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Egyptian Military cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood; Kerry warns Netanyahu of delegitimization campaign ‘on steroids’ if talks fail

by Rodan ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Egypt, Islamists, Israel, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinians at August 14th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

It sems another Mideast country is about to go up in flames. The Egyptian military has stomred camps set up by Pro-Moris protestors. As of this writing 95 people were killed.

CAIRO – Egypt’s capital descended into a chaotic bloodbath Wednesday after security forces moved in on protest camps set up by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, sparking deadly violence.

A month-long nationwide state of emergency was declared, and a nighttime curfew imposed in some areas, as the interim government tried to restore order.

At least 95 people were killed and 874 injured, the country’s health ministry said, but the toll looked certain to rise as unrest spread from Cairo to other parts of the country.

Witness reports and pro-Morsi volunteers put the death toll much higher, but the none of their figures could be immediately confirmed by NBC News.

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Turkey’s prime minister called on the United Nations Security Council to help, describing Wednesday’s events as a “massacre.”

“The international community, especially the U.N. Security Council and Arab League, must act immediately to stop this massacre,” Tayyip Erdogan’s office said in a statement.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham must be weeping that their beloved Muslim Brotherhood being taught a lesson. Odds are that al-Qaeda and Hamas will get more involved in terror acts on Egypt. The only people I have sympathy for are the Coptic Christians. They should get out of dodge asap!

Update by Sepranza

John Lurch Kerry is nothing more than a black mailer.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in recent weeks that Israel may be confronted with an international deligitimization campaign “on steroids” if renewed peace talks with the Palestinians fail to bear fruit, journalist Jeffery Goldberg reported on Tuesday in his Bloomberg View column.

Goldberg quoted anonymous officials as saying Kerry believes that Netanyahu fears deligitimization to the same degree that he fears Iran’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu is not only concerned that the delegitimization campaign could hurt Israel’s economy through boycotts, “he is said to be even more worried that this campaign will erode Israel’s ability to defend itself,” according to Goldberg.

Speaking on Monday ahead of peace talks set to take place in Jerusalem this week, Kerry said that Israel’s announcement of new settlement units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem “were to some degree expected,” and urged Israelis and Palestinians to move head with peace talks due to resume this week.

“What this underscores is the importance of getting to the table, getting to the table quickly” and resolving disputes over settlements and other issues, said Kerry. He added that he had spoken on Monday with Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni and had called Netanyahu.

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Syrian Army and Hezbollah take Qusayr and claim its a message to Israel?

by Rodan Comments Off
Filed under Al Qaeda, Headlines, Hezballah, Israel, Syria at June 5th, 2013 - 11:11 am

After 3 weeks of attacking outnumbered and outginned FSA and Nusra Front fighters, The Syrian Army and Hezbollah have tkane control of most of Qusayr. The rebels ran out of ammo and evacuated the civilians in their retreat. Despite cliaming it would be an easy victory, the rebels bloodied Assad’s forces and Hezbollah. Yet despite the tough time they had, The Assad Regime claims the taking of Qusayr is a message to Israel.

The victory achieved by the Syrian army in Qusair sends a clear message to Israel against any aggression against Syria, a statement from the General Command of the Syrian army said on Wednesday, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.”The victory that was achieved at the hands of our brave soldiers sends a clear message to all those who are involved in the aggression against Syria, on top being the Zionist enemy and its agents in the region and tools on the ground,” the statement said.

If Assad and Hezbollah can barely defeat The Free Syrian Army and Al Nusra Front in a minor border town, how the hell do they think they can fight Israel?

 

Hizb’Allah’s struggles in the battle of Al Qusasyr

by Rodan ( 5 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Headlines, Hezballah, Islamists, Lebanon, Special Report, Syria at May 23rd, 2013 - 9:29 am

Hizb’Allah continues to suffer losses in their battle with al-Qaeda and Free Syrian Army on the border town of al Qusasyr. They have sent their elite soldiers in with artillery and armor support from the Syrian Army. The town still has not fallen and rebel reinforcements have arrived.

A source close to Hezbollah confirmed to A.F.P. on Thursday that more than 75 Hezbollah fighters were killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Syrian regime forces with armed opposition groups.      

The same source reported that 57 Hezbollah fighters were killed in the battles, noting that the other 18 succumbed to their wounds after being involved in clashes taking place mainly in the border region of al-Qusayr.

The Syrian rebels and al-Qaeda probably have suffered higher losses, but they have  a higher pool of people to work with. Hizb’Allah funerals are now becoming a common occurrence in their strongholds.

