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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 210310, tabled on 14 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Syrian rebel groups have been identified as not being associated with Islamic fundamentalist beliefs.

Answered on

21 October 2014

There is a wide range of armed groups operating in Syria with a wide range of beliefs and ideologies. We estimate there are tens of thousands of individuals fighting for the moderate opposition. We must not accept what Assad wants us to believe – that the only alternative to him is extremism and terrorists. The vast majority of Syrians want neither the tyrant nor the terrorists; they want a peaceful future, free from dictatorship. This is the vision held by the moderate opposition groups we and our partners support.