As Syria Attack Seems Imminent, Al-Qaeda and the U.S. Eye The Same Enemy

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receives an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus, on Aug. 26, 2013.

It’s an uncomfortable truth for policymakers in Washington and other Western capitals considering a strike on the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad: a military assault on regime targets in response to last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack could inadvertently provide an assist for al-Qaeda-linked groups that are fighting the Syrian government. As an attack from Western countries seems imminent, so too does some kind of military response from the Islamist extremists.

A Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda has vowed to ignite a “volcano of revenge” against the Syrian regime, which it blames for the apparent chemical weapons attacks near Damascus. The statement was first reported and translated by the Jihadist threat monitoring network SITE Intelligence Group late Tuesday night.

According to SITE, the statement was issued on August 26 by a consortium of eight Syrian rebel factions, including a branch of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The eight factions declared a military campaign against the “main joints” of the Syrian regime “including security branches, support and supply points, training centers, and infrastructure.” ISIS is a newly formed group, but the al-Nusra Front, which makes up the Syrian side of ISIS, is thought to be behind some of the most devastating suicide attacks against the regime to date, as well as significant battlefield victories over multiple military installations throughout the country.

By issuing such a threat, ISIS may be seeking to supersede American action in Syria, giving it a public relations edge in a region largely aligned against Assad yet uncomfortable with the idea of U.S. military intervention. A successful ISIS strike against the regime while the West deliberates appropriate action would read well on the Arab street and among other Syrian rebels. U.S. action in Syria, if it happens, will have far greater impact on the regime than anything ISIS can pull off but al-Qaeda may be racing to score key points in the region before a Western attack.

18 comments
elizmonteleone
elizmonteleone

@thehairtech don't you know? Obama, after walking on water, will calm the hearts of these murderers. & all will be well. He won Nobel prize

thehairtech
thehairtech

@thehairtech Arming Al-Qaeda in the 80's didn't turn oh very good, now did it? Learn from history Obama!

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

Gods eye is upon Israel, and His fist is raised against those who would seek to destroy her......

.......Isaiah 10:24-25......

Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: "O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.".........

FaheemUddin
FaheemUddin

Firing a few Tomahawks will not benefit the Syrians in whose name the U.S. is acting. If matters remain contained, all will go back to normal soon thereafter, America having declared victory and again turned its back.




arvay
arvay

Easy way out: reveal that the Israel "intelligence" that's being used to justify this is fake. They've done this before.

Here's how they did it  . . .

Victor Ostrovsky's book, "By Way of Deception," relates a case where the Israelis used a Trojan, a special communications device planted close to the origin of the transmissions to be faked. It allowed the Mossad to broadcast disinformation masquerading as the enemy's (Libyan, in this case) communications in order to deceive US and British listening stations.

Israel tricked Ronald Reagan into bombing Libya using fake radio messages. We may well be seeing a repeat with this lame story of an intercepted phone call.

conspiracyzero
conspiracyzero

Reading these stories, its like Obama has not been president for the past 4 1/2 years.  

rorywong654
rorywong654

USA=Al Qaeda Their difference USA (massive) Al Qaeda (child play)

skybound_tt
skybound_tt

@desireroberts I never said that. Ned did. I commented on the US/UK and Al Queda now being on the same side in fighting these dictators.

DaleRuff
DaleRuff

@rorywong654 , it makes sense that non-state and state terrorism would merge, doesn't it.?

We helped al Quada in Afghanistan and Libya, and look how well that worked out.  


desireroberts
desireroberts

@skybound_tt Sorry, got you two mixed up.. Sure, they have a common enemy, but if it's for the best, then fine.. (1)

desireroberts
desireroberts

@skybound_tt Yeah, and it's just a vicious cycle.. But no matter what, chemical warfare is nasty business and has to be stopped...

skybound_tt
skybound_tt

@desireroberts Same thing happened in Afghanistan in the 80’s. They armed and trained the mujahedeen (including Osama) to fight the USSR.