Moderate Syrian Islamic Front Caught Trying to Buy Sarin Nerve Gas Materials

Iraq had previously documented Al Nusra Front's WMD activities


When discussing the Syrian rebels, pro-interventionists denounce the Al-Nusra Front as extremist but claim that it's only a minority compared to moderate Salafists like the Syrian Islamic Front.

How moderate is the SIF? So moderate that it's not only working together with Al Qaeda's Al-Nusra Front, but its shopping list includes nerve gas.

Prosecutors in southern Turkey have alleged that Syrian rebel groups were seeking to buy materials that could be used to produce highly toxic sarin gas, Turkish media reported Friday.

An indictment issued in the southern city of Adana alleged that a Syrian national identified as Hytham Qassap, 35, was in Turkey trying to procure chemical materials for a pair of well-known Islamist rebel blocs, Al Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades, the reports said. Washington has designated Al Nusra Front as a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.

Neither group is affiliated with the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

That's a nice bit of verbal gymnastics. While the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades is the biggest part of the Syrian Islamic Front, they all work together.

Iraq had previously documented Al Nusra Front's WMD activities, but it's a Shiite government. Turkey however is the lead backer of the Syrian rebels after Qatar. Its officials have no possible motive in trying to make the Syrian rebels look bad.