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Friend or Foe? U.S. Must Be Hesitant of Supporting Syrian Rebels


On Wednesday morning, Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani, the leader of the Al-Nusra Front, one of the rebel Syrian groups involved in the struggle against President Bashar al-Assad’s administration, pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The announcement by al-Jawlani exemplifies American hesitation of supporting the Syrian rebels – fears that terrorist groups have been present in the struggle and that such support, through aid or weapons, for example, might end in their hand. However, the announcement also exemplifies one of the greatest issues that President Obama’s administration has failed to acknowledge or take action on, and that might create a detrimental situation in the long-term – by not taking action on the issue of Syria, the U.S. might allow it to become a hotbed for terrorists groups and jihadist warriors from across the globe. Most recently, coalition fronts such as the Syrian National Council (SNC) have been created by politicians in the opposition with the prospects of organizing and planning for life after Assad. Supporting a group such as the SNC presents the best course of action for the United States to avoid the establishment of terrorist groups in Syria and the consequences that would have, both regionally and globally.

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Secretary of State John Kerry committed $60 million to these guys.

Gabriel Giganti is a political blogger and a contributor to 1-800-Politics.com

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