Saturday, 2 May 2015

A man buys courgette from a stall in Idlib, Syria (1 April 2015)

Syria: How a new rebel unity is

making headway against the regime
Lina Sinjab has done some of the better reporting for the BBC on Syria.

'There were fears that the rebels would seek to implement a strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, but instead they established civil councils to oversee law and order, and public services.
An audio message purportedly by al-Nusra's leader, Abu Mohammed al-Julani, declared that the Idlib would be governed according to Sharia, but Mr Hamidi believes its application will be limited.
"To my knowledge, Saudi Arabia and Qatar put pressure on Julani to ensure al-Nusra's approach would be a moderate one," he says.
Hadi al Abdalla, a citizen journalist who reported on the battle for Idlib from the frontline, says Western media coverage has mistakenly focused on the presence of al-Nusra.
"For the first time all the groups here are united and they insist that they want civil rule rather than Sharia rule," he explains.'

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