Friday, September 12, 2014

A 'Logistics Problem'

From the Sydney Morning Herald's 9/11 editorial, The war on terrorism - 13 years on:

"There are logistics problems in supplying military training to... moderate Syrian forces - the ones who fought alongside IS at one stage."

From the Herald's 9/11 report on Syria, Obama ready to order strikes on Syria:

"On Tuesday, an explosion of uncertain origin killed nearly the entire leadership of the largest rebel group in Syria. At least 2 dozen senior leaders of Ahrar al-Sham, an Islamist group, died in the blast, which came 10 days after it had distanced itself from al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front... When asked if there would be an official statement by the group on what took place, one of its surviving leaders said: 'No one is left to issue an official statement'." (Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, New York Times, MCT)

Spot the moderate:

"Ahrar al-Sham is headed by an emir, known to outsiders only as Abu Abdullah. In the media, the organization has sometimes been represented by its Idlib-based military leader, Abul-Hassan. The group is funded by Islamist networks in the Persian Gulf, and prominant donors include sheikh Hajjaj al-Ajami, a salafi preacher in Kuwait who collects money for Syrian Islamist groups. Like Jabhat al- Nusra, it relies to some extent on non-Syrian jihadi fighters." (Holy Warriors: A field guide to Syria's jihadi groups, Aron Lund,, 15/10/12)

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