Free Syrian Army Rejects Lebanon Salafists' Jihad Call

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Syria's main rebel Free Syrian Army on Wednesday rejected calls for jihad (holy war) by Lebanese Islamist clerics.

"Our official position as the Supreme Military Command of the Free Syrian Army... is that we thank them but we reject any calls for jihad in Syria," FSA political and media coordinator Louay Muqdad told Agence France Presse.

"We reject any presence of foreign fighters, regardless of where they are from. We have said that what we are missing in Syria is weapons, not men," he added.

Thousands of foreign fighters have joined Syrian rebels pitted against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Lebanese Salafist clerics Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir and Sheikh Salem al-Rafehi have called on their followers to join rebels fighting in Syria and to support Sunni residents of the embattled central province of Homs.

Their calls come after Syria's opposition and a monitoring group accused Hizbullah of fighting in Homs alongside troops loyal to Assad's regime.

In a speech on Monday, Asir announced the establishment of "Free Resistance Brigades" in Sidon, the southern city where he is based.

"There is a religious duty on every Muslim who is able to do so... to enter into Syria in order to defend its people, its mosques and religious shrines, especially in Qusayr and Homs," he told supporters.

Much of the heaviest fighting has raged near the Lebanese border around al-Qusayr, where activists said government troops backed by gunmen linked to Hizbullah captured the villages of Radwineyeh and Tel al-Nabi Mando.

Since it began in March 2011, Syria's conflict has fueled local tensions between the communities in Lebanon, with bouts of street fighting and kidnappings.

Hizbullah denies taking part in the civil war. But top Hizbullah official Sheikh Nabil Qaouq said Monday that his group is "performing a national duty" toward Lebanese Shiites living in Syrian border towns and villages by supporting the "popular committees."

Comments 34
Default-user-icon John Marina (Guest) 24 April 2013, 16:33

In any other civilized country thugs like Asir and his illiterate followers ought to be executed or sent to Saudi Arabia or to Qatar. In Lebanon thugs like him do thrive due to the absence of a coward authority, they even have the protection of some politician thugs.

Thumb Kalzyturks 24 April 2013, 17:22

Keep em up Hakim soon all of Lebanon will be in Lebanon.

Jumblat will go in to protect his sect.

Aoun will go in

Geaga will go in

Open free for all, thx to HA.

Thumb Kalzyturks 24 April 2013, 17:23

.... Will be in Syria.

Thumb geha 24 April 2013, 17:34

and why is it he should be thrown in jail?
- hizbushaitan is operating under foreign Iranian agenda.
- hizbushaitan is unwanted in Lebanon and in Syria.
- hizbushaitan re solely to attack Lebanese people, under the excuse of resistance to Israel :)
so they should be thrown in jail too.

Thumb banima3roof 24 April 2013, 20:06

god bless you FSA for your courageous words of wisdom and common sense. you are the pillars of syrian society and you will always step on the necks jawqit march 8 3aw 3aws for their baseless accusations... now that the record is set straight, we finally realize that there is one sect and one regime that is seeking jihad and requesting jihad in syria.

Missing greatpierro 24 April 2013, 21:51

Ft will not answer you there as he cannot see things partially.

Thumb banima3roof 24 April 2013, 20:13

hakim god bless you and too funny. in the past they requested proof, now that they are shown proof, they are attacking its authenticity. but what do you expect out of illiterate shiaas that support march 8? lol too funny! yes all the sudden the FSA has the ability to print fake lebanese IDs and fake Hizib el laat IDs lol. where is jawkit march 8 3aw 3aws? no one is going to shed a tear over your deaths in syria and as a matter of fact it is a joyous day when hizib el laat or el shaytaan is killed in syria!

Thumb banima3roof 24 April 2013, 20:16

only poor acting is your pajamas demented general aoun who had his own cabinet for 2 years and could not shed any light on his made up attempted assassination fake story lollll

Thumb banima3roof 24 April 2013, 20:17

yes ya illiterate shii3ee ya flamer boy, asir and the rest are a response to hizbullah bullying!

Thumb liberty 24 April 2013, 20:36

what time is it in Australia now?

Thumb liberty 24 April 2013, 20:38

sorry, i just checked it is around 4 in the morning!

Thumb liberty 24 April 2013, 20:46

thanks:)

Thumb andre.jabbour 24 April 2013, 21:02

Send me a visa, your hezbollahi friends made the Lebanese passport worthless....

Thumb andre.jabbour 24 April 2013, 21:03

Funny hakim.

