Al Qaeda's Two Groups Now Fighting Each Other in Syria

Would it really be such a bad thing if this war never ended?


Would it really be such a bad thing if this war never ended?

The Al Nusra Front was originally spawned by Al Qaeda in Iraq. But it got too big and too powerful and when Al Qaeda in Iraq tried to claim control over it, the Al Nusra Front refused.

So Al Qaeda in Iraq began asserting its own presence in Syria, and unsurprisingly, for a group that carries on an insane murderous terror campaign in Iraq, began settling the problem the old-fashioned way.

Zawahiri tried to talk them both out of it. But no dice.

Members of two Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups have clashed in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province, with one group seizing the local headquarters of the other, a Syrian NGO said on Sunday.

“ISIS fighters on Saturday attacked the Nusra Front regional headquarters in Shadadi, taking control of the headquarters and seizing weapons and oil production equipment,” the group said.

The two sides clashed, but the Observatory said Al-Nusra had relatively few fighters at the headquarters because they are currently battling Kurdish forces elsewhere in the region.

Al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri, but its leader rejected an ISIS merger bid.

So while the Al-Nusra Front was tied down shooting Kurds, the ISIS boys stepped in to take advantage because there is no honor among Islamists.

Note the seizure of oil production equipment. They make prattle on about Islam and the Caliphate, but it's really about cold hard cash.