The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now only known as Islamic State, are facing common foes in the form of the United States and Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had joined in using air attacks against Syrian rebels, which included fighters from the Islamic State. Dozens of airstrikes have struck the extremist group’s stronghold in the last two days.
IS fighters had once attacked Syrian rebels who were fighting against the Syrian regime, but had also carried out attacks against Syrian Army facilities north east of Syria. They had captured Syrian soldiers and have boarded government buses, beheading army commanders as they proceed.
They had recently advanced their attacks to the army base of the Raqqa Province to capture the Tabqa Air Base. At least 16 air strikes have halted their advance.
According to political analysts, Syria’s attacks on ISIS may help recover President Bashar al-Assad’s image as a partner in fighting the war against terrorism. Syrian analyst Aron Lund said that “Assad would surely love to regain international acceptance via a ‘war on terror’ and maybe that is his long-term plan.”
However, US State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said that Washington and Damascus are not on the same page. It was because of the Assad regime that made the IS become strong.
Syrian National Coalition Group Senior Strategist Ouibai Shahbandar said that western-backed rebels are the only ones fighting the Jihadists. Assad turned Syria as a “springboard for terror” and the opposition never carried any sentiments the IS had.