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|Subject: Free Syrian Army is at war with Al Qaeda Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:52 pm|| |
They are not connected and are not the same entity.
Anyone that claims we are arming al qaeda doesn't know what they are talking about
In a bid to secure weapons, rebels appealed first to the United States and other Western countries. In 2011 and 2012, they still held out hope that the West would intervene in Syria. Many rebel units branded themselves moderates to make themselves palatable to outside powers that might be inclined to help. While the United States provided no weapons and relatively little in the way of other aid, the nominally secular, American-backed Free Syrian Army became the dominant player on the battlefield.
But as the war continued into 2013, no intervention came. Rather than American warplanes or soldiers, foreign jihadis entered the battlefield in increasing numbers, drawn from other Arab nations and as far away as Europe and the United States. Within the loose confederation of rebels, dominance passed from the Free Syrian Army to hardline Islamist groups like ISIS and the mostly Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra, both of which claim to represent al-Qaeda in Syria.