Whaddya know…al Qaeda in Syria now fighting against the Free Syrian Army

Remember my post last week about the Assad regime and al Qaeda working together?

Turns out now they’re both explicitly taking aim at the Free Syrian Army (Wall Street Journal):

An al Qaeda spinoff operating near Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, last week began a new battle campaign it dubbed “Expunging Filth.”

The target wasn’t their avowed enemy, the Syrian government. Instead, it was their nominal ally, the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

Across northern and eastern Syria, units of the jihadist group known as ISIS are seizing territory—on the battlefield and behind the front lines—from Western-backed rebels.

Some FSA fighters now consider the extremists to be as big a threat to their survival as the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

ISIS is short for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

If nothing else, this confirms clear separation between al Qaeda and the secular rebellion in Syria. It’s time to step up and support the latter.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


7 thoughts on “Whaddya know…al Qaeda in Syria now fighting against the Free Syrian Army

  1. And remember al Qaeda is the comrade in arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan. And the Taliban is the successor of the Afghani Mujahideen who fought the Russians after their invasion and who were armed by Congressman Charlie Wilson in the 1980’s to fight the Russians. What a circle jerk! And the U.S., is the pivot man.

    1. Not quite, John. The Taliban was founded in 1994, by Afghan in Pakistan.

      Followers of the late Ahmed Shah Massoud (mujahideen leader in the 1980s and leading Taliban opponent in the 1990s and aughts) would take great issue with your assertion.

  2. Your title should read: “And so sectarian conflict officially begins in Syria.”

    Many commentators have been saying this was inevitable in Syria, with or without American intervention. Not so sure there needs to be some grand conspiracy that Assad is working with Al Qaeda, which I’m hardly convinced of.

  3. DJ McGuire: Thanks for the correction. I am almost positive I obtained my understanding of that history from an article in a prior issue of either NR, the Weekly Standard or The American Spectator but I stand corrected. If there was/is a way for me to delete my comment I will and not because of offending Massoud’s followers. I’d delete it because it is factually incorrect.

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