They touched it on it this morning on the news, the Assads long nurtured terrorism, for all we know, they nurtured ISIS and there is a bit of it now backfiring on them. This is how these sectarian wars can go. They used the term “Jihadi” wonderland.
Here is an interesting analysis of Al Nusra who is fighting among the Jihadis in Syria:
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is generally acknowledged to be the most effective force fighting al-Assad.
Its fighters are willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause, are widely viewed as uncorrupt and are not involved in looting as other opposition forces are. A number of them are battle-hardened from other conflicts such as the Iraq War.
Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate is also well supplied as it benefits from the support of Sunni ultra-fundamentalists in the wealthy Gulf states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Jabhat al-Nusra, which means the “Victory Front,” was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in December and is essentially a splinter organization of al Qaeda in Iraq.
Al-Nusra’s military prowess and close ties to al Qaeda make it a potentially serious threat to U.S. interests in the region, and the group has shown it has the ability to conduct massive suicide bombings.
In November, al-Nusra claimed responsibility for 45 attacks in the provinces of Damascus, Deraa, Hama and Homs that killed dozens of people, including one suicide bomb that reportedly resulted in 60 casualties.
So perhaps they are at loggerheads with the FSA and ISIS.
So do we have basically at least 4 sides, FSA, ISIS, Al Nusra and the Syrian Government.