Syrian Rebels’ Link with Al Qaeda Disclosed
Friends of Syria
October 20, 2012
The link between the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Al Qaeda terrorist group was unveiled after the FSA officially confirmed establishment of a group whose emblem is the flag of the Al Qaeda.
According to a report by the Syrian Truth (Haqiqah) website, the FSA, the main armed rebel group fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government, has made a formal announcement about forming a group named “Al Mojahedin” under the flag of the Al Qaeda.
The announcement is seen as an official confirmation of ties between the rebel group and the Al Qaeda international terrorist organization.
Earlier this month, the FSA had also announced that it has set up two battalions called ‘Martyr Saddam Hussein’ in the cities of Idlib and Deir al-Zour in Syria.
In a blatant act of defiance and in a move aimed at provoking the feelings of Kurds in general and Syrian Kurds in particular, the FSA formed the two battalions.
Analysts believe that these acts, which are condemned and seen as worrisome by Kurds and all Syrians, might push the opponents to retract and backtrack on their moves against Bashar Assad’s government.
Naming the FSA battalions after Saddam Hussein was met with overwhelming outrage and condemnation by the Kurds.
Earlier reports also said that the FSA is building a military base for the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, NCR and PMOI) in the bordering areas of Syria and Lebanon.
The announcement was made yesterday by Basam al-Dad, a spokesman of the terrorist Free Syrian Army. Al-Dad claimed that the group wants to enjoy the experiences and combat skills of the MKO in different battle fronts.
The MKO is blacklisted by much of the international community.