Syria rebel group Hazm dissolves itself to join larger Islamist alliance

Published March 1st, 2015 - 05:12 GMT
The Hazm Movement said its decision was aimed at stopping further bloodshed. (Al Bawaba/File)
The Hazm Movement said its decision was aimed at stopping further bloodshed. (Al Bawaba/File)

A US-backed Syrian rebel group under attack by Nusra Front fighters Sunday announced that it was dissolving itself and joining a larger Islamist alliance based in the city of Aleppo.

The Hazm Movement issued a statement saying it took the decision in order to halt further bloodshed after weekend clashes between it and Nusra Front fighter killed several dozen rebels and jihadis, according to several sources.

The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, announced last week an open war against Hazm, accusing it of kidnapping and killing a number of its militants. Hazm had leveled the same accusations at the Nusra Front as the two groups confronted each other in areas of Aleppo and Idlib province.

The announcement by Hazm that its fighters would join the Shamiah Front, an alliance of powerful mainly-Islamist militias in Aleppo, came after a number of fighters defected from Hazm as clashes with the Nusra Front became more violent.

The Shamiah Front and a host of rebel and civilian groups had urged the two rivals to halt their fighting and take their grievances to a neutral judicial body.

Hazm is one of several dozen rebel groups that have received U.S. anti-tank TOW missiles and training in the past.

A new training program for Syrian rebels is set to begin this weekend after Washington and Ankara signed a long-delayed agreement following months of negotiations.

 


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