Or as Obama calls them, the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people.
Five Syrian jihadist groups based in western Aleppo have joined together and announced the formation of the Supporters of the Khilafah (Caliphate). The group vowed to impose an Islamic state and fight democracy.
The five groups, which US intelligence officials described to The Long War Journal as local units within the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, announced the creation of the Supporters of the Khilafah in a short video that was released on YouTube. In the video, scores of Islamists, many dressed in military fatigues and brandishing RPGS and assault rifles, are seen standing on what appears to be a hill while the announcement is read. Numerous black banners of jihad are seen being flown by the fighters.
“We are the leaders of the following brigades,” one of the commanders, who is not named, stated. He then listed the brigades as the “Ansar Al Sharia Brigade, Abdullah Ibn El-Zubeir Brigade, The Men of Allah Brigade, The Martyr Mustafa Abdul-Razzaq’s Brigade, and the Swords of The Most Compassionate Brigade.”
The group said it “will strive actively to overturn the criminal, kaafir Baath regime” of President Bashir al Assad, and “will object to the conspiracies of the plotters, both internal and external (to Syria), and to bring down their sly plan: the plan of a civil democratic state.”
The Supporters of the Khilafah also indicated that they will seek to take the fight outside of Syria.
“And that we will work with the sincere people of our Ummah [the worldwide Muslim community] to establish the Islamic Khilafah state, and to use it to end decades of colonization and enslavement,” the statement said. “And to return to the way we were — as the nobles of the East and the West.”