Report: Most of the Non-ISIS Rebels In Syria are Also Militant Islamists

Report: Most of the Non-ISIS Rebels In Syria are Also Militant Islamists

In an unsurprising finding, a recent study has told us what we already knew. Many groups in Syria are loyal or sympathetic to radical Islam. Thanks to the authors of this study for pointing out the obvious. But it’s good to have it confirmed. Those who share in the radical Islamic death cult ideology must be stopped before more people die. Read on to see the findings of the study.

About a third of rebel groups in Syria – some 100,000 fighters – share the ideology of so-called Islamic State (IS), new research suggests.

The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, linked to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, said defeating IS militarily “would not end global jihadism”.

That would require an “intellectual and theological defeat” of its ideology.

Some 60% of Syria’s major rebel groups are Islamist extremists, and many of the groups share the same aims, the study finds.

Fewer than a quarter of the rebels surveyed were not ideological, and many were willing to fight alongside extremists and would probably accept an Islamist political settlement to the civil war.

And even if IS is defeated, dispersed fighters and other extremists could attack targets outside Syria under a rallying cry that “the West destroyed the Caliphate”, the centre warns.

The centre says that unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaves or is removed from office, the war in the country is likely to spread further.

Western countries have called for his departure, but Russia and China say he should not be required to leave power as a precondition for peace talks.

In September, Russian forces began air strikes against rebels in Syria, targeting “all terrorists”, including IS. However, Western-backed groups are also reported to have been hit.

The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, an initiative of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, says that Syria now hosts the largest gathering of jihadi groups in modern times.

All those nations dedicated to the eradication of all the murdering extremist Islamic groups must stand together against this scourge of evil. We must find and eliminate these threats to safety, freedom and western civilization. Because make no mistake, they will find us, as they already have in many instances. Their goal is elimination of the West, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as anyone else, who do not agree with their deadly ideology.

Sonja Bochow

I live in Newark, DE, am married, and the mother of four children; Liam, Brenna, Keira and Erin. I am also a full time Bible teacher and have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from West Chester University.

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