Consolidation of Power Begins In Syria – REPORT: Al Nusra Front Joins The Stronger ISIL Army…

This will throw a pickle in the grand scheme of Ketchup Kerry.  With al-Qaeda essentially conceding the more radical ISIL Army is the more powerful Islamist force – the Ideological alignment within Syria leaves barely a ‘smidgen’ of room for moderation.   Of course this merge begs the question how long will Russia stay de-facto aligned to Assad? 

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isis 3SYRIA – A Syrian rebel group closely aligned with al Qaeda’s official central leadership has switched sides and is now supporting an ultra-violent offshoot, following the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s blitzkrieg attack on Iraq, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

A local unit of the Al Nusra Front—the official rebel group of al Qaeda in Syria—agreed to back the ISIL on Wednesday.

The merger of one portion of al Nusra with ISIL is being viewed by government intelligence analysts and others as a troubling indicator that the inner battle between the two groups may be shifting in ISIL’s favor.

Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist and military theorist at the Marine Corps University, said the defection of the Nusra group to ISIL, also known as ISIS, is very significant.

“ISIS and al Nusra have fought each other in the past,” Gorka said. Nusra’s swearing loyalty to ISIL “is a clear sign that ISIS is now more important than the original al Qaeda,” he said.

“With this act, in theory all al Nusra territory is now under ISIS control,” Gorka said. “This makes the de facto establishment of a proto-caliphate territory straddling Iraq and Syria a real possibility and underlines the absurdity of the Obama administration’s push to fund and train the rebels in Syria.”

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President Obama acknowledged Thursday that ISIL attacks in Iraq are one sign that, contrary to his earlier remarks, international terrorists are gaining strength.

“They’re gaining strength in some places, but we’ve also got a lot better at protecting ourselves,” Obama told ABC News.

Obama campaigned for reelection in 2012 declaring al Qaeda was on the “path to defeat” and asserting the United States would end the war on terrorism launched after the 2001 attacks.

ISIL, a fanatical terrorist group led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, now controls large sections of central Iraq. The group has declared that its goal is the creation of an Islamic caliphate throughout the region.

It initially set up al Nusra but broke off ties in February. Its numbers are not known, but estimates range from 5,000 to 10,000 fighters.  (read more)

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30 Responses to Consolidation of Power Begins In Syria – REPORT: Al Nusra Front Joins The Stronger ISIL Army…

  1. Sharon says:

    Do you think they saw this coming?

    And obama says, “They’re gaining strength in some places, but we’ve also got a lot better at protecting ourselves,…”

    Oh he’s an orator all right. Sheesh. Somebody needs to learn him how to talk good.

    …..”better at protecting ourselves….” How so, you poseur? HOW SO???

  2. boudicabpi says:

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    Consolidation of Power Begins In Syria – REPORT: Al Nusra Front Joins The Stronger ISIL Army…

  3. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    FTA:

    “With this act, in theory all al Nusra territory is now under ISIS control,” Gorka said. Nusra’s swearing loyalty to ISIL “is a clear sign that ISIS is now more important than the original al Qaeda,” he said.

    I guess all of Kerry’s support and training of Syrian rebels has finally paid off. Al Qaeda is finally on the run. Straight into Iraq would be my guess.

  4. maryfrommarin says:

    “CA–LI–PHATE! CA–LI–PHATE!”

  5. lovemygirl says:

    Well no one wants to be on the losing team. I wonder how long it will be before the so called moderates join them.

  6. John Galt says:

    USA in strong contention for the number one spot on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

  7. canadacan says:

    Boy geniuses ain’t it great

  8. jetstream says:

    This will throw a pickle in the grand scheme of Ketchup Kerry. LOL. You sure do know how to turn a phrase sundance.

  9. rashomon says:

    I’m not a fan of Bill Moyers but he’s interviewing Charles Lewis on his book “935 Lies…” covering the propaganda of war over his tenure as a journalist. Scary as too the complicity of the media in finding out the “truth” about our world.

    http://billmoyers.com/2014/06/27/the-lies-we-believed-and-still-believe-about-iraq/

    • rashomon says:

      Ad rem, can I contribute to an “edit” function for the contributors to CTH? The spell correction often over-corrects and requires one to punch “post” fast before the editor-in-the-cloud makes us look like boneheads. “To” is not the same as “too.”

      • lovemygirl says:

        Hee, hee. I’ve had that happen many times. I type it, post it and then see something I know I didn’t type.

  10. doodahdaze says:

    Obama and Kerry are simply fools. Incapable of anything but failure. None of their plans will work, but they sound good. Organizing fanatical Muslim Communities is more difficult than the Chicago far left nitwits. Maybe he should send in the Acorn Activists and Act Up.

    • Sentient says:

      Organizing fanatical Muslim communities is…impossible. I wish Bush had realized that, too. If Arabs wanted democracy they’d already have had it.

  11. czarowniczy says:

    Let’s see how this shakes out. The relationship between AQ and al Nusra’s been a bit shaky, as it has with ISIS. Zawahiri’s denounced ISIS in the recent past, pot calling the kettle black, and thrice denied knowing about any AQ merger with al Nusra. Some press pundits are ranting about the ISIS al Nusra merger doubling ISIS’s size but there are some real questions about al Nusra true numbers. al Nusra also more or les started off as an attempt to organize the disparate Muslim bands of murdering religious zealots into one bloodthirsty group under the Quentin Tarantino banner. Didn’;t get too far before running for the shelter of a Imam’s friendly helper – ISIS, I be yo’ be-atch.
    OK, that’s out of my system. Let’s see if this is actually a valuable addition to the Obama Mideast Diplomatic Initiative (let’s hope they haven’t previously been positively vetted by Kerry/Hillary) or if the al Nusra leadership suddenly decided that the better part of valor was joining ISIS and not getting run over by it, sort of a corporate merger.

  12. Sentient says:

    Not sure why Al Nusra joining ISIS calls into question Russia’s alliance with Assad.

  13. rmnewt says:

    Now that they are unifying, its time for us to send them another 1/2 billion in arms. Have we picked a side in this fight?

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