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Islamists Gain Momentum in Syria
Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated February 27, 2013, 7:57 p.m. ET | NOUR MALAS

Posted on 02/27/2013 6:28:29 PM PST by Pan_Yan

BEIRUT—Extremists intent on establishing an Islamist state in Syria have gained power within the rebel insurgency, while moderates have lost clout since moves by Washington late last year aimed at the opposite result, U.S. officials and rebel fighters say.


In the two months since the U.S. designation of Jabhat al-Nusra, the group's fighters took control of one of the Taftanaz air base in Idlib, one of largest government air bases in northern Syria, where they seized tanks, helicopters and ammunition. They also took over the Jarrah airfield outside Aleppo, which gave them access to dozens of warplanes, according to rebels who took part in those battles.

In northern Syria, the Syrian Islamic Front coalition, alongside Jabhat al-Nusra fighters backed by Tunisian, Libyan, Iraqi and Chechen jihadists, continue to score the biggest gains, rebels and U.S. officials said.

The Islamist coalition led the takeover of Syria's largest dam this month, giving them control over the electricity supply to the rebel-held east and north.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; rop; syria

1 posted on 02/27/2013 6:28:37 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Of what religion is Assad?

2 posted on 02/27/2013 6:34:11 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan

The insanity of this administration in support of the al quaeda in Syria is beyond belief. Assad hasn’t done anything to bother us. But the administration ( and hillary Clinton) are consistent in their total support of terrorist!! The bombing of libya was for the al quaeda!! The deposing of Egypt Mubarik was for the moslem brotherhood!! Tunesia !! all fundamentalists. Iraq in in total chaos. Afghanistan is a total loss to the taliban!! What the hell is going on. This administration is a disaster not only in the economy but in foreign policy. GO TEA PARTY!!

3 posted on 02/27/2013 6:37:42 PM PST by willardwx
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To: bigheadfred
Of what religion is Assad?

Assad is an Alawite.
This is a religious outgrowth of the Shiites.
The Sunni muslims are trying to take over the country.

The Alawites are a powerful minority and control the country backed by minority Christians and Druze, Russia and Shiite Iran

If Assad, the Alawite leader is overthrown by the Sunnis; the Alawites , Christians, Shiites and Druze will be toast. - tom

4 posted on 02/27/2013 6:46:44 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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5 posted on 02/27/2013 6:49:06 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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6 posted on 02/27/2013 6:50:08 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Capt. Tom

Yeah, I know. I want the islamites to destroy themselves. The rest should leave, fight, or just be slaughtered by their impotence. I could care less.

7 posted on 02/27/2013 6:59:32 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan
‘while moderates have lost clout since moves by Washington late last year aimed at the opposite result’

Obama, et al, are achieving exactly what they want. And using taxpayer monies to do so. His Islamic Caliphate is shaping up nicely. What happens when they have all our technology, all our weapons and are in actual control of our country? Raise a glass to the late, great USA.......And Comrades, you had BETTER welcome the new USSA, they don't like dissenters.

8 posted on 02/27/2013 7:42:53 PM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: originalbuckeye

An Islamic socialist regime is worse than an atheistic socialist regime. It’s the classic triple choice of conversion, dhimmitude, or death... And when the “Mahdi” comes dhimmitude will no longer be an option.

9 posted on 02/27/2013 9:24:19 PM PST by istandwithsarah (Game on!)
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To: willardwx

“Assad hasn’t done anything to bother us.”

The Assads haave been supporting Palistinian terrorism and waging a proxy war against Israel and the west for decades.

I agree we shouldn’t be arming anyone there, but please try to at least be factual in your rants.

10 posted on 02/28/2013 1:02:42 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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