When the U.S. invasion began in 2003, the insurgent groups was mainly Baathists, ex-Iraqi military, and Saddam loyalists. They were Iraqi nationalists, opposed to foreign occupation, who saw Iraq as a competitor with Egypt for the control of the Arab world. At the height of the revolution in Syria, the Mujahideen Army entered the war against the rebel group ISIS. ISIS, considered to be the most extreme of the groups aiming to establish a state with a strict interpretation of Islamic law or Shari'a, has increasingly antagonized local populations as it imprisoned activists critical of the group's methods, and attacked other anti-government factions in a bid to consolidate its hold over swaths of territory in the north. The confrontation has broken out between ISIS and Syria’s other rebel militias because ISIS was perceived to be a wing of the Assad regime. The opposition to ISIS is being led by Jaysh al Mujahidiin and the Front of Syrian…
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