Thursday, President Donald Trump made the decision to strike the Assad regime in response to the Syrian chemical attack. Senator John McCain and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer cheered him on.
And, apparently, so did radical Islamists, also called Jihadists. These Syrian rebel groups are actively fighting to impose Sharia law.
One key Army of Islam (Jaysh al-Islam) figure said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), that hitting just one airbase in Syria is not enough. Currently, there are a total of 26 airbases in the area that target civilians.
The AFP article called Jaysh al-Islam a rebel group. However, it made no mention of the group’s idea to replace the Assad regime with a Sharia law-ruled government.
MSNBC reported that the Ahrar al-Sham rebels welcome intervention from the United States. They approve of the “surgical strikes” because they may deter the killing of civilians by the regime.
The U.S. considers Ahrar al-Sham one of the most effective rebel groups in Syria, according to a report from Stanford University. The group also worked with ISIS until 2014, is sympathetic with Al-Qaeda, and seeks to create an Islamic state in Syria.
A video from 2015 purportedly shows members of al-Sham flogging men for keeping their shops open during prayer hours.
Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard responded to Trump’s strike on Syria by saying that the action will help Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said that the attack on the Assad regime will “make the situation better for ISIS.”
Key Republicans in the senate, such as Sen. McCain and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have so far backed regime change.