"The Syrian National Coalition insists that the prohibition of chemical weapons, the use of which has left more than 1,400 civilians dead, be extended to the use of ballistic missiles and aircraft against urban areas," the statement said. “Securing the regime’s chemical weapons must be accompanied by a search for justice with the perpetrators of the chemical weapons attacks brought before the International Criminal Court."
The statement did not criticize the agreement, but several officials from the Syrian Military Council, the U.S.-backed amalgam of rebel groups, have.
Meanwhile, the head of al Qaida, Ayman al Zawahiri, has urged rebels to refuse to work with the United States and its Gulf Arab allies and to focus on establishing an Islamic State in Syria. Two of the anti-Assad movement’s most effective organizations, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are al Qaida affiliates.
"I warn my brothers and people in the Syria of unity and jihad against coming close to any of these groups," he said in an audio statement that was posted on the Internet last week. A translation by an al Qaida monitoring group was released Sunday.
Zawahiri also warned his followers not to attack civilians and warned that the group would act against those that do. Residents in areas controlled by Nusra and the Islamic State have complained that the groups have meted out brutal punishments on Syrians they deem insufficiently religious.
“All who shed the forbidden blood of a Muslim or non-Muslim, we are innocent of this act, and if they are from us then we will seek to hold them accountable," Zawahiri said.