5 years ago, when the Revolution started, the main goal was to fight against the regime and take Bashar off the power. People were willing to unite themselves for this single cause. Groups were fighting side by side to take territories from Assad’ hands with hopes of freeing the country.
Now, the scenery we have is quiet different, groups are falling apart, even Islamists groups that were supposed to stay united, no longer support each other, and some groups are instead, taking the regime and alike as allies to fight against each other.
“Power is always dangerous, It attracts the worst and corrupts the best” – Edward Abbey
The main goal of Islamist groups were to build a State ruled by Sharia, based on the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), yet they can’t even agree with each other about their understanding of Sharia itself. And instead of trying to solve their differences and find an agreement between parts, they prefer to take the hard way afraid of losing their power and their benefits to another leader.
There are those who say that all this infights is just a matter of Aqeedah, it’s a fact that each groups has a different Aqeedah. But what they don’t realize is that they can’t just change Aqeedah to fit their group’s politics, rather they should do the opposite, molding their politics accordingly to Aqeedah, maybe like this they would be able to see they are not so different from each other and maybe find a way in between their group’s projects and vision of the future.
Ahrar is a good example of a group who molds Aqeedah to fits their politics. They have their own politics, and they say they want implement Sharia, but so far they did not. They say they support and work with others rebels groups, yet they don’t lose the opportunity to accuse and slander them.
A couple of days ago, Ahrar just stormed at the house of Hassam Aboud’s cousin in Sarmin, he got shahada in Khanaser, so his family was having a ceremony at his own house. Ahrar attacked the house and tried to arrest an old man. By the time Jund al Aqsa responded, Ahrar al Sham went off, avoiding confrontation. Later Ahrar accused Jund al Aqsa of joining the ceremony, when they actually were not.
Ahrar says they support al Nusra, “they just have different projects” they say, yet before Nusra attacking Div 13’ in Idlib, Ahrar advised Div 13 to hide all their heavy weapons before the attack happened. And so they did. After that, Ahrar also condemned Jund al Aqsa for taking part in the attack and killing some Div 13 soldier.
The thing with Ahrar is that they want to build a nation, they want to be part of the solution of Syria, yet they want to rip other mujahideen out of it as if they were not supposed to be part of the solution as well.
Another example of disunity happened during the offensive of SAA in Aleppo. ISIS were trying to take Khanaser Road back, some brothers in Liwa Tawba, a Jabhat affiliated group joined them trying to repel SAA, the idea was to take the road back to the rebel’s hand, which would benefit all groups in Aleppo. Yet as soon as rebels heard that, they condemned it, and after the offensive, JN made some arrests.
The war between ISIS and Nusra is not something new, we can easily say that basically this is a long term infighting happening since the division/creating of these two groups, from then to now things just got worst and no prospect of improvement.
If we were to list every causality between the Islamic State and Jabhat al Nusra, we would be writing pages and pages of reports, so just to make thing short, let’s list the more mainstream ones:
From articles in their magazines containing threats and accusations, to dispute of territory in real battles, like those seen in Deir ez Zor and Qalamoun, to mujahideen being arrested for fighting in the same side, just like it happened in the offensive in Khanaser Road and to Amirs being murdered, as it was the case of Abu Usama al Maghrebi.
With Islamists groups stepping back and pulling out their support for one another, the regime is advancing again. In a time of difficulty what groups need the less is disunity and that’s exactly what the Regime and their allies want, groups fighting and weakening each other, making them easier targets.
Instead of uniting, you see new groups being formed all the time, new groups, new leaders, different points of view and projects, which ended up bringing even more divergences. How will they ever find a solution for the whole country, when they can’t even find a solution between themselves? How will they fix divergences and provide a good quality of life for those living in their territory if they treat even their own brother with hostility?
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