The problem is that it’s also the 9 percent that has the best equipment and the best fighters. But this should be interesting.
The U.S. State Department is planning to designate the al-Nusra Front, a radical Islamist group in Syria, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to two U.S. officials who spoke to CNN on background.
The goal of the designation is to isolate extremists groups in Syria while giving a boost to the new political opposition group unveiled at a summit in Doha, Qatar, last month.
The latest U.S. data estimates al-Nusra makes up roughly 9% of the rebel forces battling the regime.
Al-Nusra is basically the local version of Al Qaeda and is largely made up of foreign Sunni fighters battling to overthrow the Neo-Shiite Syrian government and replace it with an Islamic state.
The “new opposition” is led by a Muslim Brotherhood member and backed by Qatar, which funneled weapons to Jihadists leading to the creation of the new opposition. So you can see where this is going.
U.S. officials say the designation of al-Nusra is an effort to highlight the good opposition and express concern about the bad guys.
“We want to put the opposition on notice that these guys are becoming more of an issue and they need to do something about them,” one official said.
Right. Good luck with that. The Free Syrian Army relies heavily on Al-Nusra and a lot of FSA victories have really been Al-Nusra victories.
Their ferocity and fighting skills have made the jihadist “Al-Nusra Front the dominant force in Aleppo now,” eclipsing the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Liwa al-Tawhid, once the strongest brigade in the city
“The rebels do it for ransom to pay their fighters and buy weapons, but Al-Nusra never needs to negotiate — they kill their hostages.”
“Most FSA fighters are young. Some are even teenagers and carry unsophisticated weapons,” said civil servant Abdullah, 32, who lives in the army-held Old City.
“But Al-Nusra fighters are older and have modern weapons and bullet-proof vests.”
So that’s the question. Syria is coming down to a race between the Iranian allied Syrian government, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.
Which of these do we want? How about none. There is no possible outcome that we have any reason to want in Syria, except an indefinite war between all sides.