Syrian rebels, claimed by some Middle Eastern journalists to be al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda linked, are accused of blowing up and poisoning with diesel oil Wadi Barada, the main water supply for Damascus. Syrian government forces are attempting to take the water back.
The Syrian army escalated aerial bombing of a rebel-held valley northwest of Damascus in an offensive that began last week to recapture the strategic area where a major spring provides most of the capital’s water supplies, rebels and residents said on Tuesday.
The water supply has been cut off for over 2-weeks now. Yesterday, the Syrian rebels, Jabhat al-Nusra Front aka Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, put out another iteration of their demands to return the water flow to Damascus in a video: an observation of the Syrian ceasefire and an al-Qaeda state in Syria.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, earlier known as the al-Nusra Front, was once Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. However, they cut ties with the Osama bin Laden-founded group in July 2016 to garner more international support. But, according to The Middle East Eye, the split does not affect al-Nusra-al-Qaeda ideology.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is different than the Islamic State. The two groups oppose each other and openly fight each other despite having the same goal of establishing a caliphate. ISIS also was originally part of al-Qaeda.
Another statement of demands put out by the group on January 3 also carries an interesting signee.
At the bottom of the text is the symbol of the White Helmets.
The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defense, is a foundation primarily financed by the West. According to their official website, they are a neutral and impartial humanitarian NGO with the mission to “save the greatest number of lives in the shortest possible time and to minimize further injury to people and damage to property.”
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