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U.S. airstrikes have helped drive ISIS and al Nusra together, and the Khorasan group is trying to cement the deal. The big losers: Everybody else—except Assad.
ISTANBUL—Jihadi veterans known collectively as the Khorasan group, which have been targeted in two waves of airstrikes by U.S. warplanes, are trying to broker an alarming merger between militant archrivals the Islamic State and Jabhat al Nusra, the official Syrian branch of al Qaeda.
The merger, if it comes off, would have major ramifications for the West. It would reshape an already complex battlefield in Syria, shift forces further against Western interests, and worsen the prospects for survival of the dwindling and squabbling bands of moderate rebels the U.S. is backing and is planning to train.
“Khorasan sees its role now as securing an end to the internal conflict between Islamic State and al Nusra,” says a senior rebel source. The first results are already being seen on the ground in northern Syria with a coordinated attack on two rebel militias favored by Washington.
Earlier this month, ISIS sent more than a hundred fighters in a 22-vehicle column to assist its onetime competitor, al Nusra, in the final assault on a moderate Islamist rebel alliance, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, commanded by Jamal Maarouf in Idlib province. The jihadis also targeted a secular brigade of insurgents, Harakat al-Hazm, which the U.S. has supplied with advanced anti-tank weaponry, because it tried to intervene and separate the SRF and al Nusra
The next president will either be the Whore of Babylon Hillary Clinton or the Mark of the Beast GOP puppet
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: Willtell
I like the way he is starting to shun Israel, but overall his foreign policy is a joke.
Something does need to be done soon about IS, very soon.
Politicians stood by for years dilly dallying with the Nazis and it caused mayhem and genocide...
Learn from history and stab IS in the shi##er.
However, correct me if I'm wrong, he can't do anything without congressional approval...
Much like our PM Cameron cannot do a thing without Parliament votes.
So he's damned either way.
As a willing puppet, he gets not sympathy from me however.
originally posted by: Willtell
a reply to: ~Lucidity
A little too complex for you
I'll try to speak simpler in the future