Syria rebels want al-Qaida suspect to face trial

Supreme Military Council calls for Islamic court to investigate the killing of one of its top commanders by foreign Islamist fighters.

July 15, 2013 18:47
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Hassan Jazera, one of the leaders of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, aims a mounted weapon in Aleppo

Syrian Islamist rebel shoots big gun 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT - Syria's main rebel group said on Monday that it wanted an Islamic court to investigate

"The Council also took a decision to ban checkpoints on main roads and also to ban masked gunmen from being present or manning checkpoints."

It was not immediately clear how the Council would be able to implement its decisions, which appeared to target Islamist militants who often wear black masks.

Rebel sources said the Council was trying to avoid direct confrontation with radical groups who are known to be fierce fighters and better trained and equipped than its own soldiers.

More than two years since the start a revolt-turned-civil war against Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syria has become a magnet for foreign Sunni Muslim fighters who have flocked to the Middle Eastern nation to join what they see as a holy war against Shi'ites.

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