Al-Qaeda Throws Lot in with Syrian Rebels

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Al-Suri was captured in Pakistan in 2005 and the U.S. transferred him to Syria the next year. He and his top aide are now free. The regime did this in order to reinforce the Islamists-or-us narrative and to remind the West that it risks losing all counter-terrorism cooperation in the future. Zawahiri’s video actually helps the Assad regime more than it hurts it.

There are many secular Syrians who don’t want Assad or the Islamists in power, like Kamal al-Labwani who argues for an Islamic “reformation” to bring the region into modernity. Unfortunately for them, the Islamists play a big role in the opposition and their power will expand as neighboring countries get involved.

The secularists regularly complain that the Syrian National Council, the umbrella opposition body, has excessive Islamist influence. Its representatives even met with Qaradawi in Qatar. The current leader of the SNC, Burhan Ghalioun, is a secularist and an ally of the West but he won’t lead the organization forever. His likely successor is Louay Safi, an individual very involved with the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.

In November, the Free Syria Army met with Abdelhakim Belhaj, a militia leader with past ties to Al-Qaeda as the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. There are reports that 600 Libyan fighters were sent to Syria to help the opposition. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arab steps are signaling their intent to more substantively help the opposition. Their influence will bolster the Islamists.

For now at least, the U.S. seems determined to let these other countries take the lead in supporting the Syrian opposition. The same thing was done in Libya. Qatar, a U.S. “ally,” took on an important role in ousting Muammar Qaddafi’s regime and then used the opportunity to help the Islamists. To this day, a struggle is underway in Libya between secularists and Islamists backed by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Assad regime is a major sponsor of terrorism, is Iran’s closest ally and it played a destructive role in Iraq that contributed to the deaths of many American soldiers. There are potential allies within the Syrian opposition but Islamist influence is strong and increasing. The West is struck between a rock and a hard place.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    who argues for an Islamic “reformation” to bring the region into modernity.

    Good luck, as Islam is not only not a religion, it is impossible to be reformed. Not only that but after Martin Luther nailed his thesis to the door, the reformation still took two to three hundred years to go down. Anyone wishing for a reformation to manifest and save the world just in the nick of time is delusional.

    As for as secular Syrians hope for a liberal democracy goes, there is a better chance of hell freezing over before that will ever happen.

    And if somehow a miracle did happen to occur and the secular Syrians were somehow miraculously successful in establishing a liberal Western style democracy, then Syria would become the next Israel and like Israel would also face a permanent jihad being waged against it perpetually just like Israel.

    Qatar, a U.S. “ally,”

    That's a joke. If you believe that Qatar is a legitimate US ally, then you must believe that Bill Clinton didn't inhale.

    To this day, a struggle is underway in Libya between secularists and Islamists

    How much you want to bet who wins? By the way, what are Islamists? The existence of radical Muslims, extremist Muslims, Islamist Muslims, and moderate Muslims, just like the existence of radical Islam, extremist Islam, peaceful Islam, and moderate Islam are all false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam, and proliferating that garbage only contributes to the dumbing down of America..

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Exactly!!!……………………………………………………William

    • Jeya

      Here is what you want to know of Isalm and its Sharia laws,
      I must say the lady speaker well deserves a medal of honour.

      DEFINITELY A MUST LISTEN TO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XUHXu0gC4s

  • Bernard

    Persecution is also very much present in North Africa where I live but thank God the Algerian Church now has 100,000 members and keep growing. Egypt has experienced the Arab Spring, but now is living his winter nightmare.

    Eight Coptic Christian families have been evicted from a village in northern Egypt following clashes sparked by rumors of an illicit affair between a Coptic man and a Muslim woman, a rights group said on Sunday.
    http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/02/13/egypt

    Please pray for our coptic brothers and sisters.

    Thank you Jihadwatch for fighting the good fight.

  • bernard

    And thank you Frontpage mag and all the network

  • mrbean

    We should not really be surprised at the Mid East chaos. Look who is running US foreign policy, Obama the clandestine Muslim Marxist racist who has never done anything and Hillary Clinton, a post menopausal closet communist hag who has failed at everything she has ever attempted.

  • mrbean

    The White House announced plans on Monday to help "Arab Spring" countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining U.S. military aid to Egypt. In his annual budget message to Congress, President Barack Obama asked that military aid to Egypt be kept at the level of recent years — $1.3 billion — despite a crisis triggered by an Egyptian probe targeting and holding captive American citizens. Get this clandestine Muslim out of control fool out of the white house as soon as possible.

  • NotaBene

    Oh puh-lease. If al-Qaeda said they loved chocolate you'd declare that chocolate was evil.

    What does AQ have to do with the Arab Spring? NOTHING, and that makes them so mad…it's people like you who want to give AQ a victory whenever possible.

  • Mike in VA

    "Conflict pits the Assad regime, Iran and Hezbollah against the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and Arab states…."

    What a magnificent scenario. If it weren't for the plight of the decent people in Syria who just want to live in peace an freedom, one would wish for a long bloody stalemate that ultimately incapacitates all the parties referenced in this conflict.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    No matter who comes out on top and who is the new leadership in Syria, America
    will still have a hostile regime to deal with. Obama will offer his hand and Clinton
    will look for photo-opps……………..It's a big world and we can find other Nations
    that are not hostile to trade with and engender energy cooperation.Canada wants
    to grow our trade but Obama wants to stifle our survival and encourage the death
    grip of Arab Oil on our collective throats……………………………….William

  • maghrebchristians

    God is doing a work in the Arab world today where all this violent is going on. But I thank God that when the tunnel gets darker there is a light at the end. I believe revival will be coming soon where all praise the Lord in the Arab world today.

    Egyptian Security forces yesterday prevented a rally of hundreds of Copts and activists from various political groups from reaching the Egyptian Parliament. The rally was staged to condemn the eviction of 8 Coptic families from their homes in El-Ameriya in Alexandria, on January 27.
    http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/02/14/egypt

    Lets keep praying brothers and Sisters