(Al-Manar) Feb. 5, 2012 – Syria’s Representative to the United Nations Bashar Al-Jaafari said he respected her opinion. “However,” he asked: “Is she also disgusted of the 60 vetoes used in the past to prevent inclusive peace in the region and any just solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict?”
(Al-Akhbar) – Syria has become a magnet for the world’s jihadis. It has been attracting them since the start of the crisis, lured by what many believe to be a divine promise that jihad in Bilad al-Sham, Greater Syria, will set the stage for the emergence of the true Islamic state.
With victory and the downfall of the regime thus pre-ordained, jihadis from far and wide have been heeding the call.
According to jihadi sources, the fighters currently operating in Syria include Jordanians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Kuwaitis, Tunisians, Libyans, Saudis and Yemenis, as well as Muslims from non-Arab countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. The biggest single contingent of foreign fighters is said to be composed of Lebanese, Jordanian, Iraqi and Palestinians who had previously fought against US forces in Iraq.
But while all Islamist fighters rally under the same banner, they are divided among many factions and schools of thoughts.
Some – such as al-Qaeda’s Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the Jabhat al-Nusra li-Bilad al-Sham (Support Front for the Land of Syria) inspired by Mauritanian cleric Abul-Munther al-Shanqiti, and the Doura Fighting Group – espouse hardline takfiri ideology.
“All three draw inspiration from a 200-page tract called The Return of Salaheddin, and see themselves as following in the footsteps Saleheddin al-Ayyoubi, the 12th Century commander who defeated the Crusaders in Jerusalem. They maintain that the latter-day liberation of Jerusalem requires the prior “purification” of its hinterland, and that they have a religious obligation to perform this task. This means ridding Greater Syria of apostates – i.e. expelling or eliminating all Shia Muslims and Christians. ”
Amanpour interview Syrian rebel leader Salim Idriss, no peace talks while Assad is advancing on Aleppo
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(CNN) – Obama has been criticized at home and abroad for not acting sooner to assist the Syrian opposition, and the declaration that the red line of chemical weapons use had been crossed raised expectations of U.S. arms heading to the rebels.
“What we need, really, is weapons and ammunition, and especially anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles,” Gen. Salim Idriss of the rebel Free Syrian Army told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Idriss said he has not been told what type of weapons the United States will provide to the rebel army.
Louay Almokdad, political and media coordinator of the rebel Free Syrian Army, told CNN that he expected the United States initially to send ammunition, rather than heavy arms.
What complicates any U.S. military support for the opposition is that many of the rebel fighters are militants with pro-al Qaeda sympathies, the same stripe of militants America has battled in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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