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ISIS and Al-Nusra allegedly hold meeting on Syrian border.


ISIS and Al-Nusra fighters allegedly embrace at a border town.

Both ISIS and Al-Nusra grew out of the network formerly known as “Al Qaeda in Iraq.” Both have been benefiting tremendously from US and Turkish support in Syria.  Both have been continuously absorbing troop from the US backed and funded FSA.

Both groups are the recipients of millions in donations from wealthy Sunni Arabs in the oil rich countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. Both ISIS and Al-Nusra have undoubtedly received tens of millions directly from the Saudi Arabian government in contracts to repair infrastructure in Jihadists held cities in Syria.

The two groups have had a caustic relationship ever since the official Al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan allegedly endorsed Al-Nusra over ISIS in 2013. The two groups have even allegedly had gun battles in parts of Syria. Various hardliners around the Arab world have been pushing the groups to work out their differences.

However, the US funded pretend “moderates” of the FSA and the  Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) appear to be melting away. Most of their experience, US money, US trucks and equipment, US anti-tank missiles, and US training is being used to benefit Al-Nusra and ISIS. A nine member FSA council, tasked with distributing money and supplies to US approved Jihadists, all resigned last week.

ISIS and Al-Nusra both are believed to have between 15,000 – 20,000 full time fighters each. In Iraq ISIS is backed up by tens of thousands of fighters from Sunni Arab tribal militias and secular/Arab Nationalist Ba’athist militias. The most notable allied militia is being run by Al-Douri the redhaired former Vice President of Iraq. Despite a ten million dollar reward, he was never captured by US forces. Al-Douri is believed to command 5,000 fighters, much of whom are veterans of the Saddam era Revolutionary Guard.

According posts on social media, and backed by photographs, ISIS and Al-Nusra have met along the Iraq/Syrian border to put aside their differences and unite their armies.

Al-Nusra holds significant territory in Syria, including part of the Aleppo and it’s surrounding metro area. An FSA leader once described them as the “special forces” of their movement. When the US State Department declared Al Nusra to be a “terrorist group,” many US funded Jihadist groups protested by signing a statement supporting Al-Nusra.

Al-Nusra leader allegedly shaking hands with an ISIS commander.