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Islamist Rebels Go Into Hiding Ahead of Syria Strikes
Reuters ^ | Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Erika Solomon

Posted on 08/31/2013 10:36:48 AM PDT by kristinn

An anticipated U.S.-led strike on Syria has not only put government forces on alert, it has also alarmed rebels, in particular Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda who worry they too are targets.

The United States said on Friday it was planning a limited response to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus two weeks ago.

But Islamist rebels are wary, particularly experienced foreign militants who have joined their ranks and may have seen at first-hand U.S. military campaigns and drone strikes on al Qaeda fighters across the region.

Islamist forces have cleared many of their bases of fighters, vehicles and weaponry, according to rebels and sources close to Qaeda-linked fighters.

"Of course we've been moving our fighters and equipment. Do you think we trust the Americans?" said a fighter from the moderate Islamist rebel group called Liwa al-Islam, speaking by Skype from a suburb outside the capital Damascus.

"They gave Assad two weeks' notice to clear his bases. We know we're the real target."

Al Qaeda-linked groups such as the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) appear to be taking even more extensive and secretive measures.

"ISIL has evacuated many of its centers, mainly in northern and eastern Syria. They've increased security for the emirs (leaders), changing their locations and their cars - they fear homing chips could have been placed in the cars," said a source in Lebanon who is close Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.

Charles Lister, an analyst at IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency center, said there was nothing to indicate Western plans for an attack on such groups in Syria right now.

"But they are essentially hedging their bets. There's too much to lose...

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; obama; syria
More at the source link.
1 posted on 08/31/2013 10:36:48 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

This is getting Syrious!


2 posted on 08/31/2013 10:43:53 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: kristinn

Lots of High-Fives going on since they found out they duped the Big Choomer.


3 posted on 08/31/2013 10:49:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: All

Good. If they’re all hiding in the same place they’ll be cheaper and easier to kill.


5 posted on 08/31/2013 10:50:46 AM PDT by Preston Manning (When standing on the edge of a cliff, a "giant step forward" is NOT progress!)
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To: kristinn
Islamist Rebels Go Into Hiding Ahead of Syria Strikes

They don't have to hide...a piece of cotton in their ears is what they need. All Obama is going to do is try to talk them to death!!

6 posted on 08/31/2013 10:50:58 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Preston Manning

Why would Obama want to kill his allies?


7 posted on 08/31/2013 11:03:36 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
I say we put Assad and Obama in a ring together and let them sort it out themselves. Unfortunately for America we have a limp-wristed pillow biter fighting for us. If Putin was put in the ring we would have to blindfold him and tie his hands behind his back to make it a fair fight.
8 posted on 08/31/2013 11:26:52 AM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags f All Colors)
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To: bubman
The targets will probably be Assad targets but will use the excuse to attack islamist targets as well.

Only in Bizarro world.

9 posted on 08/31/2013 11:32:30 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: kristinn

Y’all can come out now.


10 posted on 08/31/2013 12:01:23 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks kristinn.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 12:07:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: bubman

Secularists started the Revolution but Al-Qaeda hijacked it.


12 posted on 08/31/2013 12:10:36 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: bubman

Secularists started the Revolution but Al-Qaeda hijacked it.


13 posted on 08/31/2013 12:10:36 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: kristinn

I guess they can come out now.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 12:55:10 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: kristinn

Hmmm, let’s see if ANY of them get hit if it happens. Indicating a rather direct coordination with the al-qaeda in Syria muslim brotherhood.... our new allies.

The Russians have it about right. And, uh, this is about a natural gas pipeline btw more than anything else vs. Russian dominance of the natural gas supplies to Europe.


15 posted on 08/31/2013 1:06:17 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: kristinn

To the extent that the Kenyan might be waving a red flag at a bull this rope-a-dope might be a good idea. Telegraphing an un-specified strike would tend to get everybody moving, making those who had been laying low already get nervous and move. I assume we’d be watching for the “scurry”. And so would the Israelis. They might even move something important. But there’s no way I’m giving this bunch credit for being that smart AND being capable of taking advantage of the new dope. Anybody know if John Kerry has found Genghis Khan yet?


16 posted on 08/31/2013 1:09:22 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: kristinn

Obama always does his best to let all the bad guys know in advance so they can avoid his “rightful wrath”, sorry I meant wishy washy responses that get Americans killed and tax dollars wasted.


