Syrian Rebels Tied to Al Qaeda Play Key Role in War 'Thamir al-Sadi, an Iraqi from Diyala who joined the regular Free Syrian Army, said that would change, predicting infighting after Mr. Assad’s fall. “After the fall of Bashar there will be so many battles between these groups,” he said. “All the groups will unite against al-Nusra. They are like a snake that is spreading its poison.” So what he's actually predicting is unity rather than infighting. In the same way one can look at much of the evidence in this report and draw other conclusions. “One rebel battalion, the Ahrar, or Free Men, asked on its Facebook page why the United States did not blacklist Mr. Assad’s “terrorist” militias.” '