Lincsbear saidThese people have been operating in Syria for several years at least, but interestingly, no great out cry from the west as long as they attack the Assad regime. In fact, they`ve been given considrable political and diplomatic support.
Haven't heard a peep about ISIS slaughtering religious minorities in Syria or anywhere else until quite recently after they invaded Iraq.
Are you saying that ISIS was doing this in Syria, and no one reported it, or that ISIS was merely fighting in Syria?
Who was supporting them in Syria? Not the US. The French? British? Saudis?
It`s known that the so called 'opposition' in Syria is a raggle taggle collection of individuals and groups, some of which are militant jihadists of various kinds. They came to attention partly because they were often the most effective fighters against the Assad government. The chaos there often made it difficult to reliably report on such events and atrocities.
The west has given this opposition plenty of political and diplomatic support(often frustrated by Assad`s ally, Russia), though the UK government was stopped from going further with direct military aid by losing a vote in the House of Commons. Here the west was playing with fire. The result has emboldened these groups who spotted their chance against the weaker(and failed) state of Iraq.
The lawlessness and chaos of Syria and Iraq as the governments lost authority in their civil wars is the perfect environment for these types of groups to flourish. They can move quickly and exploit whatever oportunities they see.
This kind of tragedy was likely and forseeable.
There have been a few stories in the UK media about a growing tide of persecution against all minortiies, religious, ethnic, and including gay men, in Iraq, though it always tended to emphasise the optimistic side of things. I noticed how western journalists seemed to talk to people like themselves(liberal, secular, affluent/educated, urban, English speaking, etc.) The majority in these countries, poor, rural, uneducated, and culturally conservative have been ignored. We have not had an accurate picture of what is going on in these countries. It`s also true to say the state of preparedness of Iraq`s security forces was grossly overestimated, and the diviseness of the Maliki government underestimated.
In all this we have not been well served in the coverage of Iraq and the Arab Spring generally.