A question that made Brahimi confab burst into laughter

Sun Jan 26, 2014 22:20:51

A question linking Syrian government to the al-Qaeda-linked groups made everyone burst into laughter during a news conference held by UN/Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, over Syria peace talks in Switzerland.

Brahimi has been mediating in talks between delegations representing sides of the Syrian conflict in Switzerland which were resumed for the second day on Sunday.

During the news conference on Saturday which was held after the first face-to-face talks between representatives of Syrian government and opposition, a reporter from Syrian Radio al-Kol (Everyone Radio) asked Brahimi that, “There are evidences showing links between the (Syrian) government and Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant), what is your opinion?”

The whole conference room burst into laughter of the question asked by the Kol Radio reporter who said was representing many other pro-opposition media.

Syria militants have been trying to link the Syrian government to the al-Qaeda-linked groups that have been fighting against the Syrian army and at the side of the opposition.

The anti-government groups have been welcoming militants from radical Salafi groups, including al-Qaeda, which led to formation of two massive extremist groups of al-Nusra Front and the ISIL gaining power in Syria.

Atrocities committed by these groups against Syrian people and Syrian soldiers never drew any criticism from the opposition side during more than two years of war, up until recent months.

Former leader of the main Syrian opposition group, the so-called Syrian National Council, Moaz al-Khatib called al-Nusra, which is now the main representative of al-Qaeda in the Syria war, as their ally in their war to rise to power in Syria.

The extremist crimes which made the United Nations warn of new levels of violence being set in Syria, went so viral that caused many to change position on siding with the opposition.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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