisis unfold for over 20 months,” the Brotherhood said.

“The first and only terrorist on Syrian territory is Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs.

“Assad is the one who has used weapons that are forbidden under international law, bombarding innocent civilians…(and) slaughtering hundreds of women and children,” it added.

Rebels also condemn US move

Similarly a key Syrian rebel commander condemned on Wednesday the blacklisting by the US of the Al-Nusra Front as a “terrorist organisation.”

“We reject this decision,” Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, head of the Free Syrian Army in the battleground northern province of Aleppo, told AFP.

“Al-Nusra Front has never done anything illegal or worth condemning by a foreign country. They are fighting side by side with us.

“The United States should blacklist as terrorists the leaders of the regime” of President Bashar al-Assad, Okaidi said. “They are massacring civilians, and destroying mosques and houses.”