Ideally, the question of whether it’s wise for America to support allegedly “moderate” elements within the Syrian opposition should have been settled when thousands of foreign fighters were reported flooding into Syria for “jihad.” Or maybe when rebels were caught torturing, executing, and mutilating people, and eating their organs. Or maybe when studies showed that half the rebels are Islamists. Or maybe when Obama waived the federal ban on supplying arms to terrorist groups to make way for his Syria policy?
No such luck. But now, if ever, the debate should be over:
“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.
Read that again. U.S.-backed Syrian rebels have joined with al-Qaeda.
- Syria rebels reject opposition coalition, call for Islamic leadership (Reuters)
- Syrian Rebel Factions Disavowing US-Backed Coalition En Masse (Antiwar)
- Syria rebel chief: extremists ‘stealing revolution’ (AFP)
- Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria (WSJ)
- Most Reported Deaths in Syria Have Not Been Committed by Assad Forces (Antiwar)
- Deputy PM: Syria regime ready for ceasefire (Ynet)
- Video Games and Cigarettes: Syria’s Disneyland for Jihadists (Spiegel)
- Plenty of money for weapons in Syria, little for refugees (CS Monitor)
- Private donations give edge to Islamists in Syria, officials say (Washington Post)
- Female rebel fighters on Syria’s frontline (Yahoo!)
- Report: Al-Qaida-linked terrorists destroy Jewish graves in Syrian city (Jerusalem Post)
- Putin says Syria violence could hit ex-Soviet bloc (Reuters)
- FSB: Hundreds of Russians Fighting as Mercenaries in Syria (RIA Novosti)
- Libya wants UK help to halt Syria arms smuggling (BBC)