U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq, briefs reporters at the Pentagon April 26, 2007, on his view of the current military situation in Iraq. DoD photo by R.D. Ward. (Released)
(Worthy News) - David Petraeus, the retired general and former CIA director, said the U.S. should consider working with members of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria to fight the Islamic State.
In an exclusive statement to CNN, the former head of Central Command who led coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, said some members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria could be convinced to join the coalition against the Islamic State.
"We should under no circumstances try to use or co-opt Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, as an organization against ISIL," he told CNN, using the administration's acronym for the Islamic State. "But some individual fighters, and perhaps some elements, within Nusra today have undoubtedly joined for opportunistic rather than ideological reasons. They saw Nusra as a strong horse, and they haven't seen a credible alternative, as the moderate opposition has yet to be adequately resourced. [ Source ]
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