A commander with the Free Syrian Army admitted to fighting alongside several terrorist organizations this week in yet another example of the so-called “rebels” true nature.
Speaking with Lebanon’s Daily Star, Bassel Idriss, commander of an FSA-run rebel brigade, openly discussed the group’s joint operations with ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in … Qalamoun,” Idriss said. “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.”
Idriss brushed off recent reports concerning Al-Nusra and ISIS holding as many as 22 Lebanese policemen and soldiers hostage, arguing that his group would fight with anyone opposed to Assad.
“Our battle is with the Assad regime, and it is on Syrian lands only,” Idriss said. “It is not with the Lebanese Army.”
Idriss also went on to mention the FSA’s dwindling power, saying many of his US-backed fighters continue to “pledge allegiance” to ISIS.
“ISIS wanted to enhance its presence in the Western Qalamoun area,” Idriss said. “After the fall of Yabroud and the FSA’s retreat into the hills, many units pledged allegiance to ISIS.”
Abu Fidaa, a retired Syrian Army Colonel, also acknowledged the growing power of ISIS in the region.
“A very large number of FSA members [in Arsal] have joined ISIS and Nusra,” Fidaa said. “In the end, people want to eat, they want to live, and the Islamic State has everything.”
Just last April, Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), told reporters that his group regularly working with Al Qaeda and Al-Nusra as well.
Syrian rebels receiving similar US training in Qatar have even admitted to learning tactics such as “finishing off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”
The support of terrorist groups by the US and its allies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey has led many, including retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, to begin opposing the practice.
“We backed I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that’s a little confusing to people, so I’ve always maintained… that we were backing the wrong types,” McInerney told Fox News.
Despite President Obama’s attempt to look largely opposed to ISIS, his August bombing campaign in Iraq was merely to protect oil fields captured by ISIS in the Kurdish region.
“It should be noted, initially, that months of murder, mayhem and brutality by ISIS on Christians and other minorities didn’t cause the U.S. or France to intervene militarily for ‘humanitarian‘ reasons,” noted Washington’s Blog. “And notice that the airstrikes were very targeted on protecting Erbil… the regional capital of Kurdistan.”
Now, with the White House aiming towards a multi-year campaign against ISIS, the region will undoubtedly fall deeper into chaos, ensuring years of military intervention.