Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups.
This is according to a new analysis of factions in the country’s civil war.
Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.
The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..
Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.
There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.
The stark assessment, to be published later this week, accords with the view of Western diplomats estimate that less than one third of the opposition forces are “palatable” to Britain, while American envoys put the figure even lower.
Obama and his supporters claim that the Syrian rebels are freedom-fighters. We heard the same melody in Libya, and during the so-called “Arab spring” in Egypt.
When Obama promised to bomb Syria, its was just another gesture to help his Muslim brethren. The Islamic movement is tired of being ruled by a secular dictator. If Islamic Jihad even shall be able to take the Golan Heights, the Basher al-Assad regime must be removed.
Such is the nature of evil.
Are you one of the evil doers, who support this “freedom movement”?
Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Jesus the Messiah will return to Zion, and set up His judgment throne. Give your life to Him, and escape the coming judgment. Jesus took your place in the cross. He died in your place, so that your soul can be saved. Amen.
Written by Ivar