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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:49 AM

Jihadists and Islamists Clash in Syria

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Source: Voice of America

The gunmen came for Syrian Islamist rebel commander Thaer al-Waqqas riding in a battered white car. As they arrived, he was shouting orders at a food supply depot in the town of Sermin, a few kilometers from the border with Turkey. He had no time to defend himself as the gunmen got out of the car and riddled him with bullets.

The killing of the northern commander of one of Syria’s largest rebel groups wasn’t carried out by gunmen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but by men supposedly on the rebel side in the nearly two-year-long Syrian civil war.

No one has taken responsibility for the Waqqas’ killing on January 9, but the men of al-Farouq Brigade, the rebel group he led, have no doubt that the gunmen were fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra. This is the Jihadist group that has grown rapidly since its formation a year ago and is now one of the most effective rebel forces fighting to oust Assad.

War within a war

The killing underscores not only the worsening divisions between rebel groups, say diplomats and Middle East experts. It also foreshadows a civil war within the civil war and highlights the growing rift in the region between Islamists and Jihadists. The fear is that the fighting among the rival rebel factions will get worse.

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It isn’t clear what provoked Jihadist gunmen to kill Waqqas. Some rebels say it was in retaliation for the murder four-months ago of an al-Nusra leader. Whatever the cause, the rivalry in northern Syria is growing rapidly between jihadists and the Islamist rebel brigades, such as Farouq, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/jihadists-islamists-syria/1606839.html



This wouldn't seem to bode well for the rebels, but it's hard to know how important the jihadis are in the fighting.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:49 AM

1. In a war of all against all, the life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651), chapter XIII:

Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man.

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In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:53 AM

2. Sounds like

a Republican Paradise.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:59 AM

3. John McCain & Co.

would have us entangled in the middle of that deadly clusterfuck, with the possible additional participation of Russia, China, and/or Iran.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:51 PM

4. Locking, sorry, this is a feature article/opinion

Please consider reposting in GD or Good Reads. Thanks!

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