In response to ISIS beheads another hostage:
RE John’s question: are we still putting all our eggs in the “send guns to the good-guy Syrian rebels” basket? Because I’ve got a sick feeling we’re going to learn Haines was initially seized by some species of “moderate” Syrian rebel and sold to ISIS, the same way murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff was.
I have a sick feeling, too as Congress will soon be voting on authorization to arm and train the so-called moderate Syrian rebels, yet the “vetted” moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) have already admitted that they’re working with the Islamic State. How in the world is this supposed to work?
Via Patrick Poole at PJ Media, an FSA brigade commander said that his forces were working with two U.S. designated terrorist organizations, the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, near the Syrian/Lebanon border.
The Daily Star in Lebanon reported on Monday:
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in … Qalamoun,” said Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade.“We have reached a point where we have to collaborate with anyone against unfairness and injustice,” confirmed Abu Khaled, another FSA commander who lives in Arsal.
According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors Syria’s civil war, moderate Syrian rebels and ISIS struck a cease-fire deal on Friday.
The groups agreed to a non-aggression pact in which they promised not to attack each other.
That would seem to throw a major wrench in the Regime’s plan to use moderate rebels to fight ISIS.
The Hill goes on to note, “the development could influence members of Congress to vote “no” on an authorization to train and equip moderate rebel groups as early as next week.”
I certainly hope so!