By Kurt Nimmo
Syrian “rebels” are virtually all members of ISIS and al-Qaeda
There is a problem with this: there are few if any “moderate” Syrian “rebels” to arm and train. In other words, Obama and Congress will arm and train ISIS and other al-Qaeda inspired radical Wahabist groups.
No Such Thing as a Moderate, Secular Rebel Group
Even The New York Times dispelled the myth there is such a thing as a secular and moderate opposition to the Syrian government. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” Ben Hubbard wrote for the newspaper on April 27, 2013.
“My sense is that there are no seculars,” Elizabeth O’Bagy, of the Institute for the Study of War, told the Times.
“Syria’s revolution is devouring its children, and ISIS is the devourer,” Joshua Landis, director of the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, told The Christian Science Monitor last November.
Much of the establishment media pretends the “moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) is secular and democratic. This is not merely a distortion, it is outright propaganda designed to mislead. Stephen Gowans writes:
You don’t have to be committed to a secular society to belong to the FSA. Indeed, according to Reuters, the organization’s military command is “Islamist dominated”. The Associated Press says that “Many of the participating groups have strong Islamist agendas, and some have fought in ways that could scare away Western backers. They include the Tawheed Brigade, whose ideology is similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Falcons of Damascus, an ultraconservative Islamist group.” The Wall Street Journal reports that Brig. Gen. Mithkal Albtaish, an FSA leader, says that the organization is “dominated by Islamist groups that are in close coordination with al Nusra,” the al-Qaeda aligned terrorist group. The idea, then, that the FSA is secular is mistaken.
Al-Nusra and ISIS merged in June. Factions within the FSA have pledged allegiance to ISIS, including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im, and Aisha. Around 20,000 FSA mercenaries were trained by the U.S. and were the recipients of rockets and TOW anti-tank missiles supplied through back-channels in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
FSA members have defected to al-Nusra in droves. “The FSA’s Ahrar al-Shimal brigade joined al-Nusra en masse while the Sufiyan al-Thawri brigade in Idlib lost 65 of its fighters to al-Nusra a few months ago for lack of weapons. According to one estimate the FSA has lost a quarter of all its fighters,” The Guardian reported in May, 2013.