Jabhat Al-Nusra’s attacks on moderate rebels put western strategy in jeopardy
International Business Times - 11/03/2014
Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, launched a series of operations this month in what theWashington Post called a “concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army.” This caused significant territorial and weapons loss for moderate rebels, grouped under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) label, in the Idlib province, an opposition stronghold.
“Is the FSA dead? I would say that the FSA was never really alive. It was never really a viable route for us to work with,” said Max Abrahms, a Northeastern University professor who studies jihadist groups. “I think pundits have been blinded by their wishes rather than by the appearance on the ground.”