Free Syrian Army Now Under Islamist Military Command

Just as O is pondering arming the Free Syrian Army and training them to secure WMDs, the process of transforming the Free Syrian Army into a purely Islamist entity is all but complete. And it all happened under the careful supervision of Obama’s allies in Ankara and Doha.

Syrian rebel groups have chosen Brigadier Selim Idris, a former officer in President Bashar al-Assad’s army, to head their new Islamist-dominated military command, opposition sources said on Saturday.

The joint command named Islamist commanders Abdelbasset Tawil from the northern province of Idlib and Abdelqader Saleh from the adjacent province of Aleppo to serve as Idris’s deputies, the source said.

The unified command includes many with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and to Salafists, who follow a puritanical interpretation of Islam. It excludes the most senior officers who had defected from Assad’s military.

Its composition, estimated to be two-thirds from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, reflects the growing strength of Islamist fighters on the ground and resembles that of the civilian opposition leadership coalition created under Western and Arab auspices in Qatar last month.

Absent from the group is Colonel Riad al-Asaad, founder of the Syrian Free Army and Brigadier Mustafa al-Sheikh, a senior officer known for his opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Asaad and Sheikh were not part of the 263-man meeting in Antalia. Also excluded was general Hussein Haj Ali, the highest ranking officer to defect from the military since the uprising erupted in March last year

Abdelqader Saleh heads the Tawheed Brigade in Aleppo which has repeatedly stated that they are fighting to turn Syria into an Islamist state. It’s a project of the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar, so despite the previous statements it’s not surprising that Saleh has climbed on board for the moment. The Muslim Brotherhood, unlike other Salafist groups, has no problem lying about its intentions and misrepresenting its plans.

I’m surprised this article even ran, but it appears to be part of a growing trend of media acknowledgement that the Syrian rebels are Jihadists. And that appears to be driven by growing White House acknowledgement of the same thing. But that hasn’t translated into doing the rational thing and backing away from them.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Will any reporter ever challenge the 0'Bam-inator about this insanity with a direct question?

    • Roger

      Not from this media.

      Goebbels would be proud.

      • AdinaK

        The 'Free Syrian Army' is a hodgepodge of Islamists, and the POTUS knew this from the get go.

        Case closed.
        Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

        • Roger

          While that is true, that wasn't an issue I was addressing.

          Do you think that this media will ask Obama point blank direct questions?

          • AdinaK

            For the most part, never and never, except with a small caveat, soon to be outlined in a related commentary. Stay tuned..

            Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    I lost track after you mentioned that "O" might have been pondering something. After that, I think I heard you say the Muslims lie about stuff? Kinda redundant don't you think?

  • Arlie

    0bamunists, Islamists same same now days. I've never seen soooo many sick, twisted freaks running around with guns and/or power. I pray God has a plan because man is sure failing here on this planet.

  • Hell's Gatekeeper

    It it weren't for the religious minorites in Syria, I'd say let 'em have their bloody Islam. They deserve it! My sympathies for those who will be exterminated by those jihadist, cow-eyed kooks.

  • Lazerbenabba

    Whether the so called Syrian freedom fighters are aligned with Islamists, Al Quaieda, Secularists or Uncle Tom Cobley and all, is irrelevant. The experience that the West has had with attempting to help dissedent groups to overcome dictatorships has been abysmal. One has only to recall recent c..k ups in Iraq, Libya, Tunisia and more recently with Obama’s almost potential financial and military help to Morsi in Egypt. Thank goodness that Morsi over reached himself and even the Egyptians other than the Islamist rabble, decided very quickly that his brand of democracy was as shallow as a mirage. We can only hope the Mr O pulls back from the brink of another kick in the b…ocks that the West has received when ever trying to help the Arabs.