The friction between the various rebel factions battling Assad’s troops in Syria has deteriorated into a full-fledged free for all. There are now pitched battles between the “secular” Free Syrian Army (FSA) and several Islamist groups backed by Al Qaeda. The Islamists appear to be specifically targeting FSA weapons depots. There’s not much doubt that U.S. supplied heavy weapons are at risk of falling into Islamist hands. Someone should have warned McRino, Gramnesty and Obama that supplying the rebels with arms was a bad idea. // //
Islamist militants with links to al-Qaida attacked Free Syrian Army supply depots in northwestern Syria over the weekend in a bid to seize weapons and equipment, underscoring a growing divide between moderate and jihadist rebel forces in their shared struggle to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The increasing tension calls into question President Barack Obama’s decision to send money and weapons to Syrian opposition groups, which are now openly fighting one another as well as Assad’s regime.
“This ought to underscore the danger to Obama administration officials of going down that path and providing aid to the insurgency,” Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior foreign policy fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.The clashes came two days after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gunned down Kamal Hamami, a top rebel commander and one of thirty leaders on the Western-backed Supreme Military Council. On Thursday, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) vowed swift retaliation.
“We will not let them get away with it because they want to target us,” an anonymous senior FSA commander told toldReuters. “We are going to wipe the floor with them.”
Confrontations between secular rebel forces and Islamist elements have proliferated in recent weeks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told told The Daily Mail that last Friday militants from the same jihadist group “killed an FSA rebel in Idlib province and cut his head off.” And on Saturday, moderate fighters battled with Islamist gunmen for control of a checkpoint in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and an epicenter of the rebellion.
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