‘Good’ rebels signal siding with Syrian government to fight Al Qaeda

President Bashar al-Assad, Syria
President Bashar al-Assad, Syria

GUARDIAN Dec 3 Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida

At The Agonist, we’ve been covering the attack on Syria for some time (Syrian Crisis).  The considered move by the ‘good’ rebels, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), isn’t news. It’s history. In recent government victories at Qusayr and Homs, on the Turkish border, and in Latakia, FSA and other rebel groups have accepted negotiated surrenders to the Syrian Arab Army.

The FSA has struggled of late. A large group of FSA aligned fighters left that organization on September 25 to join the Islamic Alliance headed by a United States designated terrorist organization, Jabhat al-Nusra.  The alliance comprises up to 75% of rebels attacking the government.

“The creation of the bloc nonetheless leaves Idriss’s [FSA] council directly responsible for just a handful of small units, calling into question the utility of extending aid to moderate rebels, according to Charles Lister of the London-based defense consultancy IHS Jane’s.”  Guardian Sep 25

The FSA isn’t giving up.  Rather, what remains of the organization that led the U.S., NATO, Gulf oligarch assault on Syria is trying to win at the negotiating table what it couldn’t on the battlefield. 

This is part of a distancing policy toward the jihadist infested rebels  by the U.S. and it’s NATO partners.  With the majority of rebels siding with Al Qaeda aligned al-Nusra and European countries fretting over the blowback potential of their jihadist citizens returning to the United Kingdom, France, etc., it is clear that the al-Assad government is seen as the lesser of two evils.

GUARDIAN Dec 3 Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida  

The spectre is looming of a second Syrian civil war with the head of the opposition’s official forces declaring that he is prepared to join regime troops in the future to drive out al-Qa’ida-linked extremists who have taken over swathes of rebel-held territories.

General Salim Idris, the commander of the Free Syrian Army warned that in particular Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), with thousands of foreign fighters in its ranks, was “very dangerous for the future of Syria” and needs to be confronted before it becomes even more powerful.

Western security agencies now believe that Syria poses the most potent threat of terrorism in Europe and the US from where hundreds of Muslims have gone to join the jihad. MI5 and Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch recently tackled the first case of men sent from there specifically to carry out attacks in London.

One senior Western intelligence official stressed that the Syrian regime’s forces must be preserved for the battles ahead against the Islamists and the need to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq and Libya, where the army and police were disbanded with the fall of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, allowing terrorist groups to rise in a security vacuum.

The Syrian Arab Army continues to win victories around Aleppo in preparation to retake rebel occupied portions of that city of 2.5 million.  A victory in that battle should settle the issue of sovereignty for Syria and begin the horror show of jihadists returning to their European and other nations of origin; nations that were more than happy to send them off to destroy Syria but now await their return with fear and trepidation.  This may give the ruling elites of these nations just a tiny fraction of the terror felt by the Syrian people besieged  for over two years by zealots from Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, Chechnya, etc.

See Syrian Crisis – Original Writing in the Agonist


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6 Replies to “‘Good’ rebels signal siding with Syrian government to fight Al Qaeda”

    1. The FSA was about to lose by technical knockout. Now they get play a useful role in the storyline that rationalizes the big switch of sides in this tragedy. What was the point of the U.S. and its NATO sidekicks?

      Now well covered yet, we’ve got a civil war in Turkey’s ruling AKP Party. The caustic and wacky Prime Minister Erdogan is going head to head with one of the biggest factions in the AKP ranks, the Fetullah Gul movement (a supposed moderating force for Islam in politics). As a relentless supporter of the Syrian rebels, Erdogan will be up very late nights making sure none of the returnees from Syria do what they do – blow up people and buildings in large urban areas.

  1. This may give the ruling elites of these nations just a tiny fraction of the terror felt by the Syrian people besieged for over two years by zealots from Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, Chechnya, etc.

    Or a call for Marshall Law in countries because of this problem and with that even more surveillance if that’s even possible. No reason to let a disaster go to waste.

    Turkey soon to be taken over by the Generals?

    1. No reason to let a disaster go to waste?”

      That’s a keeper;)

      On Turkey, we may hear a big corruption scandal about Erdogan but, short of that, there’s always a coup option.

      Random thought…too bad Marshall Law isn’t a positive term associated with General Marshall.

  2. When all is said and done; I think everything we see enacted; policies, edicts, and actions, are very purposeful and fully intended to gain a benefit. Look to motive and the medium term gain (there is very little, truly, long term thinking) and one begins to see the future.
    The people making the decisions are not stupid; they just understand the game and the moves.
    This should be very worrying for those who see the long view…

  3. General Idris is on the money. ISIS is after a purer Sunni strain of Islam and regards Syria as the second Islamic Holy Land, after Mecca. I understand that al-quaeda has actually disavowed itself from ISIS which is now the pre-dominant terrorist organisation in Syria. ISIS is killing off rebel terrorists who are not ‘pure’ in their Islamic faith. Numbers of jihadists continue to rise in Syria, regardless of attempts to stop their inflow.

    Syria aint going to settle down soon.

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