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  •  And I hear Republicans kill people in Ireland (4+ / 0-)

    You've found two groups with similar names, congratulations.

    The Farouq Brigades of Iraq are a defunct terrorist organization that probably never actually existed except on some guy's fax machine.  As you note, they were only linked to one attack a decade ago and most everything they claimed was actually perpetrated by a Kurdish Al Qaeda affiliate known as Ansar al Islam.

    The Farouq Brigades of the Free Syrian Army are almost wholly composed of Syrian Army defectors, with thousands of men with a headquarters of sorts in Idlib province.  IT DIDN"T EXIST BEFORE 2011.  They wear military uniforms (something Al Qaeda would find UnIslamic) and in fact a reputation as being ANTI-Al Qaeda...earlier this year they killed the leader of the Lebanese Al Qaeda affiliate Fatah Al Islam.

    Free advice, don't sell the car dealership to become a global affairs analyst.

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    by TarantinoDork on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:27:47 AM PDT

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    •  Are you prepared to have a new Syrian government (0+ / 0-)

      controlled by Al Farouq?

      Homs Opposition: Al Farouq Battalion is Killing Us

      It is extremely rare to have a direct peephole into events on the ground in Syria. The hard-fought battle over narratives often leaves truth in the dust. But among the cache of recently leaked emails (exclusive to Al Akhbar) from Syrian National Council (SNC) President Burhan Ghalioun’s inbox, comes this gem – important information that further highlights the glaring loophole in UN Envoy Kofi Annan’s demilitarization plans for Syria: rogue fighters.

      The email sent to Ghalioun on March 25 summarizes a meeting held by members of various armed opposition groups operating in Homs – chiefly to address the pressing problem of the rogue al-Farouq Battalion.

      While the March 25 email sheds much-needed light on one small part of the Syrian armed opposition, it also illustrates just how egregiously misleading existing narratives are on the situation inside the country.

      Toxic Battle

      Around the hard core of the Alawi support for the Assad regime are the Christians, 10 percent, and equally numerous Ismailis, Druzes and ethnic Kurds, who collectively fear the onset of a post-Assad regime dominated by militant Sunnis. According to the Vatican news agency Fides, Sunni fighters recently went from house to house in the Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan neighborhoods of Homs under their control, forcing Christians to flee. All told, 50,000 Christians have lost their homes in Homs, some by army shelling, but many more because of ongoing targeted assaults by Sunni extremists such as the Farouq Brigade, composed mainly of foreign jihadists who have poured into Syria.

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