Thumb andre.jabbour 24 April 2013, 21:05

This statement demonstrates that FSA is the most Legitimate power to free Syria of its dictatorship. Not us Lebanese, no Iranians, not anyone else.

Missing karim_m3 24 April 2013, 22:10

FSA-Al Qaeda is being destroyed. The Syrian Druze, Christian, Alawite, Shiite, and Sunni villages are arming to the teeth, forming their own village militias, and obstructing FSA-Al Qaeda's movement between regions. FSA-Al Qaeda is losing terrorists by the day and its head thug has already resigned and replaced with a puppet Christian.

Down with Arabism! Down with terrorism!

Missing bigjohn 25 April 2013, 01:58

It is not Arabism! This is religious intolerance.

Missing rudy 24 April 2013, 21:05

Doesnt make what ft is saying any less true.

This guy is obviously up to no good. Everyone denounced him, so great, take care of him.

I dont say he is not the result of HA, but every one is better off without him. (As much as i approve that these people go to syria instead of here)

Its now mustaqbal's job to either hold their street together or find a way to get this guy off the streets and into a cell.. Or a barber shop

Missing VINCENT 24 April 2013, 21:24

OK, bla, bla, bla. Same old soap opera. The reality was said as follows: "There is a religious duty on every Muslim who is able to do so... to enter into Syria in order to defend its people, its mosques and religious shrines, especially in Qusayr and Homs," he told supporters..." SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN THE MUSLIM ARAB WORLD. WAR OF RELIGIONS. YALLA KILL EACH OTHER OR SET YOUR PETTY DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND GET A LIFE!

Missing greatpierro 24 April 2013, 21:49

Ft it is unbelievable how biased you could be. Yes Asir should be stopped but should be all the other illegally weapon bearing militias in Lebanon and that includes HA, fplp, Tawhid, and Arab Democratic Party.

Missing canadianadam 25 April 2013, 07:18

Pierre we re banging on a door that won't be answered here. FT is paid as a propagandist for the FPM, which means he will never be impartial.

Missing karim_m3 24 April 2013, 22:04

"We reject any presence of foreign fighters"

lol

Missing helicopter 25 April 2013, 02:58

I think they were referring to Hezb fighters when the comment was made

Thumb kanaandian 24 April 2013, 23:10

He should go fight also in Syria,
But his words are encouraging. If all Salafists heed his call for jihad in Syria and leave Lebanon that would be wonderful Mashallah
One way tickets to paradise, keep it going al-Assir!
Like a Boss.

Missing bigjohn 25 April 2013, 01:50

The FSA are lying. They coordinate together with foreign fighters including Al-Qaeda. The West and their Arab puppets are NOW concerned that many of the foreign Jihadists are aligning themselves with Al Qaeda so they are telling the FSA what to say.

Missing maroun 25 April 2013, 01:53

do the same things apply to your glorious Hizb as well FT ..if not why the double standards?

Missing bigjohn 25 April 2013, 01:56

There are hundreds of Lebanese Sunni fighters in Syria (among over 10,000 from all around the world). They were not waiting to listen to any Lebanese Salafist leader who have little influence.

Missing bigjohn 25 April 2013, 02:00

There are a lot more Salafists in Lebanon and especially Syria than you think. Remember, they have the guns.

Missing canadianadam 25 April 2013, 07:13

Hahahhahahahha. It's Mowatens cousin, Flamers boyfriend.

Missing canadianadam 25 April 2013, 07:15

Lol the only thing that smells is your filthy good for nothing mouth Flamer and Mofagen.

I'm sorry to see your cousins are getting taken down in Homs. Sad day to see that other Lebanese are cheering against you animals.

Missing canadianadam 25 April 2013, 07:20

Hopefully they deport you back to Iran.

Default-user-icon Zohrab Vanlione (Guest) 25 April 2013, 07:44

I approve the FSA's rejection of Lebanon Salafists' Jihad call not for anything but because they know these castrated stinking crazies did not have the galls to fight the Syrians when they were crushing our skulls with rugged boots that Papa Salafisto Camouflajo Supremo, Rafic Syria, Syria's best Rafic, was buying them from Jacques Chirac's France and elsewhere as needed, too.

Thumb dandoun 25 April 2013, 10:13

hahahaahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaha ..no comment

Missing samiam 25 April 2013, 11:17

No one wants these guys there--Asir only wants publicity--he only has around 200 followers and when you throw in their immediate families, the number swells up to 700 which looks good in photo ops.

Again, a no one who wants to become a someone. How about we stop talking about him--maybe that will tame his ego.