Hezbollah is throwing its men into battle in the Syrian city of Qusayr, and many are returning to Lebanon in coffins. Through their funerals and commemorations posted on pro-Hezbollah Facebook pages, we are now getting a sense of the casualties that the self-proclaimed “Party of God” is suffering as it joins the Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.

It’s no secret why Qusayr is a vital piece of real estate for both the Syrian regime and the Lebanese paramilitary group. The city is a strategic link in the Syrian communications chain, connecting the capital of Damascus, Syria’s Alawite-dominated coastal highlands, and Hezbollah’s heartland in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. The Lebanese border is only a few miles to the city’s west, and the Damascus-Aleppo highway lies to its east.

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Despite Hezbollah’s obscuring of facts surrounding their dead, it is clear their supporters know these men met their end in Syria. Chants of “Labayka ya Zaynab” (“We are here for you, O Zaynab”) are ubiquitous at funerals for Hezbollah’s martyrs. The highly sectarian and mantra-like chant references the Zaynab mosque in Damascus, an important Shia shrine near Damascus and a gathering point for pro-Iranian foreign fighters in Syria.

Qusayr isn’t Hezbollah’s first battle in Syria — for months, its militiamen have also taken part in fighting around the Zaynab shrine. While in Damascus, Hezbollah members tend to operate under the moniker of a group called Liwa Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA). The group is comprised of fighters from throughout the Shia world, the vast majority coming from Iranian proxy parties in Iraq and from Hezbollah. The group takes its name from a legendary Shiite fighter who was martyred during the Battle of Karbala, a central event in Shiism. Hezbollah’s dead are often also claimed by LAFA on their wide network of Facebook pages.

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Another narrative, primarily one emerging from pro-rebel sources, was that Hezbollah was mainly losing young men. This too appears to be incorrect: While ages of those killed are very rarely posted by any Hezbollah-affiliated source, a number of older members have been killed in Syria. Ahmed Kamal Khurees, a Hezbollah fighter from the southern Lebanese town of Khiam, sports a white beard in his martyrdom photo. Fadi Muhammed Jazar, a Hezbollah member — and possible commander — who served time in Israeli prisons and was released during a 2004 Hezbollah-Israel prisoner exchange, was no youngster. Ibrahim Husayn, reportedly a Hezbollah commander, was also an older fighter. The presence of veteran fighters in Syria underlines the importance of this campaign for Hezbollah.

The conflict also shatters the myth of Hizb’Allah’s alleged “victory” over Israel in 2006. The organization lost 500-600 fighters against a half hearted Israeli campaign. Now it appears that the losses suffered at the hands of Israel has robbed it of experience veterans and as a result, they are struggling in the Qusasyr campaign.

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media were quick to claim major advances, confidently predicting that the town would fall swiftly. These pronouncements have proven premature.

 The attack on al-Qusayr has been long in the making. Assad’s forces, limited in manpower, are now acting more in concert with irregular sectarian militias trained by Iran. But the string of tactical gains in the Homs countryside, starting in April and leading to the current battle in al-Qusayr, is tied directly to Hezbollah’s lead role in spearheading ground operations.

 As it became clear that the Syrian opposition was putting up fierce resistance, Hezbollah began adjusting its story about the battle for al-Qusayr. The group was now making it known that it was sending in reinforcements from its elite units, and that the fighting might last at least another week. More troublesome for Hezbollah, however, was the news about the severe losses its units were sustaining, with casualty numbers ranging from 30 to 40 dead after the first day of fighting alone. By Tuesday, Syrian activists in al-Qusayr were claiming another 25 dead Hezbollah fighters. This, of course, is not counting those who had been killed prior to the latest assault, going back to last year. The number and make-up of the casualties raise some interesting questions about Hezbollah’s fighting force post-2006.

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As more of the group’s elite units are called up from Lebanon to reinforce their comrades in Syria, Iran has to be concerned about more than just seeing its strategic weapons caches blown up by Israel. It also has to be worried about how Hezbollah’s vulnerabilities are being exposed not by the IDF, but by Syrian rebels that the Party of God was supposed to dispatch easily. If the Iranians have overestimated Hezbollah’s capabilities against an adversary like the Free Syrian Army, one wonders what else about their power they’ve misjudged.

