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Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:11 PM Sep 2013

Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria (Three Front War in Syria)

An al Qaeda spinoff operating near Aleppo, Syria's largest city, last week began a new battle campaign it dubbed "Expunging Filth."

The target wasn't their avowed enemy, the Syrian government. Instead, it was their nominal ally, the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

A band of fanatical al Qaeda rebels are turning their guns on more secular rebels in an attempt to turn the struggle in Syria into a holy war. WSJ's Nour Malas joins the News Hub to explain. Photo: Getty Images

Across northern and eastern Syria, units of the jihadist group known as ISIS are seizing territory—on the battlefield and behind the front lines—from Western-backed rebels.

Some FSA fighters now consider the extremists to be as big a threat to their survival as the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

"It's a three-front war," a U.S. official said of the FSA rebels' fight: They face the Assad regime, forces from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, and now the multinational jihadist ranks of ISIS.

Brigade leaders of the FSA say that ISIS, an Iraqi al Qaeda outfit whose formal name is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, has dragged them into a battle they are ill-equipped to fight.

Some U.S. officials said they see it as a battle for the FSA's survival.


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Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria (Three Front War in Syria) (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
here is al jazeera`s interactive map about the factions in syria madrchsod Sep 2013 #1
Hadn't seen that. Thanks. dkf Sep 2013 #2
Nobody saw this was going to happen, huh? icymist Sep 2013 #3
Let's add more weapons. -nt- Celefin Sep 2013 #4


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3. Nobody saw this was going to happen, huh?
Sat Sep 21, 2013, 02:03 AM
Sep 2013

How dare they use the name of the Great Egyptian Goddess!

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