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WaPo: Say, those foreign fighters seem to be dominating the Syrian rebellion

posted at 6:19 pm on October 2, 2013 by

From today’s Washington Post, an update that’s easy to miss in Shutdownapalooza. Wasn’t it just a month ago that Secretary of State John Kerry said the jihadists were no more than 25% of the “oppositionists”? Good times, good times:

Foreign fighters from across the Arab world and beyond are playing an increasingly dominant role in the battle for control of Syria, which has emerged as an even more powerful magnet for jihadist volunteers than Iraq and Afghanistan were in the past decade.

The number of Syrians battling to overthrow the regime led by President Bashar al-Assad outstrips by a large margin the thousands of Arabs and other non-Syrian Muslims who have streamed into Syria over the past two years to join in the fight.

But the flow of jihadist volunteers has accelerated, and non-Syrians have begun taking the lead in a variety of roles as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attempts to assert control over large areas of the rebel-held north.

Foreign fighters man checkpoints, serve as commanders on the battlefield and have become the de facto rulers of towns and cities in areas under rebel control, giving them a visible and much-feared presence across large swaths of territory, according to Syrians living in the north as well as analysts.

Saudis, Tunisians and Libyans are among the most frequently encountered nationalities, the residents and analysts say, but men from Chechnya, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates also are present. The Pakistani Taliban announced in August that it had established a presence in Syria. Among those killed in recent battles was a Moroccan commander who had spent years as a prisoner of the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was eulogized in one of the many videos prepared by the foreign volunteers to advertise their presence.

And the White House is sending weapons to this rebellion. I’m certain that will end well.

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And the White House is sending weapons to this rebellion

…boy!…I sure am glad the major news networks are covering this!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

…good links!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

The “foreign fighters” were dominating Syria’s “rebels” several weeks ago, when McCain and all the rest of the bunch told us we had to support the President in aiding the rebels, you know, those “moderate” heart wrenching ones.

What has changed is that Syrian moderates are clinging to Assad’s government as their last best hope, especially after the “rebel’s” wanton destruction of Ma’loula, an historic centuries old refuge for Syrian Catholics, dating back to the times of the Crusades.

Pretty much nothing but crickets on this side of the pond about that little side show.

Those Syrian moderates who are not clinging to Assad have already left the country…many, very many, fleeing to refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan. Our “ally” Iraq, which Obama cut off at the pockets a while back? Not a safe haven for Christians of any kind, nor apparently any Syrian moderates in general.

Gives one the feeling that maybe Team Obama hasn’t a single clue about anything. Or, maybe, more close to the target, Team Obama is is just simply inherently evil.

But, this Syria stuff? Old news.

Did you know that Obama may cut out daily golfing? Apparently the government has shut down, so Barry can’t cover the green fees.

coldwarrior on October 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Is that with or without the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian regulars being flown in?

Count to 10 on October 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

coldwarrior on October 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

I got my Hot Air account with the help of a person I know in real life. He called the Syrian rebel jihadists long ago before anyone even talked about Al Nusra. It was really before I was even tracking what was going on there. He told my then fiance and I that the radicals had taken over the uprising and that Al Qaeda was a strong in their civil war. It seems like everyone knows and understands this except Obama and John McCain.

smoothsailing on October 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM