July 12, 2013
The CIA’s premier fighting group inside Syria, al-Qaeda, has turned on the Free Syrian Army, the group supposedly preferred by the United States to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
Kamal Hamami, a member of the FSA’s Supreme Military Council, was meeting members of a rival group “to discuss battle plans” when he was assassinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Reports indicate he was personally shot by Abu Ayman al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s Emir of the coastal region of Syria.
Louay Mekdad, FSA Supreme Command Political Coordinator, said one of Hamami’s group was set free to pass on the message that the ISIL considers the FSA heretics and that the Supreme Command is now target in al-Qaeda’s sights.
ISIL is described as an umbrella organization consisting of several groups composed of and supported by the Mujahideen Shura Council, al-Qaeda, Jeish al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba, Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, and others.
“Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces,” The Globe and Mail reports today.
A senior FSA commander said on condition of anonymity that his group will “wipe the floor with them,” in other words the FSA has declared it will engage in sectarian conflict with other mercenary groups attempting to depose al-Assad.
This is at best a dubious claim due to the fact the FSA is largely ineffective in the proxy war against the Syrian government. It is overshadowed by al-Qaeda and other Islamic groups. In recent weeks, hundreds of its Western supported mercenaries have defected to al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and other Salafist groups that have vowed to establish an Islamic state in Syria if they ever manage to overthrow al-Assad and his powerful military.