Feb 28, 2013 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer
Excerpted from ATLAS SHRUGS: Repeat verse, same as the first. Again, as in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Syria….. I. told. you. so.
And still the West self-deceives on the jihadic doctrine, the bedrock of Islam.
“Islamists Gain Momentum in Syria” Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2013
After U.S. Efforts to Bolster Moderates and Subdue Extremists, Terrorist-Designated Group Gains Ground
BEIRUT—Extremists intent on establishing an Islamist state in Syria have gained power within the rebel insurgency, while moderates have lost clout since moves by Washington late last year aimed at the opposite result, U.S. officials and rebel fighters say.
Security officers gather in front of the aviation intelligence department in Damascus after an attack last year claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra.
On the eve of the most recent gathering of the Friends of Syria international opposition support group in December, the Obama administration designated Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization, and on the same day, officially endorsed the moderate face of the rebellion, the umbrella Syrian Opposition Coalition.
Around the same time, the administration stepped back from the hotly debated idea of arming the rebels, partly out of concern the weapons would fall into extremists’ hands.
How rebel fortunes turned
Dec. 7, 2012 Free Syrian Army meets in Turkey, renaming itself the Supreme Military Council. In the days that follow, Islamist rebels also meet in Turkey, forming Syrian Islamic Front coalition and discussing political goals
Dec. 11 President Barack Obama publicly endorses Syrian Opposition Coalition as ‘legitimate representative of the Syrian people.’ U.S. designates Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group.
Dec. 12 Friends of Syria group recognizes Syrian Opposition Coalition.
Jan. 11, 2013 Jabhat al-Nusra fighters take over the Taftanaz air base in Idlib, one of largest in northern Syria.
Feb. 10 Islamist coalition leads the takeover of Tabqa dam, giving them control over power supply in east and north.
Feb. 12 Jabhat al-Nusra fighters take over the Jarrah airfield outside Aleppo.
Feb. 27 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says U.S. is devising new ways to hasten the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Feb. 28 Friends of Syria to meet in Rome.
As the Friends of Syria prepares to meet again in Rome on Thursday with renewed hopes of accelerating the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Islamist fighters, working in a newly formed coalition, have been behind some of the most dramatic assaults. Jabhat al-Nusra fighters after seizing the Taftanaz air base in January
In the two months since the U.S. designation of Jabhat al-Nusra, the group’s fighters took control of one of the Taftanaz air base in Idlib, one of largest government air bases in northern Syria, where they seized tanks, helicopters and ammunition. They also took over the Jarrah airfield outside Aleppo, which gave them access to dozens of warplanes, according to rebels who took part in those battles.
In northern Syria, the Syrian Islamic Front coalition, alongside Jabhat al-Nusra fighters backed by Tunisian, Libyan, Iraqi and Chechen jihadists, continue to score the biggest gains, rebels and U.S. officials said.
The Islamist coalition led the takeover of Syria’s largest dam this month, giving them control over the electricity supply to the rebel-held east and north.