July 02, 2014
Good News: al Qaeda Affiliate Continues to Fight "Islamic State" Caliphate
You know your new "Caliph" is a loser when the official al Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al Nusra, wants you dead:
Following the defection of a local brigade affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) to ISIS in the border town of Abu Kamal on June 25, JN sent reinforcements to bolster remaining rebel forces and prevent the town from falling to ISIS. In cooperation with rebel groups, the JN reinforcements set up roadblocks, demanded that ISIS hand over its weapons and leave the city, and imposed a curfew on the city’s residents. Clashes between rebels and ISIS escalated on June 28, with an SVEST targeting an ISIS headquarters in the city, killing 3 and wounding 18. A subsequent regime airstrike on the city targeted a building that had been taken by JN and rebel fighters during the fighting. Contrary to reports circulating in western media, the JN-led Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC) in Deir ez-Zour Province denied that ISIS is in control of the city on June 29. ISIS is reported to have sent reinforcements from the T2 oil station and from al-Qa’im on the Iraqi side of the border. With these new forces ISIS was able to seize control of a neighborhood at the northeast entrance to the town.The bad news here is that it looks like ISIS is now in control of the area mentioned above. But that's just territory swapped between bad guys -- bloods taking over your neighborhood in lieu of the crips.
The good news is that al Qaeda's local boys continue to fight ISIS -- Red on Red.
The more of these guys that kill each other, the better we'll all be.