17 posted on 08/31/2013 1:13:52 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: kristinn
An anticipated U.S.-led strike on Syria has not only put government forces on alert, it has also alarmed rebels, in particular Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda who worry they too are targets.

What? Obama's on your side, idiots!

18 posted on 08/31/2013 1:30:13 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: kristinn

Another Reuters POV

From http://www.stratfor.com/situation-report/syria-rebels-preparing-exploit-areas-hit-us-strikes-opposition-leader-says

Opposition fighters across Syria are preparing to launch attacks that exploit anticipated U.S. military strikes against the Syrian regime, though there are no plans to coordinate with Western forces, a spokesman for the rebels’ Supreme Military Council said Aug. 31, Reuters reported.

The council has sent a selection for rebel groups a military plan of action to follow if strikes indeed take place, the spokesman said. No information has been offered to the rebels by the United States or any other Western country that supports the strikes, he said, though there may have been consultations with Salim Idriss, the head of the council.

Simply eliminating the bulk of the regime’s artillery and air force would instantly tilt the balance of power toward the rebels.

Read more:
http://www.stratfor.com/situation-report/syria-rebels-preparing-exploit-areas-hit-us-strikes-opposition-leader-says


19 posted on 08/31/2013 2:25:36 PM PDT by MurrietaMadman
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To: John S Mosby

It’s not about natural gas. It’s not about oil.

Please stop spreading internet nonsense.


20 posted on 08/31/2013 2:32:18 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: kristinn

The rebels think they’re targets? BS! They are covering for their number one supporter.


21 posted on 08/31/2013 4:39:42 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: kristinn
Watch this video of Syrian "rebels" are firing chemical weapons.
22 posted on 08/31/2013 7:55:12 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Southack

It is not nonsense. Are you able to read? These are well discussed issues at the G-8 and G-20 OK? Families and tribes involved. And if you think the Russians don’t operate this way you are sadly mistaken.

You want to believe what you want— go ahead. This is realpolitik. And rather easy to confirm if you have business contacts to do so. You know, inside the Beltway and not the Israeli lobby. And not some dumbass 1%er protesters wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.
Take some time and study transcripts of EU sessions and read some more. The Saudis are calling obamaumaos shots—quite simply. And why? Because they cannot allow the Iranians to be top dog. Nor can they allow the US to develop shale oil. OK?

You may not like it, and that is OK too, cause I don’t either. Deo Vindice.


23 posted on 08/31/2013 10:43:27 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: John S Mosby; Southack
The Saudis are calling obamaumaos shots -- quite simply. And why? Because they cannot allow the Iranians to be top dog. Nor can they allow the US to develop shale oil.

Beg to differ. Yes, it is the Saudis who are pulling his strings. Half of them, anyway -- the foreign policy half (the native Commies are calling the domestic tune).

But it's not the Saudi government. It's the Saudi moneymen who are bankrolling the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government is antithetical to the MB -- it represents a threat to the royal family.

Yet, in every single action in a Muslim country, Obama has acted to promote the interest of the radical Islamists -- the factions related to the Muslim Brotherhood. Be it Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, etc., he acts to promote the MB's position.

The Saudi government would never support nor approve of such activity.

Recall, as well, that among his first acts as President was to tacitly support the regime in Iran -- as he steadfastly refused to criticize the mullahs while they were experiencing an insurrection.

And the MB doesn't give a damn about shale oil (though the Saudi government sure as hell does). Obama hasn't yet done anything effective to block it.

24 posted on 08/31/2013 10:58:38 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: John S Mosby; Southack
The Saudis are calling obamaumaos shots—quite simply. And why? Because they cannot allow the Iranians to be top dog. Nor can they allow the US to develop shale oil.

Beg to differ. Yes, it is the Saudis who are pulling his strings. Half of them, anyway -- the foreign policy half (the native Commies are calling the domestic tune).

But it's not the Saudi government. It's the Saudi moneymen who are bankrolling the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government is antithetical to the MB -- it represents a threat to the royal family.

Yet, in every single action in a Muslim country, Obama has acted to promote the interest of the radical Islamists -- the factions related to the Muslim Brotherhood. Be it Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, etc., he acts to promote the MB's position.

The Saudi government would never support nor approve of such activity.

25 posted on 08/31/2013 10:59:23 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01
The Saudi government is antithetical to the MB -- it represents a threat to the royal family.

That's what they want you to think.

