[Marxism] How Islamists Beat the Western-'Backed' Opposition for Leadership

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 19:38:03 MST 2013

Whatever the merits of NGS's other views in that piece, the basis of the 
story of the alleged Islamic Front/SMC incident, as he explains it, is 
here confirmed by Scott Lucas, who to date I've found near impeccable in 
his analysis:

Spotlight: The Real Story Behind US Cut-Off of Non-Lethal Aid to 

On Wednesday, both the US and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to 
northern Syria, expressing anger at the Islamic Front’s “capture” of the 
Bab al-Hawa crossing, on the border with Turkey.

The problem, according to Washington and London, was that the Front had 
taken the crossing not from the Assad regime, but from the fellow 
insurgents of the US- and UK-backed Free Syrian Army.

The US response is a change of course from its approach to the Front, 
founded last month from a merger of seven leading factions. Only last 
week, reports established that the Americans had been in contact with 
the group, probably attempting to get it to support the US initiative 
for a “peace” conference in Geneva.

On Wednesday night, US media put out the story that Secretary of State 
John Kerry is furious with the Front over its “takeover” of the Free 
Syria Army’s positions.

Well-placed sources tell a different tale, however.

According to them, an unknown group — possibly from the Islamic State of 
Iraq and as-Sham, possibly from a gang unaffiliated to the insurgency — 
attacked FSA warehouses, so General Salem Idriss, the head of the 
Supreme Military Command, called the Front for assistance.

When the Front’s faction such as Suqour al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham 
arrived, they found one of the warehouses completely emptied and another 
with 50% stock gone. FSA officers handed their keys to the Front without 
much explanation, saying only, “You’re now in charge and please protect 
our properties.”

The sources claim that the same handover of keys and request for 
protection took place at the FSA Headquarters in Bab al-Hawa.

The Supreme Military Council have now issued a statement confirming that 
it did call in the Islamic Front for protection, a rough translation of 
which is below.

In reference to what is being shared with regards to the raid and theft 
from the headquarters, we disapprove and deny the statements that are 
being linked to the Chiefs of Staff of the FSA and reported by social 
media and television channels. And we point that what actually happened 
was an attack conducted by an unknown armed “gang” and we called for 
help from some of the factions in the area including the Islamic Front, 
who answered the call which we are thankful for. The headquarters were 
secured thanks to God first, and their help second. And we must point 
out also that all that is being eluded to regarding the issue besides 
what has been noted above is not the truth and has not been released by 
any side belonging to the FSA Chiefs of Staff.

An insurgent from the Islamic Front describes the events:

The sources summarize, “The Islamic Front’s factions were always in 
control of the border crossing, and the FSA presence there was always 
weak — a base and a few warehouses. So it’s not true to speak of a 
‘takeover’ by the Front.”

And then they add a claim that puts a question mark over what the US was 
really doing when it cut off non-lethal aid: “The Supreme Military 
Council informed their western allies, so the US totally knew what 
really happened.”

So was the US, unhappy that the Islamic Front did not respond to its 
approach by supporting moves for a “peace conference”, looking for a 
pretext to halt its assistance?

And did it do so by re-working the story of what really happened at Bab 

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