Was not the “Southern Front” supposed to be dominated by “moderate, pro-western” rebels?

<<“The spokesman…said in a phone interview from Daraa that Al-Nusra’s higher salaries and high-quality weapons have spurred many local FSA soldiers to break ranks and join the Islamist group. He estimated that 80 percent of Al-Nusra’s fighting force in Daraa is currently comprised of Syrians, and the other 20 percent of foreign fighters.

“Daraa is partially controlled by Al-Nusra Front and affiliated groups, but it could fall entirely to their hands,” he said.>>
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jihadists-capturing-southern-syria-local-fighter-warns/

 

 

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Al Qaeda is bad unless it is fighting Assads army in Syria

A number of US drone strikes within few days have killed “dozens of suspected militants” of Al Qaeda in Yemen. This is considered as success in the US and is reported as good news in western press:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27113007

This is because in Yemen (just as in Afghanistan or Pakistan) Al Qaeda fighters or those with almost identical attitude and methods are considered terrorists. Not however in Syria, where their existence and relevance  is either denied or belittled. Thus, it is tolerated by the US, UK, France, Turkey and implicitly also by Israel that the Syrian Nusra Front is non other than the local branch of Al Qaeda and that most supposedly “moderate” rebel groups closely and regularly cooperate with the Nusra.

 

Insider story from Aleppos battle fronts

“In fact, the only rebel factions still strong enough to resist and fight the regime on the latest fronts are the radical Islamists. The town of Azizeh, just outside the Marjeh area in the east, the strategically vital Sheikh Najjar industrial zone, the old city and Aleppo’s central prison are all defended by al-Qaeda’s affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as Salafist militants Ahrar al-Sham, a member of the Islamic Front.”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/02/barrel-bombing-syria-aleppo-rebels-regime-war.html

“Islamic Front” no answer for Syria conflict

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/islamic-front-isis-rebel-clashes-syria.html

“Make no mistake, this is not a “resurgence” of the Syrian revolution…It is simply a cutthroat struggle for power, between jihadist groups of similar ideology, distinct only in name and the identity of their backers, albeit with slightly differing methods of imposing their doctrines on the ground…The Islamic Front, the alliance of jihadist groups now fighting ISIS, were more subtle and less murderous in dealing with citizens, even though they imposed harsh Sharia rules according to their strict interpretation, for example the public flogging of two men who missed Friday prayers in Sukkari, Aleppo by Ahrar al-Sham. It is also important to note that many factions that make up the Islamic Front have been implicated in serious war crimes such as the mass sectarian killings in rural Latakia and more recently in Adra, as well as the summary executions of captured soldiers.”

Nasrallah DID NOT say “Sunni radicals”. He said TAKFIRIS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23724039
“I will go myself to Syria if it is necessary in the battle against the takfiris (Sunni radicals),” Mr Nasrallah said, on his own TV channel.

 

also:

http://angryarab.net/2013/08/17/the-deliberate-distortion-of-the-words-of-hasan-nasrallah-by-western-and-arab-oil-and-gas-english-language-media/

 

Syria – Are there any “moderate” rebels the US, UK and France want to arm at any price?

Who’s who in Syria’s battlefield
http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/2013/05/blogs/graphic-detail/20130518_gdc631.png

““Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force…””
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/world/middleeast/islamist-rebels-gains-in-syria-create-dilemma-for-us.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp

“they noted…that the only important non-Islamist group was in the Kurdish areas…”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/28/how-obama-and-al-qaeda-became-syrian-bedfellows/

“The moderates are losing ground.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUSBRE95I0BC20130619

[Nusra Front] “the biggest and best armed of the rebel groups”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-syrian-dilemma-inch-by-inch-the-west-gets-involved-in-an-internecine-civil-war-8611745.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/freedom-fighters-cannibals-the-truth-about-syrias-rebels-8662618.html

“there are many outsiders who impose their agenda by bringing jihadist fighters in, so it’s difficult for the Free Army to control them.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2012/08/201281711234988655.html

The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/the-free-syrian-army-doesnt-exist/