Last week, the word that the President intended for the USA to support Syrian rebels openly — after years of dithering that have seen any pro-Western group decimated, and few but Islamist extremists remaining in the field against Bashar Assad — hit the media. Then, the President followed up by speaking at West Point and telling the grads that thanks to him, they will serve in a smaller peacetime force… and waiting for reaction that didn’t come, to what he had thought was an applause line. (You do hear intermittent applause during the speech, but it’s all from his core fanbase in the press gallery).
Now, we learn how the USA is supporting Syrian rebels. Thanks to NBC via This Ain’t Hell:
Word of the American’s death in the suicide bombing first surfaced Tuesday in tweets from the al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-linked group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The tweets identified the bomber only by his Arabic nom de guerre, “Abu Hurayra al-Amriki,” (Abu Hurayra the American) and said he carried out one of four suicide bombings of Syrian government sites in Jabal al-Arbaa’in in Idlib Province — the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks and months.
“Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki performed a martrydom operation in Idlib, Jabal Al-Arba’een. May Allah accept him,” it said.
It’s uncertain what, if anything, this unnamed knucklehead blew up, except for himself; but that’s enough to make him a success in the topsy-turvy world of Islam.
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