Posted on September 26, 2013 by creeping
Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad.
Ever more divided on a battlefield where Assad’s better armed troops have been gaining ground, allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among 13 disparate rebel factions to disown the exile leadership and build an Islamic alliance that includes the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, commanders said on Tuesday.
Details of the numbers of fighters involved and of how they would cooperate remained unclear. But, in an online video, a leader of the Islamist Tawheed Brigade said the bloc rejected the authority of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and the Western- and Saudi-backed exile administration of Ahmad Tumeh.
A spokesman for Coalition president Ahmed Jarba, who was attending the United Nations general assembly in New York, said Jarba would head for Syria on Thursday to respond: “We are not going to negotiate with individual groups. We are going to come up with a better structure for organizing the fighting forces,” the spokesman, Loay Safi, said.
The move is a setback for foreign leaders trying to bolster more secular rebel groups and to reassure voters skeptical of deeper involvement in Syria’s civil war. Some may think again about help for the fighters, which ranges from weaponry from the Gulf to non-lethal aid from Europe and the United States.
Analyst Aron Lund wrote on the blog Syria Comment: “If the statement proves to accurately represent the groups mentioned and they do not immediately fall apart again, it is a very big deal.
“It represents the rebellion of a large part of the ‘mainstream FSA’ against its purported political leadership, and openly aligns these factions with more hardline Islamist forces.”
It represents the utter failure of Obama/Clinton/McCain/Rubio/Kerry et al and their illegitimate and illegal use of taxpayer money.
More on that failure from the Long War Journal last week, American-supplied arms fell into al Qaeda’s hands:
Buried in an interesting account by The Wall Street Journal is this nugget of information (emphasis added):
The Supreme Military Council, led by Gen. Idriss, has been the focus of U.S. efforts to bring a command-and-control structure to rebels–but has now lost to the Islamist extremists most of its ability to operate in some parts of the north. ISIS fighters recently raided a council arms depot filled with lights [sic] weapons and ammunition, funded by the Gulf states and funneled to the council with the guidance of the Central Intelligence Agency, council members said.
And The Blaze is reporting what may corroborate the LWJ news, Al Qaeda-Linked Syria Group Enjoying USAID? You’ve Got to See This to Believe It
Posted 26 Sep 13 by Creeping Sharia
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