The Israelis you can bet are watching Hizb’Allah’s performance in Syria and now they will face a weakened opponent in a rematch.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq attempts to move into al-Nusra turf causes a split

by Rodan ( 10 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Islam, Islamic hypocrisy, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Sharia (Islamic Law), Special Report, Syria at May 18th, 2013 - 1:13 pm

The most effective fighting force in Syria is al-Nusra Front. Led by members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, other foreign Jihadists, defectors from the Syrian Army and Eastern Syrian tribes, they have defeated Assad’s forces, Hizb’Allah and Iranian Basij in many battles. The leaders of AQI began to get jealous over the success of their creation and did not like the ideological direction of al-Nusra. Although the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda shared the same militant ideology as its parents, al-Nusra was more pragmatic and was for the time being tolerant of Christians and allowed freedom for women nor did it ban alcohol.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq now calls itself the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham). They began to take over from al-Nusra in recent weeks, thus causing a split in the organization. The original foreign Jihadi element is now taking orders from AQI, while the Syrian element is staying loyal to al-Nusra. This is causing a huge splinter in what was the most effective arm of the rebels.

BEIRUT – The most feared and effective rebel group battling President Bashar Assad, the Islamist Nusra Front, is being eclipsed by a more radical jihadi force whose aims go far beyond overthrowing the Syrian leader.

Al-Qaida’s Iraq-based wing, which nurtured Nusra in the early stages of the rebellion against Assad, has moved in and sidelined the organization, Nusra sources and other rebels say.

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“Nusra is now two Nusras. One that is pursuing al-Qaida’s agenda of a greater Islamic nation, and another that is Syrian with a national agenda to help us fight Assad,” said a senior rebel commander in Syria who has close ties to the Nusra Front.

“It is disintegrating from within.”

Others said that Nusra’s Syrian contingent has already effectively collapsed, with its leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani keeping a low profile and his fighters drifting off to join other rebel groups.

Nusra fighters have claimed responsibility for the deadliest bombings of the two-year-old Syrian conflict and their brigades have led some of the most successful rebel offensives against Assad’s forces.

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One Nusra fighter said he believed Baghdadi held a personal grudge against Golani because of his standing in Syria.

Golani, a radical Sunni Muslim, won popularity in Syria even among some Christians, according to the Nusra fighter. “Baghdadi did not like this,” the fighter said.

“Baghdadi and the (al-Qaida) leadership consider the Muslim Brotherhood, the Free Syrian Army and other factions including Christians as infidels and when they saw Golani was on good terms with them they were not happy.”

“That is why he announced the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant without any consultation with Golani, and he is in charge to operate in his old failed way.”

This is case of a teacher jealous at the success of his pupil. Al-Nusra saw the errors al-Qaeda in Iraq committed and refused to go down that path. Its main goal is the establishment of a greater Syrian (Bilal al-Sham) emirate, while al-Qaeda has a more transnational agenda. This new development makes the Syrian War even more complicated. You now have 2 al-Qaeda factions operating in Syria. Hopefully the war continues to drag on and all the savages kill each other.

 

There are no Secular Syrian Rebels; Update: Israel allegedly struck a target in Syria

by Rodan ( 155 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hezballah, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Muslim Brotherhood, Progressives, Republican Party, Sharia (Islamic Law), Syria at April 28th, 2013 - 8:52 am

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The Obama Regime and the Nation building Wing of the GOP continue to salivate over intervention in Syria. Despite evidence that al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing; al-Nusra Front is the backbone of the rebellion, they still claim it is a freedom based movement. WHne presented with evidence that the rebels are Islamists, our officials claim there is a Secular component to the rebels. It turns out this is a bald face lie. In a rare piece of journalism, the NY Times exposes that even the Syrian rebels not aligned with al-Qaeda are Islamists themselves of the Muslim Brotherhood variety and want an Islamic state in Syria or as they call it Balad al-Sham.

CAIRO — In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with Al Qaeda control the power plant, run the bakeries and head a court that applies Islamic law. Elsewhere, they have seized government oil fields, put employees back to work and now profit from the crude they produce.

Across Syria, rebel-held areas are dotted with Islamic courts staffed by lawyers and clerics, and by fighting brigades led by extremists. Even the Supreme Military Council, the umbrella rebel organization whose formation the West had hoped would sideline radical groups, is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government.

Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.

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Among the most extreme groups is the notorious Al Nusra Front, the Qaeda-aligned force declared a terrorist organization by the United States, but other groups share aspects of its Islamist ideology in varying degrees.

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When the armed rebellion began, defectors from the government’s staunchly secular army formed the vanguard. The rebel movement has since grown to include fighters with a wide range of views, including Qaeda-aligned jihadis seeking to establish an Islamic emirate, political Islamists inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood and others who want an Islamic-influenced legal code like that found in many Arab states.

