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Syrian rebels declare war on each other
Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on July 12, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/12/2013 9:47:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good news: John McCain will finally get his wish about being able to tell the good guys from the bad guys in Syria’s civil war.  Bad news: They’ll be the guys in the crossfire.  After playing footsie with al-Qaeda affiliates for more than two years in their attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, the so-called secularists have discovered that terrorist networks tend to be unreliable partners:

Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Rivalries have been growing between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamists, whose smaller but more effective forces control most of the rebel-held parts of northern Syria more than two years after pro-democracy protests became an uprising.

“We will not let them get away with it because they want to target us,” a senior FSA commander said on condition of anonymity after members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant killed Kamal Hamami on Thursday.

“We are going to wipe the floor with them,” he said.

It’s a little late for that now.  After having bedded down with terrorist dogs for more than two years, the FSA has the world’s worst flea infestation.  They don’t control significant ground on their own, and they’re the third-best armed group in a war of three. The only group with any momentum against Assad at the moment is Jabhat al-Nusra, and Assad is slowly grinding them down, perhaps in part because of the civil war among the rebels.

FSA is going to have trouble competing with that, especially with our friends the Kuwaitis funding the extremists:

Syrian rebels have a new source of weapons and cash from inside Kuwait, and their benefactors in the oil-rich state are sending the aid to the most militant and anti-West factions involved in the fight to topple Bashar al-Assad.

The role of Saudi and Qatari governments and individuals in the funding and arming of Islamist fighters in Syria has been well known since the civil war began more than two years ago. But now, guns and money are flowing from private sources and Salafist-controlled NGOs based in Kuwait, and they are going to rebel factions aligned with Al Qaeda.

“We are collecting money to buy all these weapons, so that our brothers will be victorious,” hard-core Sunni Islamist Sheikh Shafi’ Al-Ajami announced on Kuwaiti television last month, listing the black-market prices of weapons, including heat-seeking missiles, anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Days later, Al-Ajami addressed a small throng outside the Lebanese Embassy in Kuwait and gleefully described slitting the throat of a Shiite Muslim in Syria.

“We slaughtered him with knives,” Al-Ajami said to shouts of “God is Great.”

Now might be a good time to start arming the secularists if they plan to stand alone, but it’s not exactly brilliant strategy to back the losing side in a civil war.  It also doesn’t help when those weapons routinely show up with Assad’s army.  The FSA doesn’t control enough ground to secure those weapons; in fact, they can’t even secure their own command and control, as this assassination demonstrates.

With the deteriorating situation among the rebels in mind, it’s no surprise to see Israel shifting significant resources to the Syrian border and Golan Heights:

Israel is bolstering its forces on the once-quiet frontier with Syria where it believes Lebanese Hezbollah militants are preparing for the day when they could fight Israel.

Syria’s civil war has brought an end to decades of calm on the Golan Heights, a strip of land which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Battles between rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syrian villages nearby are being watched intensely by Israel’s military.

Hezbollah, which is also backed by Iran, has sent thousands of its own fighters to combat Syrian rebels, according to Israeli and Western estimates.

Israel last fought Hezbollah in a 2006 Lebanon war and still closely monitors the Lebanese border. Israel says Hezbollah has tens of thousands of rockets in its south Lebanon stronghold.

The Jewish state is worried Hezbollah is making initial preparations for future confrontation with it on a new front with Syria and is accruing valuable combat experience on the Syrian battlefield.

That would be a concern no matter which side won in the Syrian civil war.  It’s telling that Israel is more concerned about Hezbollah than al-Qaeda at this point in time.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abubasselalladkani; alqaeda; freesyrianarmy; hezbollah; iran; israel; kamalhamami; lebanon; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 07/12/2013 9:47:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Was this the Syrian People’s Front, or the People’s Front of Syria?


2 posted on 07/12/2013 9:55:17 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They’re going to kill one another over the stuff and the $$$ that “O” is sending.

They will all be standing around with their hand out!


3 posted on 07/12/2013 9:57:41 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Syrian rebels declare war on … each other

Good.

4 posted on 07/12/2013 9:59:07 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

well thats not terribly productive is it?


5 posted on 07/12/2013 10:05:07 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Break out the popcorn!


6 posted on 07/12/2013 10:09:06 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"It’s telling that Israel is more concerned about Hezbollah than al-Qaeda at this point in time."

For us in America, it should be the other way around. Israel's leaders are the ones who need to be concerned about what they perceive to be theirsecurity threats. America's leaders need be concerned more with threats to our country. Al-Qaeda, not Hezbollah, has flown airplanes into American buildings

7 posted on 07/12/2013 10:20:16 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I like the Palin strategy for the Syrian AQ, F!em’ hope they manage to kill each other completely!


8 posted on 07/12/2013 10:24:27 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yeah, and I was shocked when the sun came up this morning.


9 posted on 07/12/2013 10:25:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And the problem is...?


10 posted on 07/12/2013 10:29:31 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: iopscusa

Sadly, common sense as an uncommon quality these days in Washington.


11 posted on 07/12/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: af_vet_rr

Was this the Syrian People’s Front, or the People’s Front of Syria?

Solidarity Reg !! LOL


12 posted on 07/12/2013 10:54:31 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good!


13 posted on 07/12/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Anyone the least bit surprised? Let them off each other. We do NOT belong in the middle of it.


14 posted on 07/12/2013 11:44:56 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And from arabs people were expecting what? Rational thought? Never.


15 posted on 07/12/2013 2:13:49 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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