Mohammed Alloush, a member the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the Saudi and Turkish formed opposition group taking part in Syrian peace talks in Geneva, has called for the murder of Bashar al-Assad.
“Yesterday, the person who represents Jaysh al-Islam made an irresponsible statement in which he threatened to kill the president of Syria. He was inciting to commit a terrorist act. This is a violation of the SC resolution 2253, 2299, 2278, 1989, 1924,” said Bashar Ja’afari, the current Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations.
In January Alloush was appointed chief negotiator of the Supreme Commission for Negotiations. Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) is a coalition of Islamist and Salafist groups fighting to turn Syria into an Islamic state under Sharia law. Saudi Arabia is responsible for the creation of the group. It has given Jaysh al-Islam millions of dollars to “arm and train” its fighters. Pakistani instructors have also worked with the coalition.
Jaysh al-Islam is considered less radical than its counterparts in Syria because it has agreed to take part in the Geneva peace talks. Other jihadi groups, including al-Nusra and al-Qaeda aligned groups, have refused to honor a ceasefire and negotiations.
Alloush’s son, Zahran, established Liwa al-Islam, a Salafist group responsible for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. Liwa al-Islam cooperates with al-Nusra.
Zahran Alloush has reportedly cooperated with Saudi intelligence for years. Both the al-Qaeda associated Jabhat al-Nusrah and the Liwa-al-Islam are financed, armed, and operate in liaison with the Saudi Intelligence Services.