Syria rebels push al Qaeda back; U.S. open to Iran role

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rvm3 wrote:

The Al Qaeda terrorists are receiving direct support from Saudi Arabia, and tacit endorsement from Israel, each interested in channeling the fight towards common enemy Iran. The media are hiding the Saudi role, due to the influence of Saudi money and of Zionist ideology in the west.

Jan 05, 2014 2:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
deeplyCynical wrote:

Misleading propagandistic headline

… should be:

Infighting amongst Syrian rebels leads to weakening of Al Qaeda elements.

You try to make is sound like the Syrian rebels are nobly fighting Al Qaeda and so perhaps the west should, after all, intervene with troops and weaponry on their behalf .. and then perhaps straight onto Iran afterwards, and be back home in time for supper?

Jan 05, 2014 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
deeplyCynical wrote:

Misleading propagandistic headline

… should be:

Infighting amongst Syrian rebels leads to weakening of Al Qaeda elements.

You try to make is sound like the Syrian rebels are nobly fighting Al Qaeda and so perhaps the west should, after all, intervene with troops and weaponry on their behalf .. and then perhaps straight onto Iran afterwards, and be back home in time for supper?

Jan 05, 2014 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ci_Devant wrote:

There is no difference between “good” terrorists and “bad” terrorists and this article is insulting to the intelligence of well educated people. The majority of the rebel ranks are in fact Al-Qaeda terrorists supported by Saudi Arabia. It is ridiculous that the Saudi regime believes its right to dictate terms in Syria, when they represent the pinnacle of human rights violation against its people, and are the main exporter of the fundamentalist Takfiri terrorism to all the world starting from Afghanistan in the 80′s to September 11th in New York, London, Paris, Madrid and other countries in Arab and African countries. This paradox coincides with the Saudi regime’s persisting on interfering in Syria’s affairs with no accountability for igniting the crisis and hindering a peaceful and political solution by the Syrians. Could anyone explain why the Saudi-Qatari terrorist hysteria is silenced on…and for what is this unjustifiable silence of the so-called international community on the fostering of terrorism by regimes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey?

Jan 05, 2014 3:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:

Okay, let me see if I’ve got this straight.

Now, there are “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists,” – but it all depends upon who is assigning the “label?”

So, if Israel is America’s “good ally,” but they favor the Sunni terrorists over the Shiite terrorists – favored by Obama and the Gang – is Israel still an American ally? But then, with Saudi Arabia supporting the (Israeli preferred) Sunnis, who would love to destroy Israel at any cost, well …..?

This could be somewhere between interesting and entertaining; at least bewildering.

The expression: “You’ve got to be ___ kidding me” comes to mind. (Laughter in the background.)

Here’s hoping that Jay Carney offers a viewpoint on this one; that would be a fascinating case for studying his (Obama Administration) “focus flash-shift” style of psycho-babble.

This latest round of “international politics” makes me wonder if there are any reports of a little girl chasing a white rabbit around the White House lawn.

Jan 05, 2014 3:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

“tactical withdrawal” my r’s. It’s just proxies doing their masters bidding in a charade that only fools the brain-washed and brain-dead.

Jan 05, 2014 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

ISIL fighters had stayed in place but switched allegiance to the Nusra Front, whose commanders are mostly Syrian rather than foreign. Nusra coordinates with the Islamic Front, a coalition of Syrian Islamist brigades that includes Ahrar al-Sham.
Isn’t that great? Why don’t you send Ahrar al-Sham some more US tax money.

Jan 05, 2014 3:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cirrus7 wrote:

The others have it completely backwards, MOST of Syria despises the monster Assad and hates Al-Queeda even more.
The vermin from Iran have flooded in as Assad’s goons, committing those horrifying massacres on his behalf, torturing away otherwise.

Those despicable TERRORISTS Hezbollah, after some begging on his knees by Bashar, have come to his aid, bailing him out by fearlessly shooting to death little children in the streets.

The story needs to be clear on the numbers involved – out of 23 MILLION Syrians left, at the most a few thousand are foreign extremists, perhaps only 1,000.
THEY never seem to catch a bullet from Hezbollah snipers.

Jan 05, 2014 4:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

Perhaps it is finally obvious to the Odummy regime that al Qaeda, the enemy of the US responsible for 9-11, is a Sunni group while the Assad regime, who has maintained peace with Israel since the 1980′s, is Shia (Alawites are an offshoot of Shia.). Further, they are beginning to suspect that (Shia) Iran may be better for the world than (Sunni) Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighbors in the Arabian Peninsula. Russia and China have known all along that Assad and Iran had nothing to do with 9-11 or the US debacle in Iraq despite the many lies of the Bush and Obama regimes.

Jan 05, 2014 5:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CitizenCane wrote:

Welcome to the new age of conflict. Forget the conventional binaries of good and evil, bad guys and good guys. One reason America is unable to come up with solutions or even ideas. The US destroyed Iraq and then left it in shambles. What a disgrace to the 100,000s they killed and the US soldiers who died for nothing.

Jan 05, 2014 7:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Inspired43 wrote:

Syrian rebel group loyal to Al Qaida = Terrorists. Why does Reuters use a misleading term for Syrian rebels. Why won’t it directly name them what they really are?

I completely agree with Ci-Devant’s comment regarding evil Saudi Arabian regime’s involvement.

Ahmed JAbra, Ghassan Hitto, Moaz Al Khatib, Riyad Hijab, George Sabra, Ahmad Tumah…. Wow so many presidents and prime ministers for SNC in just 2 years. Why don’t they have one brave leader and why are they not united? Actually, who elected them in the first place. Were they elected by the Syrian people or are they just Saudi, Qatari and western puppets taking turns in raping Syria.

Jan 05, 2014 8:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Gidney wrote:

Even with an up to date scorecard, it seem practically impossible to know who is who in this conflict. The US is still best served staying clear of it a far as possible. An Islamist is an Islamist, and once they’re done killing each other, they’ll turn on the next visible target. Let’s not let it be us.

Jan 06, 2014 3:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Gidney wrote:

Even with an up to date scorecard, it seem practically impossible to know who is who in this conflict. The US is still best served staying clear of it a far as possible. An Islamist is an Islamist, and once they’re done killing each other, they’ll turn on the next visible target. Let’s not let it be us.

Jan 06, 2014 3:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
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