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After two weeks of shock and awe, Syria’s opposition remains intact. Will Assad’s army do likewise?
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More ominously for the regime, it has finally witnessed jihad declared against it by radical Islamists, including al Qaeda. The religious and sectarian dimensions of the conflict are clearly escalating. A good example of the latest trend is a video, purportedly from Homs, that shows Free Syrian Army soldiers with members of al-Qa’ida.
February 17, 2012. Some rebel groups in Homs fly their and al Qaeda’s flags together.
In the background, alongside the banners of the Free Syrian Army, there are the familiar black flags of al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, with the black background and white Arabic script, featuring the Shahadah on top and a circular logo bearing the words “Allah, Rasul Mohammed.” The black background indicates the Islamist militants’ mindset: they are fighting in Dar al-Harb against an infidel regime. This point is corroborated by the fact that they identify the Free Syrian Army with the “mumineen” (“believers”).
In the Missile East, failure to trumpet one’s strength can have severe consequences. You cannot promise to come down with an iron fist and then fail to deliver. By now even roosters in Homs are no longer impressed with Bashar’s artillery. If there is still some of this iron fist we haven’t seen until today, Assad Junior had better show it now. Otherwise, the chickens may soon come Homs to roost for his regime.
February 17, 2012. The chickens in Homs are no longer impressed.
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H/T to National Review Online