Islamic Front shares same violent jihadist ideology as al-Qaeda
December 14, 2013
The United States will engage in talks with radical Islamist forces fighting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Talks over the next few days are expected to center on direct support for the newly formed Islamic Front, according to Reuters.
A source with the organization said discussion will be held in Turkey and will center on whether the United States will arm the front and recognize its authority in areas of Syria held by Salafist mercenaries.
U.S. Syria envoy Robert Ford will travel to Istanbul and participate in the talks.
Robert Ford: Arab Spring in Syria Coordinator
Ford worked with the John Negroponte, the former Iraq ambassador, to implement the “Salvador Option” in Iraq. The option was an effort to counter the Iraqi insurgency by dispatching death squads employing tactics used by the Pentagon in Vietnam under the Phoenix assassination program. Ford was sent to Damascus as an envoy in early 2011 at the height of the orchestrated “Arab Spring” uprising in Egypt.
“The reinstatement of a US ambassador in Damascus, but more specifically the choice of Robert S. Ford as US ambassador, bears a direct relationship to the onset of the protest movement in mid-March against the government of Bashar al Assad,” writes Michel Chossudovsky. “It is worth noting that the US Embassy in various countries has played a central role in supporting opposition groups. In Egypt, for instance, the April 6 Youth Movement was supported directly by the US embassy in Cairo.”
Uprisings in the Middle East were fomented by the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and Freedom House, organizations responsible for spawning “color revolutions” in the third world and doing work formerly assigned to the CIA. The ongoing effort to subvert governments disfavored by the global and financial elite is sponsored by USAID, NED, the CIA’s Ford Foundation, Soros and other foundations.
Workers from the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute were prosecuted by the Egyptian government for meddling in that country’s internal affairs. In addition, Russia and Bolivia have recently expelled USAID for political meddling.
Islamic Front Shares Al-Qaeda’s Ideology and Objectives
The corporate media is portraying closer relations with the Islamic Front in Syria as a way for the West to actively support the effort to overthrow al-Assad and marginalize more radical groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliate, the al-Nusra Front. In recent weeks, the media has spotlighted violent factional clashes between various Sunni mercenary groups in Syria.
The Islamic Front includes the Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham, and the Kurdish Islamic Front. Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam, is itself a coalition of mercenary groups funded and supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Although the front reportedly excluded al-Nusra and the al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), it shares a radical jihadist ideology.
Jaysh al-Islam, formerly known as Liwa al-Islam or the Islam Brigade, is supported by Saudi Arabia and has cooperated with al-Nusra, the most successful and vicious fighting group in Syria that has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. This collaboration is left unmentioned in corporate media reports on the new Islamic alliance.
The Islamic Front “consists largely of hardline Islamist groups with goals similar or identical to that of ISIS and Al Nusrah: the creation of an Islamic state and the imposition of sharia law,” Lisa Lundquist wrote in November. “Furthermore, these Islamist groups have fought alongside the two al Qaeda branches in Syria, and continue to do so to this day. If anything, the emergence of this powerful Islamist force further vitiates the already tottering Western-backed Free Syrian Army.”
In other words, now that the Free Syrian Army is a historical relic, the United States has decided to create the illusion of a non-al-Qaeda aligned group of Islamic mercenaries it can parade as acceptable and viable in the ongoing effort to topple al-Assad and his military. In fact, the Islamic Front is al-Qaeda without al-Qaeda; it shares the same radical ideological, fanatical religious precepts, and violent response to secular and religious pluralism.
If, and when, the Islamists defeat al-Assad with the military assistance of the United States, they will turn Syria into the same hellish nightmare suffered by Libyans and Iraqis. This is the game plan for the global elite: the destruction of any viable political or military challenge in a strategically valuable Middle East. Radical Islamists, now demonstrating an Arab penchant for violent sectarianism historically exploited by the British, will make sure no challenge arises to proxies installed by the global elite.