TEL AVIV – Qatar, one member of President Obama’s coalition to fight the Islamic State, is involved behind the scenes in brokering a truce between ISIS and the al-Qaida-inspired Al Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria, according to senior Egyptian intelligence officials.
The reconciliation purportedly being brokered by Qatar could lead to Al Nusra joining ISIS in the fight against the U.S.-led coalition that has been targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the officials told WND.
Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council of six Arab nations that publicly committed to Obama’s coalition to fight ISIS. Other council members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Obama’s Arab coalition to fight ISIS further includes Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Egypt is part of the coalition, but Egyptian sources tell WND the county will not be directly involved in targeting ISIS in Syria or Iraq.
Qatar is not the only coalition member with questionable ties to ISIS.
WND reported in June that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group.
In September, WND reported the Kingdom of Jordan is deeply concerned about the Obama administration’s renewed plan to train “moderate” rebels in Syria, believing the Syrian rebels are mostly extremists who espouse radical al-Qaida-like ideology.
Report: ‘Moderate’ Syrian rebels sign deal with ISIS
While the Obama administration works to coordinate aid to the Syrian rebels, moderate and Islamic Syrian rebels earlier this month reportedly signed a first-of-its-kind non-aggression pact with ISIS, according to a monitoring group.
The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday the truce was forged between both moderate and Islamic Syrian rebels and ISIS in Hajar al-Aswad, a Syrian city in the Darayya District that was previously the scene of intense clashes.
According to the observatory group, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime” of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
The deal was first reported by Arabic news media outlets and by Agence France Presse.
The Huffington Post noted some sources say signatories to the truce with ISIS include a U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army.
Brookings Institution’s Doha Center fellow Charles Lister cited a report from the anti-Assad Orient Net website suggesting the U.S.-backed Syrian Revolutionary Front was part of the truce deal with ISIS.