September 25, 2013

Al Qaeda Breaking Ties to Secular Syrian Rebels

Given the recent violence between the FSA and al Qaeda linked groups -- including the latter's mass beheading of prisoners from the former -- it was bound to happen:

Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al Qaeda-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition.

In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents their interests....

The rebel groups' statement called on all those trying to topple Assad's government to unite under a "clear Islamic framework" - an apparent reference to the al-Qaeda faction's aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.

Given that Salaafi jihadis represent somewhere between 24 - 50% of those fighting in Syria, are we now seeing the end game with Assad finally able to sit back and enjoy the popcorn as infighting tears apart the rebellion that started out so hopeful and ended in the cannibalism all of us thought wouldn't appear until after the regime had fallen?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:56 AM | Comments |