Sat Aug 4, 2012 2:5AM
A foreign-backed insurgent in Aleppo (file photo)

A foreign-backed insurgent in Aleppo (file photo)

The head of armed opposition groups in Syria has pledged to deliver more supplies to the insurgents in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Abdel Basset Sayda, the head of the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC), made the remarks on Friday at a press conference in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, AFP reported. He said that the SNC is “in contact with” the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army “to provide them with supplies.” Sayda is on a visit to the region to meet with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani and Syrian Kurdish leaders. Meanwhile, Russia has expressed serious concern over the escalation of violence by insurgents in Aleppo. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday warning against attempts to gain control of the city by what it described as “illegal armed formations.” Also on Friday, Syrian troops killed dozens of foreign-backed insurgents in the Raqqa and al-Khafseh neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. Earlier in the day, three reinforcement teams were sent to Aleppo to clear the city of insurgents and restore security. On the same day, the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution condemning the UN Security Council for failing to agree on measures to end the unrest in Syria. Russia said it would not support the resolution because it is unbalanced and encourages insurgents to keep fighting. In an interview with Press TV on July 28, political analyst Mark Dankof shed light on the close connections between the SNC and Zionists based in the United States and gave a long list of US politicians and business magnates connected to Basma al-Kudmani, who is a central figure in the leadership of the SNC. Pointing to the close relationship between the SNC and the Zionist entity, he said the Syrian National Council people are “working hand in glove with Israel,” with the "Sunni [Persian] Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain… with Turkey, and ironically enough, they’re working with al-Qaeda too.” Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. MHB/HGL
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