26 posted on 08/31/2013 11:03:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rockitz

#2: Shirley you are Syrious about this situation.

Loved Leslie Nielson.


27 posted on 08/31/2013 11:04:34 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

So if Obama goes to war would that make him a “Syrial” Killer?


28 posted on 08/31/2013 11:06:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: John S Mosby

It’s not about natural gas, kiddo.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia don’t need Syrian land for a gas pipeline, and Syria’s hydrocarbon resources are insignificant to the world stage.

You bought into an internet legend...the same internet mythology that claims that Afghanistan, of all places, was about “blood for oil.”

You got duped.

Syria *does* have the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas fighting Assad, however, which are two of the groups who also oppose the Egyptian Army and the Egyptian people...which is yet another war that is **NOT** about oil or natural gas.

Now, the mark of a real man is how he changes course (or not) after he’s been shown that he’s been duped.

If you are still in denial, then that’s bad.
If you suddenly “get it,” then that’s good.

Your choice.


29 posted on 08/31/2013 11:31:10 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: okie01

Did you catch that 0bama named his new dog “Sunni” as in radical Muslim, while the news media reports the dog’s name as “Sunny”?!


30 posted on 08/31/2013 11:33:20 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Preston Manning
Are the poor diddum Jihadis “disappointed” with the US President now?
Obama is now in a unique position:

He is not trusted by Right and Left, by rich and poor, by all Muslims, either Autocratic rulers or Jihadi rulers, Christians or seculars, by whites and blacks, by Jew (Israeli) or Muslim, by Liberals or Conservatives, by enemies and allies, by leaders or followers. How was this man elected?

31 posted on 09/01/2013 3:37:23 AM PDT by Netz
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To: MinorityRepublican

Aren’t you tired of that term, “hijacked”? They’re always saying that. Oh, yes, Islam was Hijacked by the radicals. If not for the radicals, Islam would be a religion of peace, right?
Nothing is hijacked here. Extremist/Moderate, terrorist/rebel, terrorist/militant, they’re all the same.

Drop the concept of “hijacked”, enough already...


32 posted on 09/01/2013 3:41:15 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz
How was this man (Obama) elected?

By the ptb in the Republican Party giving us candidates who were not trusted conservatives and couldn't articulate a conservative, constitutional vision.

33 posted on 09/01/2013 4:09:17 AM PDT by grania
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To: Southack

You don’t explain why the Russians have such high stakes in Syria? You don’t think the speculation articles about Putin being granted rights to Syrian energy production is credible? Right now Russia is providing military hardware as a cash advance to Assad. Putin isn’t making any money unless Assad comes out on top. How would you explain their relationship otherwise?


34 posted on 09/01/2013 6:12:36 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: bubman
The targets will probably be Assad targets but will use the excuse to attack islamist targets as well.

I don't think the Islamists have anything to fear from Obama except the hazards of friendly fire.

Obama may want to tilt the playing field where the seculrists can get back in the lead and take the fight to Assad and marginalize the salafists.

I've got a bridge to sell you if you believe this. Obama nearly cried when the Egyptian Army kicked out Morsi and took on the MB. Benghazi seems to be best understood as a Libya to Syria weapons transfer operation agreed to by the Turks.

How can we believe that Obama really wants to support the secularist elements of the Syrian rebels? He hasn't even said a harsh word about the treatment of Christians by the rebels.

If we had a rational leader concerned with our safety and interests, what you are saying here would make sense. But our leaders have repeatedly demonstrated that they have another agenda. When Obama did his bowing apology tour, it started with a very deep bow to the Saudi king. After that drew some adverse publicity, he bowed to everyone else, like it was his custom (remember the picture of a bemused Japanese?). But, when he bowed to the Saudis, he meant it. It was a sign of religious respect to the leader of the 57 states.

35 posted on 09/01/2013 6:59:52 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: okie01

Speakin of the House of Saud— which controls the “saudi government” whatever that may be, indeed antithetical to the MB in the long run (and the short one). The moneymen all kow tow to the Saud- who are demonstrably chicken of the radicals and hence pay off the madrassahs and maybe the MB for all we know.Speaking mostly of the ones who live in Geneva.

I see your point on other levels, and interesting.


36 posted on 09/02/2013 4:03:24 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: dfwgator

Good possiblity— plans within plans, as they buy off the madrassas and the MB... whatever it takes to keep control of the House of Saud’s holdings.


37 posted on 09/02/2013 4:05:37 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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