**UPDATED**Yet Another U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group Makes Peace with ISIS


The SRF's ceasefire with ISIS puts yet another nail in the coffin of the claims by the U.S. foreign policy establishment that there are "vetted moderate" Syrian "rebels" that we can rely upon.

As I've reported here at PJ Media over the past week, the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army is operating openly with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, the official al-Qaeda affiliate, in certain areas. I also noted anĀ L.A. Times article last Sunday where a reporter traveling with fighters from the U.S.-backed and armed Harakat al-Hazm, one of the first groups to receive U.S. heavy weapons, was told that the group fights alongside Jabhat al-Nusra. And earlier this week I reported on a statement by a Free Syrian Army commander admitting his group is in an alliance with ISIS fighting near the border with Lebanon.

As Congress takes up a bill to fund Obama's plan to arm and train so-called "vetted moderate" Syrian "rebels," even some analysts are beginning to admit that finding the right allies in Syria will be difficult. With the State Department's disastrous record so far of identifying "vetted moderate rebel" groups who refuse to ally with al-Qaeda and ISIS, and ISIS leaders openly bragging about the U.S. arming and training rebels groups that have now defected to ISIS, some prudent caution on the part of Congress is in order before throwing more money and weapons into Syria and Iraq.

UPDATE (09/14/14):

With the administration panicked about the implications of the reported SRF peace deal, the SRF has published -- in English -- a statement denying a peace deal.


The Hill, which had earlier reported the SRF/ISIS peace deal, reported earlier today that unnamed Syrian National Coalition officials were denying the multiple media reports.

How much of these denials is fact vs. carefully calculated fiction intended to forestall Congress voting down more aid to the Syrian "rebels" this week remains to be seen.

This, however, doesn't address the fact that the SRF was reported by the Wall Street Journal back in May to be openly cooperating with Jabhat al-Nusra.