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