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Ahrar al-Sham, Zenki say will not take part in 'North Army'

 Translation by Yusra Ahmed

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Ahrar al-Sham movement and Nour al-din al-Zenki have both denied any knowledge of 'Jaish al-Shamal', or the North Army,  that intended to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) in the North countryside of Aleppo.

The military spokesman of Nour al-Din al-Zanki, captain Abdul Salam Abdul Razzak told Zaman Al Wasl that the aim of those lies about including the name of the movement is to confuse the rebels by creating rumors around them.

Ahrar al-Sham movement has confirmed to Zaman Al Wasl via a phone call with the Abo Yusuf al-Mohajer, the military spokesman, that they have no information about Jaish al-Shamal, and mentioned that the movement only participated with the operation room of Jaish al-Fatah.

Many sources could not deny the formation of a united army in the north of Syria including all the U.S-Supported formations including big formations like Ahrar al-Sham movement and al-Zenki, and that was indicted by sending 400 fighters of Ahrar al-Sham movement to the Northern countryside of Aleppo.

News reports mentioned that American-Turkish agreement have resulted in deciding the formation of an operation room including the U.S-supported formations to help in pushing the Islamic State away from the Turkish southern borders with Syria to protect the Turkish southern towns from ISIS’s attacks which resulted in almost 40 deaths especially in Kilis province.

Many tweets of the Major General Mohib Shalati were surfaced over the internet saying that the intelligence of the great regional countries have pushed the non-terrorist-listed formation to form a military body named Jaish al-Shamal.

He mentioned that the army is going to be in a form of an operation room includes most of big rebel formation and al-Zenli an Ahrar al-Sham are within it.

Nour al-Din al-Zenki was formed in late 2011 by Shaikh Tawfiq Shahabuddin in the Shaikh Salman area north-west of Aleppo. It took part in the initial battles that started the Battle of Aleppo in July 2012 capturing the Salaheddine neighborhood, then they were forced to withdraw to the North countryside. The movement has received financial aid from the United States as part of the CIA’s program to support moderate rebel groups.

Ahrar ash-Sham has almost 10000 to 20000 fighters making it the second single most powerful formation fighting against the Syrian regime after the Free Syrian Army. It was the main organization operating under the umbrella of the Syrian Islamic Front and was a major component of the Islamic Front. It was led by Hassan Aboud until his death in 2014.

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