Heart-Warming Story: Al Qaeda Offshoot Killing More Al Qaeda Fighers Than Assad is in Syria
Nothing warms the heart more than hearing that terrorists are turning on each other rather than fighting “the Great Satan” of America. Previous to this new development, it was Assad using Hezbollah terrorists against al Qaeda aligned fighters, but now we have three sides to cheer on:
A rogue Iraqi offshoot of al Qaeda is now killing more rival al Qaeda fighters every week in Syria than President Bashar al-Assad’s forces as infighting intensifies among opposition gunmen.
Clashes this year between al Qaeda’s official Syria wing, the Nusra Front, and the franchise’s disowned offspring, The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has killed hundreds of fighters and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.
It’s unfortunate that civilians are caught in the middle of this war that has dragged on for so long, but I have little sympathy for those who are bringing chaos to the country.
Both groups, which are hardline Sunni Islamists, fight sectarian battles against Assad, who is supported by his minority Alawite sect – an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam – as well as Shi’ite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
When ISIL moved into Syria last year, many Nusra Front members changed allegiances. ISIL head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi tried to force a merger with the Nusra Front, defying orders from Zawahiri and causing a rift.
The two groups have fought this year over influence and territorial disputes rather than ideological differences. Both imposed a strict interpretation of Islamic law which has angered many Syrians.
Let’s hope they are as skilled at spreading terror among each other as they are on their innocent victims.
Anyone up for an al Qaeda version of MAD “Spy Versus Spy” cartoons?!
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