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Wed Sep 18, 2013, 07:44 PM Sep 2013

Syrian jihadi groups are now kidnapping and killing one another.

The potential of a U.S. military strike over the past several weeks -- which mainstream forces largely welcomed, and jihadists, fearing that the United States would target them, opposed -- appears to have exacerbated tensions between the groups. Full-blown clashes broke out in the north and east of the country today, with Free Syrian Army (FSA)-affiliated groups in the city of Deir Ezzor battling with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Meanwhile, ISIS also launched an offensive on the northern town of Azaz, which lies close to the Turkish border.

The clashes follow an ISIS announcement earlier this week declaring war against the FSA-affiliated Farouk Brigades in Aleppo, along with another moderate rebel brigade. Dubbing its operation "The Repudiation of Malignity," the jihadist group said its offensive was in response to an attack by the brigades against its headquarters in the northern city of al-Bab last week.

ISIS even appears to be picking fights with more radical brigades. The jihadist group reportedly kidnapped nine commanders from the Ahrar Souria group in the northern city of Raqqa on Sept. 12. It also killed a commander from the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia, after the man objected to ISIS's kidnapping of Malaysian aid workers. In going after Ahrar al-Sham, ISIS is turning a former friend into an enemy: The Salafist group stood by ISIS last month when it clashed with Ahfad al-Rasoul, an FSA-affiliated rebel group, and as popular protests erupted against ISIS.

ISIS's feuding with moderate Syrian rebels seems to be sanctioned by the very top of the al Qaeda hierarchy. In an audio statement last week, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri warned his followers in Syria to avoid cooperation with "secular groups that are allied to the West."


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Syrian jihadi groups are now kidnapping and killing one another. (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
Syria SamKnause Sep 2013 #1
It is, which is why we need to stay OUT. Warpy Sep 2013 #2
Out SamKnause Sep 2013 #3


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2. It is, which is why we need to stay OUT.
Wed Sep 18, 2013, 07:54 PM
Sep 2013

We really don't have a dog in this fight, although it might be in everybody's best interest to leave Assad where he is.

The alternative is the Muslim Brotherhood, the main antagonists of the Baath Party. Oh, and they also hate Alawites and people from different families.

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