“My sense is that there are no seculars,” said Elizabeth O’Bagy, of the Institute for the Study of War, who has made numerous trips to Syria in recent months to interview rebel commanders.

Our political leaders are lying to us about who we are giving aid to. They claim we are helping the secular faction of the rebels to provide balance to al-Qaeda. In reality, this secular force is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Free Syrian Army. Americans are being lied to about the Syrian war by the fake god-king Obama and the McCain Wing of the GOP.

America needs to stay out of this Islamic mafia turf war and let these savages kill each other.

Update: Syrian rebels claim Israeli warplanes were spotted over Assad’s palace.

A Syrian rebel army spokesman said Sunday that Israeli Air Force fighter jets were observed circling in sky over Damascus. He said the planes flew over Assad’s palace and over security and military institutions in the Syrian capital.

Update II: The airplanes spotted over Assad’s palace are alleged to have struck a Chemical Weapons site outside of Damascus.

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 28 (UPI) — The Free Syrian Army says Israeli air force jets flew over President Bashar Assad’s palace and bombed a chemical weapons site near Damascus, Maariv reported.

The report said the Israeli jets entered Syria’s airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday and flew over Assad’s palace in Damascus and other security facilities before striking a chemical weapons compound near the city.

Take this report with a grain of salt until here is more corroborating reports.

Al Qaeda displays dead Hizb’Allah fighter: Warning Graphic Image

by Rodan ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Headlines, Hezballah, Islam, Islamic hypocrisy, Lebanon at April 27th, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Warning Graphic Image

Al-Qaeda continues to display a the body of dead Hizb’Allah fighters. They display the body of a Hezzie commander leading forces near the Lebanese border.

Hizb’Allah lost more fighters today in Syria.

Fighters loyal to Hizbullah were killed on Saturday in battles near the Lebanese border around al-Qusayr, according to activists.

The Local Coordination Committees in Syria reported that six members of Hizbullah were killed in battles in Reef al-Qusayr in Homs.

Qusayr-based activist Hadi al-Abdallah identified the names of Hizbullah fighters.

The men according to al-Abdallah are: Haida Mohammed Ayyoub, Hussein Hassan Barakat, two men from al-Saleh family, a man from al-Salhab family and a member of Tleis family.

Predator vs. Aliens, the Syrian edition continues.

An Islamic nut job set off a bomb today at a French Embassy

by Rodan ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, France, Headlines, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Libya, Muslim Brotherhood at April 23rd, 2013 - 9:13 am

Despite assisting al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood against Qaddafi, the Jihadists continue to show their ingraditute. A car bomb exploded outside of the Libyan Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.

A car bomb went off outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, a Libyan Foreign Ministry official said.

The official said two guards were hurt, but no one had died.

Television images showed extensive damage to buildings in the area.

“I think there were two blasts, the first was very loud and then there was a smaller one,” a  witness told Reuters. “There was some black smoke at first, and then it turned white.”

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a heinous attack and said everything would be done to find the perpetrators, the news service reported.

John McCain has no comments over the actions of his heroes.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq merges with al Nusra Front

by Rodan ( 181 Comments › )
Filed under Uncategorized at April 9th, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Al Nusra was an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Assad allowed the organization to set up bases to attack American soldiers. Then when the Muslim Brotherhood began their uprising against Assad, al-Qaeda under the guise of al-Nusra Front joined in and have become the backbone of the revolt. Now in a move that just formalizes what really existed, AQI and al-Nusra officially merge.

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria’s extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.

A website linked to Jabhat al-Nusra confirmed on Tuesday the merger with the Islamic State of Iraq, whose leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, first made the announcement in a 21-minute audio message posted on militant websites late Monday.

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The Syrian group has made little secret of its links across the Iraqi border, but until now it has not officially declared itself to be part of al-Qaida.

Al-Baghdadi said that his group – the Islamic State of Iraq – and Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra will now be known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

“It is time to announce to the Levantine people and the whole world that Jabhat al-Nusra is merely an extension and part of the Islamic State of Iraq,” he said.

This is who officials in both parties want to go to war for. They want the US to assist the same organization that attacked us on 9/11 and killed US soldiers in Iraq.  If this is not treason, then I do not know what is.

Update: Hizb’Allah buries more of it members killed by al-Qaeda.

Two Hizbullah members fighting alongside Syrian government forces in the Qusayr area near the border with Lebanon were killed on Monday, a source close to the party said.

