And yet the Obama administration along with the McRINO Brigade swear up and down an attack on Assad won’t help al-Qaeda.
As the US has fought a media battle with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers over the prospect of military strikes, one group has remained noticeably silent: jihadists.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front, both Al-Qaeda-linked groups that have joined the fight against Assad’s regime, have largely avoided commenting on the potential strikes because, experts say, they are reluctant to acknowledge the help of a public foe.
And some fighters in their ranks, according to posts on jihadist forums, also fear the strikes could degrade their own capabilities.
“Interests between the United States and what we call jihadist groups are unified — the fall of the (Syrian) regime,” said Tareq al-Maamuri, a prominent Iraqi analyst and lawyer.
“It is natural that these groups will remain silent because their public position is to oppose the West, especially the United States, so they will not dare show their consent towards the strike.
“So in this regard, silence is considered acceptable.”
But on the prospect of punitive US-led strikes against Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks carried out near Damascus last month, allegedly by Assad’s regime, they have remained silent.
“We always hear them (jihadist groups) bragging about their hatred of the West, but we see they are silent on the subject of a strike against an Arab country,” said an Iraqi official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.