“Changing of the guard” – Al-Qaeda* could replace ISIL* in Syria

25.08.2018, New-York.

Al-Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia) could replace ISIL (an organization banned in Russia), said Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during a UN Security Council meeting on August 24, RIA Novosti reports.

According to some estimates, Al-Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia) and its allies in Syria could gain the initiative in thwarting the settlement of the Syrian as ISIL (an organization banned in Russia) is defeated”, – said Vassily Nebenzia.

According to the ambassador, in recent years, Al-Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia) has raised its head and has been able to consolidate its activity in North Africa. The Islamist organization’s revenue is estimated at $40 million a month, which allows it not only to control business in Africa but also to invest in local agriculture.

Both organizations can be defeated only if they are dealt with in “a truly joint effort”, said Vitaly Nebenzia.

In last few years, Syrian government forces have made notable progress in the fight against the Islamists with support from Russian forces. Despite the complexity of the situation, the Syrian Army has taken control of the Golan Heights, and it is successfully advancing in the province of Idlib.

At the same time, Rossa Primavera News Agency sources in Syria also report that the new Islamist groups in Syria are joining Al-Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia), which fights not only with the government of Bashar al-Assad, but also with ISIL (an organization banned in Russia).

* an organization banned in Russia

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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