President pushes to aid Syrian rebels who are led by the al-Nusra Front
September 11, 2013
President Barack Obama suggested yesterday that the Syrian
opposition, dominated by al-Qaeda militants including those who killed
American troops in Iraq, “just want to live in peace with dignity and
the direct offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Iraq now described as the “most effective fighting force in Syria.”
“The majority of the Syrian people — and the Syrian opposition we
work with — just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom,” he
In the past year, the al-Nusra Front has emerged as the best
equipped, motivated and financed opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian
government, pushing out the more secular factions of the Free Syrian
Al-Qaeda fighters from all over the Middle East are flooding into
Syria to fill the void left by the secular opposition who lack the
weapons and supplies to continue fighting.
In fact, at least since May the FSA has lost fighters and resources to the al-Nusra Front, turning the civil war into a battle between Islamic extremists and Assad’s forces.
Even the noncombatant anti-Assad activists are fleeing Syria to avoid
being killed by al-Qaeda fighters as the al-Nusra Front conquers city
after city in the country.