America’s Hidden Agenda in Syria’s war

Opposition forces should be uniting against Mr Al Assad’s more powerful and better-equipped army, not waging war among themselves, the rebel commander replied. The response from a senior US intelligence officer was blunt.

“I’m not going to lie to you. We’d prefer you fight Al Nusra now, and then fight Assad’s army. You should kill these Nusra people. We’ll do it if you don’t,” the rebel leader quoted the officer as saying.

What the commander says transpired in Jordan illustrates a dilemma that has preoccupied, even paralysed, Syria’s opposition and their international supporters – how to deal with the expanding role of Islamic extremists in the anti-Assad insurgency.

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2 thoughts on “America’s Hidden Agenda in Syria’s war

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  2. I like the point about the divisions within Nusra here– I’d love it if there was more information around on the internet just on exactly what sorts of groups there are everywhere in Syria. At the same time, I think we also have to be careful looking too kindly on all the well-intentioned people involved in these organisations. Hell is paved with good intentions, as they say, and I reckon that you don’t need exclusively hardened evil people to either create an intra-Sunni civil war post-Assad, or pose a threat to Western interests in the region.

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