“Two members of Hizbullah who went to Syria to fight against armed groups in the Qusayr sector have been killed,” the source said.

Meanwhile, MTV had reported earlier on Monday that heavy gunshots were fired during the funeral of Hizbullah member Hamza Ibrahim Ghamlush who died in clashes in Qusayr’s countryside on Sunday.

The Hezies are not that tough when going up against a ruthless enemy.

Update II: The Muslim Brotherhood linked FSA, which the US labels as Moderates, defends their al-Qaeda allies.

(Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers via Lobo91)

Andrew McCarthy: Stay out of Syria

by Rodan ( 17 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, CAIR, Hamas, Hezballah, Muslim Brotherhood, Republican Party, Special Report, Syria, The Political Right at April 8th, 2013 - 7:00 am

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In recent years the “Conservative” foreign policy establishment has become addicted to war. Syria is the latest case where many prominent people on the Right are calling for war. The conflict pits some of the most evil organizations on the planet against each other. Yet the intelligentsia on the Right keeps calling for US interventions. Andrew McCarthy warns the Right not to fall for this pro-interventionist propaganda.

Those clamoring for American intervention in Syria — I should say, even more American intervention in Syria — have a lock on two influential drivers of conservative opinion, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. They are also bedfellows on this issue with our Muslim Brotherhood–enthralled president, even if Mr. Obama’s skittishness about going all in has them a bit testy.

All of this puts the media wind at their backs. Repeated often enough and reported uncritically enough, the interventionists’ shallow story has thus become the narrative. And so we have: The Vacuum.

The Vacuum theme goes like this: The Middle East may be in flux, but our threat environment remains frozen in time — a Nineties warp in which Iran, singularly, is the root of all evil. In Syria now, we have a golden opportunity to hand the mullahs a crushing defeat. All we need to do is commit to toppling their client, Bashar al-Assad. Media spin thus suggests that Assad’s minority Alawite regime is responsible for each of the 70,000 killings and half a million displacements that Syrians have endured since the civil war began — as if the Sunni majority, led by the local Brotherhood affiliate with al-Qaeda as the point of its spear, were not carrying out reciprocal mass murders and an anti-Christian pogrom.

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Syria hawks counter such scoffs by putting on their best Paul Krugman: The “freedom” stimulus was not a harebrained idea, it just wasn’t big enough. Put aside the fortune expended and the thousands of American lives sacrificed. It is not the nature of the Middle East but a void of American leadership that has the region waving al-Qaeda’s black flags. The Vacuum turns out to be the best all-purpose rationalization of failure since Barack Obama discovered George W. Bush.

The Syrian conflict is a cesspool that has drawn in the trash of humanity. We need to stay out of it and let them fight it out.

If there is any doubt that al-Qaeda is leading the revolt here is Ayman Al-Zawahiri praising the rebels and calling on them to establish a Caliphate.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaida, released an audio statement online through the organization’s media branch, as-Sahab, on Sunday calling for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate after the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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He called on the Syrian rebels to work to achieve an Islamic state: “Do all that you can so that your holy war yields a jihadist Islamic state.”

Stay out of Syria.

PKK linked Kurds join Syrian Rebels

by Rodan ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood, Special Report, Syria at April 6th, 2013 - 11:38 am

The PKK is a nasty Kurdish Marxist guerrilla group. For years they have battled the Turkish government, but now they have turn their sights on Syria. The PYD which is linked with the PKK has begun to attack forces loyal to Assad in support of the Syrian Islamists. The Syrian forces have attacked PYD positions in retaliation.

Clashes erupted on April 4 between the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Syrian government forces in Qamishli, the unofficial capital of the Kurdish-dominated areas of northern Syria. They were the first such clashes in that city, still under the control of the Bashar al-Assad regime, in Hasakah province.

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The clashes have led to speculation that the YPG might abandon its policy of neutrality in the Syrian conflict. They also intensified rumors that tensions between the regime and the PYD are the result of the peace talks under way between the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought the Turks since the early 1980s. The YPG is affiliated with the PYD, which is viewed as the Syrian branch of the PKK.

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According to Tejel, “All this is to say that we cannot state that they are ‘enemies’ or ‘allies.’ It depends on the context, the moment, and local relations. In other words, if cooperation between YPG with the FSA is now a reality, it does not necessarily mean that we are witnessing a complete rupture…. Maybe or maybe not.”

This is an alliance of convenience that will fall apart after Assad falls. A PKK vs. al-Qaeda conflict would be brutal and nasty. The Syrian conflict has attracted the trash of humanity.