Islamic State has regular contact with Syrian government, files show

ISIS - JFThe two main warring parties in the Syrian Civil War, the government of Syria and the Islamic State, frequently contact one another in pursuit of commercial and military deals, according to internal Islamic State documents. British-based news agency Sky News said on Monday that it had acquired “secret Islamic State files”, which included handwritten orders to operatives sent directly from officials at the organization’s headquarters in Raqqa, Syria. The group said it received the documents from a regional branch of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a largely secular armed opposition group that was formed in 2011 by defectors from the Syrian Armed Forces. The FSA unit in Raqqa left the Syrian city once it was occupied by the Islamic State, and is currently based in Turkey. One of the group’s core preoccupations is assisting Islamic State defectors in their efforts to escape from Raqqa and reach Turkey. It was through these defectors, according to Sky News, that the secret Islamic State documents were acquired.

Among the revelations, said the British news agency, is that the militant Islamist group has been actively training foreign recruits to attack targets in the West “for much longer than security services had suspected”. The plan of the Islamic State seems to be to set up “sleeper cells” in what the group calls “specialized areas” across Europe, in order to carry out armed attacks. Another alleged revelation from the documents is that the Islamic State has operated “in direct coordination with the Syrian Armed Forces and even the Russian Airforce, which has been operating in Syria since September 2015. One of the documents appears to show that Syrian government forces allowed Islamic State troops to evacuate Palmyra along with their weapons, before Syrian and Russian troops entered the city. Yet another document describes a trade exchange between the Islamic State and the government of Syria, under which the Islamist militants gave Damascus oil in exchange for fertilizer.

When Sky News reporters asked Islamic State defectors in Turkey whether these exchanges between the Islamic State and the Syrian government were genuine, they replied “of course”, and added that such trade agreements between the two parties had “been going on for years”. Sky News has not yet released copies of the leased documents.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 04 May 2016 | Permalink

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4 Responses to Islamic State has regular contact with Syrian government, files show

  1. Juan F. says:

    I find it as hard to believe as if someone would come saying that NATO is supporting North Korea

  2. Dragan Sestic says:

    Agreed with Juan F., seems like psy op, from the Turkish and NATO cuisine. No doubt that there is some contacts between two parties, like in any war, more likely on local level between corrupted military or/and government officials and other side, but this is the reality of any war.

  3. PETER FROM AUSTRALIA says:

    everybody knows that western countries together with turkey and Arab countries are the main sponsors of IS and at the same time everybody knows that Syrian government is fighting with this western child(IS) AND PROVING OF IS TIES WITH SYRIAN GOV. IS TOO FUNNY AND MISLEADING. BECAUSE WEST IS TRYING TO DIVERT THE ATTENTION OF THE WORD FOR ITS FAILOR IN THE REGION

  4. The Free Syrian Army is essentially defunct, that is if we’re talking about what had been attempted in 2011. Since, the FSA had been reduced to little more than a CIA front for laundering assistance to Salifist militia, where weapons were promptly transferred to groups such as al-Nusra Front. Western media had described these transfers as ‘defections’ and ‘desertions’ where entire units had vanished upon completed training and arms provided to them. The FSA only exists ‘on paper’ as any practical fighting force, and that ‘paper’ is mostly western media fed a line of psyops. Only last year the Pentagon had to admit to the US Senate there were “5 or 6” so called ‘moderate’ rebels in the fight against ISIS in Syria as result of a program that was supposed to produce 5,000. That’s a lot of program gone missing… and that’s just one example.

    Insofar as assisting or doing business with ISIS, it does to recall a certain declassified Defense Intelligence Agency memorandum:

    “…there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality [Islamic State] in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers [in effect the Saudis, Turkey, Qatar and the USA (CIA), R.W.] to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime…”

    I expect trusting information laundered through the FSA is about as reliable as the information coming out of a one man operation in Coventry called the ‘Syria Observatory for Human Rights’

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