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AL QAEDA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR U.S. IN OUSTING BASHAR ASSAD FROM SYRIA
September 13 2012
Kabul, Afghanistan – It’s rare, if ever, that the interests of Al Qaeda and the United States meet. They are, after all, mortal enemies locked in a life and death battle for, well, no one is quite sure what the battle is about. It is life and death though with a lot of people on both sides very much dead.
It was eleven years ago that that battle between the two forces really hit a high note and became a full-fledged war and since then it has really been nothing but hate and animosity between the two. Sometimes, though, their interests do coincide.
As the leader of the United States, Barack Obama, has done the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for the overthrow and ouster of Bashar al-Assad from Syria in the wake of continued violence in the country. Zawahiri’s rationale for the departure of Assad does differ from the that of the United States – the ultimate destruction of Israel versus not killing people – but the strange collaboration of goals has put both groups in a strange spot, one that might actually see them working together in the future provided the United States doesn’t just end up killing everyone in Al Qaeda which of course is a real possibility.
“Supporting jihad in Syria to establish a Muslim state is a basic step towards Jerusalem, and thus America is giving the secular Baathist regime one chance after another for fear that a government is established in Syria that would threaten Israel,” said Zawahiri.
It’s not actually clear how many people Zawahiri has out there actually listening to them as the United States has rocketed the vast majority of them.
Zawahiri took over as the Al Qaeda chief when the United States killed his partner, bin Laden, in a totally awesome way last year.
“It seems strange that Al Qaeda and the U.S. have similar goals, or at least a similar initial goal. Obviously Al Qaeda’s end goal is something totally different and of course likely very unachievable but that is the way they do things. No one, no matter your side of the equation, can ever accuse them of not having ambition at the very least,” said Scrape TV Terrorism analyst Doug Davids. “I doubt we will see any kind of active collaboration between the two groups anytime soon but you never know. Stranger things have happened. Not much stranger, honestly, but stranger to be sure.”
It’s not clear what form a cooperation would take or if the United States would just blow their partner to smithereens once they got them in a room. That’s pretty likely actually.
“I doubt even if they do collaborate we will see any outward sign of it. Things like this, strange and potentially controversial partnerships like this, tend to go under the radar a lot of the time and aren’t rally revealed until much later when everyone involved is dead or really old. I’m sure in the case of Al Qaeda it will be once they are dead,” continued Davids. “I guess the bigger issue is what exactly Al Qaeda will do if Assad is ousted. Clearly they have ambitions in the country and that has to be a concern for the United States. It might be worth bringing them in just to figure that out and then of course blow them to pieces which should be the end game in all of this, blowing up Al Qaeda.”
Assad, presumably, doesn’t like any of these ideas.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent