|Al-Qaeda affiliate "Al-Nusra|
Ain't Life Just Fucking Grand!
- Comrade Obama is using your tax dollars to bomb ISIS in Syria which will help the al-Qaeda troops fighting against ISIS.
- Naturally no one bothers to ask who has been providing these "rebels" with mountains of weapons and endless ammo re-supplies in a war that has lasted for years on end.
(Agence France-Presse) - US-led aircraft bombed Islamic State group fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists a monitoring group said on Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described the overnight raids in northern Aleppo as an intervention on the side of the rival rebels, which include forces who have been targeted previously by US-led strikes.
"The coalition carried out at least four strikes overnight targeting IS positions in the town of Suran," the Britain-based Observatory said.
"It's the first time that the international coalition has supported non-Kurdish opposition forces fighting the Islamic State," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
He said at least eight IS fighters were killed in the strikes and another 20 were injured.
|Members of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra |
at a checkpoint in Aleppo, Syria. (London Telegraph)
Syria expert Thomas Pierret said the raids showed Washington was intent on preventing IS from expanding in Aleppo province, which is currently largely divided between regime and rebel control.
"Washington seems really determined to stop IS from advancing against the rebels in Aleppo," said Pierret, a professor at the University of Edinburgh and a Syria expert.
Syrian state television said government forces launched air strikes near Suran on "terrorists", the term used by Damascus for all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
It gave no further details.
IS captured Suran a week ago and has been fighting an alliance of rebels including Al-Nusra and Islamist Ahrar al-Sham in the surrounding area.
Al-Nusra is blacklisted as a "terrorist organisation" by Washington.
- 'America's spies' -
IS has been seeking to expand its territory by seizing the Aleppo towns of Marea and Azaz, which lie on key supply routes for rival rebels.
Online, IS supporters accused Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham of collaborating with the US-led coalition, denouncing them as "America's spies" and collaborators with the "crusader coalition."
Despite sharing a jihadist ideology, Al-Nusra and IS are fierce rivals, with IS seeking to expand its self-declared "caliphate" in territory it holds in Syria and Iraq.
Al-Nusra pledges allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, but has for now confined its ambitions to Syria and has allied with conservative Islamist groups fighting the regime and IS.Read More . . . .
Islamist Al-Nusra rebels fight the Syrian government.