Yesterday’s announcement of a merger between Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the key Syrian rebel forces, and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was discussed today by the Nusra leadership, which insists that they have always pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda parent group.
The leadership downplayed the announcement, however, saying that they have never really kept al-Qaeda ties a secret. Al-Qaeda certainly hasn’t kept it a secret either, loudly endorsing the group on a regular basis.
The formalization of those ties complicates the Syrian rebellion, however, with secular factions getting ready to fight a secondary war with the Islamist blocs, which are getting stronger all the time.
Then there’s the Iraq connection. With AQI more formally involved in the Syrian war, Iraqi Shi’ite militias are less shy about sending their own fighters to Syria to attack them, carrying the Iraqi sectarian civil war across the border.
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WHO els they are going to pledge loyalty to.., Saudi arabia is their main supporter, the EU is arming them so as USA government, Qatar is backing them up with money so the us militarism can stay and keep its navy in persian gulf.., so who is left beside al queda for these idiots to be loyal too.., Syrian people..?
Surprise, surprise. Next, Al-Qaeda-in-Syria pledges loyalty to Neocons-in-Washington (NIWDC).
By assisting the "rebels" our government and our military have materially supported a terrorist organization. Who in Congress will stand up and call for a special prosecutor? I'm speaking to you, Rand.
Once he returned from his trip to Israel he turned into a sad rodeo clown in comparison to his father
Why does the US always back the wrong side? Who can say with a straight face that things are better in Iraq, Libya, etc since our 'rulers' overthrew their governments? Now we are backing the Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria. Does the US not care about the Syrian Christians who were allowed to practice their faith under Assad? Any left there should leave pronto. Why can't the US mind its own business when our national security is not at stake?
It's very important to stir up trouble and instability in these countries, as the instability can then be used to justify additional military spending. The policies are wildly successful when measure against the actual goals, which have nothing to do with the security of the American people, spreading democracy abroad, protecting human rights or even less noble goals such as control of natural resources or global hegemony. None of these are of importance when compared with the real institutional imperatives: profits for arms manufacturers and military contractors, career enhancement for the suits and stars and controlling the American people through fear.
Ehud Barack Obama has caused Syria to become a haven for Al-Qaeda just as Warmonger Bush caused Iraq to be a haven for Al-Qaeda. At least neither one of them made North Korea a haven for them. Ehud Barack Obama's war in Libya caused Mali's Islamists to become stronger.
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