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Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch opens complaints department

Published time: June 03, 2013 11:42
Edited time: June 03, 2013 13:58
Fighters from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra (Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah)

Fighters from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra (Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah)

An Al-Qaeda branch in northern Syria has opened a complaints department in one of the cities it controls. The militant organization apparently aims to show the local residents that it can act as a civilian government.

The branch operating in the provincial capital city of Raqqa posted a notice last week, suggesting the public turn to them with possible grievances.

"Anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their complaint in any headquarters building of the Islamic state," the notice said as cited by The Telegraph newspaper. "The complaint should be in writing, provide details and give evidence.”

The militants, whose long-term goal is to turn Iraq, Syria and Lebanon into a single Islamist state, pledge to try any violations at a Sharia court.

Vladimir Kremlev for RT

Earlier the Al-Nusra Front, the prominent Islamist force fighting to topple the Syrian government, admitted that it is in fact a branch of the Iraqi-based Al-Qaeda in a statement.

Over the years Al-Qaeda has showed a surprising amount of bureaucratic work for an organization supposed to be a loose network of independently-operating terrorist cells. In the latest example a letter was found in Mali’s Timbuktu, which criticized Al-Qaeda-linked guerrilla leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar for failing to report his expenses, answer his phone in a timely manner, or carry out attacks as ordered.

The attempts to impose the strict version of Islam are met with disdain in Syria, which had been for decades a moderately secular state. In Raqqa the Islamists attempted and failed to impose a smoking ban, according to local activists. But the militant group denies this ever happened.

Comments (34)


Bianca 23.11.2013 15:43

It is true that "Al-Qaeda" has become nothing more then a label to pin on groups that west finds unacceptable, while all other terrorists are "freedom fighters". And, the "status" can be changed accordingly. So did Kosovo's KLA status change from "terrorist organization" to "fighters for independence of Kosovo", and their deeds have been cleaned up accordingly. Now they can legally enjoy their passion for organs though organ sale, and make qute nice income. Since they do not have Serb prisoners to supply organ chopping centers, there is a steady supply of human trafficking victims.


Bianca 23.11.2013 15:32

Saudi Arabia is investing millions in "public relations", and already many Made in the West articles have been penned describe the Taliban-like justice as better then under Assad. Curioser and curioser. For a handfull of dollars, you can find public relations firms ready to clean up the image of just about anyone, real or historic. This appears to be the last stand of the Syrian dinamic duo, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They were bound to fall into each other's arms sooner of later.


Bianca 23.11.2013 15:27

On the form, there is a choice of the complaint venue. One may choose from the selection of Salafi offices or Wahhabi offices. Upon submitting the form, your hand will be chopped off, but the appeal will be sent to Saudi Arabia, for final decision.

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