Key rebel groups operating under Al-Shamiya Front in northern city of Aleppo have decided to dissolve their coalition as defections rise, well-informed sources told Zaman al-Wasl.
The 4-month-old alliance reached an end as number of Islamist factions defected and formed a new group called Thuwar al-Sham (The Levant Revolutionaries). But activists said other reasons may stand behind that like the emerging power of Fatah Army, lack of coordination and conflict of interest.
The front was formed on 24 December 2014 by Aleppo-based rebel factions after months of negotiations in Turkey and northern Syria between the Islamic Front, Army of Mujahedeen, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, Fastaqim Kama Umirt and Authenticity and Development Front armed groups.
On 20 February 2015 al-Shamiya Front successfully forced the Syrian regime forces to retreat from rural towns in Aleppo; during the clashes 300 soldiers and mercenaries were killed and 110 were captured.
Also, the Front played big role as a mediator between rebel groups as it did between the Nusra Front and dissolved-Hazzm movement last February.
Zaman Al Wasl