[Marxism] ISIS scum routed out of 80% of Idlib, 65% of Aleppo
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Sun Jan 5 20:31:01 MST 2014
Al Qaeda-linked group routed in Syrian rebel infighting
By Nabih Bulos
January 5, 2014, 5:34 a.m.
AMMAN, Jordan -- Infighting among Islamist anti-government groups
operating in northern Syria continued for a third day, as rebel factions
engage in a large-scale rout against an extremist Al
Jaysh Al-Mujahideen (the army of the Mujahideen), a new coalition of
presumably moderate Islamist groups, as well as factions affiliated with
the Western-backed Free Syrian
the Islamic Front consolidated their gains against the Islamic State
Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in what activists are hailing as a "second
revolution." The Turkish government reacted with a shutdown of the vital
Bab Al-Salameh crossing on the Syrian border.
"The rebels have achieved tremendous progress against ISIS in all the
points of conflict, liberating more than 80% of the Idlib countryside and
65% of Aleppo and its countryside" said Abu Bakr, a media activist for the
Sham News Network in Raqqa.
Another activist agreed, saying that "the presence of the State of Baghdadi
is finished," in reference to the group's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr
Al-Baghdadi, adding that many of its headquarters have been handed over to
the Nusrah Front, another Al Qaeda affiliated group that is nevertheless
viewed as more moderate.
ISIS, considered to be the most extreme of the groups aiming to establish a
state with a strict interpretation of Islamic law or Shari'a, has
increasingly antagonized local populations as it imprisoned activists
critical of the group's methods, not to mention attacking other
anti-government factions in a bid to consolidate its hold over swaths of
territory in the north.
"People just couldn't take it anymore, after all the kidnapping and arrests
and attacks against the FSA," said Mohammad Hassano, an activist in Azaz.
"People were very angry at them, but there was hesitation in fighting them
because of the priority of fighting the regime."
Despite being acknowledged as having the most experienced soldiers, it has
been criticized for the many non-Syrian fighters swelling its ranks;
Muslims from Europe and elsewhere, called "muhajireen" or "emigrants," who
travel across the porous Turkish-Syrian border to engage in "jihad" against
the forces of Syrian President Bashar
A Dutch-Turkish ISIS fighter on the microblogging website
Ask.fm<http://ask.fm/chechclear>confirmed reports of attacks targeting
foreign fighters. "In some places
its [sic] very dangerous for Muhajireen at the moment, because of the
infighting between ISIS and [Jaysh Al-Mujahideen]."
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