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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - and its Evil Sisters (Dar Al-Hayat, Egypt)

 

"Isn't the eradication of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria a win-win situation for all Syrians - regardless of who made the decision to act? ... The fear is that this will turn into a long filthy war, which creates the environment for extending the life of the illegitimate Assad regime. ... If the mysterious Army of the Mujahedeen is to spearhead this war, the greatest beneficiary is none other than the al-Nusra Front. ... Given the American support for Maliki in his fight against the ISIS - backed with badly-needed weapons, it's too early to feel good about eradicating the ISIS, especially if it is to be replaced by its surrogate sisters."

 

By Baker Sidqi

 

Translated By Lina Barakat-Masroujeh

 

January 31, 2014

 

Saudi Arabia - Dar Al-Hayat - Original Article (Arabic)

Men mourn over the coffin of an Iraqi soldier killed fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - an al-Qaeda offshoot operating in Iraq and Syria, Jan. 6.

 

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Since the emergence of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] - wherever they have appeared - the organization has done all in its power win the disapproval of the local population. It has succeeded to the point that today, no one sheds a tear as ISIS faces a multi-pronged attack: by Malikiís government from the east in al-Anbar Province, and by all militant groups operating from the west in northern Syria. An audio statement attributed to ISIS lost no time threatening factions warring against it to withdraw from liberated areas, which would leave them vulnerable to attack from Assad's forces, as if to confirm statement issued days ago by the opposition Syrian National Coalition, which accused ISIS of being a creation of the Assad regime. Nor are there those who still fall for the lies of the ISIS, used to justify or renounce responsibility for its obscene actions, successfully leaving liberated areas empty of reporters and labeling TV cameras as enemy number one.

 

Public discontent over this branch of al-Qaeda isn't new. Nevertheless, the war on ISIS was delayed, thanks to opportunism on the part of the armed factions capable of waging such a war. What happened, then, to bring the war against ISIS to the fore in both Syria and Iraq? What led to the establishment of the "Army of the Mujahideen," the prime and even sole mission of which is to eradicate the ISIS and expel it from Syria? And why has almost everyone involved, including the al-Nusra Front, enrolled in this war? [Al-Nusra was part of the ISIS until recently, and is also considered an al-Qaeda offshoot].

 

It is no longer a news that at both the military and political levels, when it comes to the Syrian revolution, that initiative is now on the side of non-Syrians - regional and international powers that have a variety of conflicting objectives. The current war on the ISIS is a result of decisions taken in the capitals involved in the Syrian problem. Was it Ankara, which is embattled by corruption scandals that threaten to bring down the ruling Justice and Development Party? Or was it Doha, aspiring to regain control over the Syria file after months of exclusion? Or was it Paris - or Washington?

 

 

One can only guess. So why our focus on the Qatari-Turkish axis? For some time, the internally-troubled Turkish government, especially in light of U.S.-Iran rapprochement, has long sought to restore balance to its foreign policy, which appears to be based on long-term strategic aspirations - and not merely the dismantling of Iranís nuclear program.

 

Qatar, on the other hand, taking advantage of the chill in U.S.-Saudi relations and as a result of U.S.-Iran rapprochement, has found the moment opportune to mount a comeback in the region, from Egypt to Syria. This became apparent during the latest meeting of the Syrian National Coalition, where a fierce struggle ensued over leadership positions among groups affiliated with various Arab governments, and which ended with the withdrawal 50 members from the Coalition - the greatest rift since its inception.

 

No analysis of the just war against the ISIS would be comprehensive without taking account of the international backdrop. Isn't the eradication of the ISIS a win-win situation for all Syrians - regardless of who made the decision to act? Certainly, if we were discussing a surgical operation to remove a malignant tumor, i.e.: the perpetrators of atrocities against civilians, rebels, militants and the population in general.

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The fear, however, is that this will turn into a long filthy war, which creates the environment for the further humiliation and terrorization of the population, and extending the life of an illegitimate regime. In a lengthy audio recording by one of its spokesmen, the ISIS has declared that all of its opponents, infidels and apostates alike - have become targets for death, including the National Coalition and the supreme military command of the Free Syrian Army. Indeed, it has commenced its response with car bomb attacks that have killed scores of militants and civilians. Meanwhile, opponents of the ISIS - armed militants and media - have launched an escalating campaign to demonize it, similar to the one we are seeing today against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

 

Worst of all may be the nature of the groups opposing the ISIS. If the mysterious Army of the Mujahedeen is to spearhead this war, the greatest beneficiary is none other than the al-Nusra Front, which has returned to the forefront after briefly falling back. The appearance on Al-Jazeera of its leader, Abu Mohammad al Joulani, a few days before the war on the ISIS was launched, is no coincidence [watch below]. Al-Nusra, which retreated after it split from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria led by al-Baghdadi, is coming back strong to the Syrian scene. It appears as if a "corrective movement" within the heart of al-Qaeda is taking over, after the Islamic State's scandalous expansion into the liberated areas of northern Syria, and now Iraq's al-Anbar Province.

 

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Given the American support for Maliki in his fight against the ISIS - backed with badly-needed weapons, and as Ambassador Robert Ford is looking forward to meeting with the "Islamic Front," which includes Salafist jihadist organizations like the Army of Islam and the Ahrar al-Sham group, it's too early to feel good about eradicating the ISIS, especially if it is to be replaced by its surrogate sisters.

 

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The Telegraph, U.K.: Top Army Officer Warns Iraq Not Ready Until 2020

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Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Iraq is 'Half Built with the Roof Off'

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Kitabat, Iraq: America's 'Promise': To Leave Iraq in a State of Civil War
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Kitabat, Iraq: America's War: From One Dictatorship to Another

 

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Jan. 31, 2014, 7:59am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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