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Entire 1,000 man US backed and funded FSA outfit joins ISIS


Dawud Brigade is a Jihadists force of 1,000 men and 100 vehicles in Syria. It is formerly part of the FSA, which was the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid and training.

The entire unit is said to be joining ISIS. The news is humiliating for Barack Obama, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham, who have been calling for another half billion in US aid to the FSA Jihadists.

Last December, the Dawud Brigade announced that they were leaving the US funded FSA for a more radical network called the Islamic Front.

For the past several weeks, there have been major indications that the FSA has been melting away and an increasingly large number have joined ISIS and the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra.

The more radical groups have accumulated so much money, that Jihadists no longer have to look to the US for aid.

From RT…

An entire 1,000-strong rebel brigade based in Syria’s Idlib province has reportedly defected to the Islamic State group, raising new questions as to whether other factions will rally behind the militant force that has swept through Iraq’s west.

The Dawud Brigade, which was based in Sarmin and fell under the umbrella of the anti-government Sham Army, arrived in the northeastern city of Raqqa last weekend, the main headquarters for the Islamic State (IS) – previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL).

The rebel group arrived in a convoy of over 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks seized from Syrian government forces, McClatchy reported quoting anti-government activists as saying on Tuesday. Syrian journalist Ammar Abu Shahin said that an increasingly complex relationship between anti-government rebel groups prompted Dawun Brigade’s leader, Hassan Abboud, to head to Raqqa.

“Frankly speaking, people in the countryside of Idlib are in a real panic about the advancement of the Islamic State,” said Shahin.

According to the journalist, who is familiar with the dynamics between pro-Western Syrian rebels and more radical Islamist elements, the decision by the brigade to formally align itself with the Islamic State was “only a change in uniform,” suggesting that groups already sympathetic could well identify themselves and also head for its Raqqa headquarters.

Meanwhile there have been reports on Monday that several rebel factions affiliated with the FSA have pledged allegiance to the IS in the border town of al-Bukamal in eastern Syria. Sources and eyewitnesses told Zaman Alwasl newspaper that brigades of Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im, and Aisha have joined the IS.