U.S.-backed Syria rebels routed by fighters linked to al-Qaeda - Washington Post


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**U.S.-backed Syria rebels routed by fighters linked to al-Qaeda ** - Washington Post

BEIRUT — The Obama administration’s Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry, triggering widespread defections and ending hopes that Washington will readily find Syrian partners in its war against the Islamic State.

Moderate rebels who had been armed and trained by the United States either surrendered or defected to the extremists as the Jabhat al-Nusra group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through the towns and villages the moderates controlled in the northern province of Idlib, in what appeared to be a concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army, according to rebel commanders, activists and analysts.

Read more at: washingtonpost.com/world/us-backed-syria-rebels-routed-by-fighters-linked-to-al-qaeda/2014/11/02/7a8b1351-8fb7-4f7e-a477-66ec0a0aaf34_story.html


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Well, can’t say I am surprised at all.

It was only really a matter of time-the less radical terrorists were eaten by the more radical terrorists.

To quote Qui-gon Jinn from Star Wars, Episode 1-there’s always a bigger fish :smiley:

Unfortunately now there probably won’t be as much of a buffer between the Christians and minorities and the markedly bloodthirsty terrorists now…


#3

ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Islamic Front, US backed Free Syrian Army, sooner or later they all need to be defeated if Syria is to survive as a nation where religious minorities are safe.


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I’m not going to go find the last Boko Haram article, I had no idea that the Shia/Sunni conflict includes even Nigeria:

Re:

YOBE Nigeria (Reuters) - * A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people in a procession of Shi’ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state on Monday, witnesses said.*

In a separate incident overnight in central Kogi state, gunmen using explosives blew their way into a prison in the city of Lokoja, killing one person and freeing 144 inmates, Adams Omale, prisons coordinator for the state, told Reuters.

  • In the suicide bombing in Potiskum in Yobe state, a territory at the heart of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim Boko Haram rebels, the attacker joined the line of Shi’ites before setting off his device as they marched through a market in the town, resident Yusuf Abdullahi said.*

af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN0IN11H20141103


#5

The Syrian Army gets pummeled and humiliated, bases taken over. Oh, they are really watching out for ethnic minorities and minority faiths, the number of refugees reflects that.


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