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Qaeda chief arbitrates Syria’s 'jihad crisis'

Source: Al Jazeera

Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has ruled against the merger of two jihadi groups based in Syria and Iraq. Two months ago, the leader the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) - the largest jihadi umbrella group in the country - unilaterally declared a merger with the Syrian-based Jabhat al-Nusra to form a new group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The leadership of Jabhat al-Nusra, considered a terrorist organisation by the US for its affiliation with al-Qaeda, balked at the declaration by the head of ISI, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Al-Nusra is considered to be one of the most effective armed groups in the battle against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But after Baghdadi released a video in April declaring the formation of the ISIL, many of al-Nusra’s fighters, especially non-Syrians, left to join the new umbrella group. "This [split] was the most dangerous development in the history of global jihad," an al-Nusra source inside Syria told Al Jazeera on Saturday.

The divisions and turf battles between commanders prompted the head of al-Nusra, Abu Muhammad al-Joulani, to send a letter to Zawahiri in Afghanistan to arbitrate between the two groups. Zawahiri’s verdict came this week in letters sent to Joulani and Baghdadi. According to sources in both groups, Zawahiri ruled that the official branch of al-Qaeda in Syria will be al-Nusra. Baghdadi's command is limited to Iraq, according to a note that Joulani circulated to his fighters relaying the wishes of Zawahiri. This note was seen by Al Jazeera and al-Nusra sources confirmed its authenticity.

Zawahiri also appointed a local Syrian commander named Abu Khaled al-Soury as a personal emissary "to oversee the implementation of the accord", according to Joulani’s letter. Joulani’s letter also urged his fighters to "minimise their difference" and "rebuild harmony" with likeminded Iraq-based jihadists, despite the split. It is unclear whether Baghdadi will accept the al-Qaeda leader’s ruling, and what effect it will have on the ground. The fighters who left al-Nusra to join the ISIL might not want to rejoin the group, according to those close to Baghdadi. "Ninety percent of the Arab and foreign fighters [battling in Syria] joined ISIL," said Abu Osama al-Iraqi, an activist affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq. "It will be hard for them to take a step backward."

Despite having al-Qaeda figures within its ranks and sharing much of the group’s ideology, the ISI, formed in 2006, is not an official al-Qaeda franchise. Joulani’s letter said that al-Nusra’s official publication, al-Manara al-Baydaa (the White Minaret) would "return soon". It stopped publishing the groups’ news and promotional videos after Baghdadi's ISIL declaration two months ago. The final message posted on al-Manara al-Baydaa before it suspended publication was an audio message by Joulani, where he said that he had not been consulted on the formation of the ISIL and insisted his fighters would continue to operate under the al-Nusra banner.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/201368194537304613.html



It would seem al Qaeda-affiliated anti-Assad forces fighting in Syria are now almost as splintered as the secular, Western-supported groups there. No wonder the Government and its allies are currently having so much success on the ground.
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Jun 9, 2013, 06:37 AM (2 replies)

Cheney/Bush ordered our Marines to protect the Oil Ministry . . .

On the other hand, they left the Iraqi National Museum completely unguarded, allowing some of the most important, priceless and irreplaceable cultural objects in the World to be looted or simply smashed by ignorant thieves. Many of those museum pieces still have not been accounted for. That is criminal irresponsibility on a level with the Sultan who burned the Library of Alexandria to heat his bathes.

Centuries after the United States is no more, we will be cursed for causing that unforgivable loss to our memory of civilization's very beginnings.
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Jun 5, 2013, 08:12 PM (0 replies)

Lebanon to take airspace violations to UN

Source: Al Jazeera

Lebanon's foreign minister is set to to file a complaint with the UN over Israeli violations of his country's airspace.

The Israeli air force has intensified low-flying sorties over Lebanese airspace including Beirut, Lebanese security officials said on Sunday. Lebanon's National News Agency reported that warplanes flew over southern Lebanon, Beirut, the eastern Bekaa Valley and the city of Baalbek. Last month the UN called on Israel to stop increased military air patrols over Lebanon after two Israeli air attacks on Syria. Israeli warplanes regularly enter Lebanese airspace, but a Lebanese security official told the AP news agency that the Sunday overflights were among the most intense recently.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

The flights come amid heightened regional tensions because of the civil war in Syria. Israel is believed to have carried out three airstrikes inside Syria this year reportedly aimed at weapons meant for the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/20136210345877431.html



Using a neighbor nation's airspace to launch attacks on yet another neighbor nation is a little much. Who do the Israelis think they are, the United States?
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:40 AM (4 replies)
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