“Some of Syria’s most effective rebel forces, including at least three that previously were aligned with the U.S.-backed rebel command, have formed a new alliance with an al Qaida affiliate,” McClatchy reports.It is an intellectual mistake to see al-Qaeda and the United States as two distinct entities with separate agendas and different visions for a post-Assad Syria.
Read that again. U.S.-backed Syrian rebels have joined with al-Qaeda.
“About a dozen fighting groups,” according to McClatchy, including U.S.-backed “moderate” factions like “Liwa al Tawheed, Liwa al Islam and Suqor al Sham,” joined jihadist al-Qaeda affiliates like Jabhat al-Nusra. In their announcement, they “specifically rejected the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the civilian group headquartered in Turkey that the Obama administration has promoted as an alternative to Assad.”
This brings back memories of when, in December 2012, more than 100 Syrian rebel factions signed a petition expressing solidarity with Jabhat al-Nusra and denouncing the U.S. decision to officially designate the al-Qaeda-linked group a terrorist organization.
Only fools put stock in the words of the leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups. When they publicly denounce official U.S. statements designating them as terrorists it is only meant for public consumption, both on the U.S. side and with respect to their own brainwashed fighters in the Muslim world. They only do it to cover their butts and conceal their close working relationship with the U.S. government.
As the past three and a half decades have shown over and over again, the United States and al-Qaeda are always on the same page regarding every issue of political and geopolitical consequence.