Geneva 2 Media Unit @SyriaG2 53m Nightmare…

Geneva 2 Media Unit @SyriaG2 53m
“Nightmare group” in Syria, #ISIS, could target the #US says @IgnatiusPost @WashingtonPost.

The chamber of horrors of the Syrian civil war has spawned a terrorist group so extreme that it has been rejected even by al-Qaeda — and this toxic group is now establishing a safe haven in the city of Raqqah in northern Syria that could soon be used to attack foreign targets.

The hyper-militant terrorist group is known in the West as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Its efforts to establish a Muslim caliphate that spans the two countries, and to absorb another al-Qaeda offshoot known as the al-Nusra Front, brought a rebuke a year ago from al-Qaeda’s chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri…

The terrorist threat in Syria is germinating in the dark space between the weak moderate opposition movement, which has been pleading for more Western training and assistance, and the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad. For now, the main check on ISIS’s growth is that it burns so hot, and operates so brutally, that it alienates people where it takes root…

#al-qaeda, #al-nusra-front, #jabhat-al-nusra

#Syria #DeirEzzor #ISIS http www naharnet com stories…

#Syria #DeirEzzor #ISIS

Heavy fighting broke out Monday between rival jihadi groups in an oil-rich eastern Syrian province bordering Iraq, forcing many residents to flee, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting concentrated on the eastern parts of Deir el-Zour province. An activist based in the province who goes by the name of Abdul-Aziz Sheik said many tribesmen have joined the battle on the side of the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate known as the Nusra Front, which is fighting an al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The infighting comes ahead of a presidential election on June 3 that current President Bashar Assad is expected to win. The vote gives him a mandate to continue his violent crackdown on rebels in the Syrian civil war, which activists say has killed more than 150,000 people.

A German Foreign Office official said Berlin would not allow Syrians in Germany to vote in the election remotely.

“From the point of view of the government, this election is not democratically legitimized,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the department’s policy.

In Deir el-Zour province, no side has made major gains since last week’s capture of much of the western parts of the province by the Islamic State, according to The Observatory and Sheik.

Sheik said that last week, powerful tribal leaders called on both sides to agree on a truce that would begin Saturday. The Nusra Front agreed while the Islamic State gave no answer, making many tribes turn against them, Sheik said via Skype.

“People are fleeing in boats from the eastern side to the west of the river,” he said referring to the Euphrates River.

The Islamic State has been clashing with the Nusra Front, their former allies, for nearly two weeks in Deir el-Zour. The fighting has killed more than 230 people and displaced 100,000 according to The Observatory.


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I very much wish that journalists would stop talking about infighting when writing about fighting between ISIS and other groups. ISIS is not a rebel group, it is an invading imperialist force which, either through design or stupidity or most likely both, is serving the interests of Assad and Tehran.

#al-qaeda, #deir-ezzor, #isis-fighting-rebels

#Syria #ISIS #AlQaeda A long and comprehensive article…

#Syria #ISIS #AlQaeda

A long and comprehensive article examining the links between the Assad regime and al-Qaeda and ISIS.

#al-qaeda, #isis-assad-links, #jabhat-al-nusra, #sectarianism

#Syria #Aleppo http www longwarjournal org archives 2014…

#Syria #Aleppo

Al Nusrah Front says it will comply with Zawahiri’s orders

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has issued a statement saying it will comply with Ayman al Zawahiri’s orders with respect to the jihadist infighting in Syria. Al Nusrah has been at odds with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), which has been disowned by al Qaeda’s general command.

In a recently released audio message, Zawahiri addressed Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of Al Nusrah, and made three demands. Zawahiri ordered Julani and Al Nusrah to “immediately stop any fighting” that is an act of aggression against “their jihadist brothers.” Zawahiri reiterated his call for the establishment of an independent sharia (Islamic law) court capable of settle the ongoing dispute. He also said the jihadists should stop criticizing each other in the media.

In its reply to Zawahiri, Al Nusrah announces its “commitment” to comply with all three orders. While the group says it will stop attacking ISIS, it will respond defensively to any act of aggression. As soon as ISIS stops initiating attacks, Al Nusrah will stop returning fire “automatically.” Al Nusrah says it is willing to submit to a sharia court, and will stop insulting its rivals on social media as well.


Zawahiri’s message was largely conciliatory, with the al Qaeda emir even praising Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of ISIS. Zawahiri said al Qaeda would be willing to accept ISIS back into the fold if ISIS’ leaders left the jihad in Syria.


Read more:

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#Syria #AlQaeda How Assad helped create the Jihadist…

#Syria #AlQaeda

How Assad helped create the Jihadist forces which are now fighting him and, in the case of ISIS, the rebels. Long and fascinating article, well worth reading.

#al-qaeda, #assad, #isis-assad-links, #jihadists