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One of a kind: Jaish al-Islam, FSA and al-Nusra terrorists routinely support one another.

Al-Nusra and the so called “moderate” rebel opposition in Syria have no intention of calling off their alliance with which they intend to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the same vein, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who sponsor these “moderates”, have no intention of ending their alliance, which has the same objective. Russian intervention has turned the tide and ensured there will be no regime change. The US has responded with Plan B, ominously presented as a plan to “counter Russia” and which may lead to the partition of Syria.

Sputnik News reported that on Wednesday, 5 May, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s representative to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council that “Western-backed opposition forces in Syria have not broken off ties to the al-Nusra Front group despite their promises to do so.”

Al-Nusra was a leading member of a coalition of Islamist groups called Ansar al Sharia, formed in 2015 for the purpose of capturing government-held regions of Aleppo. This followed its membership in the formation of Jaish al-Fatah (“Army of Conquest”) in the Idlib province earlier in the year. Besides Al-Nusra, these alliances include hard-line Islamist groups such as Ahrar ash-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Din, Jaysh al-Sunna, Ajnad al-Sham, and Faylaq al-Sham. Jaish al-Fatah has fought together in Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib Governorates. Through this alliance Al-Nusra has gained easy access to weapons such as the US anti-tank TOW missile. On 6 May Jaish Al-Fatah launched an offensive in south west Aleppo by a suicide bomb attack in the town of Khan Tuman.

These groups are heavily invested in their effort to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad on behalf of the USA. Claims that these alliances do not exist, or that al-Nusra is not largely in control of rebel held areas of Aleppo are scurrilous. The groups are integrated and trying to use this deception to protect al-Nusra and launch deadly attacks in Aleppo, violating a shaky ceasefire.

The natural evolution of large inflows of foreign sponsored Islamist proxies is the formation of alliances, and this is what has happened in Syria. It is futile to attempt to distinguish rebels from Jihadists or “moderates”. Al-Nusra has joined with groups such as Jund al-Aqsa, Ahrar ash-Sham and the Jaish al-Fatah coalition, bolstering numbers and military capability in their quest to overthrow the Assad government. This is exactly how the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel want it: a coalition of Islamists, armed and trained to be ruthless killing machines in the service of imperialism. The US has made feeble attempts to attack ISIS, as it views it as an asset in the greater goal of regime change; at least until its own trained proxy forces are capable of seizing Raqqa. Turkey has supported ISIS with an oil-for-weapons deal and open passage of fighters across its borders. ISIS and al-Nusra are lethal terrorist forces, strategic US assets which are used without any attention paid to their Salafist ideology.

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