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USA Today: Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda

BEIRUT — A Syrian rebel group's pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda's replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group's influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The pledge of allegiance by Syrian Jabhat al Nusra Front chief Abou Mohamad al-Joulani to al-Qaeda leader Sheik Ayman al-Zawahri was coupled with an announcement by the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, that it would work with al Nusra as well.

Lebanese Sheik Omar Bakri, a Salafist who says states must be governed by Muslim religious law, says al-Qaeda has assisted al Nusra for some time.

"They provided them early on with technical, military and financial support , especially when it came to setting up networks of foreign jihadis who were brought into Syria," Bakri says. "There will certainly be greater coordination between the two groups."


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2.3 Million Syrian Christians...

are now at risk of genocide.
FULL CREDIT now belongs to the United States government.

All the more reason for the

All the more reason for the US to GTFO of what our political overlords have no hope of understanding... Johnny-Boy McCain being a prime example.

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Could any member of Congress / Military

be brought up under NDAA for this?

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

The situation with Al-Qaeda

The situation with Al-Qaeda has always reminded me of a passage from Orwell.

- At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.-

The difference is that Al-Qaeda isn't a state, but most people don't notice how they switch back and forth between being an enemy and an ally.