Why the Obama Administration Is Favoring al-Qaeda’s Main Syrian Ally – report

Published on truthout.org, by Gareth Porter, June 10, 2016.

In yet another a dangerous US political-diplomatic move in Syria, the Obama administration is going out of its way to protect the interests of al-Qaeda’s closest and most powerful ally in Syria, Ahrar al-Sham.  

The administration’s decision to shield the Islamist organization from the consequences of collaborating closely with al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Nusra Front, in threatening what had been a promising “cessation of hostilities,” goes much further than the US failure to pressure other armed opposition groups to separate themselves from Nusra Front, as US Secretary of State John Kerry had promised
in negotiations with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov … //

… Ahrar al-Sham’s military cooperation with Nusra Front has been so complete, in fact, that Nusra has come to regard it as a source of weapons, according to a former Nusra fighter who has left Syria. He was referring to weapons supplied by external parties, especially Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to Ahrar.

Perhaps the most crucial factor binding Ahrar al-Sham to Nusra Front, however, is that it is afraid to provoke a confrontation with Nusra Front over the latter’s policies. As Aron Lund, a leading specialist on the war in Syria and a nonresident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has observed, Ahrar “probably feels too weak and internally divided to stand up to its jihadi ally.”Any confrontation with Nusra, therefore, would likely split Ahrar in two and weaken it drastically overnight.

There is virtually no chance that Ahrar would act to block Nusra Front’s path to power. The Obama administration’s coddling of Nusra’s main ally is far more about the politics of its relations with regional allies — and especially with Turkey — than about its professed concern about bringing the Syria conflict to an end.

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(Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian writing on US national security policy. His latest book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, was published in February of 2014. Follow him on Twitter: @GarethPorter … and find him also on World Pople’s Blog).


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