ISIS willing to give up Raqqa city to Assad ? (Aawsat).
Mohammed Alloush, senior member of the Riyadh-based *High Negotiations Committee (HNC), on Feb.21, confirmed that ISIS has yielded around 25 villages, located in the rural areas of Aleppo, to the Assad regime.
ISIS withdrawing from the villages came as a result to the Saudi-Turkish warnings on sending ground troops into Syria. Alloush told Asharq Al-Awsat that there is news on ISIS willing to give up Raqqah city, which is ISIS’s Syrian headquarters, to the regime.
Alloush also added that ISIS giving up on the villages and handing them over to the Assad administration suggests the presence of security cooperation between the two.
On the other hand, the HNC will be holding a meeting in Riyadh today to deliberate on possible ways to agree on ceasefire and the beginning of a truce in Syria. The meeting came after U.S. Secretary John Kerry’s announcement at a press conference, held in Amman with his Jordanian peer Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh, on arriving at a temporary concession with the Russian FM Segery Lavrov for conditions on ending violence in Syria. Hmmm.........Sounds more like another trick by the Muslim Brotherhood gang to establish a link between Assad and ISIS Read the full story here.
* 34 oppositional groups allied themselves as ‘the High Negotiation Committee’. This included, among others, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam, but did not include Syrian Kurds and not include some moderate opposition members supported by Russia.
Apart from France and Saudi Arabia, also Turkey and Qatar supported that ‘High Negotiation Committee’.