Obama’s United Nations ambassador Samantha Power told Chuck Todd of NBC on Sunday the real purpose of the fight against ISIS is to overthrow al-Assad and the Syrian government.
Power said the “moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) will receive an “infusion of support” in its battle against both ISIS and the Syrian government which is, according to Power and the United States, “backed by Hezbollah, Iran, Russia, etc.”
CIA’s Hydra: FSA, al-Nusra and ISIS
Omitted from the discussion is the fact ISIS, al-Nusra and the FSA have merged forces.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade, told the Lebanese Daily Star earlier this month.
The FSA has lost troops to al-Nusra and other hardcore Islamist groups for more than a year.
In June al-Nusra and ISIS joined forces at Albu Kamal in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq.
“Fighters feel proud to join al-Nusra because that means power and influence,” Abu Ahmed, the commander of an FSA brigade near Aleppo, told The Guardian in May of 2013.
In September, 2013, one of the largest FSA brigades, the 11th Division, joined al-Nusra.
“This means that the FSA has suddenly lost serious amounts of loyal fighters… it’s basically being swallowed up by Nusra,” an Al Jazeera correspondent in Antakya, Turkey, reported on September 21, 2013.
Reuters, citing sources inside Syria, reported other members of the FSA have joined ISIS.